Book Review: The Bestseller She Wrote By Ravi Subramanian

This book is un-put-down-able!

The Blurb:

He was a bestseller She wanted him to make her one.

Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor life is straight out of a modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career.

With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak.

Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of ambition. Young, beautiful and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a bestselling author.

What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken, be regained?

Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian, delves into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protege.

The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.

Excerpt:

The whole auditorium resonated with applause. Aditya Kapoor, who had been standing in one corner of the stage, walked up to the podium. Holding the stem of the mic, he pulled it closer to his mouth. The emcee who had been using the microphone earlier was a good ten inches shorter than Aditya’s six-foot-something frame. He cleared his throat, an act which he had rehearsed a number of times in the past and spoke into the microphone: ‘Good Evening.’

His deep baritone could make many a woman go weak in the knees. ‘It feels good to be back after fifteen years,’ Aditya carried on. There was an awed silence in the auditorium. ‘Isn’t it surprising that IIM Bengaluru has never invited me to talk about my professional exploits, something for which this institute trained me, prepared me? Instead, you have given me the honour and privilege of speaking to all of you about what I have achieved by pursuing my passion, my dreams.’

He paused and looked around the room. ‘I am here to speak not about what I have achieved, but about what I have enjoyed. Someone once said, “Find what makes you happy and go for it with all your heart. It will be hard, but I promise it will be worth it.” The fact that I am standing here in front of all of you, talking about my exploits, only goes to show that it is, in fact,’ and he again paused and looked around the room, ‘. . . that it is, in fact, truly worth every single minute that I spent pursuing my dream.’

Aditya continued, ‘When I began writing in 2008, it was for my own self. I became a writer, not only to tell a story but to broaden my own perspective. I don’t know whether readers took away any message from my books or not, but for me, writing was a process which left me intellectually enhanced. It transformed my personality completely.’

There was another round of applause.

A confident orator, Aditya went on to talk about his books, the writing process and getting published. The audience listened to him in rapt attention as he talked about his experiences and how he was able to differentiate himself in a crowded marketplace.

‘Every author puts in a fair bit of effort when he or she writes a book. But not everyone markets it well. Remember the easiest part about writing a book is . . . writing the book. The hard work starts once the book is written. The task of marketing the book and bringing the product to the reader is . . .’

‘Product? Rubbish!’ someone in the gathering exclaimed. The voice was loud enough for at least a few in the room to have heard it. Aditya heard it too. Stopping for just a brief moment, he glanced around before moving on. He had been in such situations before. The person who had made that remark was in the minority and could be ignored.

‘Marketing the book and bringing the product to the reader is a very critical task in the entire product life cycle. If you don’t get the product into the buyers’ consideration subset, how will he or she buy it? Isn’t that what they teach you in your two years at management school? In my case, the book is the product and the readers are our consumers.’

‘Balls!’ This time the voice was louder. It sounded out like a whipcrack. ‘It’s a book for god’s sake, not a product.’

Aditya stopped as heads turned. The sound had come from the right hand corner of the auditorium. If anyone had missed it the first time, they were sure to have heard it now.

From where the sound had emanated, stood two young girls. One of them looked quite embarrassed, which was enough for Aditya to confirm that it was the other one who had spoken.

‘Sorry?’ he questioned, upset at being rudely interrupted. ‘What was that?’ The girl had been a bit too loud. Maybe she didn’t realise it, but now, for him, it was a matter of his fragile male pride.

Neither of the girls responded to Aditya’s question. After what seemed like thirty seconds of uncomfortable silence, the girl who had made the comment stood up. All eyes were on her, including those of the outraged academics sitting in the front row.

‘Pardon me, Mr Kapoor, but a book is not a product,’ she spoke up. Despite her ostensible apology for her impropriety, she didn’t need any coaxing to stand up and speak. ‘A book is an expression of an author’s creativity. Do not demean it by calling it a “product”. We respect you as a good writer, as a successful professional and as a senior from our campus, but that does not mean that anything goes.’

A few whispers went up in the auditorium, gradually escalating into chatter.

