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Author interview with Neeraj Kumar.

Category : Interviews

Here is the budding author Neeraj Kumar for you.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Hi.. Myself Neeraj Kumar. Frankly speaking I am not really an author.  I just came with my story and suddenly things changed. I am not trained it’s just an experiment with myself. that what is the real thing which can give me happiness apart from my job. People do many things for their happiness but I write. I failed many times to complete it. Some people made fun of me, many have told don’t do it it’s just waste of time and after that it really became a challenge for me. Which boosted my confidence to do so. Finally they realize that if you know your dream properly then nobody can stop you.

Two letters by Neeraj Kumar

When did you start writing?

It’s a funny story. Actually I used to write love letters from school days and I can proudly say that it was beginning and you know how much they used to pay me for that.. 10 rupee for each. That was the time when my friends started calling me a writer but I never thought I am going to write any book or story. I was just writing a story and I didn’t know that it will be published one day. So yes I started writing from my school days.

When you published first?

Actually it’s my first work which has been published. And all my old things are still waiting to get published.

Describe Neeraj in day to day life?

See, I am a simple guy. Mostly I love to sleep. My daily life depends on where I am. If I am in Office then whole day I am busy with my work. And if I am with friends then only friends. It’s just same for my family too. If I am at home then my phone goes not reachable for whole day.. Because there is no network in my room. And I only come out if there is any work. Simply I am a person who like you can say lazy guy.  I don’t roam too much. My routine is office to home and after that some music and some lovely food then at last a quote or one liner for my friends.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Music. I love music and I can’t imagine a day in my life without it. You can call me a bathroom singer too. My another passion is horse riding. When I sit on horse I just go in a different world but It’s not for daily. At the end I love to write what I see in my daily life. I do many things but music gives me energy to write something and became a famous celebrity who can buy a horse. Ha ha ha ha just kidding.

Tell us more about your book ?

Yes finally.. It is sweet and simple love story which is about two people you can say a couple which belongs to the middle class families. Their love struggles because their caste. Everybody knows that intercaste marriage is still a crime in our country specially if you belong to middle class. As people says. It’s not my thought. People told me that if you do intercaste marriage then you did a wrong thing. You won’t be happy whole life. What will people say. Our society doesn’t accept these kind of thing. So I wrote it. Story is very down to earth. I kept it very simple. I tried to show in daily life what problems they face after marriage. How they manage things. How they feel when someone asks to compromise your dream for family. How they over come from misunderstandings, small fights and arguments. How life goes after marriage and last but not least I tried to show with my story that love can heal anything. That is all about two letters.

How do you manage your writing time?

It was a very tough call for me when I decided to resign from my job for this story because I was in full form. But my family supported me all the time.. I am very lucky to have them as my parents. Really. But I learned to manage after some time I joined a new firm and started writing. I don’t write everyday it’s just like whenever I get something to write I keep it until I go to my room. And whenever I get some time I write. That’s why it took 2 years to complete my story. But it’s OK.  I think it’s good because when you have that much time you can correct it or edit it or add something on it.

Your favorite writer and why?

Now the list is very long like PRIYANKA BANSAL, AJAY K PANDEY, CHETAN BHAGAT, SONAM KESWANI and many more. But you know first is always first. My first book was THAT’S THE LIFE BABY -PRIYESH RANJAN  and I TOO HAD A LOVE STORY – RAVINDAR SINGH. These two are the reason because when I read their books. I became addicted to books.

What are your upcoming projects?

I am working on one another story it is about friendship. I can’t say anything more about it now. Thank you.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Yes.. Just do what you want to do. People will tell many things because they can’t do what you can do. Just believe in yourself and do something what you enjoy. Respect your parents always. Be there for your family because they will always be with you.

Neeraj in one sentence.

If people say this is arrogance then they can say. By the way here is the sentence Neeraj ~ lotus in pond.

A special note for readers. If you find any mistakes in editing of my book                        (Two letters) then please ignore it because it is published from direct hard copy. No editing work is done on it. It was a dedicated work for someone special. I hope you understand. Just need your love and support.

Thank you.

Book is available on www.rigipublication.com, amazon.in ,snapdeal, online gatha, markmybook, pustakmandi.com and Kraftly and e-book.

Contact me on

Facebook – Neeraj Kumar Mahant.

Email – neeraj.neeraj.kumar754@gmail.com

Instagram -neeraj7870

Official facebook page – Writer universe.

Whatsapp – 7870489573.

Thank you Neeraj for your simply honest answers. I am sure readers will like your work. 

For author interviews, drop me a mail.

 

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Travel Dairies with model cum mother Poonam Konde

Hello Friends,

Today, we have model cum traveler cum an Indian mom who is a spirited lady. Her travelogue will inspire you. Let us chit-chat with her.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Ola Homies! This is Poonam, I am 29-year-old Woman, with my man and our kid. I am a fitness freak, and I love to travel.

Poonam Konde during her Europe travel.

When did you start travelling?

The nomadic fever did not hit me until I met with this partner who encouraged me to travel and earn experiences for myself. I was that generic city girl struck in the matrix, following that 9 to 6 pattern, running behind busses and yelling at taxis. It is important for everyone to take that pause and fall of the grid to rejuvenate yourself. And that how I decided to travel new places every time I get a chance.

Which was your first destination?

My start was not a huge 10+ hour flight or an abroad location, but it was somewhere nearby, does not matter how you start it could just be a neighboring village but you must start somewhere.

The First destination I remember visiting and it struck in my memory lane is Arambol, Goa. There is something about this place which appeals as if it’s more accepting.

