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I want to fall in love again. The cold breeze outside, the freezing palms, the warmth of the woolen cardigans, the tik-tak of the belle’s shoes is making me mad again. Come winters and I want to fall in love again.

I grew up in a place where Christmas is very widely celebrated. The winter air is filled with Christmas carols and shopping. Everywhere you will come across a Santa with his big bag of goodies pounding out to share with each passerby. The big  Christmas star dangling from the top of the tin roofs comes alive with beautiful color lights at dusk every day.

The hustle and bustle of the young crowd grows in the neighborhood café. Sometimes the guitar sometimes the drum and sometimes just the vocal makes the cold evenings even more enchanting here. Come Christmas the fever does not subside but escalates to the ecstasy of the New Year celebration.

The love birds are seen almost everywhere walking hand in hand lost in their world waiting for the New Year to bring them new desires. The entire city dresses up in the winters to celebrate love. Such is the beauty of SHILLONG. Come fall in love.

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I may be hundreds of miles away but my mind still wanders in the valley among the hills. The pines swaying gently murmuring some love tune in the ears.

I am dying to hear his voice, feel his breathe brushing my nape as he whispers in my ears, the way he looks at me melts me down as if nobody exists other than the two of us at the bonfire on the rooftop.

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I blush unknowingly when he calls my name in the crowd just to show he cares, he holds my hand stealthily but avoids looking into my eyes. He looks at me lovingly when I am seriously discussing business with other guy only to shift my focus. Damn!The way he smiles looking at me when I wait for a compliment from him.

Even after all these years I feel the same every winter! The magical spell of love is so awesome that I have forgotten the count of time. Come winters and I fall in love gain.

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BOOK ONE : PLAYING WITH FIRE 

If you’re playing with fire, prepare to get burned – or to fall in love.
Sparks fly when Felicia and Joshua meet. Discovering her inner fire and unleashing unimaginable powers makes her realize that all her life, she has been hiding her true self. When buildings burn and people are in danger, the tempting game of playing with fire becomes serious. Will their love and desperate struggle for control save her life, or will the fire magic turn itself against its mistress?
BOOK TWO : DANCING WITH FIRE

When a fire witch and an ice wizard flee to Iceland to build a new life, they never expect the one thing that could tear them apart – Kyle, adding his own magic into the mix. Felicia starts questioning everything they have. She is torn between the man who loves her but is her polar opposite, and the man who attracts her but means nothing but trouble. 
As if her confusing emotions weren’t enough, Felicia finds her life turned upside down when a terrifying natural disaster threatens the end of the country and the entire world. 
 
Will she be able to control her gift and play the part that is expected of her? Will she give in to temptation or will she save the world? 
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BOOK THREE : LIVING WITH FIRE

When a fire witch and an ice wizard flee to Iceland to build a new life, they never expect the one thing that could tear them apart – Kyle, adding his own magic into the mix. Felicia starts questioning everything they have. She is torn between the man who loves her but is her polar opposite, and the man who attracts her but means nothing but trouble. 
As if her confusing emotions weren’t enough, Felicia finds her life turned upside down when a terrifying natural disaster threatens the end of the country and the entire world. 
 
Will she be able to control her gift and play the part that is expected of her? Will she give in to temptation or will she save the world? 
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AN EXCERPT – FROM LIVING WITH FIRE


Joshua was gaping at her, his mouth opening and closing silently like a fish out of water. There was a sudden increase in icy coldness, and he froze into a statue, his face now expressionless and his eyes drawn and unfathomable as always when he was deeply distressed or too emotional for his own good.

“Can you hear yourself? You sound like some fatalistic, maniacal sect member or the leader of a dangerously foolish occult movement,” he said with that unnerving, neutral calm of his.

To cover up the disappointment and hurt and anger at his reaction, Felicia threw her head back and laughed coldly, mirthlessly. She tossed her hair over one shoulder, stood up straight and stared into his eyes.

