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BIOGRAPHY OF SPANISH WRITER MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

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    Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s lifespan 29 September 1547 (assumed) – 22 April 1616. Cervantes was widely regarded as the greatest writer in Spanish language and one of world’s pre-eminent novelist. He is best known for his novel Don Quixote, a work often cited as both the first modern novel and one of the pinnacles of world literature.

    Much of his life was spent in poverty and obscurity, many of its details are disputed or unknown, and the bulk of his surviving work was produced in the three years preceding his death. Despite this, his influence and literary contribution are reflected by the fact that Spanish is often referred to as ‘the language of Cervantes.’

    In 1569, Cervantes was forced to leave Spain. He moved to Rome, where he worked in the household of a cardinal. In 1570, he enlisted in a Spanish Navy Infantry regiment, but was badly wounded in the Battle of Lepanto in October 1571. He served as a soldier until 1575, when he was captured by Barbary pirates. After five years in captivity, he was ransomed, and returned to Madrid.

    His first significant novel, titled La Galatea, was published in 1585, yet he continued to work as a purchasing agent, and then later as a government tax collector. Part-1 of his famous novel Don Quixote was published in 1605 and Part-2 in 1615. His other works include the 12 Novelas ejemplares (Exemplary Novels); a long poem, the Viaje del Parnaso (Journey toParnassus); and Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses (Eight Playsand Eight Entr’actes). His work Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda (The Travails of Persiles and Sigismunda), was published posthumously in 1616).

    Despite his subsequent renown, much of Cervantes’ life is uncertain, including his name, background and what he looked like. Although he signed himself as Cerbantes, his printers used Cervantes, which became the common form. In later life, Cervantes used Saavedra, the name of a distant relative, rather than the more usual Cortinas, after his mother.

    Another area of dispute is his religious background. In the 16th century, a significant minority of Spaniards had descended either from Moriscos, Muslims or Conversos, (Jews who converted to Catholicism) after expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492. An estimated 20% of the Spanish population in the south fell into one of these categories, and it has been suggested that not only Cervantes’ father but also his mother may have been one of these New Christians.

    It is generally accepted Miguel de Cervantes was born around 29 September 1547, in Alcala de Henares. He was the second son of barber-surgeon Rodrigo de Cervantes and his wife, Leonor de Cortinas. Rodrigo came from Cordoba, Andalusia, where his father Juan de Cervantes was an influential lawyer of Jewish heritage. As to his heritage on his mothers’ side, it is still subject of debate but a Jewish origin is also argued by numerous authors.

    Cervantes’ siblings were Andrés (born 1543), Andrea (born 1544), Luisa (born 1546), Rodrigo (born 1550), Magdalena (born 1554) and Juan.

    It is assumed Cervantes attended the Jesuit College in Seville.     In the 19th century, a biographer discovered an arrest warrant for Miguel de Cervantes, dated 15 September 1569, who was charged with wounding Antonio de Sigura in a duel. Although disputed at the time, largely on the grounds such behaviour was unworthy of so great an author, it is now accepted as the most likely reason for Cervantes leaving Madrid. He eventually made his way to Rome, where he found a position in the household of Giulio Acquaviva, an Italian bishop who spent 1568 to 1569 in Madrid, and was appointed Cardinal in 1570. Later Cervantes went to Naples.

    According to his own account, although suffering from malaria, Cervantes was given command of a 12-man skiff, small boats used for assaulting enemy galleys. In this assault Cervantes, received three separate wounds, two in the chest, and another that rendered his left arm useless. Although, he returned to service in July 1572, records show his chest wounds were still not completely healed in February 1573.

    In early September 1575, Cervantes and Rodrigo left Naples in a galley. As they approached Barcelona on 26 September, their ship was captured by Ottoman corsairs (pirate ship), and the brothers were taken to Algiers, to be sold as slaves, or – as was the case of Cervantes and his brother – held for ransom, if this would be more lucrative than their sale as slaves.

    Rodrigo was ransomed in 1577, but his family could not afford the fee for Cervantes, who was forced to remain in captivity. Turkish historian Rasih Nuri İleri found evidence suggesting Cervantes worked on the construction of the Kilic Ali Pasha Complex, which means he spent at least part of his captivity in Istambul.

