Book released by Anupam Kher
Leadstart Publishing and Granth Book Store launched “The Divine And The Destiny” by Meenakshi Raina Filmmakers Sudhir Mishra, Piyush Jha, Ashoke Pandit and other celebrities graced the occasion Mumbai, 3rd March 2013: Leadstart Publishing and Granth Book Store played host to the launch of “The Divine And The Destiny” by Meenakshi Raina. An intriguing novel, which will take you on a riveting journey of uncertainty and keep you hooked. The audience was enthralled when notable actor Anupam Kher released the book. Filmmakers Sudhir Mishra, Piyush Jha, Ashoke Pandit and other celebrities graced the occasion Meenakshi Raina read excerpts from the book that captured the attention of the audience. Everyone was interested as the passages that were read out and content of the book was fresh, creating a story etched in the minds of all those present. Swarup Nanda, CEO, Leadstart Publishing said, “Leadstart Publishing has always promoted a lot of first time writers who have strong stories to share, Meenakshi is one such author. The story of Kashmiri Pandits mass exodus from their motherland has been dealt with by the media as a political story, never has it been as fascinatingly written from the point of view of the Pandits who were made to abandon their homeland by force. It is a wonderful story of a human being’s courageous journey painted on a spectacular canvas of emotions” Meenakshi Raina (Author) said ,"I have been a witness to the mass exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits, in 1990 and while writing this book, I have re-lived this tragedy which is full of noxious memories, terror and trauma. My personal experiences, combined with my imagination has created this touching story of upheaval. The Divine And The Destiny - is an attempt to go beyond what has been documented in the books of History." Synopsis of the book: The Divine And The Destiny: • The tale begins in Kashmir, God’s own land on Earth in the motherland of the Kashmir Pandits. The occurrences in the book begin in the year 1990, which saw a mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from their own soil due to threat to life and mass killings by the Separatists. The Divine And the Destiny is the story of Shereen, a young Kashmiri Pandit girl, and her family. The book is about their struggles in order to cope with losing everything in an instant and their attempts to deal with it, to try to eventually gain everything they have lost. Would Shereen who is growing up find her love amidst all the uncertainty? About the author Meenakshi Raina: MeenakshiRaina was born in Jammu but lived her childhood years in Kashmir Valley. She did her schooling from Kashmir and migrated to Jammu after the turmoil in the valley in the year 1990. She did her graduation in science from Camp College, Jammu and her post-graduation, Master of Management Studies (M.M.S) from University of Mumbai in the year 1997. She qualified the UGC, NET (National Educational Test) for Lectureship in the year 2000 and also worked as a lecturer at Govt. S.P.M.R College of Commerce, Jammu. After her marriage, she moved to Delhi and worked as a lecturer in a management institute. She migrated to Canada in the year 2001, and lives with her husband in Toronto, Canada. She belongs to an educated Kashmiri Pandit family; her father Shri. JankiNathBhat is a retired engineer and her mother Smt. UshaKashkari, a retired professor. Since her childhood, writing poems has been her passion both in Hindi and English languages. The Divine And The Destiny is her debut novel. Recently, she has been contributing poems and articles to the web magazine - Shehjar.