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Meant to be Together

by Faraaz Kazi

Get your copy of #MeantToBeTogether on Amazon.in

Read the review of Faraaz Kazi’s latest, here!

One's mad. The other's #Maddy. Meeting this guy after ten years, so told him pehle pic then we'll talk …
madhavan #hugerespect #bollywood #pleasantsurprise

Thank you, Surabhi

Reading ‘Meant to be Together’ by Faraaz Kazi
Couldn’t help but be captivated by the many gems inside. Sharing one such below:

“Have you ever lost someone close to you? Someone who is at the core of your universe, the hero of all your stories…when that happens, it isn’t just the loss of one life, it’s the loss of two lives – one who found another world, perhaps…and one who is left behind. “

book #love #meanttobetogether

Signing copies of #MeanttobeTogether yesterday at @titlewavesbandra, @crosswordbookstores Kemps Corner and @kitaabkhana 🙏
Walk-in to any of these book stores in Mumbai to get your signed copy 🙂

Quoted in TOI’s ‘Thought for Today’ 🙏

Review by Rohit Sharma
Meant to be Together – Faraaz Kazi

The best thing ever to happen to a book lover is to get a book in gift 🙂 and I’ve been pretty lucky on that front. Starting from my daughter to family to friends to our book club members and even some lesser known acquaintances have all gifted me amazing books at one point or another. But the best-est thing to happen to me is to get a book straight from the Author 🙂 like this time too, it was simply fantastic when Faraaz himself messaged me and offered to send his book. I grabbed it with both hands and on top of that I must mention quick that it turns out to be a totally fantastic story. If you have read my earlier posts, you already know that I am big huge Nicholas Sparks fan and a die hard romantic from heart – co-incidentally Faraaz is slated to be India’s Nicholas Sparks 🙂 you see, I was destined to get this book and love it too. Book is about 200+ pages but the story, characters, situations and handling is so amazing (read thrilling) that I raced to the ending in two sittings, how I spent a day in office with book waiting to be finished besides me is a story I will keep for some other day. On top of that I just read that he has written a few more books earlier to this one and the first of those is already getting adapted into a Movie. How awesome it is, I’ve gotta get his earlier books now and read them back to back.

Going by the title it simply sounds like a love story, which it is but other than that it has so much more in it. I guess as an ode to Nicholas Sparks, Priti’s story starts with a flashback, keeps coming back and forth to the present. Her story of troubled childhood, struggle, family situation, Work, Love and Loss and so much more. His characters are so believable and totally life like that I was able to connect with them so well and understand their pain, happiness and even the language 🙂 as the Author uses so many Hindi words and terms generously throughout the story, which works beautifully. Unfortunately the story is written in such a way that if I disclose anything, it will kill the fun for those who would like to read it. Priti’s amazing story of childhood trouble, struggles, survival in a big city like Mumbai with no support or friends. Just when we realize that she has got a great companion the story takes a shocking turn, she still fights hard and how it all ends and what is she destined to get is what you should read this book for. I loved the way he has handled his Mumbai characters, so aptly with the attitude of Work hard and party harder. Especially the way they chill and talk and do things is so real that it sounds like a chapter taken out of my own life and friend circle :), it sent me back to Mumbai and made me miss those friends I have left back.

I must say I have read quite a few books with strong female central character but this one takes the cake as initially how Priti is carved out and how she grows into an amazing woman and leaves no stone upturned in writing her own destiny is totally amazing. As I said that I loved the story and everything else about it but Faraaz has saved the best for the last 🙂 the Epilogue 🙂 which put a huge huge smile on my face. Take a bow Faraaz as that was simply brilliant and now you have a huge fan of your writing in me. Looking forward to his earlier and upcoming books big time.

Edit: The correct book cover :). Earlier I downloaded from Internet and it had a Typo on it.

“I found myself smiling because an Indian author has got my favorite genre right! No cliché plotline, no unnecessary drama, but a plain love story which will make you feel good. Another thing I loved about the book was that it has many quotable quotes”- Blogger Siddhi Palande on MTBT.

