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Love, Peace, and Happiness: What more can you want? [Kindle Edition]

Rituraj Verma
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Book Description

Stories surround us. Stories about people like us who make difficult and often complex choices that sometimes astound us. You must have come across several people in your own life who closely resemble the characters in these stories. Maybe sometimes, you too have gone through trying moments in your life.

For instance, have you ever been bugged enough with your partner to want to leave? Have you ever had to choose between love and money? Have you ever had to compete with your partner? Have you ever felt that your family weighs you down when it comes to choosing your partner?

At times like these, haven’t you wished that things happened differently and that you could change how they ended?

Now you will control how the stories in this book end.

Each story centres on the life of an urban middle class character caught in a set of circumstances beyond the character’s control. A Hindu girl living in with a Muslim boy is suddenly in the glare of global media in a reality TV show, a divorced cynical man faces the prospect of committing himself to a prostitute, a highly talented small town girl must choose between life and death. All must resolve the conflicts within their beliefs.

Read the way the stories end in the book, but if you don’t agree with the ending, visit the website for alternate endings.

If you don’t like the way the stories end there either, write your own, and if your ending is selected, see it in print in the next print run with your name in the acknowledgement section.


"Fantastic book concept" - S Raja Gopalan

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About the Author

Rituraj Verma started his career as a mechanical engineer having cleared the IIT JEE as a fluke. He pushed his luck further and by another fluke, managed to get into Tulane University, New Orleans, for his MBA. Naturally, he switched tracks to FMCG sales, retail, real estate and then finally, consulting. He met his wife, Smriti, at the Indian Railways Staff College in Baroda and has always claimed that she was the lucky one, which of course, is often debated in the family. His true calling, however, seems to be writing, and this book is an act of subconscious expression, amalgamating real life stories with fantasy in a liberating manner. In his adventurous moments at home, he enjoys being referee to his son and daughter. Sometimes, he manages to sound tuneful when he is playing the electric guitar, though some neighbours disagree. When he is not playing the guitar, he is usually playing with his own hair on his head.

Product Details

  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Rituraj Verma; 1 edition (April 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TPAI06
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking - excellent read! May 7, 2012
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The characters in this breakout novel will stay with me for a long time. The problems they face and how they are handled are not always the way you think it should be done, but at the end of each story you have the ability to go on the internet and read alternate endings or write one yourself. I found the book thought-provoking and I had to read each individual story, check the alternate endings, and then think about what I had just read. On the surface, the stories could be set anywhere, in any time period. It's only when you have finished the book that you realize the questions are ones we all have. Love, Peace, and Happiness - we all strive for the ultimate answers, but what will we do to achieve them? Is it worth going against our religion, friends and family, belief system? Should we try to reach the pinnacle? Are we ignoring what we already have - what is right in front of us in our everyday lives? Is there success in understanding yourself and accepting who you are at the place you are right now?

Rituraj Verma is a forward-thinking author who has created a memorable cast and scenes and I believe readers of all kinds will enjoy this book. The philosophy is universal, the prose excellent, and the reader will be left wondering about his/her own life and the success they long for. I look forward to reading more from this excellent writer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read and would read again! September 14, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Rituraj Verma has come upon a wonderful concept to absorb and create stories with his readers, it is a concept that is done more with children's books, but it is one certainly welcome for adults who seek to express themselves creatively. I was astonished by the range of themes across the stories that inhabited many contexts. And though the stories are undoubtedly from the perspective of an Indian writer, the difference of one story to the next is such that its not possible to get bored because you can't really tell what will happen next. The stories are very intimate stories and yet universal, especially in this day.

One of my favorite stories is "The Practitioner of Austerity" where Verma somehows gets into the skin of a woman who sacrifices her happiness for the good of her family. I find it an amazing piece, full of the emotional richness one finds in a great tragedy.

The other is the very last one "The Pursuit of Perfection" which is an intimate look at a man's desperate search for identity at mid-life. Fascinating how the author explored the character's dark side, unhinged and broken, and how the author brought back the character to sanity and the undefined comfort of what is.

There's so much more in this book if one only looks.

Such as the vagaries of relationships among Indians of differing castes, differing religions; the need to deal with societal pressures; the more pronounced pressure to conform to parental wishes and goals, and other moral conundrums.

The author succeeds in exploring profound subjects with such deft articulation it lands lightly on the consciousness. One wants to read more. Thankfully there are the alternate endings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking outside the square May 18, 2012
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When I received the ARC of this title, I wasn't sure what to expect; the unsubtle title and the unconventional approach of offering links to alternative endings (and the chance for readers to add their own) suggested that this was either going to be really, really good or really, really bad.
Happily for all involved, this was really, really good. The stories alone make for enlightening and engaging reading. I started off musing on how different Indian culture is from Western culture when it comes to love and marriage, and ended up with a deeper appreciation for the commonalities; we are all, at heart, striving for the same things, the love, peace and happiness of the title, and struggling through the layers of cultural and familial expectations and the push and pull of love and lust to find them.
The alternative endings lift this book onto another level. It's kind of like a "Choose Your Own Adventure" for grown-ups. I'm deeply impressed with the way the author has thought outside the square to allow the readers to further engage with the text and with himself.
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More About the Author

Rituraj Verma, born 28th June, 1967, is currently working as a freelance retail
real estate consultant. He grew up in Delhi and Mumbai and cleared the IIT-JEE in 1984, in which year, he was also selected as a Special Class Railway Apprentice by the Indian Railways. He was the editor of his college magazine, SAM, when he first started writing the book's first story 'A High Like Heaven' almost twenty three years ago.

He later obtained his MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and worked with Philip Morris USA for five years before returning to India to start his entrepreneurial retail venture, Naya Yug Bazar which he ran for seven years. In 2006, he joined Future group as the head of Consumer Insights, a job which led him to travel the length and breadth of India to ascertain the changing nature of aspirations and expectations of Indian consumers.

He then set up the Retail Agency and Transaction Advisory Services for Knight Frank India, a leading international property consultant. He has recently started out on his own as a real estate consultant. His wife Smriti works for the Indian Railways and he has a son Arjun, aged 17, and a daughter Aradhana, aged 15.


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