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Book Review – The Fragile Heart, Author – Ankit Jaiswal, Publisher – Penpoint Publications

The Fragile Heart by Ankit Jaiswal is a sweet romantic tell tale with a cool breezy feeling.

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Book Review – Love Lasts Forever, Author – Vikrant Khanna, Publisher – Srishti Publishers

Love Lasts forever by Vikrant Khanna, is neither book nor a story; it is a promise of love with your beloved.

Love you Hamesha….Will you be mine in every life…Timeless love…and many more Love lasts foreversuch rosy romantic lines, I am confident that you all must have read such lines (and their similes in various stories and other sources as well) and I am also confident about the fact you loved reading those lines. Coming in terms with the real life, how many of you have heard or said these words or promised love to your beloved, I guess, most of you did but do you continue to live up to your promise? Think again.

This book is a chance to reconsider your love and commitment towards your love. It inspires you to drench yourself deep into love in order to avert the catastrophe of separation. This is so because life never gives us second chance or several instances to mend the broken relationships. So, precaution is better than cure. Hope you have came across this alert atl-east once in your lifetime and surprisingly, this applies in love as well.

First promise to commitment and second is mentoring – these two are the essential elements in any love life. Considering mentoring, very few people are blessed with mentors (NOT LOVE GURU) to guide their love life. Yes, we vouch for one but then we all are never on the same ship. Our protagonist, Ronit was lucky enough to be blessed with one, Shekhar – his ship Captain. As you read the story, Ronit, unknowingly, becomes a mentor in disguise for you.

He takes you along on his voyage and as you share path and destiny with him, you share his happiness to identify love, being committed to it, marrying it and the angst of being separated. Life bestows him under the guidance of his Captain Shekhar and Ronit fulfils his commitments towards you by sharing the findings and teachings with you.

He sets his story on the plot of a journey on seas where his ship gets hijacked and provides him with a chance to revisit his past and identify the problem areas in order to find solutions for the betterment of his relationship with his love..his wife. It is a learning experience for all. No boring script no unnecessary lengthening for covering pages. An interesting read. Why? Because everyone loves to read diaries. Yes, you will be reading diary entries from….you need to find yourself.

Just one addition to it, there could have been other solutions as well besides what he suggested through his story but he wins accolades for treating his side nicely and with utmost sweetness.

I leave you with a strong recommendation.

About the Book

So you think your love can last forever…?

Get married!

Eighteen-year-old Ronit falls madly in love with Aisha the moment he meets her at his graduation day from a naval college. He believes he has found his perfect soul mate, and come what may, his love for her will last forever. Seven years later, he gets married to her. Big mistake! A week later, he completely hates her and believes she has turned into a devil.

But his perception about love and life changes when he hears the poignant love story of Shekhar, his Captain, on a ship that later gets hijacked by the pirates of Somalia.

As they are left fighting for their lives they confront if love truly can last forever…? But does it get too late?

Author SPotlight with Uday Mane, Author – The Helpline

Dear Readers,

Our third author today, is Uday Mane. A young mind with mature thoughts that are provoking, enough to influence your mind-set. Best example being his latest creation – The Helpline. A story very well connected with today’s youth who try hard to find answer within but fail. But, is suicide the remedy for failure? Uday answers…  

BNI: Tell us something about yourself and your background.

UM: Born in Pune and raised in Mumbai, I am a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Mumbai University. Currently, I reside in Mumbai and work as a full-time social media professional & part-time author. When I am not doing either, I am usually reading or watching movies.

BNI: What inspired you to start writing?

UM: I had not discovered writing until after graduation. I started off with short-stories which received favorable reviews from readers, both friends and strangers (online readers). My initial reaction was to write as a hobby but over the years, the passion turned into a life-long goal. Every writer has an inspiration that pushes him or her towards the first book. In my case, it was the readers mostly. There constructive criticism and honest appreciation has helped me grow as a writer.

