The Winter Song (a novel) by Saurav Dutt
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 170 pages
Genre: Romance ~ Tour dates: January 25 to February 12, 2021
Publisher: Amazon Publishing | Release date: December, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13. In a few places there is some moderate bad language.
From the acclaimed Author of 'The Butterfly Room' comes a powerful afterlife drama conveying how great gifts can be hidden in death and how they can bear fruit in our lives if we have the faith to let them unfold.
Somewhere between the mountains and the mist in North India, a widower must reconcile himself to the loss and grief that haunts him after the recent death of his wife.
Unhinged by grief, anger, and guilt, John Perera has set off on a journey, a journey to honour the love of his life and to fulfill the promise he made to her to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of their son. It is a journey of extraordinary self-discovery that will take him to the extremities of his soul and question all he believes about life, death, and faith.
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What Challenges does a Writer, getting published, face?
Staying true to your own voice as a writer is a challenge in itself, especially when you want to do the right thing by your readers and give them the keys to unlock a journey that will provide the escapism they need within your pages.
But the publishing industry doesn’t always march to the same drum-they go with what’s topical, what they deem to be high money rollers, and the truth is that art and commerce are distant cousins at best. What that means is that the reader is often deprived of the stories that really matter, and it’s a problem I’ve often had to grapple with.
My debut novel was about domestic abuse and violence towards women, but in the year that it was pitched to publishers they said it was too depressing, too much of an outlier and that nobody would read it. Then a horrific and disgusting gang rape occurred in India and gripped headlines around the world. Suddenly my manuscript wasn’t depressing or uninteresting enough to attract readers and publishers wanted a piece of it.
The same problem may crop up again with ‘The Winter Song’ but I trust my readers because I know that its universal themes-love, loss, depression, loneliness-are elements of the human condition that have haunted the writers of the past and will continue to linger in stories hundreds of years from now. That’s what I’ve always gravitated towards-stories of aberration, human frailty, and in better understanding the complexities of the human mind. It has led to some dark and painful soul searching as I wonder if I should step on that path again, but there is always a sense of consolation in knowing a reader is experiencing what I am experiencing and that together we can share that uncertain journey for a few hours, and come out the wiser for it.
Over the hundreds of books that I’ve read in my life, a few remain embedded in my memory because they made me FEEL a certain away; they had characters that stayed with me, resonated with me, and reminded me of myself or someone I knew. I wanted to see what happened to them and I think amidst the turmoil and tragedy of ‘The Winter Song’ that you’ll find out a little more about yourself—how you deal with grief, whether you understand the true essence of love, whether you can truly say you no longer life a life of regret.
These are the questions that haunt us as human beings, and as readers and writers, we’re just a bit more sensitive and beguiling than those that don’t walk those uncertain journeys every time they pick up a book. I hope you’ll learn something about yourself when reading ‘The Winter Song’ maybe even see a little bit of yourself in the characters, their hopes, their tears, their tribulations.
Thank you for reading and taking the journey with me.
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Meet the Author:
Saurav Dutt is an Author, Political Columnist and Human Rights Campaigner. A journalist in three continents, his acclaimed debut novel 'The Butterfly Room' explored issues of domestic violence and homophobia within South Asian communities and has been showcased alongside leading political figures and human rights campaigners. His work for human rights and charity campaign work has taken Dutt to speaking engagements at the WEF, IKWRO, IWN, Houses of Parliament and TEDx.
After exploring the issue of psychological abuse and domestic violence in 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' Dutt was commissioned by a major Hollywood production house to pen the official novelization of the major motion picture 'Tiger' (starring Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated actor Mickey Rourke) and he commemorated the centenary of the infamous Amritsar Massacre in India with 'Garden of Bullets: Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh' which was featured in TIME magazine.
TIGER is the biographical account of Parminder Singh Nagra, a trailblazing Sikh boxer who fought successfully for the right to compete in the ring with his beard, an essential part of his faith.
A syndicated political columnist, Dutt writes for the International Business Times, The Times of Israel, Human Events, and American Herald Tribune. He has featured on CNN, GQ, Huffington Post, BBC television and radio, RT (Russia Today), Press TV, Sky News and more. He resides in the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, and India.
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