What are your hobbies apart from travelling?

Apart from traveling, In between if I get good modeling assignment’s I like to grab them, I have been casted for TVC adds for couple of beauty products. Apart from hat, I am a fitness freak, to I like to sweat at the gym a lot. I had gained extra pounds after I had my first child, but was able to get back to my own shape in just a month or two.

Poonam in Santorini.

Tell us more about your travelling experiences?

Since I have started traveling, in 2011 I have been travel to 4 countries including India, I being a minimalist, I don’t like to opt for 5 star hotels or resorts, but I prefer family owned small hotels. That way you can jell up with the locals, and learn a lot about their culture, food and lifestyle. This time when I was on this beautiful Mediterranean island, called Santorini, people were so welcoming and friendly, they let me use their kitchen and taught me some of their own dishes from Mediterranean cuisine

I like to eat what locals do, if you are in US/Europe you don’t need to worry about falling sick as to what you eat, because, common, if you can digest Indian street food without falling sick, then street food from Europe should be no worry, considering the hygiene standards over there.

Athens is just as hospitable, considering that Tourism is one of the main revenue generators for Greece, Athena’s does not disappoint. They have a special transits system exclusively for tourist, all you have to do is buy one 14Euro ticket and that is good for 2 days, enough for you to visit all the ruins, museums and beaches of Athens and Piraeus.

Poonam ruling the world.

What tips do you want to give to female solo travelers?

Do not let the society norms stop you from getting things that you deserve, you work hard for sometimes you need to reward yourself. No touristy place is dangerous to you, as long as you research and study the place online, stay away from scammers, there are many sites that will tell you what are the top scams in the touristy place, always be on a look out.

Poonam’s Dairy

According to you, which is the one tourist destination every single girl should travel ?

You can travel solo almost in all of Europe including Turkey, just be careful in Bulgaria, and Romania. Do not go to Santorini alone, the place is just too romantic to be alone, and being single may make you feel lonely, unless you are okay with it.

 

 

Any tips to the upcoming young generation which is inclined towards travel.

Food I love – Poonam

Make a bucket list, work hard on saving money, kill that bucket list.

Well, you are a truly inspirational modern day lady Poonam. I hope your words will inspire many more women in this country and around the world. I wish you all the very best for your future.

If you are interested to share your interview, please contact me via email and I will get back to you.

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Book Review: Never Again by Shreyan Laha

Category : Book Reviews

Never Again  is a book dedicated to the soldiers and warriors in the different battles.

Not many books are written on such topics.

This is a brilliantly written book. In this book, author has mentioned about the secret dairy of solider Kasper Hartmann. Author has put in lot of research and hard work for the book.

Many statements written in the book are the source of motivation. They motivate you as a person while reading.

Few editing mistakes but overall this book is worth reading as it talks about a life of a soldier as well as narrates the incidents in the past and present.

The German glossary given in the beginning is useful for the readers like me.

Overall, author has shown in this book that he has all the potential for the major success in future.

My rating is 4.0 out of 5. The only flaw is editing. Rest is simply brilliance.

I recommend this book to the readers. Trust me you will have a good experience. This book is worth reading and understanding the life of a soldier.

 

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Author Interview with Ch Lady Diana

Hi readers, today we have Ch Lady Diana a fantastic writer with us. Let us chit chat about her work.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Ans: My name is Ch Lady Diana. I was born and brought up in the beautiful valley of Manipur. I have always loved literature particularly because it helped me to express. I call myself a day dreamer.

Ms.Diana

When did you start writing?

Ans: I have always written short poems or stories for myself. I just never thought of publishing them. The earliest write up, if I remember correctly, dates back to the days when I was 10 or something and I had written about my sleepover experience with my cousins. I also remember that I have always had problems in expressing myself verbally. I have been an introvert and there were phases into that too. So, once I needed to tell my dad about something which I couldn’t express and I ended up writing it in the form of a letter and placing it over his pillow. So writing, to the introvert child that I was, has helped and proved to be therapeutic.

When did you published first?

Ans: I published my first novel The Mirage of Love in 2015. The novel has many questions and observations about the society by a woman. So, it carries the dialectics of a feminist but equally important for anyone who wants to understand individuality.

Describe Diana  in day to day life?

Ans: The everyday-Diana is a workaholic. The recurring days make her say, “OMG I can’t be Prometheus.” Monotony kills her and she wants regular changes in her life. She likes to take on different projects and learn new things. She loves her job. She is always eager to learn. She loves to read. The regular Diana wakes up on time to finish some chores and make some time to write in the morning. The regular Diana goes to her office and likes facing challenges and learning anything new. Most of the time, the regular Diana handles her writing career during the time that spans from post-dinner to the wee hours of the night.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Ans: I like to watch movies, watch documentaries on Netflix, irritate my sister, dote on my son, cook for my family (when mood commands), explore restaurants and eat something good, read books, etc. I am a warehouse of activities.

Tell us more about your book ?

Ans: Lovin’ A Hero is a romance fiction that explores the complex issues of second love, giving life a second chance, second marriage, parental-trust issues and changing gender roles. It’s a funny narrative so people are actually laughing while reading it. While it is also tied to a string of emotional moments, no different from the ones that we go through during hard times when we start questioning our intelligence, our abilities or we withdraw altogether from any form of human connection because we are not able to rely or trust again and the times when we even think that we are facing some sort of existential crisis. Personally, my favourite moments are the ones with the sky lanterns and the rain moment.

What do you think about modern day relationships?

