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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

Faraaz Kazi

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Creative Writing Workshop by Faraaz Kazi

Join us for the HBB Creative Writing Workshop by Faraaz Kazi to learn the art of powerful observation and its effect on the narrative.
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15 May 2017
The Hindi version of ‘More Than Just Friends’ is out now on the @juggernaut.in app.
And the icing on the cake- it’s available for free for a limited time!
दोस्त से कहीं बढ़कर –http://bit.ly/MTJFHindi
More Than Just Friends in Hindi

 

17 April 2017
Faraaz Kazi is going to hold a Creative Writing Workshop on behalf of Half Baked Beans in Mumbai on 29th of April, 2017. Mark your calendars, Mumbaikars!

Register here: hbb-creative-writing-and-storytelling-workshop

Or register on Facebook (link only works if you are logged in): https://www.facebook.com/events/1481650238543901

familywedding

 

11 March 2017
Post dinner and dessert, comes a compulsory photo session.
Faraaz Kazi and ...

6 March 2017
Gotta keep your Monday game going strong.
photo of stuck in traffic Faraaz Kazi

 

21 February 2017
Voting done. Now back to work. Hope every responsible Mumbaikar will vote today.
photo of voting done

 

Memories from 20 February 2014 / Been three years ago … time flies.
The Mumbai grand launch of The Other Side being talked about in the December issue of GR8 magazine!
Pic courtesy: Abhinav Chhabra
The Other Side with Vikram Bhatt

 

15 February 2017
What being a bestselling writer feels like.
photo of The Bestseller Faraaz Kazi

 

Memories from 11 February 2013: 4 years since the NDYFA national award.
Was waiting for the news to be confirmed and hence, didn’t announce it earlier.
Out of over 1600 Indian books submitted in the published category, ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ made it to the top 10 (short-list) and eventually went on to win the ‘National Debut Youth Fiction Award (NDYFA)’- my second national award in 2013! Here’s a peek at the nomination certificate collected by the publisher!

photo of nomination certificate National Debut Youth Fiction Award

 

6 February 2017

If you fell down once, why did you pick yourself up?
Here’s why I picked myself up:

I come from a family of people with conventional careers. I am the only child of my parents and while growing up, always had the burden of expectations to perform and excel in every field. Fortunately, I developed an early inclination towards reading and that got me pretty far in life. Thanks to reading, I excelled in my academics and developed a sharp mind.

However, reading a lot in my childhood days also made me want to write. I wrote my first book at the age of seven and never looked back since then. I kept writing and kept improving. Reading anything that I could lay my hands on, made sure of that. My family didn’t pay much attention to it as long as I attended my classes and topped every year. I still don’t recollect how the thought came but one day when I had finished writing my first non fiction book which dealt with life from a teenager’s point of view, I had this idea to get it published. It was a different kind of work and not the kind that I had seen a lot. So I went ahead and told my family of my intentions, requesting for guidance because I had no clue how to go about doing it. I was only 13 and internet wasn’t common back then.

My parents told me that this is not the age to do what I am doing and my focus should only be on my board exams that were two years from then. I didn’t really have many friends who could help me with this decision, so I decided to take it up on myself. One evening while returning from a school field trip, I chanced upon a printing press in the neighbouring area. I walked inside confidently and approached the first guy my eyes could see- a dark burly fellow wearing a striped tee.

“What do you want, kid?” he asked me in a gruff tone.

“I have written a book. I want to get it published. Do you guys do it here?” I asked, making sure my smile hid my anxiety… read more

 

5 February 2017

Faraaz Kazi: The cover reveal of the ‘Have a safe journey’ anthology

by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Anand Mahindra and Tuhin A. Sinha. The stories have been co-judged by me. Do grab a copy once the book is out!

Tuhin A. Sinha: A memorable moment in the roadsafety movement in India when the first look of Have A Save Journey, the world’s first collection of short stories on Road Safety was unveiled by Shri Nitin Gadkari and Shri Anand Mahindra on 3Feb. Literature plays a big part in influencing young minds and we hope that this initiative would start a new trend. The project was conceived and executed by NHP Centre. It was facilitated and creatively supervised by yours truly. It was sponsored by Mahindra Trucks & Buses Ltd while Amaryllis is publishing the book.

worlds first collection of short stories on Road Safety

 

5 February 2017
One from Delhi.
Faraaz Kazi with cup from Delhi

 

4 February 2017
The first look of the ‘Have a safe journey’ anthology.
photo of cover of 'Have a safe journey' anthology

 

3 February 2017
Faraaz Kazi checked in to Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 / New Delhi, India:    Issue Road Safety

For the Mahindra Transport Excellence awards where the ‘Have a safe journey’ anthology (co-judged by yours truly) will be launched this evening.

 

2 February 2017
A colorful peahen.
photo of a colourful peahen

 

1 February 2017
This guy knows where to look when someone’s clicking him.
monkey on a tree watching

 

31 January 2017
Guess what?
Guess what

 

29 January 2017
Monkey ke bhi aagey monkey, monkey ke bhi piche monkey. Aagey monkey, piche monkey… bolo kitne monkey?
photo of monkeys crossing

 

26 January 2017
Happy Republic Day!
To the spirit of democracy within all of us, happy republic day.
To the spirit of democracy within all of us, happy republic day.

 

25 January 2017
Captured this long tailed shrike that never got tired of posing for us.
photo of shrike

 

22 January 2017
Mornings bring out the best of poses.
photo of Faraaz Kazi - mornings bring out the best of poses

 

19 January 2017
Riding this mini beast.
photo of Faraaz Kazi riding this mini beast

 

13 January 2017
Swaying with the jumbos.
photo of Faraaz Kazi and the Jumbos

 

09 January 2017
A refreshing walk in the jungle.
At Jim Corbett National Park

 

05 January 2017
‘Your definition of love makes me puke!’
My article on the Stay Uncle blog.
http://blog.stayuncle.com/latest-definitions-love-make-puke/
Love

 

1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

2016 was the most memorable year of my life. Learned a lot and took some big steps that shaped me better and made me stronger.
Hoping for an even better 2017, not just for me but for everyone.
Happy New Year!

26 December 2016
When in doubt, pull out the whites!
photo of Faraaz Kazi - Mumbai

 

26 December 2016
Tired of captions.
Tired of captions - Faraaz Kazi

 

22 December 2016
Amongst the 30 most downloaded books of 2016 on Juggernaut!
More Than Just
More Than Just Friends - Juggernaut

 

18 December 2016
Featured in the ‘Best of 2016’ list on Juggernaut Books.
Get your copy of ‘More Than Just Friends’ at http://bit.ly/MTJFbyFK
More Than Just Friends Ranking

 

12 December 2016

Guess what’s releasing in a couple of days?
Be prepared to witness the 14 shades of LOVE.
Presenting the cover of the next book. Releasing soon!
#14ShadesofLove

Cover of 14 Shades of Love by Faraaz Kazi