Book Launch Day is Here!

It’s the morning of Nov 29 as I write this. Sitting at my desk where I wrote most of “It Can’t Be You”. The day has come. Some 12 hours from now, if not earlier, my debut novel will be launched at Crossword, Residency Road, Bangalore. My feelings are of excitement ( that a dream is coming true), of anxiety (that things will go off well) and anticipation ( to meet friends and family who will gather to join me in celebrating the event.

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Book Launch Day Is Here

It’s the morning of Nov 29 as I write this. Sitting at my desk where I wrote most of “It Can’t Be You”. The day has come. Some 12 hours from now, if not earlier, my debut novel will be launched at Crossword, Residency Road, Bangalore. My feelings are of excitement ( that a dream is coming true), of anxiety (that things will go off well) and anticipation ( to meet friends and family who will gather to join me in celebrating the event.

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Ian Fleming on Writing a Thriller

I have read all of Ian Fleming’s books being a huge fan. I can never forget that my school chum, Pratap Pothen, who went on to become a well-known actor, once gifted me with the entire set of James Bond books. Years after reading them I still remember ” Dr. No” and “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. You can imagine my delight then when I chanced upon  Ian Fleming himself had to say about writing a thriller. This was written by Fleming way back in 1962 and is from Cabbages and Kings, a blog by P J Parrish.

Waiting for the Launch

The excitement is palpable. There are only 4 days to go for the launch of my debut novel “It Can’t Be You”. This is being published by Cedar Books, an imprint of Pustak Mahal, one of India’s largest publishing houses. The book will be released by an old friend,Subroto Bagchi, Vice-Chairman and Gardener of MindTree Ltd, himself an author of repute.

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Waiting for the Launch

The excitement is palpable and there are only 4 days to go for the launch of ny debut novel “It Can’t Be You”. This is being published by Cedar Books, an imprint of Pustak Mahal, one of India’s largest publishing houses. The book will be released by an old friend, Subroto Bagchi, Vice-Chairman and Gardener of MindTree Ltd, himself an author of repute.

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John Shore on “The Platform”

As is often said these days, just writing a book is not enough. It is only one part of the story. The bigger challenge comes in selling it! We hear so much about the need for authors to have a “platform”. Here’s what award-winning author John Shore has to say about this in a recent article in The Huffington Post. I have been

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To Download The Book

Many friends in the US and elsewhere abroad have asked if they can buy copies of “It Can’t Be You” where they live. This is rather unlikely but they can certainly download the book to their Kindle or iPad or whatever they use. Here is the link provided by Pustak Mahal. As you know, Cedar Books, the publishers of the book, is an imprint of Pustak Mahal.

End of a Chapter

In the old days, a chapter was a kind of milestone  or guidepost, if you will, in the novel. It sort of led you from one major point to another, often depicting sequential events in time or points of view of different characters in the story. They were fairly long and usually of varying length. Recently, I came across a very different treatment of what I imagined chapters would be in James Patterson’s “Cross Country

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