BNI: How did you come up with the title?

UM: The Helpline, originally, was a short story written well before it was turned into a novel. The decision to stick to the same title was quiet easy one. The Helpline forms the core of the plot as it revolves around a call made by the protagonist in conversation with Rachael, who works at a suicide helpline. However, everyone who has read the book will tell you that the title is only a mask to the reality it conceals. The Helpline, after all, may not be the helpline you think it is.

BNI: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

UM: The book was written with an intention to reach out to those who have given up on life. The objective was to inspire them, tell them that it is never too late for one more fight. However, I realize that each one of us has given up in life at least once. We have all fought the odds and survived the unthinkable. While the book is written mostly for teenage audience, I like to believe that the philosophy of the book applies to everyone.  Why read The Helpline? Because there is a part of you in it.

BNI: Share some interesting story about the book

UM: It happened in the summer of 2008. I was seated in crosswords with my copy of novel and reading away peacefully. That was the day I met this beautiful stranger. We talked about books and other things in life until I inquired about the two long scars on her either wrist. With all honesty, she confessed to having tried committing suicide twice and being saved by her friends, twice. There is no such thing as thrice lucky. Thankfully, she conceded to having been over it. Our paths never crossed after that but what was left behind was an idea that grew over the next few years. Six years later, there was a book called The Helpline. So, thank you, stranger.

BNI: Is there a message in your book/novel that you want readers to grasp?

UM: Suicide is not a solution to any problem in life. Whether you fail in relationships, career or life for that matter, have the courage to fight back. For every struggle you face and every failure in life, remember that you are one step closer to success. Live your dreams everyday and they will come true. Finally, never give in to any problem in life. There is always strength for one more fight.

BNI: According to you, what is the hardest thing about writing?

UM: Consistency. Perseverance. Patience. And an appetite to digest harsh criticism. You have to have all of these and yet writing will not be a cakewalk.

BNI: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

UM: To write is to live. I simply wish to write as many books as possible in my lifetime. Having said that, I always want to write stories that leave behind a message. What is a story if not for its moral, right?

BNI: What will be your one favorite tip to get through the writer’s block?

UM: Get away from writing for a while. There are 2 phases in a writer’s life. The 1st phase is to observe and learn. The 2nd phase is to write what you have observed and learnt. If you hit a block, just be patient and stay in the 1st phase.

BNI: Any advice for writers budding or established?

UM: Everybody has a story to tell but not everybody can write. If you can write, it’s a gift and you need to respect that. Love writing and it will love you back. Don’t misuse your skills to hurt sentiments. Writing is a powerful weapon and it can change million hearts for good, if used correctly.

BNI: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

UM: It has to be Chapter 15, Read Me. It took me 4 months to write those 10 pages. The scene is set in a library where Samir conveys his feelings towards Riya without saying a word. He uses different books from the library and stacks them together so that the spines of the books (Spine Poetry) convey his feelings.

BNI: What are your expectations for the book?

UM: The purpose of the book will be served if the message is delivered. That is the simple expectation from the book.

BNI: Tell us about the charity this book is associated with.

UM: As mentioned on the back cover, Rs. 5 per book will be donated for child welfare through The Rotary Foundation. The proceedings will go towards Project Bhavishya-yaan, an initiative run by Rotary for the education and better future of children. I have also volunteered to conduct sessions for the students enrolled in this project at Ghatla BMC School in Chembur, Mumbai. It gives me immense satisfaction that the book is associated with and contributes towards a greater cause.

BNI: What kind of sessions do you conduct? Tell us something about the students here.

UM: The students are from 6th to 8th grade, most of them residing in the Ghatla village. These kids come from poor families but are truly smart, ambitious and willing to learn. What they lack is proper guidance, which The Rotary has taken the initiative to provide. The sessions involve storytelling, those teaching life values (Aesop’s Fables etc), book reading, English speaking and vocabulary improvement.

