Praise for My Books

"Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is a gifted writer of great promise. I have a gut feeling we have a new star rising in Punjab's literary horizon. She has an excellent command of English and a sly sense of humour."
- Khushwant Singh on The Long Walk Home

"An enjoyable tale of a sassy girl's headlong race up the corporate ladder."
- India Today on Earning the Laundry Stripes

Monday, 30 January 2012

Wanted: A Virtual Marketing Intern

I'm looking for someone to work on a Marketing project for the launch of my third book, an upcoming thriller titled The Taj Conspiracy. Listed below is some information to help you identify if you'd be right for the project.

1. Author Bio

Manreet Sodhi Someshwar trained as an engineer, graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and worked in marketing, advertising and consulting. An award-winning writer (Commonwealth Broadcasting Association) and copywriter (Creative Abby), her articles have appeared in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and several Indian newspapers. She is a popular blogger as well.

Her debut novel, Earning the Laundry Stripes, released in 2006 to critical acclaim with India Today calling it 'an enjoyable tale of a sassy girl's headlong race up the corporate ladder...' Her second novel, The Long Walk Home, published in 2009, has garnered acclaim and hit bestseller lists. Legendary poet-lyricist Gulzar has called it 'a narrative of pain that knows no borders'. Khushwant Singh has hailed manreet as 'a star on the literary horizon'.

Visit her online at

2. Synopsis of The Taj Conspiracy

On her return to India Mehrunisa Khosa starts work with her godfather, an eminent Taj Mahal scholar. One night she discovers the body of the Taj supervisor and the Quranic calligraphy on the tomb of Queen Mumtaz altered to suggest a Hindu origin of Taj Mahal. That urban legend around the Taj had always existed. Now, though, someone was conspiring to make it come true.

In a series of suspenseful twists and turns, the action traverses from the serene splendour of Taj Mahal to the virulent warrens of Taj Ganj in Agra, from intrigue-laden corridors of delhi to snowy Himalayan hideouts as Islamic militants plan an attack on Taj, a right-wing Hindu party ratchets up its anti-Muslim agenda by discrediting the Taj, and the police and CBI scramble to solve the conspiracy.

Will Mehrunisa be able to overcome a prejudiced police, battle her inner demon, and enter the mind of a twisted conspirator in order to save Taj Mahal?

3. Job requirements

- research (largely internet based, some telephone calls within India)

- generating a workable database from the above said research

- using the database to book speaking engagements for the author during her book tour

- a few other things to assist with the above

- 2-4 month project window starting ASAP (this would probably require an hour of work per day, or 5-7 hours per week)

4. Ideal candidate

You can be located anywhere in India but must be

- young, enthusiastic, preferably a student

- net-savvy, a thick hide with a capacity for slog

- able to work independently and responsibly

5. What is in it for you?

- A chance to gain insights into the Publishing industry

- Work with an author and earn a referral

- Earn some extra money working from your home / hostel

If you're interested please email me at with a one-para bio and another para on why you are ideal for this project.

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