The idea of the pocket book appeared to him when he was travelling back to his hometown, upon someone asking him how he manages to read ‘big books’. Being an author he was unhappy with her statement but it was then he had the thought of pocketbooks. Pioneer of authoring romantic pocket books in Indian publishing industry, author Ajitabha Bose made his way to the list of bestselling authors in India, but his journey had too many hurdles on the way, like having his book published from a notable publishing house and many more!
The Challenges Of Getting A Pocket Book Published
A short story of 6000 words and the size of the book had to be smaller, as small as a pocket diary. After the completion of the story, he started looking for the publisher. The publishing giants rejected his idea, the self-publishing house rejected the idea as well telling him that the idea was too risky.
Finally, he convinced a self-publishing house to publish his first pocket book in the year 2015- The Pocket Love Story. The concept was an immediate hit, everyone liked the concept. The Pocket Love Story became the smallest book ever to be published in India making him a national record holder.
For him, it has always been difficult to manage to write a small book, as with limited words he has a difficulty in expressing emotions. Editing takes a lot of time as the word count has to be brought down a lot. He chose to write in simple words that can easily be interpreted by anyone who is reading the book.
Ajitabha wishes to see pocket book be adopted by everyone who does not have a lot of time to read or who does not like to read at all. He says, the stories might be small but they leave a huge impact in a reader’s mind.
Ajitabha’s latest book ‘It’s My Love Story’ released earlier this month creating a buzz all over the country, after his readers whished for him to write a novel.
And the rode to success: In 2016, the book ‘In Love with Shah Rukh Khan’ became a mega hit. It was praised worldwide including Shah Rukh Khan himself, and Ajitabha was promoted to a world record holder. He named his book ‘The Bestseller’ in frustration, hoping to have a name as ‘The Bestseller by Ajitabha Bose’, but the book actually became a bestseller with making the trend of pocket books in the country.
Who is Ajitabha Bose The Author – A Short Trivial Wiki
Ajitabha Bose is a famous bestselling author, filmmaker, designer and an entrepreneur. He introduced the concept of pocketbooks in India. He holds a national record to his name for publishing the smallest love storybook in India.
Currently, based at Delhi, he was born and brought up in Jamshedpur and graduated from Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad. He is the chairman & co-founder of BDL Studios, a renowned production house based at Delhi-NCR. He has worked 200+ videos and 3500+ designs till today.
Ajitabha is the author of five books, It’s A Love Story (2013), The Pocket Love Story (2015), In Love with Shah Rukh Khan (2016, The Best Seller (2017), It’s My Love Story (2018). His last two pocketbooks have sold over 40,00 copies he was featured in Limca Book of Records for contribution in literature and for the smallest love story book.
For his book ‘In love with Shah Rukh Khan’, he received love from all over the world including Shah Rukh Khan himself. He is known throughout the nation for his unique idea of pocket books.
Irony of Happy Muharram – A Light Hearted Narrative Of Serious Issues
Someone said, “Anything can happen over a cup of coffee”. I would like to add one more line in this. Alternatively, you can say that I want to modify this with some twist, “Anything can happen over a cup of coffee especially in India”.
People are so much addicted to talking that they are ready to talk about anything and evening tea is a fantastic option for talking about things. People are an expert in giving views and what is better than discussing lives of Indian Muslims with family over an evening cup of tea, which in any way does not claim to be authoritative and specialized, yet it is the funniest discussion one can have.
Indian Muslims have always been in headlines. However, there is no logical reason for this. Yet, for many weird and funny reasons. Mr. Sayed Amjad Ali since living in India for years discovered that he is not allowed to vote of his name has been changed to “Shaheer Amar Ali” automatically. This is not the case only with Sayed Amjad Ali where he has faced this thing.
Many Indian Muslims have faced this thing in past or are facing it currently. Maybe, because Z is much easier than S and hence, many Muslims have been a victim of this name change. However, it is easy to say that this is just normal govt apathy, these mistakes are not limited to Muslims and you are right but they are more common among Muslims because after so many years we are still considered an unknown entity.