“Thanks for the suggestion. I think I’d rather like that. An occult movement revolving around the power of fire. I’ll be the terrifying fire goddess ruling mercilessly, with everyone falling at their feet and offering me their heart on a platter. I’ll make the world burn until it puts the sun to shame. Want to stick around and watch, snowman?”

As soon as the words had left her mouth, she wanted to take them back. What had she just said? This wasn’t her, this wasn’t normal, this wasn’t right! This was her Joshua she was wounding and repelling…and yet, she would not take the words back. Didn’t she have every right to behave like this?

The choice is yours. Rise and shine. Go out and rule!

The voice inside her mind was so powerful she half thought she had spoken the words out loud.

Beside her, Kyle was cackling and clapping his hands, and her fire dragon was turning cartwheels a little ahead. There was so much heat around her, inside her. It needed out.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet and sensual, deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust.
What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, Devika is a faithful servant to all the cats and dogs she has adopted. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing. 
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Hats off Sanjay Leela Bhamsali for such an awesome visual delight with BajiRao Mastani. I have never really liked your movies be it Ram Leela, Guzarish, Savariya, Devdas or Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. But I have watched them all. Your movies sets are larger than life and that what had always been the biggest drawback for me. I always love the sets raw. However, your current creation Bajirao Mastani has sweeped me off my feet. I am all gaga for you for the beautiful sets and designs. Even the costume designer needs special mention here for the lady did a marvelous job. Coming back to you, over the years I have been watching your films with despise but there is something in your way of storyteller that kept me glued to your movies. I love the way you portray relationship on screen.

Love does not mean that you should have a happy ending always yet you can love someone even with boundaries in-between be it geographical or otherwise. When your heart leaps for someone it does because of a particular tune and even if the person is not around your heart will leap whenever it listens to that tune. And it is purely humane to love someone so why stop yourself? But then when we talk of movies a tragic end always leaves us mum. When I saw the audience leaving the audi before our show I asked my movie mate why are the people so num. They were neither laughing nor talking. He bluntly said that Bhansali’s movies leave you weeping. His prediction was true again. Now I am writing this because Mr. Bhansali if you are reading this please make a movie with fun and laughter at the end but please don’t try a Rohit Shetty movie.

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Yesterday while going in car we passed by a lady chatting with other ladies. She probably works in our neighborhood. Her dressing sense makes her distinct from others. She is in her late thirties and always wears a sari that is pinned perfectly while adding a tinge of accessories like ear tops, bangles and bindi to go with it. As the car took the turn leaving the lady way behind, my co traveler winced looking at the rear mirror.

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Me : Whats wrong?
T: I don’t like that lady?
Me: Why whats wrong with her?
T: She is indecent?
Me: And why would you say that?
T: See the way she is dressed up? Always tip –top. I have never seen her anything less than this. She cannot be a good girl.
Me: (Looking astonished) You just said that because she takes effort to dress up every day and manages to stay put throughout the day?
T: Partly yes. Even her body language says it all. She is some loose character woman.
Me: Maybe her job requires her to be tip-top throughout, so what’s the big deal? And how come you reach to the conclusion that she is a bad character woman?
T: I have seen her freely talking with everybody.
Me: So how does frankness make her bad character unless you have something really bad to show?
T: I don’t want to argue with you. I FEEL she is not decent woman.
Me: But I Feel she is smart enough to be my receptionist. With her kind of attitude she can be a smart face for my business.
T: OMG! What are you saying? I won’t even allow such a woman anywhere near the colony and you are talking of hiring her. You are CRAZY!
I turned my face towards the window to avoid anymore confrontation and wandered away in my thoughts. Can a woman be characterized by her dressing sense? Sharp dressing and frankness should be considered as an attributes of a smart woman but she is rather judged for her character.