    By 1580, Spain was occupied integrating Portugal, and suppressing the Dutch Revolt, while the Ottomans were at war with Persia. The two sides agreed a truce, leading to an improvement of relations. After almost five years, and four escape attempts, in 1580 Cervantes was set free by the Trinitarians, a religious charity that specialised in ransoming Christian captives, and Cervantes returned to Madrid.

    While Cervantes was in captivity, both Don John and the Duke of Sessa died, depriving him of two potential patrons, while the Spanish economy was in dire straits. This made finding employment difficult other than a period in 1581 to 1582, when he was employed as an intelligence agent in North Africa, little is known of his movements prior to 1584.

    In April of that year, Cervantes visited Esquivias a municipality in Spain, to help arrange the affairs of his recently deceased friend and minor poet, Pedro Lainez. Here he met Catalina de Salazar y Palacios (1566–1626), eldest daughter of the widowed Catalina de Palacios. Catalina’s husband died leaving only debts, but the Catalina owned some land of her own. This may be why in December 1584, Cervantes married her daughter, then between 15 and 18 years old. The first use of the name Cervantes Saavedra appears in 1586, on documents related to his marriage.

    Shortly before this, Cervantes’ illegitimate daughter Isabel was born in November. Her mother, Ana Franca, was the wife of a Madrid inn keeper. They apparently concealed it from her husband, but Cervantes did acknowledge the paternity. When Ana Franca died in 1598, he asked his sister Magdalena to take care of her daughter.

    In 1587, Cervantes was appointed as a government purchasing agent, then he became a tax collector in 1592. Purchases were subject to price fluctuations, which could go either way. So he was briefly jailed several times for ‘irregularities,’ but quickly released.

    From 1596 to 1600, he lived primarily in Seville a city in Spain, then returned to Madrid in 1606, where he remained for the rest of his life. In later years, he received some financial support from the Count of Lemos.

    It is generally accepted Cervantes died on 22 April 1616 In accordance to his will, Cervantes was buried in the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, in central Madrid. But his remains went missing when moved during rebuilding work at the convent in 1673, and in 2014. Historian Fernando de Prado launched a project to rediscover them.

    In January 2015, Francisco Etxeberria, the forensic anthropologist leading the search, reported the discovery of caskets containing bone fragments, and part of a board, with the letters ‘M.C.’ Based on evidence of injuries suffered at Lepanto, on 17 March 2015 they were confirmed as belonging to Cervantes along with his wife and others. They were formally reburied at a public ceremony in June 2015.

    Cervantes claims to have written over 20 plays, such as El trato de Argel, based on his experiences in captivity. In 1585, he published La Galatea, a conventional Pastoral romance that received little contemporary notice, despite promising to write a sequel, he never did so.

    Aside from these, and some poems, by 1605, Cervantes had not been published for 20 years. In Don Quixote, he challenged a form of literature that had been a favourite for more than a century, explicitly stating his purpose was to undermine ‘vain and empty’ chivalric romances. His portrayal of real life, and use of everyday speech in a literary context was considered innovative, and proved instantly popular. First published in January 1605, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza featured in masquerades held to celebrate the birth of Philip IV on 8 April.

    Cervantes finally achieved a degree of financial security, when Don Quixote’s popularity led to demands for a sequel. In the foreword to his 1613 work, Novelas ejemplares, dedicated to his patron, the Count of Lemos, Cervantes promises to produce one, but was pre-empted by an unauthorised version published in 1614, published under the name Alonso Fernandez de Avellaneda. It is possible this delay was deliberate, to ensure support from his publisher and reading public; Cervantes finally produced the second part of Don Quixote in 1615.

    The two parts of Don Quixote are different in focus, but similar in their clarity of prose, and realism; the first was more comic, and had greater popular appeal. The second part is often considered more sophisticated and complex, with a greater depth of characterisation and philosophical insight.

    In addition to this, Cervantes produced a series of works between 1613 and his death in 1616. They include a collection of tales titled Exemplary Novels, similar in style to picaresque novels like Lazarillo de Tormes. This was followed by Viaje del Parnaso, or Eight Comedies and Eight New Interludes, and Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda, completed just before his death, and published posthumously in January 1617.

