First Chapter Reveal: Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee

Book Details:
Title: Seeking Redemption
Authors: Madhu Vajpayee
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Language: English
Pages: 176
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 199 INR
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The Blurb:

Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It’s her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste-based politics. Her path is crossed by two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are going to change her life forever. If it is Aman Sharma who can challenge her ideals, defy her resolves and make her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay Bharti’s sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It’s also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self.

First Chapter:

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A Conversation With Meera, Aman and Abhay

Have you ever imagined reading the interview of the leading characters from a book? If you haven’t then get ready to meet and greet, Meera, Aman, and Abhay the lead characters of the book Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee.

BLW: Meera can you tell us a little about yourself?

Meera: I am an ordinary girl trying to make a place for myself in this big mad world. Although I lose a lot in the process but somewhere in this, I have found myself.

BLW: Aman can you tell us a little about yourself?

Aman: I don’t know how exactly I can describe myself. But in short, I am a little shy person who wants to keep to himself. Perhaps becasue of my past, I have gone into a shell and afraid of opening up to the world.

BLW: Abhay can you tell us a little about yourself?

Abhay: I am a very regular guy who believes in hard work and making one’s own destiny. My humble background has ensured that I remain grounded whatsoever the situation may be.

BLW: Is this the author’s real life story?

Meera: Not exactly but I did feel that author was trying to find herself in my character. In my pain, in my dilemmas, in my loss and in my triumph against my own demons.

Aman: I would concur with Meera that story is not hers as far as specific events and incidents are concerned but I felt the choices she made, the conviction, the beliefs are definitely hers.

Abhay: Story might not be hers in entirety but her reflection is everywhere. The story had some messages and I believe her plots and characters conveyed were designed to convey what she wanted to.

BLW: Coming back to our interview, we read that this book is against Reservation, what’s your take on this?

Aman: Caste based reservation is a double edged sword that is now unfortunately doing more damage than any good to Indian system. Although orginally it was really needed to neutralize the ill effects of decades of tradition of untouchability and caste based discrimination but now it’s outliving its utility. As rightly put by Jacques Santer, “A quota is always something artificial that can only last for a certain period of time”. And as any expired item that is harmful for use, it’s damaging the health of the country in terms of education and job opportunities for the common people, particularly the youth.

Abhay: Caste based discrimination is one of the most inhuman act that had been practiced in the country till recent history. Coincidently, poverty was almost a synonym with the disadvantaged. Any policy that discourages such act was the need of the hour to stop such reprehensible practices. Furthermore, policies like caste based reservation was needed for a defined period of time to not only nullify but also to compensate for the injustice done in the past. However, any privilege that aims to help people to raise their standards and improve the quality of life eventually produce freeloaders, for people tend to take things for granted leading to complacency. Therefore it’s best to have time limited implementation of these policies so that it should not be self-defeating in the long run

Meera: If reservation at all is given, it should be provided on economic criteria or geographically disadvantaged population. Poverty is never associated with any caste. It doesn’t discriminate. Anyone who doesn’t have enough financial means to study should be provided aid or given advantage of the reservation. Importantly, it should be limited to education and not extended to job sectors

BLW: Meera’s best friend are Priya and Kiran. Are these names real?

Meera: No, these names are not real but yes author seemed to be imagining some of her good friends while writing about them!

BLW: Author has first launched this book in 2013 as an eBook. What’s the difference between First Edition and This Edition?

Aman: Because of author’s inexperience with publishing industry and the way it functions, she had launched it as ebook in little hurried manner without concentarting on promotional and marketing aspects which are the pre-requisitse for e-book sale.Encouraged by good response from reader but not having proper promotion last time, she decided to go ahead with this edition. Besides envisaging better publicity and availibility of books in bookstore, this book has been edited with little modification in story line and also with the eyes on details.

BLW: Meera, you told us that you are a doctor in this book and aspires to do Masters, Seeking Redemption, have you accomplished your dream?

Meera: Yes, I have accomplished my dream but not in India but USA. As story finishes, I am flying out to USA for achieving my dreams of doing masters.

BLW: Aman, you seem to be a mysterious guy with a troubled past. Is this your nature?

Aman: I am a little introvert person by nature but definitely not nysterious. 🙂 However my past has followed me and perhaps it has shaped the way I have become. Sometimes being a mysterious person helps you to deal with your trauma.

BLW: Abhay, you are an IAS by profession and a good person by heart. If this is your nature, what made you think that Meera slept with Aman? Will this single thought tampers your character to the readers?

Abhay: I doubt if my being a good person by heart has anything to do with the thought. This thought can cross anyone’s mind if you know that girl you are interested in, is perhaps already dating other man. I don’t think that a normal human emotions can tamper my character to the reader. Even it’s a fiction, you want to have characters with normal, even at times conflicting emotions to be able to identify with them.

