Since I was not travelling, I decided to use this time and fulfill my dream of writing a book. I had always imagined my first book would be around my travel experiences but to my surprise it turned out to be about a phase when we were advised against it and travel hit its rock bottom. Nevertheless, the travel memories have kept me going. I have held on to hope and cheer and not given up. Travel will be back soon and I can’t wait to write a travel book. Until then you may enjoy ‘KALEIDOSCOPE OF CHEER AND HOPE’ and spread a word about my first book which offers a unique perspective on pandemic and our lives during lockdown.
Writing a book is a milestone in every author’s life. It is a ‘dream come true’ moment for many. But once you start pushing for your dream and leave no stone unturned in making it real, it leaves you overwhelmed, speechless, elated and much more. This is what happened to me when I actualized my long-lasting wish, two days ago. My first book ‘KALEIDOSCOPE OF CHEER and HOPE’ was released by Srijan Digital Collections on Amazon Kindle, on 1st July 2020. And I can’t even explain what that feeling was when I saw it there for the first time. As they say, first book is very-very special and yes it is. I can totally feel it.
I am a travel writer. I have written short stories. I contribute in several magazines and newspapers. But my ultimate goal was to write a book, one day. But to be honest, I was never in a rush to finish my book. I wanted it to be on a very unique theme. I wanted it to be special. I did not want to come up with anything just for the sake of it. It was very important for me to believe in my idea, the theme and the book. I wanted to write something which could make a difference, inspire people and remain useful for the times to come. I wanted to write a book that would be cherished and loved forever. And I believe this book fulfills some of my expectations. It is as real as it could be and it captures the most unprecedented times of our lives, the pandemic and all the aspects related to it. I have lived this book for the last four months. It has 50 illustrated musings in the form of diary entries which will take you on a journey that we all have taken together.
KALEIDOSCOPE OF CHEER AND HOPE – 50 illustrated musings on life during lockdown.
The book consciously revolves around cheer and hope, two attributes that we have been constantly falling short of these days. The year has been miserable and cruel after a nasty virus took over the world. With all the grim news around, we definitely need positive vibes. Don’t we?
The book “Kaleidoscope of Cheer and Hope” is the outcome of my personal response to this exceptional period. It is a labor of love, feelings translated on paper. In the last few months, I have created over one hundred drawings, shoulder to shoulder with the everyday happenings, keeping a record of life during these unprecedented times. Here, I present fifty drawings that have entitled me to laugh, cry, emote, question and form new ideas. Art imitates life and these drawings have been my survival kit through these tough times. Now I want them to be yours.
The short notes in the form of my diary entries will help you see the pandemic, virus, lockdown, quarantine, stay-at-home memories in the same way as you, I or anyone else, may have lived.
What makes the Illustrations so special?
For years, the faculties of imagination and creation have been used as a response to uncertainty and catastrophe. And art has been used as a testimony to those times, a vivid commentary. The current situation is almost similar. I wanted to make sense of the situation and capture it in its most vulnerable form. I used art for this.
No doubt, science has been saving the world from falling in the grip of the nasty virus but I bet, art has been empowering us to fight the battle. This book is also a humble attempt to blur the relationship between both, ‘life and art’ & ‘art and its viewers’.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The act of making personal notes and capturing the current situation into meaningful drawings gave birth to “Kaleidoscope of Cheer and Hope”.
This book is born in one of the most unprecedented times of history and it clearly aims to picture reality, create awareness, spread cheer, and convey that we are together in this pandemic. It thrives on authentic illustrations and vivid commentary on some of the most important events of the lockdown. The book promises visual meditation and helps in positive grieving.
Ever since the book has been released, I have been feeling amazing. Initially there was lot of nervousness. I was not sure if anyone would read or buy it, but once it was available for everyone to read, I have not been worried about anything. The thought of being able to put out a book around the current scenario is much more satisfying than anything else. Last four months seem worthwhile. While I am enjoying every bit of this excitement, my friends and family have made the whole experience, all the more sweeter. I can never thank them enough. This book launch cake is the most gorgeous cake ever. It was sent by my amazing friend Lakshmi. I totally loved it. We had a hell lot of celebration on video call and made the best of things that we could do by staying at home.
Once again, I would request you to explore the book, read and share with your family and friends.
Hope you enjoy reading the book!