Book Review – Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Book – Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Author – Mrs Sudha Murty

Page – 179

Format – Paperback

Language – English

Publisher – Penguin Random House India

I started reading this book with lots of hope and expectation and I am glad that I am not disappointed except at few places. What Sudha Murty offers in ‘Three Thousand Stitches’ is a share of her experiences and outlook towards life in a simple and honest way. After reading this I have been deeply inspired by her commitment towards whatever she has chosen to do. She writes about her personal anecdotes with her family, teachers and friends who have touched her. 

 This book is a descriptive narrative of personal experiences comprises of some beautiful chapters like “how to beat the boys”, “No Place like Home”, “Three handful of water” and many more. However, there is one chapter named “A Life Unwritten” which could have written in much better way as it looks more like a Bollywood movie plot (As author has also agreed at the end of the chapter).

Book is full of Motivational content with a lot of useful information. This book also provided an insight into the working of an efficient charitable organization.

Writing Style: The language is super easy and the narration is smooth making you finish this book in two to three sitting. I personally finished it in 3 sittings.

My perception:

Without any doubt, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. Thestories are so amazing, inspirational and impacting that you will findyourselves immersed in them. I can’t choose a single favorite story as all thestories are totally worth to read. From each story, you are going to learnsomething. Also, I strongly recommend to those who are beginner in English andnew reader. Simple language, easy to understand and grasp.

A very impressive collection of short stories! You must give it a try and read it once. I am sure you will not regret it.

Book Title – 4/5

Book Cover – 3.5/5

Narration – 4.5/5

Language and Grammar – 4.5/5

Final Rating – 4/5

Amazon Link to buy the book – Click here

My Unconditional Apology to Miss XYZ. Yes, I have three babies.

I am going to share an interesting incident that happened with me last week. I was in deep dilemma of whether it should be shared or not, but finally, decided to share with you all a different side of the story of being an author. Being successful & recognised with two books looks amazing, but sometimes it has a grey side.

Last week, a teenage girl (college student) Miss XYZ contacted me on social media and wanted to share with me her reading experience and review of my latest book ‘And We Walked Away’. Being a new author, if any unknown reader puts an effort to contact me to share the review, it always excites me. I decided to respond to her immediately with excitement and lots of hope to receive some feedback.

To my surprise, she was absolutely upset and angry with me after reading my book. She started scolding and literally screamed at me. I decided to gather some review comments from her to analyse her point of view (to be honest, I was not very happy with her behaviour).
She highlighted a few points about my book (which I cannot directly mention here, as they are related to climax and suspense of the story), but I will try to share as much as possible.

Firstly, she feels that the way the protagonist (Abhimanyu) was helping her girlfriend (Naina) in college sent a wrong message to the college-going generation and our society.
Secondly, After Reading the climax of the story, she was forced to stereotype boys and girls in a certain way, which she is able to very well relate with her life and most importantly, she was upset with me, feeling that how somebody can think of such a love story. Does it exist? Perhaps, She didn’t realise that love exists for thousands of years and it existed before the time of social media (as the story is plotted in the early 2000s).

I tried to make her understand that every fiction story has lots of drama, which is necessary to keep the story moving but she was not convinced.

At last, she told me that she would pray that I quit writing, and that I should never come up with any other new book. This brought tears to my eyes. I could not sleep properly that night. I treat my both books as my babies apart from my one year old daughter.

My dear Miss XYZ, I don’t know if this post will ever reach to you or not, but please consider my sincere apology that you felt disappointed and upset after reading ‘And We Walked Away’.
I am absolutely okay if you didn’t like the plot, character, climax, suspense or whatever. You are a reader and you have every right to criticise my book because you have paid for my book and you have invested few hours to read it. However, being a storyteller I have a different view about your perspective. I see it as success and honour, when an unknown person sitting almost 2500 kms from me puts an effort to find my details to contact me to share their views about my book (either good or bad). I take it as a moment of pride. Secondly, I am now convinced that my book has definitely touched some chord with you, and you related it to your real-life incidents. That’s why you are able to relate with it so much, even though you know that it’s fiction. I take it as a moment of success for myself.
At last, feel free to criticise the book of any author but never ever curse them. You don’t know how much effort it takes to pen down a story, get it published, release it in the market and make it to a bestseller. I take it in a positive note on behalf of my thousands of readers and well-wishers that whenever I will come up with my next book, I will pray that you should get a chance to read and hopefully, I will be able to change your opinion about my book. I will come out stronger.

