Rich, sad, and beautiful. Prepare yourselves. It’s going to be rough.
The Winter Song by Saurav Dutt released in December in the Romance genre.
Somewhere between the mountains and the mist in North India, a widower must reconcile himself to the loss and grief that haunts him after the recent death of his wife. Unhinged by grief, anger, and guilt, John Perera has set off on a journey, a journey to honour the love of his life and to fulfill the promise he made to her to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of their son. It is a journey of extraordinary self-discovery that will take him to the extremities of his soul and question all he believes about life, death, and faith.
From the acclaimed Author of ‘The Butterfly Room’ comes a powerful afterlife drama conveying how great gifts can be hidden in death and how they can bear fruit in our lives if we have the faith to let them unfold.
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Meet the Author:
Saurav Dutt is an Author, Political Columnist and Human Rights Campaigner. A journalist in three continents, his acclaimed debut novel ‘The Butterfly Room’ explored issues of domestic violence and homophobia within South Asian communities and has been showcased alongside leading political figures and human rights campaigners. His work for human rights and charity campaign work has taken Dutt to speaking engagements at the WEF, IKWRO, IWN, Houses of Parliament and TEDx. After exploring the issue of psychological abuse and domestic violence in ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ Dutt was commissioned by a major Hollywood production house to pen the official novelization of the major motion picture ‘Tiger’ (starring Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated actor Mickey Rourke) and he commemorated the centenary of the infamous Amritsar Massacre in India with ‘Garden of Bullets: Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh’ which was featured in TIME magazine. TIGER is the biographical account of Parminder Singh Nagra, a trailblazing Sikh boxer who fought successfully for the right to compete in the ring with his beard, an essential part of his faith. A syndicated political columnist, Dutt writes for the International Business Times, The Times of Israel, Human Events, and American Herald Tribune. He has featured on CNN, GQ, Huffington Post, BBC television and radio, RT (Russia Today), Press TV, Sky News and more. He resides in the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, and India.
On Loss, Giving Up, and Hope
by Saurav Dutt
Have you ever wanted to give up? Has a labour of love become so daunting, so impossible to adhere to, that you question why you even embarked on it in the first place? These labours, these journeys, these missions if you will, draw us to them even when we are determined to live our own lives and forget the truths that stalk us.
The protagonist of my new book ‘The Winter Song’ is no different to any one of us. We can lose a loved one too soon, we can live our lives in denial, we can neglect our loved ones, we can amble along in jobs we secretly despise, and we can kid ourselves into thinking we are invincible when fate and destiny have other ideas.
I love writing but I love writing about the human condition even more. The thought of putting together this novel troubled me because it meant facing up to some uncomfortable truths in my own life, for every character in every novel has a piece of the author in them. If any writer tells you otherwise, they’re lying.
And so, I set about talking about broken families, broken relationships, regret, words said in haste and anger, misspent youth, premature death. Why would I want to put myself through this trial by fire? The truth is I needed to exorcise my demons and I knew there would be readers out there that vicariously needed to do the same for themselves.
I stopped taking the easy way out in my writing when I decided I would only talk about what matters in life and how writing can be of consequence. It has taken me to some dark places, but I know that readers often look for answers in the dark too, and while love and romance can bring such joy and beauty, they often hide incredible sadness especially if you’ve lost the only person you’ve ever loved far too early.
In loss there are rarely answers, just many questions that wrap themselves around in riddles. But that’s life, it is designed to test us sometimes and to come up with our own answers so that we can cope. You may find the truth of ‘The Winter Song’ a little difficult to stomach at first, it might even reflect realities in your own life that you’d rather step aside from, but every love story carries with it the wind of hope, truth, of self-preservation, and reconciliation.
And maybe, just maybe, as I invite you amidst these pages you will find yourself rooting for the widower in this story with all the resolve you can muster and that these characters need you just as much as you need them. I know I felt that way when I wrote this book, you just might feel the same when you’ve closed that final page.
This post is part of a Tour. You can find the schedule here: https://www.ireadbooktours.com/blog—current-tours/spotlight-tour-the-winter-song-a-novel-by-saurav-dutt
- ebook of THE WINTER SONG