Despite worldwide communications through an extensive series of phone and internet connections that reach even to the most remote parts of the planet, individual countries are often oblivious to what is going on in other parts of the world. The recent incidents in Turkey are a very serious example of this - an issue highlighted by blogs and online support but largely ignored by the media until brought to light. Even in the global village we have built walls around our own interests and barely peek above them to see what the neighbours are up to. To potentially stretch the metaphor too far, we only care when their hedge gets too tall or they make loud noises at 3 in the morning.
Which is why you have almost certainly not heard of K. Hari Kumar. Unless you are one of the million people who read his blog or buy his books. That’s right, one million blog readers and a book that has sold out many times over. The reason you have never heard of him is because all those readers are from India and we Brits and Americans have not bothered to peek over the hedge to see what they are up to over there. I’d not heard of him until I was asked to do this blog on his behalf. He’s big in India but, like many UK pop stars yearning to break the US market, now wants to make big in other parts of the world.
So, I am here to introduce you to K. Hari Kumar and his work. Read on to find out all about an Urban Fiction novel with a Bollywood flavour and the young cinematographer who wrote it.
K.Hari Kumar is the author of the English novel When Strangers Meet… He’s also a two time International award nominated Photographer.
Having born in to a Tulu family in Tripunithara, he grew up in the thick suburbs of the Millennium city, Gurgaon. He did his schooling from DAV Public School, Gurgaon. After completing his engineering in 2011, K.Hari Kumar left for his hometown in Trichur, Kerala. Since then he has been assisting couple of ad-filmmakers from Cochin and has ghost-written dozens of conceptual screenplays for TVCs of reputed brands. Storytelling is his passion and he is working on his second novel. He wishes to assist mainstream filmmakers and eventually make Feature films in future. His earliest attempt ‘The Man who loved me’ was selected for the prelims at ‘IFF Melbourne’ in the year 2011. The film had K.Hari Kumar in the seats of Lead Protagonist, Screenwriter, editor & Director. It was made with a digicam. He has directed 4 short films and a cinematic documentary till date. He chose not to act in his 4th short film ‘The Visitor’ which is a horror short film shot entirely in Black and white, as an ode to classic Noir of the 50s.
K.Hari Kumar’s greatest fascination is tales about the supernatural and is an ardent lover of Hitchcock movies.
K.Hari Kumar’s blog ‘Strangeronmyshelf.in’ is an innovative concept where upcoming short-filmmakers, writers, poets, photographers, musicians etc are given a free of cost platform to portray their works of creative art. The blog now boasts of a small family but he wishes to extend it to a large family of Strangers who shall help others to showcase their dreams on the world wide web thereby promoting mutual cooperation as well. The blog has over eight lakh hits already.
He is currently travelling across the major metros of India, promoting his novel to the farthest possible extent.
Reviews of When Strangers Meet :
‘A simple story narrated in a gripping style which forces you to turn pages’ – Yatin Gupta (IBN)
‘I think this book appeals to me because of its realism. The plot appealed to me personally with a father-son relationship being involved. And it touched me. What I like in this book is Hari’s narration.’ – Leo (Bookworm musing)
‘A light, entertaining and enjoyable read with a message. Surely unputdownable. ‘ -Nimi Vashi (Reader Cosmos)
‘You might say that the plot can be predictable, yet the author will catch you off guard with a twist at the end. An entertaining read!’ - Debdutta Sahay
AUTHOR: K.Hari Kumar
PAGES : 216
PUBLISHER : Srishti Publishers and Distributers
GENRE: Urban Fiction; sub: Drama,Suspense,Bollywood
What happens when an irritating but lovable wise-cracking ‘Stranger’ called Iyer meets a frustrated and arrogant teenager, Jai, on a fateful day in a congested room at the metro station? Catastrophe!!!
Meanwhile, Pathan never had the pleasure of happiness in his life yet he thanked Allah for every second of it…
Abandoned by fate and friends, surrounded by responsibilities and poverty… This hard-coated man from the city of Delhi knew only thing and that was to keep faith in Allah… Now he is set on a journey to turn around his fate…
The tale from the Iyer’s past will change Pathan’s present and Jai’s future… And trust me…
Sometimes all it takes is a stranger’s tale to change the track of your life…
Three Men… One fateful day… and a Story of a Lifetime…
The Stranger is coming this May… are you ready to receive him? ;)
Official page: www.facebook.com/kathaharik