Kajol Aikat

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Kajol Aikat
Born25 August 1994 (1994-08-25) (age 27)
Hazaribagh, Jharkhand, India
Occupation
  • Novelist
  • Short Story Writer
  • Author
NationalityIndian
CitizenshipIndia
EducationBirla Institute of Technology, Mesra (BBA)
Notable worksAuthor of "Unsocial Amigos", "Reason to Live", "The Unbreakable You"
Years active2014 - Present
Website
www.kajolaikat.blogspot.com

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Kajol Aikat is an Indian author.[1] He is the author of two bestselling Indian English novels, Unsocial Amigos (2014) and Reason to Live (2015), a contributor to the anthology The Unbreakable You (2015),[2] and writer of three short stories, The Cotton Seed (2017),[3][4][5] Soul Break Part 01 of 02 (2017),[6] and Soul Break Part 02 of 02 (2018).

His story has also been published on Ford India's official website under the What Drives You Campaign.[7] Aikat has been nominated for Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of India, in the field of Literature and Education in July 2019. [8]

Career[edit]

His first novel Unsocial Amigos was published when Aikat was 19 years old and studying BBA in 2014. Unsocial Amigos was a young-adult romance fiction on live-in relationships. It became a bestseller on Amazon in December 2014 and was nominated for Goodreads Choice Book of the Year 2014 in the category of Books having Rape as a Theme. Aikat has also received the ND Grover Young Achiever's Award in the field of literature in 2014 for Unsocial Amigos.[9][10]

Aikat's second work was a short story called Life Isn't a Fairytale which was published in the anthology The Unbreakable You by Write India Publishers in January 2015. It was centralised on the themes of social stigma for neural patients and teenage bullying.

Reason to Live was Aikat's second novel. Reason to Live was a romance fiction on the theme of apathy. It was published worldwide in October 2015 and became the #01 TASS bestseller in November 2015.[11][12]

Aikat's second short story The Cotton Seed was published in January 2017. It was a fictional period drama on women empowerment, set in the 17th century Bihar.[13]

Aikat's third short story was Soul Break Part 01. It was the first installment of Soul Break Duology and a crime fiction short story about how its protagonist Kush Raman, a regular cosmopolitan, ends up turning into a rouge vigilante after his wife's murder.

The final installment of Soul Break Duology, Soul Break Part 02, was published in September 2018. Soul Break Part 02 sold more than 50,000 copies within eight hours of its release and became a national bestseller on Amazon India in September 2018. [14][15]

Kajol Aikat has been nominated for Padma Shri 2020, in the field of Literature and Education in July 2019.[8]

Novels[edit]

  • Unsocial Amigos (2014)
  • Reason to Live (2015)

Short Stories[edit]

  • The Unbreakable You (2015)
  • The Cotton Seed (2017)
  • Soul Break Part One of Two (2017)
  • Soul Break Part Two of Two (2018)

References[edit]

  1. Jaipuriar, Vishvendu (17 July 2015). "Fighting bullies with book". The Telegraph.
  2. Vyas, Hiten. "An Interview with Author, Kajol Aikat". e-Books India. Archived from the original on 31 March 2015.
  3. "The Cotton Seed Tiny Tales Book 1". Goodreads.
  4. "Prabhat Khabar RANCHI - City epaper dated Thu, 26 Jan 17".
  5. "Prabhat Khabar RANCHI - City epaper dated Wed, 1 Feb 17".
  6. "Hazaribagh Chatra, hazaribagh : Readwhere".
  7. https://whatdrivesyou.in/stories/kajol-aikats-story/
  8. 8.0 8.1 https://padmaawards.gov.in/CARD.ASPX?NOMINEEUID=E1142263ABF099489A2BF24C15B5656EB66E54C918EF367CD94F4DEACEBF274A&RAND=288121
  9. "The Readdicts Book Blog: Author Interview- Kajol Aikat (Unsocial Amigos)". 2014-09-12.
  10. "An Interview with Author, Kajol Aikat". 2015-03-27.
  11. "Reason to Live". Goodreads.
  12. https://paper.hindustantimes.com/epaper/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=JAORMNAM4ZH4&issue=90222015070200000000001001&article=52847336-e4e8-4e70-a8df-561448aeaaa5
  13. "The cotton seed by Kajol Aikat". 2017-01-24.
  14. https://mepaper.livehindustan.com/imageview_208476_138563414_4_127_17-09-2018_i_1.pagezoomsinwindows.php
  15. https://www.indiabooks.org/B074TBK98K-part-1of-2-tiny-tales.html


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