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A book that makes your city worthy of love

  • Valentine’s Day  Edition of renowned journalist Ravish Kumar’s much talked about the book ‘Ishq Mein Shahar Hona’ published by Rajkamal Prakashan
  • This book has gained a cult status among the youth and young generation, people who feel love and the beat of the city

New Delhi: 9/2/21: The Valentine’s Day Edition of renowned journalist Ravish Kumar’s famous book ‘Ishq Mein Shahar Hona’ ‘ has been published. This unique collection of short love stories have been exceptionally popular among readers ever since it was first published in 2015.

In view of its ever-increasing popularity and its demand especially among the younger generation, Rajkamal Prakashan Samuh has published this limited special edition.

The valentine version of ‘Ishq Mein Shahar Hona’ is hardbound and Ravish has written a new preface for it. In the preface Ravish says, ‘we have seen love only as a possibility’. He asserts that the book should not be with the readers as mere ruins in the history of love in India. Further, he suggests making one’s city worthy of love and making one’s society worthy of love.

Referring to the anti-love mentality in the society at present, he has written that today the Anti-Romeo squad of the police investigates the people. Love has been made a crime under the pretext of stopping molestation.

A cultural-communal wall has been built in the name of Love Jihad. Ravish calls for saving love in such an environment.

Ashok Maheshwari, Managing Director of Rajkamal Prakashan Samuh, said, Ishq Mein Shahar Hona, is such a book whose short stories on love has become popular in Hindi as an independent genre called ‘Laprek’. He said this book has gained a cult status among the youth and young generation, people who feel love and the beat of the city. Till now it has been published in paperback with thirty-three thousand copies sold. It is worth noting that this book of Ramon Magsaysay Award awardee Ravish Kumar has been translated and published in English. This year it is also going to be published in Urdu. It consists of illustrations by famous illustrator Vikram Nayak. Its Valentine edition is available in the market now.

About the author

Ravish Kumar of NDTV holds recognition in the hearts of people. Hailing from Jitwarpur village in Motihari district of Bihar, he came to Delhi in search of work. He started the concept of ‘Laprek’ a new genre. He has a blog called ‘Kasba’ on which he wrote a long story called ‘One Room Set Ka Romance’. His most famous and biggest introduction is usually as the anchor of ‘Ravish Ki Report’. In 2019 he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award. The English translation of Ishq Mein Shahar Hona has been published as ‘A City Happens in Love’. His book Bolna Hi Hai has been translated into English, Marathi, and Kannada.

About the illustrator

Vikram Nayak

Vikram Nayak is a Delhi-based painter, cartoonist, cinematographer, and well-known filmmaker whose scenes with their simplicity and energy have taken abode in people’s hearts. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in 1997. Since then, every year his work has been featured in the exhibition of Indian art galleries. His work has also been exhibited in Germany, Greece, Australia, USA and Netherlands. In his professional and student life, he has been honored with many national and international awards for 2-D art-forms, acting, and direction.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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