Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spotlight and Book Review: India was One by An Indian




India Was One by AnIndian








The Blurb

…Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.

He was in South India and she was in North India…

Have you ever imagined India being divided into two countries? What happens to the millions of Indians who are from South India but are now residing in North India? Kaahi & Jai were two such people who got trapped in this situation. Everything was going smoothly for them and suddenly, their world turned upside down.

How will they get together? Will India become one again?

Take an exciting journey with them from their college days in Mumbai to their life in the US and back to India when they find out that India is divided.

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Meet the Author



The Author calls himself An Indian. We have no pics of him. But the Author does have something to say to every Indian out there....

Dear Readers,

I wanted to tell a story peppering it with Indian languages and narrating my experiences, inter-weaving them with some imaginary tale. When I mentioned this idea to my wife, her very first question was, "who is your target-audience?" That made me "think outside the box". After reading the book, you'll agree that there is no target-audience. I'd say - 10+, any sex, from any country, any ethnicity, any religion - is the intended audience.

When I wanted to tell a story, I wanted to "lull" the reader into thinking that they are just reading a travelogue. Making them wonder where (if at all anywhere) the story is going. Is it just another boring experience written by a NRI? AND THEN BOOM. It hits you. Suddenly, along with the characters, the reader's dream-world shatters.

This book is broken up in 3 parts. And it is intentional. Let me explain why.

The first part is about the Indian culture. Most Indians (in India) already know it. But what about NRIs? They may find it nostalgic. And what about their kids. They may have a better understanding about their roots and culture. And the non-Indian find it very fascinating. 

The second part is about life in the US. Readers who are in the US may find it a bit like a travelogue. However, others may find it very interesting. Those who can't be here get a glimpse into the US life of an Indian (and the US life in general).

The third part is for everyone. 

Hence, you'll notice that different people react differently to this book. There is something for everyone.

I hope this helps you.

Thank you,
An Indian   

The author was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He came to the US in 1989 and lived in New York.  This book is for those who like travel, history, romance, culture, cuisine, sports, political-thriller, etc. It’s dubbed as a realistic-fiction. A fiction based on some real events.  He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

He is very clear about his Target Audience..  


AudienceHow will the benefit?
Age 10 and aboveWill learn about India
Any ReligionWill Understand India
Indians in IndiaWill feel proud of India
NRIsNostalgic moments
Kids of NRIsWill connect with their roots
Non IndiansWill want to visit india
People who Love IndiaWill know what the book is conveying
People who want to know abut India Will fall in love with India

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Introduction
  • ISBN – B004S3OWO0
  • Genre: Fiction/ Drama
  • Publishers: CreateSpace via Amazon
  • Price: Rs. 175/- (I got this book for review from the author)
Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.
He was in South India and she was in North India…
Have you ever imagined India being divided into two countries? What happens to the millions of Indians who are from South India but are now residing in North India? Kaahi & Jai were two such people who got trapped in this situation. Everything was going smoothly for them and suddenly, their world turned upside down.
How will they get together? Will India become one again?
Take an exciting journey with them from their college days in Mumbai to their life in the US and back to India when they find out that India is divided.
Behind The book
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About the author
This is the only info I could find about the author (Source: HERE )
Dear Readers,
I wanted to tell a story peppering it with Indian languages and narrating my experiences, inter-weaving them with some imaginary tale. When I mentioned this idea to my wife, her very first question was, "who is your target-audience?" That made me “thinks outside the box". After reading the book, you'll agree that there is no target-audience. I'd say - 10+, any sex, from any country, any ethnicity, any religion - is the intended audience.
When I wanted to tell a story, I wanted to "lull" the reader into thinking that they are just reading a travelogue. Making them wonder where (if at all anywhere) the story is going. Is it just another boring experience written by a NRI? AND THEN BOOM. It hits you. Suddenly, along with the characters, the reader's dream-world shatters.
This book is broken up in 3 parts. And it is intentional. Let me explain why.
The first part is about the Indian culture. Most Indians (in India) already know it. But what about NRIs? They may find it nostalgic. And what about their kids. They may have a better understanding about their roots and culture. And the non-Indian find it very fascinating.
The second part is about life in the US. Readers who are in the US may find it a bit like a travelogue. However, others may find it very interesting. Those who can't be here get a glimpse into the US life of an Indian (and the US life in general).
The third part is for everyone.
Hence, you'll notice that different people react differently to this book. There is something for everyone.
I hope this helps you.
Thank you,
An Indian
Me thinks
Curiosity made me grab this book – truth be told! One : the title, two: the anonymity of the author and three:  the unique story line – it makes a deadly combo, too good to ignore.
I would be lying if I say I didn’t have any preconceived notions about the book. I half expected a complicated love story between two people with some patriotism as a backdrop. Well well well, I was in for some amazing surprise.
The story line is anything but this. In other words the story line is much more than this. I loved the story telling skills of the author – simplistic yet intriguing. One that holds your attention grows inside you so much that you just want it to engulf you completely.
The first part of the narration is more of a Bharat Darshan types, some might find it like a revision , for me it was exciting as I got to see how our country is perceived by others. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions by the author about such minute aspects of our country. The second part for me was like taking off in a plane to a completely different world where everything was new and aweinspiring. The author’s narration is very lucid; it flows effortlessly without any hiccups making it a thoroughly enjoyable read.
The most fascinating part of this book is the characters; the author makes them so very connectable that they actually come alive in front of your eyes as you turn page after page to bask in their story.

Excellent attempt by a debut author and very well executed. The author knows what he wants to convey to the readers and he does it superbly well. Not a single dull moment in the book which makes it a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Foodie Verdict
This book is a cinnamon roll cake - melting in your mouth, deliciously good and leaves a warm after taste long after you are done eating (reading) it!
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1 comment:

  1. yeah.. now this is one that i want to read.. I have read another review and all are praising this book .. and I ma glad you linked it to the FOODIE thought :) he he he I surly need to read it now


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