Love

Subrat Saurabh

And We Walked Away

Writing a book is harder than I thought and I am blessed to be surrounded with many good friends, colleagues and family members. The world is a better place with them.

THE WAIT IS OVER! I invite you to experience and feel the rocky roads, and live the love story of Abhimanyu and Naina.

My second book “And We Walked Away” was released on 24th August 2018. Thanks to my all readers and friends for their overwhelming response during pre-order. I love reading messages, comments and emails which I received from you guys during pre-order.

Such lovely response to “And We Walked Away” even before the release which entered NATIONAL BESTSELLER within few hours of pre-order on Day 1. Special thanks to those who have placed an order on Day 1 of Pre-Order. Book had reached a National Best Seller Rank #27 under Romantic Category.

I recognize and acknowledge my all readers of my first book; if you hadn’t read it, then I wouldn’t have thought to write this book. So once again, thank you!

Sharing you the opening lines of my new book “And We Walked Away

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Here is the blurb of the book

And We Walked Away” revolves around the friendship of three friends in Engineering college, with a love story blooming in their hearts. It connects to the kind of boys who are in love and keep trying to convince the same girl in different ways for a long time, not moving on in life. Also, it talks about the kind of girls who don’t believe in love but also, don’t want to take advantage of a boy’s feelings. The girls who are not conservative but don’t want to pursue love.

Crisp Plot

Abhimanyu, a well-known author returns to his engineering college in Bangalore after a decade and notices a lot of changes in the college over this period. It reminds him how he met his ladylove, Naina on the first day of college and fell in love with her at the first sight. Abhimanyu, being an impulsive, stubborn and impatient guy decides to propose her in a rush. She doesn’t believe in love and has her own reasons for it. Abhimanyu with the help of his friends Aarush and Dev proposes and tries to convince Naina many a times in unusual ways but he fails miserably. However, a trick help to melts her heart, but destiny has a different plan.

Here, I am sharing you the smile and moment when I unwrapped the first copy of my book.

It will be available on all leading e-commerce websites soon. You can grab a copy from

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Author Interview – Shuchi

Shuchi is an Author of debut book Quest for Paradise. It was pleasure interacting with her

Q 1:  Hello Shuchi. Your background is in the engineering field. Can you please tell us how you came about to write your first novel titled Quest for Paradise?

Shuchi : Hi Subrat. I’m an IT professional, working for a year now. But English literature has always been my first love, which sprouted from the first novel that I read when I was in the sixth grade, ‘And Quiet Flows the Dawn’ by Mikhail Sholokhov. Since then I’ve read many novels, and have written many poems. Regarding Quest for Paradise, the idea of writing a story about a girl aspiring to be a tattoo artist struck me, and I went ahead with the flow, telling the story of achieving the unbelievable in the extraordinary of circumstances. Before Quest for Paradise got completed and published, I was in the process of writing an adventure suspense thriller, which is still in the pipeline to be completed.

Q 2:     Please tell us something about your journey as a simple girl from a small town, Ranchi to an engineer, working in a reputed IT firm of Bangalore, and now, an author. Would you like to share with us a source of inspiration?

Shuchi : Yes, I was, and still am a simple girl from a small town, and proud of my roots. The simplicity and flavour of the small town laid-back life, if infused in a person at a tender age, becomes one of the greatest gifts of life fathomable. But don’t let this deceive you that I didn’t have a fair share of adventures in my childhood! However, when it was over, I went through that clichéd phase of ‘engineering’, and then landed in an IT firm, and again, like another cliché, my heart lied somewhere else. I’m an engineer by profession, but a writer by heart!

Talking about the source of inspiration, I don’t have one as such, but I would like to mention a person whom I admire immensely. Elon Musk. Not because of Tesla. Not because of SpaceX. But because of that rare state of mind that he has, which is almost impossible for almost everyone to have. That is, huge monetary, or life failures do not bother him, as much as a failure to do something challenging, worthwhile, and exciting. “Life can’t be just about solving everyday problems, there’s got to be things that inspire and make life worth living.”

He views not doing something impactful as a much bigger risk than financial or social failure. It’s the vice versa for the general human.

Q 3:  Please tell us something about Quest for Paradise. How can we relate the character of Ishanafrom Quest for Paradise with you?

