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The Bootie and the Beast novel Travel-scape by Falguni Kothari

 With the impending promise of summer and the thought of lazy and long vacations or short, sweet holidays (whatever floats your boat) I thought I’d take you, Dear Reader, on a journey through the landscapes of my Harlequin Mills & Boon® April release. The story unfolds in Texas, and ends in Saudi Arabia after making a pit stop in Mumbai. Several other cities/countries are mentioned throughout the book as the heroine, DiyaMathur is a supermodel flitting about the globe for fashion shoots and shows and generally having a ball.The staid and happy-to-be-in-one-place hero, KrishMenon, also has a decision to make. Stay in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex or move to…Wisconsin. But that’s enough about Beauty and the Beast and their woes. This blog post is about Travel, so let’s tread a path through the cities in the story.

 

Bootie and the Beast begins at the Dallas Executive Airport, where Krish “the Beast” Menon awaits the arrival of Diya “Beauty” Mathur.

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Dallas.com:Brash, stylish and cosmopolitan, Dallas is a city with a well-earned reputation for fashion, luxury shopping and flashy prosperity. With one of the world’s most impressive collections of 20th Century architecture, its soaring modern skyscrapers and palatial mansions are anything but subtle. Yet Dallas as a city possesses a Southern grace, Texas style. Its districts, from soulful Deep Ellum to eclectic Victory Park, add range and texture to the Dallas urban experience. With world-class performing arts groups, a vibrant culinary culture and the Dallas Cowboys, the city is full of discoveries.

 

What Wikipedia has to say about:The Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area, the official title designated by the United States Office of Management and Budget, encompasses 12 counties within the U.S. state of Texas. The area is divided into two distinct metropolitan divisions: DallasPlanoIrving and Fort WorthArlington. Residents of the area informally refer to it as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, DFW, or The Metroplex. It is the economic and cultural hub of the region commonly called North Texas or North Central Texas and is the largest land-locked metropolitan area in the United States.

 

Krish compares Diya’s flamboyant lifestyle to the Cannes Film Festival.

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What Wikipedia says about:Cannes (French pronunciation: [kan], in OccitanCanas) is a city located in the French Riviera. It is a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department.The city is also famous for its luxury shops, restaurants, and hotels.

 

As part of her worldwide publicity tour, Diya has recently schmoozed with Europe’s fashion elite at a garden party in Milan.

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Italylogue.com:Those cobbled medieval streets you have been dreaming about? That’s not really Milan. Neither are the Roman ruins or quiet public squares. Milan remains, however, an important Italian city in both banking and fashion. It also can be said that Milan embodies the Italian notion of la bellafigura – behaving well and looking good doing it – better than any other Italian city. In that sense, it’s absolutely Italian, Medieval cobblestones aside.

Sheherazade’s headquarters are in Istanbul, a city Diya is seriously considering relocating to.

 

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Istanbul.com:Istanbul is among the special cities of the world with its position as a bridge between Europe and Asia.At the south of Istanbul the Marmara Sea, and at the north the Black Sea are situated. The Western part of the city is in Europe, and the Eastern is in Asia. The important watercourse that divides Istanbul is the Bosphorus. As a seaport both the closest Asian city to Europe and the closest European city to Asia, and the passage of all commerce ways from here, increases the importance of Istanbul.

 

Diya will be visiting Dubai and offers to take “Suitable Man” Neil Upadhyay’s niece to lunch there.

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DefinitelyDubai.com: Dubai is one of the few cities in the world that has undergone such a rapid transformation – from a humble beginning as a pearl-diving centre – to one of the fastest growing cities on earth. Dubai today is a tourism, trade and logistics hub and has earned itself the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the east and the west.’ It is also considered as the dynamic nucleus of the Arabian Gulf region.

Last but never least, Mumbai, home-of-their-hearts to both Diya and Krish.

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MapsofIndia.com:Mumbai is the seat of Bollywood cinema, shopping mall, bhelpuri on the beach, red double-decker buses and huge traffic jams. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India.The best time to visit Mumbai is between the months of September and April. The weather is then relatively dry and cool. From June to September there is immense shower, very often with fearsome results. We all know that the floods of 2005 took about a thousand and made thousands more homeless. You should also try to avoid the months just before the monsoon sets in, for then the temperature can be as high as 140°F.

