Press & Praise


Interview with Dr. Gail Lash, March 2016, at BBS Radio (California)

Cover Story Feature in Khabar Magazine, Atlanta, GA, March 2016 issue: ‘The Penwalas of Atlanta’

October 6, 2011: Southbury Patch, Connecticut, USA

Novermber 28, 2011: The Milton Herald, Atlanta, GA, USA “In today’s international world, it only makes sense that fiction will mirror that fact. Milton resident Anju Gattani has penned a novel she describes as “international women’s fiction” that she says brings an international flair to the genre. The book takes as its task to detail through fiction the cultural divide between eastern and western thought.”

January 11 2012: Neighbor Newspapers, Atlanta, GA, USA “For local author Anju Gattani a nine-year writing process and countless rewrites of her first novel is a small price to pay for the opportunity to connect with readers.”

February 2012 The Sacramento Bee, California, USA

February 2012: Snap Roswell, Atlanta, GA, USA

March 2012: Events featured in NRI Pulse newspaper, GA, USA

April 2012: NRI Pulse newspaper, GA, USA     “Contrary to stereotypical portrayals of Indians, Gattani’s characters offer a glimpse into the lives and lifestyles of the super wealthy.  The author, however, manages to weave the elaborate descriptions within the confines of the storyline so it never feels deliberate or forced… there is plenty of room for universal appeal… The highly apt and befitting cover packages Duty and Desire into a desirable read, indeed.”

May 31, 2012: Danbury News Times, CT, USA       “Anju Gattani has a mission for her writing and maintains a dynamite website. The premise of DUTY AND DESIRE sounds inviting for a summer read… many women will at least be able to relate to some degree to the main female character’s transition from independent single woman to married woman who must consider how her actions may affect her relationship with her new family.  Through their similarities, readers may be drawn to learn about their differences.”

June 20, 2012: Voices News, CT, USA                         “A unique blend of East and West, Anju’s fiction explores how cultural mindsets and traditions shape people’s values, thinking and behavior in their struggle to find meaning in their life.  She views international fiction as an opportunity for readers to inhabit a world very different from their own.”

Blog Reviews:

Duty and Desire has been getting some interesting blog reviews.  Click along and let’s see what readers have to say!!

Oct 29, 2011: “I wasn’t prepared to love it like I did. The pacing and the plot, the characterization and the conflict, the storytelling and the setting and sexual tension were impeccable. I didn’t want to put it down.”  Petit Fours and Hot Tamales

March 13, 2012: “Nothing prepared me for Gattani’s sumptuous vivid, detailed descriptions of an elaborate display of riches and jewelry, sari colors, and the excitement or drama (whichever you prefer) occurring at such a life changing event… Anju Gattani is a new author on the rise.”  Chelle Ang

July 11, 2012:“Think Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and take it up a few notches.  Duty and Desire is just the first book in series.  I can’t wait to read the others!”  Susan Kason 

Sep 10, 201: “INTENSE! Really intense.”  My Seryniti

Sep 12, 2012: “This book is a roller coaster all it’s own.  If you’re up for an adventure into the lifestyle of the Indian culture & seeing through the eyes of a modern Indian woman and her struggles with duty and desire, then I would definitely recommend this book to you.” Beach Bum Reads

Sep 13, 2012: “The characters were intriguing. I enjoyed being immersed in the Indian culture. Anju Gattani has a way of describing setting that brought it to life.”  Crazy Four Books

Sep 15, 2012: “It was definitely an entertaining novel from beginning to end.  A worthwhile read.”  Bookluvrs Haven

Sep 29, 2012: “A good book that left me with a better understanding of the tradition of arranged marriages and the pitfalls that can arrive with them.  I’d gladly read more from this author, and am happy to recommend this book.”  I am, Indeed

Dec 16, 2012: “Anju Gattani really writes Duty and Desire in a way that immerses you in the characters world and culture… I couldn’t stop reading. Their story has a way of drawing you in that doesn’t let go. I know I am going to read book two. I have to know what happens between them.”  Full Moon Bites 

Jan 16, 2013: “This was an outstanding book.  I highly recommend this book.”  The Queen’s Haven

Feb 19, 2013: “Duty and Desire is well written.  The characters come alive.  The detail is beautiful.  This book will compel you to think about many things…  I highly recommend this book.” So Many Books, So Little Time

May 6, 2013: “The author has vividly portrayed the struggle of a modern woman, deeply engrained with traditional values that have been in existence for hundreds of years.  The characters of Sheetal and Sanjeet have been developed with great care.”  Women Talk Online