BLW: Meera, whom do you feel attractive and romantic, Aman or Abhay?

Meera: What I am going to say may surprise you but Aman is definitely more attractive and perhaps romantic in his own mysterious ways. But it was understated style of Abhay’s elegance which swept me away in the end.

BLW: The book was released on October 16, is there a special reason behind it?

Aman: Yes, that was the day when I met Meera for the last time.

Meera: Yes, that was the day when I learnt to let go of my past and find myself in the process.

Abhay: Yes, that was the day when Meera perhaps took the first step in the journey towards me.

Thanks for your time Meera, Aman and Abhay. Hope you bring home laurels for the author. And to my dear readers, we’ve something more for you. On December 11, 2015, we will be publishing the first chapter of the book as a PDF, exclusively for our readers!

Book Review: Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee

This book is a nice decent read!

The Blurb:

Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It’s her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste-based politics. Her path is crossed by two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are going to change her life forever. If it is Aman Sharma who can challenge her ideals, defy her resolves and make her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay Bharti’s sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It’s also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self.

Excerpt:

All of them busy cheering their friends and exchanging pleasantries. Optimism was at its peak. She always loved the energy and undying spirit. An announcement was going on for today‟s final dress rehearsal program. Students were advised to segregate according to the degree they were receiving. She proceeded to join the MBBS batch with her friends Priya and Kiran Mala.

MBBS graduates were asked to stand alphabetically. Meera was taking her position when she sensed from the corner of her eye that someone was intensely watching her. Before she knew it, a tall and handsome man, with a whitish complexion, sharp chiseled features and deep dark brown eyes, wearing jeans and sky blue t-shirt was approaching her.

“Can I talk to you for a moment?” He asked her. Meera was perturbed by this sudden intrusion.

“Hi! I am Aman … Dr Aman Sharma, MD Medicine. And I guess you are….” he trailed off.

“I am Meera Mishra. I‟ve just finished my MBBS.” Meera finished the sentence.

“I would like to meet you sometime.” Aman said. There were no preliminary talks, not much introduction, it was simply a command. She, still unable to get a grip over the situation, replied, “I will see.” He then vanished in the crowd as quickly as he had appeared.Her eyes tried to follow him in the auditorium while rehearsal was going on. Aman Sharma had a demeanor, which reflected a kind of aloofness. His face had an arrogant look about it and there was an aura of aristocratic upbringing.

About The Author:

Dr. Madhu Vajpayee,- the writer was born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture its enigma in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several scientific papers and chapters in books, this book is her first step in literary world.

Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post-graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi having been associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn’t pursue earlier because of the demands of medical profession and commitment it requires. When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and travelling.

The Review:

When a country’s political system starts taking a toll on the lives of innocent people. So much, as to nearly threaten all aspirations, opportunities, rights and even peace from their lives. Their only mistake is being a part of that vicious cycle. But then, from a league of common people only, there are revolutionaries too. Who courage to rebel and fight against the system. Has sacrifice been that easy? Yes. Only when your dream and sacrifice are entwined together, adding will and perseverance to it.

Simran’s Desk…

Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee is a deliberately written book in context to social issue which still persists strongly in the roots of contemporary society and that is – a combination of politics and increase in the number of reservation quota for backward class.

The story revolves around Meera Mishra, a charismatic, intelligent, diligent and courageous doctor, who earns her M.B.B.S degree despite all the odds that her family face in terms of financial condition. Her mother constantly probe her to get married in a well-to do family whereas, her father be there to support her during all her ups and downs. He believes in Meera’s capability and encourages her to apply for post-graduation. Aman Sharma, who is pursuing MD in medicine from the same college admire Meera’s beauty and falls in love with her. He starts contacting her and seek ways to meet but Meera being goal oriented ignore him. Though he is arrogant and demanding but gradually, she starts liking and accepts the way he is. Unfortunately, Meera being hard working and intelligent fails to qualify the post-graduation medical entrance exam whereas, her best friends Priya and Kiran Mala who are comparatively less deserving candidates clear the entrance with the help of reservation quota. Meera is surprised and bewildered thinking what destiny holds for her in future and suddenly, her father gets terribly hit by an attack which paralyzes one side of his body. He is the sole earning member in the family. Meera’s younger brother, Raghav is an average student who aspires to study engineering. He doesn’t qualify entrance for a government engineering college but his mother pesters to get him admitted to a private college instead, that are expensive. In parallel to this, the government and the officials such as Prof. Rajaram, Samir Saxena, Rajesh Kumar and Rahul supports increase in number of reservation quota for their own benefits and agenda of winning votes whereas, on the other side, Aman, his father, Dr. Sanjeev and Dr. Abhay Bharti are against it, as they believe the gap between lower and upper castes has been filled and there is no more need of privilege. Meera, even after scoring well in her M.B.B.S doesn’t get to work in her own college which she should have had got it by default. That’s when she realize, the vicious cycle of politics and the system that runs blindly solely for its own benefits.