And that’s it for the novel-scape. Hope you’re tempted to visit these places with my characters in the book…or visit these places in actuality at some point…or just visit places.

 

On a personal note, I love to visit different places but most profoundly dislike the process of travelling. If I can do away with car and plane rides, I’ll be a happy traveller.

 

Did you know the term for the fear of flying? Pteromerhanophobia. A mouthful, isn’t it?

 

With love and affection,

Falguni Kothari

 

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Romancing Cricket(ers)

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Aarti V Raman
Author-Kingdom Come

Last week was the World Cup T-20 final. For cricket fans and fanatics like me, this was a big moment. It comes once every two years and is always nail-biting, because the shortest brother in the game comes with the most thrills.

Champs, favorites and media darlings India were going to take on old foes Sri Lanka, who had been vanquished a number of times comfortably by them. And everyone, including yours truly, thought this was a no-brainer. India comes, India bats, India wins. I still saw the opening overs, (secretly hoping that underdog Sri Lanka would COME THROUGH) and then wandered off, having to Facebook and Tweet and talk to my pals, my readers.

The score read 42-2, Sri Lanka.

Of course, India wins, I thought to myself.

Five minutes later, my neighborhood erupted with cheers and whistles. Another wicket down, I figured.

The slaughter will end soon.

Imagine my utter surprise, when my dad comes in about an hour later and orders me to come the HELL out now! I go out and see the last three balls. I see Sangakkara punch the air in absolute triumph and vindication. I see the last ball going over the fence and I cheered too. My voice went hoarse! It was worth it.

And then, right then, in the middle of one of his victorious cheers, Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankan batting legend and a terminal HOTTIE to boot, looked straight at the camera and said in his liquid Sri Lankan-Brit accent, “We play to win. We don’t just play, if we’re in the final, we forget the semi-final and are in here to win.”

Golden words.Truer words.

And the man who said them, went straight to my heart like Cupid had shot me with an arrow and I realized, HELLO, Hero, here you come!

Cricket, one of my favorite sports (I am an INDIAN, y’all) has always been peppered with such heroes and such moments. Australia’s Adam Gilchrist’s walk-offs, earned him the tag of a Gentleman and made me a lifelong admirer of a man who did the right thing even when he didn’t have to. India’s Sachin Tendulkar’s grace and humility off the field is the stuff true legends are made of. The way WasimAkram, a former Pakistan world-cup winner comes down to this side of the pond and coaches Kolkata Knight Riders, with the same enthusiasm and experience with which he decimates players in commentary is commendable.

These are just a very, VERY few examples why I love cricket, and why I, as a writer and an Indian writer romanticize it a bit more than say, another sport like F1 racing.

It’s closer to my heart.

In my Mail Today quote, (February 13, 2014) I was asked to name a few rom-com books that couples could snuggle together and fall in love over. Anuja Chauhan’s “Zoya Factor” was one of the first books I mentioned. It has it all. A zany heroine, a stubborn and sexy hero (CAPTAIN of the Indian Team!) and a sport that is loved by the sub-continent. Cricket! Anuja could have written about any sport as the background for her love story, but she picked cricket because she, as an Ad genius, knew where the pulse of the nation rested.

A sport that has us going up in arms against each other, if need be.

Combining cricket and love is not necessarily a surefire bestseller success formula, but I can definitely -understand the appeal of “The Zoya Factor” even more now, that T-20 as a format is being given star-status, just like novellas and graphic novels and newer forms of expression are coming under traditional fiction and revolutionizing and changing the literary landscape forevermore.

Cricketers are given god-like status in this celebrity-obsessed country of ours, just like the English and Brazilians and Spaniards love their football players. Just like baseball and basketball greats are given pride of place in America, to name just a few.

And therefore, it is but natural that as a writer, I would like to go with where the obsession lies and see if I can use it to my advantage.

Harlequin India’s Kingdom Come deals with the subject of obsession on a couple of levels. There is KriviIyer, embittered ex-spy on the hunt of his life, obsessed with vengeance. For my heroine Ziya, her obsession is to not stay a pawn any longer in the dangerous game of life and death that is player with her in the center of it. There is the Woodpecker’s obsession with the perfect bomb that would mean the end of life as we know it. Kingdom Come!

These obsessions are not as healthy as harmless love for a sport, but we all read the papers, where a few Kashmiri students were accused of sedition just because they cheered for a rival nation in a game. What kind of healthy competition and train of thought are we promoting if we can’t even cheer for the people who deserve it? Regardless of name, race, color and religion?

