Book Review| The Peshwa- War of the Deceivers by Ram Sivasankaran

Blurb:

Seven years have passed since Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the
Nizam’s armies at Fort Mandu. The two forces have been engaged in
attacks and skirmishes ever since. Acting on the advice of his
right-hand man, the mysterious Anaamik Dabhade, the Peshwa now sets
about laying a trap to truly ensnare the Mughals, and break their
might.
The Empire, of course, has methods of its own. And Nizam Ul Mulk is
itching for an opportunity to exact revenge of the formidable Bajirao.
With assassins, saboteurs and criminals infiltrating the Maratha
lands, the Mughal Empire scores as many victories in the night as the
Peshwa does during the day.
Meanwhile, in the far reaches of the country, set ablaze by the
never-ending conflict between these major powers, a Sikh warlord, a
Rajput king and a Bundela princess find themselves increasingly
tangled up in the endgame that will determine the very course of
history. It is a battle of wits and skill, and the greatest deceiver
of them all will prevail.

Review:

This book is about Peshwa Bajirao and his various encounters. The war
scenes and state upholding are discussed in vivid details. This book
is second in The Peshwa Series but not exactly a sequel – as I have
not read the first part ie. ‘The Peshwa – The lion and the stallion’
but surprisingly it hasn’t affected the read.
The narration adds life to the characters and provides a much-required
pace to the story. Though it’s a bulky book the storyline builds up
interest gradually and makes it an interesting read.
Lastly, I would like to mention that the cover is really nice and the
presentation is very nice.

With fluid narration and Amazing presentation this will prove to be an entertaining read to all the history lovers and people who like to read action scenes. I really like to read about warriors and
nobilities, hence this was indeed a reading delight!

Ratings:

4/5

Author Interview| In conversation with Neeta Nitin Chaple|

On the board we have an ex-cricketer who has penned down about her game about her colleagues and about how women cricketers bloomed in a country like India. Here are the excerpts of the conversation we had:

I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

I am Neeta Bhoyar Chaple, ex-cricketer, now a part-time writer and a full-time mom and wife.

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

You’ll have to read it to know “why” I took up this genre. It is a semi-autobiographical book which also gives a glimpse into the lives of very talented women cricketers of India.

Who are your favorite authors? How often do you read?

I’ll be honest, I don’t read that often, but one of my favourite authors is Sudha Murthy.


What challanges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

This book

is dedicated to my late daughter Aishwarya, and while writing the book of course there is a lot of emotions that I had to deal with. Other than that gathering genuine information directly from people associated with cricket, and verification of the same was also a bit tough.

What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

The best feedback that I got was from my father. He has always been my biggest critic and never gives out praise unless it is due, and he said that he liked my book, so that is a big compliment for me.

How was your experience with BlueRose publishers?

It was a wonderful and hassle-free experience working with BlueRose! Highly professional employees, who still keep a personal touch alive by helping out at every step of the publication.

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

Writing, for me, is just an outlet to channel my feelings, so I find it really therapeutic to write.

Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?

About a year.

How has BlueRose helped you in growing as an author?

For a first time writer, with no prior knowledge of “publication” processes, it was a blessing to have someone like BLue ROse who ensured that the whole process proceeded smoothly.

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

There is no right or wrong, or a rulebook, other than the basics of language and grammar when it comes to writing. Decide on your genre, refer authors of your choice, if you find it helpful, and then just go for it. If you ever feel disheartened, just remember why you started in the first place, and I’m sure your motivation to write will return!