Ans: Modern day relationships are complex. I think relationships have always been complex. It’s just that today, people are more aware and hence, they express better about their desires, issues, stress, etc. People today are more open to explore. I don’t believe in the fact that the previous generations had better relationships.  Young people of today want their relationships to work as much.

Is physical intimacy important in a relationship ?

Ans: Yes, it’s important. Not that it’s the sole important issue nevertheless it’s important.

How do you manage your writing time?

Ans: It’s a lot of running on the treadmill metaphorically speaking. Between raising a kid and a full time job, it’s very difficult to get the much-wanted time to write. Since three years now, or to say more precisely since the time I have focused myself on the writing career, my time to write can happen anytime and anywhere. I take notes on my phone or laptop when I am travelling, the couple of hours in the morning before office is very precious, the hours after everybody has slept is even more precious, writing means your light is always on. Can’t help it. But I enjoy every bit of it. There is no other way I would prefer doing this. I feel very lucky to be around like-minded people. I am in a circle of so many creative minds who keep motivating me even when I am suffering from some kind of mental blockage…so it’s a new kind of lesson every day.

Your favorite writer and why?

Ans: This is the most difficult question. I really don’t know how to answer this one. I am a bookaholic. I like to buy books even when I can’t find the time to read it. I am a literature person, so my muse has always been the Classic writers of Europe. I have studied drama, so I like reading the scripts too. Right from Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Ibsen to post-colonial works especially by Spivak, to J K Rowling, Amish…all of them are my favourite. Even Sidney Sheldon and Sophie Kinsella. I travel in the metro and if I see somebody reading a book, I am weird enough to sneak a peek at the cover to check it out. I am really not discriminate with authors.

What are your upcoming projects?

Ans: I am currently working on about four projects. The latest one will take a year or more, it’s about livelihood in politically torn places and I am focusing on the cultural and political dialectics of my home state Manipur. It is titled The Vanquished Paradise.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Ans: The most important tip is don’t follow the hysteria. Create your own concepts. Learn to read between the lines and work hard enough to create your own name anywhere you go.

Diana  in one sentence.

Ans: I will always be the day-dreamer that I am.

Thank you for the wonderful answers Ms.Daina. Wish you all the very best for your both professional and writing career. For author interviews, please write an email to prabhu@prabhuprasad.in

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Author Interview with Geethanjali Dilippe

Dear readers, today we have with us an award winning poetess Geethanjali Dilippe with us. Let us talk about her inspirational poetry journey.

  1. Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature? On the book cover and therein pages read me as Geethanjali Dilip; a graduate in English literature from Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai. Also with linguistic skills honed as a French Post Graduate from Bangalore University. It’s been more than three decades now teaching French at my centre, Zone Francofone in Salem. In the field of Poetry and literature till now two of my co-authored works and compilations have seen the daylight titled as, “Between Moms and Sons“, co-authored with poet Aakash Sagar Chouhan and “The Virtual Reality” with seven poets. Readers and fellow Poets/Writers also find my contributions on miscellaneous themes at various virtual spaces like Infornicle.com, Differenttruths.com and also on my personal pages on Facebook like Alcove ATMA, Geethatmaa, and other collaborative poetry pages with fellow poets. There is an effortless smile, which relives again and again in this slideshow of endeavours having been felicitated with ‘The Reuel International Award for Poetry 2017’ by The Significant League.
  1. When did you start writing? 

I have contributed poems and articles for my college magazine, The Scrambler. It all started there and triggered a passion to write and spill my soul, my scripts found their place in cultural events and competitions, in schools where I taught French in Salem. My grand daughter – Aarushi’s birth gave a rebirth to my writing and I started compiling poetry in earnest. Eventually, her magical charm became my muse and the daily posts on Facebook have literally made a poet out of me today for which the inspiration got fed by all my virtual, mutual and close friends from their encouraging feedback.

  1. When did you publish first?

In February 2016, a poetry anthology named “Between Moms and Sons”.

  1. Describe Geethanjali in day to day life?

A passionate home-maker, revelling in little miracles of life like the songbirds greeting every dawn, the blossoming flowers in my garden, the rustling trees that breathe with me, my folks and friends, a music too resonates within in all that I do; my students define the meaning and purpose of my life, and poetry unravels my soul, when muses a plenty tap on my shoulder from dawn to dusk.

  1. What are your hobbies apart from writing?

The arts and creativity in any space of my life, music and poetry being a very huge and fulfilling part. Travelling opens up an entire world to me.

  1. Tell us more about your book?

“Between Moms And Sons”, started as a Facebook page with my co- author, Aakash Sagar Chouhan. When we saw the response and appreciation, we took it to the next level, of publishing with Raindrops Company, Bangalore. It has 31 poems including mine and Aakash’s, mostly based on the subtle bonding and relationship of a mother with her child.

  1. What do you think of modern mom-son relationships?

It depends entirely on where it all started, based on the socio-economic scenario and milieu. But from what I observe, in today’s world, a mom has learned to accept that she needs to let go of her son, however close he is to her, allowing him to soar to skies, giving him wings of freedom. I don’t have a biological son, but yes virtual sons who mean so much to me.

  1. Single parent relationships with kids are changing fast in present day society? What do you say?

Definitely! Considering so many marriages on the rocks resulting in divorces; today’s single parent is economically independent to manage pretty well without his/her better half to support them financially, although emotional substitution remains a challenge. Thus it leaves a lot of space for a parent to fill lacunas of single parenting, to give that fulfillment of a complete family for the kid.