People are always like this way. They talk about things, make fun of things, name, people and their cultures irrespective of thinking that it might hurt them. However, what is more, depressing is their behavior towards Indian Muslims. They have always been seen with a different eye. This book is merely an attempt to show what an average Indian Muslim’s life is like; the good the bad and the ugly.
The book is based on rambling discussions over endless cups of tea and does not in any way claim to be an authoritative or specialized work. It merely aims to give a peep into the life and times of an average Indian Muslim who, based on my personal experiences, is an enigma for most people.
The book “Irony of Happy Muharram” authored by Syed Amjad Ali is filled with such experiences. Some of them will make you laugh, some of them will make you sad but in the end, everything will leave you with a question that whether this differential behavior is good for society or not. After all, humanity is all that we need irrespective of caste, religion and other things that make us do these things.
The irony of Happy Muharram – The Blurb
What does it mean to be an Indian Muslim in today’s day and age? If you have ever wondered about the answer to this question then this is the book for you. Find the answer to all those questions you have always wanted to ask about Muslim marriages, divorce and many other issues; but be prepared for the fact that the average Indian muslim is just like everyone else.
The main attempt of the book is to highlight, with the help of humour, that India is a huge country with many different communities and just as each community has its own customs and rituals so do Muslims but this does not in any way lessen any aspect of their Indian identity.
A light hearted look at serious issues
If we see the world from a different perspective, you will come to know that the world is a beautiful place and is filled with people from every religion, community and they celebrate different festivals. Have you ever noticed that during festivals, how the markets, malls, shopping centers’ are decorated beautifully decorated and everyone unites to celebrate those festivals irrespective of religion? If festivals are celebrated with so much of equality, enthusiasm, love, and respect then why can’t we be the same in normal days?
Additionally, the political system in India is also a factor that contributes to this indifference. Political leaders and political parties for the sake of their personal interest to win seats in parliament do this vote bank politics. Caste-based politics is also one main factor.
No matter how many schools are opening every year in cities, kids are getting the high-class education and getting jobs in MNC. But the sad part is despite getting so much education and working for good companies, their thinking is also the same.
People want to live a lifestyle that meets their every expectation. They will replace a broken vase but are not ready to change their broken mentality about Indian Muslims. How will the country work? In which direction are we all heading?
Nevertheless, as they say, a ray of hope is sufficient to provide sunlight to a completely dark room.
In a similar manner, let us get hopeful as the current generation by the grace of God is above all and are not of feud mentality and neither they favor all this differential behavior towards Indian Muslims and other community. They believe in equality in every field and this may be taken as a positive step towards a different India, Powerful India.
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Muslim boy evinces the problems of Muslims in India, and it’s not funny
Why do Muslims have such a high population growth rate? Why do not they favor uniform civil code? What about the rights of Muslim women in India? Why Triple Talaq? Questions are many, that are being fired by ‘Virat’ social media warriors and then these are easily picked by ‘Pseudo’ liberals, not to answer these but to counter-question them. They use the ‘Muslim’ word/world for their own agenda and that revamps the hateful questions from form to another – Why are many Indian Muslims seen as untouchable? Why Government is oppressing Muslims? But amidst all this ruckus of downright nonsensical questions, one thing that is irrefutable about the Muslims in India that they love India and India loves them.
While wandering on Quora, I found a question gleaming on my timeline “What problems are Muslims facing in India?”, considering it another idiotic ‘agenda-driven’ audit, I was about to move on and then I saw this answer by a Muslim boy who revealed his ‘real’ problems in India and it touched my heart.
The ‘Real’ problems of Muslims in India
Much has been said about ‘Secular Fabric’ theories in India, newspapers have inked reams of paper, we have a long list of politicians who are thriving on ‘secularism’ and the intellectual society that is showering hypothetical cynicism in our society; I believe most of them make their ‘invaluable’ opinions sitting in their air-conditioned rooms without going through a grassroots’ survey.
