Saturday, December 3, 2016

Letters from the Past

Today I opened a very special bundle of letters, a bundle that took me back to my childhood and left me with a choked throat and moist eyes. They were in a little red cardboard box, spilling out almost as if they were keen to escape their confines and reach out to my heart.
How did they get to me, these little missives that I had written so long ago, little, forgotten scraps that had stayed on like indelible ink, smudged and precious?
My latest book ‘Shadow in the Mirror’ was launched in October this year and what made it extra special was my mother landing up without warning, to wrap her eldest offspring with her love and blessings. She spoke a few words about me, and then handed over the red box, which, she said, defined me as a person.
Life went by and today, as I was looking for something else, I came across this precious offering. Fortifying myself with a cup of green tea, I sat down and proceeded to take a trip into the past.
The first thing I laid eyes on was a letter that was written by my paternal grandparents to my mother when she was expecting me. My stern grandfather, who was the Headmaster of the boys’ school he had founded, was a man of few words. But his words sparkled on paper. “This is the time for you to cultivate the habit of entertaining such feelings and thoughts as you wish to see in the next generation.”
My grandmother had written down many apt slokas in Malayalam along with their English translations that, she suggested, would bring peace and serenity to my mother in the months to come.
Next came a letter written by a much younger me, with just a few words in a handwriting that still retained its baby curves. One line stood out in particular as I asked my father how long he would have to stay in Bangla Desh. Today I know that he was posted in Dhaka, the old Dacca, during the 1971 war, and I was blissfully unaware of the trauma my mother must have gone through in Bangalore with her three young children.
As I read on, memories assailed me as letters dropped into my lap, from my father, my mother and my grandparents. They spoke of many things, but centred around me, my health, my studies, my reading and my achievements. I recalled those days when I had been sent to my grandparents when I was in the 9th and the 10th because my Army father had been posted to a place which had no proper schools.
How my heart swelled when I read each wonderful missive and realized how much I was loved. There were letters from my grandmother to my parents, assuring them that I had settled down well, and that I was concentrating on my studies (something which I had never taken seriously before that!) 
One letter that zapped me was one in which my grandmother had obviously shown my horoscope to an astrologer who had predicted certain things, back in 1975. “Deepti also has a bright future in studies, and definitely a happy married life also. She will complete her studies (even her Post Graduate course) by 21 or 22. She will or may have a chance to go to foreign countries in her married life.”  Of course, it was after this that I shocked my grandparents and my teachers by refusing to take up Science, and opting for Humanities instead. The rest of the prophecies came true in due course of time. (I can see my better half heaving a sigh of relief!)
Words abounded, and I smiled when I read my own replies. “I am glad to see that N is now becoming a good girl!” (a reference to my little sister!) There was one particular tongue-in-cheek message that I had written to both my sisters. “I am very happy to hear that both of you are doing well at school. I am glad you have taken my advice (not to follow my example.)”
There were various references to friends, family members and our pet cocker spaniel, TANSI, the name we had got from the acronym for Tamil Nadu Small Industries.  “Has TANSI come up with anything or was it a false alarm?” (A reference to a probable litter.)
I smiled when I read what I had written to my sister about a certain friend who had been quite a pest. “Yes, I did tell  T that I would murder him. I only need an excuse! Haha!”
There were constant references to the brats. “Tell the brats to write. You know, N has developed a nice style of writing of her own. Her letters tend to get very amusing and I do enjoy skimming through them. I do laugh over B’s scrawls too, haha!”
And as I came to the end of my journey into the past, my eyes fell on one last letter which I had written to my father who was then posted in Bombay. “I am sad that we will not be able to come along with Amma to Bombay this time. But you can have a second honeymoon.”  This was in December 1978, and my sisters and I were to go to Bombay and spend our summer vacations with our father in May and June.
Unfortunately, that never did happen, as, on the 29th of January, 1979, he suffered a massive cardiac arrest and succumbed to it.
 As I closed the little red box that had captured so many memories so beautifully, and awakened my mind to a past that had been so precious, I knew that, yet again, here was a reason to thank my lovely mother, all over again. Not just for the red box and the bundle it carried, but for her thoughtfulness in compiling little pieces of my life together, and for handing my life back to me yet again.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mock, Stalk & Quarrel - Author's Interview: Ranjan Kaul

