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Author interview with Dr.Anita Bakshi

Dear friends, today we have Anita Bakshi with us. She is a doctor cum author. Let us talk about her books and writings.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

My name is Anita Bakshi and I am a doctor. I am Pediatric Intensivist which means that I work in a Childrens’ ICU dealing with the very sick babies.

When did you start writing?

I am not one of those persons who can say that I always wanted to write though I see so many who say they wrote at 8 years, 10 years whatever. I have had a very busy life and never considered myself as a person who could pen something of worth, let alone a book .

I lost my husband to cancer. After that I had a huge lacuna in my life and also suddenly , it seemed, that I had lots of time with nothing to fill it . I started writing in 2013 in small bits , almost like a diary and that became the first book which I have on Amazon called ‘Living with Merlin’.

Following that I wrote about my passion in life , which is working with children and that book is titled ‘PICU , The Transplant’ and it deals basically with the working of a unit in which the stories of children , their families and their interactions with each other and with the medical fraternity are highlighted . It is a book which deals with emotional and family issues and concerns of parents with children in an ICU. It also serves to highlight the commitment and lives of the doctors and the somewhat callous attitude of the younger ones sometimes . Thought it is written as fiction most of the stories are real .

When you published first?

I published on Amazon Kindle in 2013 and later since it did garner some interest I self-published the same book in 2014.That was done through Partridge publishing and now in retrospect I feel it was not such a good idea.

Describe yourself in day to day life?

I used to have a very busy work schedule with many nights on call . Now I have reduced my hours but basically it is go to hospital, work, come back, walk my dog and do the housework .I go for movies rarely but I enjoy going out for a meal and socializing with my friends or my father .

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I love music, reading and I love to knit . Nowadays when the art of knitting is so rare I still love to pick patterns and make sweaters , scarves and caps . An old -world hobby but it is very relaxing and makes me feel better than meditation. Reading is a hobby which every writer must have . You have to read to increase your knowledge , your vocabulary and your story telling skills.

 

Tell us more about your book?

My book is basically about carrying on in life after a huge loss . Everyone will face grief at some point and it can leave you so broken that you feel that going on is impossible. I have tried to look for ways to cope and one of them was to get a pet and that is what the book is named after . But more than that it is a kind of philosophy of life , about the little things that matter , about doing what we want to do now in life rather than waiting for the perfect time which may never come . It’s about all the little things that count , about accepting and making your memories your little stash of happiness .

It is about smiling through tears and finally about leaving the tears behind or learning to turn them into little dewdrops which can actually enhance your life .

No one will see a life which is all happiness and sunshine so there is something in this book which anyone can relate to – it is about managing , it is about living in the moment and not waiting for some great day to turn up to give you happiness. It is about the little things .

How do you manage your writing time?

I am an early riser so write for an hour or so in the morning . If I go many days without writing anything then I put a target for myself like say 500 words every day and preferably 10000 or 2500 words this week – and then I am allowed to write any junk but I have to get the word count . I thing once one sits down to it , its work at the end of it , then it gets done . The quality check can come later.

What do you think of modern day relationships?

Modern day relationships have turned very selfish and superficial. I believe in commitment for a lifetime and I stand by the institution of marriage . But I also believe that for relationships to be good people need to work hard at them – a little caring , a little bit of attention ( or rather lots of it ) and sometimes tolerance . No one can be at their best all the time so you need to show your partner that you care , that you are always there . Today everyone wants perfection and wants it all good – it doesn’t work like that – there will be good times and then there will be bad times .And so you need to stick it out .

Time is what you have to give to make it work – decide that for a few years you will do your best ( and now I am talking marriage ) and then decide to be happy with it – then it will work. Don’t give yourself the choice of opting out in a hurry .

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

It is completely unacceptable . A one off can happen to anyone but that one must tell one’s partner and I am sure he or she will accept it but carrying on with another person while in a committed relationship is going wrong.

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

Very important and if you cannot enjoy the physical aspects of the man woman equation then you can forget it . Wont last for long.

