‘Gen X Author Turned Publisher ’


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These days we have so many young writers on the block from various parts of the country whose simple stories have been become a huge rage and have touched and inspired millions.

One such story is of author Sachin Garg who has written over 4 books and comes in the league of romance young guns such as Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Madhuri Banerjee and many more

Meet Sachin Garg, An MBA Graduate from MDI, Gurgaon who left his lucrative corporate Job for the love of writing and Books. As teenager he was always interested in reading books on varied topics and had a dream of writing a bestseller novel one day..

During his MBA course period he met Durjoy Datta, a classmate who happen to share the same dreams of writing and publishing books. Thus emerged the Publishing House called  Grapevine Publishers

Both Durjoy and Sachin jointly own and manage Grapevine Publishing house out of Delhi.

Apart from publishing and writing his own books, Sachin also provides a unique platform for various young authors to showcase their writing talents.

This multitalented author and publisher describes himself as a Wanderer, Philosopher, Travel freak, Movie Buff, and Party Rocker.

When he is not writing he is on the hunt for finding new writers…

His Latest Book ‘Come On Inner Peace’ is available at a Crossword near you..

Get to know the author better with his candid interview with us.

 

1.       The Transition from an author to an entrepreneur how did that happen?

I wanted to have a bigger footprint on the publishing industry than I was having. My strength is understanding reader tastes and executing projects. And being a publisher seemed the best way to put all my ideas into action.

2.       How has the experience been with dealing with authors for your own publishing house?

We have been fortunate to have not only to have  very talented people working with us, but also very professional and balanced people. We make sure we don’t set any unrealistic expectations and that communication is clear, because of which we’ve had very strong bonding with our authors and zero attrition with them.

3.       Any advice to young budding authors?

Have patience. Even though a lot of authors may seem to be overnight successes, there is always years of effort gone behind every brand. Work hard and respect your peers.

4.       You have written so touching and funny books… your inspirations behind them..

I derive my inspiration from the places I travel to. I’ve always been very fond of travelling and have travelled across 13 countries in the world, apart from extensive traveling within the country. Wherever I go, I talk to a lot of people and try to capture their stories in my books, which is why, you will notice, each of my book is based in a different city.

5.       How do authors approach you to get published or vice versa?

I attend a lot of events and meet a lot of people professionally. I get a lot of book ideas interacting with people who have nothing to do with the publishing industry. As I said, I believe execution is one of our biggest strengths. When I believe some people have an interesting life or career, we pitch a book idea to them.

Also, our submission guidelines are available on the net, for aspiring authors to submit to us.

6.       Are you enjoying more as an author or as a publisher?

That’s a very difficult question because I honestly enjoy both equally. Because I am an author, my readers welcome me in their lives. And as a publisher, I get to share my joy of getting published and reaching out to an audience with my bunch of authors.

 7.       Tell us something more about your new book ‘ Come On Inner Peace..’

The idea for ‘Come On, Inner Peace. I Don’t Have All Day!’ came to me while I travelling to Rishikesh for vacation. I came across an Ashram and received some unforgettable wisdom there. The first thought I had when I came out was – this needs to be put in a book! So I put the wisdom in a story which everyone would enjoy and came out with Come On, Inner Peace.

8.       A day in your life…

My days are very different during the time when I am working on a book compared to when I am not. When I am writing, I only write. But normally, it would be something like this –

I wake up at around five to catch up on some reading or writing. Around seven, I go to the gym and spend until nine there. I reach office around ten and manage my calls/meetings/ planning. For the evening, if I don’t have any meetings, I catch up with friends. I watch around three or four movies every week. And I enjoy playing squash on the weekends.

9.   With so many Indian authors and books flooded in the Indian market. You’re take on how can a publisher or an author stand out and compete with various books and authors?

One of the things we do is that we limit the number of books we publish. As a publisher its very tempting to sign on a lot of authors because it increases your chances of finding a bestseller but we have taken a call to publish only a certain number of books every month so that we can give adequate attention to each of our books.

As an author, the first rule is to not do what others are doing. Often aspiring authors ask me which genre is doing well so that they can write in that segment. That’s not how it works. Write what comes to you naturally and if its a good book which is marketed well, it will catch on.

10.   Best reads for you..

Michael Crichton, always.

11.   One author you would love  hanging out with..

I’ve had had the good fortune  to have had many author friends. Durjoy Datta and Nikita Singh remain the preferred choices.

