Bhubaneswar: Bureaucrat turned author Rajesh Patil launched his first book ‘Maa, I Have Become A Collector’, here on Saturday.

The book was released at the 8th Kalinga Literary Festival(KLF) corner in association with the publisher Harper Collins Publication and Oxford Bookstore..

Patil is an Odisha cadre IAS officer who is now the CEO and director of employment and skill development authority.

Speaking on the occasion, Patil said, the overwhelming response to the book would inspire him to write more such books in future despite the work pressure.

Giving mantras to the young writers, he said , ” You dream, and be mad for your dream to make it real”.

Patil said the book is about the ups and downs and failures and eventual success of his life story. My fathr watn’t very closely involved with me, hence, the title of the book has the world ‘Maa’ in it, confessed Patil.

The session was hosted and moderated by KLF convenor Debasish Samantaray, and co-ordinated by Saranya Das, Debamitra Mishra of the team Kalinga Literary Festival. KLF founder Rashmi Ranjan Parida and Oxford Bookstore managing head Jagadish Behera were present.