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Anupam Srivastava - The Brown Sahebs

An Historical Fiction

The Brown Sahebs tells the story of India as it put on the clothes of a democracy while its body and soul remained a colony……


by Anupam Srivastava


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The Brown Sahebs tells the story of India as it put on the clothes of a democracy while its body and soul remained a colony’s. It tells the story of power changing hands from the white sahebs to the brown sahebs who kept the inequality between the rulers and the ruled intact. The novel depicts the final phase of India’s freedom struggle, the opulent but troubled lives of rulers, the emergence of Oxford and Cambridge-educated leaders who were friends with the British, the new capital of India which came to be known as Lutyens’ Delhi and life in India in that slow-paced time. It also brings to life the influence India’s leaders had over the uneducated and impoverished masses who created a groundswell of popular resistance against British rule. Among these great men was Gandhi who finds a special place in the novel but was consigned to be a portrait on the walls of free India. ….


Interview with Novelist: Ritoban Chakrabarti

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Ritoban Chakrabarti


Author of the Soon to be released Novel:

When She Smiled


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Tell us about your book? What inspired you to write it?

About eight months ago, I picked up JD Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and read it in a few hours. It was a very simple story driven around one teenage guy and how a few days changed Ritoban-chakrabarti-when she smiledhis perception about life. We have all had such moments. I’ve had mine for sure. There was a story that needed to be written. After reading that book, I had an epiphany. I reflected on the choices I made as a teenager and how they influenced my future. My novel is about a fifteen year old guy who had no clue how falling in love would forever change his life. ‘She’ is the girl he falls in love with. Her name is Akanksha. The entire story is set in Shimla, which is a beautiful hill station in India.


Have you always enjoyed writing?

I used to be an avid reader as a child, but since college my reading habits had been suppressed because I got busy with engineering studies and my part time internet marketing. But recently, I started reading again, and I had an epiphany a few months ago about writing a novel, and I followed that dream.  I’ve written a few marketing books. I’ve also written a lot of blog posts for my products, company related communications, and personal stories. To be completely honest, writing the novel has been on my dream board for a long time, but I seriously considered it only a few months ago.


What type of work do you do? Is it related to your book in some way?

I’d like to think of myself as a jack of all trades who loves traveling and has spent his entire life in India. To be precise, I’ve taken on several roles in the last few years. I’ve programmed software, started companies, hired and managed employees, designed websites and graphics, made videos, marketed the hell out of several projects online, and recently finished my first novel. Next year, I’ll be working on a music album. You could say I live life by the moment and take upon challenging projects that push my limits. I’m a hustler who doesn’t quit. Writing the novel was a completely new and challenging project for me, but once I had decided I would do it, I did. There’s been no looking back since. I’m getting it published in digital and print in February 2015. I’m also marketing it heavily, which incidentally is fairly easy for me considering my background in Internet Marketing.


What’s next? Is there something you’re working on now?

Believe it or not, even though this book is not out yet, I have already started working on another novel. This one is a neo noir mystery, and I’m currently doing research. I’ll start writing it after When She Smiled hits bookstores in February, 2015.


What do you hope readers will “take away” from reading your book?

Life is all about the choices we make. Little choices and decisions that seem trivial at the moment, end up defining your entire life journey. The story follows the mind of a teenager and how he is exposed to love, feelings, and hardships in the course of a year. And how all this paved way for the choices he makes. I believe we all control our destiny, but we really don’t know exactly how. We just go by the flow and let things happen to us. This story is about getting in control and making choices that define your future.


What advice would you give to other Indie Writers or those who dream of writing a book?

To be honest, I didn’t have much support from my family when I told them I wouldn’t pursue an MBA degree, and that I wanted to open my own company. They were very reluctant, but I was more stubborn than they could handle. I kept following my passion, and slowly they got to be a part of my success. Now, they proudly tell everyone they meet about what I do and how I got there. I have always believed in ‘hustling’.

No matter how adverse your situation may be, if you’re somebody who can hustle long and hard at what they believe in, no one will be able to stop you. Your success is in your hands. Your failure is also in your hands. So keep hustling, and you’ll see how each of your goals will keep becoming a reality.



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The Tailor’s Needle by Lakshmi Raj Sharma
Multicultural Literary Fiction


The Tailor’s Needle

by Lakshmi Raj Sharma
Cambridge educated Sir Saraswati Chandra Ranbakshi is a towering public figure in early twentieth century India. A firm believer in the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, he also has faith in the virtues of the British Raj. As a result, he has to mediate between the Maharaja of a princely state and the Viceroy and strike a fine balance between tradition and modernity. This tussle between old and new values is reflected in his three children – the daredevil Maneka, the timid Sita, and their brother, Yogendra, who turns their father’s world upside down by falling in love with a lower-caste girl.

A comedy of manners laced with intrigue and excitement, The Tailor’s Needle explores some of the great moral dilemmas of pre-independent India with wit and sensitivity.





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Lakshmi Raj Sharma is a professor of English at the University of Allahabad. He lives in Allahabad with his professor wife, Bandana, and etymologist son, Dhruv. His first collection of stories, Marriages are Made in India, has now been published as an e-book by Publerati, USA. His first novel, The Tailor’s Needle, first published in the UK, is published by Penguin Books India, in 2012. His article, “Charles Dickens and Me” has been published in 2012 by the Oxford journal, English. Several of his stories and articles are published in American and British journals.

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Tailor’s Needle is a novel that has something for everyone.



A Remarkable Story of Healing and Recovery


This Is How I Save My Life:

A True Story of Embryonic Stem Cells, Indian Adventures, and Ultimate Self-Healing Genre/subject: Spirituality, Healing, Travel

by Amy B. Scher

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A fiery young woman with a debilitating and misdiagnosed disease travels to a tiny clinic in India for a controversial embryonic stem cell treatment. On the journey to save her miserably failing body, she finds a world of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, and most importantly, a piece of her life that she never even knew she was searching for.

This is How I Save My Life takes readers on a heartwarming and often hilarious journey as Amy grasps at her last hope for health. Why do some people heal from emotional or physical issues, while others don’t? Through extensive research and her own recovery experience, Amy finds the most important piece for her own healing-the impact of unprocessed negative emotions on our physical bodies.

This powerful and uplifting story of sheer determination is for anyone who believes in-or doubts-the existence of miracles and the infinite power of self-healing.


Meet the Author – Amy B. Scher

Amy-B-ScherAmy B. Scher is an mind-body-spirit expert and author. She focuses on emotional healing using energy therapy.

“While I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, my “big” dream has always been to write a book. I never imagined as a little girl, it would be about this. But, that’s the coolest thing about life. It gets you right to where you need to be, even if it’s a twisty, scary, ride that sometimes seems to be going nowhere.”

Book quote: “Amy’s story needs to be told. She’s truly an enlightened voice of inspiration.” -Joanna Kerns, Actress & Director

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