Rita Baid

Ragh Bir’s family arrived in the UK in the early 1960’s. Born in the Summer of Love, in Slough, Berkshire, she found growing up in a family with a strict Indian father challenging to her free-spirited nature. Her Indian upbringing was neither traditional, nor, contemporary, and she found herself caught up in the middle of two very different cultures. She embraced the opportunity and left Slough in 1990 to attend the University of Portsmouth, where she completed a Post Graduate in management studies. After graduating, and fully enjoying the freedom that came with living away from home, she decided to travel to France with her Irish boyfriend. Her dreams of living in the South of France, came crashing down when their car broke down on the roundabout at ChampsElysees. Her adventure was plagued with disasters, and when money soon ran out by the time they reached Bordeaux, it was time to say good bye to France. A move to the Republic of Ireland, saw her experience the Irish way of life, and a year later she returned to the UK, and her career as airline cabin crew began. Living in Bagshot, Surrey, she enjoyed her life of travel, and was fortunate to experience the many different cultures of the countries that she visited. Her debut novel, 39 Plus One, was born in 2007, and writing the first three chapters came easily. Life took an unexpected turn, and her desire for writing vanished. She moved back to Slough just before lockdown, and it was when she came across her black writing folder, that she found that she couldn’t put her pen down, writing at lightning speed, the words flying onto the page; that within a year the story of Rachel’s quest was complete.

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Reet Sat, 17/06/2023 - 09:20

In reply to by Stewart Carry

Hello Stewart,

I am so pleased to read your comment on 39 Plus One. Since it is based on my true life dating experiences, I take great comfort and joy knowing that the reader finds it as amusing as it was to experience it. Thank you for reading the first 3000 words and for your comment, I really appreciate the feedback.

Charlotte Valentine Thu, 03/08/2023 - 22:43

I can tell from the opening pages this is going to be a really fun read and I can't wait to discover more of Rachel's exploits! You've established her character right from the start and there are some great lines in here! Now I want to know how much worse the Frenchman can get! I really did enjoy this.

Reet Sun, 13/08/2023 - 12:26

Aww Charlotte, thank you so much. The Frenchman wasn't as bad as what followed after him :-) Much appreciate your comments x

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