The secularism written on a piece of paper, shouted in TV debates is far aloof from the secularism practiced in reality. Secularism is something new, but ‘Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb‘ is an age-old tradition being followed by Hindus and Muslims with an unwavering fidelity. Secularist hullabaloo dwells in TV debates and political spheres but ‘the real secularism’ lives in INDIA, in our hearts, in our veins.
There are some who sneer and cough in the times of rising intolerance and agenda-driven hatred, but here are many who know to smile in every milieu.
Yes! Being a Muslim I face many problems in India!
In School: Friends waited for me to snatch my tiff-in box for delicious Biryani and Kababs. I faced problems when all of them visited me at home on EID. I felt bad when I was spared from punishments during Ramzan. It was troublesome to visit each and everyone’s home on Diwali and other festivals.
In college: I again faced problems when my roommate in hostel made arrangements for me to offer Namaz. I got very angry when my college professor gave me enough liberty for attendance just to make sure I am offering my prayers on Fridays.
In office: During Ramzan, I faced problems being a muslim in India because every other individual wanted to offer me Iftar. Surprisingly, they even remembered my Namaz timings. I faced problems when my manager reduced my work load during those days and threw an Iftar party with people of every religion sitting beside me.
Here, Mokarram Iqbal tells how he have been lucky to live in a society that treats everyone equal regardless of their religious beliefs, while putting his experiences forward he opines it is the ‘Education‘ that makes the difference not the religion.
I don’t think I ever faced any problem regarding of my religious links rather I have been blessed and cared for being a follower of Islam in India. May be this is because my upbringing was in very favorable and great society. The major concern as if I can see is the “lack of education in the Muslim masses” that’s why they feel insecure to the majority masses. I lived 18 years of my precious life in a colony where we are only Muslim family and we are hell respected . I have got great friends who are not from my religion. I never got a single call of feeling problematic and insecure inside. In Ramzan when we were at fast, none of our teachers would even make us stand for punishment, this is not because they were afraid that we are Muslims but because they respect us. The major problem is the conventional approach of Indian Muslim society. May be in many parts of India any injustice is done to Islamic population but that doesn’t apply to general masses. Education stature of Indian Muslims must be enhanced and every problem will vanish. “I always feel safe and happy in India because I know I am living in the security of 100 million of Indian who follow Hinduism , Sikhism, Jainism, Christianity.”
And while everyone was putting their sentiments forward, here comes a #BrutallyHonest answer from Abdullah Al Faruque who evinces – Yes, Muslims in India are facing many problems that might or might not be associated with other religions. There are all kinds of problems Muslims face in India. Some of these “problems” may be across religions and culture while some may be community specific. But they are there. Muslims do not face any problem in India which is a lie. A big lie! The first step towards solving a problem is to acknowledge that there is a problem. Denial does not help.
High population growth rate: There are many reasons for this. Lack of family planning, overall economic backwardness, unwillingness to use contraception (due to the perceived “evil” nature of contraceptives and accepting high birth rates as gift from God), lack of awareness and ignorance among Muslim women, marriage at young age (especially females) etc. are among the major reasons. And this has hampered the Muslims more than any other community. The Muslim community must look within and not be intimidated/antagonized by such elements and lose track of the problem. There has been a good decline in the fertility rate of Muslims in India and the trend must continue. The xenophobia among some non-Muslims related to this is absurd though! Analyzing the whole problem will nullify any misplaced notion on this issue which is generally fueled by propaganda.
Gender inequality: Although this is a problem which is present across religions and cultures in India, Indian Muslims have the worst record for this. The reasons are high percentage of Muslims in agrarian and “physical labour focused” sectors, over-dependence on clergy in personal matters like marriage and divorce, marrying off girls at a young age, discouraging higher education among women (due to the age old “Indian” fear of not being able to find a groom) etc. It is absolutely incumbent for Muslim women to lead from the front in this regard. The victims have to make the loudest noise. And I am glad to say that it has already started in India. It won’t be eradicated completely in even the next 5–10 years but such change is seldom achieved in a haste.
