Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Are you ready to get terrified?

The Face At The Window
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Hello,
Just a quick note to let you know that my fifth book, The Face At The Window, will be released end of this month. This book is being published by Amaryllis.
Here's something more about the book and the pre-order link.
I do hope it intrigues you enough to click the link.
Happy reading.


What if, at the end of one's life, one realizes one has lived out a lie?


Mrs McNally, a retired school teacher, living alone in a cottage at the foothills of the Himalayas, has secrets that if revealed could shatter the two people she cares about the most, her daughter Millie and her granddaughter Nina.
Torn by her desire to reveal the truth that could change Millie's life, and the need to let things continue as they are, Mrs McNally grapples not just with ghosts from her past, but also a strange, vicious presence in her house that seems to want something from her. Will she ever find the peace that eludes her, will she be rid of this entity haunting her house and, more importantly, will she find closure? A gently nuanced, layered story that deals with the lack of identity and an eternal finding of self, The Face at the Window holds a mirror to the fears we are all afraid to voice, the fear of ageing, the fear of not belonging, and above all, the fear of having no one to love you at the end of your life.
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Guess what made it into the top 5 parenting books of 2015?

In The Sunday Guardian. The Top Five Parenting Books of 2015.
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Hello,
We're in 2016, and here's wishing you a fabulous year ahead.
One of the best things the New Year brought me was this article on the second day of the New Year.
Karmic Kids was included in a list of the top 5 Parenting books of 2015, and I am embarrassed to say I was terribly chuffed about it.
Here's what they had to say about Karmic Kids.


Books that give you the lowdown on good parenting

By KORAL DASGUPTA | | 2 January, 2016
In 2015, books on parenting were given plenty of shelf space in India. Koral Dasgupta rediscovers five of the best books on parenting by Indian authors, and lists the lessons learnt.
"If you are bored of all the "gyan" and want to breathe free, and yet feel drawn to the same parenting chaos endlessly and suffocatingly, it's time for you to lap up Kiran Manral's Karmic Kids, which by her own admission is an account of "laid back parenting."
The book is an intelligent and hilarious take on parenting blues and advocates one simple thought to all super-moms and super-dads. Take it easy! There are many sticky moments in life when things assume too much importance because of peer pressure or the self-dictated benchmarks you have burdened yourself with! Manral picks those up, year by year till the kids turn ten, and addresses them with humour. From your body and mind, to those of others in the family, the helps, the baby blues, growing demands for theme parties you are clueless about, and many other issues crop up and settle themselves in the printed pages.
As you read the book you would probably laugh at yourself thinking of those moments when simple or silly ambitions that you had set with yourself or with the baby managed to unnerve you considerably and you behaved as if you are someone else. Karmic Kids will stand by you and support those moments. It will assure you that everything is fair in love, war and parenting!"


Here's
the link to the article, and there are four other wonderful books on parenting included in it that would be great reads too.

Have you read Karmic Kids yet? If you haven't and you would like to, here's the link to order it, or any of my other books.

Have a great day.

Warm regards,
Kiran

 

 

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

In which All Aboard makes it to a top ten list

All Aboard at #2 on Butterfly & the Bee's top ten list for 2015
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If you haven't read it yet, here's where you can order your copy:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Jigp9q
Kindle: http://amzn.to/1EffBmF
Both my books also came in for a special mention in a year end round up of the best of 2015 by IANS.
"Fiction would include William Boyd's panoramic and enthralling "Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay", Kunal Basu's searing "Kalkatta", Kiran Manral's frothy but subtly different romance "All Aboard", Anuja Chandramouli's refreshingly new take on primordial Hindu goddesses in "Shakti: The Feminine Divine", Pakistani Omar Shahid Hamid's jihadi noir "The Spinner's Tale", for a chilling portrayal of a terrorist mindset and Bangladeshi Saad Z. Hossein's inventive black farce "Escape from Baghdad – A Novel".

Two Indian writers who needed to be singled out were the subversively witty Kiran Manral, whose comedy of manners of globetrotting Indians was followed by an endearing account of motherhood in "Karmic Kids: The Story of Parenting Nobody Told You!", and the versatile Sharath Komarraju, who produced a sexual abuse whodunnit, a Mughal murder mystery starring Birbal and the second volume of his Mahabharata retelling through the Kuru women's eyes…."

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Friday, December 25, 2015

A worthy successor to Erma Bombeck

The reviews for Karmic Kids
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The reviews have begun coming in for Karmic Kids and here's what they're saying.


"Among the exceptions, and an outstanding one, was Erma Bombeck, and Kiran Manral, the author of this rib-tickling but endearing account of the roller-coaster ride in delivering and nurturing a new life, is a worthy successor.
A prolific and popular blogger and author of three witty, readable books, Manral proves her credentials with her first non-fiction work, growing out of her blog posts, spanning moments after childbirth to her most spirited boy's tenth year.
She strikes up a fondly irreverent tenor right from the beginning, referring to her son as "The Brat", but her real - and composite - sentiments are evident in the dedication - to "the sprog of my womb, sparkle in my eye, the tenor in my yell, the grey in my hair, and the beat of my heart"."
......A book not just for mothers or mothers-to-be, this book about the magic of shaping life needs to be read by everyone - including the other part of the parenting team, and especially by children. A sequel would be eagerly awaited and welcome.

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Because to me, that's what the whole experience of reading Karmic Kids was- One Incredible Joyride.

"All through reading Karmic Kids, I had the hugest of grins on my face and broke into spontaneous laughter at so many intervals that my husband was quite worried. "The last time I saw you laugh so much was when you were watching that F.R.I.E.N.D.S rerun for the 1000th time. What's gotten into you? Is it really the book that's making you laugh or are you daydreaming about being Brad Pitt's wife again?"

Because to me, that's what the whole experience of reading Karmic Kids was- One Incredible Joyride.

It was just such a relief to understand that all moms go through that whole phase of feeling like "Mother Dairy" when have this HUGE responsibility of being responsible for another humans nutrition ( and in my case, two of them!).  

All kids throw temper tantrums that could put "The Hulk" to shame and so did Kiran Manrals' "BRAT" and yes, so did my kids and I'm sure yours did too! (C'mon, you can admit it. We're all in the same boat here!)

When I read about her son's obsession of "jakkid with jeans" in the third year of his life, I can't help but compare it to my kids now when every SINGLE day they want to wear the T-shirts with the "bhows bhows' on them. (To the uninitiated, bhow bhow could be any animal, or anything which even looks like an animal!) So much so that when I now go shopping for the boys I quite innocently ask the salesperson for "bhow bhow" T-shirts and am unable to understand why he can't comprehend what I say!

I love the fact that this is not a preachy preachy parenting book, neither does it advise you on how to raise your child(ren). It's just humorous anecdotes from a "chilled out moms" life in which she's trying her level best to get her son to develop a mind of his own, and listen to her while he's at it! I also love the fact that it's so relevant to "today"- with references from Fifty Shades of Grey and Taare Zameen Par to The Exorcist and all Superheroes.

Ultimately, this book is a good laugh because EVERY mom will identify with it, and that I think is its biggest plus point. The language is very simple and truly what moms like me need to read to refresh themselves in those five minutes off we get from raising our kids.

I would recommend this book to every mom out there; it's a great read and will definitely make you laugh at the absurdities which are all common to the sisterhood of motherhood.

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