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Sonam K Ahuja launched Khalid Mohamed’s debut novel ‘The Aladia Sisters’, by Om Books International at Toy Room Club, Aloft Hotel, New Delhi, Aerocity

Sonam K Ahuja launched Khalid Mohamed’s debut novel ‘The Aladia Sisters’,

Om Books International along with Toy Room Club, New Delhi hosted the launch of The Aladia Sisters Khalid Mohamed’s debut novel, on 23rd October 2019. The novel was launched by Bollywood Actor Sonam K Ahuja, who spoke about Khalid Mohamed’s immense contribution to Hindi cinema.

On the occasion, Sonam K Ahuja, Khalid Mohamed, Dipa Chaudhuri, and Ajay Mago shared their experiences of putting together the book with Puja Talwar, Editor – GoodTimes

About the book

Traversing the era of the British Raj, the Partition and India’s Independence to the here and now of the Internet millennium, the story of six sisters of a patriarchal Muslim family is investigated by a journalist. Before coming of age, the sisters had run away in the deep cover of the night from a Haryana village to define their lives and destinies. Began an undeclared game of may-the-best-sister win. Earn money, express inchoate talents in the arts, hook the richest husband, raise the next generation right – these were just a scattering of their to-do list. Through confidences and vignettes, updates and interviews, the Mumbai journalist travel between Delhi, Ajmer, Mount Abu, and London, to recreate the narrative of a confederacy of women who dared to break the rules way before they were written. The story – blending fact and fiction – could have been chronicled only by one journalist, the grandson of one of the sisters.

About the Author

Khalid Mohamed started as a reviewer and co-editor during his teenage years, for Close-Up, a film society quarterly magazine. He then covered crime, politics and the arts for The Times of India, Mumbai, from the mid-1970s, engaged in daily reporting and film criticism. Appointed Media Editor of the paper, he went on to serve as editor of Filmfare magazine, while continuing as the daily’s film critic for 27 years. He reviewed television for The Economic Times besides contributing articles to The Illustrated Weekly of India and Femina. His writing has also been featured in India Today, The Indian Express, The Telegraph, the international film weekly, Variety, and in the Sunday Observer, London. He was a film critic for Mid-day, Senior Editor of DNA newspaper, and National Culture Editor and film critic for the Hindustan Times. A post-graduate in Political Science from Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College, he has translated eminent painter M.F. Husain’s autobiography – Where Art Thou? – from Hindustani to English. He has written the original stories and screenplays for three films by Shyam Benegal: Mammo, Sardari Begum, and Zubeidaa. He wrote the original stories and screenplays for the films, Fiza, Tehzeeb and Silsiilay and also directed them. He was playwright and director of the stage play Kennedy Bridge. His documentaries The Last Irani Chai, Little Big People on Mumbai’s street children, and The Master: Shyam Benegal, have been widely screened at international film festivals and on television. He has written two short story collections – Two Mothers and Other Stories and Faction: Short Stories by 22 Film Personalities

Akshay Anand, Owner, Toy Room Club, New Delhi:

“We feel extremely honored to be given the opportunity to host the book launch of Mr. Mohamed’s debut novel- The Aladia Sisters. On behalf of my entire team at Toy Room Club, New Delhi, I would like to wish all the very best for this new development and continued success for all his future endeavors.”

Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International:

The Aladia Sisters celebrates the novel as an art form. The story started germinating years ago and took on different art forms before transforming into a novel spanning three generations. Destiny’s twists and turns, and the choices made by the protagonists—six sisters—caught at the crossroad of the nation’s and their personal histories, make it a novel reminiscent of the classics we grew up with.

About Om Books International

One of the largest English language trade publishers in the Indian subcontinent, Om Books International has been a name to reckon with for over five decades in the Indian publishing and retail industry. Headquartered in Noida, OBI has a diverse publishing list including cinema, biography, memoir, mind-body-spirit, photo essay, art, architecture, lifestyle, fiction — commercial and literary. OBI has an equally strong and varied child and publishing programme under its imprint, OmKidz.