Yes it can’t get more blatant than that. My next novel “The Mine” (publisher: Westland, 290 pages) is now available for pre-order. (Links to some fine stores on the left-hand-side). For those of you too lazy emm too tired to move your eyes a few pixels to the left, here is a link to the Flipkart order-page.
For those who do not yet know that I have written a second book, I have. After my first novel “May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss”, I felt the need to move as much away as the MIHYAP-RTDM world as possible and try something different. Which is why I put on weight like Vidya Balan did for “Dirty Picture” and explored something totally out of, to use a phrase made popular by Guru Greg, my comfort zone. Thus was born “The Mine”, a psychological-horror thriller, based on an idea I have had for years.
So you ask—what is “The Mine” about? Let me copy-paste the back of book blurb.
At a secret mining facility somewhere in the deserts of Rajasthan, an ancient place of worship, with disturbing carvings on its dome, is discovered buried deep inside the earth. Soon the miners find themselves in the grip of terrifying waking nightmares. One tries to mutilate himself. Worse follows.
Five experts are called in to investigate these strange occurrences. Sucked into a nightmare deep underground, they embark on a perilous journey; a journey that will change them forever, bringing them face-to-face with the most shattering truth of them all…
The greatest evil lies deep inside.
So you once again ask—what is “The Mine” about? Yes. I know. That blurb really does not say much. But that’s unfortunately all I can reveal for now. Kapil Sibal’s orders.
If you want to know more though, may I interest you in an extract from the book, the Prologue, over at the CNN IBN website.
One thing I would like to say about “The Mine” though. It is not a homage to the Ramsay-Harinam Singh-Joginder horror ethos. Many people think that the seriousness that surrounds it is part of the “act” and that any time, Doodhwala Baba or a Khooni Panja will make their appearance on its pages. Let me assure you that there will be nothing of the sort.
The best part of writing a book, at least for me, is the book tour. This time, I will be covering more cities than I did for MIHYAP. Which means I am coming to a book-store near you. Here below is the schedule.
Apologies if you find your city not in the list.
Double apologies if you do find your city there.
January 27, 2012 India International Center, New Delhi.
January 31, 2012 Starmark South City, Kolkata
February 4, 2012 Landmark Infinity Mall, Mumbai
February 7, 2012 Crossword ICC Tower, Pune
February 11, 2012 Reliance Time Out, Cunningham Road, Bangalore
Whatever important you have planned that day, be it a photoshoot with FHM or a Rahul Gandhi rally, please ditch. And come to the event.
What else? Let’s see.
Please follow updates at the Facebook page or alternatively (for those of you who do not like to “Like”) at this blog. Also watch the trailer if not for anything else but for the fantastic musical theme composed by Prateek Dubey. “The Mine” does not have a non-India publisher (I have not looked for one) but will be available on Kindle from February 2012 for all of you outside the country.
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Thank you in advance.