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Posted on: Sunday, 18 July 2010 by Rajiv Popat

Long Story Short.

For those of you who know about my book project. I have started releasing parts of the book live as and when I get considerably 'done' with those parts. This is the first in the series of posts where the Acknowledgement section of the book goes live.

You can get the draft of the PDF version using this link.

If you don't know what this is all about, read on. You know what, even if you know what this is all about, I would still recommend you read on.

The Story So Far.

Months ago I announced on this blog that I would be doing some serious bathroom singing at a concert and that this was your chance to boo at me. The book, even though I have no clarity about what I plan on calling it, was an idea that caught me by my collar and would not let me go till I had set it down on a white canvas of my word document or blog posts.

After writing a truck load of content and material for the book and making all of it live, I looked back at the content and thought I would just dump it in a word document, publish it and be done.

Then when I started re-reading the content, there was only one thing left to tell myself:

Fu@#k!

I mean seriously. There are primarily three reasons why I was f@#cked. They were:

  1. Editing and Proof reading a book is hard. Just like everything else this is the ten percent of the work that is usually the hardest. Which means that there was quite a bit of work still left on the book.
  2. Your past work, when looked back, from a point and time in the present always sucks. Which meant that there were parts of the book that would have to be heavily re-written and parts that would have to be edited out.
  3. The book was not going to let me go till it had received the final touches and till it was released.

So, after a state of panic and denial which lasted for a few days and then jumping over to a couple of added side projects, I came back to the book and decided to pause all other side projects of my life till I am done with releasing this book.

Your Help And Participation Required.

As always, when I sat down to edit the book and give it the final touches, I thought of releasing parts of the book as PDFs which you can download, read, talk about, blog about, tweet about, criticize, comment on and give your feedback on.

With every release of a new chapter, go ahead and grab a copy of the chapter. Go through it. If you find any typos, let me know. If there are parts that you believe are better left out, let me know. If there are parts that you feel would be better re-written let me know.

You can either leave a comment on the post where the chapter is announced for download or just email me using the mail icon on this blog.

The Content.

I've given a decent round of editing and proof reading to the Acknowledgements section of the book which is now available for download.

More chapters and added parts of the books will start following in the weeks to come. Looking forward to your comments, suggestions and opinions. Given the fact that I am a cheap author working without a real editor your help would mean a lot.

Now get the Acknowledgements section of the book using this link and do start in your comments, suggestions and opinions.