Religious conservatism and intolerance: There…. I said it! I would like Indian Muslims to look at this issue rationally. I’m not going to quote verses here but will try to discuss this issue with nothing but logic. The main claim that fuels Islamic conservatism is that Islam is for eternity and it is perfect. OK! Let’s try and make sense of this. If the religion is for eternity, then it has to re-align itself with changing times to be conducive for progress. Change and progress are realities which only fools will deny. The modern world is radically different from what it was in the 7th century. We now know many things about the world which have never been mentioned explicitly in any of the religious texts.
“There are many other problems that Indian Muslims face but, in my opinion, these are the major ones. Most of the unmentioned problems here (poverty, illiteracy, political exploitation etc.) are common (both in size and scale) across the board which just proves my point of how Indian Muslims have integrated with the Indian culture now. Also, I think I must add that this answer might come across as pessimistic and rude to many but the question was about “problems that Indian Muslims face” and not how I party with my non-Muslim friends which of course I do and enjoy a lot,” further he says concluding his most rational reply in the thread.
When we talk about intolerance, paid-rioters, agenda-driven politics and TRP-thirsy media, we often ignore the fact that not all the fingers are same. Beliefs do not make anyone good or bad, every religion, be it Hinduism or Islam, has it’s own set of fanatic theories and blood-thirsty clerics, call them parasites who thrive on other’s blood and money. A rational approach is the need of hour, rules and verses were written in other times, if they are relevant in present times, follow them, if not – flout them.
Also read: A MADRASA THAT TEACHES SANSKRIT TO MUSLIMS
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Wake Up Governments – Say goodbye to drugs
People accuse that Governments are supporting drug mafia. They say Government is helping peddlers. It is their political gimmicks, they have their own interests for that they blame each other. On this International Day Against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, here, I am not blaming Government for supporting illegal trafficking of poison, but yes they are ‘legally’ sowing the poison in Indian soil that is plaguing our youth, our nation.
What can be sadder than this, that the lands of the brave are now wasted! Wake Up Governments: Say goodbye to drugs, any amount of revenue generated from tobacco & opium cannot compensate for the precious lives we lose every year.
The Scourge of Drugs – Where Governments Fail
The population of India has reached over 1 billion people and is increasing. The country is growing at an incredible pace in terms of numbers. But here is something that is halting the growth of our nation. Some reports suggest that there is an increasing use of illicit drugs and reported numbers are over 3 million drug addicts in India.
From teens experimenting with so-called party drugs, to those trapped into lifelong addictions, one thing is clear – the damage caused to the individual and the wider implication on our society is too serious to ignore.
Large number of the addicts are treated within the families amidst increasing financial burdens, lack of appropriate services and care, which is a huge challenge for the country. Back in 2014, our honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the nation to come forwards to fight against the scourge of drugs.
In his second radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’ PM had said, “I received a letter from a citizen on the problems related to drugs the people are dealing with nowadays. I promise that I am going to talk about it in my next programme”. PM Modi also urged the citizens of the country to share more information on the issues related to drugs that can be discussed in the programme.
Certainly, many would have shared the information and suggestions. But the question is, this is 2016, and what has Government done so far? Yes, he did ‘Mann Ki Baat’, he expressed his concern about this stigma, almost every ‘politician’ talks about it, but what walking the talk?
It is not just the illegal intoxicants that are worrying our government, but legalization of cultivation of certain dangerous plants (read poison) has also proved to be an eminent danger for our nation. According to a report from International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), license for opium cultivation has been granted to 170,000 families in India, spread throughout 6,900 villages; therefore given the usual family size of four to six, at least a million people are directly involved in this business. Over 70% of the opium grown here ends up in the black market or is saved for the villagers’ personal use. India is said to be a transit route for illicit heroin, hashish, and morphine base from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Burma. Now one can claim that this ‘licensed’ opium is used for medicinal needs. Guys, this is not the truth. Most of it goes into the making of catastrophic realms of Heroin (the Chitta), Morphine, Codeine, Smack and that desi poppy husk.
