False Ceiling by Amit Sharma


 

FALSE CEILINGS 
by
AMIT SHARMA
 
 
 
Blurb
Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes. 
 
From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin. 
 
When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family’s blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other? 
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Amit Sharma

Amit Sharma’s first fiction book titled False Ceilings has been published by Lifi Publications. The book launch happened on 12 Jan 2016 in the World Book Fair in Delhi.  Amit has been working in a Software Firm since the last ten years. He lives with his family in NCR. His wife is a teacher and they are blessed with a daughter who is in her terrible twos. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travelers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.

 

My Last Love Story


 

 My Last Love Story 
by 
Falguni Kothari

 

Blurb 

 
Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’s, Me Before You, My Last Love Story is a heartbreaking and poignant tale about the complexities of trauma and whether love can right a wrong.***
I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me.Love is meant to heal wounds.
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin.
Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul.

I love my husband, and he loves me.
But Nirvaan is dying.
I love my husband. I want to make him happy.
But he is asking for the impossible.

I don’t want a baby.
I don’t want to make nice with Zayaan.
I don’t want another chance at another love story.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Falguni Kothari is a New York-based hybrid author, and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful and cultural threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media and loves to connect with readers.

 

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The Jungle Book


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Indian forests are one of the best forests in the world. They are full of trees, shrubs, and animals like bears, wolves, panthers, deer, tigers and snakes and this is where the Jungle book is based. Rudyard Kipling couldn’t have chosen a better place to base a story about a baby lost in a forest.

A baby’s a lost in the forest and instead of being hunted by the dangerous animals out there, he’s found and raised by a family of loving wolves, Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python. This baby grows up to be a boy named Mowgli. Mowgli spends all his time in the forest playing and hunting with the wolves and the other animals. He also goes through amazing adventures with them.

It’s not always fun to be in the forest and sometimes Mowgli gets into trouble. Once with the mischievous monkeys who kidnap him and then Shere Khan the Tiger who always wants to attack him. This is a great book. Every child should read it, as I’m sure they will enjoy reading it. It will also make you wish that you got lost in the forest and lived and grew up there as it’s so interesting and there are so many things to do.

Rudyard Kipling is a great writer and this book clearly shows his ability to write and his great imagination. The way Mowgli grows up and the way he and the other animals interact with each other is breathtaking. Rudyard learnt a lot about forests when he wrote this book. He included stories and what he imagined was going on in the forest every day, when he lived in India. Some argue that the story was about the politics of that occurred at the time. All that shouldn’t matter anyway, because it’s a great story. We should all be glad that he shared it with us.

Hell to Pay by Pamela Fagan Hutchins


 

Hell To Pay
by 
Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Blurb 

USA Best Book Award-Winning Series, Cross Genre Fiction.
Third book in the Emily series, a spin-off from Katie & Annalise.

Big-haired paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily thinks she’s got her life back on track. Her adoption of Betsy seems like a done deal, her parents have reunited, and she’s engaged to her sexy boss Jack. Then client Phil Escalante’s childhood buddy Dennis drops dead, face first into a penis cake at the adult novelty store Phil owns with his fiancée Nadine, one of Emily’s best friends. The cops charge Phil with murder right on the heels of his acquittal in a trail for burglarizing the Mighty is His Word church offices. Emily’s nemesis ADA Melinda Stafford claims her witness overheard Phil fighting with Dennis over a woman, right about the time Phil falls into a diabetic coma, leaving Nadine shaken and terrified. Meanwhile Betsy’s ultra-religious foster parents apply to adopt her and Jack starts acting weird and evasive. Emily feels like a calf out of a chute, pulled between the ropes of the header and the heeler, as she fights to help Phil and Nadine without losing Betsy and Jack.

She says her first book came out in 2012 and that her latest, Hell to Pay, is the seventh book in the series. The books all have ties to Texas, with “an interrelated cast of kick-ass female protagonists.” She says the novel’s heroine (“a former rodeo queen turned paralegal”) returns to her home town in west Texas and discovers an extremist cult has set up shop and is terrorizing the local townsfolk.

