Salesh Dipak Fernando


Let me begin with a confession. I was coaxed into attending this launch by a fellow blogger friend otherwise this one would have been one of my many missed events. I like to keep a low profile and let my words do all the talking. What followed on that eventful day gave me a jolt.


I went in half an hour early just to get a feel of the atmosphere. Ravi Subramanian was everywhere. His books kept staring at me from every nook and corner of STARMARK. He walks in just like you and me. No starry airs or the usual tantrums that accompany a celebrity.

A question crosses my mind – Should I or should I not ? He hardly knows my work ? What if I goof up ?  Too many questions and the usual nervousness sets in.  Somehow I find my strength and approach him for that elusive autograph. Name please – SALESH  and trust me I could barely hear my own voice. His autograph adorns my book and I walk back with a lovely little curve on my lips.


The Q & A session was insightful and provided a tiny glimpse into the kind of book that God is a Gamer is.  There was humour too in light doses which made the session all the more enjoyable. Mohan V Raman made sure that the routine mundane questions were avoided.

The final few minutes were set aside aside for the audience. The mike was inviting but I decided to wait it out. Final question ” Oh come on SALESH give it a shot” Who needs a mike ?  I blurt out a question which has haunted me for long ” WHY IS THERE A HESITANCY TO ADAPT INDIAN NOVELS TO THE BIG SCREEN “.  A question which brought forth honest answers from both the guests.

A day well spent and hopefully the first of many such book launches. RAVI SUBRAMANIAN and MOHAN V RAMAN thank you for the wonderful evening.

PS: RAVI SUBRAMANIAN – A single evening won’t suffice to answer all my queries with regards to your book











  1. Salesh.. thanks for this nice little post… 🙂 I had two comments…. next time i am in chennai..w ould be happy to meet you and answer all your questions 🙂 and secondly…please email me your address at [email protected] .. I will send you another copy of God is a Gamer …. i notice that I spelt your name incorrectly while signing the book… i would hate it if someone did that to me…. I will send you a signed copy, addressed to you correctly. 🙂 Keep Reading!!

    • Oh my God .. I don’t what to say.. I am still pinching myself…Thank you for appreciating the post of a novice. I personally enjoyed the meet and ur book and what I have written is a mere reflection of how I felt.. Thank you for being gracious enough to send a signed copy.. Will mail u the address Thank you once again for taking ur time to respond.

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