We here at Delhi Wire are here with Dr. Shadab Ahmed again, but this time for his other book A Quatrain of Moods, and this time with him we also have his co-author Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya.
Although, both the doctors have very busy schedules yet, they managed some time to give us their interview. We had a great time having a chit-chat with them and here it is for you to enjoy it.
Also, Don’t miss out their new book, ‘A Quatrain of Moods‘, it is available on Amazon now.
About the authors:
Dr. Shadab Ahmed was born and brought up in the resilient and magical North-East India, growing up between guns and roses. Moving pan-India at various ages, his voracious appetite for knowledge and wisdom led him into books, refining his perception and comprehension about the good, bad and wicked in life. He retains an inner child and has a combustible imagination. He is more adept into the administrative side of things and keeps a heavy hand and heart, though surgeons were always meant to be delicate and refined.
Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya Hails from the tribal, Naxalite infested & forested areas of Central India. She is naturally a keen observer and grew up having seen the good and bad in life. Despite all this, she is a big dreamer and nothing satiates her curiosity and perception towards the various bright and grey shades of life. She is a fashionista and retains both a strong and delicate feminine side as well as a vigorous and robust rugged heart. She is a pan-romantic, left-winged feminist vegan. She is an outstanding clinician and academician, boasting of national and international published researches corresponding to her specialisation.
Some glimpses of our conversation with Dr. Shadab Ahmed & Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya 🙂
1. If you had to give up either snacks or drinks during writing sessions, or music, which would you find more difficult to say goodbye to?
Dr. Shadab Ahmed – I would find it difficult to give up on drinks, I need the “Aqua Vitae” to keep my senses calmed down and to keep my writing skills refined and distilled. Guess I am letting go of my snacks and music then.
Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya – I like to sip on Lassi and Fruit Juices when am working, I think I will let go on snacks for the duration. Am a big music buff, but thankfully, keep music off when am working or writing.
2. Which is your favourite season to write in, and why?
Dr. Shadab Ahmed – Given freedom of choice, I would select winters and numbing cold, when the soul is in hibernation and entranced. You sense both genuine and delusional things then, and those things proposes new ideas. The ideas become a concept. But irrespective of season, I need downright solitude to write and think rationally.
Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya – My analytic powers are pronounced when it rains, I am a rain lover. It gotta be my favorite season to write in.
3. If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you choose?
Dr. Shadab Ahmed – I would anyday select the good ol’ North-Eastern Indian mountain ranges to settle down for pursuing my cerebral interests. I started my first book here, I made candid observations on life here. I learned the good, bad and wicked here. There is always something new to see, something new to percept. My first family, my first love, my first success, my first failure. It has got to be the North-East India.
Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya – I am more of a civilized person, unlike Shad. If I get the opportunity, I will head to the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region in France for an year. I do have this nagging concept of a fiction in my mind, which I want to succulently put down in words, but the mood is not just clicking in. Maybe those cheese and baguettes there will help some bit.
4. How many drafts do your books generally to through before publication?
Dr. Shadab Ahmed – Usually, my books go through 3 draft revisions. The first revision is for grammatical errors and misprints, the second emendation is generally for alignment imprints. The final draft revision is post type-setting, positioning and sequencing. The book goes to the marketing phase then.
Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya – My books get edited a lot more frequently, since I mostly do academic book pertaining to my specialization. Once I have the draft ready and type-setted, I go through it frequently for some days, and keep making subtle revisions/corrections. There is always something new to put, new to share. I don’t regret it though.
5. How did you get the idea to write the book ‘A Quatrain of Moods’?
Dr. Shadab Ahmed – I have been composing poems and quatrains since long, maybe almost 10 years now. I wrote as a hobby, and the words often got submerged within the pages of some diary, where it was conveniently forgotten and live moved on one city to another, one hospital to another. Then Covid-19 came and with it came sudden lockdowns. At that time, the institution we both were working in saw startling and shocking number of Covid cases, and before we could comprehend “what and how”, the students and faculties were abruptly back home and life was in disarray. A handful of us faculties decided to stay back, we rose up to the challenge and uncertainty of those times. At one point in the lockdown period, probably it was a cold chilly Diwali night, Dr Malwiika snitched my diary and she triggered the decision which will subsequently become “A Quatrain of Moods”. We collaborated criminally and she took over the designing and art for the book, I concentrated on composing the quatrains. The idea was born, the waypoints were prepared and discussed. Today, we humbly present you the book.
Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya – Yes, I remember that lockdown period too, and Shad has described the notion of the book beautifully. That is how the idea of book was conceived. I did the cover designs and art myself. I totally loved it, I found a hobby and an interest. We both have never looked back since, and our criminal enterprise got established.
6. How do you think being an author of this book has helped you as a person?
Dr. Shadab Ahmed – Being an author comes with a certain level of challenge. The challenge to write more and expressively, to stick to your dedicated cognitive deadlines. This stimulates a certain level of self-discipline in your personality. When you improve the quality of your life, your overall quality improves as well. You make an impact around your environment as well. When people who don’t know me on a personal level come to know that am an author of several published books, they are genuinely surprised and acknowledge the fact with a sudden warm smile. In that tiny fraction of time, I see their own dreams and desires flashing in their eyes, resolving to be completed. Without a word exchanged, the message is conveyed. That is the beauty of the human emotions.
Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya – I found the tag of the “author” to be more exciting. What Shad wrote is true. When my old friends from school and college find out am an author, they are genuinely surprised and happy for me. To be honest, everyone wants to be an author, but seldom get the chance. Writing is easy, but to know what to write is the most challenging part.
7. What is the significance of the title of your book ‘A Quatrain of Moods’?
Dr. Shadab Ahmed – As this is my first published book, this book is exclusively special to me. I drafted and composed this book in the form of quatrains, using images/pictures to disclose the story. Each picture in the book conveys a subtle message in itself, keeping the story sporadically abstruse. The interpretation is left open to the readers, different individuals will expound and perceive
the anecdotes in conflicting ways. What makes this book unique is the fact that a majority of moods & emotions divulged in this book are actual life events, which happened with someone somewhere.
Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya – We both spent so many days selecting the title of the book. The title signifies the intention of the authors. The book is dedicated to the versatility of the human moods and emotions, their joys and happiness, their pains and sorrows. Let’s say it celebrates human life in general.
8. Last question, how would you define success as a writer?
Dr. Shadab Ahmed – I am far too humble to proclaim myself as a successful writer. Yes, several copies of my book has been sold. I have got warm and sultry reviews from strangers and friends alike, both nationally and internationally. My readers come from diverse multi-cultural socio-economic background. In their expressed cordial words, my raison d’etre is complete. I don’t write to monetize, I write for self-development and to sustain creation of knowledge.
Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya – I find success as an author beautiful and exciting. I like it when random strangers compliment me on my books. It is a different kind of feeling, something which not the money in the world can buy. Like Shad said, creation is beautiful. I do hope and pray someday I become an award-winning author. Shad never monetizes his work, so I keep that money safe with me.
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A Father turns an author to reveal all secrets about life for his 5 year old children, and many secrets that were untold.
Welcome to a journey like no other, a journey into the uncharted territories of life, love, and humanity. Meet eShan, a Business Software Systems Analyst turned author, who embarked on a profound exploration of existence when life compelled him to hand over the intellectual inheritance of his wisdom to his twin sons. In his quest to understand the intricate components of life, eShan has opened the bonnet of life, scrutinizing and reimagining its very core.
“Letter to Future” is not your typical book; it’s an invitation to witness life in its unfiltered and naked truth. This book offers a futuristic perspective on human life and relationships, taking us to a higher plane of wisdom by revealing the fundamental elements that define our existence – gender, sex, marriage, family, and life itself.
As an epistolary letter to his sons, eShan becomes our guide on this extraordinary journey through time, from the past to the present. The revelations in this old town of life may startle and unsettle, but they are essential for us to deconstruct the concepts we have long held dear.
What sets “Letter to Future” apart is its unique approach. eShan’s concept of the “Family Registration System” is thought-provoking, demanding that we take life more seriously. This book holds the key to indispensable knowledge, without which we risk endangering our lives and darkening our futures.
But don’t be mistaken; “Letter to Future” isn’t all seriousness and heavy philosophy. It’s peppered with witty humor and awe-inspiring revelations. Ever wondered why a circle has 360 degrees? Or why do the words “ten” and “tense” sound so similar? eShan leaves no stone unturned as he explores the vast spectrum of human life, even shedding light on the darker aspects, empowering readers to think critically and find the courage to change.