What according to you are best marketing strategies for a young writer?

Social media is one option definitely because it gives you some exposure to the public ,actually it pushes information in your face. But at the end of the day it has to be good to sell . Also one must actively try , over and over again for traditional publishing . It takes time and it may happen but you have to try . Carry your book on you at all times and at any opportunity give it to someone – often that’s free but it cant be helped . Go for reading meetups and book clubs and read out from your book .

Don’t hang back , put yourself out . It isn’t easy especially if you are an introvert . Now there are marketing agencies which can help you I have been told and I intent to use them for my next book.

Which is more important to you Content or marketing ?

Both are important and I believe that everyone has a story to tell . How well they tell it is another matter and I am sure one can improve . But if no one reads your book how will you know ?

Your favorite writer and why?

I went through a phase where I loved Chitra Devkaruni because she writes well but her subjects are all Indian and so it gets tedious . I have enjoyed Amish Tripathi’s books .But my favorite is an author called Jodi Piccoult . She goes really in depth into her topics and her books can make you think , they can make you cry . it works for me .

What are your upcoming projects?

My next book is called ‘A prescription for doctors’ and is a rather serious book dealing with my perceptions of the changes in the medical profession over the last few decades . Attempting to understand how we went from a ‘noble profession’ to ‘scoundrels and crooks’ and even as one book says ‘rogues’ . I have tried to analyse where we could have gone wrong and also how the public needs to change its attitude too . Hopefully it will be out in one or two months.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

That is simple . Write if you love to write and for no other reason .Write everyday and write about the things you know or if you prefer , fantasise . In every fiction there is some fact and in every fact there is bound to be some fiction in the telling . Publish everything you feel is worth it , put it out there and let others judge it . Don’t be shy and don’t worry – just go on doing it . It will fall into place the more you keep on at it .

Describe yourself in one sentence.

Hardworking and sincere with strong conscience .

Well, it was nice talking to you Anita ji. There is lots of honesty in your words and someday, your writings are going to change the world. I wish you a very best for your career ahead. 

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Author Interview: The Crossroads by Sudipta Mukherjee

That’s Sudipta Mukherjee, author of “The Crossroads”.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Author Sudipta

I really don’t know how much or to what extent do I qualify in calling myself a part of this “world of literature.” But thank you for this honor that I am showered with. Literature flies with two wings; reading and writing. A reader: yes that’s what I am. An avid reader, who prefer company of books more than any human interaction. A writer: yes, there is one within me. A toddler, crawling, fumbling, desiring to stand. My life as a writer is still a bud, yearning for the sunshine, yet to bloom. The journey has just begun. Like every other writer, I too wish to be accepted, read, appreciated and loved. Remembered. At times critiqued. I too want my stories to cross societal barriers and geographical boundaries. A person sitting in his drawing room in Venezuela or Bosnia should read my stories, the way I read Isabella Allende’s or Marquez’s. There can be no better way of connecting the world than through stories. Man is mortal, one of the first sentences that I learned in childhood. The very basic of all learning. Now that I have been born, physically speaking that is, I know I will perish one day. What I truly desire is that my stories to live on… long after I shed my last breath.

When did you start writing?

My journey of words, that’s how I like to call it, started as a function of two factors, my life and my readings. It’s not that one fine morning I woke up, took a pen and some papers and started writing. It’s never that simple. Writing came to me gradually, like blossoming of a flower. Nobody sees a flower blooming. Perhaps the flower itself is also not aware of its magnificent transformation. But it’s there, and we know it’s there. Officially, my first work, “The Crossroads” was published in 2015. That was when the world began to read my story. But now that I am on this path, I don’t think I will ever call it a quit. Not in this life really.

When you published first?

“The Crossroads”, in 2015.

Describe Sudipta in day to day life.