‘Young lady,’ Aditya began, the quiver in his voice quite apparent. Camouflaging his thoughts had never been his strength. His face had gone red with anger. He was not going to be shown up by a young kid.

‘You are correct, but only partly. A book is not a product when an author is writing it. At that moment it is a dream. It is the purpose of existence for the author. But the moment you put a price tag on it and place it on a shelf in a bookstore, it becomes a product.’

He looked at the others in the audience and after an intentional pause, added, ‘Otherwise why even bother to sell it? Give it away for free.’

The Review:

I wish I had not written this review…

The Reviewer’s Heart…

“The Bestseller She Wrote”, failed to impress me, especially after the huge expectations I have from the author after reading his previous works. The first impression after reading the blurb was, this book is going to be a good read, but the very thought changed after reading the first chapter. The next few chapters clearly conveyed that Aditya is going to fall for Shreya, despite being a married man and having a lovely son. It did not surprise me, when Aditya kissed Shreya, or Shreya invited Aditya for a “steamy” romance. Well the romance did not appear steamy to me, it was more of a let down.

The chat conversation between the two, the way Shreya played along in the middle chapters were good. The worst part of the book was to make Aditya’s wife suffer from the dreadful disease Ebola and getting cured with the help of Canadian Vaccine. I wonder from when vaccines started curing diseases! Though the climax was bit delayed, still I loved the way the author wrote it.

The story had its own twists and turns, keeping me hooked till the end, but there was no surprise element, at least to me. This book is a quick read. I took three hours to complete the book and one hour to write this review. If you are looking for a quick decent read, then read this book to enjoy the character “Shreya”, whom the author created powerfully.

What I liked?

It was “Shreya” who drove me into the story and kept me hooked till the end. The chat conversation between Aditya and Shreya, the way Shreya played along in the middle chapters, particularly the chapters when she really made Aditya go mad for her, impressed me.

When I read TOI’s prompt from the author, I liked it, and it suited the story well.

What I disliked?

The reader’s heart would tell the story!

Why should one read this book?

If you are looking for a quick decent read, then read this book to enjoy the character “Shreya”, whom the author created powerfully. This book is a perfect script for a Bollywood Movie!

Rating:
Blurb: 3/5
Description: 3/5
Writing Style: 3/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 2/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3/5

Book Details:
Title: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Westland
Language: English
Pages: 391
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 295 INR
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Stars… To this not so thrilling read, I give a three-star rating.

The Bestseller She Wrote is a quick read. Perfect Bollywood Material! If you are interested to know the publishing industry and its background with a bit of romance, you are welcome to read this book. A ☆ ☆ ☆ Book! Recommended to all. No second thoughts!

I am reviewing ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian as a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books! The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a three-star rating on Goodreads, Amazon and FlipKart as I felt nothing less or more than that would be fair.

A Conversation With Sujit Banerjee

BLW: Let’s welcome the new and sensational Indian author Sujit Banerjee to Book Lovers World. Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, he grew up in Patna where he finished his post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist. He is glad to be in tourism. It had taken him all over the world including places people would have never heard of. We’re sure, have you heard about Tlacotalpan? It is a popular place in Mexico. Destiny had other plans as well for him to become a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today he both heals as well as read Tarot cards. His wife thinks he is mad. His friends think he is weird. He says he is the combination of both. His first story was published in a magazine when he was seventeen. Thereafter he wrote poems in English and Hindi, which he says that’s his personal collection, and will remain personal. Then again he started writing short stories and it’s a collection now – ‘Rukhsat The Departure’ published by Leadstart Publishing, and is among the top selling books on Amazon.

Sujit Banerjee: Thanks for such generous introduction! It’s great to be here at Book Lovers World.

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

I love to travel and Himalayas call me over and over again

Sujit Banerjee: You have said it all, already! Well – I just turned 55 and it feels good! It has been a tremendous journey – as a healer, as a tourism professional tour operator and now as a writer. I do believe that I always had the gift of words and initially they wove themselves into poems but now… I love to travel and Himalayas call me over and over again. I love photography and nothing makes me happier than to be on the move with my camera in my hand!

