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Finding The Angel: Interview with the author, Rubina Ramesh

It is always a thrilling experience to come across an author with a refreshingly bold voice. Rubina Ramesh is one such author and I have always loved reading her stories. Getting the opportunity to edit her very first novel was the icing on the delicious book-cake.

Having worked closely with Rubina, I thought I knew everything there was to know about  “Finding The Angel” but then I got the chance to interview her and I surprised myself with the questions and Rubina did with her answers.

Let’s just say we bring out the best in each other 😉

Over to the interview…

Sonia Rao (SR): Hi Rubina, thank you for agreeing to this interview. I’d really love to know how was this experience of writing “Finding The Angel (FTA)” different from writing Knitted Tales, your anthology of short stories? 

Rubina Ramesh (RR): Hi, Sonia. Thank you so much for these lovely questions. For Finding the Angel – the credit goes entirely to you. Your support meant a LOT to me during that time.  I wrote Finding The Angel when I was at my lowest point. I had lost the one person who meant the world to me. I think I created my escape world in FTA. I wrote the first draft in 3 days. Nonstop. I don’t think I can do it ever again. People often ask me whether I am a serious writer or a writer of sweet romances. I only know I am a writer. I really don’t care about the genre when I am writing.  I write Romance to spread the cheer that will make even a cynic’s lips curve upwards in a smile. Love to me is a powerful emotion which can never be trifled with.  So while FTA is my escapism, Knitted Tales is my facing realities with events either experienced or heard from others. Which one is which, I am not telling ..haha haha.

SR: Which format do you prefer working on: short or long fiction?

RR: Short as of now. Something that can be finished in one go, yet remembered for some time. In this digital world, we have access to so many books. To make the readers pick it up and read it is a challenge every writer faces. Moreover, these reads are for those moments of relaxation when one needs to unwind after a hard day’s work. So I want my stories to always have a happy ending. I love to imagine the smile that must be spreading on the faces of my readers as they reach towards the end of my story.

SR: How important was research for this book and how did you go about doing it?

RR: For FTA, I had to do a lot of research for the Fabergé Egg that I was planning to use. I needed something with a history. It had to be something so important that would keep my protagonists apart yet would help destiny to bring them closer. Not many have touched the rich history of Fabergé Egg, so I took my chance.

SR: Why do people prefer reading romances so much? 

RR: For the simple reason why we need to breathe. How can our world go on without love? When you say the word love, your face automatically lights up in a  smile. Try it sometime in front of the mirror. Each one of us wants to believe that true love, soul mate, finding that moment in your life, is true. The cynical ones are cynical because they didn’t find it or it did not meet their expectations. To me, love is not about a man or a woman loving you. It’s about love. My love. My heart. My emotions. So how can it not be beautiful?

SR: What advice would you give about publishing to someone whose MS is publishing-ready?

RR: Do not wait for a publisher to knock on your door and request for the MS. Do not wait for the moment when someone will discover you. Today the publishing world is very dynamic. Every writer’s future lies in their own hand.

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Learn more about Rubina Ramesh and ‘Finding the Angel’  below (psst psst, you can win chocolates and gift vouchers):

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FINDING THE ANGEL
by
Rubina Ramesh
 
 
 
Blurb
 
All She wanted was love…
Shefali is a die-hard romantic. Having lost her parents at a very tender age, she is in search of a place which she can call home. Her passion for Art lands her a job as an art curator to the famous artifacts of the Ranaut Dynasty. When she meets the scion, Aryan Ranaut, she feels that her dream might come true until…
All He wanted was to trust…
Living the life of a modern day Prince is no easy task for the young and dashing Aryan Ranaut. Having lost his father to a rapacious woman, Aryan has severe trust issues. But upon meeting Shefali, he feels he could let down his guard. Until…
All They need is to find The Angel…
Just as Aryan realizes his love for Shefali, one of the most precious artifacts, The Angel, goes missing from the Ranaut collection. All fingers point towards Shefali—more so because she leaves the palace without telling anyone on the very night of the theft.
Finding the Angel is a story where duty clashes with love and lack of trust overrides passion. Under these circumstances, can The Angel bring the star-crossed lovers together?
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About the author
 

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.

 
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TORNADO GIVEAWAY 2 presents Book 36: THE SECOND COMING by Shubha Menon


Name of the Book: THE SECOND COMING
Author: Shubha Menon

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1. Adite Banerjie
2. Merril Anil 
3. Anmol Rawat

The Story:

A wedding planner who believes in fairytale weddings, Mini yearns for romance in her own marriage. The magic of the initial years has vanished, leaving behind a hunger that she assuages with chocolate. Mini would love to change her situation, but she is over the hill, overweight and under confident. The chances of having a hot affair with a happening man are dim, if not non-existent.
An erstwhile royal scion decides to wed a Bollywood starlet and Mini is sent to Mumbai to plan the celebrations. The manager of the Mumbai office is young Rustom, the answer to Mini’s secret dreams. Goaded by impending menopause, Mini decides it’s now or never. She simply has to take a second stab at romance.
Rustom is a ladies man. He is also married, and a skirt chaser. Mini decides to shape up and get into the kind of skirts Rustom would want to chase.
Working together closely, Rustom and Mini fall into each others’ arms. Meanwhile, her husband gets wind of the affair and tries to reclaim her. Now Mini must choose between heady romance and steady matrimony.
But soon, Mini discovers that her romantic idol has feet of clay. In a dramatic end, the trusty husband stages a timely rescue. And Mini learns that a rock solid husband is worth many a dream lover.
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About The Author 