I still haven’t found the answer to this very disturbing question, but who knows, some wise soul might answer me this soon.

But, another persistent and extremely nagging question got answered when I heard the sexy, sweaty, darkly handsome darling Sangakkara tell the interviewer, “We play to win. We don’t just play.”

Spoken like a true hero.

And guess what, he’s gonna be mine now in the next I am writing for Harlequin India. Keep watching this space for more details as that journey takes off.

For now, my obsession is Kingdom Come and sending it into the hearts of all the passionate readers in the country and beyond who love a tale of love, betrayal, loss and redemption.

Till next time,

Xx

Aarti V Raman aka Writer Gal

The Road Less Travelled …- By Aarti Venkatraman

The title of this post is also the title of a poem by Robert Frost, a poem that I still go back to when I need inspiration. Encouragement and the will to do something that I still find difficult to do, every time I sit in front of the keyboard.

Write.

This wonderful poem by one of the greatest poets and, by extension, philosophers of our time, was first introduced to me back in standard seven. And it talks about the journey of a young man who is faced with decisions and choices in his life. It talks about the consequences that this man will end up with, when he makes these decisions and choices. One choice is easy. One choice is hard. Always. And the fate of the man depends on the choices he picks.

Where he ends up is decided by the road he takes to get there.

The Road Less Travelled, of course, would be the harder road. It is filled with perils and problems. Nothing comes easy on this road. The choices are difficult, the consequences are dire. You want to give up many times as you take this road because, hell…it’s hard! And who wants hard? WHY would anyone in his right mind pick a hard road when the world teaches us time and again that shortcuts are the surest way to success?

No one would.

People pick the easy road, the safe road. They work; they play, drive around in their sedans and live ordinary, mundane lives always dreaming of the extraordinary and the different. The choices they didn’t make and the road they didn’t take.

The Road Less Travelled isn’t for everyone.

The Road Less Travelled requires many things from its travellers. Devotion in the face of utter uncertainty. Determination in the face of chaos. And, most of all, Passion.

Passion.

It may be the purest emotion on the planet that this writer knows of.

I am not talking about rip-your-clothes-off, taken on the nearest flat surface passion, although that is the best example of passion there is. I am talking passion. Obsession. The need to do something different, to BE different. To dare it in the face of all gods and mankind. To dare it in the face of your parents and peers.

Passion.

As an emotion it knows no equal. And it has many sides, some cruel, some gentle and all of them leading one down a dark and dangerous Road Less Travelled that will leave the traveller changed in tiny, unalterable ways he doesn’t even know or is aware of. Passion is seductive, consuming. Great.

Don’t mistake me.

I am not talking about sex, lust or desire here.

I am talking about passion.

The passion to do something; BE something. My passion has been, and always will be, to write THE END on a piece of work that I begin. This could be a short story, a play, a full-length novel or an article. I have never known the need to do anything else. My passion has been single-minded, consuming.

Passion is a merciless god.

It will ask terrible things of you. The thing you are passionate about, whether it is a song, or an instrument, a painting or the need to paint. Whether it is to stand behind a camera lens or in front of one. Or, like it is for this writer, the need to write romance novels all day long, it asks terrible things. It demands obeisance. You have to give it everything you have.

It is a road that very, VERY few dare to travel.

A very close friend of mine, who is now on the verge of becoming an internationally recognized artiste said something that should echo through every one of those who make passion their god. He said, “I couldn’t live two lives at once and do justice to either one of them. I needed to make music my goal. I made my passion, my work and I am happy now. I made the right choice.”

Passion doesn’t guarantee success. Not immediately, and for some, not ever. But passion gives you something even more invaluable. It gives you courage, fortitude, self-belief. It teaches you your own self-worth and makes you smile in the face of terrible odds, because, you know what? You’ve done something that no one else on the planet has.

You’ve followed your passion. You’ve dared to go after the thing you want more than anything in the world.

The hardest thing in this world is to find out what makes you happy and to have the courage to find it.

The Road Less Travelled teaches you that this choice is worth it. Finding out what you want, DISCOVERING what is your bliss is such a joy, such a relief that, once you get there, you will look back and laugh at the years, the hard work that you put in to getting here. The only thing to remember is that this journey is lonely, cold and requires a tenacity that you need to find within yourself day after day. Not everyone has the gumption to choose The Road Less Travelled.

