Partridge India Author| Renu Mittal, Kashmir and Me
Partridge India introduces Renu Mittal, author of Kashmir and Me.
Please briefly describe your book.
KASHMIR AND ME is a true story of the flood tragedy on 2nd September 2014 in Kashmir faced by lakhs of people all over Kashmir as well as the tourists around the world who had been vacationing in the valley. I with my eight other family members had also gone to the same magnificent land for holidays. This was my second trip to Kashmir. One in 1998 with my husband Anil and two kids Kashish and Parth and now in 2014 with my two nieces’ families. Our entire trip was meticulously planned but due to sudden break out of flood we all got stranded with lakhs of other local Kashmiris and tourists. We all had to face innumerable problems to survive.
In this book I have tried to paint a true portrait of the miseries the entire lot had to undergo.The evacuation process could be possible by the solidarity of our all three forces. Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force along with Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Local Kashmiri people who exhibited dauntless courage and left no stone unturned to accomplish this tedious task.
My heartfelt sincere thanks to Our Honorable Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi who made proper arrangements not for evacuation but also for providing food for such an enormous starving crowd else the situation would have turned worst.
I am most thankful to every single soldier, jawan and officer of…. JK Police, our Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, all the staff members of CH2 Hotel, all the local Kashmiris and our Muslim brothers… It was the result of your resolute efforts that helped in saving lakhs of people from the claws of death. The gratitude to you is beyond words.
Just Salute to the Saviors!
… May Almighty shower his choicest blessings on all of you.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
I stay in Paschim Vihar, New Delhi, India with my two sons Kashish and Parth. I lost my husband Anil Mittal on 20th March, 2001 after spending 13 splendid years together. He was a renowned Bhajan singer of Khatu Shyam ji.
Presently I run a Coaching Institute, RENU MITTAL CONCEPTS at my residence where we teach many subjects like upto 12th all subjects, Eng Hons, M.A. Eng, Toefl, Ielts, English Grammar and conversation and prepare pupils for many competitive exams.
Which influences have inspired you, with regard to your writing style and your book itself?
My father late Mr. Kashi Ram has always been my inspiritment behind everything who incessantly encouraged me to continue my education despite all obstacles.
Tragic Time is also the best teacher…it taught me to teach, study and write.
The book THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL, ANNE FRANK is my all time favourite book in which Anne a Jewish girl has written each detail of her life when she with her family and many others were hiding themselves in an annex from Hitler. They had to spend two and a half years in extreme distress fearing death approaching each moment.
Like her when I found that we all were entrapped in the vicious jaws of the Flood in hotel CH2 in Kashmir, I reminded the same tragedy of Anne and decided if I would be fortunate enough to survive the catastrophe I would surely pen down the suffocation and sufferings of the victims.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
I would love to pass the message to my readers:
Adversity of time can never be predicted it just approaches uninvited. There is no escape from it. One has to face that phase willingly or unwillingly. What matters is how he takes and deals with the calamity. Time can betray you any moment and leave you stand alone with thousands of responsibilities on your shoulders. At that tick trust yourself and your family.
Panic only worsens the situations but having heart to work harder and harder and keeping faith in the Almighty would not only ease the path but also make you achieve the desired destination.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
There is no sequel to my book.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
I have a good network of students, their families, friends and all my kith and kin who are anxiously waiting for the completion of this book.
I am pass out from Shri Ram College Of Commerce, one of the best college of Asia, I have good links with the Principals and professors of many reputed colleges and schools who will help me in the marketing.
We are approaching good book stores as well to promote it. There are other plans also, we are working on it and would come up in a short while.
What was your favourite part of your publishing experience?
My favourite experience dealing with the publishing team of Partridge was …
Every time I submitted my manuscript to them feeling it was correct in each aspect, they would be ready with another set of queries and errors, resulting me to restart the entire work.
Oh My God it totally taxed my mind and ate up more than six months reading and revising the same words but they were patient enough with me.
Partridge is undoubtedly the name that speaks for itself. It has proved its worthiness and has cooperated with me with extreme patience. Though I was new to them and many a times I felt our association won’t work as they were asking me to make this or that changes in the manuscript but after completing all stages I visualised that they indeed were the best guides.
My dear new authors what I have understood during the making of my book is that writing a book is not a cakewalk. It demands countless sleep deprived days and nights, extreme concentration and devotion to your storyline. Every passing hour will just add to your woes depressing you more and making you feel you will never ever be able to complete this complex structure. But …believe me if you won’t surrender and accept all hurdles you will certainly cherish the most aspired words…
This book is written by
And you will forget all trauma and torture you had to undergo while fulfilling your dream.
At length my only sermon to my sons Kashish, Parth and all the readers ….
Despite all dilemma
Let your enthu never waver, be not crooked but right,
Though time will test thy toils, have heart and hold your target tight.
World may betray
Never give in vim, let not fire in your belly quiet,
Gather all your guts, march forward be it day, be it night.
See the sky is a heartbeat away
With all might demand Dhananjay to grace sight,
Dare once last, decree of fate will turn gait and thine fortune ignite.
Though thy show be slow,
You will be the one not bow but attain rainbow!
Partridge India trusts this helps