Author Interview- In conversation with Hrishikesh Joshi

We have a young soul here with us, who has narrated a spell-bounding story and has a very different approach to life and things around. Hrishikesh has set an example for the authors that brilliant ideas can get a spark from simple things like- airport placards. The author of Checkmate (A suspense-thriller; which would make you question a lot many things) a novel that left me in awe for a while. He has surely done appreciable work in his debut novel you can read my detailed review here, but before that let’s check out what Hrishikesh has for us in his pockets…

 

Hrishikesh Joshi is a twenty-one-year-old, reluctant engineering student. Inspired by a placard on an airport he thought of a means to hijack a plane and wrote a story about it. He is a Taekwondo Black Belt, National Referee, an astrophysics enthusiast, studies psychology, loves backpacking in the Himalayas and lives in Pune with his parents, sister and a very jumpy German shepherd.

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Hrishikesh Joshi

I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

 

I am Hrishikesh Joshi, the author of Checkmate. I am a reluctant engineer and currently an MBA student at Symbiosis. I have completed 2 psychology courses and I love backpacking in the Himalayas. I am also a Taekwondo black belt and a national referee. I have a hyperactive German Shepherd and my room is generally untidy.

 

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

Checkmate is a work of fiction, belonging to the espionage or suspense thriller genre. Checkmate is a story of aeroplane hijack and the battle between the terrorists and the Indian Intelligence. Though not based on a true story, it is similar to the hijack of Flight IC 814 which happened in 1999. Checkmate is pacey and a relatively small book and hence suitable for the light readers and beginners as well.

Checkmate points out a real flaw in the airport security of our country. Checkmate has a few raunchy sexual content, which I am sure will be enjoyed by the young readers; not that the senior citizens wouldn’t enjoy it as well.

Checkmate also has undertones that strongly warn against the horrors of misguided passions and religious fanaticism. Through the nuances of its characters, this novel professes a prolonged argument for the freedom of thought, tolerance and the courage to follow one’s dreams, revealing the beautiful vistas that lie upon following the passions of one’s heart. I sincerely hope you enjoyed reading Checkmate, as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?

It is impossible for me to choose between JK Rowling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That there is magic in Rowling’s writing is undisputed. But apart from her brilliant writing, I find her life story and struggle very inspiring as a writer myself. From being a single parent working as a waitress, struggling to feed her baby, to becoming the most successful writer in the history of world literature, her life is an enchanting story in itself. I also admire her as a human being, for, she was the only billionaire author in the history, and is the only billionaire who lost her billionaire status because she gave away so much to charity.

I also admire the works of Khaled Hosseini, Ayn Rand, Jeffrey Archer, Ian McEwan, John Grisham, Sidney Sheldon and Agatha Christie, P.G. Wodehouse.

 

What challenges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

There’s a reason why writing is so hard… and yet so naturally simple. And one cannot hope to have an inkling of that reason unless one tries to write something. Writing is one of the most intimate forms of candid self-expression. Literature, particularly fiction, is a delicate art of building a bridge between imagination and reality. The story must seem realistic and at the same time should be very interesting and entertaining. And it is very crucial to strike that balance. A proper research is necessary before writing a book.

Writing a story is like proving complicated theorems… there are a hundred different ways to reach your destined conclusion, but you must pick the perfect one.

 

What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

I have received critical acclaim from many reviewers like Revathi Raj Iyer and Jaysree Roy. I have also received fan emails that have served as a source of inspiration.

 

How was your experience with leadstart publishers?

It has been a great journey so far.

 

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

I keep reading more to improve my repertoire of writing. I especially re-read the works of authors whose writing style and genre I admire.

 

Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?

Engineering schedule did not permit me to write at all in the months of submissions, vivas, practicals and theory exams. My writing patterns were pretty irregular. If I am was in full flow, I would college and sit in the cafes for 4 to 5 hours at a stretch and write. But during a writer’s block, I was unable to produce a single word for months on end. The longest writer’s block I have had while writing Checkmate, lasted for three months.

 

How has leadstart helped you in growing as an author?

Leadstart has a very strong distribution network which ensured a good availability of my book in the market. They also ensured the availability of Checkmate at various literary festivals. Their policy of sending complimentary promotional copies has increased the visibility of my novel in the digital space.