BLW: We know that you are one awesome writer. Tell us about your book Rukhsat The Departure, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing a collection of twenty six short stories alphabetically? How long did it take to write this book?

Sujit Banerjee: Rukhsat just happened; initially I would scribble the outline of a story and take time to flesh the plot out. In general I am a miser with words and hence they started to get over fast with most of them between 3 to 4 pages. Once I had over ten of them in hand I realised it was getting to be a collection and it just struck me – 26 alphabets and 26 stories! Since each story had an independent character – 26 names was the obvious choice. Then started the long and laborious journey of finishing 26 stories which took me over 3 years to complete!

BLW: Rukhsat The Departure is a collection of twenty-six stories… No people, with well-developed characters. We would like to know the homework you did to write this book.

Sujit Banerjee: A lot of it was easy as I had either had experiences that I wanted to write about or I had heard stirring stories of other – those that had engraved themselves on my mind. Yes, still ran short of the magical numbers to few – very few in fact – were created out of thin air – you will recognise them as you go along! Not much homework as you can see but yes – a lot of patience and effort to polish each one into a gem that contained all kind of human emotion and actions you can think of.

BLW: Tell us your favourite protagonist from the book, and do you have any character inspired from your real life?

Sujit Banerjee: There are three actually and even now I cannot make up my mind which one I am closest to. Hemakshi fighting the fact that she will not have a biological child; Yasmeen Bibi dealing with the world of three “talaks” and Zayan – the last one of a condemned man – what goes through his head as he prepares himself for the inevitable.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

Sujit Banerjee: The biggest learning was of how no one wants to touch a new author – specially known brands. I don’t know if they even read a manuscript at all and how one person can decide what the world would like to read. Had it not been for the initiative of Leadstart Publishing the stories would have gone untold. The next thing was the amount of time the process consumes from editing to going for final print. A new author can never imagine what goes behind the whole process. We all (new authors) dream that once they finish a book – it will become a bestseller in a months’ time! How far removed is the truth. Lastly, the realisation that nothing works better than being an active participating in promoting your own book and how social media plays a very big role in the process.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Sujit Banerjee: The powerful stories – real life – that I came across. As I heard them, I lived each one of them in my own mind and a time came when I thought I HAVE to share them to get them off my mind and the best way was writing them and sharing with others. The rest of it you already know.

BLW: Did visiting countries help you write this book?

Sujit Banerjee: Not really unless you count the fact that visiting different societies and experiencing various culture did open up my horizon; was was taboo became a reality; what was unheard of here in India – was common out there. That did make a difference.

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

Sujit Banerjee: Patience – the art of letting go and flowing with the tide. Writers’ block is a reality and I guess each author has to go through it and deal with it in their own ways. In my case my friends helped out – holding me back – forcing me to let go and then float with time.

BLW: Rukhsat The Departure is a collection of short stories. Would you be sticking to one preferred style and genre in future?

Sujit Banerjee: Right now I am just soaking it in… who knows what will come out next! Maybe a historical story of a courtesan?!!

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?

Sujit Banerjee: In bed – on my mobile phone!

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

Sujit Banerjee: I wanted to be a salesman!!! I wanted to work for an established company and sell soaps, oil etc. all over the country – travelling and visiting places no one even heard of.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Sujit Banerjee: The innate beauty of people around me! How each one has an unique story to tell but they don’t know how and to whom. I was lucky that I could relate to people quickly and give them the confidence to share their experiences.

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

Sujit Banerjee: Not so much as books as much as writers; the Bengali writer Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay – more popular as Banaphool, O Henry and Jeffery Archer (his Twist in The Tale). Lastly and not the least – Gulzar Saheb has had a tremendous impact on me to the extent that he changed the way I think in life.

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

Sujit Banerjee: Maybe a year from now I will start thinking! My wife insists it should be a murder mystery.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Sujit Banerjee: I think the gift of words as the biggest gift I have that even helps me sell my country as a destination to foreigners.