12.   In your free time.. you

Read books, run.

13.   If you were not an author or publisher. You would have been..

I would have loved to be an athlete but I was never good enough. The dreaded truth is that I would have still been in some MNC marketing some boring product, which is what I was doing before Grapevine happened.

 

All his Books are available at a Crossword store near you or http://www.crossword.in

 

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Sneak Preview of ‘It Started With A Friend Request’


 

Hello & Welcome back Book Lovers. It’s been a while.                 300x300_2b9435c5ee016096b8cee3a911341494

We always aim to bring you the best books and authors in focus.

Today we bring you a sneak peak into the new book by Bestselling Author Sudeep Nagarkar.

His earlier 2 books have been very successful making it to various Bestseller Charts. (Few Things Left Unsaid & That’s the Way We Met)

Read on to find out what’s in store for you from Sudeep’s new book ‘It Started with a Friend Request’

 

 Prologue

He was sitting all alone, away from the world, hoping for a new morning in his life, thinking about how harshly life had treated him and brooding over what exactly had gone wrong.

He was busy thinking, When things go wrong, you feel so miserable and all you wish for is to completely erase the bad memories, especially when your intention was never to do wrong. Or was it? Was her death my fault? When things are not under your control, you feel so helpless before your so-called ‘destiny’.

The cold moon was peeking through the clouds floating above Lavasa valley. It was a perfect moment to hide yourself in the arms of your beloved; here he was, all by himself, with no one to keep him company. His fair skin was hidden behind stubble and his depressed state was visible not only from his sore eyes but his defeated face as well.

As he threw away his cigarette and turned, he saw a girl walking towards him. She was wearing a red top and jeans. He could not see her clearly as she was a bit far off and the fog had lowered visibility.

He kept on staring at her to find out who see was. As she came close, he could see that she had left her hair loose. Her face was still not visible. But he felt as if it was a familiar face by the way she walked and the way her hands played with her hair. It was then that he saw her clearly. Her smiling face and her sparkling beautiful eyes made his heart skip a beat. She was his girlfriend, the one for whom he could have sacrificed his life. They loved each other so much that if angels were watching them from heaven, they would have been left stunned.

She came and stood close to him. He was lost in her eyes. He didn’t realize when she came and sat on his lap. Their breaths embraced and their lips were only inches away from each other. Then a strange sound fell on his ears and he closed his eyes.

Suddenly everything flashed in front of him and took him back to that day when he lost his love, friends, job—everything.

He remembered all the accusations she had made on him. You are solely responsible for this mess. You deserve nothing better. You can try to be honest to yourself, if nothing else. And if you can’t, then go away! Suddenly everybody was pointing fingers at him. Suddenly he had become answerable to everyone around him. He saw nothing but a dead end ahead.

He opened his eyes wishing to see her in front of him, but there was no one. He searched for her in all directions, wishing to be with her at that moment. He wanted to relive all their memorable moments again, but all his desires evaporated in thin air as he sat in his resigned state.

Sometimes he would question himself whether he was really innocent. Or was he the culprit behind all the chaos that had occurred in the last few months?

He was about to light another cigarette when Kritika came and stood next to him, patting him on his back. Kritika was his 4 am friend who always supported him in the worst of situations. She was your typical girl next door, with short hair and a cute smile. She was full of positive energy and could make anyone feel happy even on the worst of days.

According to her, the reason behind her charm and beauty was the amethyst crystal she carried in the locket around her neck. She believed it was a symbol of positive energy and could seduce anyone around her. Kritika was one of his best friends, even though they had met only a few months ago.

Together they believed that: ‘Time cannot define your relationship. It’s the bonding you share even if you have meta day before.’

‘What are you doing here?’ she asked.

‘I just want to be left alone. I want to be away from everyone.’

‘What will you achieve by doing that? We all know that you are innocent. Whatever happened was fate’s doing. You are not responsible for the accident. I am sure you will find some way or the other to prove your innocence. You just have to wait for the right time to come,’ Kritika consoled him.

‘I really don’t know how to do that. It seems as if sand is slipping through my hands and I am watching helplessly.’

‘Come on now, everyone is waiting for you at the hotel. It’s my birthday.’

Kritika had booked them at the Ekaanth Hotel to celebrate her birthday on February 13.

As soon as he got up, a drop of tear rolled down his cheek. He remembered all that he had been accused of, and that broke his spirit into pieces. He took out his mobile phone and sent a message to Aleesha.

