Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In review

Good things happened.

1. The Bangalore launch of the India version of Sherlock Holmes, the Missing Years: Timbuktu was released on Oct 14. Major RD Bhargava was the Chief Guest and also did a phenomenal job is discussing the book. There was an audience of about 40.

A highlight was the presence of several of my school mates.

2. I was involved in planning and executing a fund raiser for Myanmar Hindu refugees, a very politically incorrect cause.  But it was great. It happened at the Kashmir Bhavan and Mr Tarun Vijay came down from Delhi for it.

3. I got news that one of my books may be published by a major publisher. Details soon.

4. I dropped below 80 kgs briefly (79.8. I seem to be at about 80.4 kgs now. Only reason: diet and heavy yoga. Aiming for 75

5. Tito the post distemper dog is recovering nicely. Runs a lot, eats a lot. Poor child. I hope he lives out his life never having to experience hunger again.

6. Bharatnatyam classes going really well. I enjoy it.

7. Trips happened to Hyderabad and Pune. And will happen again soon.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Events



Lots of events since my last post.

My father passed away in April at the age of 96. Both my parents are now gone. It feels odd.

Many dogs passed away too, leaving behind voids. Two more came in - Lily and Tito. Lily is a bratty little pug found on the streets of Mumbai.

Tito is a distemper survivor who was starved. But with the help of a dear friend, he is bouncing back.

I visited Iceland and then Canada. A great time.

My son graduated from the Univ of Vermont and then subsequently joined a research firm in New York City. On his feet now.

In the US we traveled all over Vermont and then went to Arizona, New Mexico and a part of Texas (El Paso). Saw the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns and the park newar Los Alamos.

Then onward to Florida - the keys and the Everglades.

Returned to India after a few days in Detroit. The flight from Flint to Chicago was delayed due to a bomb scare.

In India, I went to a few workshops. Got a few violin students. Resolved to loseweight and have been doing some serious yoga. I have mastered several variants of the headstand.

I just returned from Pune where the Indian edition of Sherlock Holmes, the Missing Years: Timbuktu, was released/ I also moderated a couple of sessions, including one for children on elephants.

A few photos below.




You can get my book here:  Sherlock Holmes, the Missing Years: Timbuktu


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"Tag" has regrettably been released

J.C. Lane

(She's written other PPP books as Judy Clemens, but this book is under the name J.C. Lane)


*1. One more book eh? What have we done to deserve this? Thanks for your
heartfelt condolences*

I just couldn't help myself. It has been three years since my last book came out and I forgot how much everyone hated my stuff. So. Sorry. 
*2. Tell me and other suffering souls who will be forced to read this, as
little as possible about your alleged book.*

Six kids play a deadly game of Tag in Chicago. Some characters you'll like, some you'll hate. Or maybe you'll hate them all. 
*3. What medication do you recommend? And how much will you pay us to read
your book?*

Definitely caffeine. Through chocolate. I would love to pay you all in chocolate, but the post office is picky about mailing perishables. 
*4. Why did you choose that title? Shouldn't you have thought of us?*

RT Book Review gives it the reward for "most self-explanatory title." So maybe I just lack imagination.
http://www.rtbookreviews.com/blog/86792/forewords-books-buzz 
*5. What do you wear when you write?*
Fuzzy Dr. Seuss pajamas. (Red fish, Blue Fish) 
*6. What infuriates you about the book you've just written?*

That it hasn't been made into a movie yet. 
*7. How can we stop you from writing a sequel?*

Just ask. 
*8. What's the nastiest thing people have said about your book?*
"I want to yank that Brandy out of the book and smack her." But then, I guess that's a good thing, because Brandy deserves it.


Help put Judy out of her misery. Buy her book here



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sherlock Holmes in Japan now translated to the Japanese

My book Sherlock Holmes in Japan has been translated into the Japanese ad published in Japan by Kokoshu http://www.kokusho.co.jp/np/isbn/9784336060778/ The book now has Four Versions - India/UK, USA, Brazil and Japan Here are the covers

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Yet another alleged book from Charles Benoit :-(


I had the misfortune of interviewing Charles Benoit who has been irresponsibly churning out book after book. Please read. I will take a month to recover.




1. One more book eh? What have we done to deserve this? Thanks for your heartfelt condolences.

I'm going to keep pushing these books until you all just give up and buy enough copies so I can retire to a little seaside villa in Malta. The longer I have to wait to retire, the more books you're going to have to endure. Yes, you can consider that a threat. 

2. Tell me and other suffering souls who will be forced to read this, as little as possible about your alleged book.

The age-old, heart-warming tale of a boy who tries to turn his life around by running cocaine and plotting with the main dealer's prostitute girlfriend to rip off said dealer, escape with the money and forget all about that murder. 

3. What medication do you recommend? And how much will you pay us to read your book?

While cocaine might seem like the obvious choice, I suggest that, like my young adult readers, you stick to abusing Adderall and other attention-deficit meds.  

4. Why did you choose that title? Shouldn't you have thought of us?

Sounded enough like Blow Job to appeal to the adolescent male in all of us. 

5. What do you wear when you write?

The same orange jumpsuit we all wear. 

6. What infuriates you about the book you've just written?

The way it just sits there with that smug, "I'm-so-fucking-adorable" look on its cover. Seriously, I want to punch it every time I see it. 

7. How can we stop you from writing a sequel?

I don't do sequels. And just try to stop me from not starting now! 

8. What's the nastiest thing people have said about your book?

It's hard to light and it burns unevenly. 


If you really must buy, this is where you can get it:

http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Job-Charles-Benoit/dp/0544318862/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456625857&sr=8-1&keywords=snow+job