  1. How do you manage your writing time?

I juggle my time pretty well, smoothly sailing at a point of my life, when I don’t need to run around to different schools to teach. So my leisure hours get engaged in writing; poetry by nature being spontaneous and not so time consuming like novels or long articles. A Poet is still a Poet even on flights, rail tracks, highways, between cooking and running the home.

  1. What do you want to tell new generation working moms?

Let thy family be the first priority come what may.

  1. Your favorite writer and why?

Mostly I read spiritual literature. It has been really long since I read fiction as voraciously as I used to during my school days. Poetry is more my interest and there are far too many beautiful writers; I cannot enlist really. So I feel every writer writes differently for a specific purpose and I imbibe from the soul of that writing.

  1. What are your upcoming projects?

My second sequel to “Between Moms and Sons”, ” Samudrika Chants” co- authored with Ms. Seema Jayaraman, again a poetry page on Facebook, ” my own page ” Geethatmaa”, a solo anthology.

  1. Any tips to the upcoming young generation?

They have a lot to look forward to, and every generation has its dog days and field days. The mantra is to not take anything for granted but watch the moonrise when you can and go with the flow.

  1. Geethanjali in one sentence.

A handful of song offerings to the Divine.

Thank you so much maam for honestly answering our questions. I wish you all the very best for your future works.

For author interviews, please write an email prabhu@prabhuprasad.in 

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Rutvi Patel shares her poetry- Tere Ishq Ka Paigam

Tere ishq ka paigam inayat se mila hai muje…

Khawabida parindo ko mujse be-intehan ishq ho gaya hai shayad…!!

Badi nazakat se tanhayian bhi apna rukh badalti ja rahi hai…

Aaj phir koi phool tere mere milne ki dastan bade hi noor se kisi taare ko suna rahi hai shayad…!!

Tu inayat hai mere liye… Us khuda ko apne bigde bacche se behad mohhobat ho gayi hai shayad…!!

Tu ruhaniyat sa lagta hai muje… Sukoon ko tu shidaat se raas aa gaya hai shayad…!!

Tuje har duva me shamil karna riwayat sa ho gaya hai…

Ab zindagi ko suljane ke liye tujse ulazna lazmi sa ho gaya hai shayad…!!

Tere ishq ka paigam inayat se mila hai muje…

Khawabida parindo ko mujse be-intehan ishq ho gaya hai shayad…!!

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Book interview with writer Joginder Rohilla

Today, we have on board Joginder Rohilla with us. Let us talk about his book and the journey.

  1. Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Reader, writer, traveler, a change maker, a seeker and an IT professional!

  1. Joginder at his book reading event.

    When did you start writing?

I started writing poems and short stories in college and later on came up with the idea to write a novel.

  1. When you published first?

I got published first in 2014 with @Dreams.

  1. Describe Joginder in day to day life?

Read, write, work, happy and content, family!

  1. What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Reading, writing, making a difference, traveling and photography

  1. Tell us more about your book?

@Dreams is a journey of three youngsters about finding ways to achieve their dreams in college. It’s a story of love, laughter, friendship, struggle, inspiration and lifelong learning. It unfolds the maze of life through learning therapy to transform life in the direction of dreams.

  1. How do you manage your writing time?

I write whenever writing muse strikes me. There isn’t any particular time. I write whenever I want to!

  1. Your favorite writer and why?

Paulo and Herman Hesse – both are unique in their own aspects. Their literature is life changing and helping readers to have a better perspective towards life.

  1. What are your upcoming projects?

I am working on a poetry and short story book. Starting up a publishing house is also in the pipeline and sooner or later will be a reality soon.

  1. Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Strive hard for your dreams and make world a better place for all.

  1. Joginder in one sentence.

Dreamer, learner and leader!

  1. Do you have any message for the budding writers?

Keep writing. The universe needs your words.

FB – https://www.facebook.com/dreamerjogi/

Amazon – http://www.amazon.in/Dreams-Jogi/dp/8182535468

All the best Joginder and wish you a successful future ahead.

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Book Interview with writer Kshama Rao

Hello friends, today we have author Kshama Rao on board. Let us talk about her books and life.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Hi. I am author Kshama Rao. I am a Manglorean born, brought up in Africa. Currently, I am residing in Navi Mumbai. I was in Africa for eight years in my childhood. I did my post-graduation in science from Bangalore University. Apart from being an author, I write for Reporther newspaper and got the writer award for the same. I have written more than 500 articles and published in different websites which has readers all over the world. Earlier, I have worked as a teacher. My book is already in the market and I am proud to say that my book ‘Homemade facials, masques and beauty tips’ is sold at world’s largest book retailer ‘Barnes and Noble’. I have written two books ‘Homemade facials, masques and beauty tips’ and ‘DIY cosmetics and cleaners’. Soon expecting my third book to be published.

I had also recently directed two social activities (street play or nukkad natak) ‘Jal hi jeevan hai’ and ‘Ek kadam swatchath ke aur’ with a message to save water and keep the city clean in which ladies from 16 different societies had participated. I used to read story books and articles in magazines when I was a kid. Same interest turned into writing.

Kshama Rao

When did you start writing?

I started writing when my daughter grew up and she became a bit independent. I just didn’t want me to be trapped in laziness.

When you published first?

My first book got published in January 2017.

Describe Kshama in day to day life?

I can say, I am slow but steady like a tortoise. I enjoy peace of mind. I would describe myself as sweet and pleasant.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I am an art lover. I love to do sketches, portraits, watching good movies, listening to music, dance, conducting and participating in plays are all my hobbies. But it all depends on my mood. I also love to read magazines and short stories. I love cooking, fashion, etc.

