my novel ‘appi, etc. & so-on’

I wrote ‘Appi, Etcetra & so on’ last year, to a brief by Fiction Factory, Chennai. For some reason, Fiction Factory was not able to start up its publishing house, but I did benefit from their editor, Nithya Krishnaswamy’s work on the manuscript.

When my contract with them expired, I sent ‘Appi’ to Penguin, Rupa, Harper Collins, Random Harvest, Pustak Mahal and Blaft. It’s been rejected by all of them. Some rejection slips were kind, some did not even get my name right.

I like Appi a lot, so I thought I’d share her story with you. But of course, you may have other things to do beside reading a rejected manuscript.

I dedicate this story to Apurva Parsekar, Flavia Agnes and the no-nonsense atmosphere at Majlis.

You can read ‘Appi, Etcetra and so on’ at

8 thoughts on “my novel ‘appi, etc. & so-on’

  1. I would love to read it. Generally publishing house look for the commercial aspect of writing which doesn’t mean it’s not good. Will bookmark it and read it in free time. I so love the title.

  2. I actually had an opinion on your review of Romi and the Gang but then I decided to write here because I told my wife I much preferred your book to R and the G and she said “say so”. So… I read your novel in its entirety on the web last year in one go and I liked it. I thought it was rather neat. I liked Ogre with her insecurities and Appi with hers, I liked High BP and Neempatta (made me shrivel). I guess we don’t know what publishers are looking for.

    Why Romi and the Gang? It did not appeal to me, and I really am a sucker for schoolboy stories with any sort of sports attached.

    So I guess I really don’t know what publishers are looking for.

    I really liked your story.

  3. Thank you, SSW. I did the review of ‘Romi and Gang’ as it was requested of me by the publisher. I liked it, specially since I know so little of cricket. Hence.

    Thank you for your comments on ‘Appi’. The book remains close to my heart, even when I am not quite sure of the narrative, simply because I love all the characters so much.

  4. I read your book again and I don’t care about the narrative the characters are fun in the way they think and my opinion has not changed after the second reading, it is still delightful.
    On schoolboys and cricket I think P G Wodehouse’s , Mike at Wrykyn, Mike and Smith, Tales of St.Jims’ have lovely stories and wonderfully quaint wodehousian English. My school library had the entire series of Teddy Lester books each of which usually had several cricket matches and since it was pre-war a Japanese wicket keeper. The last book when Teddy Lester is in the Sixth form was Teddy Lester captain of cricket.
    This tale was there at school in a collection of cricket stories…

    Seigfried Sassoon has a lovely description of a cricket match in his ” Memoirs of a fox hunting man.” His prose was as good as his war poetry.

    CLR James’s Beyond a boundary needs no mention.

    Sorry about the long post. I could talk about cricket writing and cricket for hours. I was a bowler myself. Leg spinners and fast bowlers are the best.

    You might like this story too an extract from Arthur Mailey’s 10 for 66 and all that.

    This book is out of print. I have often felt that as a young boy I should have been dishonest and stolen it from my school library. But I did not and nothing good has come out of my resistance to delicious larceny except a dull ache in my dotage.

  5. On the second reading I suddenly realized that the equation with two unknowns and no solution remained that-a-way.

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