Published: 09th September 2020
This 24-year-old's MTech student's book Lockdown Discovery may be the pick-me-up we all need
It took Rahul 16 days to finish writing the book finishing an average of 10 pages a day. Lockdown Diaries hod no marketing whatsoever but has sold quite a few copies within 15 days of its publication
The entire world is reeling under the COVID-19 crisis — not just the health scare, but the mental pressure of the crisis and its causalities. Rahul Haripriya, a 24-year-old from Bhopal, has not only found a way to battle the odds and find positivity in day-to-day life but has also written a book about it to spread the optimistic vibe. The 140-page Lockdown Discovery is all about inspiring yourself, the power of the mind and what you can achieve if you just focus on the positive in your life. It's a self-help book sans sermons but written from the personal experience of a youngster.
When COVID-19 struck India in March, Rahul was already bedridden — down with Typhoid. When it was time for him to get back to his usual life, the lockdown was in full force and his MTech final year exams were postponed. "The road ahead seemed uncertain. For the initial few days, I was anxious and did not know what was in store for me or my family. But gradually, I realised that I should not succumb to dark times like these. I appeared for job interviews over video calls from home. I bagged a decent job as well. This gave me hope," said Rahul, a student of Computer Science at the University Institute of Technology RGPV Bhopal.
It took Rahul 16 days to finish writing the book, as he was finishing an average of 10 pages a day. "I started writing when I was still in bed and recovering but I could not tell my family that I was taking time out to write rather than prepare for my exam. But I needed this. Only my mother knew about the book. Once I finished writing I got it published through Notion Press but I did not have the funds to market the book. It was all word of mouth. But the feedback was phenomenal. I got emails from people telling me that this book has helped them carry on during the lockdown and pulled them out of dark times. That is my greatest gain. Even my father appreciated it when I told him," said Rahul. He has sold more than 50 copies since August 15 without any marketing or promotion whatsoever.