What do a pair of 16-year-old twins do when the person they’re closest to, happens to be a ghost?
My book ‘Trapped’ is out…on Amazon, Kindle and Flipkart. It’s about twins Anandita and Arjun, struggling to keep their close relationship with their ghost sibling, Amit, hidden from their clueless, worrying parents. The book is about how they cope…with their ghost brother’s unhappiness with his situation; their upcoming board exams; their budding romances AND the arrival of another strange ghost in their home. As the three ‘siblings’ support, adore and fight with each other, music turns out to be the best antidote for most of their problems.
Here’s a review by Yash Kesavamurthy in Book Riot: http://bookriot.com/2017/03/23/indiya-young-adultcrossover-titles-from-india/
And you can read a review of the book on a UK website, For Reading Addicts, here.
This book came out in 2006…my first novel with Puffin. Now 10 years later, it’s into its 10th edition and its 3rd redesigned cover. I’ve loved all three covers. This one, illustrated by Harshad Marathe has a completely different flavour. I’m thrilled he chose to illustrate one of my favourite episodes from the book.
This absolutely made my day for a number of reasons:
1. Public pat on back from a successful writer
2. Said writer and self go back many years so I also felt warm and weak-kneed (apart from feeling 10 ft tall)!
3. And all this on the blog of a publishing house that I truly admire
Here’s a link to Sravasti Datta’s article after ‘A Pair of Twins’ featured on the Amelia Bloomer List’s Top 10. Loved the way she linked it to my earlier book and all that’s being discussed in the media, currently. Mildly embarrassed about the Kathakali like pose…!
One more Bond book begins serialisation in the School Edition. Just when I feel like I know every aunt and uncle of the author’s, on a first-name basis, he pulls yet more relatives out of his memory…each more eccentric that the previous lot.
When an author writes in the first person, you’re dying to know which episodes are fact and which fiction. So reading up on his other books, I discovered his stories about moving to the UK as a young man, and how miserable he was in grey London. Reminded me of Gerald Durrell and family who were similarly depressed when returning to England from India.
Last week, ‘A Pair of Twins’ made it from ‘being nominated’, to actually getting onto the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project List for 2015….and it gets better….the book is among the Top 10! So for 18 months, ‘twins’ Sundari and Lakshmi will be on this fabulous list of books that’s circulated amongst libraries in the US. Read more about Amelia Bloomer and this list at https://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/2015-amelia-bloomer-top-ten/
From drawing stories featuring panthers, snakes and sundry other creatures of the mountains, ‘Escape from Java, and other tales of Danger’ by Ruskin Bond
required me to shift gears and come down to sea level. An aborted plane ride from Java to Bombay during WWll, ahead of the invading Japanese, leaves the hero and his father adrift in the Indian ocean. Another novella in the book has a gutsy little heroine called Sita, holding fort alone on an island in a flooded river. Even the stories that are set up in Assam, have a watery motif — the hero’s grandpa spending hours splashing away in his tub! During and after an earthquake!