Had the good fortune of attending a promotional event for actor Anupam Kher's book, The Best Thing About You is YOU! today.
My younger brother, Akshat, and I reached the beautiful bookshop called Bookwise 20 minutes before the event began and bought the book. Akshat was worried that the author might ask some questions based on the book and he took a seat and started reading the book while I mingled with people who were waiting for the amazing actor to arrive.
As is my wont, I tweeted: Waiting for
Within minutes I got a reply from him saying: At Bookwise :-)
I was floored by his punctuality. It was a refreshing change to attend an event in Delhi where the guest of honour was on time.
He spoke to the gathering about how the idea of penning down his thoughts came about. His anecdotes were hillarious and the audience responded to every joke with hearty laughter.
At the request of the event organizers, he read out a few paragraphs from his book.
At the question and answer session, when I asked him a Twitter related question, he promptly asked me if I was the one he had replied to and then surprised me by saying, "And your name is Priyanka." He correctly said that chances are I would remember that moment for a long long time.
Once the book reading was over, a painter called Ranjeet gifted Anupam a painting he had made in 24 hours. Unfortunately, I was unable to capture Ranjeet in my frame because of the crowd that had gathered near the author.
Akshat stood in the queque to get the book signed by the author while I went shutter crazy.
He was kind enough to pose for photographs with the fans. Here are Akshat and I posing with the actor-author.
It was a fantastic Saturday!