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The Winnowing Waves-my first published book

13 Jun

 

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This is my first novel and I am pretty excited about it.

Reading has been a passion from as far back as I can remember, which goes back to the time that I had just started putting alphabets together to form words and I would try and make sense of the words I came across on any printed space or signboard on the streets.

As a child it was Enid Blyton who cast the spell and in my late teens,  the Mills and Boon series and authors like Hermina Black  and Barbara Cartland swayed my romantic heart. The community library just next to our house also provided us with a lot of books in my mother-tongue, malayalam.

As an adult, there was no particular genre that I preferred. I HAD to read, that was it.

In the job that I held for twenty five years in a Central Government Ministry , before  I took voluntary retirement , ten years prior to my superannuation date, there was a lot of writing that took place. May be it was my proclivity to write that made me use my  pen for the notings and draft letters submitted to the higher authorities on the files and  made me depend a lot less that one normally would , to dictate them to my stenographer and have them typed out.  But there was no scope for creativity in that milieu of presentation of hard facts and figures.

I was busy even after my retirement in matters that I had involved myself with , which again , had little to do with writing. But I had started a blog and later joined Facebook when i started putting up posts of this and that and pretty much everything that interested me or wanted to share.

It was only after I relocated from Delhi in North India , where I had spent close to thirty five years,  to Bangalore where my daughter was settled , to sign in for the role of doting grandmother,that the seed of an  idea of putting something together in the form of a book , was planted in my mind. I had  in fact straightaway written the first chapter of a novel, which i thought would effortlessly take off, considering that I could call upon my vocabulary without too much effort and because I imagined that there would be plenty of time to spare.

But my grandson became my only area of abiding interest till he started to go to school. By that time , the initial fervour had subsided and i would half-heartedly take up the chapters with huge gaps in between. It was only in the course of the last one year that I approached it with any amount of consistency and then too, by the time I had finished putting together around twenty five chapters, I was gripped by impatience to be done with it.

Thereafter for a few months, I tentatively explored the regular pubishing platforms , but was left feeling dejected, seeing how long and tiring the process would be and that too without any guarantee of success.

So I went the self-publishing way and the book has been available online for the last three months.

To most of my friends here, the background and culture in which the characters are set in will be totally strange. But may be, just may be , it will make for an interesting reading. The society  and places are all familiar to me from close at hand and hopefully, I have been able to add a touch of authenticity to the story. I will be delighted if you get a copy and read it.

It is an attempt to capture the changing patterns in the intra-community and inter community relationships  that one has witnessed from my childhood up to the present time in my homestate, Kerala , a caostal state in the South of India.

In India the book  is available on the Notionpress online store , amazon.in and Flipkart

For those outside India it is available on amazon.com

Here is the link:

https://notionpress.com/read/the-winnowing-waves

 

 

 

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Posted by on June 13, 2019 in Books

 

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11 responses to “The Winnowing Waves-my first published book

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    June 18, 2019 at 8:26

    wow Nadira, so this is what has kept you busy lol.. Congratulations my friend for your achievement of writing your first novel.
    I smiled when I read your reading material, I love Enid Blyton and the historical novels and as a teen loved the Mills and Boon romance..
    How wonderful to see your work published.
    I wish you ever success Nadira..
    Much Love my friend 😀 ❤

     
    • dreamingthruthetwilight

      June 18, 2019 at 8:26

      Thank you so much Sue. You have always been so very encouraging about my writing here in this blog-world and I know you will always wish me the best. I do hope that you will read it someday, when you are less caught up in all the wonderful things that you do. The book is available on amazon.com So , if you have friends who love reading and would be interested in reading a story about another part of the world and their culture , do spread the word.Lots of love.

       
      • Sue Dreamwalker

        June 18, 2019 at 8:26

        I will be sure to dear Nadira… ❤

         
  2. da-AL

    June 16, 2019 at 8:26

    Goodness, Nadira, I wish you all the very, very best! it is wonderful to meet a fellow author, particularly one who is self-published. I’d love if you’d guest blog post for my site, particularly regarding the process you went through of editing, coming up with the cover, formatting, etc. Did you hire anyone out? If so, do you have any recommendations? if you’re so inclined, here’s a link to general guidelines:

    https://happinessbetweentails.com/2018/01/29/got-1-to-3-great-photos-or-illustrations-an-article-300-words-or-less-that-youd-like-published-on-happiness-between-tails/

     
    • dreamingthruthetwilight

      June 17, 2019 at 8:26

      Thank you Daal. I’m not quite sure how your name is pronounced, but if the sound of the “aa” is the same as in star or shall, then the hindi meaning of your name would be ” a branch” . Branches are fascinating, isn’t it , when they are still or swaying ?

      Notionpress, a publishing firm based in Chennai, in South India , brought out my book . They had different packages that catered to different offers. I chose the most minimal one. They took care of the cover, the layout , font etc, but no editing. Also, the book became available only online on their online store as well as on amazon.in and flipkart. So they are printing only on demand. When I managed to sell some books , I used that money to upgrade it, so as to make it available outside India , on Amazon.com

      Oh yes, I would love to share on your blog.

       
      • da-AL

        June 19, 2019 at 8:26

        Many thanks for the info – so glad you’ll post on my site – no deadline – anytime is good, Nadira 🙂

         
  3. AmyRose🌹

    June 16, 2019 at 8:26

    I am so excited for you and I so congratulate for your endeavor. Writing a book is an achievement you need to be very proud of!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

     
    • dreamingthruthetwilight

      June 17, 2019 at 8:26

      Thank you Amy.I would love you to read it. It is about a world and cultural mores with which you wouldn’t be familiar at all. Should interest you. The book is available on Amazon.com

      Lots of love.

       
  4. K Gangadharan

    June 15, 2019 at 8:26

    The Winnowing Waves is a deep work, with many layers to it. TWW awakens a lot of nostalgia. A joint family in a village setting, gradually disintegrating & succumbing to change, is something we can identify with. The educated migrating to cities looking for white collar jobs and easy life isn’t any different from our own stories. The changing social mores, individual egoes and aspirations asserting themselves, relationships developing cracks and splits, is familiar territory too. TWw chronicles these and more, looking for that elusive harmony and peace. Surely, it deserves it’s place in the contemporary literary scene.

     
    • dreamingthruthetwilight

      June 16, 2019 at 8:26

      Thank you so much dear friend for this feedback. This being my first attempt at putting together a full length story, i had many, many apprehensions about it. But each time somebody who has read it tells me that there was something in it that they could relate to, it gladdens my heart no end and perks up my confidence. I am indeed grateful.

       

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