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.

Sujit Banerjee: Absolutely – I have my own library with hundreds of books – almost all read and few waiting for their turn. Angela’s Ashes haunted me; The Little Prince made me dream; The Storytellers Tale introduced me to the world of Dastangoi; In Arabian Nights by Tahir Shah I found my angels and demons. Finally – last but not the least – The Kite Runner that tore me up into bits and pieces.

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

Sujit Banerjee: Be honest; ask yourself if what you write – others would like to read; avoid heartbreaks by deluding yourself that other must like what you do. Have a good story to tell; don’t just write to publish and become famous. Recognise your weaknesses and strengths; work on the first and use the later to the hilt. Take feedback and don’t get hurt if they don’t match your own expectation. In the world of book you have to be excellent – not just good. And be patient – don’t rush your work – take breaks, enjoy the other things in life, get away from it and come back again. Enjoy what you are writing and leave the rest to God and publishers!

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Sujit Banerjee: Travelling is the best way to get to know the gift God has given to us as EARTH. The second best way is by reading.

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

A Conversation With Samir Satam

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian author Samir Satam to Book Lovers World. Samir lives in Bombay where he works as a Software Engineer in one of the multi-national IT companies. He is an avid reader, a serious cinema lover and an individualist by nature. At an early age, he started writing his diary in verses and thus developed his passion for poetry. Postcards from Memory is his first book of poetry, and is among the among the top selling books on Amazon and Flipkart.

Samir Satam: Thank you so much for the introduction. Am glad to be here… (Smiles)

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

Samir Satam: Thanks a lot for the wishes. I am glad that my first book worked out the way it did and I am thankful to all my readers who have made it a success.

About me, that’s one question I will never ever be able to answer… (Smiles)

BLW: We know that you are one awesome poet. Tell us about your book Postcards from Memory, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing it? How long did it take to write this book?

Samir Satam: You flatter me… (smiles)… For me Postcards from Memory is like a dream come true. I always wrote poems for myself and sometimes used them to assassinate my friends. One of my friends got so frustrated that he asked me to get them published so that others get a chance to get slaughtered too… (smiles)…

On a serious note, I am too lazy to approach people in judging positions and convince them about the selling points of my work…. My friends did push me to approach publishers. They thought it would be unfair if my poems don’t reach people who can connect with them. I remember one of my friends saying, you have no right to keep so much beauty hidden in your stupid notepad.

BLW: Postcards from Memory is a bag full of memories and inspiring poems. We would like to know the home work you did to write this book.

Samir Satam: There’s no homework behind my poems. Mostly a poem reflects a poet’s state of mind. I believe it won’t be a poem if we try to write one. As clichéd as it may sound, but I do firmly believe, Poets don’t write poems. On the contrary, poems choose poets to take birth on paper.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Samir Satam: Nothing extraordinary… Just Life… (smiles).

BLW: What was your learning from writing this book?

Samir Satam: Writing helps me know myself better. I have learnt that we think we know ourselves very well but there is so much within us that’s yet unknown to us. Our inner self is a travel destination that we can never explore enough. There are different ways people keep learning about themselves. My way of traveling within is writing and these poems happen to be the postcards I sent back to present while I was on tour.

BLW: Postcards from Memory is poetry book covering different shades of life. Would you be sticking to poetry or would you be writing stories as well in future?

Samir Satam: I cannot stop myself from writing poetry. If I do, I might end up in an asylum. Writing poems is the only way I can keep my sanity. Writing stories is an art that I am still developing. Let’s see how that goes.

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?

Samir Satam: I am lucky in that sense. Inspiration doesn’t wait for my invitation. I write in all sorts of places. Sometimes I even wake up from my sleep with a thought and start keying words in my phone, so that they are not lost. But I enjoy writing the most in hidden coffee shops which don’t have people waiting for table. There’s nothing more exciting than having solitude, a cup of coffee and a head full of thoughts ready to take shape on paper. Other than that, some of my personal favorite poems have happened to me while traveling solo. Those poems give me a different kind of high. It’s as if poems have the power to become places and you can never think of those places without your poem playing on your mind.

