Friday, February 17, 2006

My love is a red, red rose

Ashitechhe! Aashitechhe! Aashitechhe!
Coming soon! Coming soon! Coming soon!
The latest sensation in romance literature! This is a love story that will stay with you without your ever having to say you are sorry! The love story to beat all love stories!!
You've heard of doctor-nurse romances. Now get your teeth into the latest buzzword in romance -- Media-PR Romances. A sensational new debut by two gifted writers -- The Marauder's Map and Ronita Dutta of Life's Like That!
The Title: Passion's New Byline
The protagonists: Snooty but mild-mannered journalist from Delhi and ambitious young PR upstart. She is cruelly beautiful, but not a bimbette!
The tagline: He couldn't stand PR women, till he met Her.
The plot: The snooty man with a golden heart and a diffident manner thinks all PR people are dumb and vacuous. He is much given to rants against the entire tribe of PR people, but he doesn't know love waits to ensnare him just around the office coffee machine.
The vivacious young girl is out to reach the top -- and she doesn't mind how she gets there. Bitchy and aggressive, APP (Aggressive PR Person) thinks all men are wimps, till she meets MMJ (Mild-Mannered Journalist).
Exclusive excerpts for the privileged few readers of this blog. This is romance to set your pulses racing!
He carelessly whipped out the stylish dictaphone from his bag, muscles rippling in the golden sunlight. She quickly averted her eyes, but not before feeling her stomach muscles tighten at the sight. 'Get a grip on yourself', she told herself sternly. He's only a man, a journalist at that.
She handed over the press release to him, trying not to flinch. Steady, old girl, she told herself. She looked up, into his fine, sensitive eyes as their fingers touched. Her insides melted into an amorphous mass of desire. She drew back even as she saw a startled look come into his eyes. The atmosphere was electric.
The rose of romance blossoms during a shared car ride to an interview.
The confined space inside the car as they travelled all the way to Gurgaon seemed charged with electricity. The tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife. She looked across at him, brooding silently while looking out of the window. Suddenly, he turned to her. She raised expectant eyes at his chiselled features. "Umm, what's the name of this guy I am meeting again?" he asked. She wanted to kill him, she wanted, oh-so-badly, to draw his head down towards hers and whisper into his ear. But it wasn't the name of the CEO they were going to meet she had in mind.
About the authors: The Marauder's Map is a journalist who lives in the sunny city of Bangalore. Happily married to the man of her dreams (who, unfortunately, is NOT a PR guy), she spends her time between cutting edge articles and romance writing, which is her passion. She loves dogs and cute, cuddly children.
Ronita Dutta also lives in Bangalore and works in the PR industry, which gives her a ring-side view into the dynamics of this noble profession. She is going to be
happily married to the man of her dreams soon (who, alas, is also not a PR guy) and hopes to fill her home with the red rose of romance.
Watch out for the book at a gleaming, marble-and-glass chain bookstore near you soon. The authors are open to interviews, but only international publications with circulations in the millions need apply.
Publisher's note: All characters in this book are entirely a product of the authors' collective imagination. Any resemblance to persons living, dead or working in the media are completely coincidental.


At February 18, 2006 10:32 AM, Blogger Rimi said...

oh my goddd , you wickedly hilarious people, you! you made me choke on my lazy saturday morning cup of tea! "an amorphous mass of desire", indeed. thees ees tha totaal fatafatizzz!

At February 18, 2006 11:28 AM, Blogger Jabberwock said...

This reminds me, I have to create a separate category for PR-related posts on my sidebar. Btw, for an alternative version of the car story, you can plagiarise this.

At February 18, 2006 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HILARIOUS!!! cant wait to get the whole read now ;-)

At February 18, 2006 11:51 AM, Blogger AB said...


At February 18, 2006 12:01 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Marauder my dear!!*muuuaaah* This is absolutely wonderful. You have highlighted the most interesting aspects of our book so beautifully. In the next bit of promotional blogging that we do, we must stress on the "1st date at Appu Ghar" chapter. What say!? :P

At February 18, 2006 12:26 PM, Blogger Tridib said...

Brillianto! If only Messrs. Mills and Boon knew what heights of creativity can be achieved by people fed on a steay diet of their mushy pulp, they would have been ecstatic!

At February 18, 2006 5:25 PM, Blogger Jade said...

@Tridib: You know, something tells me Mills and Boon were not men. ;)

@The Marauder's Map: Is Miss Dutta's fiance a journalist? Just wondering. :P

At February 18, 2006 9:58 PM, Blogger Ron said...

@Jasmine: Alas!! Ms.Dutta's fiance is not a journalist.Electrified car rides did not happen for Ms. Dutta. The tragedy of it all!! *Siiiiighhhs* :P

At February 20, 2006 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if it gets made into a movie, we would like to suggest a song made popular by our very own Samit Basu. From the old classic, Operation Diamond Racket starring Dr. Raj (no less) Not sure if its a romantic song but it has the words...If you come wrong can you go with a gem like that.

At February 21, 2006 5:49 PM, Blogger The Marauder's Map said...

Rimi, AB, anonymous, Tridib: Thankee thankee. *Deep bow*.

Jabberwock: Erm, you should. Yes, absolutely. Yeah, right. Sidebar, yes. Right. Right. Right.

Ron: Hey there, partner in crime. Are we good, or what?

Ph: Brilliant idea. Will just call publisher to sort out copyright issues.

At February 21, 2006 8:21 PM, Blogger thorswheels said...

Do they make love?

At February 22, 2006 11:51 AM, Blogger Roshomon said...

Hilarious...bloody brilliant!

At February 22, 2006 4:21 PM, Blogger Rajiv said...

riveting.. :)))

At February 22, 2006 5:15 PM, Blogger Lahar said...

Thrilling stuff. I can't wait for Chapter 2- "her knees felt like marshmallows when she saw his face among one of the photos that would go into the next day's version of Page Three. He was with a firaang chick called Angela, but the attached caption cruelly read "Angela and Friend".....the wavy hair was his, and so was the shy smile, but she certainly didnt want any part of the arm that snaked over Angela's neck, went around her shoulder and pointed suspiciously downwards.....

At February 23, 2006 10:10 PM, Blogger Inkblot said...

cute. very cute. i like.

At February 24, 2006 12:47 PM, Blogger 4wD said...

Hey hey hey ... can i be in the book? I can be the crazed warrior prince that kidnaps the lady, and she falls in love with me for my white arab horse named Sheikh Al-Poosam.

Then there's *conflict*, which is absolutely necessary for any story to be good.

At February 24, 2006 7:19 PM, Blogger The Marauder's Map said...

Fool on the Hill: No, they sit and do a satsang and sing mata ke bhajans.

Roshomon, Rajiv, Inkblot: Thanks for kind words, sirs and sirees.

Lahar, 4wd: Hey, you guys are good. You're really good. Makes me think we girls were not the only ones hiding Mills and Boons under O P Malhotra maths textbooks in Class 10. Let me consult my co-author about the possibility of including you as co-authors on this important project. What a winner!

At February 27, 2006 7:10 PM, Blogger Lahar said...

Marauder, I wouldn't mind. I can even play prima donna and throw artistic tantrums and stubbornly refuse to allow anyone to edit my work.

And I've read *one* MB in my life. Just to find out what it was like. It was ghastly.

At March 01, 2006 4:26 PM, Blogger Anindita Sengupta said...

Wicked! :D

At March 24, 2006 3:15 AM, Blogger Ashish Gupta said...

bottomline - where & when can I get my hands on this book ????


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