Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I was looking for some classics on Amazon this morning and decided on a lark to check my page. Several years ago, I discovered that some of my Perfection Learning books had been published in hardcover, but I was never told.

Imagine my delight to see INDIA, one of my Compass Media books as an e-book!!! I promptly purchased it for a couple of bucks!!! I hope Compass decides to make more of these books available to the public on Amazon. They are beautifully made.

I had so much fun writing this book and doing all the photo research. I still remember the first week I received the assignment. I couldn't write a single word. There was so much to absorb and to learn. How would I organize it? Once I wrote up the outline, everything flowed. I encapsulated 5,000 years of  Indian culture and history in this book. No small feat. My fifth grade teacher would be proud.

I have never excelled at history; it is only now that I find wonderful authors who make it a pleasure. I remember what torture it was to study dates and how many people died and so forth, statistics that did not matter. I always wanted to know the why of an event, what the person was like. This is probably why I adore good historical fiction because it delves more deeply into the human psyche.

Grab a chair and I'll pour you a sweet mango lassi!


Mirka Breen said...

You New-Old book made an appearance in a new incarnation- now how cool is that?

When I look back on my (formal)school years, I learned more from historical fiction than I did from text books and cramming for tests. What I absorbed, in detail, stayed with me to this day.

Faith E. Hough said...

You know, I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing my friends' names on book covers. I just had a little thrill. :)

Marcia said...

I love that you got this happy surprise. :)

Ruth Schiffmann said...

What a nice surprise! Good for you, Vijaya =)

Bish Denham said...

Wow! Well, I'm going to have to check it out for sure!

Vijaya said...

Thank you all for celebrating this surprise with me.