06 May, 2021

Status Update: I’m In Print

Everyone’s writing a book these days. So why did publishers fix on these young ’uns?

Amit Haralkar
Status Update: I’m In Print

Dear Mum,

If you ever find this book, don’t read beyond this point. If you do, please don’t disown me. You know I love you.

Sincerely, Varun

And so begins 25-year-old Varun Agarwal’s breezy How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded a Million Dollar Company, a true story about entrepreneurship and going after your dreams. As young adult fiction flies off the shelves quicker than one can keep count, it helps to have an honest story to tell, feels the Bangalore-based first-time author, whose book (Rupa, Rs 140) had an initial print run of a healthy 20,000. “My novel is inspirational, it’s meant for anyone who wants to know how to start a business. The new trend of campus novels and publishers going after them has opened up avenues for people like me,” says Varun, a recent BTech who’d rather not be clubbed with those writing “silly love stories”.

He’s of course referring to the...

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