 

Shubha Menon 
 
Shubha Menon is a Senior Creative Director with Ogilvy Delhi. She has been born and brought up in New Delhi and loves the city for its trees, spring flowers and most of all, for the buffet of cultural events it offers.A self-confessed workshop junkie, she has attended weekend classes on screenplay writing, film appreciation, yoga, Buddhism, Sufism, chakra healing and salsa, among others.

Her favourite thing on earth is to read. She is also crazy about Dachshunds, flowers, babies, quawaalis and shoes.  She hates horror movies and ghost stories. Her other bugbear is Mathematics and numbers give her a headache.

She lives in Delhi with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

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TORNADO GIVEAWAY 2 Presents Book 35: LEMON GIRL by Jyoti Arora


Name of the Book: LEMON GIRL
Author: Jyoti Arora

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1. Rubina Ramesh
2. Devika Fernando
3. Privy Trifles

The Story:

‘It’s all your fault.’
Mere words these are.
“But words can possess a shadow invincible enough to rob even a soul of its eternity.”
In a society that finds it easier to mark sins of a victim than the culprit, Nirvi is a young girl punishing herself for the faults she did not do and avenging her hurts by defeating her own truth.
She is scared of her future, and ashamed of her past. She is failing herself, and knows it. She has had a long line of boyfriends, and hated them all. She detests the guy she is living with, runs away from the one she loves , and seduces the one who can never love her.
When Arsh first sees Nirvi, she’s a free and frank girl in whose eyes sparkle the lemony zest of life. The next time he sees her, she is a voiceless doll draped in clothes that cover her body less and shroud her soul more. And Arsh can’t rest till he finds out what made Nirvi give up her own real self.
Nirvi knows she is dragging herself on a path from which there can be no recovery. Can her spirit survive the treacherous downfall? Or is the pull of fear and push of desperation just too strong to withstand for a girl who believes she has “nowhere else to go” but down.
“When it’s time for you to fall in love, even a lemon can become the cause of it,” says Arsh.
But can love survive, when even the self love dies?
Can love survive when respect is no more?
Does true love have the power to revive a dying soul?
Find out in the pages of this brilliantly woven, intense, heart-warming and thought-provoking saga of RISING IN LOVE…
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About The Author 

 

Jyoti Arora 
 
Jyoti Arora lives in Ghaziabad, India. Jyoti Arora is a Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology. Her writing achievements include two novels, three blogs, several wins in national level blog competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 24 famous English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn etc.Jyoti’s first novel, Dream’s Sake, was published in 2011 by V&S Publishers. It received great reviews and much appreciation from readers.

Books have always been Jyoti’s best friends. In fact, books so fascinated her from early childhood that she learnt reading, by herself, even before she started going to school. And she considers herself most fortunate that she is able to pursue her dream of being a novelist and work at what she loves best.

However, if books are Jyoti’s first love, and she’s still very devoted to them, the thrilling and steadily advancing world of technology also fascinates her. As a result, one of Jyoti’s blogs is a technological blog called Techn0Treats. In 2011, a post in this blog won her the title of Samsung Mobiler when Samsung made her a part of the team of twenty bloggers chosen from all over India through a blogging competition. In this team of twenty bloggers, she was the only woman and perhaps the only one who had studied literature instead of science. As a Samsung Mobiler,

Jyoti is a patient of Thalassemia Major which forced her to stop going to school after class seventh. After that, she continued her studies on her own through correspondence courses. Her zest to overcome her medical problems and zeal to achieve success keeps her striving on with her endeavors to make her dreams come true.

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TORNADO GIVEAWAY 2 Presents Book 34: CAFÉ LATTE by Amit Shankar

Name of the Book: CAFÉ LATTE
Author: Amit Shankar

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1. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
2. Amrit Sinha
3. Rashi Gaur

The Story:

18 UNUSUAL short stories…
We are brought up listening to and reading stories, which make us form a clichéd framework of expectations and concepts about life. Café Latte takes you on a tantalizing foray into the unusual with some refreshing and some startling stories. A young man, Bikash, is delivered a message through paranormal forces while waiting on the railway platform; A doctor snaps a young man back to life by promising to help him commit suicide. A poor boy, Lokesh, dreams of people at a cinema night show perishing in a fire. Will his desperate attempts to save some lives succeed? ‘The Other Side’ is the story of a nymphomaniac fighting her desperate craving for sex. ‘Smart TV’ showcases a smart sales performer, Raj, buying his wife and daughter an expensive TV to cover his affair. ‘Code of Honor’ is a poignant tale of an army jawaan and his last letter to his son who shuns the army. The stories cover a broad spectrum of people and events and have us turning the pages eagerly for the twist in the end. So shed the mundane, become a fearless traveller and savor a fresh approach towards the enigma called Life.
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About The Author 