 

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

I am not sure if I have enough experience to impart wisdom to aspiring authors. But I will say this, always focus on improving your writing than your sales. Be glad that you have found your passion of writing. Never take no for an answer when it comes to things you love. Everything else is just noise.

 

You can buy your copy of Checkmate here.

Author Interview- In conversation with Rajendra Kher

Rajendra Kher, a graduate of Pune University, has been writing for over two decades. He has published ten books in Marathi, all of which have been received with critical acclaim. Some of his bestselling novels have been translated into other languages and he has been honoured with five literary awards. Rajendra has worked as an Assistant Director in the film industry, on documentaries, and as a Programme Director for TV. He has also produced and directed the short experimental film, Charlie Chaplin in India. He has had extensive experience with writing scripts and screenplays and has contributed numerous articles and short stories to newspapers and magazines.

In an era when literature is much about reciting ‘below-average-love-stories’, we have authors who are enlightening readers with a tinge of knowledge. The best selling author who took courage to write in an unusual genre; we have Mr Rajendra Kher on the board today. Let’s see what he has in his pockets for his readers…

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I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

I was born in Pune, Maharashtra, India on 3rd of January 1961. I did my graduation from Pune University. My father Mr B. D. Kher, was also a prolific Marathi writer. He has written over a hundred books and is the recipient of many national and international awards. I am also known to Marathi world as a best-selling author.

I have been writing books (in Marathi) since the past 25 years. So far I have 10 published works to my credit. My books have received tremendous response from the readers and critics alike. Some of my novels and non-fictions are translated into other languages such as English, Hindi & Gujarati and some of are the bestsellers in respective languages. I am also the recipient of 5 prestigious awards.

Three of my novels are published in English. One of them is a novel on the philosophy of Bhagavad-Gita titled ‘The Song of Salvation’ published by Zumaya Publications, USA. The second, ‘The Silent Reformer’ (printed paperback), a novel based on the life and times of revered PandurangShastriAthavale, founder of SwadhyayPariwar with millions of followers worldwide, is the English version of my original novel in Marathi. This English version is in its 4thedition while the original Marathi novel ‘DehaZalaChandanacha’ is in its 30th edition.

My Books

  1. ‘DehaZalaChandanacha’: a 600-Page Biographical novel on the life of Rev. PandurangShastriAtavale – 30th reprint, sold almost 50,000 copies in Marathi.
  2. ‘Kaya BaniChandan’ (Gujarati Translation of ‘DehaZalaChandanacha’):18th reprint, 20,000 copies sold as on today.
  3. ‘Geetambari’: a 324-Page Unique novel on Bhagavad-Gita – 6th reprint in Marathi. Sold over6,000 copies
  4. ‘Dhananjay’: 648-Page Novel on the life of Arjuna. 7th reprint, sold7,000 copies.
  5. ‘DevanchyaRaajyaat’: (Leadstart published this book in English entitled: EMPIRE OF THE GODS) 200-Page non- fiction. Were Gods astronauts? 6th reprinting, 5,000 copies sold in Marathi.
  6. ‘Digvijay’: 648-Page novel on the rise & fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. 6th reprinting, 7,000 copies sold so far, published by a big Marathi publishing house – Mehta Publishing House.
  7. ‘Bindusarovar’: Supernatural Thriller, 2nd edition in Marathi, over 2,000 copies sold.
  8. ‘Dainandin Bhagavad-Gita’: 3rd edition, Geeta for Daily Reading, 4,000 copies.
  9. ‘Udayan’: (English version will be out by Leadstart.), the 3rd epic from ancient India. A beautiful story of King Udayan and PrincessVasavdatta. The 1st edition sold out. 2nd, under reprinting.
  10. BinduSarovar: English translation of ‘Bindusarovar’, published recently.
  11. ‘Deha Ban GayeeChandan’: Hindi translation of ‘DehaZalaChandanacha’ 3rd
  12. ‘Dhananjay’: English translation of ‘Dhananjay (Marathi) coming soon…
  13. ‘Life After Life; Lifting the Veil on Death’: Will be out soon by Leadstart.
  14. ‘Udayan; The forgottonPandava’: will be out soon from Leadstart.
  15. ‘HollywoodcheVinodveer’(Comedians of Hollywood): Brief biography of 10 great comedians from Hollywood in Black-comedy era. (3rdreprint).

