An Unexpected Gift by Ajay K. Pandey

 

 

 

 

BLURB :

Giving up is not an option when someone calls you mother.’

Abhay, still struggling with the grief of losing his wife, is unable to cope with his job and the care of his toddler son. So, when the mysterious Sheetal enters his life, applying for the job of looking after Ayush, he is thrilled.

All Sheetal has ever wanted, even as a child, is to be a mother. Circumstances mean that she might never be one. The almost instant bond between her and the young boy is balm to her soul and like a godsend to Abhay.

Still, something about Sheetal nags at him. She seems perfect, but why is she so reluctant to show him her identity card? What is she hiding?

What happens when Abhay finally discovers her secret? Does he stand by her side, or abandon her, as everyone before him has done? And what is the gift that she gives him, a gift that will change his life?

In An Unexpected Gift, bestselling writer Ajay K Pandey brings to us an emotionally resonant story that questions everything we believe about friendship, love and motherhood.

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Interview with Reecha Agarwal

 

AUTHOR BIO :

Reecha Agarwal Goyal has always described herself as ‘fragile but unbreakable!’ She sports messy hair and is dressed in pyjamas most of the times. She loves contemplating on life over a cuppa. She is an impulsive writer and is the most silent person in the room. She is yet to discover something that can heal better than a pen, a book and a cup of tea. She describes her kids as the center of her universe and of all the roles that she plays in life, that of a mother is her favorite. ‘Such is her life’, a book detailing the journey of a woman from cradle to grave, highlighting the injustices that she faces in each phase of life, was her debut in the world of literature. The book was very well received by the readers and it took the literary world by storm. Her second book Forever is
not enough is a romantic fiction inspired by a true story. The book is an emotional read but it has a feel good factor to it. After reading it, one realises how insignificant their problems are when compared to other real problems that people face in life. The book is beautifully written and she has really impressed the readers with her literary skills.
She lives in New Delhi with her husband and kids and is mostly seen dwelling in her fictional and poetic worlds.

 

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INTERVIEW :

 

1) How long did it take you to write this book?
– A year

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Interview with Shashwat Johri

 

AUTHOR’S BIO :

He is an award winner published author of the book ‘Bikers’. He has  been awarded as the ‘Best Debutant Author’ by ‘Author Pages’ and his book has been nominated for ‘Author Academy Awards 2019 and also the Readers Choice Awards 2019, TCK Publishing. He is officiating as the Director of Operations, EsquireVJ Publication House. he is also the Novel Writing Captain at My Captain, an IIM Bangalore & NSRCEL incubated organisation. He is doing his graduation with English (Hons) from MS University, Vadodara.

 

1) Tell us something about yourself?

– I am Director of Operations with EsquireVJ Publication House and I am Novel Writing Captain with MyCapatin, an IIM and NSRCEL incubated organisation.

2) How did you start writing?

-I am from a family of authors and so I naturally I developed an insight for it during my childhood. My work was first published in the book ‘Young Expressions’ when I won an inter school completion at the age of 8 years.

3) Tell us your journey so far?

-The journey has been as interesting as my book ‘Bikers’ It feels great when people appreciate my work. I am just 18 years now and I am humbled with such an achievement and I have experienced how much dedicated work output can pay us back!
I have friends visiting and asking me to sign Bikers for them, some people recognize me on the road and take photos, then I was specifically touched by an email appreciating my book ‘Bikers’ from someone I don’t know personally. It was another honour when my first book ‘Bikers’ was placed in the curriculum section of Delhi Public School Gandhidham. So Bikers has taken me on top of the world.

4) Something about your book?

-Bikers is a unique book, very different from other books. Mostly books are limited to one topic or genre, but Bikers has so much more for the readers. It is an interesting read about four teenage friends who for a Gujarat tour on their Bikes. The book is full of humour and fun along with a powerful storyline. Bikers is also about human emotions and the spirit of friendship, about teenage and it also provides lot of knowledge about the vibrant state of Gujarat. Above all, it is about the passion of Biking!

5) Something that keeps you going in this industry?

-The name, fame and social status of an author are more than enough to keep me going in the line of writing, and by next year my second book in the series, ‘Bikers 2’ will be published. I am thankful to organisations like Flipping Pages who provide platform to young authors like us and help in carrying our thoughts and the Book of course to people around the world. Today when everybody is bring unfortunately drawn away from books due to cell phones, Flipping Pages is doing great work in keeping the morale of the authors high because books contribute to the society and social development and people must make read good books as a daily routine.

 

 

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In dialogue with Mona Mohanty

Mona Mohanty has led a life travelling the length and breadth of India. Born in Kolkata, she has studied in places as far spread out as Chandigarh, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow and Delhi.She passed out in 1987 with a B.A. (Hons) in History from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.Armed with an M.A. and M. Phil in History from JNU, she qualified for the Indian Revenue Service in 1991. Currently, she is a Commissioner of Income Tax.

Writing has always been her passion . A love for words has been second nature to her. Finally, she decided to bring a semblance of order to all the jottings over the years and collate a minuscule portion of them into a book. *Betwixt Twists And Turns* was the result of this endeavour. This was followed by another collection of short stories titled, ‘ Volcanic Moments: Heart popping tales’. Currently, working on a novel, she has also contributed short stories for international magazines like Confluence.

 

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1) What does words mean to you?
Words , in my realm, is the equivalent of oxygen for living beings. For me, it is the be- all and end – all of existence. As a medium of expression, words convey thoughts, emotions and action; not necessarily, in that order.

2) As both of your works have been short story collections we would love to know little insights on how do you go about collecting them?

 My short story collections arise out of my observations of people ( and animals) in varying situations and places. The setting can be a high end hotel, a village waterhole, a crowded shopping mall , a dreary office… the list is unending.
3) Anything new you are or planning to work upon?
I am working on a novel. I don’t want to spill the beans now.. I love to keep people guessing.
4)What do you think is lacking in current generation with regards to literature work?
 It’s a bit sad, that the current generation doesn’t have the time or the patience to relax with a book. I see it amongst youngsters in my family too. Give me a book over a party. There is never a quandary regarding the choice.
5) A small message for our writers and readers?
I can only wish and hope that the love for the written word continues to soar and that each of us do our bit to keep this precious part of our lives immortal. For, words maketh the man!

One step at a time by Venkat Iyer

One Step at a Time by Venkat Iyer

One Step at a Time

One step at a time is a journey that takes place one by one. It’s a story with limited characters and how so many things revolved around so much.
The book has a deep sense of struggle and how one should over come it.

How life never really goes the way you want it to.
Somedays it just keeps spiralling down. It’s about the strength of all mental/ physical that needs to be needed mostly mental strength which will get you through tough times like these.

I loved how every character was given a sketch and it felt like a photo time line of sorts. And there were quoted to uplift.

The story was simple and had deep bravery kneaded within it.
So much to learn as always

Overall 4/5.

In conversation with poet Sakshi Walia.

AUTHOR BIO :
Sakshi is a university student pursuing her degree in English literature. She started writing at the age of 13 and writing has been her passion since then. She has published three books so far and has been a part of many anthologies. She has recently been nominated for 100 aspiring authors of India. Apart from this she is also a slam poet and a football player. 

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