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More Than Just Desire 
by Summerita Rhayne

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The Bollywood diva who regrets nothing…
Piya walked out of an explosive situation three years ago. Now she’s back in Bollywood and wants to regain the crown that she left behind when she ran away from Arfaaz. It seems everyone who used to idolize her has forgotten her. In the competitive world of starry glamour, the only way she can restart her career is trash the past and make some waves.
The man who wants her atonement..
Arfaaz is determined to get his revenge on Piya for making a farce of their marriage and then leaving him to face the mudslinging. He forces her to keep up the appearances and stay with him so she can play the loving wife and repent on her sins. But he finds Piya isn’t so easy to handle. She drives him crazy with her antics. On the top of that the attraction between them sizzles and threatens to make him forget reason.
Conflict clashes with desire..
No matter how intense the passion between them gets, their ways are bound to diverge. Piya knows she cannot let this man find a way into her heart. There is too much to risk and she cannot afford to forget the real reason she has come back. Success is the only mantra she knows and really, all Arfaaz wants is revenge…
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EXCERPT 
‘You’ll divorce me?’ The sense of anticlimax she felt annoyed her. Why wouldn’t he, for God’s sake? She’d been far from an ideal partner. No man wanted a three year estranged wife surely? Or why would he allow her to remain away for so long?

For no logical reason, the knowledge had a sharp edge, stabbing her insides deeply.

Arfaaz’s gaze was fixed on the flush deepening on her cheeks. The colour of anger…or joy at getting her freedom?

It had been a mistake to pick her up in his arms, to give in to the urge to subdue that stubborn defiance. Three years since he’d touched her, yet her bones felt as delicate under his hands as the night he’d gripped her shoulders in anger. Evoking the same remorse one might feel for handling a bird badly.

She had worn a metal colored dress that night. He could still feel the slithery fabric beneath his fingers. Another of her risqué dresses, with deceptively demure full sleeves while the shocker was the back. Which was missing. He had never objected to what she wore, though primitive instincts protested. She had a media image to maintain. He hadn’t wanted to act the possessive husband.

A mistake, he thought again. Even the brief brush of her body against his had lit a spark that reminded him of how possessive he’d wanted to be.

She had taken enough advantage of him. The grim thought rose from a host of emotions. He’d suffered, he’d been fooled, he’d been dumped. Was he going to take it all and let her go as easy as pie?

‘If you want a divorce, you’ll have to do a small favour for me first,’ he told her.

‘Favour?’

‘Something which is important to me. Then you’ll be free to go.’

‘I will?’

He shrugged, letting her make what she could out of it.

‘Anyway, we can’t stand here and talk it out. Come inside. We’ll discuss it over dinner.’

‘Yes, divorce must be one of the prime discussable topics for dinnertime conversation,’ she said waspishly.

‘For everything spectacular Piya the topnotch actress has done, this must be the downslide indeed. To tamely sit across her husband and rationally chat over the break-up of her marriage,’ he jibed harshly.

‘However, I think it’s time for you to take a step down from the pedestal.’


Meet Summerita Rhayne 

Summerita Rhayne loves to write sensual and emotional romance. There’s no knowing when some quirky – or sometimes even not so quirky – happening in daily life might trigger her right brain and then she’s off craving a new story. She loves writing characters who learn and grow and find their way out of their troubles and emotional hang-ups. Hot, sensual heroes and sassy but sweet heroines mostly fit the bill in her stories. She also believes that a touch of humor never goes amiss in a book.

She divides her time between family, job and writing – and loves winding down with music, movies and the internet!

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I will never forget the day I received my first fan email from a young girl in Mumbai—that was when it really sank in, that I was a published author! – Adite Banerjie

 

Let us welcome today the most popular romance writer, Adite Banerjie, the author of bestsellers Trouble Has a New Name, The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal. Coming from Bollywood background her books is said of have a tinge of Bollywood Masala flavour in them. She is also the source of inspiration for many aspiring writers and is followed by a huge fan base. Today in the interview she discloses her journey as a published writer and her upcoming book.

  1. You started as a business journalist. Did novel writing just happen or was it planned?

Novel writing was a happy accident. It so happened that I came across an ad for the Harlequin Mills & Boon Aspiring Authors Contest and I decided to send in an entry. To my utmost surprise, my 2000-word short romantic story was selected as one of the winners. And as they say, there was no looking back after that. Converting that story into a full-fledged novel was a memorable experience and made me truly appreciate just how much hard work goes into writing a book.

