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Don’t choose the story, let the story choose you, advises Rao

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Delhi Wire’s Journalist had a candid chat with Suchitra Rao, the author of a crime novel “The Highway Mafia”. Read the Interview below.

About Suchitra: Suchitra S Rao was born in Chennai, but spent her early childhood and education in Madurai. She holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Planning and Entrepreneurship from the Indian Institute of Planning Management – Chennai. Right after her education she moved on to create a successful career in Sales & Marketing. She has immense experience of over nine years from various industries such as Insurance, Banking and Freight Forwarding. She currently works in a Logistics firm at a Middle Managerial Cadre.

Kindly enlighten our readers about your debut book, ‘The Highway Mafia’
The Highway Mafia is a crime fiction about a pressing macro- economic and political crime ‘Cattle Trafficking’, for those who are not very familiar with this terminology, Cattle Trafficking is a way of illegally transporting Cattle in large numbers for slaughter and export.  The book deals with a very serious subject, but has only a flavor of it. I have narrated the story in a fiction format to engage the readers.  Though essentially, a crime fiction the book also has humor, romance, action and other sub-themes that will be of interest to the readers.   It is based on some real life incidents that I personally encountered, however, I leveraged on the creative freedom of a fiction fully to give audience an informative yet an equally entertaining read.

How much research and efforts were required on your part to complete these masterpieces.
When I sat down to write a book, since it’s my debut I wanted to write about a topic that is close to my heart. Since, I was directly involved in ‘cattle trafficking’ issues over four years by the time where I did a lot of Primary & secondary research out of interest. So when I started to write the book, I had to do very little research as I was very aware of the topic.  I just used to once in awhile consult my dad who is a veterinary doctor by profession and my friend who is a ‘subject matter expertise’ in Cattle Trafficking to get my facts & logic right in the book.  

How do you manage writing along with your profession?
Well, I did contemplate a work sabbatical, but somehow I was apprehensive of this idea as I had built my career with so much of sweat and blood.  My early days in sales were very tough and I had to work really hard to get where I am today. So I couldn’t risk it all. Also, on the other hand I didn’t want to lose my corporate career especially when I had important contracts up and running and clients who had entrusted their work order to me.  I deep inside wanted to be an Author so bad that it used to give me sleep troubles. It was like a fight between my dream and my logic.  So I found a midway, I had some PL’s at my disposal , so I used up all my PL’s together and went to ECR Pondicherry took a place and stayed alone in a Guest-House facing the highway  and wrote the major chunk of the book.  After that I used my weekends and holidays to do the editing part. I think time management was the key, I had to cut down a lot of extra-curricular activities and especially my time on social media to use it for the book and my career.  Looking back sometimes I wonder how I got through both.

Self publishing vs Traditional Publishing, which one do you prefer and why?
A year before I would have answered this question differently. But I think now I would pick up Traditional Publishing any day. I chose self publishing for ‘The Highway Mafia’ because of time constraints and also I was not much experienced. Self publishing was good in some ways, as I could learn a lot of things with respect to publishing, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with my self- publisher. They were very professional and could provide one -stop shop solutions for me. However, a key to a book becoming a phenomenal one is post publishing support. I think a traditional publishing house will have accountability and give personalized attention to the sales of the book, which is integral to making it a best seller.  So that way , I prefer traditional publishing.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
I am sure you are already one with the great questions you have laid out in this interview for me. My only tip for anyone who wants to write something new would be to be your unique self. Most of the writers are very ardent readers. Some writers especially budding will try to imitate a successful book and well-established authors. Don’t choose the story, let the story choose you.  Look closely there might already be a story that the world is waiting to hear from you. Be Unique , Be you!

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Top 10 Books of The Month | January [Editor’s Choice]

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We are back again this month with a new list of books by amazing authors that you should add to your TBR this month.

Whether you want a page-turning thriller, a gripping historical novel or a feel-good read, a self-help book, or a love story, we got everything covered. we’ve got some great choices out this month.

So here is our list of the Top 10 Books that you shouldn’t miss reading this month.

Happy Reading! 🙂


1. Falling For My Best Friend by Ruchi Singh

A perfect love story.
Possible in real life? Maybe… maybe not!

Siddharth’s perfect love story is over. Life is asking him to compromise and go along with his family’s wishes. Will he be able to do justice to someone else under the shadow of his reluctant decision? Will he be able to create a place for someone in his heart again?