Mock, Stalk & Quarrel is a collection of 29 satirical stories, penned by prolific writers and bestselling authors, that attempt to mock, question, defy, and raise a voice against issues that matter. The stories were chosen from a nationwide contest conducted by Readomania and compiled in this collection that promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking read. For more about the book and the authors, head to the Facebook page of Mock, Stalk & QuarrelThe book has made an amazing entry at no 29 on Amazon. 
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Author Interview:
1.         How would you describe yourself in one line?
Humanist, creative fiction writer, artist

2.      After four decades of experience in publishing, how did you find the shift over to writing?
      I am enjoying every moment of it. I finally have the space and time to work at my own pace without the stresses of a full-time job.

3.      Do tell your readers about the books you have written. How did your story in MSQ come about?
     I have written two books, a novel and a collection of stories. The novel, Through the Forest, Darkly, is a depiction of the betrayal of love and humanistic ideals; it portrays the seemingly irreconcilable divides in our society that at times lead us to violence and cruelty. A substantial portion of the book is based in the Maoist-infested tribal areas of Bastar. In my recent book of short stories titled Silent Realities, I have tried to capture the unspoken frailties, insecurities and impulses of human behaviour. While the novel is ruthlessly realistic, in this story collection there are elements of the unreal and magical.
      I had written a raw draft of the satire included in MSQ in a rush of blood to express my ire at what I see as something going terribly wrong in society and which is making us more divisive.  The story was lying in cold storage till I learned of the proposed anthology, which is when I pulled it out and reworked it for submission.

4.      “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect,” said Anais Nin. What is your view on this?
      Creative writing is based on our experiences and sensitivities. When we finally get down to putting pen to paper to give expression to our emotions and immediate responses, considerable distancing has already taken place, which gives us a newer and more imagined perspective.

5.    What are the kinds of books you like to read? Who are some of your favourite writers, and why?
     I like to read a mix of literary fiction which provokes thought. Themes related to morality, existentialism and social justice interest me. My favourite writers, to name a few, include Dostoevsky, Sartre, Kafka, Marquez, Camus, Hemingway, Guy de Maupassant, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie and Julian Barnes. Of late, I have been reading a fair amount of English translations of regional literature.  I find that I’m more readily able to relate to the characters and situations that are closer home. Recently, I was delighted to discover the brilliant Urdu short story writer, Naiyer Masud.

6.      Do you think that there is a kind of etiquette in writing – between author and editor, between author and publisher, and between author and reader?
     There has to be mutual respect between the author and the editor. Authors cannot objectively judge their own writing and need to place their faith in the editors; by the same token, the editors must draw their own boundaries and know when to leave alone a piece of writing. The publisher acts as the interface between the reader and the author and can advise the author on the nature of the market. But here again the publisher should not pressurize the author to write something just because it is trendy or advise them to copy a bestselling author – that is self-defeating and can kill originality. Readers tend to believe what authors write. The author therefore has a moral obligation to ensure that his or her own writing does not lead to greater social divides, rather it enhances understanding among the diverse people of our fractured world.

7.     Satire holds up a mirror to society. What do you think Satire is important?  What is your approach in writing it?
      Satire uses wit, sarcasm and irony to prick the reader’s conscience through the shock of recognition of the prevailing immorality and social injustice. In a diverse society such as ours where there seems to be growing intolerance, I have resorted to satire as subterfuge and used analogies to ridicule the social prejudices and bigotry. 

8.      What is the difference between satire and humour, in your opinion?
      Humour is good, clean fun written with the sole objective of entertainment and eliciting laughter. Good satire on the other hand has a social objective. It uses biting humour to point out the ills in society and offers constructive criticism.

9.     What is the future of short stories? Which do you prefer – short stories or full-length novels?
      In this fast-paced, digital world where people are scarce of time, I do believe that short stories have a great future. I like reading both short stories and novels – my choice depends on my mood and the author.
10.  You are also a keen artist. Is there a symbiotic relationship between painting and writing?
     The process of writing and painting are quite similar. Both are expressive, creative and challenging, which is why I enjoy both pursuits.  Both require balanced composition and harmonious treatment. Line, colour, form and texture constitute the language and vocabulary of a painting.

