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Dear Omana set to conquer Hyderabad

Published : Feb 13, 2023, 12:50 am IST
Updated : Feb 13, 2023, 9:55 am IST

Savage satire on the state of publishing is written by Krishna Shastri Devulapalli

A still from the play, featuring Nikhila Kesavan and V. Sarvesh Sridhar.
 A still from the play, featuring Nikhila Kesavan and V. Sarvesh Sridhar.

After successful shows in Chennai and Bangalore, the play, Dear Omana: Notes on How to Be a Literary Sensation, comes to Rangbhoomi in Hyderabad. This is a play by Krishna Shastri Devulapalli, adapted and directed by Nikhila Kesavan. The play will be staged on February 18, at 7 pm at Rangbhoomi, Gachibowli. Tickets priced at Rs. 499 can be booked online on

Dear Omana unfolds as letters exchanged between a struggling writer, Krishna Shastri Devulapalli, and a bestselling author, Omana Banerjee.

Simple do-it-yourself methods to generate ideas for a book, being the star attraction at a lit fest, decoding book blurbs, the secret behind trilogies, switching effortlessly from writing fiction to futuristic recipe books, understanding the connection between Bollywood and bestsellers — Omana seemingly has all the answers as she mentors Krishna through the various stages of being an Indian writer.

A savage satire, Dear Omana spares no one in the literary field — writers, publishers, poets, editors, lit agents, lit fest curators, translators, wastepaper merchants. A tale of passion, revenge and sales returns, Dear Omana is for anyone who ever wanted notes on how to be a literary star. The play runs for 65 minutes.

This play is an amalgamation of an epistolary play written by Krishna Shastri Devulapalli and sections from his book, How to be a Literary Sensation. Devulapalli is a novelist, columnist and screenwriter. Primarily a satirist/humour writer, he has written four books — Ice Boys in Bell Bottoms, Jump Cut, The Sentimental Spy and How to be a Literary Sensation — and edited an anthology, Madras on My Mind. This is a production by The Madras Players and Chennai Art Theatre, presented in Hyderabad by Taher Ali Baig.

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