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

Samir Satam: I wanted to be a lot of things…. Some normal, some bizarre… To start with, like any self respecting comic reader, I wanted to grow up to become Superman… Then Peter Pan… Then Dorian Gray… Then an astronaut… A film director… Casanova… Weapons manufacturer… Scientist… Chef… At some point I realized that the most convenient way of being all these things in one life, is to be a writer.

BLW: What are your inspirations?

Samir Satam: My biggest inspiration has always been life as it happens. I think we are all infected by life. I just use that infection to my own advantage.

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

Samir Satam: There are quite a few… Literary Fiction as a genre attracts me. Non-Fiction books that dig in the psychology of their subjects also interest me. For me, the characters in a book are effective only when I understand how their minds work. So when I come across such books, they make a mark in me for life.

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

Samir Satam: I have a poetry book ready, but again I am just being lazy to approach publishers… I am in middle of writing a novel, but it’s too early to say anything about it. I am still too far from deciding the destiny of that story. I have written a few short stories but haven’t thought of publishing them yet.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Samir Satam: If I tell them to you, they won’t remain a secret. (Smiles)… I don’t count it as a skill but I love experimenting with food… Both cooking and eating…

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.

Samir Satam: I couldn’t agree more… Reading is indeed a potent marinade to your own experiences in the recipe that bakes in your mind and comes out on paper… To choose five is a difficult task… My all time favorites include:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Music of Solitude by Krishna Sobti
All poetry books by Gulzar sahaab
Jail Notebook and other Writings by Bhagat Singh
Without Fear by Kuldip Nayar

Somehow each of these books have helped me in looking at life from a different perspective, thus they have been instrumental in shaping me into what I am as a person today. And what I become, I write…

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

Samir Satam: I don’t think I can advise my peers or aspiring authors. Each writer has his / her own way of writing. I can just share what I believe in. The market should follow an author’s writing styles. Author’s writing style shouldn’t follow the market!

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Samir Satam: As long as there are people who cherish the company of books, the world doesn’t have the right to end… Keep reading, pals…

Thank you so much for your time, Samir. It’s our pleasure to chat with you.

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!

#25 Book Review: Postcards From Memory by Samir Satam

This book is a bag full of memories that will mesmerize, as you read them!

The Blurb:

Every moment that passes is not coming back. Yes, there might be moments in future, like the one you just experienced. But it’s not going to be the same again. The one that was, was one like itself. It cannot be replaced. It’s gone… Long gone… Dissolved in this crazy tasting, highly intoxicating drink of life. In an attempt to capture these bits and pieces that keep dissolving to give their distinct flavors to this colorful cocktail, I end up scribbling on my pad. This book is a bouquet of such moments that started with my mindless scribbling and ended up in verses. Sweet, Bitter, Sour, Sublime… Each piece has a taste of its own.

Excerpt:

Last night,
It remained unsaid,
That’s what I regret,
Only if I could have garnered the courage,
To say what I felt,
It might have brought a smile to your face,
Like it once used to…
But again,
The smile part is my assumption…
Poem title: Last Night, Page: 80

About The Author:

Samir Satam,- lives in Bombay where he works as a Software Engineer in one of the multi-national IT companies. He is an avid reader, a serious cinema lover and an individualist by nature. At an early age, he started writing his diary in verses and thus developed his passion for poetry. Postcards from Memory is his first book of poetry.

The Review:

It’s the first time I am reviewing a poetry book, which is easy not at all. In a novel, you go with the flow of events but in a poetry book every time there is a fresh tale, a new scar and an unknown healer. The book title was catchy enough to attract my attention. Being poetic at heart I was curious to read it, thanks to First Step Publishing for providing me a review copy.

