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DARSHAN chronicles the story of a family's 100-year journey across continents in search of redemption and forgiveness.
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After only a week and a half, my project is fully funded! Thank you all so much!

Music by Jackson Frederick Smith (Jackson F. Smith) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

But there are still many days left! Kickstarter recommends that project creators set their goals at their minimum because it's all or nothing. Now that I've reached my goal, my new focus after publishing the novel will be to pass out promotional copies to book clubs, which means I'll need a lot of copies! As of $5,000 (see budget below), I have enough for about 4 clubs. So any additional funding will be absolutely helpful!

Press

Darshan has recently been featured in a two-part article written by Ann Lam on Untapped Cities!

Darshan: Amrit Chima’s Novel about a 100-Year Journey Across Continents–Part I: India

Darshan: Amrit Chima’s Novel about a 100-Year Journey Across Continents–Part II: Fiji

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So now what?

Well, a few things. 

  • 1) I will now be able to begin the editing process
  • 2) start looking for a graphic designer for the cover
  • 3) get my own ISBN (International Standard Book Number) to officially become my own publisher, and
  • 4) plug the book into CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select to become a published writer of fiction!

My Novel

After years of research and five entire rewrites, I am now ready to publish my debut novel Darshan.

After sacrificing nearly three years of my life working as a Manhattan administrative assistant in a multinational real estate corporation (a job entirely unsuited to my creative tendencies and my desperate need for autonomy), I scrimped and saved enough money to live happily unemployed for the next few years to write this book. And finally, after four years of self-discipline and a lot of hard and frustrating lessons about the art of literary storytelling, I managed to complete a manuscript of which I am immensely proud.

Packed with riveting family drama, Darshan illustrates the complicated yet powerful nature of the love fathers have for their sons, even as they burden their children with the considerable weight of their sins.

Read it and you will be captured and inspired by these young and old men, by these well-intentioned people who struggle to be better and yet are constantly beset with troubles too big and weighty for them to understand. Their story is likely your story, and it needs a voice, a platform to be heard.

Synopsis

In the sleepy, North Indian town of Amarpur, a young boy named Baba Singh Toor unintentionally kills a moneylender in a moment of blind and heated sorrow, setting events in motion that will shape the coming generations of Toors. 

Hardened by a life of serial misfortune and loss, many years after the killing for which he was never caught, Baba Singh infects his son, Manmohan, with the misery and guilt he was unable to overcome. Two generations later, his grandson, Darshan, the most loyal and unassuming of the Toors, finds himself dragged to the center of conflict as the family demands that he correct past wrongs. Will he live up to his name—meaning one who is blessed with clarity of sight—to finally bury the shame of a long-ago concealed crime? Or will he pass on the legacy of dysfunction to his own children as the family irreparably splinters apart?

Spanning continents and cultures, chronicling three generations of Indian men—traveling from the Punjab to Fiji to San Francisco—Darshan is the story of one family’s great quest for forgiveness, sought over nearly a century of heartache.

To get a sense of my style read an excerpt from the book (as well as my published travel-writing clips and Budapest blog) at www.amritchima.com. 

What I Offer

A range of totally fabulous awards as shown to the right and below, but first and foremost my gratitude and appreciation for making publication of Darshan possible.

Risks and challenges

Book cover design will be my biggest challenge. The cover of a book is a critical marketing tool, not simply artwork. Something that suits my taste (or the artist’s) won’t necessarily sell the book. A graphic artist who also understands marketing might be difficult to find. Careful review of each artist’s portfolio is important, as well as good communication once I select a designer.

Another challenge is locating a quality editor who respects my style and can line edit without forcing structural change to the story. However, most editors will review ten pages without cost to ensure we are a good fit.

For both artwork and editing, patience, perseverance, and good communication are the best means for addressing any potential setbacks.

Thanks everyone! And please contact me if you have questions or need clarification on anything!

All the best,
Amrit

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    Gratitude: give a little and the universe gives a lot, lot more in return, plus your name with twitter handle and/or link to your Facebook account on my website’s special Kickstarter Thank-You page.

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    Cover Art: everything from the GRATITUDE option, & a SIGNED bookmark with the cover art you paid for, no small token as the cover art is a visual expression of the book that you are supporting.

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    Digital: everything from the GRATITUDE & COVER ART options, as well as a digital copy of Darshan.

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    Origins of the Story: everything from the GRATITUDE, COVER ART, & DIGITAL options, as well as a digital file of 21 historical family photos that inspired the story and aided in my descriptions for scenes of the novel.

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    Slideshow: everything from the GRATITUDE option, a digital & LIMITED EDITION print copy of Darshan that will contain the 21 historical family photos that inspired the story, PLUS, on my website I will upload a video slideshow that will include your photo and a personal thank-you for your contribution to the book’s launch (video will also be uploaded to YouTube). Make sure to send me the phonetic spelling of your name so I get it right!

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    Q & A: everything from the GRATITUDE option, a digital & SIGNED LIMITED EDITION print copy of Darshan that will contain the 21 historical family photos that inspired the story, & a 30-MINUTE Q&A with me over Skype. It would be an honor to discuss your thoughts on the book, to understand your perceptions of the story, and to answer any questions you may have about Darshan or about writing in general.

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    Private Reading: everything from the GRATITUDE option, a digital & SIGNED LIMITED EDITION print copy of Darshan that will contain the 21 historical family photos that inspired the story, & a personal invitation to a PRIVATE EXCERPT READING in San Francisco followed by Q&A for backers to share their interpretations of my story as well as pose questions and discuss their own story ideas. (Note: books will be signed and delivered at the reading or shipped within the US only)

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    Posterity: everything from the GRATITUDE & PRIVATE READING options, a digital & SIGNED LIMITED EDITION print copy of Darshan that will contain the 21 historical family photos that inspired the story, PLUS YOUR NAME INKED FOREVER in the acknowledgements page of the book, & an invitation to a PRIVATE drink & canapé LAUNCH PARTY in San Francisco where you can meet the man who inspired Darshan’s character. (Note: books will be signed and delivered at the reading or shipped within the US only)

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