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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 14:07
My latest book has acquired a new title "Discovering Puccini's Madam Butterfly" ! Another two versions have been signed on, a Hungarian version with Lazi Publishing of Budapest and a Russian version with Text Publishers of Moscow! 
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Monday, 15 July 2019 12:49

I have finally finished my latest book "Discovering Madam Butterfly" and this is the synopsis!


When the final encore is done and the curtain falls another night on the lone figure of Puccini’s famous Madame Butterfly, does anyone wonder about the “backstage” life of Cho cho san, the beautiful geisha of Nagasaki who inspired this famous play?
Who actually WAS Madame Butterfly? This has mystified many people the world over as they watch again and again Puccini’s captivating opera “Madame Butterfly.” Speculations abound but no one has really pinned her down. Perhaps her life is laid bare and captured in this book…..
One lazy Sunday afternoon, as Mitsue watched his daughter dance around the stone sculptures in the garden, a beautiful bright yellow butterfly flew by and settled on Mika’s hair, like a ribbon.
“Look at me, Father,” the child screamed. “I have become Cho cho, a butterfly!”
“And Cho Cho you shall be,” Mitsue declared solemnly that beautiful spring day with the sakura tree just about to burst into bloom. Little did he dream that someday this nickname so flippantly given would transform into Cho cho san and become famous beyond anyone’s imagination in a world far away from Nagasaki that none of them would ever know.
This is the dramatic and yet poignant story of that backstage life which started and ended in Nagasaki. We live Cho cho san’s life from a tea house hostess who morphed into the most beautiful and elegant geisha of Maruyama Lane and caught the eye of an American naval officer Benjamin Pinkerton.
Were they ever married? And what happened to Cho cho after Pinkerton left her to return to America? And what of the son Ken Pinkerton she bore him?
Decades later, a newly arrived kind hearted Midwest American woman who had never faced a day of complicated situations in her life thus far listened to the story of Cho Cho san, mesmerized.
“Oh my,” Lucy Sinclair sobbed. “What a story! That poor Butterfly woman, duped into what she believed was a marriage to this American guy, Benjamin Pinkerton, later dumped by him and as a grand finale, had her son taken away from her. And she waited for him and her son all these years!”
“Do you know, it’s such a bizarre and intriguing story steeped in femme fatale, someone should do a play about it,” she added lightening up after a while.
Almost a century later, someone did and Puccini’s world renowned opera “Madame Butterfly” was born....

I have signed with Mehta Publishing House for a Marathi version which I hope will be released by early next year. Recently  Lazi Könyvkiadó Kft. Publishing of Hungary signed a contract for a Hungarian version to be released next year. .

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 06:15

I am halfway through an intriguing investigative story about a beautiful geisha called Cho cho san of Nagasaki believed to be the lady behind the famous opera "Madam Butterfly."

Who actually was Madam Butterfly? This has mystified many people the world over as they watch again and again Puccini's captivating opera "Madam Butterfly." Speculations abound but no one has really pinned her down. Perhaps the answers are in this book ............. 


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Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:54

I have shifted my accreditation as a journalist from the Australian News Syndicate to the United States Press Agency. I am now associated and accrediated with the USPA.


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