11.  Do you think that it is easier for young writers to get published nowadays? If so, why?
     Yes and no! There are many more choices and avenues for young writers, especially among newer publishers including those in the digital space, than what existed a few years ago. At the same time, the larger mainstream publishers have become more selective and are taking fewer risks with new authors.

12.  What lies ahead for you as a writer?
      I am a slow and undisciplined writer. I have begun working on a novel but I have no idea when I will complete it – while I’m fairly clear about the theme and even a few of the principal characters, the plot itself has yet to crystallize in my mind. Meanwhile, I will continue writing short stories.

13.  Do you have a message for your readers? How will they be able to contact you?
      Keep reading and read widely, especially fiction. Besides giving you enjoyment, pleasure and relaxation, reading fiction is itself a creative process. It opens up your mind, compels you to imagine characters and situations, and makes you sit up and think. Reading will make you more tolerant, develop empathy for others, and nurture within you a deeper sense of right and wrong.
      Readers can email me at They can also visit my author page on Facebook.

Rapid Fire Questions: In one word

1.      Print books versus e-books
2.     Favourite cuisine?
Anything that’s well prepared!
3.      A hobby you enjoy?
4.      Relaxation technique?
5.      Pet peeve? What do you absolutely hate?
6.      If God gave you one wish now, what would it be?
I’m an atheist, so I don’t have the luxury of wishing!

Thank you so much, Ranjan, for an enlightening interview! I wish you luck for all your future ventures!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Shadow in the Mirror by Deepti Menon

Name of the book: Shadow in the Mirror
Author: Deepti Menon
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The Story:

It all begins with a death. Nita, a pregnant woman falling from her balcony becomes the string that unravels the plot. Her death casts a shadow over many lives; her heartbroken father, her husband and Vinny, a young journalist, drawn in by the whiff of foul play and murder.

What follows are stories within stories, eras and worlds colliding with each other, leaving behind splintered relationships and mesmerizing slices of lives that appear to be drawn together and driven apart by the whimsical threads of destiny.

As events cast their shadows ahead to link the stories of Vinny, Kavita, Roma, Krish and Nita in an unrelenting knot, a journey starts to uncover the truth. What is the secret that links Nita’s death to the other characters? Will Vinny be able to unravel the mystery of Nita’s death?

From intimate diary entries and letters, to bantering over a meal and sharing memories while spring cleaning, this novel de-familiarizes the ordinary, presenting a kaleidoscope of our own pasts, broken edges and pulsating hearts.

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Deepti Menon has always believed in the power of the pen. Having done her post graduation in English Literature and her B.Ed. in English, she had the option of teaching and writing, and did both with great enjoyment. She started writing at the age of ten, long before she acquired a Diploma in Journalism. She also had the advantage of being an Army kid, and later an Army wife, and loved the idea of travelling around India, meeting new people and acquiring new skills. She firmly believes that much of her personality was honed during those travels.

In 2002, her light hearted book, ‘Arms and the Woman’, depicting life as seen through the eyes of an Army wife, was published by Rupa Publishers, Delhi. This was written mainly to reveal the warmth and camaraderie within the great institution. She is now working on her second book that is a work of fiction, and not- to-be divulged yet!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

In the Light of Darkness by Radhika Maira Tabrez

"Someone I loved once gave me a box of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift."