Similarly, India is one of the largest producers of tobacco. India has more than 1 lac registered tobacco farmers and many more who are not registered. It is a lesser-known fact that around 0.25% of India’s cultivated land is used for production of tobacco.
Government calls it ‘revenue generation’, but here is the truth:
Our government claims that opium and tobacco make a significant contribution to the national economy and together provide employment to more than a million people. But here is a report that indicates the other aspect of this fact.
- In a study conducted jointly by a team lead led by Dr. Rijo M John, Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, and Dr. Monica Arora of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) found that the total economic cost of tobacco-related diseases of people aged between 35 years to 69 years in India in 2011 alone stood at a staggering Rs 1,04,00,000 crores. Of this, Rs 16,800 crores were direct costs alone.
- Every six seconds, someone in the world dies from tobacco use, and approximately every sixth death occurs in India. India accounts roughly for 10 per cent of world’s tobacco smokers. India is also the third largest producer of tobacco in the world. Certainly, any amount of revenue generated from tobacco & opium cannot compensate for the precious lives we lose every year.
- Likewise, the expenses that are needed for running de-addiction programmes are much higher than the revenues generated by cultivation of opium. Various state-run drug de-addiction centers have reportedly run out of medicines. They do not have adequate staff to deal with the huge rush of drug users who are dependent on opium, opiates or other synthetic drugs.
Say Goodbye To Drugs – Move to a Fruitful Venture
Semi-arid lands of Kota (Rajasthan) that were usually covered with bright-purple or red poppy flowers are now turned into orange-laden orchards. The farmers who cultivated opium for generations in Kota-Jhalawar region, a traditional poppy growing belt of Rajasthan, have moved to citrus cultivation. This area was once a thriving town on a caravan route of opium peddlers and now is growing as a hub for export-quality citrus. The sheet of purple Jhalawar used to wear every winter with fragile poppy blooms is now a thing of past with orange-laden orchards taking over. Oranges produced in Jhalawar region are of export-quality, and shipped to various countries. “My family used to cultivate poppy or opium for generations. Opium cultivation is very tedious and the plant is fragile and easily suffers damage due to natural calamities, rain, hailstorms, diseases etc. Besides, Opium addiction has already ruined our generation, but now we are happy with orange, it’s giving us better revenues and is not killing us in any way“ says Ajit Singh, a farmer from Salotia a small village in Jhalawar.
Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Shows The Way To Fight Against Drugs Menace
While druglord’s lobby is busy pushing their agendas, recommending Governments to stay high on ‘lethal revenue’, Saint Ram Rahim opines them to generate revenue and employment by cultivation of medicinal herbs rather than growing venom in our rich- cultured nation’s land. He suggests that growing herbal medicinal plants could do wonders for the betterment of the society by earning much higher revenue and generating employment as well. Treatment of illness and maintenance of health using herbal medicines is the oldest and most popular form of healthcare known to humanity that has been practiced by all cultures and in all ages, throughout the history of civilization. Recently there has been a universal shift in the trend from synthetic to herbal medicine, which can be termed as ‘Return to Nature’. The utilization of the herbal drugs is a much-accepted trend and market is growing day by day.
The annual turnover of the Indian herbal medicinal industry is about Rs. 2,300 crore, as against the pharmaceutical industry’s turnover is of Rs. 14,500 crore, with a growth rate of 15 percent. With people becoming aware about the benefits of organic farming, more and more farmers are opting for this trend. Dheeraj kumar from Sach Herbotech says, growing medicinal plants like Safed Musli, Ashva-Gandha, Guggulu, Aloe Vera, Shatavari etc. can yield a revenue over of Rs. 60,000-70,000 per acre in an year.
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