Pinki Virani’s ‘Deaf Heaven’ in Audio-Mobile Book
Deaf Heaven becomes the first work of fiction in the Indian subcontinent to also be a Literary Cell-Novel and an Adult Audio-Mobile Book. The Literary Cell-Novel will be made available in 90 smses, the Adult Audio-Mobile Book in two short-duration downloads by Reliance Mobile.
Mr P M Sukumar, CEO, HarperCollins India commented ‘As publishers, we are always looking to expand reach and to find innovative ways of creating synergy through related media, so this is a first which will hopefully lead to several other experiments in the field.’
Commenting on the new innovation, Mr Krishna Durbha, Head – VAS, Reliance Communications said, ‘Our cell phone novel 'Deal Heaven' will introduce an interesting element to how novels are read; readers will get the entire book condensed into a few SMSes. The concept that a novel can also be 'read' via SMS and 'heard' at any time via voice portals is itself an unique & innovative idea. Similar to the e-book, its mobility and anytime access is a convenience that may help grow readership of such novels.’
Published by HarperCollins India in classic book format – paperback, 300 pages, Rs 295 – Deaf Heaven is a novel that defies convention and expectations to hold up a mirror to a nation at tipping point.
Deaf Heaven is a story of optimism over a life-changing weekend, culminating on the day of a total solar eclipse, the celestial phenomenon we are to witness shortly in real life in India. It is told through the voice of Saraswati, a librarian who dies among her beloved books, as she introduces readers to a star-wife in Bombay, a beautician in Bangalore, a scooty-driving bank employee transposed from Chennai to Delhi, an sms-addicted maharani, and others who wait for their idea of heaven to happen to them.
Passionate, fiery, no-holds-barred fiction that is as unusual in its motivation as its narrative, Deaf Heaven records the contemporary history of India in “manageable modules” with snappy sentences, a collage and even statistics-made-simple. The pan-Indian women characters have no surnames, the men no names at all. When Saraswati reaches the spine of her story, she turns her penetrating eye on the concerns of her country: from migration (her body, too, waits in the library to be discovered, for the final migration) to all aspects of terrorism, what she calls “zor”. And then, before she departs, she provides some answers to how we can all be part of the solution.
Pinki Virani has authored three bestselling non-fiction titles: ‘Aruna’s Story’, ‘Once Was Bombay’, ‘Bitter Chocolate’. She is a writer who takes literary risks and this has won her work a National Award, apart from the attention of gender-study and sociology specialists, international plaudit and a special mention by an Indian prime minister.