Will Meera be able to get a job and continue her studies or would be married off to someone? Will her parents would agree Aman- Meera relationship? Will she be able to arrange funds for family and expense for her brother’s higher education? Will Abhay Bharti and other rebellions get justice or will the vicious cycle would get stronger? Read the book to find it out.

What I liked?

The author has well defined all the characters in the story. She has nicely narrated the story and has put almost every aspect of the situation (reality) very wisely. The story goes on more like a debate which I found interesting. The ending is quite justified and has not been hurried.

What I disliked?

Repetition of dialogues and grammatical/spelling errors were a bit irritating. Other than that, I felt the story lacked surprise element and it was a slow read.

Why should one read this book?

Are you too against the reservation system? Have you too been deprived of opportunities because of the ongoing reservation system? If yes, then it’s a book you can relate yourself and realize how deeply it’s affecting so many dreams and lives.

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Sarav’s Desk…

First of all, a very big congratulation to Madhu Vajypayee for addressing a social issue that’s in the roots of our society – reservation and the politics involved in it. Keep writing and good luck for your future.

How often we read a book on social issues these days? The answer would be a single digit I guess. This book, Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee, is one of its kinds – a mixture of reservation, privatisation of medical colleges, ugly politics, and the people in power deciding the fate of everything. Just like how it happens in reality. I appreciate Madhu for attempting to write in this genre.

This book had a promising plot, which later got mixed up with too many subplots that diluted the concentration of the book. The first few chapters drew me into the story, made me travel with the characters, only to read a diluted plot. For example, when Meera said YES to Aman, I expected to read a few romantic chapters, but what I offered was a complete let down. When the author wrote about anti-reservation movements, what lacked were the details, the complete setup, and facts to believe it. To be true, I was bit disappointed reading the final few chapters.

The story had its own twists and turns, keeping me hooked till the end, but there was no surprise element. Still, this was a good decent read. I took three hours to complete reading the book and one hour to write this review. If you are against reservation, then read this book to know the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, which the author penned wonderfully.

What I liked?

Only a few people know where to tell and where to show, I believe Madhu has done a decent job in this area. Her impeccable narration is what kept me hooked till the end. The plot and the characters are wonderfully plotted. The quick turn of events, the so-called good-luck factor, are well used in this book. Overall, this is a different decent read!

What I disliked?

Love and romance… the book lacked love and romance in those candid conversations between Meera and Aman, overuse of the words “Reservation” and “Caste”, lack of details or the setup of the subplots, repetition of the dialogues and grammatical errors.

Why should one read this book?

If you are against reservation, then read this book to know the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, which the author wonderfully penned. If you are victim of these ugly politics, for sure you will relate and applaud the author for plotting a decent read!

Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 4/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Seeking Redemption
Authors: Madhu Vajpayee
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Language: English
Pages: 176
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 199 INR
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Stars…

Simran, the talented reviewer of our team, gave this book a three-star rating. While Vidhya and I, gave this book a four-star rating, to applaud the author’s brave attempt to write about a social issue that’s in the roots of our society. Keep writing, Madhu!

Seeking Redemption is a decent read! This book is against reservation, highlighting the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, will make you applaud the author for plotting a decent read! A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will keep you hooked till the very end! Highly recommended to all who are against reservation. No second thoughts!

The author has opted for a promotional package and our services. We are glad to read and review it. The opinions expressed in the review are from the reviewers heart and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. We have given a four-star rating on Goodreads and we will on FlipKart and Amazon as we felt nothing less than that would be fair.

#25 A Conversation With Madhu Vajpayee

BLW: Let’s welcome the new and sensational Indian author Dr. Madhu Vajpayee to Book Lovers World. The writer was born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture its enigma in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several scientific papers and chapters in books, this book is her first step in literary world. Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post-graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi having been associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn’t pursue earlier because of the demands of medical profession and commitment it requires. When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and travelling.

Her debut novel ‘Seeking Redemption’ published by Half Baked Beans is among the top selling pre-order books on Amazon and Flipkart.

Madhu Vajpayee: Thanks for such generous introduction! It’s great to be here at Book Lovers World. My gratitude for such a warm welcome!!

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the getting published your debut book “Seeking Redemption”. Tell us a little about yourself.

live my passion in those unwritten words

Madhu Vajpayee: Thank you very much! I am a doctor by profession but a writer by passion. Until Seeking Redemption happened I tried to live my passion in those unwritten words that somewhere got lost in hectic schedule of medical profession. But eventually I realized that I need to write those words that were not letting me at peace. They needed to be expressed. For their sake. For my sake. And that’s when I decided to pour my feelings on a large canvass and give those unsaid words life of their own.