 

I worked in Indian film industry for 10 years as a Chief Assistant Director, with PrakashMehra Productions, Cinema Vision (of SidhaarthKak), Cine men etc…And thereafter I worked as a Programme Director for 2 years, for a TV channel.

I have experience in writing scripts and screenplays etc and I have written numerous articles and short stories as well, for newspapers and magazines.

I was a cricketer in early age, played in school & college. I was selected for Fast bowling scheme sponsored by State Bank in 1978, with the intention to create fast bowlers for Indian cricket team. I was one of them. Playing on Harmonium is my hobby. I love Hindustani Classical music and Gazals.

 

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

I read the book ‘Chariots of Gods’ by Eric Van Daniken some 15 years ago and found there is a lack of reality at some places. When my cousin also read this book, he once told me that nowadays, he has stopped to visit temples and offerings to God. I asked him the reason. He had answered, ‘I realised that God is nothing but astronaut, extra-terrestrial, visited from the other galaxy. I told him, ‘this is not at all ultimate reality. There is difference between Gods and Supreme-Being…’ We had a good discussion. At that time, I realised that such readers are making themselves a fool. This was the inspiration behind writing this book. Then I read and researched a lot on the subject, read many books published in the west and east and of course, studied Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita etc and wrote this book in Marathi: ‘DevanchyaRajyaat’. Leadstart published the English translation of this book. Readers should fetch the path of reality or the truth behind the living. This book will definitely help them to find the path of their further spiritual journey.

 

Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?

I love books, not all books of the same author. However, my favourite authors are ENGLISH: Daphne-Du-Maurier, Paulo Coelho, Charles Dickens, Dan Brown, Tolstoy, Khushwant Singh, etc. I greatly love to read the books of PandurangShastriAthavale, his books are an ocean of knowledge and I love to read those often. Also, I love to read great works of MaharshiVyasa, Kalidasa, suchbooksBhasa and moreover, ancient Sanskrit literature such books often which give me peace and of course bundle of knowledge. MARATHI:  V. S. Khandekar, ShivajiSawant (Marathi), GUJARATI: Dinkar Joshi, HINDI: Bhagavaticharan Sharma, P rem Chand (Hindi) etc.

 

What challenges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

The most challenging thing was not to disrupt spiritual faith of religious people towards God or Supreme Being. The book presents a knowledge that is beyond cast & creed. Also I had to present comparative study of information & knowledge from East-West. That was challenging thing. I could overcome them with available references.

 

What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

During my speech, a girl came forward and told me, I was frustrated in my life. But when I read your book, I am comforted and started new, peaceful life. Even if I have to die very moment, I am ready! (There are 100s of letters and mails on my this book and other books; and some of them terminated the idea of suicide.) I received great reviews (by letters/mails)on my other books from every corner of the World.

 

How was your experience with leadstart publishers?

The book EMPIRE OF THE GODS was published last year. Editor Chandralekha did great work. This was a translation of my Marathi best-selling book: ‘DevanchyaRajyaat’. To maintain essence of original writing was very hard task. Translator did his job. But Chandralekha edited and worded it finely with current English language and phrases. Being established and professional author, I never go for self-publishing. Mr.Swaroop Nanda, CEO of Leadstart honoured me by publishing this book with proper contract.

 

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

I strongly believe that literature shows the right path of enlightenment. A Sanskrit saying is ‘SahitayaanenaSahityam.’ It means intension of literature is for betterment of mankind. I follow this saying and try to bring out such literature.

