Knowing The Taj Conspiracy

‘The Taj Conspiracy’ , when I heard this name for the first time, I was intrigued. When I discussed this name with some of my friends and followers on twitter, all they could think of was the terror attack on Hotel Taj, Mumbai. One could never think of the fact that it might be the name of a book. Yes, thats right. It’s a book by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar ( @manreetss ) .

 The book was recently launched at Blue Frog, The Kila, Delhi and I was lucky enough to be a part of the event. Thanks to Westland Books ( @WestlandBooks ) , who have published the book. Before I go further I would also like to thank Mr. Vivek Tejuja ( @vivekisms ) who introduced me to the team of Westland Books.

I had never attended any book launch in my life so I was very excited to be there. The event was very well managed and famous filmmaker and artiste Mr. Muzaffar Ali graced the evening as the guest of honor. Many avid readers and people from the publication industry were present there at the event.

A member of team Westland Books introducing the author Manreet Sodhi Someshwar (left)
The event started with the introduction of the author followed by the release of the book. Post that, renowned theater personality Bubbles Sabharwal and entrepreneur Vipin Pasricha discussed about the book with the author and read a few excerpts from the book in a very impressive way. I personally have never seen someone reading with so much expression. Also, I got to know that they run a book reading club at the famous India Habitat Centre in Delhi during their introduction.

Manreet Sodhi Someshwar (Left) in discussion with Bubbles Sabharwal (Center) and Vipin Pasricha (Right)

Post the reading session, there was a Q&A session with the audience where people asked Manreet about the book and her idea behind touching a subject like this. It was turning out to be an interesting session but due to shortage of time, it could not continue for long. I also had a few questions in my mind, but couldn’t ask and waited for the next day which turned out to be more awesome than this one.

On the very next day i.e. 8th June 2012,  Westland Books had invited a few bloggers for a blogger’s lunch with the author. I was one of the few lucky ones who got a chance to get up close and personal with Manreet. The venue was Punjab Grill Restaurant ( @Punjabgrill ) at Select City Walk Mall, Saket. A very famous restaurant which is mentored by Jiggs Kalra, who is popularly known as the “Czar Of Indian Cuisine” and the place offered a perfect ambiance and an amazing three course  meal. Definitely one of the best that I had in my life.

The session started with an introduction of all the people present there. Bloggers of various age groups and different walks of life were present. All of them had one thing in common, that is, the passion for reading and exploring things. I also got a chance to chat with Manreet and to ask a few questions about the book. One of the questions was related to the kind of research she had put into the book. I’ve been reading the book since last two days and the kind of facts it has revealed, I am sure not many of us must be knowing about Taj Mahal. And I am also sure that by the time I will finish the book, there would be an urge to visit the Taj again and look out for all the things that are mentioned in the book.

Few people that I reckon who were present there were Arcopol Chaudhari ( @Mishtydoi ), Saumya Kulshreshtha ( @SaumyaKul ), Aneela Z Babar ( @AneelaBabar ), Jaya Bhattarcharji Rose ( @JBhattacharji ). All of us shared about our interests and experiences with different books and other things.

Also an interesting thing happened, I was tweeting during the meet and one of my twitter friends who herself is a very good blogger Chintan Gupta ( @PatleeKamar ) tweeted to me that she follows Manreet through her blog and is one of her fans. I asked her if she wants to speak to Manreet for a few seconds, after some initial moments of hesitation, she called up all the way from London and Manreet was kind enough to take her call and had a chit chat with her. I’m glad that I could connect both of them though for a few minutes only.

Manreet reading an excerpt from her book “The Taj Conspiracy”

Post the scrumptious main course,  Manreet read a few excerpts form her book and threw some light on what the book is all about. She also met the famous writer Kushwant Singh a day before and shared the whole experience with us along with her pic with him. Later on, more discussion about the book with yummy desserts happened. Let me just say, the Litchi Kheer was sheer awesomeness.

While we were winding off, Mr Tarun Seth, VP (Planning and Operations) of Lite Bite Foods, who manages the restaurant Punjab Grill himself came up to meet all the people present, which was very kind of him. The hospitality of the place was of the top order and I strongly recommend you to go there and have a meal. Westland Books handed us meal vouchers for Punjab Grill along with gift voucher for Crossroads with which I got the other book written by Manreet – The Long Walk Home. 😀

Before I sign off from this post, I would really like to thank Shalini Raghavan from Westland Books for giving me a chance to be a part of something like this. I would always cherish these moments. And yea, Arcopol clicked some wonderful pictures that he shared with us on twitter, from which one I’m posting here.

All the bloggers at the lunch (Photo Credit : Arcopol Chaudhari )

3 thoughts on “Knowing The Taj Conspiracy

  1. That’s quite a narration of the event and thank you for the efforts. I loved speaking to the lady and wish her best for the book. Please do write the review.

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