I chose it.

Or rather, it chose me.

There is a lovely ditty from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, which, I came to know very recently was composed and sung in the lovely vaadiyan of Kashmir and that has just about made this song my anthem of 2013 and Kingdom Come (Harlequin India, 2014). The song is called “Kabira” and the piece of lyric that pierced me was “your shadows call out to you…”

Your passions will call out to you. Vague, formless, haunting.

Be it wanting to learn salsa dancing (on my to-do list) or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. My friend recently posted the picture of “Graham Hughes” who travelled the world, and visited all 201 countries via bus or train or on foot, never once using air. That is a man who picked the Road Least Travelled.

In Kingdom Come (Harlequin India, 2014), the Woodpecker picks such a road too. That of a terrorist, who uses only bombs to kill people. Not specific targets, although Wood doesn’t say no to blowing up an important figure out of principle, but Wood’s passion is bombs: the making of it, the process and what happens when one detonates.

Creation and destruction: the two sides of The Woodpecker.

Creation and destruction: the two sides of passion.

When I first began writing this novel, I had a hero. Not clean-cut, but rugged, handsome, damaged and a good guy, nonetheless. And I needed someone heinous, someone truly terrible to pit him against. The Woodpecker was not born out of a need to make Krivi into a superhero, if that’s what you’re thinking. Wood is instead the thread that makes and breaks him. Wood is, in effect, Kingdom Come (Harlequin India, 2014).

Because if I didn’t have this gruesome villain who has such an impressive rapsheet that the world has to sit and take notice and think of eliminating him, Kingdom Come wouldn’t have happened at all. I would have missed out on writing one of my best works.

I am not exaggerating when I say that The Woodpecker has been the hardest thing on the planet to write, because the scenes involving Wood required a level of inhumanity, cruelty and gore that I didn’t think I possessed. But, as I got involved deeper and deeper into my story, into this world I had created, I understood that pulling back and diluting the punch of his sheer evil would be wrong.

The Woodpecker was passionate about bombs so the bombs are what I would write about.

And, hopefully, at some point, Krivi Iyer, ex-MI5 agent would get his bad guy.

I didn’t know if this would actually happen, if I would ever get to the end, but I had faith. I had passion. And I had a blank page on my computer screen. So I started writing. And here I am, writing Harlequin India, 2014 after my own book, because it comes out this year with a publishing house that I respect, admire and dreamed about as a kid.

Passion is an exacting god, as all the fellow bloggers on this page will attest to.

But, if you persist and do not give up, if you somehow find it in your heart to soldier on, on The Road Less Travelled and think to yourself, “all right, even this,” then, let me tell you. You WILL get there. It WILL happen for you. Be it finding that right partner to jive with, a man to come home to at the end of your hard and exhausting day or simply writing THE END on the first-draft of a novel.

The key is to never give up. To be bold. To be different. And to know, freedom is only as good as what you do with it.

Thoreau’s haunting quote about all men and quiet desperation is something that will scare the living hell out of everyone who aspires to do something with their lives. It may be as simple as losing five kilos before a friend’s wedding (also on my to-do list), or it may lead to a life-changing moment as quitting your job and taking up music as your passion. Your career.

I have been asked to advice people, fellow aspiring writers on the best way to be a writer and follow your passions at the same time. I have only one rule for you.

There is no Plan B.

If you know passion, then you understand my statement. If you don’t, go find your passion and you will get there.

I am going to end this post with the last lines of the poem, The Road Less Travelled by Robert Frost.

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep

And miles to go before I sleep.

Miles to go before I sleep.”

And all it takes is that one step out the door.

 

Until next time,

Xoxo

-Aarti

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“Prioritizing is the key” – By Adite Banerjie MB Indian Author

Finding the Write Balance

“If only I had more time,” sighed my friend, “I would actually get down to writing the book that I have always wanted to.”

“What are you waiting for? Why don’t you do it?” I replied.

“You must be joking! I have a full time job, a house to run, children to look after and…”

You get the picture, don’t you? Time is always at a premium. We are always waiting for the “right” time, sometime in the not-too-distant future, when we will fulfil our heart’s desire. The good news is that despite our hectic schedules it’s not so difficult to find those elusive extra minutes every day to focus on our writing. A little self-motivation, some discipline and a bit of planning can help you manage your time better and write the book that you have always wanted to.

