To the immensely awesome and hugely popular writers like me *hiccups*, fan mails are not a very common thing. But I do get a few of them. Few are just a feedback of how one liked/disliked my book or some particular article. But this one is quite different. It came from a reader who I added on facebook sometime back. “Harshda Mangal”. She is a blogger herself and has made sure I tell her everything about wordpress since the day she started it 😛
When she told me she wanted to write a post like this, I didn’t understand the idea. But once I read it, I found it quite different. So here it is, a post by a reader, for me, on how my non-readers would take me. Yes, it seems weird, but trust me, it is weird! 😛
This post is dedicated to Shubham Choudhary, one because I am not a famous writer yet and second, I don’t know any other writer (Well! I know many but no one else would give a damn to this).
So, Shubham, You think you are a writer? Huh?? Well! There would be many people around you who would not believe the same, but there would be many more in number who would know that you are a writer, but they don’t read you. So, this post is for your non- readers (And it’s an effort to tell you that you may have crossed 47000 pageviews and got more than 1000 likes on Facebook, but to many you are still just “Shubham”)
To The Non- Readers
You had dedicated your debut novel “My EX fell in Love” to your readers. Well! This post is dedicated to your non- readers. You should not be much concerned about the success of this post, because the people to whom it is directed are not going to read it anyway and the person who is writing all this is also not famous!
I will not here, criticize or abuse them but thank them, to be in your life that they always prove and make you realize that, ‘whatever you have achieved, we don’t give a damn to you’.
Now, what follows is a work of imagination of how people would have nagged you by their behaviour. I know that you would surely have passed through some of the incidents and if you haven’t, hope that you do, in near future.
So, here are some of the encounters which you have or would witness:
1. A friend, met in college and asked, “What happened man? You have not posted anything on your blog since a very long time?” This question came up when you had updated the blog just one day ago. You told him about the same and he replied, “REALLY??”
You know what, if you would have said that “I have not updated it since 3 months”, he would have broadened his eyes with the same astonishment and asked, “REALLY??”
(This one has actually happened to me, a lot of times 😛 )
2. You meet a girl on FB and she bombarded you with the fact that she is your greatest fan. You thanked her, but she went on to prove the fact. She told that she had loved the article where you talked about “Boys are dogs” and the post in which you showed your concern over “Alien War” and also where you reviewed the movie ‘Players’. At first, you were like, when did I write that? But when she talked about Players, you thought, “This is it… I had no courage to even watch that movie for one time and she says I reviewed it…”
You interrupt her at that, but she said that “You are a busy person, must have forgotten that you wrote that…” Now what can you say after such a statement. Well! You just accepted all the appreciation with a thank you and three smileys in a row ( and also because the girl was hot… You Barney Stinson Fan…)
(That has never happened before, but if the girl is hot, I am waiting for something like this 😛 )
3. You meet a school friend, accidentally at the CCD. He asked you, “How is your blog- shlog going on?” You started telling him about that and was just reaching towards telling about the book, that he had to interrupt, “Ya, I have also read many posts… I can even recall that something based on tharki and all.”
You were taken to surprise and told him that it’s a very old post to which he replied, “Ya… but you know, I don’t get time to read all that stuff.
And hence a guy who actually has read you, rejects all your hard work and proves he is busier than you!
(What can I say, happens daily!)
4. I want to witness this incident, (so, make sure that there is any wedding in your house, you invite me!!)
Imagine, your parents are bragging something about your novel, when one of the grandmothers, comes into the scene and says in a loud voice… Arre Shubham… ye kahan ka writer hai?? Ye to bachpan me nachta accha tha.. isse to dance karwao (Shubham? He is not a writer… He used to dance well, make him dance! )
Before you finish reading and ask yourself what the hell was that, I’ll say, go through point three again. Once you have a readership (or following or whatever you call it), it becomes a point of how you take some moments that won’t happen if you didn’t have that following.
I find myself the same old person but people don’t. So thanks Harshda for giving me a glimpse of what might happen.
Till I get something else to post on the blog, please like this post! 😛
PS: You can visit her blog here: http://creatigentt.wordpress.com/