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No Safe Zone: Shining the light on it

When my bank opened a branch closer to where I live I was quite happy. I could multi-task. I could go to the bank later in the evening, walking. This would take care of both my fiscal and physical being.

It went well the few times I went to the bank. The road to the bank included one long lonely stretch.I found it  wonderful for ambling, mind free to travel wherever it wanted to. (I think every writer needs those stretches of time).

No Safe Zone

But one day, I went to the bank a little later than my usual time. By the time I finished, it was dark. As usual I started walking back home. I reached the lonely stretch and I stopped short. This road which had been my “day-dreaming” stretch was now a “No Safe Zone”. It was dark. No street lights. One side of the road was a very high wall in front of which broken-down, rusted cars lay abandoned. On the other side were buildings in various stages of construction. The weak glimmers of light came from a couple of bulbs hung from the rafters of the buildings.

My mental antennae tuned up and I started walking briskly along that stretch. Every person coming from the opposite side was a potential danger. My mind firmly on a leash I completed the stretch without any untoward episode. But it was an unpleasant experience. I realised if the road had been well-lighted there would have been nothing to fear.

Shining The Light

It is the same with life. We encounter many “No Safe Zones” aka obstacles in our life paths, but by shining the light of understanding (through reading and deep thinking) and faith (through meditation and prayers) we can navigate them safely.



Qiara Rana will do anything to save her mentor and their non-government organization from ruin. Even if it means visiting the city she had vowed never to return to. But within a few hours of landing in New Delhi, she is being chased by a gunman and is a potential suspect in the murder of a high-profile businessman. 

The only person she can turn to for help is Kabir Shorey, the man who stood her up ten years ago. Past and present collide in a deadly plot of crime and greed that moves from the cosmopolitan streets of Delhi to the bazaars and villages of Rajasthan. 

Business-journalist turned fiction-writer, Adite Banerjie’s latest book is a romantic-thriller No Safe Zone, published by Harper Collins India. She has penned two books for Mills & Boon (The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal and Trouble Has a New Name) and written several screenplays.

You can grab a copy of No Safe Zone at by clicking HERE.








LET MY HEART SPEAK – : My entry for the ‘Get Published’ contest

The Story

Soft-spoken, doe-eyed Smriti is so tender-hearted that even watching a slightly emotional movie makes her cry. So when the NGO she works for delegates her to meet with TJ to discuss the terms of his association with them, she is both elated and nervous.

TJ’s strength lies in his willpower and belief in justice and fairness towards all and it is this strength that has enabled him to transcend the disability in his right leg –  caused by an adverse reaction to a polio dose when he was a young boy – which he refuses to use as an excuse for any shortcoming.

Nervous Smriti and hard taskmaster TJ make for a disastrous first meeting and even though the meeting ends with both thinking they never want to see the other again, the project takes off. During the course of the project, their verbal sparring and fighting has everyone in splits and in no doubt at all about how crazy they are about each other.

Once Smriti realizes she loves TJ and he, her, she is determined not to let anything come in the way of their love and certainly not her parent’s objection about TJ’s physical disability.

But TJ hesitates to reveal to Smriti the existence of five-year-old Gina. He is her guardian, her loco parentis ever since she lost both her parents – his brother and brother’s wife – in a car accident, two years ago. TJ is afraid Smriti will not be able to accept Gina and life without Smriti’s love and presence will be hell for him.

What makes ‘Let My Heart Speak’ real:

Kindness in giving creates Love. Is Love only about finding the ‘One’? Does not Love mean accepting the ‘One’ with all their goods and the bads? Will Smriti and TJ’s love for each other help them to conquer their fears, be selfless and allow them to move forward bravely towards a happy future?

If you are keen for Smriti and TJ to make a go of things just because you are a huge romantic at heart, go, show love by clicking on the heart here:

This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs fromYashodhara Lal and HarperCollins India.

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