11.12.10

My First Book!


Allow me to be self-indulgent with this post. You see, I've always wanted to have my name etched on the cover of a book. I've always wanted to write a book. I remembered telling my aunt Mak Kecik (she's the closest aunt then) when I was in my early teen that I want to become a writer when I grow up. I believed she still remember what I've said all those years ago and she wasn't one bit surprised when I ended up being a reporter about 20 years ago.

But, being a procrastinator tegar that I am, I've never got around to realise my dream of having my name up there along with my favourites JD Salinger (berangan kan?), Jeffrey Archer, Pramoedya Anantoer and more recently Khalid Hosseini, Feisal Tehrani and of course Rick Riordan. Yes, I have dreamed of becoming world famous fiction writer for the longest time. Alas, I keep on dreaming....

Until a couple of months ago when my boss proposed that I took up the "challenge" to take on the project of writing a coffee table book for the Proton Vendors Association (Proton as in the car maker, ya). The association has approached my company Berita Publishing to produce the book for them. Well, not exactly the fiction that I so wanted to write but I figure this was a good opportunity to get the ball rolling. So I agreed. Little did I know that it would be a one hell of a ride as the book this proportion normally would take at least six months to publish. But I did it in two freaking months. Let's not dwell on the details nor should I complain about its quality (of course I would like to have more time to make it more ... err... better).

Suffice to say that for two months, my life revolved around the book and only the book. It was a challenged all right but at one point I wanted to even give up. But the boss Charles Raj and my colleagues spur me on. For that I'm forever thankful. I also have to thank Irwan and Hazel for having to endure my endless rant.

But mostly I have to thank the wife Azian and my three kids Alia, Asma and Arissa for their immense support throughout. They too have had helped along the way and I cannot imagine having to do this book without them. And to Mak too for her doa.

And Alhamdulillah, the book came out a week ago and was launched by the former Prime Minister Tun M at a dinner a few nights ago. Although still having that feeling that more can and should be done, I too was feeling profoundly proud when the book "PVA- The Journey Continues" was revealed that night. And personally I do hope my journey to finally write a fiction will kick off too soon ... very soon. So my journey continues...



8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tahniah!!! Bangga aku ada kawan yang dah publish buku sendiri. May this be the introduction for more books to come. Insya-Allah dah tau process senanglah sikit.

Anonymous said...

Sorry lupa lak letak nama - Azharin.

Mior Azhar said...

Thanks Azhar.... teeeheeeeeee... tetiba aku rasa shy2 cat la plak...

nafastari said...

Tahniah, saya turut tumpang gembira dan berbangga dengan kejayaan ini. Jadilah penulis, saya akan beli semua! :-) Tak sabar2 nak baca buku tu...

pB said...

Tahniahhhhh

Yen said...

Congratulations Mior...the launch was a grand occasion too. You must be proud. Coffeetable books are always a challenge, but you endured and it looks GREAT! Hope you celebrated it with your little ones too. Good luck with your future books!

Syireen R

anom said...

Whoa!!!! Congratulations... please continue..tak sabar rasanya menunggu your first fiction...hehehe.. good luck!!

leen said...

WOW Mior...bestnye! Tahniah...tahniah...Amboi, senyap2 je dia ye, kira cam besday prezen la ni ek? Bole le kasi I satu 'special edition' hehehe...BTW you kan byk citer kelakar, buat la compilation of short stories...I sure beli punye ;-)