BNI: Do you think book cover plays an important role in sales?

UM: Absolutely. The cover for The Helpline was designed by a good friend; Yogesh Parab, who has put a lot of thought behind its design. The cover needs to have a firm relevance to the context of the story. It should not be misleading. Many readers will buy a book basis the cover and the blurb.

BNI: Ebook, pdf, mobi, kindle or printed hardcover book, what’s your pick?  

UM: Nothing can replace the pleasure of reading from a printed hardcover book. You will not find the fragrance of wisdom between the pages of a new book in an ebook or pdf format. Writers and readers have to change with technology but let us not forget our roots.

Thank you Uday for accepting to be interviewed for the blog.

Author Spotlight Interview with Vikrant Khanna, Author – Love Lasts Forever

Dear Readers,

Our second author, enjoying the spotlight today, is a young Captain from Merchant Navy. His writing skills are very much matching from the traits of a ship’s captain. Like captain, like husband and like Vikrant. Similar to an observant Captain, he observed his protagonist’s married life and came out successfully with a solution of whole bunch of problems faced by the young couples. His work is a nice read for young couples who have just started feeling that love is being left behind. Don’t wait, sail with him as he addresses my queries.

BNI: Tell us something about yourself and your background.
VK: I’m a Captain in merchant navy, been sailing for the past decade. I love a great story be it in the form of a book, a movie, or theatre.

BNI: So what all you have written / published till date?
VK: I’ve written 3 books so far. My first “When life tricked me” is a national bestseller. The second “The India I dream of” and the third “Love lasts forever” published last month.

BNI: What inspired you to write your first book and or this book?
VK: Being a sailor, I have all the time in the world, both literally and metaphorically. Once  during a long voyage crossing the Pacific, I thought of giving a shot at writing, since I have always admired the art of good storytelling. The first draft of my first book was completed in that one month voyage. That is what fuelled my interest in writing.

BNI: A 30 word tagline for your book.
VK: Love lasts forever is a modern day tale of falling in and out of love amidst the piracy infested waters of Somalia.

BNI: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
VK: The youth of this country. They should read the book because it offers a unique and different story line. It’s a love story at its heart with the piracy element interspersed with it making it an engrossing and exciting read.

BNI: What was the hardest and easiest thing about your latest release?VK: The easiest thing was to get the book published since I was already an established author with Srishti. The hardest being to get the word of the book out which would enable sales.

BNI: Is there a message in your book/novel that you want readers to grasp?

VK: There is a simple message – “Falling in love is easy, it’s sustaining the love that counts.”

BNI: Do you meet your readers at book signings, conventions or similar events? Any plans.
VK: Yes, I do. Currently I’m on a book promotion spree in schools and colleges.

BNI: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
VK: I get a lot of mails and messages from my readers and there is a common thread running in all of it – “With the book Love lasts forever, you’ve given love and relationships a new meaning.”

That sort of a response is very overwhelming.

BNI: Which writers inspire you?
VK: Agatha Christie, Sidney Sheldon, Stephen King, John Green, Nicholas Sparks

BNI: Any advice for writers budding or established?
VK: My advice would be to not get into this field if you do not completely love writing and if you cannot dedicate 3-4 hours every day to reading and writing. And if you decide to go through, never, ever give up.

BNI: What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
VK: There is a scene in the book inspired by true events. The Somalian pirates are torturing the crew members. In this particular scene a pirate smashes the jaw and breaks the teeth of a crewmember and then sets another one ablaze to demonstrate to the ship Captain what they can do if they don’t get their ransom. Now, this is my favourite scene because it was narrated to me in my maritime college by someone who had actually experienced something similar happen on his hijacked ship. When the same person read my book, he was completely enamoured by the way I’d described that and said he actually felt goose bumps because he relived the scene.

BNI: How about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us?

