Ashok K. Banker

Ashok Banker November 2013

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477 Responses to “Readerswrite2013”

  1. Anush says:

    Hi Ashok,

    Is there a way to subscribe to to follow the forums without paying for a subscription?

    • Ashok says:

      Hi Anush,

      Thanks for your query. Sorry, no there isn’t. Only subscribers can access the forums. As of 31st December 2013, this Readerswrite2013 page will close and thereafter, the only way to contact me directly will also be through the Forums.

      Happy Reading! :-)


      • Anush says:

        Thanks for the quick reply as usual.

        I think I will bite the bullet and buy an e-reader and get a subscription. I am losing patience waiting for your books to be published :(.

        Thanks again.

        • Ashok says:

          Good idea anyway, not just for my books but for books in general. I am now able to get so many books I couldn’t get which are out of print or just too expensive to keep ordering from Amazon US or UK, and carry hundreds on my ereader. It’s awesome. Doesn’t replace print books, just as paperbacks don’t replace hardcover or vice versa. Just adds another terrific option.

          Unfortunately, AKB eBOOKS is not open to subscriptions right now and will take a while to reopen, probably around March-April. But it’ll still be better than waiting for the print editions since many of my titles in various series are not going to appear in print at all.

          Wishing you Happy Reading 2014! :-)


  2. Alekhya Audi says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am Alekhya Audi, the President of the Literary Arts Society at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and we would be organizing the second edition of the IIT Bombay Lit Fest this year.

    IIT Bombay has a vibrant culture of students and faculty who have interests across various genres, the people are extremely interactive and receptive to new ideas and thoughts. The Lit Fest aims to showcase Literature, and provide opportunities to interact with eminent personalities such as yourself. We as the students of IIT Bombay would really like to have you as a speaker at the second edition of the Lit Fest, having read your work ‘Sons of Sita’. We are very keen to have you with us since one of the themes for the fest is ‘Mythology in Indian Literature’.

    We plan to have the fest in the dates 24th-26th January, 2014. If these do not work for you, could you please let us know a set of dates that would work with you?

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Alekhya Audi
    Institute Literary Arts Secretary
    IIT Bombay
    E-mail ID:

    • Ashok says:

      Dear Alekhya Audi,

      Thank you for your very kind invitation and even kinder words. IIT is certainly prestigious and I’m honored to be invited to speak. However, I am unable to accept speaking invitations to any forum on any topic for the time being. Thank you again for thinking of me and wish you all the best with the event.

      Happy Reading! :-)


  3. Sukhvinder Kaur says:

    Hi :)

  4. Sneha Ramachandran says:

    Hello Mr. Banker,

    Loved your Ramayana interpretation! I want to know more about Lakshmana (more detail/depth), could you suggest some references that I could have a look at! This is for a play that I am trying to put together!

    Looking forward to your reply!


    • Ashok says:

      Hello Sneha,

      Thank you for the kind words. The best and richest source of information about all the people and characters in the epics is the epics themselves, ideally in their original Sanskrit if you can read it. If not, then, in a good side-by-side translation (Sanskrit-English). There is so much more depth and detail in the epics than any retelling or translation has been able to give us to date that it is like discovering the stories and people / characters for the first time. It’s amazing how much the retellers, translators and other scholars have all left out. You have to read the original to know what I mean. Do make an attempt if you want more authentic detail and depth. Anything else, including my own work, is at best a clumsy remaining, not the real thing. :-)


  5. SS says:

    I am an advertising writer, with aspirations of writing my own full-length book. I have self-published a book earlier, entitled ‘Route 55 – Your shortcut to entertainment’. I would like to get in touch with you to discuss my idea and get feedback on the same from an established writer like yourself, however I would like to do so on a private forum. Please do let me know if there is any way I can get in touch with you to do so.

    • Ashok says:

      Hi SS,

      All the best writing the book. That’s the only advice I can offer!

      If you want more: read plenty of books like the one you plan to write, think, work things out, and make up your own mind. The beauty of the book business is that true success comes only from the author independently deciding what to write, how to write it, and then doing it. Nobody else’s advice is worth a damn, not mine or anyone else’s! Write a great book and send it to a publisher or publish it yourself. That’s what I would say to you in person and I’m saying it here. Have a great time writing it! :-)

      Best wishes,


  6. Alok Survatia says:

    Dear Respected Ashok ji,

    Read an article by you in a magazine named Soul Space, which was an extract from your book “Valmiki Syndrome”. It describes well about balance and vision. I would like to send you a book named Kashi Marnanmukti (language – Hindi) by Shri Manoj Thakkar and Rashmi Chhazed. If you are comfortable with Hindi then let me know the postal address to which it can be sent. You will really enjoy going through it and know about the Author.


    Alok Survatia

    • Ashok says:

      Dear Alok,

      Just Ashok will be fine, thank you. :-) I appreciate your kind offer and your kind words about the extract from The Valmiki Syndrome. But would not be able to share my postal address or accept the book. I’ve noted the book you mentioned and will look it up independently. Thanks for the reference and wish you Happy Reading.


  7. Dear Ashok Sir,

    This is an Invitation to the Literary Festival of IIT Bombay, held as a part of Mood Indigo 2013 (20th-23rd Dec), Asia’s largest cultural college festival. We have had the honour of hosting many distinguished people at our event, Sir Mark Tully, Ratan Tata, Harsha Boghle being a few. If you would please send me the details of your agent/publisher, I shall forward the official mail to you. Your work, especially on Indian mythology has the potential to change our generation’s perspective on Indian culture. I know this is at a very short notice, but I hope you are able to find time to attend our event, even if it for a day.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Aniket Deshmukh

    • Ashok says:

      Dear Aniket,

      Nice to hear from you. Mood I is an institution in Bombay and it’s very nice of you to invite me.

      However, as you pointed out, it’s very short notice and this is the holiday and travel season, so I am already committed on those dates and will not be in town. Wish you and your colleagues all the best with the festival!

      Happy Reading!


  8. ashish says:

    respected ashok sir, now I have read your all available books atleast 3 times, and can say that it is not enough. they require more studying to understand the deep meaning. I am really thankful for your generous gift. and I am very happy that soon more of your books will be in our hands. sir, I live near delhi, is there a way that when you come to delhi for any program I can meet you? I mean how can I know the date of your next program to delhi?

    • Ashok says:

      Dear Ashish,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for the very kind words. You are very generous too, to praise my efforts so much. I have been to Delhi several times in the past few years, but at present, there are no plans for me to visit there or attend any event for the foreseeable future.

      But you can always contact me by writing to me here and stay connected by continuing to read my books!

      Wishing you Happy Reading! :-)


  9. sister Lissy says:


    Please send me your email Id.

    We had published one of your books way back in 80’s in Bandra. Do you remember?

    Hope to hear from you.

    Sr Lissy

    • Ashok says:

      Sr Lissy,

      How lovely to hear from you!

      Of course I remember: Amazing Adventure at Chotta Sheher was my first published book, brought out under the Better Yourself Books imprint in 1992. :-)

      Have emailed you within minutes of receiving your comment (above). Look forward to your response via email.

      Best wishes


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