I have been lazy. The spirit-is-willing, but-flesh-is-tired, kind of lazy! May be it is age. Perhaps it is all about 2020. Can you imagine, this year has been so bad that in future people will start making comments like, “Dang man! You are nothing but a 2020! Or, if someone messes up something and the friends say, “That is just 2020 all over again for you, ain’t it?”
But that is not the reason I am being lazy. I have no idea why I am lazy. I am reading a lot, and don’t want to put the book down. Busy with my garden, and am watching some Pakistani Urdu dramas on YouTube, and marvel at the beauty of that language. So pure, so crisp and so refreshing. I love that language.
So anyway, ever since my book Gulistan was published, I have been getting so many calls and emails from all the Toms, Dicks and Harrys, to allow them to market it. I know very well that they will do it nicely but I would have to pay them to market it. Amazon and Barnes &Noble do just as well, me thinks. I have discouraged these men and women who hound me, or let the message machine take the calls and I ignore them.
Recently, I have been courted by some people with several well-known companies, telling me that they are interested in making a movie. I about fell off my seat. I of course told them that I was not interested. But there is a deluge of calls from New York, North Carolina, and California, representing some Hollywood movie people. I have Googled them, and what do you know, they are genuine companies. You should read some of the language they try to snare me with.
The final mail I have received yesterday, from one of the marketing companies is, that the film company is willing to pay me 50K for Copy Rights! If I don’t like that offer they would ask for more. These people, they are so slick! Why? Why on earth would anyone want to make a film of the stories from my book? Why would anyone want to tempt me? Can you imagine an older lady, much like me or younger, how she could easily fall for this crap.
So, I did what I think was right. I replied to their mail and said that I have to talk to my accountant and my attorneys before I could say yay or nay! Then I called the brain in my family, my son Sayeed and showed him the various mails. He read them all and said, “You know mom, I have to show these to the attorney and see what they think. Personally I think they are trying to get some money out of all this, but let’s talk to the attorneys first!”
So that’s where I am with my book and the “movie project.”
In other news, the garden is behaving well. Got tons of tomatoes, and the colors of sunflowers and dahlias and gladiolus continue to be vibrant. Have a great rest of the week, and stay safe and stay well.