“When you fall in love for the first time, you can never get that person out of your mind for the rest of your life. You can never do that! You might learn to love again, or move on, or find another life partner, but the memories of your first love would always remain, no matter how hard you try to get them away.”

Many thanks Vikrant for agreeing to be interviewed and sharing your voyage of thoughts with us. I with my blog followers wish you success for your book.

Author Spotlight Interview with India was One

Dear Readers,

Today, I welcome one of the fine authors of the time. I am currently reading his story and will be coming out with the review soon. Till then, have a sneak peek into what author has to share with you all.

BNI: Tell us something about yourself and your background.
IW1:  Although I am the author of this book, I am not a writer by profession. I am a software developer.

BNI: A 30 word tagline for your book

…Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.

He was in South India and she was in North India…

Have you ever imagined India being divided into two countries? What happens to the millions of Indians who are from South India but are now residing in North India? Kaahi & Jai were two such people who got trapped in this situation. Everything was going smoothly for them and suddenly, their world turned upside down.

How will they get together? Will India become one again?

BNI: What was the hardest and easiest thing about your latest release?IW1: I don’t know about the easiest, but the most enjoyable thing for me was to develop the book’s website (www.IndiaWasOne.com). Marketing the book is most definitely the hardest.

BNI: Share some interesting story about the book writing/cover development.
IW1: The story-idea for this book was playing around in my mind for some time. When I finally decided to pen it, it took me less than a week to pour down my thoughts. I knew exactly how many chapters I wanted. It then took me over a year to expand on my ideas.

BNI: Is there a message in your book/novel that you want readers to grasp?
IW1: Yes. For Indians, we all love India…in our own way. For non-Indians, there is so much to learn in this book about India. You’ll be really surprised how diverse it is.

BNI: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
IW1: No, not personally. Actually, a few of them do write to me. However, a vast majority of them voice their opinion by reviewing my book on various platforms, such as, Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords, etc.

BNI: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
IW1: None.

BNI: What has been the toughest criticism and best compliment to you, as an author?
IW1: Fortunately, my book has been received very well, both, by Indians and non-Indians. Hence, there has been almost no criticism. As far as compliments are concerned, I would not call it a “best compliment”. Rather, I am very proud of many reviews by non-Indians who say that they now want to visit India. That they had no idea how diverse, and culturally rich India was.

BNI: Any advice for writers budding or established?
IW1: Never give-up on your dreams. NEVER.

BNI: Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
IW1: It is next to impossible to publish your book thru’ a publisher. Self-publishing is very easy.

BNI: Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
IW1: I can do better.

BNI: How about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us?
IW1: Read a sample for free here: http://issuu.com/indiawasone/docs/sample_for_web

BNI: Do you think book cover an important role in sales?
IW1: Very. If my book is on a bookshelf competing with lots of other books, it has to be compelling enough for a casual book-browser to pick-up my book.

BNI: According to you, what is the top most advantage / disadvantage of self publishing?
IW1:

  • Advantage: You are the boss. You control your creativity.
  • Disadvantage: Marketing.

BNI: ebook, pdf, mobi, kindle or printed hardcover book, what’s your pick?
IW1: Most definitely eBooks. Let’s all be more environmentally conscious. Cut less trees.

It was my pleasure to introduce the author to my blog followers. :) I am confident that those who will buy his book, will enjoy it as much as I am enjoying, at present. :)

Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others longlisted for Booker Prize

Published by Random House India on 4th June 2014, Rs 399 hardback

Random House India is delighted to announce that Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others has been longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

Already widely praised, the novel is an epic family saga set in Calcutta in the 1960s. Ambitious, rich and compassionate, it anatomises the soul of a nation as it unfolds a family history.

Here is a teaser, especially for you.

‘Ma, I feel exhausted with consuming, with taking and grabbing and using. I am so bloated that I feel I cannot breathe any more. I am leaving to find some air, some place where I shall be able to purge myself, push back against the life given me and make my own. I feel I live in a borrowed house. It’s time to find my own. Forgive me.’

Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note .

The ageing patriarch and matriarch of his family, the Ghoshes, preside over their large household, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting. More than poisonous rivalries among sisters-in-law, destructive secrets, and the implosion of the family business, this is a family unravelling as the society around it fractures. For this is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change: the chasm between the generations, and between those who have and those who have not, has never been wider.

Ambitious, rich and compassionate The Lives of Others anatomises the soul of a nation as it unfolds a family history. A novel about many things, including the limits of empathy and the nature of political action, it asks: how do we imagine our place amongst others in the world? Can that be reimagined? And at what cost? This is a novel of unflinching power and emotional force.

INDIA’S ENGLISH-LANGUAGE LITERARY SCENE APPEALS TO AMERICANS WHO SEEK MORE CULTURED AND SOPHISTICATED READERS

Do Indians have better literary taste than Americans? It is well-known that India is a country of book-lovers, with a blooming market for English-Language novels, but one American publisher believes that Indian readers also have higher literary-standards than American readers.

New York:  Aesthete Press—publisher of the highly-praised new romantic, adventure novel ‘The Wanderess’ by Roman Payne—has decided to shift marketing efforts for the acclaimed, new novel to India with the belief that India possesses “more sophisticated readers” and more “connoisseurs of high-quality literature.”  Such is the market of ‘The Wanderess’—a novel that critics say is “perfect for those who love great literary classics.”

According to the World Culture Score Index™, Indians read more novels than people of any other country (an average of 10.42 hours are devoted to reading each week in India.  Americans only spend 5.42 hours per week with a book in their hands).

 

Not only do people in India read more, but they are believed to be more cultured and than people from other countries—at least Indians who read in English—as their reading is also combined with world travel, and an education that immerses them in foreign cultures.

“Indians who read novels in English, a language that is not their first language, are educated people who want to better themselves culturally,” says Payne’s publisher, Aesthete Press.  “They want to explore new cultures and learn ideas that are foreign to what they grew up with.  They are not like the average American reader who looks for books mainly for something to take to the beach… something they can read where they don’t have to think too much.”

With this belief, Aesthete Press is planning to market all of their future books of high literary-value to India.  They are beginning this marketing change with Payne’s new novel, ‘The Wanderess.’

“Roman Payne,” they say, “is a very culturally diverse and sophisticated writer.  He is an American—born and raised in Seattle—but has spent the last 12 years living in France.  He, like all Western thinkers, has been influenced by Indian thought.  One of the legacies of this is his passion for yoga.  His novels, almost always set in Europe, talk about the lives, the dreams and troubles, of wanderers passing through foreign countries, experiencing foreign cultures and values.”

According to market research done by Aesthete Press, Indian readers of English-language books are four times more likely than Americans to experiment with more sophisticated genres of literary-fiction, such as European Romanticism and Classicism.  Aesthete Press believes that they are the people who will appreciate Payne’s books.

“Roman Payne’s novels are extremely Romantic, and they have a deep influence of Classicism,” says Aesthete Press, “he is a writer who taught himself French by reading the great French poets and French novels of the 18th and 19th Centuries.  This is a kind of writing that appeals to the Romantic literary culture of India.”

But how is this American publisher going to begin marketing to India?  Aesthete Press says, “We have started by reducing the price of ‘The Wanderess’ in its ebook version down to only 99 rupees, whereas the rest of the world is asked to pay 10 American dollars for the same book.  We will see from there how well India receives our titles, and if we should continue to offer special deals to this country.”

For more information about Roman Payne’s novel, ‘The Wanderess,” visit the website at http://www.wanderess.com.  To purchase the book in ebook format for India’s reduced price of 99 rupees, visit Amazon.in: http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00H00JQZS

For Media Inquiries:

Contact Person: Yves Delacroix

Telephone: (33) 6.51.10.72.02

Email: office@aesthetepress.com

Website: http://www.wanderess.com                                       

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