BLW: We know that you are one awesome writer. Tell us about your book Seeking Redemption, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing on the most trending genre? How long did it take to write this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: Seeking Redemption is a story of every youth of the country who is trying to win a losing battle in backdrop of caste based reservation and corruption prevalent in education and medical sector. It’s their effort to seek redemption from the curse that is eating away the inner fabric of such a beautiful country. However love is the most sublime emotion of life and nothing remain can remain untouched by it. I wanted to bring out the struggle at the professional front that young men and women go through while at the same time dealing with their personal battles in life. Love is such a powerful force that can shape all aspects of our lives. The story is weaved around three main characters, Meera, Aman and Abhay who not only go through myriad of emotional roller coaster ride that is a mix of love, trust, unconditional support and deceit but also their struggle with the prevailing system of the country.
It took me almost a year to write as my busy schedule of medicine left little time to write.

BLW: Seeking Redemption is journey from being a simple, medical graduate to the territories of caste-based politics with well-developed characters. We would like to know the homework you did to write this book.

Madhu Vajpayee: To be honest, I didn’t really need to do any homework. I was living in that very atmosphere, day in and out. The book is fictionalized account of the things that I personally experienced in my life as a doctor from a medical graduate to a fully-fledged medical doctor.

BLW: Meera, the protagonist of the story, is also a medical graduate. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

The story of her journey, specific events of her life,
problems faced by her was not exactly mine,
but her principles, belief and faith are mine.

Madhu Vajpayee: The heroine of my book, Dr Meera was born in those very corridors of hospital where I spent best parts of my life. Although the story of her journey, specific events of her life, problems faced by her was not exactly mine but her principles, belief and faith are mine. I saw myself in her dilemmas, in her pain, in her loss, in her triumph against her own demons. Through this book I also tried to highlight the rampant corruption in medical field and how unfortunately, merit doesn’t always stand a chance in front of mediocrity. Justice eluded her as well as Aman, the man whom she loved, in their struggle for achieving the life they dreamt, the life they deserved. But, ironically while Meera rises in such difficult times, Aman falls. She tries to help him in spite of her own dilemmas but he misunderstands her. And there is Abhay, the other man in her life, a friend but who gives her unconditional support through all the ups and down. Through Meera, I was perhaps trying to tell my inner child that life doesn’t always follow your plans. It follows its own path and pace. And instead of resisting it, we must embrace it.

BLW: Starting from self-published book to traditional publishing, what were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

Madhu Vajpayee: This is really interesting question. I really dwell upon it a lot. Believe me, the whole process of publication of a fiction work was an eye opener to me. I found to my utter surprise that it was much easier to be published in medical journals and books as a medical doctor. I worked in the field of HIV/AIDS care and management and I have lot of publications in prestigious national and international journals. However it was much easier to get published there in comparison to publication of fiction books. You have no idea what’s going to click with publishers here. It’s completely uncharted territory where nothing is defined. You just need to keep going with passion and determination in your heart without thinking of any consequences. To survive, you have to let go of failure, learn from it and move forward with enhanced determination. In the end, it’s all about the passion. You do it because you love it irrespective of success or failure.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: Any crisis in life is also an opportunity to know an indestructible part of you hitherto unknown to you. Incidentally a professional crisis in my life that almost changed the course of my life including my relocation to a foreign land forced me pen down the things that was until now remain buried in life’s ongoing drama. For me, this was one such opportunities. Instead of losing myself in confusion and dilemma, I tried to channelize my energy into something that I always loved but never got enough time to pursue. And the book Seeking Redemption happened.

BLW: Did relocating to Australia helped you write this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: In a sense, yes! I am not working full time now and able to devote lot of time to writing. Although the first draft was written while I was still in India but further modifications, editing and polishing was only done later after my relocation here.

BLW: What was your biggest learning from writing this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: You have to believe in yourself. World can’t do that for you. You have to believe when there is nothing left to believe and keep going. Failure can only be temporary setback but eventually, if you believe in yourself, it can become a stepping stone in your journey. Every day is a new learning experience and we should be ready to learn for coal needs to be polished to become a diamond.

BLW: Seeking Redemption is a romantic – fictional love story. Would you be sticking to one preferred style and genre in future?

Madhu Vajpayee: As I said previously, love is essence of our lives. Nothing can remain untouched by it. I am not sure if I would stick to this particular genre for I like to experiment with different styles but love would certainly remain one of the main ingredient of my stories.

BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?