Shuchi : Well, one thing that the readers perceive is that Ishana is me, and her story is mine. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s not the case! I wish I were fortunate enough to face the kind of challenges that Ishana goes through, and achieve the kind of milestones that she is able to achieve in the story, though!

We all have some passion or the other firing up inside us. The point is, do we fire it more, and strive to achieve something in which our heart lies, or just go on with our daily lives, not aspiring for more at all?

Q 4:  Are you happy with the response to your book? How are you trying to promote your book to reach the target audience?

Shuchi : The readers love it. The response has been amazing till now, and it’s pretty heartening. Some amazing bloggers have also shared positive reviews of the book. I’m promoting the book by sharing it’s reviews and my book launch events on the social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to reach the target audience – the youth.

Q 5:     How was your experience in the World Book Fair, Delhi and other events? Are you planning any book launch events in recent times?

Shuchi : The book was among the bestsellers in the niche English fiction romantic genre at the World Book Fair, Delhi. After that Quest for Paradise was also selected to feature at the Allahabad Book Fair, where the books were sold out, and the subsequent interested buyers had to be given my social contact details to buy my books. It gave a beautifully ecstatic feeling, which I had never experienced before!

The book was also featured at the World Book Fair, Agra, organized by the National Book Trust, NBT, where over 60% of the books were sold out.

I’ve two book launch events scheduled in the near future, one is at the Atta Galatta, Bangalore, and the second would be held on 14th April, 2018 at the Hotel Safari in Jaipur. Bangaloreans, and Jaipurites, gear up and come!

Q 6:  Are you working on your next book? What can we expect from your next book?

Shuchi : Yes, I am. The next book is a fiction romantic thriller, where the boy belongs to the Karnataka Royal family. The thrill sparks from Bangalore, to Maddur, all the way to Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh! Let’s see how Jeevisha, the broadcast journalist who is the protagonist’s obsession, survives this storm!

Q 7: How did you get a chance to be published? How was your experience with the publisher?

Shuchi : Well, just like the first stage of struggle that every aspiring author goes through, I faced many rejections. Some publishers outright rejected the manuscript, and some were kind enough to respond with some encouraging words, to work better the next time! I didn’t let my morale sag for long, and kept on trying, as I believed in my story and it’s worth, until finally, one publisher was interested to go ahead with it. That day was another one of those days when you get that rare ecstatic feeling!

The publisher was very supportive from the beginning to the end, helping and guiding me through the process, with patience. From the ragged manuscript in my hands-on day one, to a finished beautiful book with crisp and fresh inked pages inside at the end of the subsequent 4 months, it has been an amazing journey in itself.

Q 8:  Can you please share your editing experience about your published book? Did you use any editing tools or took any help from Literary Agent? How important is that?

Shuchi : The edits were done by me, and then the publisher. They were patient enough to incorporate some later changes in the text, and the images that I wanted to be done.

I provide editing services to authors independently too, using Scrivener and MS Word.

Well, you ask, how important is editing? If writing is forging the sword, then editing is sharpening it, using the whetstone of editing tools. Even the swords of finest make, are useless, if they are not sharpened.

Q 9:  How did you react when you saw the first copy of your debut book Quest for Paradise which is already a sensation among readers?

Shuchi : Can blood, sweat and tears make something solid, something tangible? If you say no, then you can’t be more wrong. When I saw my first copy in my hands, what I saw wasn’t a book, but something beautiful churned out by an amalgam of these three.

Q 10: Could you please share a few tips for writers who would like to get their first book published?

Shuchi : I just believe in one tip for writing. As the legend Stephen King says, ‘write.’ That’s more than enough. There are many aspiring authors, who haven’t been able to complete a book and publish yet, despite a beautiful story in them, just because they are stuck with the ‘problems’ like, ‘I can’t continue after 3 pages’, ‘I’m blank’, ‘when I sit to write, the mind goes numb, and the hand freezes’, ‘I don’t get the time’, and so on.

Just. Write. You feel that you’re writing rubbish? Write. You are thinking of what people would say about your work? Write. You think you’re not ‘worthy’ enough to write? Write.

One always finds the time to dedicate to one’s passion, no matter how hectic their schedule is. Are you really passionate about writing? If yes, then you’ll get the time.

Q 11: Would you like to share any specific pattern or style of writing with our readers?

Shuchi : It all begins with an idea, a theme. Surprisingly, the ideas always strike when our minds are in a relaxed state, and free to wander anywhere. They don’t come to us when we try very hard to think of an idea. It doesn’t work like that.