A die-hard romantic, Naina is in search of a partner who will love and cherish her… only her.
An only child, her life was perfect. Till Siddharth said Read More..

2. Souffle by Anand Ranganathan

One sultry Mumbai night, business tycoon Mihir Kothari takes a bite of a soufflé and drops dead. According to the CCTV footage, celebrity chef Rajiv Mehra is the killer. It seems like an open-and-shut case.

Or is it?

A catastrophic accident on the day the chef is to be hanged allows him to escape and, driven by an inner calling, pursue a new life. Chased by shadows he thought he had left behind, torn by spurned love, the chef returns in search of the real killer so that he can prove his innocence. But there is a problem. Unknown Read More..

3. India is Broken by Ashoka Mody

Through the first half-century after independence, India’s leaders could point to uneven but measurable progress. After the mid-1980s, dire poverty declined for a few decades, inspiring declarations of victory. But today, a vast number of Indians struggle in a state of underemployment and are one crisis away from despair. Policymakers search for easy solutions that further undermine the provision of public goods and job creation. India Is Broken is a history that explains how India landed in this economic catch-22.

Mody contends that successive post-independence leaders, starting with Jawaharlal Nehru, failed to confront Read More..

4. The Mystery Of The Genes by Uttam Mukherjee

This is the story of two female detectives’ valiant efforts to save a genetic research project from a series of deadly attacks by foreign vested interests using brute force. Dr. Bhattacharya, a key figure in the Human Genome Project, returns to Kolkata after retirement. He establishes a research center to pursue gene replacement therapy to cure a dreadful metabolic disease along with his co-researcher daughters, Avantika and Aatreyi. However, after two years, his world is about to be turned upside down as a large pharmaceutical company’s billion dollar business of supplying daily doses of the medicine is in jeopardy.

Multiple assassination attempts, break-ins, and Read More..

5. Hacking Health by Mukesh Bansal

We live in a world where there is a new fad diet, superfood, supplement or nutrition theory every month. There are so many tricks to optimizing workouts, peak performance, burning fat, living longer, sleeping better and biohacking your immune system. Wellness has become a part of mainstream discourse like never before, and the result is an overwhelming barrage of seemingly contradictory information.

But here’s one simple truth: good health impacts every aspect of life, be it productivity at work, interpersonal relationships or a balanced family life. In Hacking Health, Mukesh Bansal takes on the mammoth task of demystifying the science, Read More..

6. The Hyderabad Heist by Sharmishtha Shenoy

3 September 2018. Citizens of India woke up to the sensational news of a multimillion-dollar theft in the Nizam’s Museum, Hyderabad. The theft of a diamond-studded, intricately designed gold box and other artifacts speckled with emeralds and rubies caused a national and international sensation. This was no ordinary burglary. It was an assault on the heritage and culture of the people of Hyderabad and India.

Prince Muffakham Jah of Hyderabad, who was in London at that time, personally requested the Commissioner of Police, Mr Anjani Kumar, to investigate the case on priority. Hundreds of police officers were pressed into action to recover the stolen Read More..

7. I Drink Tea and I Tell Stories by Archana Rajendran

What is common between the eighty-year-old man sitting under a mango tree, the woman in a red saree, and the young boy waiting for the signal to turn green?

A cup of chaya . . .

What brings together a single mother, a talented artist, and a girl in a toxic relationship under one roof?

A cup of chai . . .

What binds the stories of a sex worker, a chai tapri, and women on a train? Read More..

8. Ternicode by Prashant A U

The conceptual framework presented in this book is a first of its kind in the sense that it provides a robust yet simple way of determining the underlying aspect of various matters which have always daunted the human psyche. The novel narrative is captivating and invokes the inquisitiveness of the reader seeking to acquire a formidable understanding of the overall environment.

“Ternicode” as the title goes is in itself, a lexical or semantic neologism. This new term strikes an immediate chord resonating the trigeminal relationship of factors associated with any phenomena. It intends to resolve all complexities and conflicts that emerge with the conventional methods of logic Read More..

9. Insatiable by Shobhaa Dé

‘I promise not to be three things–profound, pedantic and pretentious,’ says Shobhaa De, as she begins her heart-warming book.

