Three years back on this day, I had my first book launch in the middle of a crowd that turned up to support an author who was no one till a day before — feeling nostalgic with Tuhin A. Sinha.
After all, the rain did come. It was destined to. Thundering over the hills, sweeping aside the heat, turning the earth green, dripping down the eaves, well, turning the world green, as if a carpet is spread.. In my small house in the valley it fell in a cascade down the mountain, filled a dam, and then proceeded to flow smoothly down a canal made for the purpose.
The rain, the monsoon, the mausam (in Hindi), is a season of rejuvenation, happiness, and sadness. Happiness for the new world out there, and sadness because a lot of houses and low-lying areas get flooded in this season. In the great city yonder from my home the poor get poorer in the rain. Their food gets soaked, their furniture gets washed away, and they don’t have sleep for a few days because of the incessant rain. The government promises them flats in new buildings and, unfortunately, it gets a long time to be built. Meanwhile life goes on.
The rainy season has been erratic of late. Sometimes there is a big deluge, sometimes it hardly rains. Rain hasn’t been falling evenly these few past years. That’s a cause for worry. Some fields get excess rain and some fields get no rain. Where there is excess rain the crops get washed away, where there are no rains the crops wilt, turn brown, and die.
You say global warming? I say, yes, but can’t we build our ground water reserves? Create new ponds and bunds so our water isn’t washed away. No, I don’t mean big dams that submerge entire villages. I mean small earthen dams that can hold water. Nothing great to ask from our leaders. Surely they can do as much for us.
India has only three seasons in most of its territory. Summer, Monsoon, and Winter. Spring is hardly noticeable in most parts of the country and merges with summer. Flowers bloom not only in spring but in monsoon and winter also. This makes our country unique, exotic. There are flowers blooming at all times of the year and also verdant greenery through monsoon and winter.
Monsoon, or, mausam (the word from which it was derived) means rainy season. Mausam has also been turned into an euphemism for season. We consider rain as THE season, the season of happiness for the farmer, the tiller of the land.
So, um, have a good monsoon!
1. How is your publishing house different from others?
• We believe in 3 core values Honesty, Quality and
• We operate with an unique blend of Traditional
and Self-Publishing mode
• For self-publishing your books you need to pay
50 % of the cost for first edition only and it’s a
onetime payment, DHP will publish further editions
at its own expense
• DHP provide the best distribution network. Not
only online platform we provide our authors the
best offline platform covering more than 200 stores
across Indian and expanding our reach
• Our books are priced as lowest as 125 INR and
we have made it a point that the book price for a
standard novel will not go beyond 160 INR. All our
books are priced at a standard price of 140 INR
• The books we produces are of highest quality and
we use 80 GSM paper for printing and 300 GSM
paper for book covers
• At Dream House all our operations are
transparent and author-publisher interactions are
at a peak.
• DHP give its authors selected for self-publishing a
20% royalty and 10% royalty for traditional
2. What made you to open a publication house?
At my initial stages when I wanted to publish my first novel I ran from publisher’s to publishers and get rejected without any clear clarifications. When I got a publisher, I struggled to arrange the money for self-publishing my book. It’s not the end, after paying a huge amount to publish my books, my publisher cheated us and there is no offline platform available for me to boost the book sale and eventually I became the fool. The pain that I have taken to arrange the huge fees for self- publishing, the mistake that I have done made me to open my own publication house to help the budding authors of India.
3. What is this venture of yours meant to you?
I have sacrificed a lot for this venture which was my dream. It’s the platform that I can use to help myself as well as other authors and I will surely do my best to achieve my dreams. One of my dream, i.e. Dream House Publications, India is already a
reality and I am sure my other dreams will also became reality one day.
4. What are the four top most things you take care of while publishing a book?
There are a lot of factors to be taken care while publishing a book. If you talk about the top 4 priorities, in my opinion they are,
a. A good Script
b. Proper Editing
c. Paper and Print Quality
d. Openness of Publisher toward Author
5. Why this name ‘Dream House’?
As I have said it was one of my dream after I get cheated by the industry. The second thing is that for every author it’s a dream to publish their first book and through my venture we are going to make their dream story alive. As it’s a place for dreamers, the name is “Dream House”.
6. What is the motto of your publication house?
I have not thought of a motto till now, but as you have asked for a motto here is it. Our main aim is to help the budding authors or so called dreamers. So our motto can be taken as “Your Dream Our
7. Can you tell us something about the upcoming books?
Currently we have 4 books in the market and 4 new titles are in the schedule. I can’t revel the details about all the stories we have at this point of time as it will be too early for the same. You can have the information that 2 of the stories will be based on Fantasy one two on Romance. All the stories have different flavours and are tareted at different age groups. We are soon going to publish books on different genres and we can know the details in subsequent days.
Thanks for the wonderful answers and giving your time. Wishing you a bright future.
Interviewed by Shweta Kesari
1.What are your outlooks & interpretations about literature?
