SYNOPSIS OF UPON HIS DEATH BED
In the pages of this culturally expansive novel, the readers will meet John Simpson, patriarch of the Simpson clan and controller of Simpson Industries. This magnate of sugarcane and its byproducts is dying and is bitter at his inability to strike a bargain with God. In making this deal, he hoped to arise from his bed and walk into the fields of sugarcane and rice, where he could rule with impunity.
He believed the hate his family showed towards him was due to the existence of his son Payton. Born out of Dalia Mendonza’s womb, a fifteen year old village girl and his common-law wife, he rationalized his hate for them was due to their rejection of the two people he held most dear, Dalia and Payton. Compounding this family controversy is the fact that he had chosen his beloved son to assume his leadership position when he died.
This novel begins in the master bedroom of The Front House, where we meet the dying man, as he expresses his anger towards Sheela Bacchus his servant, by berating her whenever the opportunity arose. Unable to wage a war against God, he also lashes out at his nurse, Sister Agnes and those assigned to assist him during his final days. His son Payton, beloved by him, is the only person who brings comfort to this miserable and frightened man, John Simpson.
Often seated on a hard wooden chair, green and imposing in its judgment against the harshness of the dying man, Payton waits in vigil at his father’s bedside. Recalling his past life, the good and bad, the old man reveals to his son, the joys and unhappiness of his youth, while promising to eventually speak the truth about why he was given up by Dalia and raised by Mary his legal wife.
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About the book "DIRT"
"Dirt' was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion and winner of the CMN 2013 contes
It’s 1933 in the Dust Bowl of the Oklahoma panhandle and a decision made in desperation ends up affecting more than the two children it was meant to save. Sometimes, desperation makes choices for you.
When thirteen-year-old Sammy wakes to find he is an orphan, he vows never to go to the state home and be separated from the last of his family, seven-year-old sister Birdie. Holding on to the pretense that their parents are still alive, Sammy and Birdie learn the art of lying and the terrible burden it carries.
Fighting the elements and finding enough food to keep the hunger away, he discovers a strength he never knew he owned along with a mighty big dose of fear.
A mangy stray dog, a cantankerous old woman, and the general store owner, become the lifeline the children need to survive, and brings Sammy to the realization that we never know who people are until we spend time with them and a good heart is sometimes disguised. When a drifter enters their lives and terrorizes them with threats to take all that they have, even their life, a hard reality of good and evil sets Sammy into a soul searching reason to continue the lies or give up.
E Book Market in India
It is good news to the Indian new age readers that the on line book market in India is growing rapidly. It will also inspire the multinational e Book publishers who had already started their business in India.
India is expected to have the third largest number of internet users and the on line book market is expected to grow 35% annually for the next 5 years.
According to a survey commissioned by CoralHub.com, the total size of the Indian book market is near about Rs. 3750 crore and the online book industry is presently worth ove Rs. 59 crore. The survey indicated that more and more customers are using online book book stores to buy physical books and e books. Due to large scale of internet penetration, e book market is expected to rapid growth.
However, most book lovers prefer a physical book in India, the paper book publishing industry is not feeling threatened by the emergence of e books as the electronic stuff is not so easily affordable. But it is fact the habit of reading is decreasing day by day.
But the situation is changing rapidly. The huge success of computers, tablets and other portable e reading devices change the taste of new age readers of India. The young unemployed book lovers cannot buy paper books due to its high price. Apart from the metropolitan cities and towns in India do not have well stocked public libraries. Sometimes new titles are not also available.
So, there are many positive influences to chose e books.
a) Book lovers can browse online and have their choices.
b) They can easily read free books on their devices.
c) They can buy e book, as it is cheaper than real book.
d) Portable e reading devices are going cheaper day by day.
e) The ownership of tablets has a positive influence to buy e books.
In India English is the communicable language. India is a country of many regional languages. However, Hindi is the national language of India, most official paper works are done in English.
Most of the new age readers feel comfortable to read books on their devices while they were travelling rather than reading paper books. It is also not possible to carry a large number of books at a time with them.
According to Soumya Banerjee, CEO of Atton, a Mumbai based educational e book company, education in India is a $16b market. He said, “We believe that by 2016, education e books in India will be a billion dollar opportunity. The factors that has made e books future bright in India is because of an increase in adoption of personal devices and fall in tablet pricing." Another factor he credits for the trend is the increase in exposure of young generation to digital content, an increase in consumption of digital media on internet. A few years ago, the Indian publishers were not interested to purchase e book copyrights. However, the situation has changed within 2 years.
A survey indicated that 35% Indian readers are ready to switch if offered huge discount on e books. They are thinking about the price of e books. Following the success in the US, several Indian devices were launched. None of them survived. Winkstore and DC books, the biggest publishers in Malayalam( an Indian language) tried to digitize Indian language content. Some Indian publishers have started digitizing content. Penguin India has started, Rupa(India) has launched. Some independent publishers are also doing it.
( To be continued......)
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