You are the Best Wife: A True Love Story Paperback – 23 November 2015
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"The loving heart of a beautiful soul Bhavna, encouraged Ajay to fight back and start looking at life in a positive way." - India Café 24
“Very few books enable you to live an entire lifetime through another human's eyes. This one does.” - Keshav Aneel, Author of Promise Me a Million Times
"Bhavna was a great soul and I’m sure her words and positivity towards life will inspire a lot of hearts." - Vishal Anand, Author of Emotions Unplugged
"I always define love as combination of Trust, Care & Romance, and this book carries the perfect proportion of the trio.” - Akansh Malik, Author of Love Heals Everything
"The perfect gift for your loved ones." - Karan Parmanandka, Author of The Monsoon Murders
"Bhavna's beautiful nature and the author's love for his wife will linger behind." - Purba Chakraborty, Author of Walking in the Street of Love & Destiny and The Hidden Letters
“This is a story that teaches us to prize the important yet simple things in our life.” - Arka Chakrabarti, Author of The Secrets of the Dark & The Saga of Agni
About the Author
From the Publisher
A Conversation with Ajay K Pandey
Having an interaction with such an author who penned down a story which is on his own life is very rare. We got the chance to interact with Ajay K Pandey, who authored “You are the best wife”. It’s the story of Ajay and his beloved late wife Bhavna.
Q: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What is your professional background? Why did you write this book?
Ajay: Thanks for honouring me. I grew up in the modest NTPC township of Rihand Nagar, a small town on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. I studied Engineering from IERT, Allahabad and did my MBA at IIMM (Pune) before taking up a job in a corporate firm. I am currently working with Cognizant, Pune.
Coming to your last question, why I wrote this book? Honestly, I never thought of writing. And, writing a novel was never my cup of tea. After my dear wife Bhavna left me, I was in deep pain. I hardly went for work. Neither, I chose to be part of any family or social gatherings. The pain was so much that I had to expel it somewhere. I kept on writing my feelings on paper. Never realized when it turned to a book. Memory of Bhavna has always inspired me. I am sure, her journey can inspire others too. She is the only inspiration behind this writing. The book is a small effort to make her memories everlasting.
Q: Please tell us a bit about You are the Best Wife.
Ajay: The book is a true rousing tale of two individuals with incongruous ideologies who fell in love. My character, Ajay is a planner for life who believes in living for himself. While Bhavna makes me breathe in each instant and teaches me to live for others. Our journey is full of happy moments but also comes with pain.
The book covers the change in how two people glance at the world and the way the world looks at them. We decided to never give up on our love in face of adversities, until fate revealed its plans after my wife left me halfway through our wonderful journey. However, Bhavna still gives me the power to live on, and carry out the pledge of love that she made me promise her.
Q: The book has a sad ending. What do you want the readers to 'take-away' from the book?
Ajay: You know, our life is how we see it. If we hold on to something sad, we will never be able to enjoy our present. We will never know what God has stored for us. Though the ending is sad, but it is not stereo type tragically. The ending has hope and inspiration. From the very first page, till the last page, the book has many hidden messages. The main message that I wish to highlight is, those who are born will diesome day. However, the path we choose to reach the destination is what matters. Quality of life matters, not the quantity. Youngsters spend their life arguing, fighting with their loved ones while we never know, if and how much time we have to express our love to our beloved. We all should express our love before it’s too late.
Q: Which character in the book is your favourite?
Ajay: Bhavna will remain my favourite character, not only in book but in real life too. She is so full of life. Her positivity towards life still inspires me to live.
I am quoting one of her ideologies that always push me. There are two kinds of personalities. There are those who have everything and still complain as if they have nothing. And there are those who lose everything and act like life has given them everything. Sometimes both these personalities exist in the same soul. Kill the first one, I love the second.
Q: You have a strong social cause associated with your book. Can you please tell us about the activities involved?
