How to convert Word file of your book into a perfect pdf for paperback printing


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Alas! Indie authors have to be master of all trades.

Penning a damn good story is the mere tip of the iceberg. You wrote it in MS Word – and now want it reproduced into a gorgeous pdf for a gorgeous paperback, right? But what if the pdf looks weirdly crowded and untidy as compared to your elegant MS Word?

Well, you can either create a pdf & then play around with it (If there does exist such a software, I’m blissfully unaware of it)  OR (more easily) convert the Word doc into pdf, which is what I did for my ‘Rage of the Maggots’. cover for isbn

Here’s how the stunningly simple procedure goes –

1] First format your text in MS Word as per your desired trim size. I have an unexplained, irrational, insistent love for 8.5 x 5.5 inch size. So, select Layout … Click on Size … Select from the wide range of size menu .

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2] Next, click on File … Select ‘Save as’ from dropdown menu

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3] Select option ‘Save as pdf’, then click on ‘More options’

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4] You’ll see 2 options – Standard i.e for publishing online and printing AND Minimum size.

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Choosing the latter will condense the Word file. Result? Your lovingly formatted Word file will now condensed and short by at least 5 pages.

If you want it to look EXACTLY as your Word file, choose option ‘Standard – publishing and printing’.

5] Click ‘Save’. Done! Drool over your picture perfect pdf!

Go ahead. Experiment. Your paperback is now fully in your control.


Arjun’s conquests without the Gandiva bow


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Would you credit Sachin’s bat with all of his devastating cricket innings? Would you bestow sole glory of Steffi’s formidable forehand to her tennis racquet? Would you credit Shakespeare’e quill with every literary masterpiece?

No?? You say they are mere instruments to transmit the finesse & the genius of its owners!!

Right! Then why is the Gandiva bow given near-total credit for Arjun’s martial triumphs?

Arjun & Gandiva were indeed an Invincible Team. However, Arjun was Continue reading

Book review: The Flight of the Falcon


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“Why do you follow Aldo? What makes you believe in him?”

“We have no one else we can follow.” Cesare replied.

Hallmark of a classic is that it remains relevant across time. This book isn’t Daphne’s best, but it is startling in its eerie & hideous parallels with today’s India. See if you can spot’em.

Premise: The tale is narrated by Beo and largely fixated on Aldo. The story itself has inbuilt parallels between Gothic fantasy and modern Rome. Tourist guide Beo chances upon the murder of a tramp, who turns out to be his old nanny Martha. Seeking her murderer and filled with nostalgia, Beo returns to his hometown Ruffano, but incognito. Here, he meets a ghost resurrected from his childhood.

Aldo is a Professor. But demure, benign or modest? Not he! Aldo is a power monger, a megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur.

‘He who ceases to see anything great in God will find it nowhere. He must either deny it or create it.’

·         His dream – to recreate the chariot ride of the sinister Duke Claudio. Continue reading

The windmills of Time


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The bath-tub was anointed with lavender oil and rose petals. Deva Bapu rose from the tub. 3 female attendants knelt to spread a fluffy white towel at his feet. Deva spun the saffron robes around his considerable girth. One attendant stood on tiptoe to daub horizontal gashes of vermillion and ash across his broad forehead. Her nipples, demure in white silk, grazed against bare nipples. She blushed and swayed in ecstasy. Another attendant wound rosary beads around his hairy wrist.


Deva Bapu heard the shuffle of impatient thighs scraping the floor directly above his head. He knew the assembly was packed with devotees. He flicked a glance at the mirror. Miracle Bapu stared back at him. His eyes were bloodshot and flat as a snake.He didn’t doubt his divinity.  Continue reading