I look upon literature as a justification of my life; it is the only thing that gives me complete satisfaction, in reading as well as in writing. It has consoled, encouraged, intoxicated, and taught me throughout in life. Literature, for me, is an imaginative way of interpreting life. It fulfils itself in finding an apt form that has something new in the way it tells about life everyone can feel as her/his own. I belong to the school that believes in the need of literature’s commitment to social reality. Its purpose shouldn’t be just to concoct stories or poems for the sake of getting published. It should germinate as the result of a felt existential need to say something deep about life lived in our times.
2. Tell us about your world beyond literature.
I teach English for Postgraduate and Undergraduate students at Sree Narayana College, Kollam, Kerala. I am also a Ph.D research guide with Kerala University. I am married and have two daughters doing their school-final.
3. Your book “Blood rain & other stories” is a combination of suspense, violence, corruption, revenge and selfishness. So, how much of the book is realistic?
All the stories in this book have been triggered by things that are happening and have happened around me. Violence, corruption, crimes instigated by revenge, and selfishness have become the defining features of the times we live in. I have tried to contextualize my events within the political/cultural scenario of Kerala so as to make my characters representative of a social reality. Their individual issues are made to spill into the social space and vice versa. It is in this sense that these stories can be called realistic, and not in the generic sense of the term ‘realistic fiction,’ for in the rendering of these stories I have, on several occasions, taken recourse to fantasy, and non linearity of narrative time.
4. What draws you to writing?
An unbearable sense of the meaninglessness of life, unless it is redeemed by the act of writing. I write to keep myself sane and from not falling into the pit of depression.
5. What genre do you like the most?
Fiction, both the short story and the novel.
6. Would you like to share your experiences while writing the book “Blood rain & other stories”?
It was written over a period of five years. The stories were written with long gaps in between. I am not a prolific or regular writer. I write only when I feel like. When I don’t write, I read the best in literature. I started my career writing in Malayalam, and Blood Rain and Other Stories is my first book of fiction in English. Writing in English was a refreshing experience; it lent me a greater freedom and ease to formulate my ideas in aesthetically gratifying forms. It was very exciting to have LiFi, my publisher, accept it for publication. I wish to express my thanks to Dr. Bina Biswas, Editor with LiFi, for linking me with the publisher.
7. Who are your favourite writers? What do you like the most about their books & creations?
I have many favourite writers, in Malayalam, my native language, and in other languages, all of whom I have read in English. To name them all would be impossible here. They belong to all ages, from the epic to the present. I have preferred European Continental and Latin American fiction to English fiction (British/American). The Japanese Haruki Murakami is the most recent favourite. I love these writers for the insight they give into reality through stunning forms.
8. Which books inspire you?
I am inspired by novels that are a blend of eye-opening world view, inventiveness of plot and language, and authenticity of details or information content. For instance, a novel like Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose or Nikos Kazantzakis’ Zorba the Greek or Herman Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund.
9. Did you ever face writer’s block?
Yes, several times. It leaves me depressed as it does with all writers. The best way to overcome it is to wallow in it, go deep into its morass, until it throws you back into writing on its own.
10. How has literature influenced your life?
It has influenced me by watering my imagination, in helping me create a cosy world of my own where I feel safe from the “thorns of life.” It helps me in expanding my sympathies, and understanding of reality. Above all, it gives me a solid purpose to live.
Thanks for the wonderful answers and giving your time. Wishing you a bright future.
Interviewed by Shivani Chauhan
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Interviewed by Shweta Kesari
1. What crucial role does literature play in your life?
Literature plays a very crucial role in my life, both
as my art form and as my guru.When I am feeling pressure from work, or other life stresses, I reach for poetry or a good novel. At times, I feel a need to escape and will unwind into the arms of the Sufi’s, the ghazal, or qasida.
2. What is poetry to you?
Poetry for me is the essence of all things– not
necessarily living things. It is used to express the deepest parts of the human soul and spirit. It is the seed of human expression. It is funny, I had someone ask me once upon a time, how I saw the world. I pointed to a nearby Oak Tree, and asked them what they saw— a tree, they answered. I replied, that I saw the sap inside the tree, moving through the trunk;the water feeding the finger of roots and moving into the leaves; the life that calls that tree home and all of the sunshine that warms their backs and young. Poetry sees beyond the normal world.
3. If not poetry than what and why?
If not poetry, then stage acting. Ihave always had a deep appreciation for stage actors. I would have to do something for a creative outlet. Not many people know, but when I was 17 I went to seminary. I was Chaplain of the university and went on to do a few sermons at my church in Colorado– a little theater if you will!
4. What is the thing which provoked you to come in
I have always loved writing, even as a child I
would write plays and invent stories for myself and my brothers. I dreamed that I was Scheherazade in Alf Leila wa Leila (One Thousand and One Arabian Nights) and knew that I wanted to be a writer at that early age.
5. According to you, who is the King of poetry?
For me the king of poetry is Federico Garcia Lorca.
There is no one that has his dimension and versatility as a writer. I am drawn to Middle Eastern writers and Middle Eastern forms of poetry (and novels).