    Cervantes was rediscovered by English writers in the mid-18th century. Literary editor John Bowle argued Cervantes was as significant as any of the Greek and Roman authors, and published an annotated edition in 1781. Now viewed as a significant work, but at the time it proved a failure. Novel Don Quixote has been translated into all major languages, in 700 editions. Mexican author Carlos Fuentes suggested Cervantes and his contemporary William Shakespeare form part of a narrative tradition, which includes Homer, Dante, Defoe, Dickens, Balzac, and Joyce.

    Sigmund Freud claimed he learnt Spanish to read Cervantes in the original. He particularly admired The Dialogue of the Dogs (El coloquio de los perros), from Exemplary Tales. Two dogs, Cipión and Berganza, share their stories; as one talks, the other listens, occasionally making comments. From 1871 to 1881, Freud and his close friend, Eduard Silberstein, wrote letters to each other, using the pennames Cipión and Berganza.

    The tricentennial of Don Quixote‘s publication in 1905 was marked with celebrations in Spain. The 400th anniversary of his death in 2016, saw the production of Cervantina, a celebration of his plays by the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico in Madrid. The Miguel de Cervantes virtual library, the largest digital archive of Spanish-language historical and literary works in the world, is named after the author.

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GLOOM BEHIND THE SMILE

(The book is about a young cancer patient. Now archived in 8 prestigious libraries of the US that includes Harvard College Library; Harvard University Library; Library of Congress; University of Washington, Seattle; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Yale University, New Haven; University of Chicago; University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill University Libraries. It can also be accessed in MIT through Worldcat.org. Besides, it is also available for reading in libraries and archives of Canada, Cancer Aid and Research Foundation Mumbai; Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida; India. Shoolini University, Yogananda Knowledge Center, Himachal Pradesh and Azim Premzi University, Bangalore).  

ONE TO TANGO … RIA’S ODYSSEY

(Is a book on ‘singlehood’ about a Delhi girl now archived in Connemara Library, Chennai and Delhi Public Library, GOI, Ministry of Culture, Delhi; Available for reading in Indian National Bibliography, March 2016, in the literature section, in Central Reference Library, Ministry of Culture, India, Belvedere, Kolkata-700022)

AADAB LUCKNOW … FOND MEMORIES

(Is a fiction written around the great city of Nawabs—Lucknow. It describes Lucknow in great detail and also talks about its Hindu-Muslim amity. That happens to be the undying characteristics of Lucknow. The book was launched in Lucknow International Literary Festival of 2014. It is included for reading in Askews and Holts Library Services, Lancashire, U.K; Herrick District Library, Holland and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, Mecklenburg County in North Carolina, USA).

REFRACTIONS … FROM THE PRISM OF GOD

(Co-published by Cankids–Kidscan, a pan India NGO and Shravan Charity Mission, that works for Child cancer in India. The book is endorsed by Ms Preetha Reddy, MD Apollo Hospitals Group. It was launched in Lucknow International Literary Festival 2016)

TYPICAL TALE OF AN INDIAN SALESMAN

(Is a story of an Indian salesman who is, humbly qualified. Yet he fights his ways through unceasing uncertainties to reach the top. A good read not only for salesmen. The book was launched on 10th February, 2018 in Gorakhpur Lit-Fest. Now available in Amazon, Flipkart and Onlinegatha)

RHYTHM … in poems

(Published in January 2019. The book contains 50 poems. The poems describe our day to day life. The book is available in Amazon, Flipkart and Onlinegatha)

MIRAGE

(Published in February 2020. The book is a collection of eight short stories available in Amazon, Flipkart and Notion Press)

Short stories and Articles published in Bhavan’s Journal: Reality and Perception, 15.10.19; Sending the Wrong Message, 31.5.20; Eagle versus Scholars June, 15 & 20 2020; Indica, 15.8.20; The Story of King Chitraketu, August 31 2020; Breaking Through the Chakravyuh, September 30 2020. The Questioning Spouse, October 31, 2020; Happy Days, November 15, 2020; The Karma Cycle of Paddy and Wheat, December 15,2020; Power Vs Influence, January 31, 2021; Three Refugees, March 15, 2021; Rise and Fall of Ajatashatru, March 31, 2021; Reformed Ruler, May 15, 2021; A Lasting Name, May 31, 2021; Are Animals Better Teachers?, June 16, 2021;

