Book Launch - Voice of the Runes by Manjiri Prabhu

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - - Saurabh Chawla

‘Voice of The Runes’, the 13th novel of Pune-based ac­claimed au­thor and Founder/Di­rec­tor of Pune In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val, Dr. Manjiri Prabhu, was launched in New Delhi by noted au­thor and MP Dr. Shashi

Tha­roor on 17th De­cem­ber

2018. Well-known au­thor, art critic and cul­tural the­o­rist Dr.

Alka Pande, presided over the event, who was later in con­ver­sa­tion with Dr. Prabhu and Dr. Tha­roor. The event took place in the pres­ti­gious In­dia In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre, New Delhi. ‘Voice of The Runes’ is a Mys­tery-Thriller story tak­ing place in Lund city of Swe­den, un­fold­ing in 36 hours. The unique­ness of the novel is that, though be­ing a book by an In­dian writer, it has no In­dian char­ac­ters and the au­then­tic­ity of the char­ac­ters, the events, the plot and the milieu is as good as writ­ten by an in­sider. Speak­ing about Dr. Prabhu’s books and writ­ing style, Dr. Tha­roor said, “Manjiri is an in­trepid writer be­cause she has ven­tured into places In­dian writ­ers haven’t ven­tured to, both ge­o­graph­i­cally and into the realm of in­ter­na­tional thriller writ­ing. She is about

Dr. Shashi Tha­roor Launched the book by Manjiri Prabhu, 'Voice of the Runes on 17th De­cem­ber in Delhi

the only one in In­dia to do this and has ven­tured out in an in­trepid fash­ion. Manjiri's books will help pre­serve the ap­peal of the mys­tery and thriller medium to lots of read­ers. Ba­si­cally what Manjiri is try­ing to do is write ex­ten­sively, at a pace, con­coct an in­ter­est­ing plot and put it to­gether in a way that will cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of the reader”. Com­ment­ing about the fe­male voice of writer, Dr. Tha­roor fur­ther said, “Prabhu writes about the emo­tions of the fe­male char­ac­ter, their mo­ti­va­tions and drive with an in­sight that per­haps only a woman writer could have brought” He fur­ther added, “Most thriller writ­ers tend to be men and one would ar­gue that their most fe­male char­ac­ters tend to be twodi­men­sional and that is one ad­van­tage Manjiri has. She does put her­self in the mind and emo­tion of the fe­male char­ac­ter”. While con­vers­ing with Dr. Manjiri Prabhu and Dr. Shashi Tha­roor, Dr. Alka Pande con­grat­u­lated Manjiri on be­ing a crack­ling story-teller. She said, its an un­put-down-able book. Manjiri is writ­ing in a genre which is a kind of cos­mopoli­tan and there are var­i­ous con­nec­tions like the runes, as­trol­ogy, myth, magic with are on a par­al­lel tra­jec­tory.

While talk­ing about her novel,

Dr. Prabhu ex­plained her genre of Des­ti­na­tion Thrillers se­ries of which ‘The Trail of four’ was the first novel based in Salzburg, Aus­tria and ‘Voice of The runes’ is the sec­ond one based in Lund, Swe­den. Re Parkar, a Paris-based in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist is the main pro­tag­o­nist in this se­ries.

The event was wellat­tended by lit­er­ary en­thu­si­asts and avid read­ers in Delhi. The novel is pub­lished by in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous pub­lish­ers ‘ Blooms­bury’. The novel is avail­able in all ma­jor stores and on­line por­tals like Ama­zon.

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