Ultimately, this book is about equipping yourself with the wisdom to empower your children and the strength to embrace change. “Letter to Future” isn’t just a source of knowledge; it’s a wild journey through time and the complexities of human existence. If you’re ready to expand your mind, challenge the status quo, and discover a deeper understanding of yourself, this book is a must-read. With a blend of wisdom, humor, and mind-bending moments, its impact will linger long after you’ve turned the final page.
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Top 10 Books of The Month | September [Editor’s Choice]
As we dive into the vibrant world of literature this September, we’re greeted with an eclectic mix of books that cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences. From gripping romances to insightful self-help guides and thought-provoking political analysis, this month’s top 10 books offer something for every reader. Whether you’re seeking heartwarming tales of love and ambition or a deeper understanding of the world around you, these titles deserve a spot on your reading list.
1. World’s Best Girlfriend by Durjoy Datta
“World’s Best Girlfriend” by Durjoy Datta is a mesmerizing tale of love, fate, and the extraordinary connections that can be forged against all odds. Aanchal and Daksh’s initial encounter in the enchanting Andamans sets the stage for a captivating story of two souls from different worlds, drawn together by an irresistible pull. As their lives take unexpected turns, their complex emotions and undeniable chemistry intensify, making readers root for their love to conquer all challenges. Datta’s skillful storytelling delves deep into the characters’ hearts, leaving us eager to discover if they can rewrite their destinies. This novel promises an emotional rollercoaster and a powerful exploration of love’s enduring strength.
2. Snap Shot by Ruby Rana
“Snap Shot” by Ruby Rana delivers a sizzling and suspenseful ride through the world of hockey, scandal, and second chances. Landon Radek, once the golden boy of the NHL, faces a media storm when an intimate photo goes viral, threatening his career and reputation. Enter Indira Davé, his lawyer and former childhood acquaintance, who is determined to keep her emotions in check. But as the layers of their past peel away and a daring proposition ignites their chemistry, they must navigate a treacherous path filled with secrets, rules, and undeniable attraction. Rana skillfully weaves together passion and professional ethics in this captivating romance, making “Snap Shot” a story of love’s unexpected triumph against all odds.
3. Inside The Interview Room by Yatin Goyal
“Inside The Interview Room” by Yatin Goyal is your ultimate guide to conquering technical interviews in software development. It delves into crucial, often overlooked aspects, answering questions like self-introduction and answer disclosure—a roadmap for job seekers.
This book unravels tech interview secrets, from crafting resumes to mastering compensation negotiations. Real-life resumes, common mistakes, and gripping anecdotes boost confidence for tech giant interviews like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Adobe. Hack interviewers subconsciously, discuss salary confidently, and secure your dream job. This book equips you for software development interviews. Ready to seize your next opportunity?
4. Pyaar Hai Shayad by Vineet Pal
In “Pyaar Hai Shayad” by Vineet Pal, love takes center stage in Rajat’s life, an ordinary boy turned soldier. His journey showcases love’s transformative power. Initially, he pursues an engineering exam to win Payal’s heart, but fate leads him on an unexpected path to the army.
Pal’s narrative explores Rajat’s growth, guided by his father’s wisdom, and his quest to be a hero in Payal’s eyes. Facing challenges, their love story takes unpredictable twists. “Pyaar Hai Shayad” is a tale of love, sacrifice, and patriotism, offering a rollercoaster of emotions and choices. Dive into this heartwarming and thrilling journey to discover if love conquers all.
5. Unlock Your Life by Nibin Philip and Devon Kramer
“Unlock Your Life: Timeless Wisdom for Today’s World” by Nibin Philip and Devon Kramer is a profound voyage into the heart of human existence. This illuminating book is a treasure trove of wisdom that resonates with seekers of all levels of spiritual understanding. It provides invaluable guidance on personal growth, nurturing relationships, exploring spirituality, and achieving well-being.
By delving into the pages of this book, readers embark on a transformative journey that connects them with the universal Tree of Knowledge. It’s an invitation to unlock the secrets of existence, offering timeless insights that are as relevant in today’s fast-paced world as they were in ancient times.
6. Be Cool, B-School! by Nishant Kaushik
“Be Cool, B-School!” by Nishant Kaushik is a witty exploration of Nakul’s MBA journey. Amidst high expectations and dreams of a glamorous future, Nakul enters the world of B-school with visions of lifelong friendships and luxury job offers.