Ajay: Not really a strong social cause. I believe, every one of us who are born comes with a purpose. The earnings from the book shall be donated to a charitable trust started on Bhavna’s name. I hope this money can be utilized for some good purpose. Bhavna’s journey have transformed many lives. Today, I can boast that Bhavna is the best wife. I believe, somewhere sitting in the heaven, Bhavna will at least say God, Ajay is a good husband.
Q: What’s next for you?
Ajay: I never thought to write a story, but this book has given me a lot of appreciation and enthusiasm. Every day, several readers enquire about my next book. I do not have courage to dishearten them. So yes, I am writing my second book. If things work well, hopefully it will release by next year.
Q: Is there any method to the way you write?
Ajay: I enter into the protagonist’s shoes and try to connect with my surroundings to make the story more realistic. I prefer to choose narration in first form. I have only one rule for writing – there shouldn’t be any irrelevant scene. Every current scene should be connected to the forthcoming event. I feel, morning is the best time to play with fresh ideas. Off course, I look for peace so that I can engrave my imagination on paper.
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- Item Weight : 249 g
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9789382665540
- ISBN-13 : 978-9382665540
- Dimensions : 12.95 x 1.42 x 19.69 cm
- Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors; First edition (23 November 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 9382665544
- Best Sellers Rank: #222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. "Never surrender!!!!" It doesn't matter whether it is world war III or some war in your personal life!
2. Quality is important, quantity is not. So, cherish all the happy moments (may be very few in quantity, doesn't matter) of your life & feel lucky to have those.
3. Appreciate your nearest & dearest ones saying that they are the best in their own ways. Then see the magic how it empowers them to be the best one!
Apart from these, I really enjoyed the author's sense of humour & appreciated the honesty with which he had described each of his feelings. So, guys, please read it & take a nice journey with Ajay & Bhavna......
Ofcourse, the book is love story of Ajay and Bhavna but their love story starts where other love stories ends. You will get to know some tricks to persuade your parents for love marriage ;-). You will smile at every page of first half and laugh at evey second page. He described that how caste system is the biggest hurdle in the way of intercaste marriages. The book also focuses on indian medical system that how medical expenses can break you down financially but at the some point of time friends becoming your backbone.
The book seems like you're watching a movie because words are easy to visualise. Description of every single character was is very detailed so it becomes convenient to draw a picture in mind(although I drew it in heart). The book is full of sensational moments and itsi not possible to leave it on mid pages. So, carry popcorn with you because it's hard to take breaks during reading.
This book or I say this story contains all the contents and elements which is required to form a typical Indian romantic fiction. Death of a beloved character makes a story immortal. The exact thing happened with the story of Bhavna and Ajay.
Narration of this book is pretty awesome which is one of the important factor that kept me regarding it. The way all emotions has been expressed led me fall into tears.
Of course from the beginning we can understand the end is gonna be sad but the sad ending is filled by the words. I don't feel empty inside.
A must book one has to read in his lifetime.
These lines including many others really gave a soul to the book :
"God, if i die tomorrow, please send me to hell. If by some mistake, I land up in heaven..If i get a chance to face you, believe me, I will take revenge against you for the injustice that you've done to me. Today, not only has my wife died; today you have died. There is no god for me now.
God, you tired to delete the most beautiful chapter of my life. I will write a book and will make Bhavna immortal in those pages.."
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I really wish best of luck to Author
The book was written by Ajay as a tribute to his wife bhavna.
I finished the book in single sitting and took about 3 hours to read it. After finishing the book I realized real love do exists.
I didn't feel it was his first book , the incident were described so clearly, the college ragging, his first meeting with bhavna, fresher's party, bhavna came to pune for Diwali and so many other occasions which they enjoyed together. Even how they both managed to get married inspite of different caste. Hats off to their love and determination.
I laughed on their sense of homour and I cried for the struggle they went through but i must say the book was written with a heart..
I would recommended to all friends of bhavna to read this book and they will get a chance to know her better.
All the best Ajay.