Saturday, October 17, 2015

Penguin Random House signs Emraan Hashmi

In January 2014 Emraan Hashmi’s four-year-old son Ayaan was diagnosed with cancer.  Throughout this difficult time Hashmi educated himself about the disease and sought the best possible treatment for his son. Now, following Ayaan’s return to health, he will share the wisdom he learnt in an inspiring and moving book to be published by Penguin Random House on S Hussain Zaidi’s Blue Salt imprint.

Written with Bilal Siddiqi, the book will be a combination of Hashmi’s personal story and an emotional journey, along with practical reference and resources to help anyone else whose loved one’s are also battling cancer.

The book will be published in 2016.

Emraan Hashmi adds:
“Dealing with my son's cancer has been the most trying phase of my life. But the way my son fought it changed my outlook to a lot of things and in turn gave me immense strength. I also discovered so many things about this dreaded disease that I have documented in the book. But finally the book is about how my son beat cancer, with a little help from his friend batman. :)”

Bilal Siddiqi, who has been writing the book with Emraan, comments:
“Cancer can break you down not just physically but even mentally and Mr Hashmi has put down all his experiences and how he dealt with them to emerge a stronger person. Though the book deals primarily with cancer, it also sheds some light on Emraan Hashmi as the man he really is, in contrast to the onscreen persona.”

And S. Hussain Zaidi:
“Emraan's book is highly inspirational and even a grown up like me can learn from a four year old like Ayaan. Through his battle with cancer, he teaches us that even if you fall, you don't necessarily fail.”

Milee Ashwarya, editor in chief at Penguin Random House says:
“Emraan's book is about how to deal with challenges that life throws at you and how to deal with them; conquering your fears and valuing what we are blessed with. I'm proud to publish this inspirational book from one of our most loved actors Emraan and one of our most promising writers Bilal.”

About Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House ( is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher.  It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively.  Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

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