 

Generally, how much time you dedicated to writing while framing this book?

2 & half years. But I was reading reference booksfor the last 10 years before framing this book.

 

How has leadstart helped you in growing as an author?

I have already 1 million direct readers! (Copies of my one book sold about 100,000. 10 readers read each copy. This is related only one book. Not calculated for my other best-selling books). I hope, Leadstart will contribute some 5/6 million readers in the future!

 

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

I have no authority to advice. However, I would say one thing… Literature is for the betterment of society and mankind. Write anything, sky is the limit; but it should NOT affect the faith of readers. Just to accelerate the sell please don’t write adversely on any past character or episodes.

Author Interview- In conversation with Sanjay Tari

 

“Sanjay B. Tari, after having completed his B.Com and ACA, now works as a Finance Controller at Sharq Investment Company, Kuwait. The author has interest in reading historical books, biographies, autobiographies, philosophical books and fictions. He is also interested in watching different forms of art performances. Writing is an important medium through which one can at a certain level influence the society around. Although fictional, the stories are a source of inspirations for youngsters and/or administrations and the subjects they handle. This subtle message, and inspiring various people and institutions for the benefit of the society as a whole inspired the author to write. He has contributed articles to the, ‘The Chartered Accountant Journal’ and ‘Newsletter of the MMK (Maharashtra Mandal)’. ‘The Youngster who became a Spy’ is his debut novel.”

 

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I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

I am a qualified CA working presently as a CFO in an Oil Marketing Company in Kuwait.

Reading is my passion and this habit had been inculcated since childhood. Both, my parents and my school encouraged me in this inclination, and I have carried it through to this day.

I like reading biographies, autobiographies, historical books, science research and fiction. I believe reading gives an individual a wider perspective in life which helps oneself in being happy and self-satisfied.

Playing football and cricket were my important part of my student life. Football still continues on some weekends. Watching football and cricket is also an integral part of my routine life.

I prefer watching content based movies or comedies and love the oldies like Sholay, Anand, Choti Si Baat, The Great Gambler and so on.

I also keep myself updated by reading news on the BBC website or news.

 

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

The idea of writing this story was to inspire youngsters, who might have become wayward or may have been misguided in early life, to get on a right track and achieve well for themselves and in the process make positive contributions to society. It also gives a message to the rulers – i.e. the government for making an effort to integrate the common man into the whole state set-up, make laws for prompt and effective justice and implement rules without any favour.

The novel is about a young boy who is a bit wayward and lost his direction in life. How his parents, the state and his determination set him on the right track and how he achieves greatness and in the process contributes to the kingdom, is described in the first half of the story. It also describes the life of a common man, and in that setup, the way in which the protagonist creates a niche for himself. The contributions in terms of spy missions and detective works are part of the second half of the story.

The reader can expect to experience the historical life of a common man, the ways and customs of that period, war and spy story in this book.

 

Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?

I am a fan of Jeffery Archer novels because I admire his style of narrating a story in a scuttle manner with a flowing analysis of the mind and actions of his characters. Other authors I like are John Grisham, Dan Brown and Subramanian.

Most of my free time is spent in reading, whether newspapers, biographies, history books or fiction. I read at least three biographies and historical books during a year.

 

What challenges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

Although quite extensive historical books are available, almost none of them give a description of life during those times from the perspective of a common man. The protagonist in the book and most of the characters are common people. Therefore, to visualise how they may have led their life, and how the general ways of living were, was somewhat challenging.

 

What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

The best feedback for my book was from Ms Dhwani Swadia who owns the website Thereandtheir as it came from an independent person.

 

How was your experience with leadstart publishers?

Leadstart Publishers is a professional organisation. They have a larger interest in developing the habit of reading. This has motivated them in identifying new authors. They are not hesitant to publish books of the different genre. Communicating and obtaining professional help and other matters required in the whole chain of publishing was easy, as all the staff were very professional and dedicated. The Project was handled efficiently till the required outcome.