It takes a gifted writer to be able to create an imaginary island and etch it so precisely that it appears real to her readers. Radhika Tabrez does just that as she  fleshes out an Indian paradise called Bydore and populates it with lifelike characters like Susan Pereira who is bound to Pereira Mansion and her father’s promise, Deena, a close friend and her feisty daughter Shahana, and Colonel and Mrs. Bindra, all of whose lives are blended together effortlessly. “They all could sense the chasm in each others’ hearts” and “their mutual need for succour”, a need that made them family.
It is into this family that a grievously wounded Meera is brought in, and over time, Susan turns into her anchor, touched by “the forlornness in Meera’s eyes” which made her “hear the echoes of her own life”. Their lives fuse as the pieces of a puzzle coming together, and Meera throws herself into running Susan’s book store ‘A New Chapter’, as she tries to erase the horrific shadows in her past.
Life turns around when Susan’s estranged son, Matthew, sets foot on the island due to unforeseen circumstances. He walks in through “the iron gate that had served as his first ever swing”. And this is when the reader realizes just how significant and poignant the cover of the book is, with the image of the rusty blue iron gate that serves as a symbol of the flavour of everything that Matthew’s childhood was made up of.
Radhika Tabrez’s characters live and breathe, whether it is Susan with “the most angelic smile”, Deena who is “a magician with ladles and woks”, the Colonel “a man with incisive truth” or Matthew’s steadfast friends, Vidushi and Maanav. The deft characterization makes them appear as familiar figures as they walk their way along their own paths, yet held together by a thread called Susan Pereira.
One letter, “yellowed with age, crumpled along the edges from the many hands it had exchanged in the journey to reach Matthew”, from a mother to her son, changes the tenor, as Susan describes events that had transpired twenty years ago, events that had changed their lives almost irrevocably. A bitter and unrelenting Matthew, “the ‘One’ across the sea, expects to find himself judged by his mother’s friends, but finds acceptance in many ways.
There are moments of intense pathos that dot the book, as broken souls move tentatively forward to try and find closure, even as the letter serves as a guidepost, telling Matthew how to react to every significant juncture. There is a beautiful description of how he feels “trapped in a snow globe, and everything around him has been shaken violently out of its place”.
 Radhika’s Good Samaritan instincts come across in her writing as various relationships come together in an attempt to benefit society. This novel works at various levels, as friendships turn deeper, emotions blaze their way across the tale and there could be no more profound quote for Susan’s life than the one chosen with so much care, from The Tale of Two Cities:
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
When the book has been read and savoured over a cup of cinnamon tea, the reader also heaves a sigh of contentment, having taken a leap of faith and crossed over from the dark into the light.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Smitten Husband by Sundari Venkatraman - Guest Post

Marriages Made in India
Book #1
Sundari Venkatraman

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The Queen of Romance novels, Sundari Venkatraman, answers a question put to her by Deepti Menon.

"Dear Sundari,

It is wonderful to see so many stories fly out from your prolific pen. Where do you get your ideas from, especially for a five-novella series? How difficult is it to sustain the tempo as well as the credibility of the characters, considering that they stem from book one and live on over the next four books? Which are the characters closest to your heart, and why?"

Hi Deepti,

Firstly, let me thank you for your compliment.

When I published The Runaway Bridegroom, a few of my readers were impressed with Shikha, one of the side characters, and her relationship with Abhimanyu. They wanted to know what happened to the two. I wasn’t sure of writing a sequel as I couldn’t visualise a full-length novel for them.

Later, when I read a number of novellas from western authors, I thought I could maybe create a novella for Abhimanyu and Shikha. As I took a five-hour bus journey all by myself, it suddenly struck me that I should do a series for the characters from The Runaway Bridegroom – Chanda’s four brothers and Abhi-Shikha. That’s how the idea for a series was born. Novellas worked best as there wasn’t enough meat in the stories as they clicked away in my head to be created into full-length novels.

I also loved reading the many series of novels published by Julie Garwood (Claybornes’ Brides); Nora Roberts (The Key Trilogy; The Donovan Legacy series; Cordina’s Royal Family series) and many such books by Janet Dailey that are truly inspirational. So I thought, “why not?” and began writing the Marriages Made in India series.

Sustaining the tempo isn’t too difficult as each has a different set of characters who have their own stories to tell. Credibility – yes, there’s a bit of work there. I keep going back to my earlier books to ensure that I don’t describe someone wrong. Luckily, I don’t forget the basic characteristics. Or rather, the characters don’t let me forget their qualities. Like Ram (The Smitten Husband), is a tease. Lakshman (Her Secret Husband) is the silent one. Shikha (His Drunken Wife) is brash and loud-mouthed, loving her drinks.

Many of the characters keep coming and going from the series. But I do my best to focus on the protagonists with just a few glimpses of the others.