It’s a promise India’s most beloved writer delivers on in her irreverent memoir about the year leading up to her landmark seventy-fifth birthday. Quintessential exuberance and keen observations firmly in place, she tells us about travelling solo, feasting (and fasting) with family and friends, the triumphs and losses that accompany ageing, the vagaries and vulnerabilities of being a writer and, above all, how food connects people in the most unexpected places and delightful ways. Read More..

10. Operation Rudra by Aparna Sinha

People are dying within a few hours of developing the first sign of sickness. In less than a month, nearly five hundred people have died from that illness

Is it a new virus? Or post-Covid complications?
Or is it a systematic terror attack?

As Lt. Col. Aditya started digging for answers, he realized that something bigger and much more sinister had already been set in motion by the terrorists. Would he be able to stop it, while the clock is ticking?

Operation Rudra is a fast-paced thriller of a race Read More..


Book Prices

Falling For My Best Friend Rs.75 (Kindle)
Souffle Rs.223 (Kindle)
India is Broken Rs.727 (Kindle)
The Mystery Of The Genes Rs.99 (Kindle)
Hacking Health Rs.389 (Paperback)
The Hyderabad Heist Rs.332 (Paperback)
I Drink Tea and I Tell Stories Rs.182 (Paperback)
Ternicode Rs.564 (Paperback)
Insatiable Rs.568 (Paperback)
Operation Rudra Rs.15 (Kindle)

(Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.)


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Books Of The Year 2022 [Editor’s Choice]

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Each fall, the editors of the Delhi Wire select the best fiction and nonfiction titles of the year. Our editors read, nominate, discuss, and debate the merits of each year’s books, working together to land on our list.

From authors, both established and new, our favorite books of the year meditate on everything from life online to life in the intersections of identity. Set everywhere from the all-too-real world or solely in the mind, the distant past, or the speculative future, these books offer escape, education, and spiritual enlargement—whatever you’re looking for.

With such an embarrassment of riches on offer, ranking these books is a downright impossible task, so we present our selections in no particular order. In this singularly strange and challenging year, books comforted us, allowed us to travel even when borders were closed, and ultimately, kept us sane. We made it to the end of this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year, and we’re still reading. Congratulate yourself for that—and don’t waste any time stocking up your “to be read” pile.


Celebrating the year’s end, celebrating you, the authors & the extraordinary books that defined 2022.

 


1. 7 Mindsets for Success, Happiness, and Fulfilment by Swami Mukundananda
2. Doglapan by Ashneer Grover
3. Where the Sun Never Sets by Stuti Changle
4. The Wisdom Bridge by Kamlesh D. Patel
5. When I Am With You by Durjoy Datta

6. You Are Still the One by Himanshu Rai
7. NINE by Vineet Singh Hukmani
8. Build, Don’t Talk by Raj Shamani
9. The Magic of the Lost Story by Sudha Murty
10. The 1st Assassin by Mainak Dhar

11. A Price to Love by Smita Das Jain
12. A Tale of Arranged Marriage by Pranav Rao
13. Unbroken by Pawan Verma
14. The Curse of Kukkutarma by Prateep Roy
15. Emotional Mastery by Navana Kundu

16. Beauty and the Vampires by Sukriti Jaswal
17. Kashmir! Kashmir! by Deepa Agarwal
18. SELF-ish by Sanjay K Srivastava
19. The Coterie by Vinod Kaul
20. An Imperishable Promise by Sarathi Sabyasachi Sahoo

21. Lets Rise in love by Tanishka Juneja
22. Billion Suns Rising by Aarathi Bellary
23. 75 Wasted Years, Let us Catch Up and Leapfrog by Vikram Sinha
24. Parker Beverly and the Tale of Six Cheques by Panav Bali
25. To Beyond and Back by Riya Kewalramani

26. Young Detective by Sumita Bose
27. The Art of Winging It by Dr. Kaushik Sridhar
28. Lulla Bai by Anuj Tikku
29. Aching Joys by Arni
30. MEMOries by Satyen Chattopadhyay

31. Twelve World Religions by K. Ravindran
32. Benedictions by Vandana Rathi
33. A Happier You by Dr. Mukesh Jain
34. Hans Akela by Beji Jaison
35. Holy Lands of Abrahamic Religions by K Ravindran

