Book - reading a text-book, is a time-consuming and energy draining job for students. Reading a novel and other non-text type books are hobby for many of us. But writing a book is a herculean task that a very few of us ever undertake. For some, it is a lifetime of experiences that translates into a book. For others, it can emanate from a sudden experience of a few seconds. For example, JK Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. Her first book in 1995 was submitted to twelve publishing houses, all of which rejected the manuscript! Therefore, I like many of my other friends, did not bother to go through this conventional process of publishing. We just submit our work to online people who publish as-it-is! So here is the result of my first such attempt.
In the summer of 2009 while reading a magazine, I found some interesting information. I sent a text message to few of my friends asking them the questions. After that, I started to ask some general knowledge questions through SMS from my friends once a day. But only a very few people would respond. It was either shortage of time, or the difficulty of the questions asked. I started to ask easier questions but still no luck. So instead of asking questions, I started to send just the info in these messages. I got some positive response. And by the end of the year, it was almost a regular habit that I would send little bit of information with a goodnight wish.
Since that time, it is almost a regular thing except for a few occasions when I wasn’t able to continue it. Sometimes I felt that my texts were never read by anybody. At other times, when I would delay the sending of messages from the regular time, I would get texts from people asking for the goodnight message. I had accumulated lot of information through these texts in my mobile phone and one day my phone crashed and all texts were deleted. It was then and there that I decided to compile these in the form of a book so is to preserve them and use as a tool of constant torture for friends who never read my texts. This one is for you.
This book is not an encyclopaedia and certainly not a record book. It is just a book containing information which is small enough to fit into a text message (sometimes 2, 3 or 4 at maximum). These are collected from different sources including Wikipedia, books, magazines and other internet sources.
CreateSpace, the subsidiary of Amazon.com, that publishes my book has priced it US$ 5.20. I doubt if anyone would buy it but still, it looks good on paper. Or maybe I should write it on my resume.
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
̶ Anais Nin