Random experiences and impressions of people growing up in urban India compiled into a book is not something new. But, what if the book is yet-to-be written and the debutante author leans on fans of a social networking site for content?
Techie Karthik Iyengar hopes to set a new trend in publishing when he embarks on a 40-day road journey from Kanyakumari to Leh-Ladakh, interacting with fans of his Facebook community along the way and including their experiences in his upcoming book Horn Ok Please"
"We have launched the first ever reality show on Facebook, capturing the spirit of India, young India.'HoP'pers are going to guide us at all our destinations," Iyengar who calls the over 9000 fans of his community as 'HoPpers' after the book, told PTI.
"We plan to meet them at the cities where we go, take their inputs on growing up in urban India and so, the last two chapters of my book will be bearing names of those HoPpers them who really inspired me are different or made a difference in my work," he says.
Accompanied by his friend Rohit Tiwari who would double up as a photographer, Iyengar also plans to capture the different facets of India's beauty in two books in an initiative aimed at helping underprivileged children in Leh.
Having already penned 10 chapters of the 17 chapter plus book which the authors claim is an "absolute crazy, whacky, humour with laugher at every page."
"My book is not about the slumdog picture of India but its colourful and the beautiful side. It is meant to be racy, full of punch-lines and is based upon my real life experiences in India and abroad," says Iyengar who has lived in different parts of the world.
"Urban India is not about just issues and problems. It is also about dream big and throwing rules that say we are morons, out of the window, says Iyengar who lives in Bangalore.
"Instead of anyone telling me that I am a moron, I say through my book that I am one. The characters in the book are morons, certified morons," he says.
The plot revolves around four characters, including real life characters of author-narrator Chief Red Bull (Iyengar) and Goose (Tiwari).
Chief is an "avid blogger, a self-proclaimed moron, scuba-diver, bungee-jumper and a compulsive road-hog," while Goose is a "professional lecher, a photographer, a die-hard roadie and a freak of nature."
"Then there is the talking SUV with superpowers like Bluetooth, GPS and everything," he says.