Saturday, August 31, 2013

An Interview with Authoress- Meghna Pant!!!

1   An Interview with Authoress- Meghna Pant, author of "One & A Half Wife" and "Happy Birthday":-

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.   Hello Meghna mam, what is your feeling after being an author now? What’s your perspective about life now after achieving a rare flagship in your life?
I treat success and failure with equanimity, so nothing has changed for me except that a lot more people now recognise me.

2.    When you saw your first novel for sale on E-commerce websites and placed at a bookstore for the first time, what kind of thoughts dominated your mind?
I was exhilarated.

3.    Before we head towards discussing your book, we would like to know in spite of being an author, what do you exactly do? And do you wish to continue with the job or come into full-time writing?
While writing my first two books, One & A Half Wife and Happy Birthday, I worked full-time as a business journalist in New York, Mumbai and Dubai. I found the stress of straddling two parallel careers overwhelming and have now taken a year off to write my next novel Son Of Gods.

4.    What is your latest book all about? And from where did this idea occur to you?
Happy Birthday is a collection of thought-provoking short stories that are written with delicate and rare human sensibility. The stories have been called ‘provocative and inspirational’ by Ashwin Sanghi, ‘deft and merciless’ by Jeet Thayil, and ‘surprising and moving’ by Chitra Banerjee. The reviews from both critics and readers have been overwhelmingly positive and I am so happy that people love the collection.

I seek my ideas from the world around me. So my stories are steeped in reality, that empty space where the individual and society intersect, the place where what is said and left unsaid meet each other. The stories capture the life of many individuals, mostly from middle-class families in India and America, ranging from a blind stalker, a retired civil servant, a prostitute seducing a Gujarati businessman, a slum girl who wants to play national basketball, and an American tourist in an ashram.

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.    How much long did it take to write this book from the moment you started developing the story to start writing it till completing it finally with editing and all?
Happy Birthday was written between 2008-2010.

6.    Indian publishing is too hard to deal with, was it easy for you to get a publisher or did u wait for a long time to get your work published?
My first novel One & A Half Wife was picked up by Westland in two hours. Meru Gokhale, who is easily India’s best editor and is renowned for spotting talent, picked up my collection of short stories Happy Birthday for Random House a few months after my first book came out.

If you’re talented, hard-working and dedicated, publishers will find you and treat you well.

7.    What are the Promotional strategies that you and your publisher have applied to promote/market your book?
We’re doing what everyone does: social media, book launches and reviews. As with my last book One & A Half Wife, the latest book Happy Birthday is also receiving critical acclaim, and gaining huge traction word-of-mouth. 

8.    What exactly is your target from your Books- 1. Getting most copies sold out, 2. Getting the love of readers or 3. You just wrote it because you wanted to write a book once in your life, hence you have no targets?
My writing is not determined by peripheral factors. I write because I love it and I will continue writing even if my work is never seen by anyone else.

9.    By when are you coming up with your next novel? And if possible, do give us an idea about what it would be.
I’m in the early stages of writing my second full-length novel Son Of Gods based in – and between –India and China. It’s a dark comedy that portrays a family’s greed, lust and power, in the wake of geopolitical tension. There are also a few unplanned short stories that are taking root and threatening to become a collection. A book takes its own time to become what it’s supposed to, but I’m hoping Son Of Gods will be ready for publication by 2014.

10. In the end, tell us in 5-7 lines, what speech will you give if you win a Major Award for the Best Indian Author for your books?

I did win a national literary award this year for Best Young Author. No speech was required. I think the smile on my face said it all. 

 Thanks.

 ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU!!!

An Interview with Authoress- Dr. Sasiprabha!!!

An Interview with Dr. Sasiprabha, authoress of "My Moonlit Pilgrimage"!!!


1. Hello Sasiprabha mam, what is your feeling after being an author now? What’s your perspective about life now after achieving a rare flagship in your life?
   Surprised! I had planned everything in life but being an author was never there even in wild dreams! Now I love the uncertainties of life more than planning. Of course, it has connected me to a wider world. I am more passionate about life now.

2. When you saw your first novel- “My Moonlit Pilgrimage" for sale on E-commerce websites and placed at a bookstore for the first time, what kind of thoughts dominated your mind?
   It is an inexplicable feeling! I couldn’t think of anything else, but a sense of an unutterable fulfillment was there. I remember, I just smiled looking at my book on flipkart for the first time!