 

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Chapter One Excerpt
 
Disco lights whirled around me, or was it the room? My inner party animal had atrophied, not that I’d ever been a real heavyweight. If it wasn’t for the fantastic people-watching—and the fact that this was the celebration party for the burglary acquittal of our firm’s client Phil Escalante the day before, and his engagement to Nadine, one of my best friends in Amarillo—I’ve bagged this shindig. Instead, there I was with tendrils of fake smoke floating past my face, ten
 
feet from a DJ dressed in a black latex fetish costume and spiked dog collar and A tall woman maybe ten years older than me appeared out of the low lights and sidled up to me, engulfing me in the odor of cigarettes. Her vanilla hair sported a generous dollop of dark chocolate roots, which was pretty funny to me since she had a body shaped like a cone. A waffle cone. A waffle cone with sparkly sprinkles from the spinning ball overhead. Behind her trailed a paunchy man of roughly her height. His eyes had locked on me in a way that made my skin crawl with leeches that weren’t there.
 
Rick James’s “Super Freak” ended. The silence in the cavernous L-shaped room was immediate and complete, but short-lived. A clamor of voices from the one-hundred- or-so guests resumed, their voices echoing off the bare walls and “Hey, Foxy Loxy,” the man mouthed at me. Or did he? Surely not. It was hard to tell with the lights playing tricks on my eyes.
 
The woman spoke past me. “You and your wife got any plans later?” Her bellow seemed to fill the room to its farthest corners, even with all the other voices. I winced and shrank under the eyes that shifted our way.
 
Not Jack, though. The horse rancher cum criminal attorney was nothing if not unflappable. His topaz eyes twinkled. “Emily’s not my wife.” 
 
The man surged toward Jack. “You’re not together?”
 
“I’m his fiancée,” I said through my recently tightened braces and painfully rubber-banded teeth, leaving out “and he’s my boss.” I waved my big, fat teardrop-shaped diamond at him to accentuate my point, then I pinched Jack’s arm where my hand was looped through its crook. I’d capitulated to the mouth gear when my childhood orthodontist saw the gap between my front teeth and insistedneeded Invisalign then, filled my mouth with metal instead. Payback for never wearing my retainer, I guess.
 
The man and woman looked at each other and nodded. She asked, “Care to join us? We’ve got a room at a no-tell hotel nearby.”
 
Jack’s whole body shook and I didn’t dare look at him. I was a sucker for his laugh. In fact, I was a sucker for everything about him, from his lived-in boots to his permanent tan to his Apache cheekbones. Before either of us could think of an appropriate response, Phil interrupted.
 
“Millie, Pete, leave my poor friends alone.” He clapped a hand on my shoulder and gently pushed me aside to clap his other onto Jack’s. “They’re not swingers. And this isn’t a swingers social. I’m out of the business.”
 
The space between Millie’s eyebrows narrowed and puckered as drops of
 
light rained down on her face. “It’s a free country, ain’t it?”

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Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long emails, best-selling, award-winning mysteries (WINNER USA Best Book Award, Fiction: Cross Genre, Finalist) and hilarious nonfiction. The Houston Press named her as one of Houston's Top 10 Authors (2014).She is a recovering attorney and investigator who resides deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and in the frozen north of Wyoming. Pamela has a passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs, traveling in the Bookmobile, and her Keurig. Visit her at http://pamelafaganhutchins.com or drop her a note pamela at pamelahutchins dot com. 

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My Last Love Story – Release Day Blitz


 
About the Book:

Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’s, Me Before You, My Last Love Story is a heartbreakingly romantic tale about the complexities of trauma and whether love can right a wrong.

 
I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me.
 
Love is meant to heal wounds.
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin.
Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul. 
 
I love my husband, and he loves me.
But Nirvaan is dying.
I love my husband. I want to make him happy.
But he is asking for the impossible. 
 
I don’t want a baby.
I don’t want to make nice with Zayaan.
I don’t want another chance at another love story. 
 
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Conversation with Zayaan Khan from My Last Love
Story.