Tell us more about your book?

Homemade facials, masques and beauty tips’ is all about beauty tips using natural ingredients from the kitchen. The second book ‘DIY cosmetics and cleaners’ is about preparing our own cosmetics and cleaners in the home. Commercial cosmetics and cleaners are full of toxins which cause many health problems in human beings like cancer, tumors and hormone imbalance.

For more information, read the book.

How do you manage your writing time?

I get time to write in between my general routines, household chores, exercise and shopping.

Kshama Rao

Your favorite writer and why?

I can consider Kannada writer Triveni as my favorite because her stores seem very natural. I don’t like unnatural things. I used to read her books as a kid with my grandma. I even used to enjoy books written by Saisuthe.

What are your upcoming projects?

Currently, I am writing the book ‘Natural remedies during pregnancy’ and expecting that it will be published soon.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Be good. Try to be practical. Writing is a talent. Follow your heart and keep writing.

Kshama in one sentence.

A passionate writer.

Thank you Kshama for your interview and taking your time to answer. I wish your books are useful to many more million people in the world.

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Interview with Journalist, professor and a writer Subodh Jha

Subodh sir it is a privilege to have you on board. Thank you so much for taking time and answering my questions.

  1. Can you please introduce yourself to the world of language and literature?

Ans. I begin with my greetings to the fellow litterateurs and the practitioners of English Language Teaching (ELT). I am basically a man of literature. A poet, reviewer, translator, editor, documentation editor and writer of research papers on literary topics and or authors. I am also an ELT expert and have written a number of books on English language Teaching (ELT).  As far as my academic credentials are concerned, I was a science student till intermediate level. After securing first class in I.Sc. (Bio), I opted for English Hons, for the simple reason that my natural love has been literature. I have been writing poems from my school days both in Hindi and English, many of them have been published in reputed journals and anthologies. I did B.A. Hons. in English Language and Literature in 1984 and M.A. in 1986  from BRA Bihar University , Muzaffarpur (Bihar). I was awarded Ph. D. for my work on F.R. Leavis. The title of my thesis was “THE CONCEPT OF SIGNIFICANCE’ AS AN AESTHETIC AND MORAL CATEGORY: A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF F.R. LEAVIS’S LITERARY CRITICISM. I worked for over a decade in a college in Nepal – Nuwakot Adarsh Multiple Campus, Battar, Nuwakot in various capacities – lecturer, Assistant Campus Chief and Campus Chief (Principal)_from 1991 to 2001 till I joined Hindustan Times (Patna edition) as a correspondent. I left Hindustan Times in 2003 to join as a lecturer in Magadh University, Bodh Gaya. Presently I am working as Associate Professor, Department of English, S.N. Sinha College, Jehanabad (Magadh University). I have written a number of books and research papers in addition to developing syllabi and textbooks for NCERT, SCERT (Bihar), SIERT (Rajasthan), IGNOU and NERIE –NCERT (Meghalaya). I have also been writing reviews and research papers and articles constantly and consistently.

Shri. Subodh Jha

  1. When did you start writing and what did you begin with?

Ans. Well, I started writing poems and reviews since my school days, to be precise when I was in class IX.  After post graduation in 1986, I turned to writing papers on literary issues and authors. I also wrote on how to translate and did some actual translation work as well. I also wrote features on burning issues in Hindustan Times (Patna edition).  My series on the condition of schools in Patna made the honourable High court (Patna) take suo motu cognizance  and ask personal appearance of the three education secretaries  – Primary, Secondary and Higher education. This happened in 2002 .   I  have also done documentation of several works, programmes and projects  conducted and/ or organized by various agencies such as UNICEF, Valid International etc.

I turned to writing on ELT in 2006 when I was invited by  SCERT, Patna to draft BCF (Bihar Curriculum Framework) and curriculum and thereafter Textbooks from class I to class XII.  Since then I have worked for NCERT (New Delhi), SIERT (Rajasthan), IGNOU (New Delhi), NERI –NCERT (Meghalaya) and BBOSE (Bihar) for  developing  curriculum  and textbooks and study material. 

  1. Would you tell us about your poems?

Ans. Well, I have written a number of poems both in Hindi and English. Most of these poems are on human relationship and man’s helplessness on several occasions. You can also notice in some of my poems a voice of protest against the established norms and  rituals as they come in the way of human urges.  The title of some of my poems in English includeTOMORROW AND TOMORROW’,  ’PORTABLE ETERNITY’,  NAILED THROAT’,  ’MEMORY –PRESSURE’ ,  ’MIGHTY THREAD’, ’WHIRLPOOLS OF SENSATION’,  ’TAILORED INTIMACIES’, ’AN OBLIGED MAN’, ’THE HOOTER’, ’KITCHENED DESIRES’ ’ELEMENTAL DRIVES’,  ’WILL THERE BE RESURRECTION?’, ’FEMALE EDITION OF HAMLET’ ,  ’CLEOPATRAN BEAUTY’, ’I MUST GO, MY LOVE!’, ’THE DEVIL TIME’ etc. You can have a look on a few poems.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow 

Tomorrow tomorrow and tomorrow

Don’t induce into me

The concept of dusty death;

Instead,

They enchant me

To an uncharted land of divine bliss

That could have been mine right now

But that is denied!

May be

I deserved it

For the deeds

Lodged in an unredeemable past;

But that could be

Only when tomorrow comes by!

Yesterday, today and tomorrow converge

In the myth of my personal life

Which is also the myth of universal life!