3. Before we head towards discussing your book, we would like to know in spite of being an author, what do you exactly do? And do you wish to continue with the job or come into full-time writing?
   I am a doctor by profession now. I did my graduation in a government college. We know that a doctor passed out from a govt. college merit seat means government has spent for the major part of the expenses for making them a doc! That money is of people. I have such a social commitment. Even if I become one of the busiest authors in the country someday, I would love to find out at least 1 hour for my profession for this reason.


4. What is your book all about? And from where did this idea occur to you? 
   The book is about a young woman's journey through some moments of her life. She is going down her memory lane to find out the true meaning of her love. Her unveiled memories are talking to the man to whom she thinks she has lost herself. The book took its form my experiences and observations around.

5. How much long did it take to write this book from the moment you started developing the story to start writing it till completing it finally with editing and all?
   It took around 6 months to complete it. In fact I was passionately writing whole night leaving sleep, I remember!

6. Indian Publishing is too hard to deal with, was it easy for you to get a Publisher or did u wait for a long time to get your work published?
   Actually it was not so difficult for me. I wished to publish it before I leave my college. So I contacted the publishers directly. Once I sent the manuscript, they went through it without any delay and in no time informed me that it was approved. It was a smooth process altogether.

7. What are the Promotional strategies that you and your publisher have applied to promote/market your book?
   Publishers themselves had done the press release. I myself have chosen online promotional programs.

8. What exactly is your target from your Books- 1. Getting most copies sold out, 2. Getting the love of readers or 3. You just wrote it because you wanted to write a book once in your life, hence you have no targets?
   I only wish to be read and be loved for my words! 

9. By when are you coming up with your next novel? And if possible, do give us an idea about what it would be.
    My next novel may take a year to be completed. It is related to some incidents of Medieval history and so I need some research works to complete it. In between I am planning a poetry collection too.

10. In the end, tell us in 5-7 lines, what speech will you give if you win a Major Award for the Best Indian Author for your books?
   A very interesting question! These lines come to my mind: 'Such is a prestige of this award and of this place I stand! In my heart I may doubt if I deserve it but there is no question of my pleasure in having it. Literature is as old as speech. But a true writer should always try for something that was never done or that others have done or failed. And this is the greatest inspiration for me in trying for such uniqueness always. Thank you!’

 Thanks.

 ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU!!!

Interview with author- Prateek Shukla!!!

An interview with Prateek Shukla, author of "The Unrevealed Secrets of hacking and Cracking":-


1. Hello Prateek sir, what is your feeling after being an author now? What’s your perspective about life now after achieving a rare flagship in your life?

Ans:- It feels great  after being tagged with the title of “Author”.  Its like a dream come true and I feel privileged because not everyone gets this title.
 After being  an I author, I realized as to what this word “Author”   particularly means, how special it is for a person to become a writer. And from my perspective, I see life as the toughest game one has to play which needs constant efforts, dedication and zeal to achieve something and if an individual has these things or I should say qualities, he can achieve anything he wants.

2. When you saw your first book- “The Unrevealed Secrets of Hacking and Cracking" for sale on E-commerce websites and placed at a bookstore for the first time, what kind of thoughts dominated your mind?

Ans:- I was indeed very happy and was overwhelmed to see my book for sale on E-Commerce website. But at the same time one thing was constantly hitting my mind;whether my book will compete with  the existing books on the same topic. As a first time author, I was always afraid of my writing being dominated by writings of other foreign authors.


3. Before we head towards discussing your book, we would like to know in spite of being an author, what do you exactly do? And do you wish to be in the job some day or come into full-time writing?

Ans: -Well, I’m a typical Indian (Laughs) who is crazy about Cricket; Playing cricket is what fascinates me the most. I was an active member of my school, district  and now College Cricket team, so I just can’t keep myself away from this game. I always wanted to be a cricketer and was passionate about it but the black face behind cricket forced me to change my path. I happened to be one of the finest players of my district team but politics behind this game made me realise that money and source can lead the person to the top in this country and talent is what hardly counts. So, I switched from cricket to computers and found it very interesting and that indeed built a passion to achieve what I deserved. 
I still wish to become a cricketer but unfortunately this isn’t possible; so will continue with writing and will take it as a career option.


