Kitaab launches crowdfunding campaign ‘Ganga Jamuna’ with author Sunita Lad Bhamray to help a family in Nepal

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A ‘novel’ project that wants to support a real family in Nepal that inspired the writer to write a novel has been launched on crowdfunding site, Indiegogo.com

Dummy cover of the novel, Ganga Jamuna

Dummy cover of the novel, Ganga Jamuna

Sunita Lad Bhamray is an Indian author based in Singapore and she has written a novel that is based on a true story of a woman from Nepal. The novel titled, Ganga and Jamuna, is being published by Kitaab this year.

Singaporean publishing house Kitaab International Pte Ltd, together with the author, has now launched a crowdfunding campaign, to raise funds for the Napalese family that inspired the author to pen this novel in the first place. “I am very keen to support this  woman and her child who reside in far away Nepal,” Sunita told Kitaab.org.

“The story of Ganga Jamuna came to me through a newspaper article that I had read almost three years ago,” she said. “It was about the poignant story of a family from Nepal. Days passed but key facts about their hardship kept spinning in my mind, and an idea was born!”

Ganga Jamuna is Sunita Lad Bhamray's third book. Her first book was 'Triumphs on the Turf'-- a one of a kind book on horse racing in India in the seventies. Her second book, Grandma Lim’s Persimmons, is a fun read for young children.

Ganga Jamuna is Sunita Lad Bhamray’s third book. Her first book was ‘Triumphs on the Turf’– a one of a kind book on horse racing in India in the seventies. Her second book, Grandma Lim’s Persimmons, is a fun read for young children.

“Soon the idea took firm root and began to sprout leaves,” she added. “My words started to flow in multitudes and my novel commenced. Hand in hand with the saga that was being created on paper, the thought of the unfortunate family began to take on a new meaning for me and I was now on a mission. But I knew that I had to strike a balance for my readers. I had to be mindful of the creative aspect of the novel versus the humanitarian ideals that I had set for it. So I was constantly steering my words in a way that drove home a point and yet stayed true to my heart! When I was half way through writing the story however, disaster struck. Nepal, where the story had its core was hit by a massive earthquake leading to immense misfortune. Now I was certain that the quest that I had undertaken was meant for reasons way larger than I had anticipated. The novel Ganga Jamuna needed to be read by many to warrant some hope.”

Sunita clarified that the story was not a biography but a work of fiction.

On her publishing deal with Kitaab, she mentioned that she was lucky to find a like minded publisher. “Kitaab International too decided to put aside personal gains in favour of supporting the less fortunate and we decided to start a crowdfunding campaign,” she added.

Read more about the novel campaign here and show your support to this noble cause.

 

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Author: Zafar Anjum

I am a writer based in Singapore.

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