Nitish Bakshi, who basically hails from Delhi, has been writing for as long as he can remember and his passion for writing took him to Mumbai. His hard work paid off over the years. Bakshi, in the past has been on the screenplay team for the erstwhile popular TV show Diya Aur Baati Hum, has written the screenplay of Akbar for Big Magic and is currently a co-writer of the show TV Tu Aashiqui on Colors. Bakshi, is a now all set to release his Hindi audio book – Mohabbat Under Constrution – on Valentine’s Day 2018. In a chat with Nation Next, Nitish Bakshi speaks about his book, the concept of audio books and more.
How and why did you decide to write for your audio book – ‘Mohabbat Under Construction’?
The audio format has been quite popular in the west since long but it’s not very popular in India right now in spite of the digital penetration. Storytel is a Sweden based Euproean publishing house, which entered the Indian market currently. They are one of the biggest publishers of audio books. They got in touch with me and discussed the idea on an audio book, which I found very interesting. Everybody today wants to consume content in different forms and people are constantly on their phones. Audio books give authors a chance to reach more people and people a chance to just enjoy listening if they don’t want to read.
Tell us something about your book
Mohabbat Under Construction is a romantic comedy based in Delhi. It’s about a girl who is approached by a publishing house for writing a romantic story. Having an opinion, that these days there’s no such thing call true love, the girl does an experiment for the book. She decides to date two of her friends. The book is about her emotions, her experiences and about finding and exploring love. Since, I’m from Delhi, there’s a lot of North Indian flavour to the book. There are ten chapters in my audio book and each chapter is one hour long.
Unlike physical books wherein a author plays the most important role, in an audio book, there’s a voice-over artist involved as well?
Audio books generally have just one narrator. That narrator changes his voice a little bit as per the different characters. It’s very important to get the right voice-over artist. Fortunately, we had Uplaksh Kochar, who’s an amazingly talented voice-over artist, to do the recording. Before we started recording, I spoke to him about the book in detail. He understood the story really quickly and he was superb during the recording. He also brought a lot inputs on the table.
Since audio book is a relatively new concept in India, were you apprehensive about penning the book
Not at all. In fact, I was quite excited right from the start. Audio books are the future. Physical books will always carry their own charm, but audio books will have their own niche market. People will get aware about the concept with time.
How can the listeners listen to your audio book
Once you download the Storytel India app, you will be able to not only listen to ‘Mohabbat Under Construction,’ but also many other audio books in Hindi, Marathi and English. For the first 14 days, the subscription to Storytel is free of cost. My book can also be read in Devnagari on the app.
RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President
The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.
Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.
Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.
The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.
Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka, Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.
President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .
Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.
Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .
Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.
Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.
“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.
“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.
With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.
Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live
A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.
During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.
On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.
The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.
After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.