Pustak Mahal, an imprint of Cedar Books, originally published The Journey of Om by Chandru Bhojwani in 2009. The story is about the life of the protagonist Om and begins with his beloved's betrayal and takes the reader through his quest for true love. It captures numerous facets of life from loss and betrayal to hope and justice.
In the cover redesign, we decided to clearly indicate that the book is a work of fiction and not a spiritual read, thus the addition of 'A novel'. Secondly, after conducting a survey, we realized that most people misconstrued 'Om' to mean the Hindu syllable rather than a character, therefore in order to dispel this misconception, we did two things - indicated a person on the cover and used a handwriting scrawl for the title. To further establish that Om was a man, we used a masculine color combination.
Finally, the story in essence is about love and relationships and the ups and downs that they face. A male and female silhouette, in two contrasting positions, has depicted this. The inversion of the colors is meant to highlight this conflict.The paper used for this cover is of mediocre quality and therefore from a production point-of-view, the detailing was kept to a minimum. The space division was done to maximize the vertical layout of the book.About the Book
The naked flames danced gracefully around me as the pain flowed, through my veins. The grief and sorrow enveloped me and I descended into it without resistance. Coldplay strummed their beat as their melancholic lyrics rang so very true.
The candles began to die one by one. They had served their purpose for that brief moment in time and finally reached their destiny. The sands of time continued to slip on by. The merlot mixed with my blood and the bitterness ran through me.
Devastated by his beloved's betrayal, Om collapses both physically as well as emotionally and with that, begins his arduous battle for peace. Torn between love and anger, Om inadvertently starts to lose his grip on life, as he knew it causing his world to spiral out of control.
Hoping to recover, Om turns to his closest friends, Arun and Mona. However, instead of gaining support, he bears witness to the trials, which have besieged their lives.
Like life, the tales set in Hong Kong, America and India entwine. Sprinkled with humor, tragedy, perseverance and karmic retribution, and through Om, they bind together into a climactic conclusion.About the Author
Born in Africa, Chandru was raised between Nigeria, India and the UK. After graduating with a Masters in International Business and Management, he moved to New York where he worked for three years as a Business Development Manager. In 2002, Chandru returned to Nigeria where he currently resides and runs a trading company.
He has been part of the Beyond Sindh magazine writing team since 2004 and has published numerous articles in the quarterly publication. Chandru's short story entitled 'The Love Letter' won the Mirage Books short story contest and was published in an anthology titled Inner Voices. In 2010, Chandru had two short stories published with 'Zero' featuring in the anthology, Indian Voices and 'Saya' in Journalstone's Annual Anthology, Warped Words for Twisted Minds.Photographer
Nipa Bhansali has done several short photography courses from Central St. Martins in London in addition to a year long stint with a renowned photographer, Nrupen Madhwani.Testimonials
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- Chandru Bhojwani (Author)