It’s hard to describe how I feel now. I want to explain everything to you, but I don’t know how to. I feel so alone and I’m scared. All kinds of thoughts are running through my mind.

Stress is eating me up every minute. If only you were by my side today, I would have never felt so alone. Our gang of friends has gathered here to celebrate a birthday party and my eyes still search only for you.

But alas, you are not here. Do you feel the same pain as I do?

Kritika was watching him, waiting patiently for him to finish texting. She thought of making him understand that everything will be back in its place one day.

However, she avoided looking at him as it would hurt him more. She looked the other way round, rubbing her hands, trying to keep herself warm in the cold wind.

It was a starless night. The other couples around him seemed to enjoy the darkness of the night and the privacy it allowed them. It was not the same for Kritika and him though. Kritika was extremely worried for her friend who was looking for a way to bring back normalcy to his life.

But they knew that they were trying to climb an impossibly high peak. They were trying to forget the hurt of the past and the fears of the future, wishing his life gets back on track soon, and with it, the smile on his face.

‘Thanks, Kritika, for being by my side during this tough phase,’ he said feigning a smile.

‘Oh, shut up! I know how much you love Aleesha.’

Just the mention of her name was enough to bring a smile to his face. She meant a lot to him and he needed her to support him against all odds. She was the love of his life. He looked back to see whether he had really seen her a fewminutes ago.

But Aleesha was nowhere around him.

 

The Book will be available at a Crossword store near you from 17th July. Or you can Buy it from www.crossword.in

 

Price: Rs 125

Publisher: Random House India

 

About The Author:

Sudeep Nagarkar is the author of two bestselling novels – Few Things Left Unsaid (2011) and That’s the Way We Met (2012).Sudeep’s books are inspired from real life incidents. They have been translated into regional languages and continue to top the bestseller charts.He has a degree in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University and is currently pursuing management studies from Welingkar Institute of Management. He is also a motivational speaker and has given guest lectures in various institutes and organizations. He resides in Mumbai.

 

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The Final Chapter…


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It’s been a while.                                                          ft

Today we give you a review of the most awaited book of the year the 3rd book in the Shiva Trilogy ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’ by Amish.
(Review written by a reader Niharika k)

 There is  Good and Evil in all of us…

You will be at the edge of your seat while reading the book as each chapter will grip you, surprise you and even alter your thinking..
Fans of the first 2 Books are definitely not going to be disappointed by this 600 Pages long book where Secrets are revealed (Nagas), Revelations made (Somras), War to be waged (good vs evil), Sacrifices to be made (Devagiri) and Legacies to be saved (Vayuputras).   Hope we havent given out too much…?

As seen in the first 2 books Shiva the great warrior who travels across various kingdoms with his love Sati by his side in the search of evil and how he is often perplexed on his destiny of being the Great Neelkanth. The journey of the warrior turned God comes to its final end in this gripping Saga..

The most simplest and greatest question the book talks about is What is Evil?
Is it what is described as evil by everyone else without having to quesion the very existence of it?
Or can  too much of good become evil.. ?
These quesions continue to haunt Shiva from the very begining.

Amish’s writing though simple yet very picturesque takes you through the beautiful lands of Branga, Ayodha, Mrittikavati,Devagiri and the scenic sights of the land of Vayuputras. The battle scenes and strategies described are truly epic in nature.

We have always seen the character of Shiva who is strong like a warrior, weak with the heart of a lover and searching his life’s purpose. He smokes, he drinks, he sings, he dances, he romaces and his agitation is what keeps readers intrigued throughout the series.

The complexity of relations increases in this book. We witness several strong bonds and relationships in the third part which are continously put to test and how they each survive their agnipariksha is truly riveting and heart wrenching.One particular scene where Parvateshwar has to chose between the love for his country and the love for his god undermines his strong character who changes his beliefs but not his duty and loyalty.
Ganesh who was ealier seen bereaved finds comfort and solace in his new family especially with his brother Kartik. The strong brotherhood between Kartik and Ganesh is articulately written in moments of war, pain and sacrifices.

When the people elect the king of the country and when the king of the country is corrupt, the people are also corrupt. A line that truly applies to the changing times of  today where we continously question our governmet and reforms. Alot of the philosophy written by the author hints at the current scenarios and the belief systems of our society at present which will definately get you thinking

The true hero of this book is not Shiva but his courageous wife Sati. A mother, a daughter, a wife and a warrior she is the heart and soul of the book. Strong willed and detrmined she leaves you with a myriad of emotions till the very end. At times you will find the book slow paced, at times you will be marvelled by details of the historical facts, scientific and geographical explantions (facts or fiction you decide) mentioned or you wont be able to keep the book down as the very end will defy everything.