 

Introduce yourself to our readers.
Hey! I’m Zayaan Khan—Zai to my friends. I have two younger sisters and a mother, and we live in London. I’ve come to Carmel-by-the-Sea to be with Nirvaan and also to finish my dissertation in Islamic studies.
You’re a nerd, huh. Then, this question is perfect for you: If you could do something dangerous just once
with no risk, what would you do?
Zai: Nirvaan and I have pretty much covered all the risky and dangerous things men can do. As of this moment, I’d try any risky
experimental medical procedure on Nirvaan to rid his head of tumors once and for all.
What’s the biggest lie you told in childhood?
Zai: That I love my brother. That he was redeemable in Allah’s eyes.
Which of your ancestors would you most like to meet?
Zai: My eight-times great grandfather who was a Sufi saint. I’d love to meet him and discuss philosophy.
Is it more essential to develop beliefs or gain knowledge?
Zai: Gain knowledge, of course. Belief without knowledge is a waste and an error. Knowledge is reason. Belief can be unreasonable.
Heavy. Let’s end on a fun note, shall we? What’s the most fun party you ever attended?
Zai: My—our—fifteenth birthday party. It was at Dandi Beach back home in Gujarat. It’s where we—Nirvaan and I—met Simi.
And that’s our five questions done. Thanks for being a sport. And I wish you find that experimental
procedure for Nirvaan too.

 

Advance Praise:
 
At once heartbreaking, delightful and completely unexpected. A must read! 
~ Sonali Dev, author of The Bollywood Affair
 
In My Last Love Story, Kothari examines love and loss, desire and desolation, with a deft, wry touch that kept me reading late into the night and moved me to tears. 
~ Julia Tagan, author of Stages of Desire



About the Author:
 
 
Falguni Kothari is an internationally bestselling hybrid author and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media, and loves to connect with her readers. My Last Love Story is her fourth novel.
 
 
 



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False Ceilings


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Blurb: Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes.  From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin.
When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family’s blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other.

About the author: Amit Sharma’s first fiction book titled False Ceilings has been published by Lifi Publications. The book launch happened on 12 Jan 2016 in the World Book Fair in Delhi. Amit has been working in a Software Firm since the last ten years. He lives with his family in NCR. His wife is a teacher and they are blessed with a daughter who is in her terrible twos. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travelers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.

Review:  A family chronicle, in the 1920s to 2060s between inter-linked incidents and characters. The protagonist, Shakuntala, has seen from the freedom struggle, to the partition, to the world wars, to the 1984 riots. The weakness and susceptibility of human hearts and minds is brought out very well by the author. The legacy of mindless fears, insecurities and jealousies among generations has been showcased strongly. Aaryan, to the female characters- Radha Devi, to Shakunthala, to Meena, to Lipi were well written. The author’s description of Delhi in the pre to the post-independence era is worth citing. The simple and steady lives in the hills of Dalhousie are beautifully described and the characters from the various eras connected to it in some way or the other. Aaryan kept me hooked on with his craze for ‘If-Then-Else’ statements. The mystery of the secret passed on between generations through the false ceiling is well-kept. This book was a very motivating and fascinating. I would say False Ceilings has a secret not to be missed. It is not every day that you read a book that keeps you glued without the slightest hint of how the characters are finally going to fit into the puzzle, finally completing it. There are analogous stories and then there are consistent characters. A truly enjoyable read.

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The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 2)




First look at The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 2)
 


Guardians of the Halahala (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 1) has a new look as well!



The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.
But was the Halahala truly destroyed?
A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.
As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!
A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.

 
Reviews
for Guardians of the Halahala
The
story is interknitted with action, brilliant storytelling, and insightful of
mythological and legendary elements that get under your skin and challenge the
way you perceive history, as only few of the talented authors can. ~ Shreya Ganguly @ The Notepad
Reviews
I
am intoxicated, drugged, and floating in a world that has come to conquer my
senses since the last few days. The world of Vikramaditya. The world carved by
author Shatrujeet Nath. ~ Amrit Sinha on Goodreads
The
quality of writing is powerful and beautiful, almost surreal. ~ By Manish Mahajan on Amazon
In
fact the only disappointing thing about this book was that the second part
isn’t ready yet. ~ Srikanth Sarathy on Amazon



About the Author

Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.

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You Raise Me Up


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Overview: Aalok Sharma, a 27 year old Chartered Accountant meets the beautiful and vivacious Priyanka Mehra on a flight from New Delhi to Mumbai. They are instantly attracted to each other, though completely opposite in nature. However, something is holding Aalok back. Will this thing throw a spanner in his love story? Or will he be able to overcome his demons?