However, as Nakul’s adventure unfolds, he discovers the harsh reality beyond campus. Kaushik’s narrative, both humorous and insightful, reveals the illusions and challenges of pursuing an MBA.
It offers readers a compelling glimpse into higher education and the unexpected lessons it imparts. Dive into this eye-opening journey!
7. Chaaliyar Saga by P.A. Ramachandran
“Chaaliyar Saga” by P.A. Ramachandran revisits a forgotten environmental battle that gripped Kerala decades ago. The Chaaliyar River and the Gwalior Rayons plant were at the center of a fierce struggle involving politicians, industrialists, and literary activists. Ramachandran, a key figure in resolving this crisis, provides a compelling narrative that delves deep into the conflict’s dynamics.
Through the recollections of Chaaliyar Suddhikarana Yanam, “Chaaliyar Saga” resurrects a significant chapter in Kerala’s environmental history, highlighting the enduring impact of environmental activism. Explore this enlightening tale of a bygone battle.
8. NATO by Hans Myrebro
“NATO: An Entity Set on Disaster” by Hans Myrebro meticulously unveils seven decades of NATO’s actions. Drawing from a USA Congressional Research Committee report, Myrebro reveals that the U.S., a leading NATO country, initiated 251 military interventions since 1992, constituting 95% of global military activity.
From its defense origins to a tool for U.S. imperialism, NATO’s transformation is thoroughly explored. Myrebro exposes its shift from championing human rights to serving U.S. world domination. This book compels readers to confront NATO’s role in shaping the modern world order.
9. The Shark and the Dolphins by Prabhu Subramanian
“The Shark and the Dolphins” by Prabhu Subramanian is a gripping story of ambition, camaraderie, and resilience in the pursuit of an audacious dream. Bharat and Aman’s decision to leave their lucrative careers to create the world’s finest electric car sets the stage for an epic journey with engineer Vinay Aggarwal.
As they transition from plush offices to an underground garage, they face formidable adversaries—a predatory investor and a ruthless lawyer. Advocate Nivedita Das, with her own internal struggles, becomes their only hope. Subramanian crafts a thrilling narrative of ambition versus adversity, leaving readers on the edge of their seats, wondering if the trio can conquer formidable obstacles and achieve victory.
10. Happy Kids, Happy Home by Kala Natrajan
“Happy Kids, Happy Home” by esteemed author Kala Natrajan is a profound guide for parents, illuminating the path to nurturing confident, responsible, and well-rounded children. In a world where children are our most precious assets, this comprehensive book offers invaluable wisdom and guidance. Natrajan’s work draws on evidence-based strategies, practical tips, and profound insights, emphasizing the essential elements of positive parenting: love, open communication, clear boundaries, and a supportive environment. With compassion at its core, “Happy Kids, Happy Home” empowers parents to build strong foundations, enhance their parenting skills, and create a harmonious family atmosphere where children can flourish, ensuring a brighter future for all.
This September, your reading journey is about to get even more exciting with our carefully curated selection of top 10 books. Whether you’re craving a passionate romance, a thrilling adventure, or practical life advice, we’ve got something to satisfy every reader’s appetite.
These books are your ticket to escape into different worlds, where you can immerse yourself in heartwarming love stories, embark on adrenaline-pumping adventures, or gain valuable insights for personal growth. Our collection is designed to challenge your perspectives, ignite your imagination, and leave you with lasting memories.
So, why wait? Dive into these captivating stories and enrich your reading list this month. Let these books be your companions, transporting you to new horizons and providing the perfect escape. Whether it’s love, self-improvement, or a gripping tale of ambition and friendship, our top 10 books have you covered. Open the pages, turn the chapters, and embark on an unforgettable literary journey that will stay with you long after September fades away. Happy reading!
|World’s Best Girlfriend||Rs.156 (Kindle)|
|Snap Shot||Rs.412 (Kindle)|
|Inside The Interview Room||Rs.289 (Paperback)|
|Pyaar Hai Shayad||Rs.197 (Paperback)|
|Unlock Your Life||Rs.499 (Paperback)|
|Be Cool, B-School!||Rs.249 (Paperback)|
|Chaaliyar Saga||Rs.264 (Paperback)|
|The Shark and the Dolphins||Rs.266 (Paperback)|
|Happy Kids, Happy Home||Rs.248 (Kindle)|
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This Author is Mastering the Skies, Racetracks, and the World of Literature.