Sign a contract with yourself.The first step is to decide whether writing is a big priority in your life. How important is it to you? You need to make that commitment to yourself first. So think about your decision long and hard. And ifyou have this gut-wrenching, crazy desire to write and get your book published, make sure you remind yourself every few days about it. Nag yourself till you’re so sick of that pesky little voice in your head that you actually get down to writing and not just one day…but every single day.

Once you commit to being a writer, it should be like signing a contract with yourself. You wouldn’t want to go down in your esteem by breaching the terms of the contract, would you? 🙂 

Multiple Roles.Most of us are adept at multi-tasking and are already juggling multiple roles in life. Working at a nine-to-five job, looking after elderly parents, being a mother and wife, taking care of pets are par for the course for most of us. So why not throw one more role into the mix? Being an author! That’s do-able. Once you have the will, you will definitely find a way.

Writing is a habit. Setting a timeframe to achieve your goal of finishing a novel is the first step. Then comes the preparation. Find at least one hour when you can concentrate on your writing. Personally speaking, the early morning hours work best for me. If that doesn’t work for you, you could spend an hour after dinner on your writing. But whatever the time, make sure you show up at least five days a week at your ‘writing job’. Persistence pays.

The year I decided to enter the Harlequin Passions contest, I’d resolved to write every day. So I started a blog—and would write/publish my blog at least two or three times a week. That helped me get into the writing habit.

Build your cheerleading team. Share your dream with your loved ones. Tell them why it’s important for you to write. Once they know how much it means to you, they will be your support system. When they see how dedicated you are to your writing, they will be cheering you on. Better still, reward yourself and your cheerleaders for their support by doing something fun and interesting. Linking your writing goals is a great way to storm ahead with your writing as well as spending quality time with your family.

Be prepared for downtime.There are always those days when there is a family emergency or a crisis at the workplace or an unscheduled visit from relatives. Don’t stress. If you need a longer break from regular writing, be flexible, and work around the problem of not being able to write at your designated time. Keeping a journal or a diary to jot a few thoughts about your story, working on character back stories, reading something related to the craft of writing or simply reading a book often helps not only to de-stress but keep your writing goals alive.

Don’t Obsess! Be fixated on your goals but don’t obsess about them. Contrary as that sounds, obsessing will only drive your writing mojo away. After all, writing should not be a chore like cleaning dishes, right?

As Steve Jobs famously said, “Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

Keep the faith, and keep writing!

Adite

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Shoma Narayanan Wearing different Hats – For her Good Enough is the New Perfect !

Good enough is the new perfect

I can’t juggle.  I’ve tried to learn, with apples, oranges and even with potatoes but my butter-fingers just didn’t have the knack.  Still, the word ‘juggle’ features prominently when I try to explain how I manage my cluttered and chaotic life.  I suspect it’s the same for most writers, because nowadays writers have day jobs that they’re working at as well.  Journalism, banking, consulting, software engineering, even medicine.  In my case, while my primary career is in banking, I also write two to three books a year.  And I have two young children.  Chaos is my middle name – I’m always trying to catch up with a never-ending to-do list.  A typical weekday evening goes like this:

  • Get home and ring the doorbell, thinking “If xyz doesn’t get back to me by tomorrow on the e-mail I sent him, I’ll need to ask for a meeting to sort the whole thing out”
  • Hear screams from inside the flat “I’ll open the door…no, no, me, me, me!”  Door opens, and my six-year-old daughter gives me a big hug and a grin, while my son gives me a casual wave
  • The children’s nanny (who was racing my daughter to the door) fixes me with a gimlet eye and asks if I’ve booked a new gas cylinder yet.  Guiltily, I dig my phone out and SMS the gas company
  • Someone calls from work with a query, I shush the kids and try and sort things out.  Fetch my Blackberry and send out a few mails
  • Finish dinner and pick up laptop to work on my new book that has scary deadline looming up
  • Son wanders in and casually informs me that he needs seventeen colour print-outs for a school project on Ancient Rome.  The printer is in our home office and Papa is working there – my son is not allowed to disturb him unless the house is on fire
  •  I exercise my wifely privilege of disturbing my husband whenever I damn well please, and march into the home office to retrieve the printouts
  • Check the school WhatsApp group for homework reminders
  • Resume writing – am at a particularly tense point where the hero is recoiling from the strength of his own feelings….An imperious little voice calls out from the bathroom “Mamma!”, and I leave my hero to sort his problems out while I rush to the rescue

The weirdest part is that I enjoy this.  I’d hate being at home all day, and I’d hate not being a writer.  My kids and husband are incredibly supportive, and I’ve also got a little set of strategies going so that I can manage everything without getting stressed.

