Saturday 20 December 2014

Surrogate Author by Santosh Avvannavar and Shilpa Patil

Name of the Book - "Surrogate Author" - Authdas Journey of Nine-month Book Delivery!

Authors - Santosh Avvannavar and Shilpa Patil

Price - Rs.70


A journey of an aspiring author having a penchant for writings through various Bollywood characters to inspire other authors through this inspiring filmy story based on Devdas. It also consists of writing tool to practice. Get-set-to read a filmy remake of writing! Come fall in love with writings!

How I came across the book and what I feel about it -

One morning I opened my mail box to find a mail from the author, Santosh Avvannavar. He had read some of the other reviews I had written on my blog and asked me to review his books. In the beginning I was skeptical as his work seemed to be “different” and I wondered if I would be able to do justice to him and his skills. After reading about him and going through the reviews of his book I decided to take on the challenge. I hope I am able to use the appropriate words to describe his style of writing and the creative ideas that he tastefully uses in his work! 

The book Surrogate Author talks about the anguish and the challenges that every author faces….the questions that come up in our minds! Creatively written in dialogue format, the book includes characters from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s – Devdas and the 9 months involved in child birth to explore the entire process of writing. Kudos to the writers for using this method to encourage aspiring authors! I especially liked the way that the authors have described Ideas, keywords and other processes involved in a manuscript. A budding writer will certainly benefit from such details.

What I feel did not work -

As an Editor and English language teacher who is forever looking for grammatical and punctuation errors, the little editing lapses in the book did stop the flow. Of course, since this is the first edition, I am sure that the second edition will be without flaws!

About the Authors - 

Santosh Avvannavar: 
Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly writes articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organisations. He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero, Second Heart and Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview; Be A B.A.; Surrogate Author; Title is Untitled; Black, Grey and White. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a website, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD ( He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 40,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.

He can be reached at 

Shilpa S. Patil:
Shilpa is a faculty at KSWU Bijapur. She holds a Master’s Degree in commerce from Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from A.S.Paril College of commerce, Bijapur.

She likes to devote her personal time writing a blog. You can read her work at

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