Love: Lots of Volatile Emotions by Faraaz Kazi

Love by Faraaz Kazi


From a man who lives in his past overhearing the whispers of the present to a woman who rescues dying souls through her blessed aura. From a little boy who must realize the truth of his life so that he can face the fears of the future to a pair of lovers who are reborn with little clue of what fate has in store for them. From a granddaughter who recollects the warm fuzzy days of her childhood to an old lady who still reminisces about the time she first fell in love. From a girl who must return to her roots to discover the reality of her true love to a stalker who tries to hide his worst secret, even from himself.

This promising anthology featuring modern Indian writing aims to capture love in all its raw forms and diverse states. For contrary to popular belief, love is just one word with many volatile emotions.

Join best-selling author, Faraaz Kazi in this journey through that one word that defines us all and one that we cannot define, as he unravels the mystery of love through a first of its kind work that features fourteen vivid stories that span across genres connected by that thing called LOVE.

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The recipient of the YCOF National Excellence Award and the winner of the National Debut Youth Fiction Award 2013, Faraaz Kazi is also called as The Nicholas Sparks of India. A certified soft-skills trainer and a triple post grad, Kazi previously an entrepreneur now works for a multinational agency in Mumbai. He is also the marketing consultant for a few leading publishing houses in India. Fondly referred to as ‘The Young Marketer’, he operates a revolutionary blog with the same name. Kazi is a fellow member of the esteemed Film Writers Association of India and an active member of The International Horror Writers Association. Truly Madly Deeply, his debut mainstream romance novel is the only Indian book to be nominated in seven categories of the Goodreads annual choice awards, apart from being the first Indian novel to win the ‘Best Debut in Romance’ during the same awards. It is also the only Indian book in the ‘Top 100 YA Global Fiction’ list. Kazi is a voracious reader and counts singing as his second love.

Faraaz Kazi is on Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and Johntext. You can write him here: or on the “contact” – part of his website

The Next Book- LOVE!

Love by Faraaz Kazi

Releasing this Valentine season, it can be the perfect gift for your partner or for the hopeless romantic in you. The first print run will have limited edition copies signed by me.

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Faraaz Kazi on his book “The Other Side”

Faraaz Kazi, author of horror novels ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ and ‘The Other Side’, is definitely carving out a niche for himself at a time when most Indian authors are venturing into the sea of Romance fiction. Here’s a guest post by the man himself, on the how of writing, choosing to write on Horror and much more…

Shifting from romance to horror is not that difficult knowing that this is how it generally goes with life these days. Still you don’t get the idea of writing India’s biggest attempt in commercial horror literature simply by scratching your head while being seated on the pot, neither do you get it while being sprawled about in the bath tub awaiting the ‘Eureka’ moment and at the other end nor do you get it while roaming deserted streets at night searching for that elusive ‘woman in a white sari’.

The idea of ‘The Other Side’ just happened to come after the realization dawned that there was a huge market for horror that hadn’t yet being explored by Indian writers even though the success of writers like Stephen King and Dean Koontz in India was right there for everyone to see. And this despite the fact that our country perhaps has the richest tradition of folklore and mythology deeply ingrained into its roots. Wherever you go, be it a metro city or some godforsaken village surrounded by the jungle, you will almost always encounter a tale or two of the legend surrounding the place; it may be an abandoned factory, an unused well, the tree that you are not supposed to pass beneath after dusk, the ground you are not supposed to play on, the shortcut you are not supposed to take on moonless nights and so many other nitty-gritties that fascinate and imbibe the strongest emotion of all in your heart- fear. Fear of the unknown!

The Other Side by Faraaz Kazi and Vivek BanerjeeIt’s not the darkness that we fear but it’s the human inability to see in the dark that renders us helpless. We don’t trust our senses but rather choose to go with the nagging doubt that is eating the back of our minds and that is what exactly causes the fear of the unknown. Fear isn’t just limited to ghosts, spirits, witches and demons. Your daughter not showing up at home at night when her phone is unreachable is as good a fear as any. Hearing something fall in the kitchen at night and refusing to get up and investigate is a strong enough case for your knees to go weak. Seeing a body draped in a white sheet, imagining it could have been you can also cause you to perspire a couple of dozen beads. The bravest of the brave have their own fears to deal with and the sooner we acknowledge our fears, the better it is for us and those around.

