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A Book Has A Life Of Its Own – Vinita Bakshi

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Vinita Bakshi, is an award winning sociologist and a social entrepreneur. She is alumnus of Delhi School of Economics and and enjoys several roles that she plays both professionally and personally. AAMBRA – a non profit organisation for women, SHE SPEAKS – a triannual seminar series dealing with the issues faced by the contemporary South Asian women and AAMBROTSAVE – an annual cultural festival for literature , visual and performing arts, crafts, cuisines, weaves and many waning traditions of India. 31 miles is her debut novel that is currently garnering rave reviews from the author fraternity and is touring this year’s very prestigious Jaipur literature festival. 

Like always, we bring to you a very personal and inspiring journey of this author in our very special feature – Author’s corner. 

Even though we all have a book inside us, a book has a life of its own. It can be read and understood in infinity of ways.

I think I always knew at a subconscious level that there were stories that I wanted to share, borne out of my observations and imagination. But I had no clue how and when it will happen. I guess as they say things happen when they have to and this book just flew out of me and I couldn’t stop the avalanche. In my case at least if I try weaving the words I fail and when they start flowing I look for my laptop wherever I am.

Like most of us I too handle a multiplicity of roles as that of a mother, wife. Even though I am a trained sociologist and journalist, I have felt that they were just tools to complement my other roles the one that of a gender activist, occasional writer and now author. At this stage, I am filled with energy and emotion to share more and more by way of writing.

My debut fiction 31 Miles is an exploration in the sense it makes you aware of nuances you never took notice of before and delivered as a gripping, crisp easy to read romantic mystery fiction

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About the book : Mansa has the perfect family life—a husband, two daughters and a big house. But she feels that something is missing. Her frustration with being just a homemaker intensifies. After shifting to a major city, she decides to take the reins of her life in her own hands, she decides to step out and seek a career.While enjoying the new-found freedom and confidence, she completely immerses herself in her work and her new life. Till one fateful day when she finds herself embroiled in a passionate affair—with an online lover. And then everything falls apart!
31 Miles is the story of a woman who finds her own worth after marriage and works towards self-emancipation. Will she give it all up for the elusive mirage created by the stranger? What turn will her life take next?

I have always been inspired by how Roald Dahl tells his stories. There is a smooth transition page after page and once you start reading you can’t put it down.

If you can make the reader sneak in to read whatever the other tasks at hand, that for me is an interesting fiction. Issues or the messages from the book are secondary.

Once published, it won’t be the end of story. Different challenges will still await you.

From the moment of conception of a book to the time it reaches its final destination, a reader’s hand, it is a very long journey and an arduous one. 

The joy at the completion of a book is best compared to the birth of a new born so, now the baby is out. Rejoice, the labour pangs should end. But they don’t. The joy soon transforms into a worry. Quite Akin to admission of new born into a prestigious school. Even though schools are mushrooming up in every nook and cranny, yet there is always a shortage. So authors : live the moment rejoice, enjoy and celebrate !

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