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Chetan Bhagat launch

One night at the call centre – the launch – was duly attended yesterday. Note to bookbuyers – it’s a good idea to go book-hunting before a launch, because you will find many books you like. Repeated V.Seth pre-launch shopping spree success, found the third part of the Bartimaeus trilogy and the only Sin City book I didnt have.

Good launch. TV crews everywhere, huge piles of books (it’s surprising they had any left, I hear insane sales have happened already) which, Chetan revealed, were arranged exactly the way they had been last time, with, I think, a Ganpati image duly placed on top, all in front of a large life-size picture of Chetan looking benign and wearing a black T-shirt. Reading went off smoothly, with the one jarring aspect being an audience member who pointed out, with unerring accuracy, that the piece Chetan had read was not set in a call centre.

One can only feel lucky he hadnt noticed it was also daytime in the book when the events read out took place.

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13 thoughts on “Chetan Bhagat launch

  1. Third part, but where. I am hunting in noida but cant seem to get it. Could you let me know the shop

    Posted by Tanveer | October 28, 2005, 9:30 am
  2. Third part out?
    I didn’t see it in Kolkata yet…

    By the way, I have a request. Could you please come to Kolkata during the launch of your second book? I wanted your autograph.

    Posted by The Nameless One | October 28, 2005, 9:36 am
  3. Whats the name of the third book???

    Please do a launch thing in Cal plz, like Sushir says…

    Posted by Shobhik | October 28, 2005, 10:55 am
  4. it’s called ptolemy’s gate. i found it at the book shop, khan mkt, but i suspect it should be available everywhere within days

    i will almost definitely be doing something in cal. will probably be in cal when the book comes out, anyway.

    Posted by samit | October 28, 2005, 10:58 am
  5. where is sarai cafe?

    is sims 2 not being launched in delhi?

    umm..Fact&fiction at priya didnt have sims1… or maybe they were sold out.

    Posted by tgo | October 28, 2005, 12:12 pm
  6. My god, that place Delhi really is the boondocks. In bangalore, the third part of the Bartimaeus trilogy has been out since AGES. Sheesh!

    Posted by The Marauder's Map | October 29, 2005, 8:27 am
  7. thanks for the info on the bartimaeous trilogy.. man, am gonna harras libraraian right now!!! and btw, heard the nu chetan bhagat books a bit depressing? not funny as its supposed to be…

    Posted by #3tiYo>B_shyo> | October 29, 2005, 9:04 am
  8. I’ll have to harass our school librarian too…
    @Maru – do u have it already?

    Posted by Shobhik | October 29, 2005, 3:27 pm
  9. I think I’m a bit too late to post this (I stumbled onto your blog only today, after having finally tried to google your name…) but I was struck by your love for comics (or graphic novels) that I share with you…

    I think some more additions to your list of must-have graphic novels are Watchmen (you might have heard of this Alan Moore masterpiece) and Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis (whos my favorite comic book writer right now, check out his work in Planetary!). I’d of course recommend Transmetropolitan because 1)It’s got the most asskicking lead character EVER in a comic book, and 2)The subject isn’t as heavy as Watchmen all the time with humor and sarcasm dominating the story most of the time…

    Anyway I’m glad I came across your blog, have to say i love it.

    Of course, I love Simoqin Prophecies :D…

    Posted by arunkumar | October 30, 2005, 2:08 pm
  10. The third part of the bartemius trilogy was out in Bangalore for some time now..

    The third one was definitely better than the earlier two (but, bartemius lacks in wit and sarcasm that he displayed in his earlier two stories)

    Posted by sathish | October 30, 2005, 4:08 pm
  11. Really enjoyed reading ur blog!!!

    Esp the “The Incomparable Poetry of Devajit Bhuyan”

    :)lol

    AquaM

    Posted by aquamarine | October 31, 2005, 11:49 am
  12. dont post book spoilers here again.

    Posted by samit | October 31, 2005, 5:29 pm
  13. I could sing praises for Transmetropolitan all day. You’ve read the series, though, havent you, samit?

    The ongoing comic book series with the most storied/significant/brilliant (admittedly in an inconsistent fashion) past is Hellblazer, IMO. Not that its present incarnation under Mike Carey is too shabby either. But some of the classic Hellblazer tales like Dangerous Habits, Critical Mass and the Family Man stories are up there with the best of them.

    THis was somewhat unconnected to both the post and the comments but I thought I’d stick it in there 😛

    Posted by Abhimanyu | November 1, 2005, 2:47 am

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