About the Author: Born on 5th April, 1989, Arjun Hemmady completed his schooling from St. Mary’s ICSE (Mazgaon) and College from RA Podar College of Commerce and Economics. He is pursuing his Chartered Accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

Review: You Raise Me Up, this book has no twists or surprising things though it was written well. I felt it will work well with the teenagers or young adults. It was definitely not my kind of read. The story depicts the life of the young people in metropolitan cities, with some imaginary and real descriptive. The book bored me with its length. There were no brusque or inspiring dialogues. The plot was very predictable like the other love stories sailing in the market. To me this book id di not create any overwhelming feeling and I did not find it to be a dramatic story that would touch my soul. The pace of the story did not impress me much and for me it went very slow. Some parts of the book requires more editing. It was a difficult read and if you are looking for light reading, you might give this one a shot.

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Encounters


Encounters
Someone’s Always Waiting
by 
Sumana Khan

Blurb 

ENCOUNTERS is a potpourri of five sumptuous stories involving a motley crew of protagonists. Skating along the borders of fantasy and paranormal themes, the stories track incredible and poignant journeys of self-discovery, tracing the cathartic aftermath of fleeting encounters.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sumana was born and raised in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where she went on to graduate with a BSc in Electronics, much to the surprise of her teachers, and relief of her parents. In what can only be described as a quirk of fate, she ended up as an IT consultant – a role she essayed for more than a decade. She then moved to the UK where she quit her job and pursued academic and literary interests. The result of this pursuit has been two Masters, one published book, quite a few manuscript drafts, and above all, being stone-broke perpetually.She currently lives in the UK with her husband and several books.

Review: Encounters by Sumana Khan has five short stories about a forensic scientist who is safe with a strange tourist , a retired accountant, a incense stick salesman and a psychiatrist, who has to examine a girl. Among all the stories, I liked the psychiatrist story, as he starts investigating he realises there is something very uncanny and he understands that he is getting personally involved with his patient, which should never ever happen. Does his patient come back to normalcy? What happens to him? What is the strangeness about the case that he is handling? There is also a tribute which the author pays to mothers, grandmothers and to all the women. Every story was amazingly written. As I am a huge fan of Super-naturals, this book worked well with me. It was just difficult to put it down and I read it one sitting. All the stories are wonderfully written, with complicated details, credible characters and goosebump endings. It is not easy to pick up the favourite. This one is a page turner you should not miss if you are a fan of supernatural tales.

The Rising Sun for Transgender Community


Our social structure and beliefs have stigmatized the society so much that sometimes we tend to follow the suit without giving much thought to it. Think about a transgender and immediately a person, clad in loud clothes and cheap jewelry, begging at the traffic signals or in the train compartments flashes in your mind.

I do not vote for the lowly act of begging or the habit of touching/getting too close to strangers to extract money being adopted by most of the transgender population that usually we have come across, but have we really bothered to analyse why they are forced to behave the way they mostly do?

Majority of the heterosexual population in India feels uncomfortable about this minority population and discriminates against and excludes them from the main stream. Till recent past, they were not allowed to get jobs in the main stream work fields. Even the forms that we have filled innumerable times have only two options against gender column as: MALE & FEMALE. So maybe it is their inner turmoil and centuries of hurt self-respect that prompt them to behave in such manner? Or maybe it is the financial requirement that prompts them to extract money by hook or by crook. They beg because they normally don’t have access to an education system that would impart the knowledge and capability to them and enable them to earn a respectable living.

The same stigma is associated with people who undergo a sex change operation thereby breaking the set rules of the society.

However, the times are changing and a lot of new perceptions and thought processes are finding their way into our much stereotyped way of thinking. The sun is rising for them and showing the first ray of hope, Dr. Manobi Bandopadhyay, a person from the transgender community, has become the first one from the community to head an educational institution. After facing many obstacles and a teaching career of 20 years, Professor Bandopadhyay is the Principal of Krishnanagar Women’s College in Nadia district of West Bengal.

After completing her MA in Bengali, she became the first transgendered person from West Bengal not only to complete a PhD but also to become a faculty when she joined Vivekananda Centenary College in Jhargram as a lecturer in the late 1990s.

