Dear friends,

Thank you Alaham Anil Kumar and Arundhati, it was lovely meeting Ravish Kumar and gift him a copy of my book.

The response overwhelmed me. As a person, as a writer, we make certain choices in life. Mine was to keep my nose to the ground, keep dealing with the world through my self, use writing to understand what I think/feel and share a bit of my writing with the world. Many of you have liked me, loved me, for my writing. Thank you!

Yesterday, for the first time, a social media influencer, but most importantly, a simple, earnest person who has consistently appealed to our commonsense over the years, chose to highlight my book – PANJAB Journeys Through Fault Lines.

While my own post on Facebook garnered much love from you, on Instagram the likes kept piling up by the minute. So much that at one point I had to put my head in the quilt and stop my heart from exploding.

I was telling Ravish Kumar, I know what to write, I learn how to write, but I do not know marketing. Ravish Kumar said: ‘many people want to read, they just do not know what to read.’

I am hoping he is correct.

800+ likes on Facebook, 65K+ likes on Instagram, is a huge blessing. Can I please hope for a 3-5% conversion of these numbers into sales?

PANJAB Journeys Through Fault Lines is available from Penguin at Rs 599. A discount is on at Amazon.

The Panjabi translation PANJAB Jinha Rahan Di Main Saar Na Jaana is avaiable from Singh Brothers at Rs 750. A discount is at Amazon.

Get your copy.


24
Jan

Library Research Resources

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Dear Friends,

a few days back, on Facebook, I asked why was it that independent writers did not have access to resources – books, journals, articles and so on – to which academics and institutional members access? Often through inter-library networks?

That is a deeper question but many friends suggested free resources, some extended help to find these materials for me. Thank you! I have collated the free resources in this list. Perhaps independent researchers would find this list helpful. You can download it and keep adding to it.

List: Research Resources – Web 1

2
Jan

Sikh Archive Interview on PANJAB

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

I am happy my interview on PANJAB Journeys Through Fault Lines is featured on Sikh Archive run by Sukhraj Singh from Denmark. It is serendipitous that the interview comes just when the revised edition of the book is released by Penguin India.

Some have started buying the book. Thank you. For now it is priced at under Rs 500.

Thank you Sukhraj for your patience. I really made you wait awhile. Thank you Karthik Venkatesh, Kanishka Gupta.

1 hour, 11 minutes. English.

Please listen here …

Please buy book here …

Dear Friends,

A few weeks back Sharanya Deepak from Vittles substack contacted me to write about an iconic song from the Farmers’ Protest that played on many tractors – read almost all – as the march to Delhi began. It continued to play through the protest. To me, ‘Pecha’ was the clarion call of the protest.

I am so glad the piece released today as we mark one year to the day the farmers returned victorious from the protest. Illustration is my Samia Singh.

Thank you Sharanya and Vittles. There are other pieces from both Panjabs – East and West – and music as well, do go to those links from the editor note before my piece. Please read here …

12
Dec

Penguin India: PANJAB lives on!

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

Over the last three years, you have richly supported ‘PANJAB Journeys Through Fault Lines’. Thank you!

I am very happy to let you know that Penguin Random House India has now launched the revised edition paperback with an additional chapter on the Farmers Protest which to me was an immense mobilisation and victory of what the people of this country can achieve facing all odds.

Also, the paperback is now priced at Rs 599/-.

I am yet to get copies of the book. When I get them, I will show you how it looks and feels. It will soon be available at local book stores or you can order it from Amazon and other sites.

Thank you Meru Gokhale for loving the book and acquiring it, Karthik Venkatesh for seeing through the new format launch and while editing the book, still asking ‘what do you mean?’, Orijit Sen for allowing us to re-use the cover, Disha Arun Naik for overseeing the marketing of the paperback, and Kanishka Gupta for support throughout.

Readers, please bless, please buy. I am glad PANJAB lives on!

12
Dec

Penguin Random House: Author Page

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

As you are aware, PANJAB Journeys Through Fault Lines run was significantly disrupted because Amazon pulled support from my publishers Westland in February 2022. There have been some developments since then.

My editor Karthik Venkatesh moved to Penguin Random House. Since I believe the book was in part his as well, he helped me put it together from notes, he took the book to Penguin. Westland had also offered to take the book on under their new association with Pratilipi but with due respect and best wishes to them, I went with Karthik.

A revised edition has just been released. It has some updates and a new chapter on the Farmers’ Protest.

Here is the Penguin author page …

12
Dec

Daily Ajit: Review on PANJAB

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

Here is the screen shot of the Daily Ajit review of the book. I could not find the web page. This is from November 11, 2022.

12
Dec

Punjabi Jagran: review on PANJAB

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

It has been a while since I posted. reason being I did not write too many stories in media. However, I did miss posting these two reviews on PANJAB that appeared in the previous months.

This one is from Punjabi Jagran. After the editorial, they have again reviewed the book. Thank you!

Please find their Book of the Week here …

 

7
Sep

PodCast on MyndStories – Sepia Leaves

   Posted by: aman   in Sepia Leaves

Dear Friends,

I have shared this earlier but now the podcast has a permanent home. Hence placing it here. Thank you Ankit Narasimhan.

Please listen …

7
Sep

Interview in MyndStories

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Dear friends,

a few weeks back Nikhita Warriar from MyndStories interviewed me on Sepia Leaves and life in general. The interview is now published.

Please see …