DAYS OF GOLD & SEPIA - Book reading and signing by author, Yasmeen Premji

6/29/2014 4:30 PM

DAYS OF GOLD & SEPIA - Book reading and signing by author, Yasmeen Premji

Book reading will be followed by Q&A, book signing and networking reception.

Days of Gold and Sepia
 is the fascinating saga of Lalljee Lakha, a penniless orphan, who rises from humble beginnings in his desert homeland of Kutch, to amass fortune and fame as‘Cotton King’ in Bombay. Set against the fascinating century that was India between the War of Independence in 1857 and the dawn of independence in 1947, and the backdrop of the vibrant city of Bombay, this sweeping tale is peopled by a rich array of characters, merchant princes and maharajas, courtesans and soothsayers, Europeans and Anglo-Indians, freedom fighters and soldiers of the British raj….  It is a story of the discovery of life and of a passionate and hopeless love, painting the portrait of a man of courage and character, of great personal integrity and human frailty, giving us a glimpse into another time, another era, through the perspective of one man’s incredible journey. 


Date: Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Venue: The Palace Indian Restaurant, 6131 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross, GA 30092

Reviews:
  
Shashi Tharoor:
“A hauntingly elegiac evocation of old Bombay , written with sensitivity and compassion, Days of Gold and Sepia marks the assured debut of a compelling story-teller.”
  
Girish Karnad: 
“….. A powerful narrative developed against the backdrop of a turbulent century, an epic cast of characters that involves the readers in their destinies by their authenticity and vitality, a rare sensitivity to the nuances of human passion and suffering…Such control of the craft of story-telling is astonishing in a fiction debut.”
  
ASIAN AGE, 29/8/2012 - Nawaid Anjum 
“… The richness and lucidity of the language is in absolute harmony with her vibrant characters, bristling with life. Classical story telling at its best, Days of Gold & Sepia is dazzling in its scope, ambitious in its conception and delightful and heartwarming in its execution.”
“It’s a story of vaulting ambition in the face of immeasurable adversity and the pangs of early adolescent love that’s doomed but remains lodged in the lovers’ hearts forever, like a lifelong ache.”
  
THE INDIAN EXPRESS - Geeta Doctor
“…. She weaves the glittering motes and dusty shadows that inhabit the mansions of her memory into a rich tapestry…. Woven with many motifs“
“.. in reminding us of our common humanity, Yasmeen Premji has given us a moment of reprieve to savour and to remember.”

“… there is something of the Galsworthian ideal of a beautiful woman who inspires a man to dream beyond his reach.”
  
DECCAN CHRONICLE - Nayare Ali
“The book tugs at the hearts rings from the onset. Gripping & evocative… the narrative is sensitively constructed with strong visual imagery …… the plot instantly captivating…Making for a compelling read.”
  
SOCIETY - Anupam Bijur
“ A mesmerizing raconteur ” (title of review)
- sweeping in scope - -
…there’s a compassionate tone you can’t miss, a certain kindness, a generosity of spirit ….
 
INDIA TODAY - Kaveri Bamzai
“The first instinct after reading the absorbing tale of Lalljee Lakha is to google the man and the remains of the empire he left behind….. it’s almost with a shock one realizes it was just a tale. A truly fascinating tale.”



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