Dr Manobi Bandopadhyay underwent a sex change operation after being convinced that she was a woman trapped in a man’s body. While growing up, she was the only son in her family and was known as Somnath. In the year 2003 at the age of 38, after undergoing a series of operations and prolonged hormonal treatment, she became Manabi. Her peers describe her as an able administrator. Dr Bandopadhyay has an adopted son named Debashish.

This is a welcome change in India and the society is embracing people from the community who have either born as transgender or have undergone a sex change  In a landmark ruling in April 2014, the Supreme Court has also recognised transgender people as a third gender.

By,

Shilpi Chaklanobis

About the writer:  She currently heads the Digital Marketing division at an MNC.  Apart from writing, she spends her time devouring books by the dozen. This is her first endeavor as a writer and her writing not only shows promise, but also has a sense of sensitivity that compels you to think about the lives you touch every day.

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Letter to future child


Disclaimer: I am not in a relationship, I am not married and I am not pregnant, nor do I see this ever happening in my near future, unless something magical happens. This is just the end of a lot of personal thoughts I’ve had recently on growing up, being a woman, and caring for another human being.

Dear Future baby,

2 days back it was Mother’s day. I wished my mother and in secret I wished myself on your behalf. You’re in all probability thinking, why I am writing this post to you, despite the fact that you may never come in my life. I’ve met appreciative amount of people who have given me important lessons and here’s some things I’d like to pass on in a cuter version of me.

It is 2016, I am 32. I’m writing this to you as a sort of avowal of the kind of person I’m going to be in your life. The kind of mother, I promise to be some day. Don’t worry, you’ll surely take over this bizarre way of thinking, and I’ll take full responsibility.

I often imagined what it would feel like to carry you in my belly, to experience morning sickness and weight gain you would bring in me and to openly celebrate your messy and awesome entrance into this world.

I have decided on your name, because I don’t want you to be nameless for 4 years like me. I don’t want anyone to fight or quarrel on deciding your name like your grandparents did when I was born. If you are a girl child, you are my Raavi and I would want you to love your name as it is what you will be for the rest of your life. Why Raavi because I want you to be named on R. If you happen to be a boy child, you are Haasil, indeed a reaching for me. Just like your name, I would want you to achieve all your goals and ambitions and be successful in life.

I promise to be a crying shoulder, punching bag, mentor, buddy, coach, and your biggest fan apart from being the world’s best mom to you. When you arrive I will have a new list of things I want to do with you. When you ask me how they built the pyramids I want to be able to tell you, if you ask me about the wonders and mysteries of this world I will be able to tell you about them. For, I want to be your Wikipedia.

I want you to feel proud of having me as your mother. I have done so much in life that you will be the happiest child. Nothing is impossible. Right now I have done a couple of things that fit into this category but I still feel as though there are one or two big moments to come. When you meet me and get to know me I want to be able to look in the mirror and truly believe I know myself. My mood changes vividly from one moment to the next, baby you need to handle my mood swings but I promise I will control them for you. I had to worry a lot about money when I was a kid and growing up as a teenager to an adult I had to sacrifice my studies/dreams for someone else’s future. It was your grandfather’s fault that things happened. I am not promising you but I will try my best, you will never have to worry about money.

I’ve never known love in my life not even from my immediate family. I have never known it to the point where I knew that the man reading my favourite book somewhere in some part of the world would be your father. I fear to tell you, that he may never come in my life. I can’t promise you anything about this man.

My tiny tot I know so many married couples who often think they’ve met the right person, they rush to marry despite parental conflict, force from one of the partners, or whatsoever reasons, have children in speed and then they are knocked with distrust or dullness in the relationship which makes them live a complete loveless and lonely life. It is really difficult for me to continue to exist in a loveless relationship and this is what makes me sometimes anxious about your father.

There was a time when a 32-year-old woman was supposed to have a husband, two kids, a house and a car. When my mother was 32, she already had 2 school going children and I am on the same age where I sit and write to my imaginary baby. Well that time is not now anymore. If at all you arrive I will be waiting to have an amazing life with you.

I promise to always love you, Yours ever loving

Mum

PS: Wish I can have you my child, so that I can take lots of selfies with you in my tummy. The 3rd month, the 6th month, the 9th month, just before delivery, post partum, your 3rd month and so on.