The Reviewer’s Heart…

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” -Robert Frost

This is exactly I felt reading “Postcards From Memory” by Samir Satam. I liked the opening quote of the book which says, “Life is a large waiting room, Everybody seems to be waiting for something.” It instantly did set my mood to read it further. The book has been divided into ten different segments like; longing, stolen moments, ramblings, love, life and a little nostalgia, a point of view, lost moments, one for the road, flirting with death, temptations and idle mornings. The poet has very artfully brought up the raw emotions that we come across in our day to day or least at some point of our lives. Each of them has a story to tell. I could connect myself to many of his poems and some of them were so ideally tempting that I wish experiencing them. I would love to mention about the poems which I found exceptionally good. In the poem “A Lost Thought”, the protagonist longs to meet his girl and express his feelings. He imagines and prepares himself but as the day progresses, that thought seeps into the corner of his mind. And finally when he meets her in the evening, looking breathtakingly beautiful; he forgets all he had prepared to say. Doesn’t that happen with all of us? We wish to speak but words deny to spill out. “Villain”, talks about the hidden demon within all of us; to which when profess from outside gets evoked but… within a shield of heroism. “Reading”, I could so much resonate to this poem. It is a sweet treat for all the book lovers. “Silent Telephone”, when you end up fighting with your dear one and the ego take its seat in the first place. Grudges is what you hold on and the bond is what you lose on.

What I liked?

The poet has preferred simple language and yet his writing style has an intriguing touch to keep reader’s interest and attention. I liked the variety of themes he chose to write on, that saved the book from a monotonous read. The book cover goes perfect with the book title.

What I disliked?

I wish if only the book could have been edited a little better. Also, I felt the book ended so quickly as I wanted to read more 🙂

Why should one read this book?

If you are planning to read a good poetry book or if you aspire to start writing poems on your own then, this book could inspire you to hold your pen and dig down to your power of imagination. A wonderful read for all the poetry lovers.

Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4/5
Writing Style: 3.5/5
Editing: 4/5
Excerpt: 4/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Postcards from Memory
Authors: Samir Satam
Type: Paperback
Publisher: First Step Publishing
Language: English
Pages: 132
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 195 INR
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Stars… To this inspiring poetry book, I give a four-star rating. Keep writing, Samir!

Postcards From Memory is a bag full of memories that will mesmerize, as you read them!! This book will inspire you to hold your pen and dig down to your power of imagination and write! A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book! Highly recommended to all the Poetry Lovers. No second thoughts!

This book was given to me by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am glad to read and review it. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a four-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

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.

******

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.

Book Review: Humbling And Humility by Rian Nejar

This book shakes the prejudices through a grave, touching, and harmonious background story

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The Blurb:

“Humbling and Humility” is an intense, detailed narrative of an Indian-American father and husband’s struggle with betrayal by his spouse and its consequences upon himself and his children.

Including a critical view of state intervention into domestic discord in families in America, the narrative explores this father’s attempts to mitigate harm and accommodate disruptive life changes in non-violent ways, both in his family and in other families in similar predicaments.

In raw and honest discussions, with no pretense of holding back, the author delves into culture and gender differences, and the many challenges immigrants face in America.

Excerpt:
The wagon rolled out of 4th Ave., and I was grateful to see some sunlight through the tiny window. We stopped at a holding facility in another part of the metropolis, where a young, stocky fellow, no more than a year or two above twenty, with a large black patch of what seemed like dead skin on the underside of one of his forearms, joined me in my side of the dog wagon.

He seemed chatty, and given my brief exposure to sunlight, I conversed with him permanent black skin patch through MRSA gathered from unclothed contact with surfaces inside many jail cells he’d been in. MRSA is a bacterial strain highly resistant to treatment. It is quite common in the holding cells and incarceration facilities of the state. He was hospitalized by the state due to the severity of his bacterial infection. They’d managed to stop it, but not before the starkly visible damage. He seemed dismissive of it, but I wasn’t so sure that I would, at my age that was twice his, survive such bacterial infection.

