Chaiwala and his literary journey
Laxman Rao, a 62 year old man has a very inspiring journey to share. He is not just known for his tea sold at ITO, New Delhi but also for his writing...
According to the society, an aspiring writer cannot become an author unless he is learned, unless he is educated and an author is not known unless his books are sold, by the time he writes; struggles to get it published and sells. He completes half of his life and is recognised only after death.
Laxman Rao, a 62 year old man has a very inspiring journey to share. He is not just known for his tea sold at ITO, New Delhi but also for his writing skills.
Laxman started earning by selling paan and cigarettes under a tree; while he was into this business he bought books from Dariyaganj and Delhi Gate and through which he mastered the Hindi language. He has written 24 books till date, out of which 12 have been published and six have reprints. He faced his first rejection when he wanted his two books to get published at Dariyaganj, he was told it would require money while others asked him if he knew anything at all about publishing and out rightly rejected him. This incident has only increased his thirst to move ahead where he started to collect money.
- 1979- Laxman’s first book ‘News Stories for a New World’ was published which he sold at his paan shop.
- 1981- His life story in the form of an article appeared in the ‘Times of India’.
- 1984, May 27- His memorable moment in life was to meet Indira Gandhi at the Teenmurthi Bhavan.
- When people bought his books asked him about his qualification, he realised he should study and so he completed XI and XII from Open school.
- He then pursued BA from Delhi University.
- He is presently pursuing MA II year in Hindi from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
Other than his novels he also wrote about his personal experiences, the lives of people, society, incidents and his views on politics. He likes to write on anything that is current and happening. He is popular for his books which are sold online. His earnings from his books sale are not enough for him to run his house and so he sells tea. Today, he owns a publication which is still in progress. His dream and desire to become an author has come true and he is contented with what life has offered him.