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Changing lanes Sidin feels writing a book is very different from blogging
Changing lanes Sidin feels writing a book is very different from blogging

Popular blogger Sidin Vadukut talks of the genesis of his book

In an age when blogs and twitter have become a part and parcel of our lives, a book full of dairy ideas captures attention instantly. “Dork: the Incredible Adventures of Robin ‘Einstein' Varghese” is the first of a three part series,” says Sidin Vadukut, an engineer-turned-MBA-turned writer and journalist. The author, who was in town for a reading at Crossword says: “The book is written as a series of diary entries and talks about the experiences of an over-confident protagonist in his first year on the job at a company. The book is a satirical take on office culture.”

He adds, “The book is inspired nearly 60 per cent by the people I have known and have worked with, 30 per cent based on their experiences and the remaining 10 percent is fiction. I am very different from the protagonist of the book,” Sidin insists.

Talking about he can about the idea for the book, Sidin says: “Initially, I had decided to make a compilation of my blog entries, tweaking them a bit. However, I decided that writing fiction would be a better option. I incorporated the diary format as it resembles the blog.”

His literary inspirations include Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole series. A renowned blogger, who blogs at www.whatay.com, Sidin contends, “Writing a book is very different from blogging. In the blog, you can make random observations and wind it up, which is not possible in a book where a narrative and a plotline are vital. It is difficult, since you need to ensure audience interest throughout the book.”

An engineer with an MBA, was the transition to becoming a journalist difficult? “I consider myself lucky as I made the transition fairly smoothly. I got an opportunity to write columns soon after leaving my old job. The book has been received well. I do feel that the blog has played a major role in making this journey fairly smooth. Social media sites such as twitter play a major role in creating awareness about new books etc.”

Though Sidin tries to stay away from the Chetan Bhagat mould of story writing, He credits Chetan for making people more interested in reading books. “His books have changed the definition of a best seller in India and continue to dominate charts, even after four years. He has helped many people discover books.”

Criticism is something all authors face and Sidin claims that he gets many letters, comments offering suggestions, often telling him the bad parts and offering corrections. “You have to internalise constructive criticism and ignore the diatribe. I used to be disappointed when people used to criticise my blog entries. You get used to it over a period of time.”

He adds, “Some of the critics offer great solutions that I often incorporate into my new columns and books.”

The book has been published by Penguin and is available at book stores across the country.

NIKHIL VARMA

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