Time is continuous with soul

That dies not;

Time will die when death die

But soul, my soul –

My personal-universal myth

Is immortal,

It is a continuity

In which a divine will dwells!

Mighty Thread

No no no! We can’t part ways!

Can’t be submissive

and follow the dictates

which our heart admits not!

True, the odds are against us

We might not ever meet

In the lane of institutional knots!

But does it matter?

 

Your longings in my veins mount

And I often feel drawn

In your laky eyes

And get drown’d!

Oh! What’s this mighty thread

That pulls me up

And splits apart

In the air with CARE!

Memory -Pressure

Last night

the memory- pressure

mounted suddenly and

the pulsing ache

of betrayal

surged deep into me!

With smouldering lead in my eyes

I shored the gulf of three years

To the seeding-centre that

paddled my adult dreams

Amidst  the hissing breath

of the June winds

only to nurse me as

a staring  frown

upon the unparented patterns

Of our sleeveless surroundings

 

Should I refool with them now?

Or make a starved protest

against the devouring system

On a grey chariot of  Charted flames?

 

  1. You have written on human relationship. What do you think of modern day relationships?

Ans. See, relationship is not a word; it is a feeling, a realization. If you feel or realize from the bottom of heart, you will be true to relationship. However, the present generation fed on ‘everything fast’ usually has little regard for such relationships. There are some people even in this age who care for relationship but they are very few in numbers.

 

  1. What do you think about cheating in relationships?

Ans. Cheating in relationship, in my opinion, is a sin. This is the worst thing a man can do. However, cheating has become very common even in the most intimate relations today.

 

  1. How important is physical intimacy in a relationship?

Ans. Physical intimacy has its own importance. It strengthens relationship. It may not be everything but it truly is something.

 

  1. How many books have you written or edited? Tell us about your books in detail.

Ans. Well, I’ve written four books in addition to the Textbooks that I have written or edited for NCERT (New Delhi), SCERT (Bihar), SIERT (Rajasthan), IGNOU and NERIE –NCERT (Meghalaya). I have also edited about 40 books and journals both in private capacity or for different agencies.  The books I have written include Inspiring Days (2009), Issues in Education at Elementary Level (2013), English Language Teaching (2015) and English Language Education (2015).

The first book Inspiring Days: A Guide to innovative comprehension (ISBN 13:978-81-7719-066-9)  is a collection of essays with activities. Written jointly with Dr. Binodanand Jha and published by Pinnacle Books Private Limited (New Delhi)  in 2009, this book is about 15 such days that have incontrovertible historical and cultural significances. These days include  Independence Day,  Republic Day, Teacher’s Day, Literacy Day,  Children’s Day, Gandhi Birth Anniversary and Kabir’s Birth Anniversary. The festivals included in the present selection are Dipawali, Vasant Panchami or Saraswati puja, Eid, and Christmas.  The treatment of these festivals is more rational than ritualistic. Inspiring Days also contains topics of general awareness. These include Science Day, Environment Day, Population Day and International Women’s Day. These lessons are meant to acquaint the children with the world and environment around them.

The strength of Inspiring Days lies in two facts. The first is related to content.  There is no dearth of essays and literature on the topics selected in the present collection but there is hardly any significant work that seeks to assort them together for children. The second distinguished strength, which is of greater importance, is related to approach. Inspiring Days is not the usual collection of essays, giving only information. Its deliberations are activity based; it is a practical book about observing inspiring days in a creative way.. Hence, it contains several activities at the end of every chapter. These activities are addressed more to the teachers than to the students as the teachers are supposed to play the anchor role for the group activities suggested in the selection. These activities are merely suggestive, encouraging the teachers to use their imagination and introduce any activities that they think can make the celebration meaningful and inspiring. Inspiring Days, therefore, is not a mere reading exercise. It strives to create environment for learning through creativity. This is the distinguished strength of this book.

The  second book Issues in Education at Elementary Level (ISBN 978-93-82120-06-3) is jointly with Dr. Awadesh K Mishra and K. Anowarus Sadat. Published by Lakshi Publishers and Distributors (New Delhi), this book focuses on the issues that the teachers at the elementary level come across. We all know that the elementary school provides a smooth transition from informal learning in the home to a formal learning experience and lays the foundation for future, successful learning in school and in life. Issues in Education at Elementary Level  tries to promote an understanding of the language characteristics of learners, language usage, socio-cultural aspects of language learning, language as a process and the functional use of language across the curriculum. The objective behind this approach is to ensure that the teachers move away from the conventional focus on language as a subject, which emphasizes its grammatical structure rather than usage. You can say that this book is a sort of resource book for the teachers and teacher educators at the elementary level in different states.

Issues in Education at Elementary Level ,therefore, is a very useful attempt to equip the teachers with the necessary understanding of the teaching learning process and the learning strategies needed at this level. The teachers and teacher educators at the elementary level will benefit immensely if they go through the book seriously.

 

I must admit that there are so many issues and topics which need serious attention at the elementary level. It is not possible to include all these topics in one book but we have tried our best to incorporate as many topics as possible and do justice with all of them. Our aim in the present book has been the inclusion of all those aspects of education that make teaching-learning activities quite effective and meaningful.

