Co-author: Karan Nanda
This is the coming-of-age story of Mukul, a 17-year-old Indian who is unhappy with his situation in life, but loves his family. It's also a story of Michael, a 17-year-old Canadian who is unhappy with his family—but has all the money he could ever need. Mukul wants to make it big, and Michael wants to be loved. Karma, the most beautiful girl in school, wants a rich and successful husband. Karma's best friend, Primaya, is plain, but Mukul begins to wonder if maybe she is the one. This is an inspirational story that shows how every culture has something good about it, and people from different cultures can help each other. It's the first book in a planned series.
Jaclyn Holland-Strauss is an author and social critic from Nova Scotia, Canada. She has written three books: He Talks To Me, Too, about how God talks to each and every human being, regardless of religion, class, race, etc.; Melisande's Lingerie Closet, a political satire about a conservative businessman and liberal Hollywood star who fall in love; and, Dreams Without Borders, a young adult book about Mukul and Michael, two 17-year-olds who are figuring out what they want to do with their lives. This book will be available on Amazon soon! A common theme among her books so far is people overcoming problems, and being inspired and motivated to accomplish great things. She is interested in a variety of cultures, and hopes to someday travel extensively.
Karan Nanda is from New Delhi, India. He received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Saint Mary's University, and is working toward his MBA. He's currently an engineer at one of the leading technology companies in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is his first book where he contributed substantially with cultural knowledge and ideas concerning India. Like Mukul, Karan has big dreams. He is the founder of Desi Voice of Canada, an organization designed to bring South Asians and Canadians together.