THE HOUSE OF FATES
The Bakshis are Kashmiri Hindus living in the heart of New Delhi.
This novel is about their trials and tribulations and about the many challenges they face.
Ayush Razdan Singh’s debut novel ,’The House of Fates’, her first ‘mind-born’ is a ‘domestic thriller’.
Ayush weaves an intricate web between the characters in her novel, and keeps one riveted from the first chapter itself. Her references to the senior protagonists, the matriarch ‘Maji’ and the patriarch ‘Boji’ and their different schools of thought regarding the Kashmir imbroglio leaves one stupefied.
Ayush goes deep into the issue of child and sexual abuse, that is so very common in Indian households but is always brushed under the carpet. The female characters are in-your-face and leave a definite mark on the psyche of the reader. Real-world domestic issues are bought into focus, those that nobody dares to discuss.
Ayush also takes us into the deep, dark world of a kleptomaniac as well as a cyber-criminal. She also delves on issues such as drug addiction and homosexuality which are so prevalent in the present generation. Her characters are human, real, and touch a cord in the heart.
‘The House of Fates’ is for everyone. Each and every one of you will identify with one, if not more characters. With crisp, short chapters and surprise endings in every chapter, this book is a must-read and just cannot be missed.
About the author
Ayush Razdan Singh is a Kashmiri Pandit by birth, born in New Delhi, married into a Rajput family belonging to Jammu. She is an Endodontist (root canal specialist) by profession, is working as a professor in a Medical College, in India, where she is Head of Department.
She did her schooling from Loreto Convent, New Delhi; Presentation Convent, Srinagar; and Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram, New Delhi. She also studied for a year in Carlow Campus School, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
Ayush comes from a family of writers. Her maternal grandfather Pandit Prem Nath Bazaz was a great historian and scholar of Kashmir and took part in the Indian Freedom struggle.
Her parents Omkar Razdan- retired chief engineer, Government of India, Retired Director General of Air Force Works, Vice Chairman of Transparency International (India), Freelance journalist and Writer; and Vijay Bazaz Razdan – MA Music, Gold Medalist (India); MA Ethnomusicology (Pittsburgh USA), Author and Performing
Artist,have both authored books, ‘Trauma of Kashmir’ and
‘The Role of Time and Season in Hindustani Ragas’ respectively.
As an endodontist, she has several articles both national and international to her credit; and has written a book on ‘Tissue Regeneration’, which deals with the regeneration of tooth tissue.