Book review #25: Surrogate Author

Name: Surrogate Author
Author: Santosh Avvannavar and Shilpa Patil
No. of Pages: 47
Genre: Fiction/Self-help
Publisher: Hoffen
Price: Rs. 70/-
Published in: 2014
The blurb of the book says:
About the author:
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 organizations. He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero; Second Heart; Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview and Be a B.A. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a blog, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD ( He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 35,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.
Shilpa S Patil: Shilpa is a faculty at KSWU, Bijapur. She holds Master’s degree in commerce from Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur and Bachelor’s degree in commerce from A.S.Patil college of commerce, Bijapur. She likes to devote her personal time writing for a blog, namely the Shilpa Goldy and the blog can be read at
The story unfolds in the form of a play. It is basically a parody of Sanjay leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’. Paro here is an unfinished book and Devdas is a wannabe writer. The book is targeted at aspiring writers who are somehow unable to complete their projects. Some manuscript writing tips are given at the end of the book.
Somehow the humour did not click with me. Anyways it is a fair attempt to lighten the grim situation of aspiring writers.
I give “Surrogate Author” 2 stars on a scale of 5.

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