Sudhama was hesitant to bring out the humble gift he got for his friend Krishna. After all, Krishna being the king of Dwaraka, must be enjoying the choicest of delicacies prepared at the royal kitchens. But then, Krishna snatched the package from Sudhama's hands and made a great show of how much he enjoyed his favorite dish - the simple poha (beaten rice) - and thus showered his love and affection on his good old friend Sudhama. Only true friends can do that!
And I was at the receiving end of such an experience recently.
My debut book Papalaboomba was released at the e-POWER Parba. I had no inclination of organizing a book release event. Being my first publication I didn't feel confident of the kind of success my book would receive. I better to be humble about it, I thought. So, the book came out without much fanfare and had a modest beginning - much like Sudhama's Poha.
I, however, carry a few copies of my book wherever I go, in the hope that someone will buy it. So, when there was meeting of the POWER organization, of which I the am the Secretary in 2020 - the COVID19 pandemic year - I had more than a handful to copies of Papalaboomba in my huge bag. A couple of friends had asked for the book and I hoped a few more would buy after they had a look. The venue was a hotel and the meeting was the first we were organizing after the long period of lockdown. I placed the bag discreetly behind the wooden furniture hoping nobody would notice it. But I was in for a surprise!
About ten minutes before the program began, a friend barged in and asked me to hand over a couple of copies of the book. She had the hotel staff wrap it in shiny gift-wrapping paper, ribbons and all. Then there was a "propah" book release function in the middle of the official program. The venue, settings, the stage, the packaging, the audience, a small impromptu speech from the heart, some reviews from people who had already read it - all came in with no effort from my end. I couldn't have organized it better. On 11th December 2020, at the Hotel Tranquil in Manipal, out of the blue my dreams came true!
It's good to have friends who look out for you. Who believe in you more than you do yourself. Who have walked a similar journey and know the uncertainty, the self-doubt and the courage it takes to risk it all for the pleasure of going off the beaten path. It's good to have friends whose hearts beat to a similar rhythm as yours. And that is POWER, my friend!
POWER is a not-for-profit organization that works to support women entrepreneurs with it's various programs. I am a member and I would suggest that everyone should to be part of a network like this, that will help you connect with like-minded people and catapult you to become a new version of yourself. May God bless you abundantly with such friends!