New Delhi, November 10, 2017: Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place and Ms Priti Paul hosts the Delhi launch for the book “The King Within” by renowned author Ms. Nandini Sengupta. A host of eminent personalities such as Mr. Ashok Malik (renowned journalist, columnist and Press secretary to the president of India) with Mr. Sanjeev Sanyal (writer, urban theorist, environmentalist and Principle economic advisor – Finance Ministry) will be present as panelists to discuss on the narrative and the power of possibilities a fictionalized account of history beholds. Not only does a historical fiction associate history with the personal but it also renders a plurality to its foretold “historical” account. The event will be something to look forward to as students as well as History and Literature lovers will come to attend.

A brilliant historical fiction “The King Within” by the well-known journalist Nandini Sengupta is set to take the readers on an enigmatic and engaging encounter with the past. Set in 373 AD, the narrative surrounds the journey of Emperor Chandragupta as he gradually shifts from being the dashing young prince Deva, loyal friend and passionate lover, to becoming the legendary Emperor. The book cuts across the questions and problems around passion and power, choices and decisions, leaving the readers gaping in wonder.



Mr. Ashok Malik is Press Secretary to the President of India. He is the first person from outside the civil services to be appointed to the post. He took charge on August 1, 2017, a week after President Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as the 14th President of India. Prior to his current appointment, Malik was a senior Indian analyst and commentator, and distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, one of India’s leading think-tanks. A frequent columnist he wrote for a number of national and international publications. His areas of interest covered politics, India’s political economy and foreign policy.


Ms. Nandini Sengupta, based in Pondicherry, has been researching for years on Indian history and is ready to blow us out of our minds with her brilliantly narrated historical fiction of Chandragupta. She is a renowned journalist and writer who have already published various non-fiction works previously. This is her work of fiction.


Ms. Sanjeev Sanyal is an Indian economist, bestselling writer, environmentalist, and urban theorist. Currently he is the Principal Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Sanjeev Sanyal is an Indian economist, bestselling writer, environmentalist, and urban theorist. Currently he is the Principal Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. A Rhodes Scholar and Eisenhower Fellow, he was named “Young Global Leader 2010” by the World Economic Forum at Davos. He is also the author of four bestselling books “The Indian Renaissance: India’s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline”.  In July 2014, Sanyal won the first International Indian Achiever’s Award for his contributions to Literature at the inaugural gala event in Mumbai.


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