Madhu Vajpayee: No particular time. Whenever my creative instincts push me to play with words and create some magic in the process, I spontaneously start scribbling. When not writing, most of the time, story is going on in my head and I am busy creating and recreating the scenes and dialogues. My favourite place is my study that is located in the upper floor of my home. From here, I get the most beautiful view of picturesque Melbourne that helps me to relax and write.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Madhu Vajpayee: Always, wanted to be a doctor. I always wanted to serve people who are going through difficult times.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Madhu Vajpayee: My elder brother, Vipin who suffered from cerebral palsy and unfortunately who is no more in this world. From him, I learnt how to never to give up in life. He inspired me to give your best whatever may be your limitations. He inspired me to laugh in adversities, spring back after defeats and maintain equanimity in success and failure.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Madhu Vajpayee: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini, Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Exodus by Leon Uris, Fault in our stars by John Green to name few of them.

BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?

Madhu Vajpayee: Thanks for letting me share my dreams! I have already completed ‘I Owe You One’ that’s again a romantic-fictional story where I have tried to focus on Hindu-Muslim harmony as well as the divide in the country. Finger-Crossed, it’s under consideration for publication. The next that I am currently writing is pure romantic story where nothing except love is felt, lived, suffered and eventually conquered. I am really enjoying writing it. To my surprise, most out of all three until now.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Madhu Vajpayee: Nothing special, I am a very regular person who enjoys dressing up, showing up and accepting whatever life offers. One little secret though, learning to cook after moving to Australia as I never got the opportunity to do that in India.

BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.

Madhu Vajpayee: 1. Love Story by Erich Segal
2. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
3. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
4. Fountainhead by Ayn Rend
5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

BLW: What advice would you give to all those aspiring authors who consider you as an ideal?

Madhu Vajpayee: Never give up. We are bigger than anything that can happen to us. Write because you love it. Not because you want to become author like everybody else. To get opportunity to be a published author will just be a coincidence and perhaps also your good fortune!

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Madhu Vajpayee: I owe my father for inculcating the habit of reading from my early childhood. I consider it as best possible gift to any child. So all the book lovers in this world, you are so fortunate to be able to enjoy reading for nothing can match the magic of written words that not only transcend us to an amazing world, stimulates our thought processes but also challenges our ideas and beliefs like nothing else.

Thank you so much for your time, Madhu. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… It’s our 25th author interview. We’re super excited! And to the readers stay back for more. We’re going to interview the lead characters of the book Seeking Redemption, Meera, Aman and Abhay in a short while. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!

First Chapter Reveal: A Minute To Death by Ganga Bharani

Book Details:
Title: A Minute To Death
Authors: Ganga Bharani
Genre: Thriller
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Language: English
Pages: 114
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 175 INR
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The Blurb:

Murder most foul or an open-and-shut case of routine suicide?

Young, vivacious and an aspiring writer, Riya wants nothing more from her longtime crush/boyfriend than to let her in on one of his exciting investigations. After all, what better source material for a book than a real life tragedy?

No-nonsense veteran cop, Rohan picks a case of probable suicide to satisfy Riya’s needs. Little does he know that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

What made the victim hang herself at the break of dawn? What is the secret that her group of friends is hiding? Will Riya be able to salvage a workable plot for her upcoming novel out of this case of seemingly simple suicide?

First Chapter:

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Book Review: A Minute To Death by Ganga Bharani

This book is action-packed with lots of mystery!

The Blurb:

Murder most foul or an open-and-shut case of routine suicide?

Young, vivacious and an aspiring writer, Riya wants nothing more from her longtime crush/boyfriend than to let her in on one of his exciting investigations. After all, what better source material for a book than a real life tragedy?

No-nonsense veteran cop, Rohan picks a case of probable suicide to satisfy Riya’s needs. Little does he know that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

What made the victim hang herself at the break of dawn? What is the secret that her group of friends is hiding? Will Riya be able to salvage a workable plot for her upcoming novel out of this case of seemingly simple suicide?

Excerpt:

They got up and as they were walking to the door, she asked ‘Won’t anyone question why I am here always and why I accompany you to the cases?’

‘Who can question me? You know we are in a country where policemen and politicians can do whatever they want. I am not doing something very wrong. I am just helping a budding writer who can earn a good name for the country. So it’s ok.’ He said, caressing his fingers in her hair.

‘Don’t mess up my hair.’ She frowned. She picked the sunglasses that were hanging on the first button of his shirt and slid it over his nose. He was confused why she did that. She immediately looked at the sunglasses and adjusted her hair.

‘Idiot, this is my 3k sunglasses not your dressing table.’ He said removing the glasses instantaneously.

‘Shut up. My dressing table had cost my dad 15k.’ she snatched it from him and looked at it to adjust the hair even more.

’15k for a dressing table? Now, I understand why guys hate to get married.’ He said sarcastically prolonging the stay on love in his voice.

About The Author:

Ganga Bharani, is a consultant by profession and the Author of the books, “Just You, Me And A Secret” and “A Minute to Death”. She is a creative writer, a passionate blogger, a script writer, a motion film maker and a director, with a creative mind and a beautiful heart that has captured the hearts of several people in reading world.