Well, this question reminds me of the long and often boring (my teachers, please forgive me for this) essays that I had to write during my school days. Describe the life of a coin, or the life of a pen. Even better, one day in the life of a salesman. Too habitual, I used to think. The teachers ought to be more creative while choosing essays, I grumbled. Like a rainbow, may be. Or a doll that spoke. I apologize. Back then, I failed to realize that routine or mundane can also be interesting, if looked at in a different way. We don’t necessarily do the same job exactly in the same way every day. Do we? Other than brushing our teeth of course.  There is always a difference, however imperceptible.

Sudipta, in day to day life is routine in a diverse and of course interesting way. I cook for my family, do groceries, buy spinach and potatoes, clean bathrooms, tidy up my house (I cannot stand a messy house), at times socialize, make calls to family and friends, care for my husband and daughter, load the washing machine, unload the dishwasher… the list goes on and on. In fact, other than watching television, I do everything. And I do it with joy, knowing and reminding myself that the interesting cocktail that we call life is after all a heterogeneous miscellany of innumerable elements. And each one of us has a different blend… that’s its beauty.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Let me correct it, writing is not my hobby. It’s my passion. Yes, talking about my hobbies, I love travelling… seeing all the magnificent and diverse colours of the world. That in itself is an achievement no less than any other accomplishments of life. I love cinema… the good ones. The thought provoking ones and not those, which titillate your nerves with meaningless comedy and fake stunts. Watching a good cinema makes me forget myself, totally, even if for a while. I love cooking… varied and interesting dishes. There are few pleasures that match with the absolute joy of feeding a loved one. Noticing the sparkle of delight in their eyes as their gustatory senses get caressed and satisfied.

Tell us more about your book.

About “The Crossroads”? Honestly, I can go on and on, endlessly with it… the story, the characters, the theme, the thought… etc etc. It never bores me. But I would request the readers to read it first hand, explore the story themselves, in their own way. I want my Aparajita and Aniruddha and Raunak to last in their minds. I wish them to fall in love with my characters, which unfortunately cannot happen second hand. There is no woman who will not love Raunak Gupta; and no man who will not adore Aparajita’s simplicity. After all, the true joy of knowing a story is by reading it oneself. There is no other way.

How do you manage your writing time?

Managing time in itself is a challenge, let alone writing time. It slips out of your hand much before you realize. I admit it’s really difficult to extract some serene hours from the day to think, to write. The world is so full of commotion and chaos, that it robs you of your peace. Peace that is pertinent to creative thinking.

I generally write at night. The nightly silence, the twinkling starts, the orb faced moon, all makes me contemplative. When half of the world sleeps, authors scribble. I need serenity to let my thoughts flow, to let words form and reform. I cannot breathe where there is too much of noise, unless of course when I am partying.

How important intimacy is in a relationship?

Intimacy is important. I don’t deny it. I dare not. The holistic pleasure of touching each other, in any form… cupping the hand, a pat on the shoulder, or even a kiss on the lips, is comforting. It gives you a sense of security. Even a child, just born, responds to touch. Is soothed by it, is lulled to sleep.

But a relation solely based on sexual needs is savage, sadistic. It is bound to fail. And it should. There is no exception.

One should have a deeper understanding of his/her partner, for a relationship to last and grow. It takes time, patience, respect, a great deal of maturity and perhaps many more, to handle a relationship. To make it last in a world that is so pathetically transient. It pains me to see the sorry state of relationships these days, especially prevalent among the youngsters. A typical relation starts with a “hi” or a “wave” and not too long after, ends with “Am blocking you… FUCK OFF”… all in one chat window. In this era of virtual socializing, real relationship is the first casualty.

Physical beauty is the reason for modern day relationship. What do you think?

