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Origins: The Ruby Iyer Diaries (Many Lives Series Book 2) by [Hariharan, Laxmi]
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Answers to some frequently asked questions
1. What is the suggested order of reading the MANY LIVES series?
 Each is a standalone novel, however you can also read the books in this order.
  • Origins (previously titled The Ruby Iyer Diaries)
  • Awakened (previously titled The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer)
  • Chosen (previously titled The First Life of Vikram Roy)
  • Claimed - releasing 2016
Standalone novellas
  • Feral
  • UnTamed (originally part of UnCommon Bodies Anthology)
Spin-offs, bridge novels to Ascendants series
  • Exhale (originally part of UnCommon Origins Anthology)
  • Shoot The Moon - releasing 2016, through Juggernaut Book

 2. What is the MANY LIVES series about?
The MANY LIVES series begins with the story of Ruby Iyer and Vikram Roy in Bombay 2014-15. It extends to their progeny, with stories set in Bombay & London 2035 and Bombay & London 2060.
3. What connects all the books in the MANY LIVES series?
Ruby Iyer's story is connected to that of Catherine ofBraganza, the Portuguese princess in whose dowry Charles II received the seven islands of Bombay. Catherine's sword has the power to control nature if and only if it is used by her direct illegitimate bloodline, for there is no record of her having had children.  As each generation after Ruby comes of age, turns eighteen and inherits the sword,their story is triggered.

About the Author

She had an awesome time launching TV channels for MTV and NBCUniveral (Syfy) around the world, when a near death experience spurred her to get writing, NOW. A one-time journalist with The Independent she has since published fast paced action thrillers with a dash of romance and a touch of the fantastical such as the multi award winning The Ruby Iyer Series. Featured among the top five women in media in India Today, she also blogs for the Huffington Post, has written for The Guardian and been featured in publications including The Times of India, The Economic Times, The Telegraph and Verve.  Married to a filmmaker and fellow author, her life often resembles a dramedy of errors film script. A Bombayite by birth, she lives in London, is an avid street art photographer, and the proud owner of a mononym Twitter handle  @laxmi
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  • File Size: 4405 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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The Ruby Iyer Diaries is a prequel to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. Even though I have had this ebook sitting on my kindle since before I got my hands on The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, for some odd reason, I read and reviewed The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer first. I now regret not reading this first.

The Ruby Iyer Diaries gives us a peek into Ruby’s life from the age of ten to sixteen. The excerpts from her diaries that make up this novella are just a way to get up, close and personal with the character that dominates the pages of The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. Had I read this novella first, it would have introduced me to a character that is so spunky that she get on your nerves and has you cheering for her at the same time. Instead, since I read this novella after, I got to see how Ruby grew into the angry young girl that we meet in The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer.
The pages fly by as a reader gets caught up in typical teenage drama of Ruby’s life – the angst that probably all teenagers feel at some point of time. But it also draws you in with its honest voice and some deep rooted feelings of the protagonist. It also helps that this is where we get the most information about Ruby’s life while growing up, meet her parents and make her feel more real than ever.

If you have not read The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer yet, then this novella of twenty odd pages will give you a sneak peek at the protagonist who is sure to intrigue you. If you have already read The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, then it will help you better understand where Ruby comes from. The bottom line is, give this novella try!
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How many times have you seen a writer going deep into a character and trying to understand the point of view of her protagonist? This is the first time I've seen someone trying to understand how her protag goes through the changes in her life and turning it into a prequel before the actual story starts. Introduce her readers to Ruby Iyer.
Ms. Hariharan took me, along with her, in the journey of Ruby Iyer in her dystopian novel, The Ruby Iyer Diaries.
The first question I asked myself while reading this small snippet of Ruby's live – why is this call the diary? There is no diary entry in it, it does not speak about the day-to-day life of Ruby Iyer nor is it about events occurring chronologically in Ruby's life. It’s almost disappointing to know that the title of the story does not gel well with the narrative – till the age of the protagonist did not catch my eye.
It was then that I realized that these are the random thoughts of how a young girl, in the age group of 13 to 19, thinks, how her life is going through upheavals, feeling unloved by her family and how she cloaks her emotions to cover her feelings.
How will a young girl feel when she is almost invisible to her own mother? Her father, who though loves her, still has no time for her? How does it feel to lose your own beloved brother to fanatics and to always know that she is different from her peers?
Right now, at this point of time, I cannot say how much of the story is relevant to the series. But I can definitely say one thing that I'm very curious about Ruby Iyer. How she became a woman to be reckoned with, a messiah, a fighter. Till now I see an ordinary girl fighting for her very existence, fighting for her mother's love and slowly turning apathetic.
What happens to this girl to bring out the fire in her?
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This story by Laxmi Hariharan is something fresh and real from the usual drama and romance that I read. I tend to avoid books that are close to real life. Picking this book made me feel what I have been missing from those kind of books.

Ruby Iyer Diaries is small episodes of a 10 year old girl's life. Ruby's mom ignores her by always partying outside and leaving her with a nanny. And she feels shunned when compared to her younger brother. Ruby's attitude and character takes a more complex path due to her family and friends.

This book hit close to home and I am not sure whether I like that feeling. Many things Ruby faced is personally felt by me or my BFs. I understand what being in India costs to a girl. I was brought up in an environment where I always felt safe, loved and secured. I always had someone to lean on - whether it's my younger brother or my husband or my friends. I know many of whom who do not have these blessings. Even many of my closest acquaintances are facing Ruby's problems of being ignored, unloved and no one to give guidance to them. It's a very bold story to share it to the world. And Ruby is a character who you either will love or hate. Although from a typical Indian family, Ruby's character shows all fears and craving of the westernization in India.

The style of writing is different. It's bold, intense and provocative. It's Indian.

I really wants to see what Ruby does with her life. I will most definitely read the next book in the series.
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I have read quite a number of Young Adults novel, but all of them by foreign authors set in other countries. Authors in India are dabbling with this genre, but there are none which standout. The Ruby Iyer series, a 'first' from an Indian author that too set in India, has made me really excited.

'The Ruby Iyer’s Diaries', the first in the series or 0.5 version, gives us a peek into the early life of the protagonist—Ruby. Human beings are a product of our genes as well as the environment we have been nurtured in. The various incidents in Ruby Iyer’s childhood—some trivial, a few life-changing—give tantalizing details about that environment and upbringing of Ruby.

Laxmi Hariharan has captured the day to day struggle of a tomboy-ish teenage girl to perfection; her disagreement with her peers and tussle with her mother who is partial to the brother because he would carry name of the family. Everyone wants Ruby to conform to conservative mold of an Indian girl/ woman, which is a burden on her free-spirit personality.

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