This is a bit late as the formal announcement has been out for some months, but at the same time I do want to share my personal excitement. International actress and voice talent Deepti Gupta will be reading Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. As a blind person, the vast majority of the books I read are audio books so for me in particular, it was especially important to find the right person to narrate the book.
I knew I wanted a woman to read as I pictured it coming from the voice of Morgiana, the djinni. I also wanted someone who could capture the sing-song style of an oral narrative. Deepti’s acting and voiceover career spans across India, Singapore, Pakistan and the United States so she seemed a good choice. 🙂 What do you think? I’m thrilled.
If you cannot play the audio, it can also be heard at: http://ghostinthemachinepodcast.com/?p=520
Praised by The New York Times for her performance in the feature film ‘Walkaway’, Deepti also stars in ‘Record/Play’ (a sci-fi love story) which was an official selection at SUNDANCE 2013. And last year she wrote and directed her first short film, ‘Happy and You Know It’, about a woman’s journey to celebrating her pregnancy which you can see the trailer for below.
Pretty cool, yes? I’m looking forward to seeing Deepti’s full film which is due to be released in November.
Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn is a steampunk retelling of the classic “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, from 1001 Arabian Nights. To learn more about the book and/or purchase your own copy, please visit: http://dayalmohamed.com/wordpress/baba-ali-and-the-clockwork-djinn/ or get it directly from Amazon.
For those of you who have already bought and/or read it, thank you! You rock and you’re the reason I do this. I love feedback both good and not-so-good (it IS the only way to improve) so just drop me a note.