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‘You Are The Best Wife: A True Love Story’ is a story about how people find true love and comfort in dissimilarities; about how two people with absolutely different ideologies meet and fall in love.
The story revolves around Bhavna and Ajay. Bhavna loves living life for others while Ajay loves living for himself; Bhavna is more spontaneous, never planning the next move and living life with the flow. On the other hand, living life without planning a single move is almost blasphemous to Ajay. Yet, they fall in love; they get married and love changes both of them for good.
However, destiny had some other plans for this couple in love; and, midway through their happiness, Bhavna had to resign from life. But does this halt mean the end of love?
Written in frank and clear words with generous dosage of humour, ‘You Are the Best Wife’ is hailed as a true love story amidst all adversities. It is an inspiring and bittersweet tale of a youth that metamorphoses into a whole new being after being touched by love.
From the Publisher
A Conversation with Ajay K Pandey
Having an interaction with such an author who penned down a story which is on his own life is very rare. We got the chance to interact with Ajay K Pandey, who authored “You are the best wife”. It’s the story of Ajay and his beloved late wife Bhavna.
Q: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What is your professional background? Why did you write this book?
Ajay: Thanks for honouring me. I grew up in the modest NTPC township of Rihand Nagar, a small town on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. I studied Engineering from IERT, Allahabad and did my MBA at IIMM (Pune) before taking up a job in a corporate firm. I am currently working with Cognizant, Pune.
Coming to your last question, why I wrote this book? Honestly, I never thought of writing. And, writing a novel was never my cup of tea. After my dear wife Bhavna left me, I was in deep pain. I hardly went for work. Neither, I chose to be part of any family or social gatherings. The pain was so much that I had to expel it somewhere. I kept on writing my feelings on paper. Never realized when it turned to a book. Memory of Bhavna has always inspired me. I am sure, her journey can inspire others too. She is the only inspiration behind this writing. The book is a small effort to make her memories everlasting.
Q: Please tell us a bit about You are the Best Wife.
Ajay: The book is a true rousing tale of two individuals with incongruous ideologies who fell in love. My character, Ajay is a planner for life who believes in living for himself. While Bhavna makes me breathe in each instant and teaches me to live for others. Our journey is full of happy moments but also comes with pain.
The book covers the change in how two people glance at the world and the way the world looks at them. We decided to never give up on our love in face of adversities, until fate revealed its plans after my wife left me halfway through our wonderful journey. However, Bhavna still gives me the power to live on, and carry out the pledge of love that she made me promise her.
Q: The book has a sad ending. What do you want the readers to ‘take-away’ from the book?
Ajay: You know, our life is how we see it. If we hold on to something sad, we will never be able to enjoy our present. We will never know what God has stored for us. Though the ending is sad, but it is not stereo type tragically. The ending has hope and inspiration. From the very first page, till the last page, the book has many hidden messages. The main message that I wish to highlight is, those who are born will diesome day. However, the path we choose to reach the destination is what matters. Quality of life matters, not the quantity. Youngsters spend their life arguing, fighting with their loved ones while we never know, if and how much time we have to express our love to our beloved. We all should express our love before it’s too late.
Q: Which character in the book is your favourite?
Ajay: Bhavna will remain my favourite character, not only in book but in real life too. She is so full of life. Her positivity towards life still inspires me to live.
I am quoting one of her ideologies that always push me. There are two kinds of personalities. There are those who have everything and still complain as if they have nothing. And there are those who lose everything and act like life has given them everything. Sometimes both these personalities exist in the same soul. Kill the first one, I love the second.
Q: You have a strong social cause associated with your book. Can you please tell us about the activities involved?
Ajay: Not really a strong social cause. I believe, every one of us who are born comes with a purpose. The earnings from the book shall be donated to a charitable trust started on Bhavna’s name. I hope this money can be utilized for some good purpose. Bhavna’s journey have transformed many lives. Today, I can boast that Bhavna is the best wife. I believe, somewhere sitting in the heaven, Bhavna will at least say God, Ajay is a good husband.
Q: What’s next for you?
Ajay: I never thought to write a story, but this book has given me a lot of appreciation and enthusiasm. Every day, several readers enquire about my next book. I do not have courage to dishearten them. So yes, I am writing my second book. If things work well, hopefully it will release by next year.
Q: Is there any method to the way you write?
Ajay: I enter into the protagonist’s shoes and try to connect with my surroundings to make the story more realistic. I prefer to choose narration in first form. I have only one rule for writing – there shouldn’t be any irrelevant scene. Every current scene should be connected to the forthcoming event. I feel, morning is the best time to play with fresh ideas. Off course, I look for peace so that I can engrave my imagination on paper.