As you all know by now, we conduct monthly meet the author events. The purpose of the "meet the author" sessions is to know the author in person, try to understand their train of thought, bring the author's "book to life" by knowing how the book came about and what goes behind the scene and a whole lot more.
For the same, we wanted to approach Yandamoori Veerendranath. (I am sure I do not have to explain why him.) Concerned if we would even be able to find his contact information, casually did a simple google search and to my surprise, every bit of information was on his site including the phone number, email address and home address even. With some apprehension as to if I will be able to reach the person, I dialed his number.
Here goes the dialogs:
On the phone: Hello
EveningHour: Who is this ?
On the phone: Veerendranath!
Since I expected some secretary or PRO to attend to the phone, I asked "who's this" :(
Nevertheless, after a brief talk explaining him the purpose of calling him, I asked permission to meet him in person for further discussion on EveningHour and the meet the author sessions. Again, to my pleasant surprise, he agreed and asked me if I can come the same evening as he is leaving today elsewhere. All excited, I readily agreed.
Nervously, we went and met the famous Yandamoori Veerendranath! Such a down to earth person! With all his busy schedules, he asked how EveningHour is doing, gave some suggestions and while we were there, talked to few other people to get us more information and contacts.
He did receive many a calls during the time we were in his office cum home. He answered all of them happily with no appearance of frustration or haughtiness. And if he had to say no to something, he said it simply and straightforward. Impressive personality!
While he was attending a phone call, I searched through his book shelf to see what sort of books he reads - he had a varied collection from Sri Maha Bhagavatam, Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to Paulo Coehlo's Alchemist and Winner Stands Alone.
Overall, it was a great evening and happy ending! Yandamoori Veerendranath garu had agreed to come to EveningHour in June! Become a new member, refer a new member or buy Telugu books worth Rs.300 from EveningHour to get the invite to this "invite-only" meet.