It is this fear, the fear of the unknown that ‘The Other Side’ talks about. With thirteen stories that shock, surprise, scare and smolder the reader’s senses, the book is a one of a kind attempt in the Indian commercial market. With each story, the sense of foreboding grows and so does the raw scare on the horror continuum. To illustrate, at the start there’s a story titled ‘That Fateful Night’ where a doctor and his wife lose their way in the jungle and end up at a spooky haveli not knowing what transpired there eighty years back. We end it with a story titled ‘Dream Girl’ where the protagonist is a psychologically disturbed man who has been rejected and bullied around so much by the opposite sex that he vows to ‘design’ a better girl than any of God’s creations and how does he do that? Simple. He chops the best of body parts of various women and stitches them together.

Having said that, apart from the thirteen core stories, the foreword, the prologue and the epilogue are stories in themselves. The foreword talks about the fear of the unknown entirely through the reader’s perspective, dragging them into the narrative while the prologue and the epilogue have an interesting spooky setting where the authors make an appearance in the former while relaxing in the hills of Musoorie, giving the reader the insight on how the book came about through a casual discussion and in the latter they are seen investigating the ruins of Bhangarh, said to be the most haunted location in India. The same setting also inspired the world’s first animated book cover for the title and it is the introductory scene from the epilogue that the reader sees on the cover.

Irrespective of the fact that the book had perhaps the strongest marketing campaign built for it in recent times, complete with celeb events, caricature designs, social media buzz on Facebook and Twitter, blogger engagement, newsletters, e-commerce involvement, three video teasers, the world’s first animated book cover and the official trailer that was released in select cinema halls, we were always confident that people would love book right from the first page itself and the same has been evident through the reviews and ratings that are flowing in from the media and the readers, in general. For two successive weeks, the book has remained in the Top 20 most read books in India as per the data sourced from Goodreads.

The book is embellished with quotes and one-liners from the classical greats of horror literature with each story having one that acts as a backdrop to it at the beginning. The caricatures that were used as ‘meet-the-character’ tools on social media have been also included in the book sans the text on the image so that they offer a visual feel to the story. Our target is not just your average horror reader. This book is for skeptics and believers alike, for lovers of horror and for someone new to the genre, who we are sure will enjoy the journey into the unknown mingled with the taste of the culture of the country. For before anything else, this book is a tribute to the culture and lore of my motherland.

Faraaz Kazi

‘The Other Side’ in Hindi

This is pretty unique- review of ‘The Other Side’ in Hindi.

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दोस्तों, कुछ अरसा पहले अपनी मेल चेक करते समय एक मेल पर नज़र अटकी जिसमे किसी फ़राज़ क़ाज़ी नामक शख्स ने अपनी नयी किताब भेजने की पेशकश की जिसके साथ उसे पढ़ने के बाद उस पर खाकसार द्वारा ईमानदाराना समीक्षा लिखने की इल्तिजा भी आलूदा थी । हालाँकि बन्दे के पास ऐसे ऑफर्स तो आते रहते थे जिनमे किताब को पढ़ने के बाद उनकी समीक्षा मय वाजिब उजरत के साथ एक तयशुदा समय सीमा में लिखने की पेशकश होती थी लेकिन जिसे ख़ाकसार ने दो बातों के चलते कभी मंज़ूर नहीं किया । अव्वल तो यह कि बंदा इस बात को साफ़ कर देता था कि, गोया, समीक्षा मैं किताब पसंद आने की सूरत में ही लिखूंगा क्योंकि अगर मुझे किताब पसंद नहीं आती तो मुझमे उसे पूरा पढ़ पाने की बर्दाश्त और हिम्मत चूक जाती है, और दोयम यह कि ख़ाकसार की काहिल तबियत को मद्देनज़र रखते हुए समीक्षा लिखने में समय सीमा की बंदिश न बांधी जाये । और जैसा कि होना चाहिए वही होता था कि बात बन नहीं पाती थी ।

यही दोनों शर्तें क़ाज़ी साहब को भी जतला दी गयी और चैन से यह सोच कर बैठ गया गया कि अब तो बात हमेशा की तरह आगे बढ़ने से रही लेकिन इस चैन में खलल उस समय पड़ा जब कुछ ही दिनों के वक़्फ़े के बाद ‘द अदर साइड’-जी हाँ यही नाम है इनकी क़िताब का-मौसूल हुई । किताब के पन्ने पलटने पर पाया कि क़िताब का मौज़ूं खौफ़ या हॉरर है जिसपर हिंदी साहित्य में न तो अच्छी किताबें लिखी गयी हैं और न ही स्तर की हिंदी फ़िल्में बनी हैं । चूँकि हॉरर विषय खाकसार को हमेशा से आकर्षित करता रहा हैं अत: क़िताब के सफ्हे पलटे जाने लगे और किताब की दिलचस्प भूमिका ने उसमे रूचि जगाने का काम बखूबी किया जिसके चलते यह किताब पढ़ी जाने लगी जिसमे ‘तेरह’ खौफ़शुदा कहानियाँ शामिल की गयी हैं जो एक-एक करके किसी सीढ़ी का सा काम करती हैं जो आपमें इस किताब का सफ़र तय करने की दिलचस्पी जागती हैं ।