Becoming an elephant’s dumbbell.

elephants #trunktales

Made a new friend!

Don’t miss the kid in the background 😂

iguana #lizards #lizardlove

Sharing my version of one of my favourite songs. Can’t believe it has been eight years since this! Miss the days spent in the studio.

“Eye contact is way more intimate than words will ever be”- Yours truly.

Outdoors #NotAWatchAd

Trying to find out how much wiser I’ve turned overnight now that I’m thirty! 😈😂
On a serious note, thank you everyone for taking out the time to wish me and making my birthday special. God bless!

birthday #fromlastnight #birthdaydinner #eatingout

Tuhin A. Sinha: “It is extremely encouraging when the corporate sector and NGOs come forth to support key govt initiatives. Road Safety is one such initiative where immense support has come from all quarters.

Last year, NHP Centre and Mahindra Trucks and Buses Ltd had launched a unique story contest on the theme of Road Safety, aptly called Have A Safe Journey. What follows now is the world’s first collection of short stories on Road Safety. The book has foreword by Shri Nitin Gadkari, a special message by Shri Anand Mahindra. It carries 18 best stories from the contest. In addition some of India’s popular authors like Ashwin Sanghi, Anand Neelakantan, Kiran Manral, Shinie Antony, Pankaj Dubey, Priyanka Sinha Jha among others have contributed stories for this collection. There is a special write up by yours truly as well.

I take this opportunity to thank Sumant Batra and Rajeev Malik for spearheading the project and to everybody else involved with this novel and noble project in some way or the other, especially all the contributors. A special thanks to the publishers, Vikas Rakheja, Rashmi Menon for giving your heart and soul to this. Gratitude is also due to Prerana Singh Chandrawat, Piyush Jha. Faraaz Kazi, Soumyadipta Banerjee among others who were a part of the judging process.

Literature has a big role in changing mindsets. We hope that this book will set the precedent for more literary creations that encourage people to be responsible road users. The order links are available on amazon.in.

Been a while. #missthestage

More Than Just Friends

More Than Just Friends
 
Header for More Than Just Friends - a book by Faraaz Kazi
 
The new book is available here: http://books.juggernaut.in
 

What is new here:

– My forth book is published
– I am part of the ‘Have a safe journey’ initiative by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
– Posts and excerpts.
– Win cash prizes up to Rs. 1 lakh.
 

14.08.2016

“Have a safe journey” initiative by the Ministry

Glad to be a part of the ‘Have a safe journey’ initiative by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. Amongst the pre jury panel that will shortlist the stories written for this wonderful collection to be published by Amaryllis.

Let’s spread awareness about road safety through the power of literature. Submissions open tomorrow!

Click here to read the guidelines:
http://www.haveasafejourney.in/guidelines.php
 
An initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
 

Cash Prizes

Want to win cash prizes up to Rs. 1 lakh?

Chiki Sarkar of Juggernaut books announces a fabulous short story contest for Indian writers.

Pen down a short story on the theme of first love under 3000 words.

I will be judging the entries and announcing the winner post the deadline mentioned.

Click here for details:

http://community.juggernaut.in
 

13.08.2016

Top Of The Charts
 
Screen Shot Of The Book Charts
 

09.08.2016

Photo of Faraaz Kazi Faraaz Kazi: Often called the ‘Nicholas Sparks of India’, Faraaz Kazi is a two-time national award winner apart from being the only Indian to win the Goodreads Choice award for his debut romance TRULY MADLY DEEPLY. He lives in Mumbai and loves to sing when not writing
 
Cover of More Than Just Friends by Faraaz Kazi
 
After her brother’s death, Preeti moves to Mumbai. She gives in to sorrow, deciding to end it all. But her doorbell interrupts. Answering it will change her life forever! This tale is inspired by the true story of an artist who found that love was the only colour missing from the palette of her life.
 