  1. With list of successful romance books, Trouble has a new name, Indian Tycoon’s marriage deal, under your arm do you intend to write out of your comfort zone someday?

For me, every book has its own set of challenges. So far I have tried to explore different sub-genres in each of my books: The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal is more of a romance-drama whereas the Trouble Has a New Name has a chick-lit feel to it. My third book, No Safe Zone, is a romantic-suspense. Frankly speaking, when it comes to writing fiction, I really don’t have a ‘comfort zone’. I am always nervous that it won’t work out on paper as it is playing in my head. And that worry is what makes me one very anxious writer! J

  1. Tell us something about your upcoming book?

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No Safe Zone is a romantic suspense. It is the story of Qiara and Kabir. Qiara is a London-bred child rights activist who will do anything to save her mentor and their NGO, Girls Rock!, from ruin. Even if it means visiting the city she had vowed never to return to. But within a few hours of landing in New Delhi, she is being chased by a gunman and is a potential suspect in the murder of a high profile businessman. The only person she can turn to for help is Kabir, the man who stood her up ten years ago. The story starts off in London but the action takes place in New Delhi and Rajasthan.

  1. Tell us about your pillar of support in your journey as an author?

I’m very lucky to have been able to choose my own path, career-wise. During my growing up years my father was a huge source of inspiration. He was an extremely creative and talented person who worked in the film industry. He was totally obsessed about telling stories and I think he transferred a bit of his obsession to me. My mother is a voracious reader. So stories—be it through books or movies—have always been an integral part of my growing up years.

When it came to deciding on a career, it was a no-brainer that I would opt for something related to writing—and so journalism happened. I have had many mentors who have shaped my writing and my attitude towards writing. When I made the switch from fact to fiction, my peers became my mentors. I learned from their experiences. At every step I found that those who are the most talented are also the most generous when it comes to sharing their knowledge. Some of them are screenwriters, some are writing coaches and others fellow-authors. I have immense admiration for their mastery over their craft and their dedication to writing. So my journey as an author has been made up of my own personal experiences as well as all that I have gleaned from my interactions with other immensely creative people. It has been a wonderful journey and I feel extremely fortunate that I have found support at every step.

  1. There are many aspiring writers who are looking forward to have their debut book published traditionally. Your books are published by Harlequin. Share your experience of publishing your debut book?

As I mentioned earlier, it all started with a contest. Publishing is a tough business and getting your book published is not easy. So I consider myself immensely lucky for having got the opportunity to have my work published by the top brand in romance novels, Harlequin. The mentoring that they provided was invaluable and helped me find my feet as a romance writer.

  1. Family has always been an integral part of an author’s life. Please tell us about your family.

My husband is my biggest fan and also my biggest critic. He is a writer himself and when I need to thrash out something or get feedback on my work I know I can rely on him to give me nothing but constructive criticism. He also understands the ups and downs of the writing life. So I feel blessed that I can count on his constant support and encouragement.

  1. It is said it is the readers who make the author. Share an experience about your reader/fan base.

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It is always a thrill to hear back from readers, especially when they love your books! LOL.

Every writer claims that they write because it is a passion for them. True, writing is a passion. But if it weren’t for readers, it would all be so pointless. I write stories so that someone will read it and be entertained by it. If they can immerse themselves into the world that I have created and forget their real life worries even for a short time…I think that itself is reward enough for me. I will never forget the day I received my first fan email from a young girl in Mumbai—that was when it really sank in, that I was a published author! 😀

  1. Adite, you have long been giving your views on social issues through your blog post or through online platforms. Tell us about your other interests apart from writing   books.

I am a big movie buff. And I also feel strongly about women’s issues and animal’s issues. These are the things that I love to discuss on online platforms. I also love to travel and experience new places and taste different foods.

  1. A few lines for the aspiring writers.

A good writer needs to read a lot. It’s said that you should read in the genre you write. But I feel the more diverse your reading is, the better writer you will be.

  1. Our readers would love to hear from you.

Thanks Paromita for your thoughtful questions and the opportunity to connect with your readers. I would love to hear from them too.