The Review:

Have you ever imagined how it feels before “a minute prior to death”? This book will take you on a spellbound venture from suspected suicide cases to a mystery to a passionate suicide. ”A minute to death” of all the victims holds the secret and unveil only in the end.

Simran’s Desk…

A Minute To Death by Ganga Bharani is a thrilling journey of Riya, an aspiring writer and her boyfriend, Rohan; a cop. The story starts with a crime scene at Raghavan Colony in Chennai. Riya is working on her debut novel. She wants the crime scene in her book seem real and effortless. For this, she makes the best use of her boyfriend, a cop. He agree to let her accompany him on a suicide case. Avanthika, a young and pretty girl who was happy and hearty till previous night suddenly found hanging from the ceiling of her apartment. Below her lies a mystery, a wrist watch that stopped exactly at 5:00 AM. Riya find the case amusing for her novel’s plot and join Rohan in the investigation. When they think, they have hold on the case’s grip, another mysterious suicide case comes. This time, Reema. She is found hanging on the ceiling, in her house. Something that was common in both the cases is, the wrist watch which struck at 5:00 and the girls hanging.

Will Rohan and Riya be able to unmask the mystery and find if it is actually a suicide or not? Will Riya be able to get a perfect plot for her novel? Who stopped the wrist watches at exact 5:00? Does the book hold some secret behind their deaths? Read the book to find it out.

What I liked?

Ganga Bharani has masterfully worked on the plot, background and characters. Every chapter ends with a suspense. The racy narration and logical dialogues will keep you hooked till the end. I especially liked the twist brought with Febbon’s anonymity.

Why should one read this book?

It’s rare to read a good thriller from an Indian contemporary writer. Ganga Bharani comes up with an exceptional skills of telling a story keeping mystery, suspense, thriller and romance balanced. This book is sure to give you goosebumps while reading. Quite worth the book price.

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Sarav’s Desk…

First of all, a very big congratulations to Ganga Bharani for masterfully plotting the story, background and characters. You deserve every bit of applause you got so far, and the ones you get for this book in the future.

How often we read a grand introduction to the female lead character of the story like Aishwarya Rai got in Dhoom 2, except for the bike and the dialogue that followed. Had I not known that Riya is a writer by the end of first chapter, I would have gone mad dreaming about this Ms. Beautiful. Rohan, too, made a mark, in the first chapter, when he carefully noted each and every detail in Avanthika, an adamant young pretty girl’s suicide. When I expected the next few chapters to revolve around murder, investigations, forensic reports, and other stuffs, I was happy to read something new. A combination of investigation and a blossoming relationship, between the two, mostly those teasing lines, conveyed the beauty of their relationship. To be true, I was laughing all the time reading the conversation between the two – be it the first kiss or the dialogues outside her college.

The story had its own twists and turns, I enjoyed travelling along with them, without getting confused whether this book is a crime thriller or a romantic thriller like Rohan did. When I read about Reema’s suicide, much similar to Avanthikas, I started connecting the dots to find out the dark secrets behind the suicide, and what struck me was something I could never imagined of. Still I enjoyed reading the last chapters, such was the talent of the author. Hats off to her!

It was a racy read. I took two hours and fifteen minutes to complete the book. If you are a lover of racy reads, then read this book to know the secret behind their deaths, which the author and we reviewers know. In GB’s style – “Reviewers, Author and the Readers”!

What I liked?

I liked reading this book. To be precise, the conversations between Rohan and Riya. Having interviewed them personally, I expected them to do better, and they did justice to it.

The Plot, The Characters, The Execution, Masterfully done!

What I disliked?

There were places author highlighted Riya’s intelligence, though I liked initially, but when it crossed the minimal point, I felt really bad for Rohan. Maybe, the author should have maintained the equality between the two lead characters.

Why should one read this book?

Because this book is bag of emotions. It will make you fall in love with Riya, laugh reading the conversations between the two, bite nails (if it’s your habit) when you read the suspense filled chapters, hate the author for writing a chapter, and finally become a fan of the author for plotting a wonderful read!

Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 5/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: A Minute To Death
Authors: Ganga Bharani
Genre: Thriller
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Language: English
Pages: 114
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 175 INR
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Stars…

We thoroughly enjoyed this amazing, fun-filled, suspenseful reading ride, and we give this un-put-down-able book a five-stars rating.

A Minute To Death is a racy read! This book is bag of emotions, it will make you fall in love with Riya, laugh reading the conversations between the two, bite nails when you read the suspense filled chapters, hate the author for writing a chapter, and finally become a fan of the author for plotting a wonderful read! A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will keep you hooked till the very last world! Highly recommended for book lovers. No second thoughts!

This book was given to us by author in exchange for an honest review. We are glad to read and review it. The opinions expressed in the review are from the reviewers heart and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. We have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and we will on FlipKart and Amazon as we felt nothing less than that would be fair.