36. Love Joy by Prabhakar Deshpande
37. A Map to the Pinnacle of Success by Soobrata Dutta
38. Facets by A. Venkatasubramanian
39. Talk a Little More by Gulsum Basheer
40. The Ink of An Amateur Poet by Otul Jerang

41. The Legacy of Ignorance by Aastha Singh
42. All His Scars by Amit Aryan
43. Esoteric by Mahek Hitesh Tanna
44. Lost Horoscope & Other New Poems by Yuyutsu Sharma
45. Of Dreams And Assumptions by Angana Bharali Das

46. Teesta Diaries by Swapan Karmakar
47. Dark Star by Ranbir Sidhu
48. Quarantine by Jui Patil
49. Rangroot by Prince Avinash
50. Battles of Crisis by Anika Reddy Gaddam

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Top 50 Most Influential Authors of 2022

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So this is the time of the year again when you get to know about the authors who had done wonders.

Be it historical, fiction, poetry, self-help, or any other genre these authors have left their prominent mark.

So here we present you the Top 50 Influential Authors of 2022. ?


1. Ashneer Grover, Author of Doglapan.
2. Amish Tripathi, Author of War of Lanka.
3. Shwetabh Gangwar, Author of The Rudest Book Ever.
4. Chetan Bhagat, Author of One Indian Girl.
5. Stuti Changle, Author of You Only Live Once by Stuti Changle.

6. Ankur Warikoo, Author of Get Epic Shit Done.
7. Raj Shamani, Author of Build, Don’t Talk.
8. Saksham Garg, Author of Samsara.
9. Karan Bajaj, Author of The Freedom Manifesto.
10. Sapna Bhog, Author of My Sinner.

11. Rashmi Trivedi, Author of Ashes To Dreams.
12. Arthy S L, Author of Fate or Destiny.
13. Heena Singhal, Author of Songs of the Reed.
14. Aurijit Ganguli, Author of The Mystery Mountains.
15. Dr. Sheetal Nair, Author of The Subtle Art of Not Thinking.

16. Atul Prabha, Author of Teri Meri Kahaani Hai.
17. Arushi Vats, Author of The Royal Peacock Crown.
18. Shrutee Choudhary, Author of A Garage Sale of Lovelorn Things.
19. Dhanashree Bhatkal, Author of Money – What’s Left What’s Right.
20. Upasana Majumdar, Author of Red World.

21. Harjeet Khanduja, Author of How Leaders Decide.
22. Rohit Prasad, Author of The Pilgrim.
23. Nandita Chakraborty, Author of Dirty Little Secrets.
24. Dr Suresh Chari, Author of Don’t Wait, Make Things Happen.
25. Dr. Debi Prasad Acharjya, Author of Hydrate to Elevate.

26. Chattanathan D, Author of Anjanamma.
27. Jyoti Malhotra, Author of Teenager Tales.
28. Madhukant Acharya, Author of Corporate Eagle.
29. Ajay Chowdhary, Author of Marham.
30. Kanishq Banka, Author of Stirrer.

31. Ashutosh Joshi, Author of Unfathomable Feelings.
32. Dr. Shadab Ahmed & Dr. Mallwika Sisodiya, Authors of A Quatrain of Moods.
33. Priyanka Dewan, Author of Unlayered.
34. Mustafa Mun, Author of Mindful Wealth.
35. Shilpa Suraj, Author of Once Upon A Mistake.

36. Rooprashi, Author of Our Non-fairy Tale Life.
37. Colonel Harpreet Singh Kohli, Author of The Other Side of a Soldier.
38. Debabrata Ghosh, Author of Masterstroke.
39. Akriti Sharma, Author of Married on Paper.
40. Dr. Sumit Goel, Author of I Wanna Grow Up Once Again.

41. Deepak Rosha, Author of The College Conventions.
42. Lokesh Babu, Author of The True Self.
43. Satish Shitut, Author of Effective R.U.L.E.
44. Rajeev Nanda, Author of RISE.
45. Ruchi Chandra Verma, Author of It has always been you!.

46. Pesi J Padshah, Author of A Mixture as Never Before.
47. Mahendra Arya, Author of Kaikayi.
48. Naysa Nambiar Seth, Constellation of Letters.
49. Manu Nellutla, Author of Janya Bharata.
50. G. Ashish Kalra, Author of The Zero Covid Solution.


 

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