4. What is your book all about? And from where did this idea occur to you? 

Ans:- The book serves as a beginners guide to Ethical hacking. I wrote this book keeping a beginner in my mind.  India is not so advanced in this field, so I thought that it would be better to bring in fresh talents who are aspiring for knowledge rather than providing advanced knowledge to those who have already entered this field and are researching. 
I got this idea when I started by blog on Ethical hacking named “Hacking With Prateek”. After getting  good response from the website ,I thought to share the same knowledge in the form of a book.


5. How much long did it take to write this book from the moment you started developing the topics to start writing it till completing it finally with editing and all?

Ans:- It took around 7 months for me to complete the writing work and about 3 months  in getting the confirmation from the Publisher and after that a long span of 6 months in editing and giving my script the shape of a book.

6. Indian Publishing is too hard to deal with, was it easy for you to get a Publisher or did u wait for a long time to get your work published?

Ans:- The journey of getting my book published was very interesting and I got to learn many things too. To be very honest, I didn’t face any kind of difficulty because of my idol cum Co-Author Navneet Sir who was always there for me whenever I needed him. He just played the role of an elder brother. I just can’t believe that a person like him also exists on this planet. If I am something, it’s just because of him.

7. By when are you coming up with your next book? And if possible, do give us an idea about what it would be.

Ans:- Well, its very difficult for me to say as to when I’ll be back with a new book. :p But I’m working on a new book which is again on Ethical hacking and hope to get it published by the end of this year or by January 2014

 Thanks.

 ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU!!!

Interview with Author- Piyush Naik!!!

An Interview with Piyush Naik, author of "Oops, I fell in love with DON's daughter":-


Hello Piyush sir, what is your feeling after being an author now? What’s your perspective about life now after achieving a rare flagship in your life?
       Hello, firstly I’m not that big name to be called Sir; in age also I’m small. So please call me Piyush. It feels great to be an Author. Before, I used to see a situation by just one angle, but now I try to see through various sides of life. 

When you saw your first novel- “Oops, I fell in love with DON's daughter” for sale on E-commerce websites and placed at a bookstore for the first time, what kind of thoughts dominated your mind?
When I saw my book, a volcano of emotions erupted in me. I think when our dreams come true we aren’t just happy, we can actually sense happiness.

Before we head towards discussing your book, we would like to know in spite of being an author, what do you exactly do? And do you wish to be in the job some day or come into full-time writing?
I’m just like any other normal teenager; I’m currently doing engineering from Pune University. Yes, I would have to find a job, to earn a living. But you never know, I might take writing as full-time. These are things of future and my future plans are currently ‘work in progress.’ But I know one thing I would definitely like to work in entertainment industry. Let’s see what future plans for me. (smiles)

What is your book all about? And from where did this idea occur to you?
‘Oops! I fell in for Don’s daughter’ has cocktail of emotions, which will take you back to your carefree school days.  It wittily narrates the divine feeling of crush, excitement of love, explores the relation called friendship, with some bizarre coincidences and great misunderstandings.
          To be frank, I was kind of bored by reading all college love stories, and it’s not a rule that you should fall in love only in college. It’s not like that one morning I just woke up with a story, I’m a dreamer, one day while thinking about love this story came to my mind and this story reflected lives of today’s teenagers. So, I decided to pen it down. 

How much long did it take to write this book from the moment you started developing the story to start writing it till completing it finally with editing and all?
When you are writing your first book, it takes a lot time, believe me. It took nearly three years to see the book in paperback.

Indian Publishing is too hard to deal with, was it easy for you to get a Publisher or did u wait for a long time to get your work published?
I would not say it was like a cake walk for me so I had seen rejection letters. Which somehow improved various things in me, to be precise it taught me to be calm and patient. But in the end the sweetness of the result made me forgot the bitterness of the journey.

What are the Promotional strategies that you and your publisher have applied to promote/market your book?
Social network is the best place today, where you can promote your work. I have introduced the lead characters of my book, and have shared some lines from the book.  Authors Empire had been with me in planning and promoting the book.

What exactly is your target from your Books- 1. Getting most copies sold out, 2. Getting the love of readers or 3. You just wrote it because you wanted to write a book once in your life, hence you have no targets?
I would say both the things are important, but I don’t just want a best-seller tag. Even if a single person reads my book and says, he loved it, I’m happy. And I don’t believe in keeping a certain target. I believe after achieving a certain goal you should move forward and work to achieve the next goal, rather than stopping. 