A Conversation With Rohan and Riya

Have you ever imagined reading the interview of the leading characters from a book? If you haven’t then get ready to meet and greet, Riya and Rohan, the characters of the book A Minute To Death by Ganga Bharani.

BLW: Riya can you tell us a little about yourself?

Riya: I am an aspiring writer. I love Rohan but I am not very comfortable expressing it to him. I enjoy him shadowing me everywhere to know if I love him. But trust me this isn’t a love story just because the guy I love is cop and I want to become a crime writer.

BLW: Rohan tell us about yourself?

Rohan: Hello, I am a cop as my darling Riya said. I am nearing my thirties and she is in her early twenties. So I am scared to propose marriage to her. She is my cousin and the girl I have always been in love with. You will have to trust us when I say it’s an Indian novel but it isn’t a Romance novel.

BLW: Is this the author’s real life story?

Riya: You will have to read the book to know that. Also, a little research have to be done to know if author has an ex who is a cop. But I can assure you that Riya is not the author’s real life character. Though I reflect a lot of her thoughts and resemble her a bit.

Rohan: Come on Riya, you are size zero and the author is fat. So readers can easily understand it’s not the author’s real life.

Riya: Shut up Rohan. She is our creator and you can’t call her fat.

Rohan: When will girls understand that fat is not offensive?

BLW: Coming back to our interview, we read that this book is a crime thriller, what’s the crime?

Rohan: It starts with a death. Death of someone always raises many questions in so many people’s life. When the death is not natural the first question will always be if it is a suicide or a murder. The book is based on the journey of one such case, the confusions, the investigations, the stupidity and creativity of Riya and most importantly about death.

BLW: Author always names two characters after her friends Deepthi and Nakul. What’s Deepthis role and what’s Nakuls?

Riya: Deepthi is Avanthika’s best friend, don’t ask me who Avanthika is. Nakul’s character will be a surprise to him and the readers just like last time.

BLW: Author’s previous book, Just, you me and a secret, has a happy ending. What about this book, A Minute To Death?

Rohan: Rohan pleasure don’t open your mouth. It takes so much time and effort for an author to bring their book out in stores and you please don’t spoil the surprise for the readers.

BLW: Riya, you told us that you are an aspiring writer in this book, A minute to death, do you become a writer at last?

Ganga Bharani: No comments. I assure you that you will not be bored reading this book. Read it to know the answers for these questions.

BLW: When the book release is planned and why was the date chosen?

Rohan: Unlike Riya, our author Ganga Bharani loves her husband, Rajan, so much. She wants to gift him the best she can on his birthday which is on the 23rd of July. So she has planned to release her book, which she considers a part of herself, on the 23rd of July 2015.

Riya: You will understand how much I love you more than what Ganga loves her husband at the end of this book.

Rohan: Does that mean you love me?

Riya: Did I say so? I was being sarcastic when I said “how much”

Thanks for your time Riya and Rohan. Hope you bring home laurels for the author like how Meera Asheeth deepthi and San of just you, me, and a secret did. And to my dear readers, we’ve something more for you. Yes, on 23rd we will be publishing the first chapter of the book as a PDF, exclusively for our readers!

A Conversation With Ganga Bharani

BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian author Ganga Bharani to Book Lovers World. Ganga is a consultant by profession and the Author of the books, “Just, You, Me and a Secret” and “A Minute to Death”. She is a creative writer, a passionate blogger, a script writer, a motion film maker and a director, with a creative mind and a beautiful heart that has captured the hearts of several people in reading world.

Ganga Bharani: Thank you so much for the warm welcome.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on publishing the second book, A Minute To Death. Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a simple girl with complicated dreams.

Ganga Bharani: I went to an engineering college to discover what I wanted to do or what I was passionate about, just like every other Indian teenager; I wanted to tell stories. Making stop motion and short films was just an accident that accelerated my journey to become a writer. Two of my short films have won awards at we care international film festival. I have two titles as mentioned above. I am sure I have already said more than just a “Little”.

BLW: We know that you are one awesome writer. Just, You, Me and a Secret is a fast-paced gripping novel. What a reader we expect in the book, A Minute to Death? Tell us the secrets about your book, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing on a topic that still seems to be a tough task to most of us? How long did it take to write this book?