In the world of literature, there are authors who create, and then there are authors who defy conventions. Sudanand belongs to the latter category, a man whose remarkable life journey encompasses the skies, racetracks, and now, the world of words. His latest literary masterpiece, “Beethoven’s Last Symphony,” has captivated readers, offering a profound exploration of the human condition through a poignant story containing an equally touching nested narrative. Sudanand’s work is best described as an ‘existentially’ themed coming-of-age novel, comprising elements of a mystery, a Greek tragedy, a powerful emotional arc, historical events, and frequent allusions to the transcendental power of art, literature, and music. But who is Sudanand, the author behind this compelling narrative?
A Life in the Skies
Before penning his debut novel, Sudanand soared to great heights—literally. Commencing his flying training in 1995 at the tender age of 18, he went on to pursue a decade-long career with Jet Airways followed by another decade spent in Malaysia flying for Air Asia. Having amassed over 16,000 hours aloft, circumnavigating congested airways across the Middle East, India and South East Asia, Sudanand surely has many an interesting tale to tell. His expertise in aviation adds a unique dimension to his storytelling, infusing his narrative with an authentic understanding of the heavens that few authors can match, to say nothing of the fact that many of the ideas in the novel were conceived in the vicinity of the upper limits of the Troposphere!
Racing Towards Glory
But Sudanand’s life isn’t just about soaring through the heavens; it’s also about the adrenalin rush of the racetrack. With a passion for motorsport, he has participated in a staggering 160+ races in both India and Malaysia. His racing journey includes competing in single-seater formula race cars and saloon race cars, with an impressive record of 50+ podium finishes and 10 race wins. Sudanand’s pursuit of speed led him to the top three positions in the national championship on four occasions, including a sole national championship victory.
Entrepreneurship and Beyond
In 2021, Sudanand made a return to India, where he took on a new role as the Deputy Director of Ortho-One, a leading Orthopaedic hospital that his family founded. This foray into the world of healthcare demonstrates his versatility and entrepreneurial spirit. Sudanand’s ability to excel in diverse fields, from aviation to motorsport and now healthcare, speaks to his relentless pursuit of excellence.
A Symphony of Words
Amidst his whirlwind of achievements, Sudanand, a doting single parent to his teen daughter and an avid pianist, also found the time to nurture his literary talents. His debut novel, “Beethoven’s Last Symphony,” is nothing short of a literary symphony. Set against the hustle and bustle of Chinese New Year celebrations in, both, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, the novel delves into the existential churnings of human existence that emerge from having to deal with the certainty of mortality and life’s many uncertainties. Sudanand’s poetic and reflective writing style invites readers to ponder life’s intricacies and the human condition.
A Literary Triumph
“Beethoven’s Last Symphony” isn’t just a novel; it’s an intricate exploration of human existence. The story revolves around Zoey, a young high school student grappling with the absurdity of human finitude amidst the festive chaos just as there appear the hints of an impending pandemic. Sudanand’s deft portrayal of Zoey’s emotional turmoil draws readers in, making her a relatable and empathetic protagonist from the start.
As the narrative unfolds, Zoey’s discovery of an incomplete and dilapidated manuscript sets in motion a confounding mystery and a journey that transcends generations. Sudanand masterfully weaves together the present and various historical periods, interlacing Zoey’s quest with that of her ancestors’ past. The result is a symphony of an affecting three-part epic that resonates across time and cultures.
A Timeless Message
“Beethoven’s Last Symphony” leaves an indelible mark on the soul, urging us to seek and reflect upon meaning rather than the trivial pursuit of happiness, though without neglecting the potency and timelessness of love and the enduring power of art to transcend barriers. The book has garnered rave reviews, with critics praising Sudanand’s ability to seamlessly blend philosophy, culture, history, music, aviation, and the human spirit into a captivating and soul-enriching read.
In Sudanand, we find not just an author and a wordsmith but a true Renaissance individual who has mastered multiple realms—skies, racetracks, healthcare, and now, the world of literature. His ability to channel his diverse experiences, pursuits, and interests into his writing is a testament to his exceptional talents. As we dive into the pages of “Beethoven’s Last Symphony,” we are reminded that sometimes the most profound symphonies are composed not with musical notes and notations but with words, and Sudanand is, indeed, the virtuosic maestro behind this literary masterpiece.
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