Jumbo Editorial Team
The Muscat-based author, Sunaina Serna Ahluwalia, having come to the limelight with the publication of her first book ‘A Safe Harbour’ in 2009, has joined the big league with her third book ‘An Autumn Melody’ having been brought out by Rupa Publications, one of the leading Indian publishers. Her second book ‘Point of No Return’ was also a success story.
‘An Autumn Melody’ is the saga of the very rich, powerful and decadent society who are convinced that they can afford to dabble in just about anything, including murder, as they can easily get away with it.
It tells us about Darshana’s journey through life, one which she manages, despite all the odds, along with the three men who play a key role in it. Kirat, her alcoholic husband, Robi Ghosh, a prizewinning photographer and Rizwan, her first and most intense love who waits for and watches over her, but always from a distance.
“Since its launch, the book has been receiving rave reviews which are a proof that it has been accepted by the readers. I have been receiving several calls of my readers who went through the book and the publishers too are overwhelmed with the response,” Sunaina Ahluwalia was quoted as saying.
Her first book ‘A Safe Harbour’ was a family-oriented story while the second one ‘Point of No Return’ was a thriller. She has talked about various aspects of social life in her third book ‘An Autumn Melody’ which proves her versatility as a writer.
“I had realised that as a reader I have enjoyed different topics and authors and I should deliver the same to my readers as well,” she remarked. Sunaina Serna Ahluwalia, whose favourite authors include Colleen McCullough, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and Margaret Mitchell, has been based in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman for over two decades.
She is basically a free-lance advertising and public relations professional who has maintained great passion for writing.
“Writing certainly needs a certain amount of discipline. I set a minimum target of 1,000 words a day which could occupy two to three hours of my day. This would mean not attending phone calls, cut off from the net and emails and any other bustle. And having reading time is a must,” she explained in an interview
“I love travelling and meeting new people. Anything that gets me excited, I pour it into my books. My first book was based in India and Oman. Readers like variety, so there is nothing like knowing about a new place or reading about a place that you are very familiar with,” she added.
Sunaina Serna Ahluwalia cares for the society and she is also into social service.
“As a general manager of Omani Women’s Guild I squeeze for raising funds for charity. Time management is the essence when it comes to a woman like me who has her hands full. But my message to all the women out there is to be good receptors. Especially in a place like Oman where women are on par with men, women should be open to ideas and be generous in passing their knowledge and expertise. Only by doing that can we move forward as a nation and as individuals,” she noted.