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'Inspirational Stories Of Invisible Indians'

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Why this book? And why should a reader pick up this book?
Because it will make you look at people and places around you with new eyes. Slums may look ugly, they may be ‘illegal' but there is much to learn from the people who live there. Despite difficult conditions, they manage to not just survive but thrive. The stories of these invisible ‘little Indians' are truly inspirational.

What does the book mean to you?
This book has been a huge challenge, and a tremendous learning experience. It took me out of my comfort zone and expanded the circumference of my heart!

How difficult was it to put the book together?
It was difficult because I started with no experience and very little empathy for the subject. It was the vision and enthusiasm of my co-author Deepak Gandhi which made this project happen, and kept it going. I must also thank our young photographer friend Dee who put his heart and soul into capturing the spirit of Dharavi visually.

When and where do you write?
At home, on the dining table. In airport waiting areas and in flights. In coffee shops and food courts. In the backseat of cars. And someday soon, I hope, a cottage in the Himalayas!

Where all did this book take you?
All across and everywhere in Dharavi, and yet each time we discovered something new. You can never ‘see' or experience it all!

Can you suggest another title to this book? Also give us a new blurb!
The Ugly Duckling, ‘What Dharavi can teach Mumbai's Beautiful People'.

What's your energy drink?
Masala chai

What makes a book a really good read or a bestseller?
The connection its author has with a Higher Source. The words merely flow through the author, so they are powerful and magnetic. That's the secret behind every kind of art which connects with people.

What's the hardest thing about being a writer?
Discipline

What are you reading now?
'Being in Love' by Osho

So, what's next?
A book on Indian women entrepreneurs, it will be out by the end of the year.

(Compiled By Jinoy Jose P.)