Award-winning Novel, Purple Lotus, Is Now Available For Pre-orders On Amazon

New Delhi [India], May 10: Award-winning journalist and author, Veena Rao, is all set to unveil her debut novel, Purple Lotus, to Indian readers following its success in the U.S. The book in India is being published by a Delhi-based publishing house, TreeShade Books, to make it more accessible for Indian readers. The official release of the book in India is scheduled for June 2024.

Published in the U.S. in 2020, the book has already garnered significant acclaim, including the 2021 American Fiction Award, finalist status for the 2021 Georgia Author of the Year, and recognition as a finalist in the multicultural and women’s fiction categories of the 2021 International Book Awards. Additionally, Purple Lotus has been the winner in the She Writes Press and SparkPress toward Equality in Publishing (STEP) contest.

On this announcement, author Veena Rao, stated, “Purple Lotus is the story of an Indian woman in the American South who is trapped in a loveless, abusive marriage, until she discovers that self-love is a powerful force; it gives her the courage to find her and to confront a cruel, victim-blaming patriarchal culture. The ‘Purple’ in the title symbolizes self-awakening and ‘Lotus’ represents transcending stagnation. I am excited to share the book with readers in India. This story is deeply personal to me, and I hope it resonates with readers across the country.”

Vikas Misra, Managing Editor at TreeShade Books, remarked, “Veena is an exceptionally talented storyteller with a distinctive voice. As an Indian American author, she offers a profound insight into cultural intricacies, exploring universal themes of identity and human connection through her writing. Purple Lotus is all set to win the hearts of readers in India, just as it has already done in the USA.”

Purple Lotus is a poignant journey of self-discovery and cultural exploration. Rao’s lyrical prose delicately weaves together themes of identity, family, and the enduring power of love.

The book is currently up for pre-orders on Amazon. 

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About the author

Veena Rao, an award-winning journalist and author, hails from India but now calls the Southern United States her home. As the founding editor of NRI Pulse, a popular news publication in Atlanta, she holds the distinction of being recognized by The Limca Book of Records as the first Indian woman to edit and publish a newspaper outside India. Veena is passionate about promoting South Asian literary voices in the US through her news publication and as a board member of the Traveling South Asian Literary Festival. When not immersed in writing or meeting press deadlines, Veena can be found meditating or walking the wooded trails in her neighborhood.

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