 

Amit Shankar 
 
With over a decade of advertising and marketing experience, during his advertising stint, as a Copywriter and a Creative Director, he leveraged his creative panache backed by a solid strategic thinking. No wonder, his campaigns bagged some of the biggest creative as well as strategic marketing and communication awards. Having worked with some of world’s biggest and hottest advertising agencies, he has worked spearheaded brands like Nestle, UNICEF, Cisco, HP, GM, Pedigree, Microsoft, Honda, Canon and Toshiba.From advertising, he moved to the next level, marketing and joined one of the largest global telecom brands. It was here that he decided to take a break and tell a story on a larger format.

Released in 2010, his debut novel, Flight of the Hilsa was widely accepted and appreciated. Next year, in 2011, he launched, Chapter 11. Both these went on to become national best sellers.

His passion includes music, biking and photography and list of Gods; Clapton, Slash, Blackmore, Santana, Satriani, Vie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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Tornado Giveaway 2 Presents Book 21: MARIJUANA DIARIES Compiled by Paulami Duttagupta

Name of the Book : MARIJUANA DIARIES

Compiler : Paulami Duttagupta

Edited by : Nethra A.

Read some reviews:

1. Sundari Venkatraman

2. Nikita Jhanglani

3. Ruchi Singh

The Story:

Marijuana Diaries, an anthology on addiction and obsession, has 17 stories by new and established writers. As writers introspect and celebrate addictions of various forms, the pages of this diary fill up.
 
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About The Authors

 

Contributors: Gulzaar, Raghuvir Shekhawat, Deepali Junjappa, Meera Bharadwaj,Priyaa Trippayar Sahasranaman, Subha N Nivedita and Dr. Tahmina Khaleel Rochelle Potkar, Paulami DuttaGupta, Reshma Ranjan, Rubina Ramesh, Nehali Lalwani, Nethra Anjanappa, Janaki Nagaraj, Aparajita Dutta, Brindaa Lakshmi and Ahana Mukherjee.

About the Editor

Paulami DuttaGupta 
 

Born in Shillong, many moons ago, with schooling at Loreto Convent, and an English Honors from St. Edmunds College, Paulami Duttagupta started her career with All India Radio Shillong. She had written and also given her voice to a few shows there. Later she came down to Kolkata and got a post graduate degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She had also taken up a fancy to learning Spanish, but today confesses that she has forgotten most of it.

She has written for ‘The Times of India’ in the ‘Guwahati-Shillong plus Edition’ and also ‘The Shillong Times’. Television had always attracted her and was connected to the Bangla TV industry for about 6 years. She was associated with ETV- Bangla, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath in this period.

Having left her day job in 2012, Paulami took up full time writing. Her first novel, “Pinjar” released in early 2012.

Her second novel “Unplanned Destiny” released in 2014. She is also the screenplay writer of the national award winning Khasi film – “Ri Homeland of Uncertainty”.

“Ri” has been adapted into a novel and is releasing in Sepember’14.

She is currently working on her next project as movie script writer.

Apart from writing full length novels, she has written several short stories and articles. She has also contributed to the “Minds@work Anthology” and the “Family Matters International Anthology” in 2013.

Recently she has contributed to the “Learning and Creativity Anthology” , “Her Story Anthology”, and “Celebrating India – Love across Borders Anthology”.

When she is not writing or watching movies, Paulami is either reading biographies or classic pieces of literature. Cricket, food, cinema, books and music are an integral part of her life.

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THE FOOD OF THE HEART IS LOVE – A GUEST POST

When Rubina Ramesh, a very dear friend and founder of The Book Club, suggested I do a guest post for TBC, I was quite hesitant. Understandably so, no? After all, writing about one’s addictions is as “naked” as one can get in one’s writings. But if you know Rubina then you also know her persuasion is a lovingly-camouflaged order. And you don’t say no to the one who is your inspiration and also a champion of your writing. So hey, here goes, my rendition of a Facebook Addiction:

THE FOOD OF THE HEART IS LOVE

Many years ago, I was a voracious eater of non-vegetarian food, but all that food made me sick. I gave it up.

I loved eating rice and could polish off two-three platefuls at a time. It made me very lethargic and lazy. I gave it up.

A box of mithai, received during weddings and festivals,became my territory. After others had a piece each there was an unspoken agreement that the rest would be eaten by me. And that too, within the next couple of hours. This was beginning to tell upon my girth and so this too I gave up.

Whenever a discussion took place about losing weight or giving up smoking/drinking, I had the ultimate solution to it, which I offered sanctimoniously: Just stop doing it.I had the answer to all addictions and felt very pleased with myself.

But such pompousness on the part of us human beings only invites the Universe to laugh at us, especially when we…Read the rest here.

(The idea of guest posts on Addictions came about when the book Marijuana Diaries:Stories on Addiction came out. It is an anthology of short fiction by 17 new and established writers and it explores addictions and its many manifestations. You can grab a copy here).

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