 

‘Bring back the MOM in Supermom’


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मुझको यकीन है सच कहती थीं जो भी अम्मी कहती थीं
जब मेरे बचपन के दिन थे चाँद में परियाँ रहती थीं

The first hand I held while I was taking my first few steps was of my mother. The first word I spoke was Ma. The first spoon of food was fed by my mother. My first day of school was scary but my mom encouraged me to attend school regularly. She taught me how to hold the pencil to write my first alphabets. No wonder my mother has been the best. I am sure however old I grow I don’t think about it I will reach out to her for anything and everything related to my life. It is the support, love of my mother that is the greatest gift which I have received in this lifetime. When I am asked who my hero is, my answer is – Ma, my mother. She has been the greatest inspiration in my life and is the main reason that I am where I am and who I am today.  She has inspired me to show the world that I can still learn from the mistakes I make no matter how bad they were.

Born in Tirupati, she was raised and educated in many towns of Andhra Pradesh and Chennai. Marriage bought her to Delhi where she studied for a while and now resides in Hyderabad; I would like to introduce you to my mother. Her name is Prema and she is 60years and she is the third born out of 6 siblings to her parents. Her looks disproves her age as most people are fooled into thinking that she is 10 years younger, often considered to be my sister. She is a daughter, sister (to 5 of them), wife, mother (of 2 adults), daughter-in-law, sister-in-law (to 14 of them), Aunt (nieces/nephews run around 50), mother–in-law and a grandmother (to 10 children) who is a post graduate and a qualified Interior Designer. Ma has inspired me to be strong and be there for the family from my childhood; now that I am older and more mature I know she was right. She is the one who stood behind me on my positive decisions in life and faced me on the negative ones.

She is a composed woman, loves reading novels and watching TV serials. She likes visiting temples as she finds peace in presence of her god. She is super friendly, she knows everything about me including the tweets I write, about all my friends (online and offline), the books I read and review, the articles I post in the blog. She reads all the pieces I keep scribbling. Ever since I introduced her to Twitter, she has turned famous as many of my followers like her a lot as she comments on their tweets and sometimes gets into a conversation with the young lot. She is the lovely ‘Auntyji’ on Twitter.  She makes the best Yakhni Pulao, Rajma, Mutton fry, Fish curry and Aalu ka parathas.

Just like how #IndiaRunsOnChai, for Ma, Tea is liquid wisdom and it is the truth. She doesn’t like coffee, but she loves her tea which has to be made by me. I don’t like tea and never had a single cup in my life, but I make amazing Masala Chai which has a big fan following. She has limited circle of friends and I often throw, Chai parties inviting her friends at home which makes her feel so happy. Tea sets have been her fixed gifts on Mother’s day or any other occasion.

Anyone who knows my mother knows she’s the most giving person. She’s always happy to help someone if she can. It’s from her that I’ve learned to be a giving person. My mother has shown me how to embrace the present moment. I’ve gone through madcap phases in my life, my mother has always been willing to embrace whatever I happen to be into at the moment, which is a very inspiring quality.

Ma was the only person that believed in my dream to be the best that I could be in writing/journalism. I wanted it more than anything in the world at the time, but had absolutely no promise. I mean really, I was pretty amateur article writer at school level. However she always knew nothing was going to stop me from doing everything I could to make my dream a reality. She promised me she would support, and encourage my efforts. She watched as I slowly but surely progressed in the world of writing. The greatest feeling in the world came when I finally got good enough to where I won prizes for my contribution in various magazines and newspapers. The first thing I did was take her along to Delhi to attend the “Superbrain of India” contest. She was the absolute best company. Her gratitude for every moment we get to spend together, her support in everything I do, every moment to her is a gift. I learned from her that to stick with no matter what the end result, feels so much more satisfying than giving up.

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If you had not supported me in my passion (writing) since I first wanted to become a writer at the age of 13, I would not have won many awards, titles, contests and earned fame as a recognized writer/editor/blogger/book reviewer. I dedicate this post to you Ma. I hope you have all the happiness you deserve and you know this already, but I’ll tell you again: you are always in my heart. I love you to the sky and back.

‘This post has been written in association with Blogchatter and Chaipoint for their Mothers Day Special.”

