22 July, 2016

#SpecialFeature :: Career Choices by Rahul Saini, #Author of Paperback Dreams

*** Special Feature - June 2016 ***

About the Book:

How low will you stoop to fulfil your dreams? Jeet Roy, a college Casanova, has published a book by unfair means. All he wants is to earn loads of money and have hot girls chase after him wherever he goes! Rohit Sehdev, a one-book-old popular fiction writer is furious when he finds out that his publisher has cheated him out of his royalties. Karun Ahuja is a highly ambitious schoolboy who wants to win the heart his lady love by writing a novel about it and he doesn't mind playing dirty to get to the top.

Ruthlessly exploiting these ambitious young men is their unscrupulous publisher. Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, Paperback Dreams is the story of a new breed of young writers who will do anything to get famous, fast.

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When you love someone, what's there to prove? Everything! It looks like life is teaching Rohit a lesson. His publishing deals, his relationships, even his job - nothing seems to be working out. To make matters worse, Karan is still trying his best to ruin him as a writer. But when Nisha leaves him, it's the ultimate blow. To win her back Rohit must prove he loves her enough to do things that matter to her: like helping Tara find a publisher. As Rohit takes control of his life, he begins to find things slowly changing for the better for him too. But will Nisha be happy with that? Will she come back to him? Just for You is an adorable, bittersweet story about love and its responsibilities.

The central character – Rohit, an author, rebels against his inner self and struggles to settle with his unbalanced life while Karun, another (very) young author leaves no stone unturned to ruin his reputation as a writer because of his revelry and jealousy towards him. Rohit suffers the ultimate blow when is his girlfriend, Nisha leaves him. In order to gather the ripped shreds of his life, Rohit tries to win Nisha back by doing the things that would matter to her the most, in turn bringing his life back on track (or not)! Meanwhile, Karun keeps trying his best to ruin his career anyway! 

Career Choices

Over the past, in the many years of my teaching career, one question that has always eaten me up is that why are the students in India so clueless about their career choices? A major chunk of them seem to be unaware of themselves and what they want to do with their lives. There must be many reasons for this 'cluelessness' but I think one of the major reasons is how their parents look at the notion of a career.

I don't really remember any kid ever telling me that he wants to become a millionaire when he grows up. Kids are imaginative and ambitious and they seek adventure - they want to discover things! They want to become astronauts, scientists, athletes! But most parents constantly push them towards more materialistic aims and dreams. Kids are forced to desire 'big houses' and 'big cars'. Also, a kid is considered 'highly ambitious' if he or she wants to own a BMW or a Porsche when he or she grows up. They are applauded for their high, classy and great desires. The true instincts and desires of the kids are killed over the years and soon they become 'lost' as they reach their teens. Most of their aims and ambitions fade away and a new one surfaces - to live a life full of riches and luxuries. The idea of 'what I like and what I want to do in life' gets replaced by 'how can I earn the maximum amount of money'. And that is where everything falls apart. That is where the teenagers become a complete stranger to themselves. Getting admission in any 'good' college that will give them 'good' placements becomes the aim and later, the studies become a massive burden, a major drag because the students are forced to study what they have no curiosity for, what they have no interest in. The idea of education and studies becomes something that the students want to run away from.

I guess there is no one else who can improve this 'lost' state of mind of the students but their parents. They need to be less anxious about how much money their children would earn in life and more concerned about what their child enjoys doing.That, would probably bring in the change we all need in the 21st century.

About the Author:
Rahul Saini is the bestselling author of five hugely popular books – Those small Lil’ Things, Just like in the Movies, The Orange Hangover and most recently Paperback Dreams and Just For You, which created a lot of buzz and raised many questions about the current scenario of the publishing industry in India. The collective sale figure of his books is more than 5 lac copies. All his books have featured in various bestselling lists across the nation. His books have strong comic tones and present the up-beat stories that portray the fun loving, free spirited and the outgoing character of today’s youth. Apart from being light entertainers, his books carry relevant social messages. His first book has also been translated into Hindi which won the award for the best translation by the Federation of Indian Printers and Publishers. Trained as an architect from Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon, apart from being a novelist, he is a keen photographer and an artist and has had successful art shows. He is into film making and script writing as well. Currently he is working as a visiting faculty member for an art and design program at a prestigious university in India.

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- 3 Copies of Paperback Dreams
- 3 Copies of Just for You

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