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THE QUE SERA SERA OF LIFE

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Adventure, calamity and song are the three edifices of life. Spanish novelist Miguel-De-Cervantes’ character Don-quxote epitomes as the master adventurist. But he never encountered Covid. Life is all about the various streaks of adventure but not of the Covid variety which is a calamity. The song comes out in good times. It comes from the down flows of Mississippi-Missouri, Jefferson to the left of Atlantic and Danube, Nile and Ganges to the right with all their anfractuous journeys. Among all, the rock is the watery ocean. The song of life must go on with all its calamities. Let’s contrast the milestone Kishore’s jewel, ‘Zindagi ka safar hai yeh kaisa safar koi samjha nahi koi jana nahi’ with “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), a futuristic song written by the team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans first published in 1956. The three verses of the song progresses through the life of the narrator—from childhood, through young adulthood and falling in love, to parenthood—and each one asks “What will I be?” or “What lies ahead?” And the chorus repeats the answer: But the chorus here has now gone dead awaiting the next wave the wave of all times—Covid … “What will be, will be. The famous American Actress and singer Doris Day did not leave the song Que-Sera-Sera there. She took it to Alfred Hitchcock and made the film—‘The Man Who Knew Too Much.’ But did the man really know too much? Did he know Covid was coming and about the second and the third wave and that the bats would someday, teach human beings the lesson of life? Or did the man become Percy Bysshe Shelley that created the character Frankenstein in Wuhan that later killed the creator only. Man chronically knew too much and that’s how he created God. But today, one also feels he didn’t know much for he didn’t know about the pandemic coming. Lata and Mukesh sensitised us to the lilts of life through their songs, but much before, Jane Austen toned up life in her famous creation Pride and Prejudice way back in 1813 and much before the Spanish flu, cooling off, Elizabeth Bennet when she learnt the wafer thin difference between superficial and actual goodness—but that didn’t matter for man spoke so much that God was forced to cover their mouths with a mask. The world is brewing into what not now. Howard Linsay and Russel Crouse wrote The Sound of Music in a 1965 … a great musical drama. Robert Wise produced and directed the film and the songs stole the heart just like the old songs of Hindi movies. Kids don’t know what to do sitting at home. Maybe these masterpieces will crank their objectives and imaginations when they see hear or read the old classics just as the rivers flow and the oceans stand rock solid even in their liquidity. And in the end what resonates is the ‘Winner takes it all the loser standing small’ a masterpiece by evergreen Abbas, is what matters. The fourth edifice the science will lift us all out of the calamity and the song of life shall continue.

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GLOOM BEHIND THE SMILE

(The book is about a young cancer patient. Now archived in 8 prestigious libraries of the US that includes Harvard College Library; Harvard University Library; Library of Congress; University of Washington, Seattle; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Yale University, New Haven; University of Chicago; University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill University Libraries. It can also be accessed in MIT through Worldcat.org. Besides, it is also available for reading in libraries and archives of Canada, Cancer Aid and Research Foundation Mumbai and Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida, India. Shoolini University, Yogananda Knowledge Center, Himachal Pradesh. Azim Premzi University, Bangalore).  

ONE TO TANGO … RIA’S ODYSSEY

(Is a book on ‘singlehood’ about a Delhi girl now archived in Connemara Library, Chennai and Delhi Public Library, GOI, Ministry of Culture, Delhi; Available for reading in Indian National Bibliography, March 2016, in the literature section, in Central Reference Library, Ministry of Culture, India, Belvedere, Kolkata-700022)

AADAB LUCKNOW … FOND MEMORIES

(Is a fiction written around the great city of Nawabs—Lucknow. It describes Lucknow in great detail and also talks about its Hindu-Muslim amity. That happens to be the undying characteristics of Lucknow. The book was launched in Lucknow International Literary Festival of 2014. It is included for reading in Askews and Holts Library Services, Lancashire, U.K. and  Herrick District Library, Holland).