After this stage, comes the execution, i.e., the craft of it. I think of a character, and an event from where I think it would be good to begin the story. It acts as a bay for the ocean of the rest of the story to follow.

If you ask me the evergreen fundamental question, if I’m a plotter or a pantser? I would consider myself to be a pantser, with a hazy overall plot on my mind, going with the flow of the story, when the story begins to breathe a life of it’s own, and takes me to another journey crafted by it.

Q 12: Who is/are your favorite author(s)? What do you like about their work?

Shuchi : My favourite authors are George R.R. Martin, Dan Brown, and Stephen King.

If I begin to say that what I love about these legends, then we would need to camp for the night too, haha!

Who would have imagined to concoct a parallel of the real historical War of the Roses in such a way, that it becomes a breathtaking fantasy of the human race, fighting with each other for the one ultimate throne, in a world of magic where exist an army of zombies, headed by clever kings; the mysterious lands of Asshai, living magical dragons breathing fire, and practices of bringing the dead to life? George R.R. Martin is a magician.

It was because of Dan Brown, that I became hugely interested in symbols, both ancient and modern, and the importance of them in our lives. With his books, the world seemed like a big treasure hunt to dive into. Solving puzzles and mysteries went to a whole new level with his books like ‘The Digital Fortress’, and ‘The Inferno’.

It was because of Stephen King’s ‘It’, that the funny and jovial clowns came to be viewed as a source of horror and nightmares! Hotels came into a new light of dreadful omens, after his classic ‘The Shining’.

Their creations are unparalleled.

Q 13: How is your average day as Shuchi? Have you experienced a situation where people have identified you in a public place? Please share those moments.

Shuchi : My average day goes in writing short pieces, my next novel, and editing works of clients, marked in between by book launch events and bookstore signings.

There were a couple of moments, which felt warm and beautiful. Once, I was recognised by a group of young college students, who had read my book reviews on a blog, and they clicked a selfie. There was another time, when a young girl came to where I was dining at a restaurant to have a copy of Quest for Paradise signed, which she had with her in her bag.

Q 14: Have you done any course in writing? Or any course in editing?

Shuchi : I haven’t done any course in writing, or in editing. The formation and play of words come kind of inherently. I’ve edited seven novels for various clients.

Q 15: If your readers want to connect with you, how can they do that? Tell readers about your social platforms to connect. If you have any blog/website/social media accounts, please tell.

Shuchi : They can easily connect with me on the various social channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or drop a mail!

facebook.com/shuchiauthor

twitter.com/prasad_shuchi

instagram.com/shuchi_prasad

pdshuchi@gmail.com

You can grab a copy of my book at Amazon – Click here

 

 

Book Review – Quest for Paradise

Title: Quest for Paradise

Author: Shuchi

Pages: 114

Published in :2017

Publisher: Notion Press

The name of first chapter ‘Of Dragons and Avatars’, itself got me hooked, and when I continued to read, the story felt even more interesting. From tattooing Avatar movie’s flying dragons, to hustling in Mumbai’s packed local trains, Ishana is your girl-next-door trying to achieve something extraordinary in ordinary circumstances. But as we all know, challenges are bound to creep up. Her parents are against her dream on the pretext of societal norms, as she is ‘meant’ to be married off. On the other hand, she finds that Vaishakh, her customer just wants to tattoo a mere ‘dot’ on himself. Strange? Well, I didn’t expect the plot to become still stranger as it thickened. With each subsequent chapter, I found myself more and more hooked, curious as to what would happen next! Then there comes a twist, which no reader would even think of happening.

The story is hugely gripping, narration is smooth, and the characters have been developed pretty well. Some parts of the story felt a little long, and a couple of scenes felt dragged up, but they don’t wither your drive much to continue reading on and on.

“This is what we are; we are all insignificant, no matter how important we feel to others around us. Why do we keep wasting our life on things, which don’t give significance to our insignificant lives? This giant universe will go on, with or without you, an insignificant speck in it. It’s up to you to decide how you live the life that you’ve been given, and how to make it more significant.” With this enthralling quote by Vaishakh in the book, I highly recommend all of you fiction readers out there, and book a roller coaster joy ride for yourselves, spotted with tidbits which would make you question the person you see in the mirror.

Quest for Paradise is for anyone, and everyone who is young by age, and young by heart, and who wants to explore beyond, and go the extra mile, as it is rightly said ‘it’s never crowded.’

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