Ganga Bharani: I would like to share with you the background of how this story materialised into a book. One of my colleagues was interested in making a short film

I thought my book would be published the month
after I signed the contract and the next month,
I assumed I will become a Chethan or a Preethi.

and had asked me to give him a script. That night this story occurred to me and I narrated it to him the following day. It wasn’t within their budget. That was the time I had already signed a contract with Tales4 publications for my first book. But things were moving slow. I didn’t know it took so much time for a manuscript to become a book. I was new and just like everyone else I was in a hurry to become a writer, reach my dream spot in life. I thought my book would be published the month after I signed the contract and the next month I assumed I will become a Chethan or a Preethi Shenoy. In the real world things doesn’t happen so fast, so easily. Disappointed. Frustrated. I started writing down the story as a blog series. I used to literally writer every minute I was awake and not at work. 3 chapters a day, two in the morning and one in the night. A lot of readers mailed me, messaged me, called me and a few met me in person at work asking what the next chapter would be and expressed their eagerness to read the next chapter that I was going to publish. This boosted my confidence and here I am, one and a half year after all that, with the book printed and ready to be published.

I don’t enjoy writing stories without suspense. As and when I write a new chapter I want to be entertained myself with the surprises my brain gives me with a new twist in the story. Most of the twists in my books are unplanned, they come with the flow as I write that particular chapter.

BLW: Riya and Rohan, San and Meera, which pair is your favorite?

Ganga Bharani: Riya and Rohan are really close to my heart. Though Meera was my first creation ever as a writer, I love Riya more. I am biased. Riya has a part of me, she is my reflection, a girl who shares my passion and goal. She is an aspiring writer In the book.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Ganga Bharani: Death.

BLW: Just, You, Me and a Secret deals with medical aspects, what can we expect in A Minute to Death? Would you be sticking to one preferred style and genre in future?

Ganga Bharani: A minute to death is a crime thriller. Just you, me and a secret had a lot of romance, family drama along with suspense. But A Minute To Death has a lot of suspense and beautiful romance along with crime investigations. It is a cop story.
Fingers crossed. If this book is welcomed well by reader, I am planning to write a series of crime thrillers with the same characters. If it is not welcomed by readers, I will still write a crime series. 🙂

BLW: We know what happened to your debut work. What was the verdict? Did you get justice?

Ganga Bharani: I have spoken so much about the injustice and my only motto was to bring it to light, To keep people informed of such things being possible. I reserve my comments related to this issue as this isn’t the right time or space for it. I will surely inform you guys what happens at the end.

BLW: Apart from being a victim of plagiarism, what are the other biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

Ganga Bharani: Every single day I grow a little more as a writer. I learn new things and everything surprises me. When a reader mails me with so much excitement about his or her experience reading my book, it surprises me.

Patience is a lesson I am learning. It is very important for a writer to be patient for long waiting for responses from publishers and readers.

BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?

Ganga Bharani: I can write anywhere be it a noisy restaurant, a silent library or my room. I don’t easily sit down to start writing but once I sit, you can’t distract me until I complete writing what’s playing inside my head.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Ganga Bharani: When I was a preprimary student I wanted to become a teacher as I thought teachers were most powerful. They had the power to control all of us.
During my primary school days I wanted to become an IAS officer as dad said they were the most powerful people of the country.

Middle school, my dreams shifted to becoming a doctor as we waited for long hours in clinics, even IAS officers had to wait to meet doctors, I heard. Doctors are the supreme power I thought and really wanted to become a doctor.

After 10th exams , I heard that engineers work in A/C cabins all day. Considering that I was from a middle class family of those days, a whole day in air conditioning was a big thing. I wanted that sophistication. I opted computer science as my major.

I wanted to become a software engineer till the first day of college. Finally, I figured out that if I was good at something it was cooking stories. I had always cooked up convincible stories to support my absence or laziness for not finishing assignments. So here I am telling you such a big story for a simple question.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Ganga Bharani: Life itself is an inspiration for me. We are allowed to live and I really enjoy the fact that there a system here on earth for human beings. Every person is a million stories piled up in a particular order to call it his or her life.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Ganga Bharani: Movies have inspired me and have heavily influenced me. I watch Movies from across the world. JKR inspire me as a person. Her life has inspired me more than her books.

BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?

Ganga Bharani: As I said I want to write a series of crime thriller. I am too tired murdering, I have done that enough, so I want to go to school and fall in love again. My next book might be a romance novella. I am in talks with a publisher and it’s too early to comment about it.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Ganga Bharani: Does JavaScript count?

Just kidding. I have a lot of dreams to create some secret in my life. But as of now all I know is to write and I am not even sure yet if I do that well.

BLW: We know you enjoy reading books? What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.

Ganga Bharani: No cook would tell you the restaurants he ate in, will he?

BLW: What advice would you give to all those aspiring authors who consider you as an ideal?

Ganga Bharani: I am yet to reach a place where I could be called something close to an ideal. But even if I am there I would say that I’m not an ideal And that’s the best advice. Every writer is different so don’t aspire to become like someone else.

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Ganga Bharani: My book will be available soon, please read and let me know how it is. I hope I have done justice to the money and time you spend on it.

Thank you so much for your time. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re going to interview the lead characters of the book, A Minute To Death “Rohan and Riya”. We hope you will like the response. Stay Tuned!