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Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)


Puja - 19, confused, energetic, fiery. Her philosophy - Life is complicated and only super achievers have it figured out. Her strict mother sends her to a rural location in Kerala to spend her summer vacation doing volunteer work. Arush - 20, studious, careful, shy. Born and raised in Britain, he is elated when he gets an opportunity to spend 12 weeks in India, a place his parents are from and one he has never been to. When Puja and Arush meet, their stark differences are obvious to each other. But with choppy internet and no other distractions, they start getting to know each other and slowly fall in love. But falling in love and staying in love are not the same thing. When disaster strikes, Puja is forced to confront the harsh realities of life while Arush realises that India is not always the picture-perfect postcard he presumed it was. Desperately fighting to expose the truth and save themselves, what happens to their love? Is it strong enough to survive forces beyond their control? Is it deep enough to drown their own doubts? Sometimes you have to travel far to find your true self. An intensely gripping novel from Preeti Shenoy, about young love and discovery.


Publisher: Srishti Publishers

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

Arush is careful and studious. Puja is confused and fiery. When they meet, it is like East meeting West, literally. They explore life, dreams and juggle with the feeling called love to find their true calling.

About the Author: 

About the author
Preeti Shenoy, among the highest selling authors in India, is also on the Forbes longlist of the most influential celebrities in India.
She is the recipient of several awards, including ‘Indian of the Year’ award for 2017 by Brands Academy and Academia award for Business Excellence by the New Delhi Institute of Management. She has been interviewed on BBC World, which was telecast 14 times, reaching over 200 counties worldwide. She is a motivational speaker, having given talks in many premier educational institutions and corporate organisations like KPMG, ISRO, Infosys and Accenture, among others. An avid fitness enthusiast, she is also an artist specialising in portraiture and illustrated journals. Her other interests are travel, photography and yoga.
Her short stories and poetry have been published in magazines such as Conde Nast and Verve. She has represented India in International literature festivals at Birmingham, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and others. She has been featured by all major media, including BBC World, Cosmopolitan, The Hindu, Verve, The Times of India and others.
Her blog is among the top 50 blogs in India. She wrote a weekly column in The Financial Chronicle for many years. Her books include Wake Up, Life is Calling, Life is What You Make it, The Rule Breakers, A Hundred Little Flames, It’s All In The Planets, Why We Love The Way We Do, The Secret Wish List, The One You Cannot Have and many others. Her work has been translated into many Indian languages, and also into Turkish.

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