 

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

I think writing is natural and therefore it does not require a particular motivation. The thought of writing itself is a great motivator.

 

Generally, how much time you dedicated to writing while framing this book?

It took almost 8 months for writing the book. I spent at least 2-3 hours every day during this period. Another 1 year was devoted editing it myself while almost 8-9 months were required during the publishing phase.

 

How has leadstart helped you in growing as an author?

 

Leadstart is a professional organisation and they have helped me in every way. Giving an opportunity to a new author is something not less than a social responsibility. All those factors required for making a good book – editing, proofreading, marketing have been passionately done by them. What else does a new author need?

 

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

Since I am also a budding author, I am not in a position to give effective or experienced advice to other authors. However, in my opinion, any work requires passion and dedication.

 

 

 

Author Interview- In conversation with Sumathi Kulkarni

Sumathi Kulkarni has more than twenty-five years of teaching experience, with a post-graduate degree in English, a post-graduate teaching certificate, and a post-graduate diploma in teaching certificate, and a post-graduate diploma in teaching English from English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU).

A few of her writings have been published in Newspapers, Femina, Frozen Thoughts and a couple of defence magazines.

We are not any less than proud to have you here with us ma’am. A lady that inspires and motivates at the same time to fulfil the dreams of oneself and when it comes to living up to your dreams, no obstacle can be big enough. You inspire us, ma’am. 

Here is a part of the conversation she had with me…

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Author Sumathi Kulkarni

I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

I have worked as a teacher for the last 25 years and was so involved that I could not go for book writing due to constraints of time. I am married to a defence personnel and come from a defence background. I had written articles in Femina, Frozen thoughts, a couple of defence magazines and articles in local newspapers.

My first book was BOUQUET OF BRAINWAVES, an amalgamation of articles and poems. Again my second book belongs to the genre of non-fiction.  A tale of two dogs in STRING OF PEARLS is purely a collection of POEMS.

I am an animal lover.

I love to travel, see and observe places.


Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?


Basically, I am a sensitive person which is clearly reflected in my poems. It may be about animals, girls, women or spirituality touch the core of the reader. It is nothing but sensitivities expressed through experiences.

As an English teacher I loved teaching life, in other words, literature is nothing but life itself.  This can be experienced in Shakespearean dramas which are universal as they mirror life. I learnt to play with words. A couple of poems are evidential.

I took up this genre as I was able to put across my thoughts effortlessly.

A reader can experience through my effortlessly flowing thoughts. One comes across out of box ideas irrespective of one agrees or not. Understands the hearts of animals.

Feels one with weaker or socially downtrodden sex.

Sometimes one dive to the depth of spirituality and at times goes beyond skies to reach the unknown.


Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?


 I don’t have any favourite authors rather I read only newspapers and magazines and spend more time in writing. I love to express myself.


What challenges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?


 My main challenge was to write along with babysitting my grandson.  Other than this probably things were smooth writing comes to me effortlessly.


What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?


 Life is struggling irrespective of humans or animals which come out as the main essence. A close critic’s feedback was it is depressing quite a few times. That is what life is most of the times. My day was done as it touches the core of your being.


How was your experience with leadstart publishers?


 It was very smooth and supportive. Not to forget it is an expensive hobby to publish a book.


 How you keep yourself motivated to write more?


I have been teaching throughout. In the process learnt a lot by observing and experiencing. It gets processed in my being and struggles to come out. That motivates me to write.


Generally, how much time you dedicated to writing while framing this book?


 About two hours early in the morning when I am fresh.


How has leadstart helped you in growing as an author?


I came across so many things which I did not know.  This interview is certainly one of them.


What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?


 Every one can not write. There is something in you which makes you write. If that life force propels you to write then these budding writers should go ahead and write.

Author Interview- In Conversation With Sudipta Mukherjee.

