Book Review: Surrogate Author

This time Santosh Avvannavar has joined hands with Shilpa Patil to write Surrogate Author, which is Inspired by Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ and is a hilarious take on the journey of aspiring authors/writers. Authdas is the tragic protagonist of the story who is an engineer by profession but is in love with writing. The booklorn aspiring author that he is, Authdas seeks inspiration to pen down his dream book Paro.

The ‘Idea to Manuscript’ section at the end of the book has some really good points to ponder for all the aspiring authors. As for me, it was a good read, an easy one as well as I could relate the story with the film. The title is apt and the message is imparted in an amusing way.

My Rating – 3.5/5

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 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


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