Even though Lorca is Spanish, he portrays these themes beautifully in his work, as he was heavily influenced by the Arabic Moors in Andalusia. His Diván del Tamarit is an homage to the Arabic influence, and is one of my favorite collections of poetry.
6.Tell me about your next project and what are your expectations from it?
My next project is a large collection of poetry titled OPIATE from Garden Oak Press. I am looking for a mid-April release. I am excited about this collection as it further addresses themes of love, loss, longing–human desires. Ialso touch a bit on fairy tales and add a modern twist, as well as a Geysha sequence. I live in Türkiye, and so Türkish culture will always show itself strong in my work. At times, I write in a voice that I do not recognize– a edgy, raw, masculine voice; you will find more poems in this type of vein in my new collection.
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Who all are working on their short story for this wonderful Anthology Book?
Submission starting from 1st March… — with Faraaz Kazi and Amol Karambe.
The following work is ready for publication:
The House of Flowers (novel) has been a finalist for both the William Faulkner & William Wisdom Creative Writing Contest, and the James Jones Creative Writing Contest. Three chapters from the novel have already been published.
Professor Ethel Morgan Smith www.usa.johntext.de
This Book Will Be Available The First Of May On Amazon.
This book is an account of my everyday life as an expatriate in German culture while I interacted with scholars, diplomats, students, friends, and lovers. Although the work reflects my personal experience, it is designed and rooted in my knowledge and experience of African American literature, culture, and history. ( read more on http://usa.johntext.de/r/ )
Professor Ethel Morgan Smith
Unglaublich was sich am 05. Februar in Indien abspielte. Johntext Autor Faraaz Kazi www.mumbai.johntext.de war mit seinem Buch The Other Side auf Twitter Trend Nummer Eins – Indienweit!
Seit einigen Tagen ist Johntext Autor Joygopal Podder erstmals mit seinem imposanten Werk – 15 Krimis und Thriller in knapp drei Jahren – mit einem Artikel auf Wikipedia vertreten. www.newdelhi.johntext.de
I am proud to present Faraaz Kazi, the bestselling author from Mumbai, India at Johntext – literature with purpose to help : www.mumbai.johntext.de.
Faraaz Kazi joins a selected team of authors like Professor Ethel Morgan Smith www.usa.johntext.de, Joygopal Podder www.newdelhi.johntext.de, John Poolieli Matthew www.india.johntext.de, Laura Lamarca Johntext United Kingdom on www.johntext.de/ewordpress/wordpress/ …
Read more about Faraaz Kazi on http://mumbai.johntext.de/about-the-author-from-mumbai/
His books are available everywhere.
Shweta Kesari lives in Indore / Madhya Pradesh. Shweta Kesari is a 2nd year engineering student.
She will write for Johntext – literature with purpose to help – on www.madhyapradesh.johntext.de.
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Joygopal Podder lives in New Delhi. Joygopal Podder is a published author of 14 books.
He will write for Johntext – literature with purpose to help – on www.newdelhi.johntext.de
Time goes by. Look back to 2013 in sorrow? No. Johntext changes slowly but steadily. We are looking forward to a challenging and wonderful New Year 2014!
The recent changes on the website show: Johntext is developing. There is a webshop now on www.johntext.co.uk for articles, digital art or even books. There is the option to buy them, receive a password and load them down as e-book. For the beginning of January the e-book “Gerda und Rudi auf Höhenflug” – the adventurous journeys of two little raindrops – is announced. Carsten Mell, a phantastic graphic designer, illustrated it.
The wordpress country websites (except arab and hebrew language) have a new look. It is possible to share photos in slideshows with the readers. There are so many buttons now of social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Google and so on.
Actually we optimize the compatibility to search engines and will reach a better google page ranking. The number of visitors and subscribers will increase.
Hopefully 2014 will become a Happy, Successful And Healthy Year To You !
I take a coke and a pommes in a pub and go through the external storage of my notebook. Just noticed the trademark document of Johntext.de . It is a trademark in 27 european countries.
There is the possibiltiy to have a text trademark or a picture trademark. Johntext is both. Why?
Well I wanted to protect the name “Johntext” and the “literature with purpose to help”. The lawyers said: “No that is general that is not possible.”
I replied: “Yes it is. Together with a graffic designer we created a photo of both: “Johntext” and “literature with purpose to help” .
Here is the link to the result: The European Center For Trademarks ….
Johntext Text / Bildmarke
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A new author is like a new inspiration to proceed with Johntext. We look for authors who listen to their hearts. Authors who are not after money. Authors with the ability to write and to help others with their thoughts and emotions packed in articles that show that they are human beings.
You do not have to be a famous author. You will become a good author only by the responsibility and challenge you feel while writing about the needs and problems of people living in your native country.
Laura Lamarca writes since January 2013 for Johntext UK. She will serve as country manager Johntext United Kingdom.
M. Becker joins the german section of Johntext International as new author and country manager.
John P. Matthew is still country manager Johntext India and will build a community of authors in India.