Author Sudipta Mukherjee was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand and raised in Kolkata. After finishing her graduation from Calcutta University, she went on to do Masters from Central Sericulture Research and Training Institute of (CSRTI), affiliated to the University Of Mysore, where she was awarded a gold medal for her academics. She had worked with multiple organisations before quitting the professional world to pursue her dream of being an author. She lives with her husband and daughter. THE CROSSROADS is her debut novel.

She is here with us to share her experience of being a published author by a leading publishing house of our country. Her distinctive lookout and courageous steps of quitting the professional world to fulfil her dreams can inspire and motivate the people who come in touch with her. Following are the parts of the conversation she had with me…

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Author Sudipta Mukherjee

Please tell us something about yourself.

I am an author by passion and by profession. The Crossroads is my debut novel with which I entered this amazing world of story-telling. A lover of music and a voracious reader, I am a traveller for life. I wish to linger in the minds of my readers long after they have turned the last page.

Tell me something about the book.

The Crossroads” is a journey through a woman’s heart, tossed between love, ambition and separation. The story revolves around Aparajita Basu (the protagonist), her evolving relationship with her childhood sweetheart, Aniruddha, and all the people she meets and mingles in her life.

As for the rest, I leave it for the readers to find out for themselves.

Why did you take up this genre?

Honestly speaking, I did not pick up the genre. The genre chose me, would be a good way to put it. I just penned down the story that came into my mind. Its origin is entirely organic. That’s how I write most stories.

What can a reader expect from this book?

The Crossroads is a bouquet of human emotions. Each reader will find a little something for his/ her delight.

Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?

Well, I have a whole bucket of authors as a favourite, and certainly not one that I could point. A good story written in a great style is what appeals me, even if the author is someone lesser known.

When I am not writing, I am reading.

What challenges you faced while penning down the book? How you overcame them?

Writing this book was not much of a challenge because as I said, I penned down the story that first came into my mind. There was not much of engineering to it. I just went on adding details, characters and scenes that the story demanded.

The real challenge was when I ventured into publishing it. Dealing with the refusals, emotionally handling the rejections and all. It was difficult to keep the spirit high, I admit. But again I was hopeful, that I would get a chance sometimes. And that hope kept me alive and working.

What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

There have been many since release, and I am thankful to every one of them. But out of that entire bunch of feedbacks, I would like to highlight two very special ones.

The first came from Moira Forsyth, the Editorial Director of Sandstone Press. She had been very honest and encouraging in giving her review when the book was still under process. I remember to have remained awake (in excitement), half the night, after reading her mail. I am thankful to her, for that little spark of encouragement when the situation looked bleak.

The second once came for a senior friend of mine, Mrs Sikha Mitra, after the publication of course. She had enormously praised my work and compared me with a prominent literary genius of the West. I am so thankful to her for her good words, and wishes. Although little selfishly drawn, I will always love her for this.

I hope that I keep up to their expectations.

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Author Sudipta Mukherjee

How was your experience with Leadstart Publishers?

I would like to thank Leadstart Publishers, for publishing my first work. It is because of them that I could call myself an author. And I will never forget it.

My experience with them has been good so far.

How do you keep yourself motivated to write more?

Motivation is an inner thing. It’s a deep desire, a desperate wanting to prove you to do something that you love above everything else to see yourself successful in it.

Generally how much time you dedicate for writing while framing this book?

Well, I am not a disciplined writer. There are days when I write for ten hours straight. Or for as long as ideas keep coming into my mind, or I can keep my eyes open. There are days when I don’t write at all. The Crossroads is a product of many such days and nights.

How has Leadstart helped you in growing as an author?

Leadstart has helped me in establishing myself as an author. It has played a big part in transforming me: from Sudipta Mukherjee, the individual, to Sudipta Mukherjee, the author. If that is what you mean by growth.

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

Write for the love of it, and not exclusively to get published. If you make small steps every day, you are sure to reach your goal. As somebody once said, follow the headlight of your car, and you will reach your destination.