His Excellency Mr. Indra Mani Pandey, the Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, released a novel, “Rainbow Dorm Diaries- The Yellow Dorm” written by Farzeen Ashik on 10 April at the Tea Library, Sheraton Oman Hotel, in the presence of invited media and dignitaries. Mrs. Ashik is the winner of the prestigious Montegrappa Writing Awards 2017 at the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature.
The first copy of the book was presented to H.E Mr. Indra Mani Pandey by the author.
Ms. Farzeen Ashik said, “It’s such a great honor to have H.E the Ambassador to release my book. I am indeed very grateful to him for accepting our invitation.”
“It has been my dream and my passion to write a novel since many years and finally the dream has come true. A big thanks to my family who supported me during this journey. The novel is my sincere attempt to reflect and relive our school life experiences and I hope that teens and even older audience will find it interesting and relate to the characters and experiences in the book.”
The charming Tea Library at Sheraton Oman served as a perfect backdrop with a reading room atmosphere for the event. The mellow tones with vibrant decor served as the perfect for the fun Rainbow Dorm Diaries- The Yellow Dorm to be released. Sheraton Oman, further showed their support to the launch by gifting the media and other guests with handmade, scented candles made by artisans in Oman and a gift voucher.
Oman entrepreneurial venture, Crumbz supported book launch by delighting the guests with fresh, homemade cookies. Following the launch, Mrs. Ashik introduced the novel to the audience and read a few lines from the book.
Rainbow Dorm Diaries – The Yellow Dorm is about teenagers from different backgrounds of life enrolled into a prestigious boarding school in the south Indian quaint hill station of Ooty. In a lucid narrative, the novel describes new friendships the teens make, the peer-student relationships, their challenges and struggles to be independent in a dorm-life and other encounters in a new place from the point of view of teens. Loosely influenced by the Author’s own life the novel brings nostalgic memories of school life to everyone who reads it.
By profession Mrs. Ashik is the hospital manager at Aster Al Raffah Hospital and Polyclinics, Oman and a mother to two, who followed her dream of writing, balancing it between her professional and personal responsibilities. Apart from her novel Rainbow Dorm Diaries – The Yellow Dorm, she is also a regular contributor for various magazines in Oman.