By when are you coming up with your next novel? And if possible, do give us an idea about what it would be.
It is too soon to say, when my next book will arrive, but most probably it will come by the end of the year, maybe December. My next book will be an emotional thriller, which will tell the darker side of love, in my style. (laughs)

In the end, tell us in 5-7 lines, what speech will you give if you win a Major Award for the Best Indian Author for your books?
(smiles) I would just like to thank God, for giving me such a beautiful gift that I can write stories which can make people happy. And also thank him for proving everyone wrong that day dreaming can’t earn you anything, as I have earned this award by day dreaming. (Smiles) in the end but most importantly I would like to thank my readers.

 Thanks.

 ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU!!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Interview with Mr. Manish Gupta, author of English Bites!!!


A personal interview with Mr. Manish Gupta, debut author of English Bites. It has been a great pleasure to be associated with him through his book. I hope you will like reading his views as much as I loved listening them. :-)

Hello Manish sir, what is your feeling after being an author now? What’s your perspective about life now after achieving a rare milestone in your life?

Abhilash, becoming an author has been an extremely surreal and uplifting experience for me. Having started reading books outside the curricula only after I joined engineering, I started with a feeling of awe and admiration for the writers of non-academic books, which only grew stronger with time. Now I feel that I am a part of their tribe though still at the initial steps of a long journey towards excellence in writing. My perspective on life hasn’t had any radical shift after the publication of my book but the added dimension (after academia, profession, family & friends) this publication brings to my narrative makes me feel more creatively fulfilled and complete. I am at peace with myself having fulfilled a long cherished dream of sharing my ideas, research, and experiences on making English learning FUN with all. 

When you saw your first novel- English Bites for sale on E-commerce websites and placed at a bookstore for the first time, what kind of thoughts dominated your mind?

I held the book for the first time when my publisher Chiki Sarkar sent it to me a few days before the book hit the bookstores and E-commerce websites. That experience and feeling is extremely hard to describe. I was thrilled to the core, felt light and liberated, and lit up with an inner glow which comes when a really old and cherished dream becomes reality. Thereafter, when I saw the book in the newly released section of major bookstores and on E-commerce sites, my first thought was to thank the Penguin brand that helped a freshly minted author get so much attention and visibility. The other thoughts that dominated my mind were around strategies to make the book reach people who will benefit most from it, the anticipation of the reactions and feedback from the readers, and an opportunity to spread a culture of making teaching less bookish and pedantic and making LEARNING more FUN.

Before we head towards discussing your book, we would like to know in spite of being an author, what do you exactly do? And do you wish to leave your job some day and come into full-time writing some day?

I, till recently, used to work as a Managing Director and Head of Sales for a major multinational bank. I have now decided to take a plunge in the field of education, training, consulting, and executive coaching and will shortly start working with an organization that works for the underprivileged children at the school level. I do not think that writing will become my full-time profession as I am keen to work on a broader canvass of education instead of specializing in English and related areas for the somewhat matured reader.

What made you write such an unusual book which is a fiction way of letting someone learn English language? How did you get this courage of doing something so risky?

Abhilash, to answer this question, we need to get a little bit into my background. I grew up in Rohtak, a small and sleepy town in Haryana in the 1970s and 80s. The only English I spoke was in school and that too to respond to questions of my teachers in the class. I looked down at English as an alien tongue merely suited to the narrow field of academia and with no particular use once someone got into the real economy. 

As a result, I was horrible in all aspects of communication. My active vocabulary was extremely limited, pronunciations & spellings were terrible (as I refused to accept English as a non-phonetic language that it largely is), sentence construction was poor, and my fluency was severely compromised. I was shocked by its increasing relevance and necessity in the real economy once I landed-up in at Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh. 

Here, I came face-to-face with far more fluent and erudite specimens from convent schools from metros and towns much bigger than my hometown Rohtak. I also noticed how I used to get tongue-tied while attempting to make a small conversation in English with or even in front of the convent educated colleagues. 

Having lived all my school life in disdain for this alien tongue, the grossly neglected subject of English made me realize its importance, its vastness, its complexity, and my far less than self proclaimed ‘photographic memory’ all at once. I needed something quick and in large doses to beat the convent educated types in their own game and seal the best job offered in the campus in my name and after gaining some industry experience, successfully compete with them once again for admission into a top-tier MBA program. 

Hence, I set aside the word lists, my failed attempts at mugging, and started creating interesting stories and anecdotes to make indelible imprints of this foreign language in my mind. This was the genesis of the book. It was a matter, not of courage, but survivability. It was the only thing that could have rescued me from definite depression and elevated me to think and talk like an erudite gentleman.     