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The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal

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Roomies / Foodies 
by 
Lakshmi Ashwin and Meghana Chaudhary Joshi
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Blurb 
The year is 2001. Two young Indian girls arrive in the U.S. for the first time, to attend graduate school and be room-mates. One’s a non-cook. The other’s kitchen skills are strictly basic. As luck would have it, both are consummate foodies. And it’s not just advanced Molecular Biology they’ll come to tackle—the daily challenge is to feed their stomachs…and souls…on a thinner-than-spaghetti budget! Part memoir, part cook-book, Roomies/Foodies compiles the experiments and culinary adventures of Lux and Meg as they stick to their resolve of eating only non-boring food! Written in a slick, hip, conversational style, this well-organized handbook bubbles with anecdotes, tips, tricks, cheater’s methods and over 60 lip-smacking recipes. Spanning an easy-to moderate spectrum of skills, Meg and Lux’s “Eureka moments” in their own kitchen will help spare YOU some painful trial and error in yours!
EXCERPT FROM THE FIRST CHAPTER 

One day, exhausted, I fell asleep on the couch in the graduate student lounge at Roswell Park, waiting for Lux. Since we were on the same research campus, we commuted and ran errands together. In those early days, we were joined at the hip.
 It was a lot to deal with, this new life, with its sudden and crushing study load, having to walk or take public transport everywhere (I missed my Kinetic Safari) and we were glad of each other’s company. We started taking advantage of the subway and other modes of public transport to explore our town, checking out affordable food joints. One such journey introduced us to crépes. I tried making them at home and discovered a really simple breakfast item in the process.
Serves 4
Ingredients:
Rice flour or refined flour (maida)                   1½ cups
Milk                                                                        1 cup
Egg                                                                          1
Slab of chocolate                                                     1
Butter
Sugar                                                                      3 tsp
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes for each crepe
               
Mix the flour with milk and sugar and beat in the egg.
Melt butter on a tava* or a flat non-stick pan on medium heat.
Pour the flour mixture evenly in a thin layer across the bottom of the pan, coating it completely.
Grate the bar of chocolate over the open side of the crepe, in a sufficient quantity to cover the top, while the other side is still cooking.
Gently lift up a side of the crepe to see if it is done. It should appear slightly browned and lift easily without tearing.
Fold the crepe in half over itself. The chocolate should melt and hold the 2 edges together. Remove and serve with a melting dot of butter on top.
Tip: For an interesting Cheese-n-Chocolate variation, sprinkle some grated cheese or small globs of cheese after you have sprinkled the grated chocolate. If you have no time for the grated chocolate step, make just the plain crepe and spread Nutella or jam, or cheese spread for an even quicker meal 

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Meghana Chaudhary Joshi (Meg) has worked in clinical research in the US, run her own socio-environmental venture and is currently Practice Manager with Mirai Health. She is a fitness freak who loves to travel and explore varied cuisines as much as the outdoors. Meg lives in Pune with her husband, daughter, and Golden Retriever. 
Lakshmi Ramachandran, a.k.a Lux, graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2006. She is presently a science writer at the National University of Singapore. Besides Science, she is passionate about food and loves to cook. She lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. 

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I wanted to write this for quite some time now. After watching Drishyam I was very impressed by the Indian Cinema. Very few movies of thriller genre in the recent past have succeeded in raising the impulse of the viewers like Drishyam. However , today I would like to tackle another aspect of the movie apart from being a successful thriller. I want to compare it with a parallel cinema of the yesteryear, Nishant (1975) by Shyam Benegal.

I feel both the films have similar situations even after ages apart, save the family. In Drishyam, Ajay Devgan, single-handedly stands up against the system but by staying within. He comes from a very simple background with no Godfather to back him up. In Nishant, Girisk Karnard too is a school teacher by profession and couldn’t do much when his wife was abducted by the landlord. However, he single-handedly raised his voice and stirred the entire village against the landlord.

Even after so many years, the simple man is still victimized by the system. All he needs to do is stand up against the odds. It is all about saving your family even if it means alone.

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