Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Surrogate Author by Santosh Avvannavar, Shilpa Patil : A Review

BOOK TITLE: Surrogate Author
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Santosh Avvannavar, Shilpa Patil
ISBN: 9789383701155
FORMAT: Paper back and Ebook
          Who is Authdas?
          I wondered how difficult it is for a woman to be a surrogate mother irrespective of the objective. Writing few books have taught - true Devdas are authors. If authors' adopt similar concept of surrogacy than book can evolve. We have many examples to quote, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and others that symbolise the surrogacy of continue doing movie irrespective of critics, and box office result. Authdas is Author das!
          Plot of Authdas character: I taught if Authdas (booklorn -book sick) as Devdas (lovelorn -love sick), whose love is write a novel, Paro. Authdas needs some inspiration to write Paro and if that inspiration was Chandramukhi, how the story would be?
          Story of Surrogate Author: Keeping the above plot, I looked into various movies - few movies that often people continue to enjoy are Devdas, Sholay and DDLJ. Keep those baseline into mind Surrogate Author book was written. The book is inline with Devdas. I assume that people, who love devdas would perhaps relate and link to Authdas. I thank Sanjay Leela Bhansali for giving an visually stunning movie, Devdas.
          Surrogate author is the shortest book you would have read in recent times that qualifies as a complete story. It is an amazingly short drama description of an author’s struggles to publish a book.
          The first thing that will attract you to the book is its cover. It will bowl you over with its cuteness. So this gets a special mention in this review. The second is the list of characters. This will surely set the mood for the story. And if you do get confused in the middle (of this very short story) you could always go here and check out if you are not getting the people mixed up! The description of the time period like ‘0th month’ (in an effort to make it look like a pregnancy facsimile) is laugh inducing.
          The actual story is a drama between an author, his muse, the book, the villains (here, I will let you read the book to understand who they actually are) all explained in an alternative universe much like ‘Devdas’. Here ‘Authdas’ the author, is devdas, and the book he wants to write, his ‘Paro’. Now imagine who the villains might be! If you are a fan of offbeat humour and haven’t ever tried the drama style books (except for mandatory skits and lessons in school English literature class) go for this one.
          The short book contains a full story and an even better ending. Filled with humorous dialogues in the main story, this also has ‘The idea to manuscript’ page that is a must read for wannabe authors. It is the shortest instruction set you will find on how to draft a manuscript. And of course, you could use the ‘draft here’ pages to write out your first manuscript ideas, much like I have done!
Adherence to summary: Oh yeah, if you know this book is about ‘Authdas’, who is our version of ‘Devdas’, the rest is a journey unto itself.
Plot – what do you consider a plot in a story about a story? But still, it is there!
Language – is smooth enough. Contractions in name and vernacular references best enjoyed if you know the original of which this story is obviously a spoof.
VERDICT: If you like drama, go for this. If you like your humour to be a bit mature, you would nod your head in most places.
RATING : 3.8/5
Santosh Avvannavar:
          Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly writes articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organizations. He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero; Second Heart; Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview and Be a B.A. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a blog, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD ( He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 35,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.
Shilpa S Patil:
          Shilpa is a faculty at KSWU, Bijapur. She holds Master's degree in commerce from Karnataka State Women's University, Bijapur and Bachelor's degree in commerce from A.S.Patil college of commerce, Bijapur. She likes to devote her personal time writing for a blog, namely the Shilpa Goldy and the blog can be read at
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Rs. 166 for Paperback

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