I must say I adore all my characters. It’s like asking which kid a mother likes best. I’m sure you know what I mean. Otherwise, I can say that I enjoyed creating Shikha since she’s a tough personality, quite badass and different from my usual characters.

Thank you for your wonderful question. You actually helped me get all my jumbling thoughts regarding this matter into a proper sequence. :D


Ram Maheshwari is a successful jewellery designer who has a huge showroom on MI Road, Jaipur. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a billionaire to boot. He’s twenty-nine and falls in with his parents’ wishes when they try to arrange his marriage.

The lovely, stormy-eyed Sapna Purohit is from Pushkar. She’s managed to finish school and makes a living by doing mehendi designs during weddings. She’s always dreamt of a Prince on a white horse, sweeping her off her feet.

One look into Sapna’s grey eyes and Ram is lost. Only, Sapna’s unable to see her Prince in Ram. Being from a poor family, she has no choice but to go along with the tide when the Maheshwaris offer to bear all expenses of the wedding. 

Does that mean that the feisty Sapna is all set to accept Ram as her husband? She puts forth a condition, after the wedding. Will The Smitten Husband agree to it?

*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.

Read an excerpt...

“Good morning!” said a sleepy voice. “What are you doing so far away?” called out Ram, before reaching out with a long arm to pull her to him.
A startled Sapna gave him a shocked look that was lost on her husband, whose eyes were still closed. His arms went around her waist like steel bands, his breath hot against her cheek. “Sapna...” he whispered in her ear as his hard lips pressed into her petal soft cheek.
Sapna tried to pull out of his arms, only to have them pull her closer. Her breasts were flattened against his solid chest. Her traitorous body seemed to enjoy the pressure as her nipples perked up. She did her best to hold on to the control that was slipping fast.
“Ram,” she called out loudly, hoping to wake him up. She couldn’t free her arms that were trapped against her own body, as he held her in a crushing grip. His mouth was busy exploring her face, moving inexorably towards her lips. His eyes continued to remain closed, while his hands moved restlessly at her waist. “Ram...” her voice came out in a whisper, as she felt his tongue trace the edge of her lips. Tortured, she made the final move to capture his roving lips, breaking free her hands to hold his face steady.
“Sapna...” sighed Ram, kissing her gently, his tongue first tracing her upper lip and then her lower one. He gently bit the luscious curve. Sapna instinctively opened her mouth to let him explore the velvety cavern with his tongue. Shyly, her tongue reached out to mate with his, making Ram groan with need.
His hands moved restlessly on her body, her nightie bunching up. His muscular legs tangled with her slim ones, making her sigh with pleasure as his hard and hairy skin brushed against her soft and silky one. His hands cupped her lush bottom, caressing it lovingly.
Sapna suddenly became aware of his hardness pressed against her belly. Coming to her senses, she turned her face away, breaking the kiss. “No Ram.”
His wet lips continued to caress her, his tongue exploring her shell-like ear. Even as her heart thudded loudly, Sapna pushed against him. “Ram, please, will you stop it?”
His black eyes opened a slit, desire and slumber at war in them. “Sapna?” If he hadn’t been fully awake before, he was now, as he stared at her lovely face that was so close to his. He slowly recalled what had been occurring over the past few minutes. He had at first thought he was dreaming about kissing the luscious woman in his arms. How had she landed there in the first place?

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The Smitten Husband is the eighth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #1 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Madras Affair and An Autograph for Anjali—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books have been on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK & Australia many times over.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Knitted Tales - A Collection of Emotions by Rubina Ramesh

Looking forward to reading the talented Rubina Ramesh's collection of emotions, Knitted Tales soon!

Knitted Tales: A Collection of Emotions 
Rubina Ramesh

Every tale has a path to follow to reach its destination.. but it may not exactly be the one we should follow.


What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate? 

Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you? 

Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?

Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?

Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?

In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.


Dear Friends and Aspiring Writers,

My journey as a writer started after I joined Wrimo India. It’s a group of aspiring authors where all members are challenged to write, by the NaNoWriMo ML for India region and the Founder/Admin of  Wrimo India, Sonia Rao.  Along with the other admins, Neel Ina and Dola Basu Singh, she made our lives pretty tough if we did not submit on time.