One of the first things I figured was that life is easier if you’re not a perfectionist.  I’m not recommending a slip-shod approach by the way – all I’m saying is that some things matter, and you should concentrate on getting those right, and not bother so much about the rest.  For example – a child’s birthday party is important, but obsessing endlessly about the theme and the decorations isn’t.  Being committed to your job and doing it well is important.  Hanging around ‘networking’ at an office party when your kids need you at home – as far as I’m concerned, it’s not that important.

Another realization was that I didn’t have to do everything myself to get it right. Both at work as well as at home there were other people around who could help and were more than willing to do so.  It was more a question of letting go a little and trusting others.

Still, even after all the prioritizing and delegating, there were a bunch of things that I had to cut out of my life when I took up writing seriously.  Watching TV was one, and to be frank I’ve not missed it at all.  I keep up with current affairs through the Internet and newspapers, and I go to the movies and watch DVDs once in a while – in any case, in the days when I did watch TV, I always had a book by my side ‘in case I got bored’.   What I do miss is having had to cut down on my reading.  This isn’t just because of a lack of time, it’s because I found that I was unconsciously allowing the style of whichever author I was reading to influence my own.  Which is all very well if I’m reading romances, not so good if I’m reading a Russian classic, and some of its self-absorbed gloominess creeps into my manuscript!  So when I’m working on a book, I usually stick to non-fiction or to re-reading old favorites.

The balance of course, keeps shifting.  And I need to keep adjusting to swings in my workload and to my children’s changing needs.  It’s still worth it though.  And once in a while, I throw the prioritizing out of the window, and spend hours doing something just because it’s fun and I enjoy it!

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Love is a thief – In conversation with Adite Banerjie

Knowingly or unknowingly, love takes away a lot from us. The responsibilities and demands of this commitment sometimes makes us forget our passions and dreams as we start doing a little too much to appease everyone around us. Claire Garber’s new book “Love is a thief” is centered around the same and tells the story of Kate Winters who is on a mission to take back what love stole from her all these years. We got talking with Adite Banerjie and asked her as to how does she think we can maintain a balance between our love lives and ambitions/interests.

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*  What comes to your mind when you hear the title love is a thief?

“Love is a thief” has an interesting twist to it…while most of us give up something for love, the title makes you think: what has love stolen from you and what would you do to get it back?

*  What is that one thing/dream you would like to pursue or see it coming true if you had more time on hand?

If I had more time I would love to travel the world.  Go to the farthest corners of the world and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of those places.

*  Do you think in their bid to find love and live a happily married life, women sometimes compromise too much and let go of their dreams/ambitions?
If yes, what advice would you offer them?

While I wouldn’t like to generalize, women do tend to give up their dreams and ambitions too easily. It’s all about finding balance in life—in work, in relationships. So any relationship that demands that a woman makes all the sacrifice is clearly not a very happy one. I think we women need to take the men in our lives into confidence and share our dreams with them. If he really loves you, he will not stop you from fulfilling your dreams.

*   How do you suggest one should maintain a balance between doing things that make us happy and making the people around us happy?

Everyone –be it a guy or a girl—needs some me-time. I would say start with identifying what is the thing that you sorely miss doing and or would love to do. And do think about it and have some kind of a strategy.  Once you have, share it with your nearest and dearest ones.  Be flexible about how you go about achieving your goal and make sure that those closest to you don’t feel threatened by your new initiatives. Give them time to adjust but don’t give up your dream at the first obstacle. Once the people around you have figured out how much it matters to you, you’ll be surprised at how much support you get from them.

*  The character of Maya in your book “The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal” though conflicted to begin with, eventually finds her true love -Do you think she was able to maintain a balance between finding her happy ending without losing herself and what matters to her?

Maya is a girl who is coming to terms with what has happened to her family and dealing with her angst. When she finds love, it also helps her own inner growth. She learns how to be a better person, not a bitter one. Besides, her career is also an integral part of her life; she uses her talents in a constructive way and it ties in well with her happy-ever-after story.

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