Debut author Punam Chadha Joseph has launched her maiden book of poems titled ‘The Soulful Seeker’ published by Om Books International on Thursday, 28th March at Lord Of The Drinks Forum, New Delhi. The book was unveiled in the presence of well known personalities from different walks of life, like Anil Kapoor, Kabir Bedi, Ajay Mago, Sabbas Joseph, Sanjay Mago and Om Prakash Mago.
About the book
The Soulful Seeker is a collection of the author’s thoughts, emotions and feelings written over a period of time and written to appeal to readers across the globe.
While some poems are light and joyful, others are more intense and soul-searching. Like a true artist, Punam has dived into her personal experiences and boldly shared and exposed her internal conflicts and angst. Throughout the book there is a very positive message of acceptance and a constant yearning and desire to achieve dreams. Every reader will undoubtedly identify and connect with the author.
The Book Launch
Adding soul to the launch event, beautifully orchestrated acts and recitals by renowned celebrities and friends of the author Vir Sanghvi ,Shereen Bhan, Yuri Suri, Maya Sami brought alive the experience that Punam’s book of poems has to offer. Mega Star Anil Kapoor recited the excerpts of ‘Ageing’ from the book, showing us a side we don’t often get a glimpse of among the glamour and glitz he embodies.
Vocalist Viviene Fernandes and Merlin D’Souza pianist and composer gave voice and harmony to ‘Let’s Rise’, a powerful emotive poem that revisits the 26/11 terror strikes on Mumbai. A standing ovation greeted their rendition. An ex-advertising and hospitality professional, Punam has run a successful business of artifacts.
Commenting on her book, Author Punam Chadha Joseph said, “I always had a flair for writing, specially poems, but I just needed time to pen down my thoughts based on all that life has to offer. My book of poems is inspired by real life experiences, so every person will surely relate to it as it holds up a mirror to everyday life and human emotions. I hope my poems strike a personal chord with everyone who reads it.”
Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International said, “The Soulful Seeker is a journey of self-discovery that is not limited to women alone, that embraces in its broad sweep friends, parents, children and spouse, lamentations and celebrations, failures and success, the past and present, and most importantly, the meaning of life lost, regained and reaffirmed with each passing moment.”
Lending her own personal touch, Punam has incorporated many of her sketches in The Soulful Seeker, including the very striking visual on the cover. And the graphic sketches that set the mood for each section of poems, titles of which are: Soul & Self, Love & Longing, Family & Friends, Fears & Frustrations, Happiness & Hope, Despondency & Despair, Ache & Acceptance, Questions & Queries, Benevolence & Belief, Dreams & Desires and Frivolous & Fun.
About the Author
After completing her Bachelor’s in Economics (Honours) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Punam Chadha-Joseph joined the prestigious Oberoi School of Hotel Management in Delhi to do her post-graduation. This was followed by a 5-year stint in Food and Beverage and Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Oberoi Towers in Mumbai.
Her journey then took her to the world of Advertising in Account Management, where she spent several years with top agencies like Lintas and Mudra, spearheading campaigns for many prestigious brands.
In the course of her work-life, she met her husband Sabbas Joseph, the Founder-Director of Wizcraft, India’s pioneer Event Management agency. She is the mother of a 21-year-old son Rohan, and a 17-year-old daughter Rhea, both of whom are currently pursuing their academic careers. Punam is a lover of the arts and has also tried her hand at a successful business of artifacts, called ‘Artifactors’. Her other passions include reading, writing poetry, travelling, hand-crafting jewellery and sewing. While her travels have taken her to many different and exotic parts of the world, she continues to live and enjoy her life in Mumbai. Her poems however reflect thoughts and emotions that are universal in nature and can appeal to readers across the globe.‘The Soulful Seeker’ is her first book of poems, and she is ready with another one, especially written for children, based on appreciating and saving the environment. Sketching being a new hobby, she has incorporated many of her sketches in The Soulful Seeker, including the very striking visual on the cover.
Author: Punam Chadha Joseph
Publisher: Om Books International
Release: March 2016
Genre: Fiction / Poetry
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