How much long did it take to write this book from the moment you started developing the story to start writing it till completing it finally with editing and all?

Abhilash, you may find it hard to believe but this manuscript has been in the making for over 20 years. It started as an idea in my second year of engineering way back in 1989-1990 when two of my closet friends and I resolved to publish a book each before we turned 21. I thought I had written a masterpiece by the time our final placements ended (spoiling my grades in the process) and was still a few months shy of turning 21. My other friends, who were writing on ‘quizzing’ and ‘poetry’, had pulled out of this pledge while they were still in their teens. My manuscript then hibernated for 20 years as I got busy with my first job at Tata Motors, an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, my banking career at Citibank, and family life.  The manuscript was preserved on a 3.5 inch diskette in Microsoft 2000 that refused to open on my old PC, when I thought of reviving my work of art in the year 2008. Fortunately, the handwritten version (‘manuscript’ in the real sense of the word) had survived well on loose sheets of paper, which I promptly transferred on my PC and started editing and expanding it at the same time. By the time I finished in 4 years (working on weekends), I had landed up re-writing the entire book.    

Indian Publishing is too hard to deal with, was it easy for you to get a Publisher or did u wait for a long time to get your work published?

In my view, it is a myth that Indian Publishing industry is hard to deal with. Looking from publishers’ perspective, I will not be surprised if they have a similar view about the authors esp. the freshly minted types.  Let us understand the fundamental reasons behind this feeling. There has been an explosion of books in the Indian market in the past 3-4 years as new breed of writers have emerged from sectors like banking and finance, software, media and entertainment, etc. and invaded the bastion of litterateurs, political thinkers, economists, civil servants, and Oxbridge scholars. Naturally, the number of submissions has also multiplied. I am not quite sure that the new age writers have given enough time to the publishing industry to get adequately capacitised to handle the volumes of work pouring into their offices. 

Knowing this, I did not directly approach the publishers but went through a literary agent, who critically assessed the quality and marketability of the manuscript before submitting it to the select set of publishers that are interested in publishing this genre of books. It took less than 4 months after submission of the manuscript to the literary agent for me to sign a publishing contract with Penguin Books India. 

    
What are the Promotional strategies that you and your publisher have applied to promote/market your book?

Thanks to the Penguin brand, the book received very good visibility in all reputed bookstores in India. It was available for Pre-Orders at all major E-commerce portals before it was launched. It received extremely favourable press reviews in some of the leading newspapers in India and South Asia. The blogger community also gave it a big thumps-up. We did some promotional activity through Posters displayed at major educational institutions, interviews, online chats and through social media. Given my hectic schedule in office, I wasn’t able to spare as much time as expected to travel to other cities for book readings etc. 

What exactly is your target from your Books- 1. Getting most copies sold out, 2. Getting the love of readers or 3. You just wrote it because you wanted to write a book once in your life, hence you have no targets?

I guess when you write a book, you give it your all. At that stage you do not think of number of copies. You surely want to receive readers’ appreciation and some critical feedback to identify the gaps in your writing and expand and enrich yourself. My stock of ideas is now empty but it doesn’t mean that I will not write another book. Book sales and readers’ feedback and appreciation are extremely strong motivators in rapidly refilling one’s reservoir and giving new ideas and different perspectives to make more meaningful and interesting books. 

In the end, tell us in 5-7 lines, what speech will you give if you win a Major Award for the Best Indian Author for your books?

I would like to thank my parents for raising me in Rohtak as but for this and other similar places, I would not have faced this challenge of gross linguistic deficiency, thank God for showing me the path to the beautiful city of Chandigarh and its rich crop of convent educated boys and girls, when I was veering towards joining IIT Roorkee (then known as University of Roorkee); my wife Deepali and kids Tamanna & Prakriti for stealing time that was rightfully theirs to write this book; my friends, particularly Jnanesh Kodical and Rajiv Rai for working for months with me to make this manuscript publication ready; my literary agent Kanishka Gupta for helping me make it more publishable and getting me a contract with my dream publication house Penguin; Satish Acharya for drawing wonderful illustrations and cartoons in the book; my commissioning editor at Penguin, Shahnaz Siganporia, for believing in the manuscript and pushing me to give it the shape of a story; and my copy editors Mudita Mubayi-Chauhan and Paromita Mohanchandra for creating magic with their word play and giving my pedestrian style of writing a contemporary touch.