हालाँकि कई कहानियाँ हिंदी हॉरर फिल्मों के प्लॉट से प्रेरित लगती हैं जैसे कि सबसे पहली कहानी जिसमे एक डॉक्टर को एक आदमी अपनी बीमार पत्नी के इलाज की दुहाई देकर एक वीरान और बियाबान हवेली में ले जाता है जहाँ उस भूतिया हवेली में एक विशाल कमरे में एक औरत बीमार पड़ी होती है जैसा कि फ़िल्म ‘वह कौन थी’ में भी था जिसमे डॉक्टर मनोज कुमार को साधना के इलाज के लिए ले जाया जाता है या फिर वह कहानी जिसमे एक लड़का बार में मिली एक लड़की पर आशिक़ हो जाता है और उसका पता लगाने पर उसे पता लगता है कि वह लड़की तो कब की खुदा को प्यारी हो चुकी है । ठीक यही प्लाट था फ़िरोज़ खान और तनूजा की फ़िल्म ‘एक पहेली’ का । या फिर वह कहानी जिसमे एक फैमिली एक हॉन्टेड हाउस में रहने आती है जिसमे अजीब-अजीब सी घटनाएं घटती रहती है, रातों में कोई बच्चा उस फैमिली के बच्चों के साथ खेलने आता रहता है जो सिर्फ़ घर के बच्चों को ही नज़र आता है, यही प्लॉट था फ़िल्म ‘वास्तुशास्त्र’ का । कहने का मतलब है इस किताब की कई कहानियां ऐसी हैं जिनकी थीम पहले ही कई हिंदी फिल्मों में नज़र आ चुकी है लेकिन अगर इस किताब की कोई खूबी है तो वह यह है कि मात्र अल्फ़ाज़ों के बल पर डर पैदा करना कोई आसान काम नहीं है जिसमे इस किताब की लेखक जोड़ी खरी उतरती है क्योंकि किसी फ़िल्म में तो दृश्य और ध्वनि के प्रभाव से डर आसानी से पैदा किया जा सकता है लेकिन अल्फ़ाज़ों के ज़रिये ऐसा कर पाना एक मुश्किल काम है जोकि यह किताब बखूबी करती है ।

किताब की सभी तेरह कहानियां पारलौकिक या आत्माओं के वजूद पर आधारित है जोकि इस किताब को टाइप्ड की श्रेणी में रखती है क्योंकि अगर लेखकों ने खौफ़ पैदा करने के लिए इत्तेफ़ाक़ों और घटनाओं का इस्तेमाल बिना आत्माओं के वजूद को स्थापित करते हुए किया होता तो शायद तर्कशील और बुद्धिजीवी पाठकों को भी संतुष्ट किया जा सकता था । बहरहाल बावजूद कुछ विसंगतियों और दोहराव के फ़राज़ क़ाज़ी और विवेक बनर्जी द्वारा लिखित ‘एम्ब्रोस्ड’ एंड हॉरर इंफलेक्टिंग डिज़ाइन वाले कवर की यह किताब, जिसे आप अगर आप रात में पढ़ने की हिमाकत कर बैठते हैं तो नल से टपकते पानी की टपटप, दरवाज़े की चरचराहट या हवा से हिलते जाते पर्दों की सरसराहट जैसी मामूली घटनाएं भी आपमें वह खौफ़ ‘इंजेक्ट’ करने में कामयाब रहती है जो आपकी उस रात की नींद में खलल पैदा करने के लिए काफी है । वाजिब दाम वाली यह किताब हॉरर-साहित्य के क्षेत्र में एक नयी और उत्साहजनक पहल है जो हॉरर साहित्य पसंद करने वाले पाठकों को निश्चय ही पसंद आना चाहिए ।

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Faraaz Kazi is on Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and Johntext. You can write him here: or on the “contact” – part of his website