My Book – Tales from the Garden City

//My Book – Tales from the Garden City

My Book – Tales from the Garden City

I had been at it for some time now. For the last couple of months (or more), I have been working on gathering the stories that I had written as a hobby, face-lifting them and getting them ready to be read by others. Last year, I had sent some of them to some known publishers in India to see if they would be interested in making a book of it. Many of them responded (after 4-5 months of anxious waiting!) saying that they aren’t interested (of course, in a much more polished way!). I had found these publishers through the Internet, and manuscript submissions were made as their sites directed. I like to believe that my manuscript was rejected because they did not come with any “credentials” (I am not a known writer, nor did I approach them through a literary agent).

Finally in April of this year I had this idea of self-publishing.

My collection of short stories, Tales from the Garden City, based in Bangalore (as the name implies) and written over the last few years, is published by Cinnamonteal Print And Publishing.

Click on the image to read the text on the back cover of the book.

A snapshot of the Contents page.

Read snippets:
The Rising of the Moon
In Retrospective (Part-1, Part-2)
The Greatest Love of All
The Well

Available at the following Book Stores:
Landmark Bangalore / Chennai / Mumbai / Pune / Hyderabad / Gurgaon
Gangarams Book Bureau, M.G. Road, Bangalore.
TBS Publishers, Thiruvananthapuram.
Green Books, Thrissur 

Click here to Purchase Online:
Flipkart (Shipped to anywhere in India)
Dogears Etc (Shipped to anywhere in India and abroad) 

Click here to read some reviews.

For several reasons, I am glad I took this step. Just as in everything else, there have been lessons to learn in this trip as well. I will share some of those interesting experiences as we travel along.

If you think Print-on-Demand, think CinnamonTeal. You will not regret it.

By |2018-12-10T15:51:32+00:00August 13th, 2009|My Book|21 Comments

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  1. Anonymous August 13, 2009 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Wow thats great Jack. May this only be the beginning of many more to come – roshan

  2. Jean August 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks Rosh!

  3. Michael Manning August 14, 2009 at 6:12 am - Reply

    A writer of many years, I Toast your success! This is amazing, because I see a parallel between what musicians must do to get a CD out and what writers must do to be published. I have two books in revision and at least one will be self-published. This post is an inspiration! 🙂

  4. BudsMj August 16, 2009 at 5:59 am - Reply

    Kudos Jeans. I wonder how did you manage that kind of time with a 3 year old around?! Gr8 job!
    Shall I take the rights for Middle East? :p

  5. Jean August 17, 2009 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Mj- you have a competitor, a friend from Dubai has expressed interest in the same. I suggest you two battle it out 😉

  6. Sage August 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    The opening story sounds familar… when my daughter was small and we lived out west, in the desert, she was intent on watching the sky. The new moon was always a highlight and she'd come running, when the crescent was just visible over the western hills, shouting "Daddy, daddy, the moon is back, the moon is back" and we'd go to the window or out on the porch and watch it sink beyond the horizon. Nice writing!

  7. Neel August 23, 2009 at 7:36 pm - Reply


    i was just wandering from sites & came to this blog & simply became spellbound when i saw the first publication by u on our own effort.kudos!

    i also dream of a publication & seems that u wl b of grt help 🙂

  8. colleen September 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Wonderful! I self-published a book too. It was about losing two brothers a month apart in 2001 and it spurred a reunion where we grew up and is used in a grief and loss class at a nearby university. I found you via Netchick.

  9. David September 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    congrats to you
    for me, the mother I chose for my children lacked love, or poorly expressed it, so I learned more and was able to give more, while becoming less.
    the sacrifice was worth it.
    I want to read your book

  10. Jean-Luc Picard September 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    A wonderful achievement, Jean.

    NetChick sent me.

  11. Sriram November 5, 2009 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Congrats Jeena!
    Not everyone has got the guts to believe in what they think they are. It is good to see that you have already crossed that milestone. An achievement in itself. Wish you all the best for crossing more such milestones.

    Hope and hardwork can take any one where he/she wants to go. I wish you good luch and the best for all the future challenges!

    – Sriram

  12. Amaranath November 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Hi Jeena,
    Great work…Many Congratulations… I know how difficult it is to get self publication… I have gone through all this for my first book's self publication… Very sad to know that these known publishers treat new comers so badly…
    Coming back to your book, its title is very much impressive… May GOD bless you… I wish many more publications from you (ofcourse not self publication 🙂 )


  13. Elizabeth January 12, 2010 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Even though I saw that image, I didn't read the writing below. So happy to see the book. Will try to acquire a copy and let you know my thoughts on it.

  14. Anonymous January 22, 2010 at 8:01 am - Reply

    good luck 🙂

  15. Soli January 30, 2010 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Hi Jean,

    Congratulations! will check it out when I am in India this Summer.

  16. Testname January 30, 2010 at 7:26 am - Reply

    great job! let me read it! best wishes… mani nss

  17. Renjith Sarada March 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Dear Jean,

    I am Renjith, from Bahrain. I got your Twitter ID through my Twitter friend, Padmaja Menon (Oman). I am excited to see a book written by a budding writer. I am much impressed as I do have similar thoughts.

    Wish you all the best. I am from Trivandrum and hence will buy a copy of this book when I go on vacation, in August.

    Good Luck,
    Renjith & family

  18. Faayasam June 14, 2010 at 8:43 am - Reply

    wowow.. congratulations.. oru naal njaanum chettane pole valarum valuthakum.. njaanum oru book angu irakkiyaalo..??
    any ways this is ma first time here.. dropped here through ur twitter profile 🙂 let me explore this blog and wait for more comments later.. 🙂

  19. Avalok November 12, 2010 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Best of luck with your book…may be will buy it soon…there is a book festival scheduled at Palace grounds..and Tq for the comment on my post @ Posterous about the unusual guest.

  20. Raksha Bhat July 17, 2019 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Dear Jeena,

    Congratulations, glad to find people from Bangalore write. Can you let me know if a copy is available. I am interested in reading this book.

    Thank you,

  21. Jeena R. Papaadi July 17, 2019 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Dear Raksha, Thank you for your interest. I doubt if any print copies are available at the moment… but the Kindle version can be found here: I hope you like reading ebooks.

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