The writer has truly written 3 great pieces of historical fiction for everybody and as we all are keen to know what will he be writing next you gotta  read this book as there might be a small hint on what he might be writing next..

Giving it 4 out of  5 stars for its simple yet epic writing and insipiringly humane characters.   Do drop in your comments.

Har Har Mahadev  

 

 

Publisher: Westland Books

Price:Rs 350  

 

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‘The Carrie Bradshaw of Indian Writing’


Hello & Welcome Back Book lovers.  202

Hope you having a joyous season.

We always try and get you candid with author’s who write on different genres, their private and serene lifestyles, their quirky habits and what makes them an author. Hope we are doing a good job of it and living up to the expectations of our readers.

Today on the Hot Seat we have a Fabulously Gorgeous, Boldly Articulate & a Page Turning vivacious author.

All those who love chick flick novels that make you laugh, cry, confused and leave you with illusions of Mr Right and love, you need to read Madhuri Banerjee’s Books. Her take on love, life, sex and men will take you on roller-coaster ride of emotions. If you loved the ladies and the stories of Sex and The City you will love her books.

Madhuri’s frank  and impudent writing has made her first book “Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas” a runaway bestseller. Her 2nd Book “Mistakes Like Love and Sex” was released last month and is already on its way to become a bestselling book. The 2nd book is a sequel.

A complete movie buff at heart, Madhuri also has a background of Film and TV having worked with Zoom and various Production Houses. She holds an English Honours degree of Lady Shri Ram College Delhi. She spends most of her leisure time reading, travelling around the world and having a good time with her friends.

Here is an extract of her interview.

1.Your books have such catchy titles that grab quick attention. Do you come up with the names for your books & Do they help in grabbing a Reader’s attention while buying?

Yes I do come up with the names for my books. They do help in catching some attention. But they also limit the readership. Conservative people won’t pick up the book even if it’s about simple relationships and love stories. So it’s a catch 22.

2. Is your character Kaveri anything like you? Did you discover your journey of life while writing this book?

Kaveri is a lot like me but not completely. I am extremely head strong, focussed and determined. Kaveri goes with the flow. She may be super intelligent and well travelled but she fumbles when it comes to love. The only similarity between her and me is that we’re both very loyal to our friends and we adore our parents.

3.Tell us how has Kaveri evolved in the 2nd book..Has she become even more bolder and wiser in the 2nd book?

Kaveri definitely has more sex in the second novel!. She makes new friends and sheds inhibitions about love and life. But she still makes mistakes. She’s sensible enough to acknowledge them and owns up to them. That shows growth of character in her. But she still goes with her heart on most things. She’s still the same girl who’s looking for someone to love her. In Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas she believes she needs a man to complete her. In Mistakes Like Love And Sex she looks for someone to complement her.

4. Are you a reclusive writer or you prefer going out and drawing inspirations from your experiences?

I go out, meet new people, catch up with old friends, and listen to their stories. So I might be inspired by their body language,their opinions on things and incorporate a bit of that in a character in my book. However, as for scenes, situations, plots, character growth and climax, that’s just my imagination going wild! 

5.You books are very Spicy, Animated, Comically funny at times…Any plans of making a film on it?

Inshallah! I do hope to make my books into films. Every author would love to see his idea on celluloid. If a filmmaker can do justice to it then I would be very happy to see my book as a film.

6. Your favourite Chick Flick Novels?

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak.

7. Your ideal Man is..

an amalgamation of Arjun, Aaron, Ray, Siddharth and Ayaan. J

8. Your awkward moments..

Oh so many! Every day! I kept calling someone Arjun and he kept reminding me that was not his name but for me he fitted into that character in Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas.

9. Favourite City & Food –

Delhi for the food.

10. Do you believe in love stories –

Of course. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to write them!

11. Your Opinion on The Indian writing & Indian Publishing. –

Many people are being published nowadays. The market has opened up to people wanting to read about something familiar and find identifiable characters in books. Indian writing has really come of age and many publishing houses are opening their doors to Indian writers rather than courting the West. It’s a wonderful time to be an author.

Price: Rs 199

Publisher: Penguin Books India

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Until Next Time Geeks

Happy Reading!

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