The third book English Language Teaching written jointly with Dr. Meena Sehrawat is published by Lakshi Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi ( ISBN 978-93-82120-65-0). The book comprises Six units, touching upon different components of D.El.Ed. (Diploma in Elementary Education) syllabi implemented in different states. We have made attempts to present the concepts as lucidly, interesting and practical as possible. We have avoided dull monotonous theoretical discourses by incorporating activities, elaborate examples and sample frameworks wherever needed. At the end of each unit, we have summarized the main points of the unit under the heading Let’s Sum Up. Review questions have been given after Let’s Sum Up. Each unit has elaborate list of references which have either been used in any way or are useful for further detail readings.  We have encouraged teacher- trainees to go through the material on their own, learn from their mistakes and arrive at an understanding of concepts and approaches but here teacher educator might act as guide and facilitator. They should focus on linking concepts with classroom transaction, analysing existing textbooks and materials for English, developing tasks and activities for children, and trying them out first in simulation and then in schools during School Experience Programme(SEP).

English Language Teaching seeks to incorporate every item needed at D.El.Ed. stage. However, special emphasis has been laid  on the pedagogic skills, inclusive education, and language across curriculum along with CCE concerns. The reading material consisting of several extracts on the various topics listed in the syllabus are either taken from authentic sources as they are or rewritten and adapted, as the need be. We expect that the teacher-educators will support the teacher-trainees in understanding the concepts, practising skills and strategies while transacting. They may go beyond the material to get additional information and design activities to supplement it.

The fourth book English Language Education again written jointly with Dr. Meena Sehrawat and published by Lakshi Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi ( ISBN 978-93-82120-72-8) is the continuation of our previous book English Language Teaching. Together they constitute a complete package for two year D.El.Ed. courses in different states of the country. Both these books offer a lot to the  students of the D.El.Ed. courses – both in terms of knowledge base and pedagogy. We have taken special care to address the issue of transaction in the classroom. Needless to say that English Language Education like English Language Teaching is in tune with The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005.

The NCF 2005, we all know, places a major concern in school education on quality and child centred approach. It emphasises on the need to connect the knowledge to the world outside school. Textbooks have already been developed and implemented inschools in the backdrop of NCF 2005. The developments in the field of education have necessitated the restructuring of elementary teacher education curriculum to keep pace with changing demands and challenges of the society, school education and changing role of a teacher. Both English Language Teaching and English Language Education strive at ensuring this goal of the NCF 2005.

English Language Education includes an extensive unit on Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE).  The book comprises altogether five untouching upon different components of D.El.Ed. syllabi implemented in different states. Like English Language Teaching in this book too we have made attempts to present the concepts as lucidly, interesting and practical as possible. The same framework has been used in this book.

  1. Would you like to tell us about the books you have edited?

Ans. Well, I have edited altogether 40 books and journals. The most important being Literature, Culture and Language Education (ISBN 978-81-906622-8-4) published by  Lakshi Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi, (2011).  Co-edited with professor Dr. Awadesh K. Mishra and Dr. Mazhar Asif,  this book ‘raises several issues regarding importance of culture and contextualization in the field of language education, incorporation of literature, culture and technology in language education, and so on, in the North East Region (NER). The relevance of this endeavour lies in the fact that language is not only a tool for communication and knowledge but also a fundamental attribute of cultural identity and empowerment, both for the individual and the group.  Similarly, tteaching of literature cannot be separated from teaching culture. Literature, Culture and Language Education comprises 22 papers including mine entitlrd ’Selection and Exploitation of Literary Texts for Language Teaching’. The major hypothesis of my paper is that selection of literary texts and its subsequent exploitation for language teaching is a very important task and it requires a very careful consideration. I provide some practical suggestions for this task of selection and exploitation of literary texts from my experiences in Bihar. In this paper I have observed that the introduction of literary texts must be from the familiar to the unfamiliar, from the simple to the complex and from pleasure to instruction, from speech to aesthetic considerations. The objective is not to impart information or knowledge but to develop effective communicative competence that again depends on the development of four language skills namely listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Other important works include Pedagogy of English – II, D.El.Ed. – O.D.L, (2014: SCERT, Bihar, Patna) , Pedagogy of English – I, D.El.Ed. – O.D.L, (2014: SCERT, Bihar, Patna), Vidyalaya Netritva Vikas. A Handbook (2014: NUEPA: New Delhi), self learning Material (SLM) for class X (Bihar Board of Open schooling and Examination, Patna), Self learning Material (SLM) for class XII  (BBOSE, Patna), English Language Proficiency and Pedagogy. BSTC (D.El.Ed.) – Second Year (2016: Rajasthan State Textbook Board & SIERT, Udaipur, Rajasthan), English Language  Proficiency and Pedagogy. BSTC (D.El.Ed.) – First Year (2014: Rajasthan State Textbook Board & SIERT, Udaipur, Rajasthan).

I have also edited some journals. These include nine issues of Edu Explorer, a journal of education (ISSN 2320-060X ) published biannualy by Education Foundation (New Delhi), three issues of Bihar Journal of Sustainable Development, (2005, 2006 &  2007: DAGAR, Patna. Besides, I have , two books on Jagjivan Ram   –  Babu Jagjivan Ram: Ahead of his Times (2007) & Remembering Babujee: Hundred Years of a Visionary  (2008). I have also edited a book Patna Multi-Hazard Disaster Management Response Plan, Earthquake Information Cell, PRDA, Patna (2007: Disaster Management Cell, PRDA, Patna)  and  several other books  and documents for diffrent agencies.

