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  • Writer's pictureMadhavi Latha Prathigudupu

#20 I never thought I'd ever be referred to as an author...

I never thought I'd ever be referred to as an author...

The next step was to get a foreword for my book and I didn't have any idea as to whom to approach for it. My publisher suggested that it would be apt, if it comes from a sports personality. I asked my friends for any leads, and my friend Veeru Murugappan, helped me in connecting with Mr Viswanathan Anand. I shared the book with Mr Anand and after perusing my story, he has kindly penned his stellar foreword for it. It brought a special charm to my book. My heartfel thanks to both Mr Veeru and Mr Viswanathan Anand !

Previously I met Mr A R Rahman at an awards function arranged by Adding Smiles. At that time I requested Mr A R Rahman to support us in creating awareness about adaptive sports. He responded positively to my request and took a selfie with us and tweeted. I approached him for an endorsement for my book. He accepted my request within no time. I am very grateful and admire his responsiveness to support the community of persons with disabilities.

My well-wishers Mr M M Murugappan, Mr Ramkumar, Dr Sumanth C Raman and Mr Jess Markt have provided their endorsements for my book with great affection. They have all been supporting my activities for a long time.

After providing the final edited version along with photos/illustrations, foreword and endorsements to the publisher by 1st April 2021, I heaved a sigh of relief. I was eagerly waiting for my book's release day. Finally the day has come! It’s one of the great exciting moments in my life. Writing a book is like giving birth to a child. When I had my book in my hands for the first time, I felt like a mom who had taken her first child into her arms for the first time. It’s amazing.

Next step for the book is marketing and sales.The readers who bought it, read it and shared their reviews either orally or in writing are all part of this stage. This word of mouth helps reach maximum people and benefit the cause.After putting in a lot of effort to bring out a book with a purpose, no author can relax till it reaches as many people as possible to fulfill the aim for which it is written.

In the process of writing this book, I reviewed my entire life. I realized that whatever I could do so far and am doing now is the result of the support and efforts of many kind people whom I met in my life journey. My story is not just mine. It’s a culmination of the efforts of all of them to whom I am and will always be grateful for. After realising this fact, I now strongly suggest everyone to write their story whether they publish it or not, just to retrospect everyone's role in their life. This realization will remind us of our humility and gratitude.

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