Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Can a Novel on Terrorism become a bestselling book in India and globally?

This is a question I have always asked myself when I began writing this book about five years ago. Will a novel on terrorism have mass appeal and would I be catering to a restricted niche audience? Well, it's early days for my novel "Indians in Pakistan" but I'm certain the answer is "Why Not?".

As I worked on my novel, I realised that Jihadi fiction was becoming a genre by itself with works of Mukul Deva and "Red Jihad" capturing the imagination. But I still insist that the audience is not niche as terrorism affects us all overtly and covertly. Only a fool will deny that.Think of all those long hours you have spent in queues waiting to enter a plane or a stadium because of security checks. Think of the fear one feels when a loud sound is heard on the street or whenever you see a stray parcel lying in a public place. Denying you feel this fear or inconvenience does not mean that it is not felt. Any rational human being feels them. Doesn't every Mumbaikar traveling in a train or bus at one time or another wonder if there is a bomb waiting to blow them up. Wouldn't they sometimes remember the carnage of 1993, 2006 and 2008 and wonder if another attack is around the corner?

If terrorism is an everyday subject then why should we feel that a book on terrorism is unusual or niche - especially if that book dwells on human relationships and bonding. Indians in Pakistan is not only an emotional roller-coaster but also a thriller in which the action just doesn't stop. It ranks among my all-time best works of fiction and is sure to have  a global reach. The Likes on its Facebook Fan Page says it all, especially since most of the "Likers" are complete strangers and the fan base is spread across the world. This novel is available on Pothi.com, Flipkart, Amazon.in and Infibeam. So come on and get your paws on one of the best novels by an Indian Author.

5 comments :

Vivek Pereira said...

Please check out the FB Fan Page of my novel at https://www.facebook.com/IndiansInPakistan

parkerd said...

yes it can become a global best seller. It has all the qualities required for that.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it can.

Anonymous said...

Read the next post, it's interesting.

dorothy p said...

I checked out your FB fan page and I did LIKE IT. here' wishing you great success for the novel.