As we were led into the civic center in Dilbut that housed the courts, through back doors into a holding area, I saw the same cop who’d mocked my request for toiletries at the 4th Ave. intake line. This Hispanic member of law enforcement– from his name, Carillo– seemed to enjoy playing sadistically with the emotions of those in the state’s unrelenting grip, presumed innocent or not. His face had all the refinement of a Halloween mask. It was a face not even a mother could love.
who’d mocked my request for toiletries at the 4th Ave. intake line. This Hispanic member of law enforcement– from his name, Carillo– seemed to enjoy playing sadistically with the emotions of those in the state’s unrelenting grip, presumed innocent or not. His face had all the refinement of a Halloween mask. It was a face not even a mother could love.

In time, an officer came in to inform us that a female judge had put in an appearance, and the sadistic cop changed his slant to discussing how she’d been making bail release determinations. It’s rather redundant to indicate that he worked at raising our hopes, with claims that the judge had, just the past week, let many in arraignment leave without bail, right from the courtroom, on their own recognizance. It is also not hard to now see why those arrested and subjugated by law enforcement refer to them as pigs, which I hardly think stands for ‘people in government service,’ though you may again be forgiven for such a gentle assumption.

A short walk, and a climb up a spiral staircase, led us directly and surprisingly into a courtroom. There, we were all gathered in the jury section, some gloriously attired in overalls of white with wide black stripes, and all with handcuffs on. There was only the judge and two cops present in the room. She went through each person’s situation, setting bail at significant amounts for each and every one of us. Some she would not release at all, and had to resign themselves to going back to the holding facilities or to Waspoia’s tent camps.

About The Author:

Rian Nejar is a mid-60’s child from India. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90’s. After a Master’s in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility (HnH) is the first heartfelt written expression of his varied life experiences. He lives in the Southwest United States, and writes on the social and human condition.

The Review:

Humbling and humility is predominantly an account of author’s take on the eastern and western culture.

The reader’s heart

We have always been complaining that the system in India is dormant and takes forever to reach a decision but Humbling and humility tells us a different story; the repercussions of a fast action. In a context of the humiliation of Indian Diplomat Priyavani, author unravels a dirty world where the facilities to the convicts or presumed guilty are menial. Author shocks the reader with the stories of unhygienic cells, which carries bacterial infections to the inmates of the prison. The protagonist ends up in an intervention center as a result of a bogus complaint filed by his wife. In spite of the sufferings from his spouse, the protagonist is the one who is convicted due to the indiscretion of the legal system and bureaucracy. In an unrelenting effort to make sure that the wrongdoer is punished, innocent people are becoming scapegoats. Protagonist is a first generation immigrant from India, who is struggling to adjust himself in the western culture. The dilemma, pain and frustration of the protagonist is conveyed well to the readers. Surprisingly name of the protagonist or his spouse if not mentioned anywhere in the book; or I missed it. While trying to put to light the inconsistency of marital lives in Western culture, author has portrayed a well to do family of his friends John and Parvathy, which shows that it is not an impossible task to inculcate two cultures but as the protagonist’s counsellor in the intervention center says, the Pendulum keep on swaying and at a point where it stops, things will work out. Protagonist’s life takes a turn when more people enter his life.

What I liked?

The language and craft of the story is solid. It is more of a monologue of the protagonists but yes, there are conversations but in a lesser number. Nevertheless, readers would not be bored. Author is absorbed seamless into the protagonist that at some points, I kept on wondering if I am reading an autobiography. Author touched so many topics, which are matters of concern for the protagonist. Through the stories of people whom the protagonists meet at the intervention center, readers are subject to revelations of unexpected happenings in a system that is considered secured, perfect and spotless. Last but not the least, the book is an eye opener about the misuse of Domestic Violence prevention measures. The editing is also done with finesse.

“Punishment for something I’d done, I can accept, but a beating, just because you are angry, is not okay.”

“This pendulum was not only an unstable system; it was, in the hands of a ruthless and single-minded collection of authorities, a hammer of social injustice and repression.”

What I disliked?

While we are half way through the book, the pace drops a little bit but takes momentum once Giddu, Guddy and Monty come to picture. A wave of anti- female feeling could be felt but it could be the protagonist’s perspective. The book cover design is simple when compared to the gravity of the topic.

