04 March 2017

Cinderella falls in 'love in the pink city'

The book and the author, from reading Cinderella and Anna Karenina to the love in the pink city, this 19 year old shares her love for reading and the writing... 

 

First book I remember reading...


When I was born, my mother’s best friend who had shifted abroad had sent Walt Disney’s Little Golden book, which was a set of 6 stories. I was too young to remember it but my mother says it was the book Cinderella out of those six books. 

 

My Favorite Author...

 

I love Ayn Rand’s fictions because of her originality. O.Henry is another favorite author because I love the surprise endings of his stories. Lately, I’ve discovered Haruki Murakami and loved his writing style. 

 

My Favorite Book...

 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and We The Living by Ayn Rand have been my favorites; I cannot really select one because I love both of them. I’ve believed that books choose its readers and that’s what happened with Anna Karenina  because I just happened to read it and ended up liking it more than I could imagine. We The Living was a book that both my parents loved, so I was always curious to find out why and co-incidentally my best friend gifted it to me on my birthday. 

 

The Personal Library at home...

 

At my home we have two mini libraries, one is what my parents have and the second one is my own. When I look at my bookshelf I find that the books I have aren’t necessarily my favorite ones but I feel an emotional connection towards them. Often there’s a memory associated with the book. Some of them are gifts from people and I treasure it as their memory, some of them are expensive books for which I saved up my pocket money, some of them are old and worn out probably picked up from the local ‘raddiwala’ because I simply must have it, some are my favorite authors who I look up to when I’m feeling dull, while some others are old books that I overgrew but couldn’t part with because they remind me of my childhood. I cherish all my old books and still have the first book I ever read in my library. 

 

The idea and the book...

 

I’ve always found it easier to write rather than speak about my feelings or about things that bothered me. So, I started writing many random things like poetry and short paragraphs and eventually short stories. When I showed a few of it to my close friends and family they suggested that I should make these short stories into a detailed full-length novel. I elaborated my short stories more and it turned out to become my draft. It wasn’t really an idea that suddenly struck me, it was more of a process that happened gradually. 

 

About the Author: Gautami Shankar

 Gautami Shankar is a 19-year-old student currently pursuing her Bachelors in History at K.C. College. She has written a variety of things ranging from micro fiction to academic papers. She likes to write screenplays as well and is a member of FWA (Film Writers Association). She is also a regular writer on Wattpad, where she first started writing this book at the age of 15. Apart from writing, Gautami loves to read classics and is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She lives in Mumbai with her parents and her dog Akira. You can tweet her on @GautamiShankar and follow her on Wattpad @Gautami_Shankar.  

 

About the Book: Love in the Pink City

Stella Lawrence is a classic workaholic- she is the head of one of the top business consulting firms in New York, she spends long hours in her company of her projects, and she looks every minute of it. But being a workaholic has its own difficulties- she has no time for family or friends, and she definitely has no time for love, especially since she had her heart broken in the worst way possible. Little that she knew that her life was going to go through a complete transformation when a project brings her to Jaipur to work with the royal family, no less.

 

Prince Raghav Singh Rathore is a tall, dark and handsome – with a clash of brooding intensity and disarming charm. He finally has a chance to prove himself worthy of his family’s legacy and he had to hire the best of the business – Stella Lawrence – for things to be absolutely perfect. However, someone is determined to sabotage Prince Raghav’s plans, and in the process the royal family as well. Amidst family politics, betrayal, blackmail, and conspiracies, Stella and Raghav are about to find out that love finds one in the unluckiest of places indeed.  

 

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