Our work was critiqued, broken to pieces and then mended again by all the Wrimo members. I laugh now, whenever I reminisce about those days. We writers are so passionate about our work that even a little bit of criticism makes us want to hide our baby. But in this group, we trained ourselves to accept all types of honest criticism. We sculpted our stories and life continued. This happened around 2 years ago.

Then, one fine day I found that I had gathered around 17 stories and forgotten all about them. As I dusted away the layers of neglect, I fell in love with my own stories. I am a narcissist. :)  But then, all writers are, aren’t they? I do hope what I have written from my heart, touches you. Here are the stories of a writer who aspires to always write from her heart. With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, here’s raising a toast to inspiration!

Releasing on 10th of October 2016
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a collection of emotions 
Rubina Ramesh
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About Rubina Ramesh

 Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time.  She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona.  Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer. 

Her other published works include
'Home is where Love is’ a short story in the anthology Writings from the Heart. Ed. by Beth Ann Masarik. 
‘You Stole My Heart’ and ‘Let me Go’. Short stories as a part of the anthology ‘Long and Short of It’ by Indireads.
'Wake Me Up' as a part of the anthology ‘Marijuana Diaries’ by Fablery Publishers.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

With You I Dance by Aarti V Raman

A heartwarming book about the passion of ballet and the heartache of friendship and love by Aarti V Raman, whose ease of style makes this a delight to read!

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With You I Dance
Aarti V Raman


Meera Sagar had everything—the perfect job as a principal ballerina (for a prestigious New York ballet company) and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night before her biggest performance, forcing her to do the one thing she never wanted to do—come back home. To Mumbai.

Now, a year later, Meera is still trying to pick up the pieces, while fending off marriage proposals from her well-meaning but traditional Gujarati family, and figure life out all over again. By starting a ballet school in Mumbai. But she has two problems. One, she doesn’t know anything about running a business. And two, she can’t dance. Not anymore.

Enter . . .
Abeer Goswami. Hotshot junior partner at a South Bombay law firm and a man nursing a broken heart. When he meets Meera again, the woman who left him, he tries his hardest to be her friend, to help her . . . and not let the past get in the way.

And then . . .
There is the sexy Zoya Sehgal. Meera’s only friend in the city and the woman Abeer is currently seeing. They say triangles have pointy edges, for a reason. Will Meera find a new dream in her ballet school? Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again? And, most important, has Meera danced for the last time?

With you I dance is a warm, funny, at times heart-rending, love story of second chances, true love, and finding yourself when your dearest dream has vanished.

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Aarti V Raman is an established novelist in the romantic thriller genre (White Knight, Kingdom Come) with her third book, a contemporary romance titled “With You I Dance” out soon with Fingerprint Publishing.

29 years old, she graduated from Mumbai University in 2007 with a degree in Mass Media focused on Journalism, which provided her the perfect background for conducting sound research on any project. She then went on to study Creative and Professional Writing at Deakin University in Melbourne for post-graduation in 2008. It was there that she learned to hone her craft and lifelong ambition of writing romances that had strong characters and stronger stories that remained etched in the reader's minds.

While waiting for her big break, Aarti pursued commercial writing and gained a vast amount of knowledge (from fishing tackle to soft toys) that she claims have helped her with molding better stories. Her first novel "White Knight" was published by Leadstart in 2012 and gave her the impetus to continue writing. In 2013, her work was excerpted in the Tamil Edition of Mills and Boon novels. And in 2014, her short story "Post-Coital Cigarette" was chosen to be part of the Rupa Romance Anthology "An Atlas of Love" curated by bestselling author Anuja Chauhan.

Her latest novel "Kingdom Come" (Harlequin MIRA) has enjoyed a brief stay at the bestseller lists in Amazon India. Her work is represented by Red Ink Literary Agency, Delhi. And very recently, she was a speaker and panellist at the Goa Arts and Literary Fest 2014, Vth Edition.

She is currently expanding her skill set to include copy editing, content marketing, and creative writing workshop that help her explore the wonderful world of words in various forms.

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This triad of stories by Mona Verma boasts of a theme quite unique, of relationships unimagined, and biases that rule. Whether it is th...