REFRACTIONS … FROM THE PRISM OF GOD

(Co-published by Cankids–Kidscan, a pan India NGO and Shravan Charity Mission, that works for Child cancer in India. The book is endorsed by Ms Preetha Reddy, MD Apollo Hospitals Group. It was launched in Lucknow International Literary Festival 2016)

TYPICAL TALE OF AN INDIAN SALESMAN

(Is a story of an Indian salesman who is, humbly qualified. Yet he fights his ways through unceasing uncertainties to reach the top. A good read not only for salesmen. The book was launched on 10th February, 2018 in Gorakhpur Lit-Fest. Now available in Amazon, Flipkart and Onlinegatha)

RHYTHM … in poems

(Published in January 2019. The book contains 50 poems. The poems describe our day to day life. The book is available in Amazon, Flipkart and Onlinegatha)

MIRAGE

(Published in February 2020. The book is a collection of eight short stories available in Amazon, Flipkart and Notion Press)

Short stories and Articles published in Bhavan’s Journal: Reality and Perception, 15.10.19; Sending the Wrong Message, 31.5.20; Eagle versus Scholars June, 15 & 20 2020; Indica, 15.8.20; The Story of King Chitraketu, August 31 2020; Breaking Through the Chakravyuh, September 30 2020. The Questioning Spouse, October 31, 2020; Happy Days, November 15, 2020; The Karma Cycle of Paddy and Wheat, December 15,2020; Power Vs Influence, January 31, 2021; Three Refugees, March 15, 2021; Rise and Fall of Ajatashatru, March 31, 2021; Reformed Ruler, May 15, 2021; A Lasting Name, May 31, 2021;

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BOOK REVIEW: DON QUIXOTE by Miguel De Cervantes

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–Read India Initiative—

This is only an attempt to create interest in reading. We may not get the time to read all the books in our lifetime. But such reviews, talk and synopsis will at least convey what the book is all about.

    DON QUIXOTE. The ingenious Gentlemen Sir Quixote of La Mancha, or just Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published, such as the Bokklubben World Library collection that cites Don Quixote as the authors’ choice for the “best literary work ever written.”

    The story follows the adventures of a noble hidalgo (which means a gentleman in Spanish) named Alonso Quixano who reads so many of these chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to become a knight errant a medieval knight (relating to middle ages) wandering in search of chivalrous adventures  (caballero andante), reviving chivalry and serving his country, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire an attendant, who often employs a unique, earthy or crude wit in dealing with Don Quixote’s rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood. Don Quixote, in the first part of the book, does not see the world for what it is and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly or a chivalrous story.

    The work opens in the village of La Mancha, Spain, where a country gentleman’s infatuation with books of chivalry leads him to decide to become a knight-errant, and he assumes the name Don Quixote. He finds an antique suit of armour and attaches a visor made of pasteboard to an old helmet. He then declares that his old irritant nag is the noble horse steed Rocinante. According to Don Quixote, a knight-errant also needs a lady to love, and so he selects a peasant girl from a nearby town, christening her as Dulcinea Del Toboso. Thus clothed accoutred, and heads out to perform deeds of heroism in her name. He arrives at an inn, which he believes is a castle, and insists that the innkeeper knight him or you could say honour him. After being told that he must carry money and extra clothes, Don Quixote decides to go home. But on his way, he picks up a fight with a group of merchants, and they beat him up. When he recovers, he persuades the peasant Sancho Panza to act as his squire with the promise that Sancho will one day get an island to rule.

    Don Quixote and Sancho, mounted on a donkey, set out. In their first adventure, Don Quixote mistakes a field of windmills for giants and attempts to fight them but finally concludes that a magician must have turned the giants into windmills. He later attacks a group of monks, thinking that they have imprisoned a princess, and also battles with a herd of sheep, among other adventures, almost all of which end with Don Quixote, Sancho, or both being beaten up. Eventually, Don Quixote acquires a metal washbasin from a barber, which he believes is a helmet once worn by a famous knight, and he later frees a group of convicted criminals.

     Don Quixote subsequently encounters Cardenio, who lives like a wild man in the woods because he believes that Luscinda, the woman he loves, betrayed him. Don Quixote decides to emulate him to prove his great love for Dulcinea, and he sends Sancho to deliver a letter to her. When Sancho stops at an inn, he finds two of Don Quixote’s old friends, a priest and a barber, looking for him. They decide that one of them should pose as a young damsel in distress to try to lure Don Quixote home. En route, they come across a young woman, Dorotea, who was betrayed by Don Fernando, who married Luscinda. Dorotea agrees to pretend to be a princess whose kingdom has been seized by a giant, and Don Quixote is persuaded to help her. They stop at the inn, where Don Fernando and Luscinda soon arrive. Where, Luscinda is reunited with Cardenio, and Don Fernando promises to marry Dorotea. Later, the priest and the barber put Don Quixote in a wooden cage and persuade him that he is under an enchantment that will take him to Dulcinea. Eventually, they return him home. And, finally all these couples are hooked.