03.06.2016

What do you do of the gifts given by your ex- throw them away or keep them forever?
Here’s my piece in Bonobology on erasing the past and driving the strength in yourself to do the same.
 

photo of relationship gifts
 

In my last relationship, there were many a gifts that went from me to her over a span of two years; some of them, pocket friendly, but ripe with emotions – mushy cards, red roses and accessories – while the rest were designer clothes (including one whose picture she liked and which took me around three cities before I found it), gadgets, a Fendi bag, a Burberry clutch, an Omega watch, a gold coin embossed with our images with promises of eternal love and yes…a diamond ring amongst other things which also included a delicately created log book of our history- right from the time she said ‘hi’ to the present, something that took me a week to put together and sketch out.
 

Read more ….

http://www.bonobology.com

An Author Career

Sometimes it is time to look back. For me it is normal life but some say it is an author career.

Faraaz Kazi in interview with infibeam

Faraaz Kazi, the Writer Who Put Indian Romance Fiction on World Map, Talks about His New Book, Love and More

“With Truly, Madly, Deeply, esteemed writer Faaraz Kazi, made a stunning début and how! Kazi went on to win the 2013 National Début Youth Fiction Award and received the YCOF National Excellence award in Creative Writing. He is also first Indian author to have won coveted ‘Best Début (Romance)’ title at the international Goodreads choice awards.

His book Truly, Madly, Deeply, won him the tag of being called the ‘Nicholas Sparks of India.’ So far, it is the only Indian book to have been nominated in 7 categories at the Goodreads choice awards. It is also the only Indian book to feature in the ‘Top 100 YA Global Fiction’ list.

Kazi is a fellow member of the prominent ‘Film Writers Association of India.’ He is a three-time post graduate and also a certified soft-skills trainer. In addition, Kazi is the founder and CEO of DigiImprint Solutions, India’s first exclusive promotional agency for authors and artists. He is a well-known personality in literary fraternity and on social media.”

Read the whole interview here:
http://blog.infibeam.com/2015/02/faraaz-kazi-author-interview

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Love is in the air

And now LOVE is officially in the air!
Felt proud to finally hold the book in my hand. 🙂

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Love by Faraaz Kazi

Content:

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.

Order at Amazon India:

http://www.amazon.in/Love-Volatile-Emotions-Faraaz-Kazi/dp/9350881020

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Reviews like these bring a smile to my face. Thank you again readers, for making it the no. 1 Indian horror bestseller.

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“There were few stories within that scared the hell out of me so much that I actually stopped reading the book in between for sometime. And yes (guilty!!) I read the book only during the day couldn’t manage to read it at night and neither when I was travelling. And they have created a benchmark of their own in terms of horror as a genre”- Blogger Namrata M.

Read the entire review here:

http://www.privytrifles.co.in/2014/04/book-review-other-side-by-faraaz-kazi.html

‘The Other Side’ I am told had an amazingly successful day at Hans Raj College, Delhi where it was the official book partner of their annual college event, Vanjya Utsav.
The book was part of the corporate bidding, sales-pitch process, kind of an inter-collegiate contest between different teams from various colleges in a never before tried marketing initiative. It seems to have received a wonderful response by students across the NCR region attending the fest. — feeling happy.

Back to ruling the charts! The book is sharing space with legends like Woody Allen, Oscar Wilde and EA Poe!
No. 1 horror best-seller on Amazon.

Get your copy here: http://www.amazon.in/The-Other-Side-Visit-Alone/dp/9350880768 — with Vivek Banerjee.

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Remember the first book?

Cover of Truly Madly Deeply by Faraaz Kazi

Still available: http://www.amazon.com/Truly-Madly-Deeply-Faraaz-Kazi-ebook/dp/B008G1FGA4

Literature Art Music Festival Mumbai

Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Panelist, Speaker, Role Model, High Achiever, Judge and all those tags!

Mumbai1With Anjali Kirpalani and Rouble Nagi.
Mumbai2With Bhawana Somaaya, Meghna Pant, Anand Neelakantan and Radhakrishnan Pillai.
Mumbai3With Anjali Kirpalani, Rouble Nagi and Smita Glk Parikh.

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