Why should one read this book?

To know the sugar coated, quasi-perfectionism of a system which we look up to, one should read this book.

******

Rating:
Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Excerpt: 5/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Humbling and Humility
Author: Rian Nejar
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Anasim Books
Language: English
Pages: 310
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 933 INR
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Stars…

To this enlightening journey of words, I give a four-star rating.

“Humbling and Humility” is a sugar coated, quasi-perfectionism of a system which we look up to, one should read this book. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will keep you hooked till the last page. Highly recommended for all. A must read. No second thoughts!

Disclosure of Material Connection: This book was given to me by author in exchange for an honest review. I am glad to read and review it. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a four-star rating on Goodreads as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

About the Reviewer: Rakhi was born in a small town in Kerala. Born and brought up as a quintessential small town girl, she had always been ambitious and goal-oriented. After her masters in Biotechnology and Business Administration, she joined as an HR recruiter in a consulting firm. Her eight-year-old love life blossomed into marriage in 2010 and she joined her husband's family business. Blessed with two children, she is a full time mother and an author. Her passion for literature made her the author of the poetry collection Un-assuaged- The blossoms of my imaginations. She started writing her blog Outset- Rakhi Jayashankar.

#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!

A Conversation With​ ​Rishabh Patel

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Rishabh Patel to Book Lovers World.

Rishabh Patel: Thank you.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.

Rishabh Patel: Well thank you again but there are others too who contributed in this books so I guess ‘yours’ is a bit too odd…isn’t it? *wink*

You shouldn’t have asked that question…you know what, I look to someone else for writing “author bio”.

I guess I’m nothing who sometimes tries to be something.

BLW: Tell us about your short story SHERLOCK & WATSON, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?

Rishabh Patel: Obviously I felt delighted. And about the story I would say it means a lot because I’m not someone who writes short stories more often. Story is not what you think it is… that’s all I can tell…

BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

Rishabh Patel: No not at all…they’re right from the world of imagination. And they are nothing you see usually in your daily life. But there is one, one who writes the story in the story, Ashvin. He is from real world…and that’s definitely not me.

BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?

Rishabh Patel: We all know them don’t we? Sherlock & Watson. As companions they are marvelous but as friends… we never thought about that, had we? That was the thought which inspired me to write this story. I wanted to write something for them but in a different way.

BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?

Rishabh Patel: This one is for my friends and for everyone who believes in Friendship. This is for Sherlock & Watson.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?

Rishabh Patel: Contest always helps you in sharpening your skills, doesn’t matter online or offline and talking about surprises yes there were… we didn’t have to pay and even after not asking for the contributing fee Sachin decided to share the royalty…hats off to you man for coming up with such an idea. That was something different from the league.

BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?

Rishabh Patel: No I don’t. But if you think you can write and ain’t sure about going for a full-fledged novel than you shall blog. It helps a lot but don’t write for others, never.

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?

Rishabh Patel: When I’m alone…haha… I’m still a student so no office and at home I guess, on the bed.

As they say if you tell someone about your lucky prop the luck fades away… so I think this question is best left unanswered.

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

Rishabh Patel: If I tell you as a child I wanted to be terrorism, yes terrorism not terrorist, you won’t believe so lawyer.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Rishabh Patel: My writing… just because it sucked a lot when I wrote for the first time and somehow it helps me to write better I guess… but in the end it still sucks.

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

Rishabh Patel: Comics not books… and specially comics of marvel and dc. They inspire me a lot.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Rishabh Patel: Which one you wanna know about…I have plenty of them.

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.

Rishabh Patel: First one is Song of ice and fire complete series by G R Martin.
Second one Think of a number by John Verdon
Third one I would say Harry Potter series by J K Rowling
Fourth one Misery by Stephen King
And the last but not the least The da Vinci code by Dan Brown.

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Rishabh Patel: I really can’t think of any message. Literally I’m not that kind of who gives message. I’m the one who receives them from the last bench.

Thank you so much for your time, Rishabh. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!