Finally, to my dear readers, keep sharing your love and feedback with me. Only you have the power to spread the word about English Bites! so that language does not become a handicap for anyone to realize their ambitions and dreams! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hold My Hand by Durjoy Datta (Book Review- 3 out of 5)!!!


   When it comes to reading our favorite author, we do not even see the backcover and check synopsis whether the story is of our type or not, we just purchase the book without making any 2nd thought. This is what I did when I came to know that Durjoy Datta's 9th book is up for pre-ordering. First, I logged in to Flipkart, ordered the book and then read what's it all about. This is the 2nd book of Durjoy which gets published by India's No.1 publisher- Penguin. And this is only the 3rd book in which he has no co-author and he has done all the work single-handed. The speed with which he comes up with a new book is quite exciting as we, his loyal readers, do not have to wait for a long time to read what our favorite writer writes. The ratio of every 100th blog of mine and his new book coming is almost the same. Whenever I am up with a century post, there's a new book of Mr. Durjoy. :-) Hence, he has 9 books in his pocket while I have 900 Blog Posts. :-) I hope he is coming up with his next up till December. Haha!

SYNOPSIS:-
           An awkward young man, Deep, obsessed with libraries and books, has his dream come true when he is sent to Hong Kong by ATS Technologies to study and test the library cataloguing software at its head office. There he sees - the most beautiful girl he has ever laid his eyes on, But there is a twist to this love story - Ahana is not just stunningly beautiful, she also has a rare congenital disease leaving her blind. Together they explore Hong Kong Aahana guiding with the smells and sounds of the wondrous city and Deep bringing to life the sights he sees.

       
    As we already know that Durjoy Datta has quite matured as a writer and he has stopped writing those repeated stuffs anymore. Now, he has started examining people and finds out their characterization and attributes. Then he develops his own characters and his book rotates around almost every character that he describes even once in the book. He has stopped writing sex scenes after every 10 pages and in fact, this 196 pages book "Hold My Hand" does not a single scene that can make you feel "Repetitive Durjoy is back". This has assured that his audience will keep buying his book to see how much more has their author being improved. What I like about Durjoy's writing is that he writes a book as a book without any other ambitions attached to it otherwise many writers write a book as if a Bollywood movie is going to be made of it as soon as it releases. Irritating! 

            I liked the initial pages in the book where the characters are described and we are told what each of them are dealing with so that we can understand their state of mind once we read the scenarios pages ahead. The narration of how Deep is being interned in Hong Kong, and his mother's pain, his father's toughness, his friends' annoyance etc. is done greatly in the beginning. I just felt that the protagonist took a lot of time in India itself and its almost after 1/3rd part of the book is over that we finally find him in Hong Kong. I liked one part where Deep tells about what books has taught him. That whole paragraph is wonderful. Also, every time his writer's heart and love for books is discussed, Durjoy takes the words and sentences to the next level. 

            As soon as Ahana comes in to the picture, story takes a sweet and a soft turn. It's not about the pity and sympathy and the support that Deep shows towards her because of her eyes-disorder but about the feelings that both of them share. His falling in love with her, her father being strict, her attachment with her ex-boyfriend who's also blind like her etc is what this part of story needed. Actually, this part is less of her struggle with blindness but a relationship between a father and daughter. I liked the character of Ranbeer because this is how even i wish to be with my children. An ideal character it is! Sadhika's character is also portrayed beautifully. It's good that Durjoy wrote a part in Ahana's words that we get to know what this blind girl keeps thinking within herself who does not remember anything that she was before the age of 5 when her eyes were fine. Coming to the climax, Durjoy tried to make it surprising but it ended up being flat. I wanted it to look much better. 

           In all, I didn't find much of the mistake in the book but I feel it quite disappointed to speak that this book is average in terms of the kind of author has written it, the publisher that has published it and the kind of reader-base this duo already has. Someone like You was so much better than this. Even Till The Last Breath. I am not upset with the book but I felt as if this one is done in hurry to beat some deadline. Otherwise Durjoy can never write a story which has a good foundation but not the treatment. He treats every story of his as if it's his last book. That's his specialty though he has failed this time. I give this book an average 3 out of 5 points. I hope his next book comes soon with another terrific page-turner. 
 Thanks.

 ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU!!!

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