  1. What made you write books on ELT? How important is ELT in modern world?

Ans. As I told you earlier it was in 2006 when I participated in workshops  on developing Bihar Curriculum Framework (BCF) and thereafter on developing curriculum that I realized the needs of writing good books on ELT. My experiences of writing textbooks for Bihar (class I to class XII, D.El.Ed. & B.Ed.) as member coordinator and Resource person (SCERT), BBOSE (Secondary  & Senior  Secondary level), NCERT (primary, upper primary levels and B.Ed), NERIE – NCERT  shilling (elementary level), SIERT, Udaipur, Rajasthan (D.El.Ed)  gave me greater exposure and helped me write reference books and study materials on ELT.

  1. When did you get published first?

Ans. I was first published when I was in graduation. This was in Career & completion Times. My arguments under the column “For & Against” were judged the best on four occasions. However my first literary publication was when I was in post-graduation. Two of my poems “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” and “Portable Eternity” found place in an anthology entitled New Talents in Indo English Poetry. Since then it has been a regular feature.

  1. What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Ans. My hobbies include reading, participating in seminars and workshops, playing and watching cricket, movies and social media.

  1. How do you manage your writing time?

Ans. The more the pressure the more prolific I become in terms of writing. Whenever I think that I’l do a particular writing task slowly when I am free that task remains neglected, Since I have been a journalist, so I understand the importance of deadline. Give me a deadline and I’ll complete the assignment  Of course, for it I have to sacrifice many things. At times,  I complete the  task at 3-4 am.

  1. Who is your favourite writer and why?

Ans. My favourite writer is D.H. Lawrence. I like him because of his attempt to capture the rhythm of blood. His delineation of the complex relation between instinct and society is very faithful and captivating. Another writer whom I adore is Jane Austen. I like her for graphic details of the upper middle class society to ensure our encounter with basic truths of life. Among poets, my favourites  are William Shakespeare and John Donne.

  1. What are your upcoming projects?

Ans. I am working on two upcoming projects  – one is a book entitled “Challenges of Teaching Language and Literature in the Age of globalization”. Several papers have been assorted and edited by me for this book. Another project is a book on F.R. Leavis.

  1. How will you describe Subodh in one sentence?

Ans. Subodh is thoughtful, caring and loving.

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Book interview with Author Devi Raghuvanshi

Hello friends, today we have Devi ji with us on board. He is a writer of matured topics and a man with lot of discipline, ethics and hard work in life. Let us chit chat with him.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am a professional Engineer. After working for close to 40 years in various corporates, I ventured into writing, out of passion. So far, I have 5 books to my credit duly published; Mohini the Tigress, being the most recent one launched on May 21st, 2017 by Mybooks Publications.

Mr. Devi Raghuvanshi

When did you start writing?

I started writing in Dec 2015

When you published your first book?

My first book “Love Triology, who to Complain” was published on April 18th, 2016. My 2nd book “Love on Ventilator” On May 03rd, 2016, 3rd book “Its ok to fall in love again” on September 16th, 2016, 4th book “The son rose from the west” on Oct 31st, 2016.

Describe Devi Raghuvanshi in day to day life?

I have become more of a husband, than a technocrat, a regular morning walker, reader of every line of daily newspapers, helping my wife with her daily activities partially, think and write at least 4 to 5 pages of my books, Table Tennis and light exercises in the evenings make me complete (in my day to day activities)

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Well, I am fitness freak, morning walk and Table Tennis in the evenings, following matches of Hockey and Cricket in the evenings is my favorite pastime. I have been a state level athlete so sports have always been a part of my life

Tell us more about your book?

My earlier four books are odd love stories, so to avoid diabetes because of excessive love, I chose to write a fiction on revenge with some message to the society. Mohini of ‘Mohini The Tigress’ is the main character of the book who has been a victim of gang rape. She, unlike many, chose not to keep quiet and avenged it.  She not only avenged her rape but avenged the rapes of many other women which were unreported and would have gone unnoticed. Mohini formed a small group of people who were either victims or people who understood the pain. She created a fear in the minds of the criminals. This book provides a message which is loud and clear. So, women must be stronger physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. The society needs to respect women and help widow marriages. This book also suggests people not to take law in their own hands (though Mohini has done it, it was only for fictional purposes)

How do you manage your writing time?

I have time now retiring from active Engineering responsibilities and writing has become one of the most important activities of my day to day life (like hunger or thirst). My writing time is not fixed but if I get some ideas even in the middle of the night, I write it then and elaborate on those points later.

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

Modern Day relationships lack commitment and sacrifices. People look at thrills and excitement in relationships. Very few cross over to higher levels. Relationships happen on emotions and certainly not on mathematical calculations and these emotions leads one into physical relationships and then to cheating. According to me, while a woman looks for an emotional connectivity first, a man wants emotions to relate to physical intimacy. It is very difficult to connect on both emotional and physical level without mutual respect and compatibility should not be the sole basis of a relationship as mating is the instinct of animals without commitment. I am very clear in my mind that the desire to satisfy ones owns senses is called lust while the desire to satisfy the senses of others is called, love, the Divine Love

Your favorite writer and why?

Chetan Bhagat is my favorite author for the simple language he uses, touching most of the important issues of the society.

What are your upcoming projects?

I have 2 projects at hand, first “Indu, the parched woman” almost complete and another one which is untitled, to be completed in next 2 months.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

I am not too sure whether I can provide to the young generation but based upon my own experiences of life, I would request them to respect women and parents. To the young authors, my advice would be to maintain their own identity and not to copy anyone however big he or she may be, the writing should come from the heart, and last but not the least, the aged parents should also learn to behave.

Devi Raghuvanshi in one sentence.

Devi Raghuvanshi is a simple human being, a responsible writer with an authority.

Thank you Devi Ji for your time and answering my questions honestly.

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