VOYAGERS BY RUCHIRA KHANNA


 

VOYAGERS INTO THE UNKNOWN 
BY 
RUCHIRA KHANNA

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In the historic Indian town of Agra, you can find a very unusual tour company, which is owned by a charming young man named Raj. Although Raj’s official job is to show off the historical landmarks of Agra, including the legendary Taj-Mahal, his true mission is to heal the souls of his broken “birds,” as he affectionately refers to his tour participants. His business operates purely upon word-of-mouth referrals, ensuring that all of his tour members arrive in Agra with their hearts in their hands, ready for the spiritual growth and cleansing that Raj is known to provide. Healing the hearts of the spiritually damaged can be a difficult job, and in this particular tale, Raj finds himself faced with his most challenging tour group yet. First, there is Ira, a stunningly gorgeous but fragile young woman on the brink of suicide. Next, we meet Darci and Lennard, a couple on the verge of divorce. Then there is Carl, an irritable, antisocial workaholic who has burned all of his bridges. Lastly, we meet Asha, an elderly widow who still yearns for the company and comfort of her late husband. When disaster strikes the tour group, everything is thrown into jeopardy, including lives, relationships, and Raj’s very reputation as a tour guide. Raj must find a way to lift the spirits of these five special travelers, even in the face of death and despair. Venture into the unknown and discover how Raj Touristry heals the brokenhearted, one soul at a time.
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Author Interview – Shilpi Chaklanobis


 

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  1. What inspired you to start writing?

I have been an avid reader since my childhood. Reading enables me to relive many lives. I love to share the new things I come across and observe during the journey of my life and so after reading a few hundred books, I started imagining and creating my own stories wanting them to share with the world. Also it is my belief that everyone has at least one story to tell, and when mine reached to over a dozen, I started writing.

  1. What did you like to read when you were a girl?

From the very young age I started reading and the first book that I landed upon was an Amar Chitra Katha (gifted to me by my Grandma). I have also been an admirer of classics and serious reading that drew me closer to the writings of authors like O. Henry, Saki H H Munro, Mark Twain and Premchand from a very young age. Apart from those, I also enjoyed reading comic books especially Tintin and books by Enid Blyton.

  1. What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?

For me the greatest challenge to write this book was to make the stories seem real as well as interesting enough to hold the interest of the readers.

  1. How much research do you do before writing the book?

If we talk about this book, then it was more of observation and experience than research that helped me write it because all the stories are based on human relationships. However, I always make sure to recheck any facts and figures if I quote them in any of my writings.

  1. What motivated you to write the book ?

In this era of chaos and competition where everyone is running to win the race of life, there are so many things happening around us which go unnoticed. I have always been fascinated by such moments of life that can be enjoyed to live the life to fullest and this is what motivated me to pen down such moments into stories.

  1. Can you tell us more about your latest book ?

PANORAMA is a collection of 15 short stories that revolve around human emotions and relationships. The moments of everyday lives of Indian people and families have been woven in the form of tales that sometime talk about the unconditional love of a pet dog for his master and sometimes about truths that leave us wondering if ignorance is really bliss. Overall the book takes you through the bittersweet journey of life where you come across a plethora of emotions.

  1. How did you come up with the idea of debuting with short stories?

Since my childhood days I enjoy reading the works of O. Henry and admire the way he depicts life with the help of short stories that have the power of saying so much in very few words. I wanted to share so many things and that could be possible only if I write a collection of short stories.

  1. Who are your favourite authors?

Jane Austen and O. Henry are my all-time favorites. Apart from them I love reading the works Gulzar Sahab, Shivani, Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore and Ashapurna Devi.

  1. How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?

I try to devote at least two hours daily on weekdays but sometimes it becomes really challenging after a full day at work. However, on weekends I try to write at least for 4 to 5 hours which sometimes may get extended upto 6 to 7 hours.

  1. What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?

Being a new author myself, I am not sure if I am experienced enough at this point of time to impart wisdom to aspiring writers. However, one thing that I want to share with them after writing PANORAMA is that like any other work, practise and consistency are the mantras for writing a book. They need to read a lot to sharpen their writing skills. It also needs a whole lot of patience to complete the work because in this technology driven era, it is very easy to get distracted.