Down The Road

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

Landmark in association with Grey Oak Publishers hosted the launch of short story collection on college days titled Down the Road at Infiniti Mall, Andheri recently. This book is the compilation of short stories written by 16 authors

Step back into time and browse through perhaps your own experiences. This eclectic collection of 28 campus tales by 16 authors will sure rewind you into yesteryears and bring back memories unforgettable, warm, thrilling, and at times embarrassing – not just in the college campuses but also of life in school.

The book has references to evergreen songs like Said I Loved You But I Lied to Sealed With a Kiss and the all time favourite of many – Who the F**K is Alice - all brought in to add to the mood of the story. To put it briefly, the romance with Loves me, loves me not, the learning, the unlearning, the dare to bare, the fresher, the stranger, the growing up, the knockout, the dimples and cute smiles – its all there Down the Road. 

Some things constant and some things different, Gen X and Gen Y could perhaps ponder and recollect campus experiences – bunking class, troubling teachers and those passing remarks, most of us have been there, done that.

From hesitant first crushes and relationships to the angst and heartache of wanting to fit in but trying to look like it doesn’t matter, and from the excited anticipation of midnight “Maggi parties” to campus ragging and the struggles and insecurities of a fresh graduate trying to find his calling in life – these stories cover situations and instances familiar to anyone from their school and college days.
A mention needs to be made about the editors.  Ahmed Faiyaz and Rohini Kejriwal have ensured that each chapter flows internally smooth enough to ensure rapt attention even as the reader gets a nostalgic feeling.

Written by well known authors and bloggers as well as first time writers – some of whom are still living life on campuses around the country – the characters are brought to life with a rich, vivid detail and sensitivity.  A first time teacher faced with a formidable task of teaching a group of teenage bullies; the soft beneath the surface canteen owner; a roommate who self - destructs; pranks that go too far; bullies in class taking on a dreaded professor; a spunky fresher out to live life on her own terms; interns realizing that learning from a book is a far cry from applying knowledge in the real world; a street-smart final year student who gets the placement decisions she wants by using “soft” skills; close friends separated by the conflict of caste and campus politics, and unorthodox teachers with a knack for seeing potential in the most unlikely places – all these plus a handful of stories about rare and unusual campus events and three invited essays on the influence of college life on urban culture round out this anthology from the publishers of the acclaimed Urban Shots and Another Chance.

About the Authors 
Edited by Ahmed Faiyaz, bestselling author of Another Chance, also the contributing author of 9 stories in this collection, along with Rohini Kejriwal, the collection includes diverse voices and writing styles. It includes stories by Abhijit Bhaduri, bestselling author of Mediocre but Arrogant, Ira Trivedi, bestselling author of The Great Indian Love Story, along with accomplished writers – Paritosh Uttam, Malathi Jaikumar and Vibha Batra. It includes stories by Ranjani Iyer, Debutant Author of Smile Please, Aashish Mehrotra, Bollywood Actor / Producer, popular bloggers – Naman Saraiya, Sahil Khan, Kunal Dhabalia and Prateek Gupta and young voices – Sneh Thakur, Chinmayi Bali, Sonia Safri, Nikhil R and Aseem Rastogi.

About Grey Oak Publishers
 
Grey Oak is a recently set up trade publisher, focused on Indian writing. Grey Oak’s primary focus is to publish mass-market paperback Indian fiction aimed at a general audience under the flagship – ‘Grey Oak’ imprint. Besides this, Grey Oak also aim to publish a limited list of titles under the 'Silverfish' imprint, targeted at young adults (12-17 age group) and a limited list of contemporary writing on travel, self-help, inspirational stories and biographies under the 'Chiron' imprint.

About Landmark 
Landmark is not just about a store selling books. Landmark is truly about building a generation of well-informed people. The store has presented the best of book, music and children’s events with talented authors like Jeffrey Archer, Amitav Ghosh, Kiran Desai and Amit Varma, master chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Aamir Khan, the blue eyed boy of bollywood Imran Khan, screen beauty Rani Mukherjee and Kareena Kapoor, rock sensation Swarathma, king of blues Soulmate, brotherhood of Jazz Louiz Banks and Gary Lawyer amongst others. Landmark has also been at the forefront at holding events that presents children with their favourite characters like Rob from Pogo TV , the most popular and adorable Nicktoons DORA and  ‘SpongeBob Square Pants’ etc.

 

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