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Ila Arun launches Gautami Shankar's book ‘Love in the Pink City’ at Crossword Bookstores







Ninteen
 -year old Mumbai teenager, Gautami Shankar launched her debut romantic novel 
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 ‘Love in the Pink City
 at Crossword Bookstore, Kemps Corner in Mumbai 
​on Thursday
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The book was released by veteran Indian actress and renowned celebrity singer, Ila Arun. 
Actor Mohan Kapur was also present at the event interacted with the young author. 

 
​The '
 Love in the Pink City'
 
published by 
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 The Write Place 
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 ,  
​which is ​
 a 
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publishing 
 initiative of Crossword Bookstores Ltd.

Speaking on the occasion chief guest, Ila Arun said, “Storytelling and writing has always been an integral part of our country’s culture. Rajasthan, especially Jaipur has fascinated many artists because of its larger than life beauty and vibrant culture. It is commendable to see young authors like Gautami writing at such a young age". 

Speaking about her debut novel, Gautami Shankar said, “Since childhood, I've loved reading and I was always fascinated by Jaipur. One of my aims behind writing this book was to try and encourage young people to inculcate the habit of reading which has been lost in our modern time.” 

Today, publishers are taking a keen interest in nurturing young talent and getting their stories out to be read. “ It is great to see an author penning her first book at such a young age. We want to support and provide a platform for young budding talent like Gautami, and we are happy to unveil this book, “ said Kinjal Shah, CEO of Crossword Bookstores. 

The event concluded with Gautami Shankar reading excerpts of her book and an interaction with the guests at the event.

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 ​About author:
Gautami Shankar is a 19-year-old student of KC College pursuing her Bachelors in History. She has written a variety of things ranging from micro fiction to academic papers. A member of FWA (Film Writers Association), she likes to write screenplays. A regular wattpad writer, she started writing this book at the age of 15. Apart from writing, Gautami loves to read classics and is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She lives in Mumbai.
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 About
 The Write Place:
The Write Place is the premier destination for authors to arrive with their stories, ideas and content, and see it being transformed into a finished book. Launched in 2014, this 
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 publishing initiative by Crossword 
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 Bookstores was started with the aim to enable aspiring authors to reach out to readers. 
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 Crossword has been part of the book retail industry for nearly twenty-five years –  
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 The Write Place
 is the author’s perfect publishing companion every step of the way.

The Write Place not only takes care of the prepress side of things, but also takes care of design, production, distribution, warehousing, logistics, marketing, and most important of them all, marketing and sales at Crossword Bookstores as well as most online bookstores in India. The idea is to provide a legitimate platform to authors who indeed have a story to tell. 
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So far,  
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 The Write Place
 has published many books under its banner, across a range of genres. Business As Usual by Deepak Chawla, The Rigveda Code by Rashmi Chendvankar, Kabira – Not Until I Die by Arvind Parashar, and Stormbringer by Archita Mishra are a few of the bestsellers so far. ​



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