    Part 2 begins a month after the end of part 1, but many of the characters have already read that book and so know about Don Quixote. He is convinced that Dulcinea is under an enchantment that has turned her into an ordinary peasant girl. Don Quixote and Sancho meet a duke and duchess who are prone to pranks. In one such ruse, they persuade the two men that Sancho must give himself 3,300 lashes to break the curse on Dulcinea. The duke later makes Sancho the governor of a town that he tells Sancho is the isle of Barataria? There Sancho is presented with various disputes, and he shows wisdom in his decisions. However, after a week in office and being subjected to other pranks, he decides to give up the governorship. In the meantime, the duke and the duchess play other tricks on Don Quixote.

    Eventually, Don Quixote and Sancho leave, after learning that a false sequel to the book about him says that he travelled to Zaragoza, a place in Spain Don Quixote decides to avoid that city and instead go to Barcelona. Following various adventures there, Don Quixote is challenged by the Knight of the White Moon there (who happens to be a student from La Mancha in disguise), and he is defeated. According to the terms of the battle, Don Quixote is now required to return home. Along the way, Sancho pretends to administer the required lashings to himself, and they meet a character from the false sequel. After they arrive home, Don Quixote falls ill, renounces chivalry as foolish fiction, and dies.

    Cervantes’s strikingly modern narrative gives voice to a dazzling assortment of characters with diverse beliefs and perspectives, and it exhibits a nuanced irony, a humanistic outlook, and a pronounced comic edge. The popularity of the first volume led to the publication in 1614 of a spurious sequel by someone calling himself Alonso Fernandez de Avellaneda, a circumstance that Cervantes addressed in his own second volume.

    Overall it’s a very lengthy read around 750 pages. Considering the times we are living in. When the attention span has really shortened and diversions have mushroomed around books, one can say it’s extremely lengthy. I would give the book eight out of ten. And yes, if you have the time do immerse yourself in it.

By Kamlesh Tripathi

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NAME OF ACCOUNT: SHRAVAN CHARITY MISSION

Account no: 680510110004635 (BANK OF INDIA)

IFSC code: BKID0006805

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Our publications

GLOOM BEHIND THE SMILE

(The book is about a young cancer patient. Now archived in 7 prestigious libraries of the US, including, Harvard University and Library of Congress. It can also be accessed in MIT through Worldcat.org. Besides, it is also available for reading in Libraries and archives of Canada and Cancer Aid and Research Foundation Mumbai)  

ONE TO TANGO … RIA’S ODYSSEY

(Is a book on ‘singlehood’ about a Delhi girl now archived in Connemara Library, Chennai and Delhi Public Library, GOI, Ministry of Culture, Delhi)

AADAB LUCKNOW … FOND MEMORIES

(Is a fiction written around the great city of Nawabs—Lucknow. It describes Lucknow in great detail and also talks about its Hindu-Muslim amity. That happens to be its undying characteristic. The book was launched in Lucknow International Literary Festival of 2014)

REFRACTIONS … FROM THE PRISM OF GOD

(Co-published by Cankids–Kidscan, a pan India NGO and Shravan Charity Mission, that works for Child cancer in India. The book is endorsed by Ms Preetha Reddy, MD Apollo Hospitals Group. It was launched in Lucknow International Literary Festival 2016)

TYPICAL TALE OF AN INDIAN SALESMAN

(Is a story of an Indian salesman who is, humbly qualified. Yet he fights his ways through unceasing uncertainties to reach the top. A good read not only for salesmen. The book was launched on 10th February, 2018 in Gorakhpur Lit-Fest. Now available in Amazon, Flipkart and Onlinegatha)

RHYTHM … in poems

(Published in January 2019. The book contains 50 poems. The poems describe our day to day life. The book is available in Amazon, Flipkart and Onlinegatha)

(ALL THE ABOVE TITLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN AMAZON, FLIPKART AND OTHER ONLINE STORES OR YOU COULD EVEN WRITE TO US FOR A COPY)

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