Physical beauty is a gift, distributed randomly, and perhaps stupidly. Most beautiful people don’t deserve to be beautiful… or rather to be called beautiful. A lovely face often masks an ugly interior. These days, thanks to all the big brands… L’Oreal, MAC, Clinique, Bourjois… etc etc etc (I refrain from listing, because practically it is endless) too much important is given on looks. Perhaps more than it deserves. Cloak has become more important than the core. It shouldn’t be. Relationship based on the casing is fragile, is shallow. It lacks depth, and a spiritual bonding that is pertinent to any relation. Be it between two friends, or lovers or couples. It’s very interesting that men these days start a conversation saying… “You look gorgeous” or “You are very attractive”, as if looking gorgeous or being attractive is an achievement that deserves a sincere applause. And what makes the joke even more funny is, they think that women will be flattered by such compliments, and will be game. Nothing could be further from truth. If a man asks for my hand only because of my looks… gorgeous or attractive or whatever, I better not marry him at all. Beauty is much more than ones skin. It is the mind that matters, and not the mask.

Your favourite writer and why?

As I have reiterated earlier, in some of my previous interviews, I don’t have one favourite writer. It is my belief that all the works of any one writer cannot be equally good. It just cannot be. And so liking all the works of one particular writer is equally difficult. I am a big fan, rather a big lover of good story. It is always a story that captivates me, more than the story teller. I read all kinds of books (fiction, non-fiction, biographies, auto-biographies, metaphysics, spirituality…) written by authors from every corner of the world… Indian, Canadian, North American, Latin American, Turkish, English… etc. I apologies, I cannot list them all, because in that case the list itself will be longer than the write up.

What are your upcoming projects?

Well, there are quite a few. Two novels, a collection of short stories. And a few plays that I am currently working upon. Will publish them when the time is right.

Any tips for the upcoming generation.

Yes, a sincere request to unhook yourself from your mobile phones. The craziness that I see around… this selfie mania, and the obsession of remaining perpetually online, clicking and posting, even if, it’s not worth a look or a share, is literally ridiculous, if not idiotic. Use technology, don’t abuse it. Relationship is pertinent to life and not mobile phones. Real love is more important than fake sex chat. After all, a good many generations survived and flourished when the word “mobile” only meant movable or wandering, at best. And apple and blackberry were just fruits.

Had Einstein been hooked to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, who would have thought about the theory of relativity? Had Shakespeare constantly chatted with Milton in Messenger or WhatsApp, paradise would neither have been lost nor regained. And forget about Julius Caesar, Othello or Desdemona. The world would not have even known their names. Just think about it.

Sudipta in one sentence.

A writer by passion, a traveller by fascination, a loner by choice. (You said one sentence, so I restricted myself to one. Or else, as naturally I could go on and on).

Thank you Sudipta for honestly answering my questions. Wish you all the very best for future.

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Book Review: Clandestine Waters by Sumit Vanjani

Category : Book Reviews

Just completed the book, I am happy to share the thoughts that are uppermost in my mind.

This is a brilliant book by a first time author Sumit. This book is a page turner. I completed this book in two sittings. The cover of the book is attractive and the title is very interesting.

It is a great work to read for young students to inspire about life and its different phases. Loved the characters of Mr.Atul and Ms.Neha. So many young readers can relate their story in this book.

I personally liked this sentence.

‘Something caught his eye – an unknown number!

The message read “Happy New Year. No ac needed. Neha.”

Chapter number two on texting is one of the best that I have read so far.

I will rate this book as 4/5

 

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Book Review: Rooh se rooh tak by Vinit Bansal

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Rooh se rooh tak is a hindi sensational novel written by Vinit Bansal. If you are the one who likes true love stories with some twist, this is the one you must read. Characters and plot is perfect to keep the reader interested in every page. The story begins with Neel and also talks about the friendship between Neel and Randeep. The feelings of Neel, Aditi and Randeep were brilliantly described in a simplistic manner. This book will give you the essence of true love and feelings for your beloved.  Every chapter is carefully written and words are chosen wisely. I must say this must be the standard of Modern hindi writers. I strongly recommend this novel to every hindi reader.

Rooh se rooh tak by Vinit Bansal

Vinit Bansal is a writer of many books but this one is the most romantic I must say. This work will inspire everyone including those true lovers, sensitive naïve teenage girls, budding writers and more importantly the readers of Hindi.

I just feel cover could have been more attractive. The language used in the book is very simple and lucrative for the common readers.

I must say that this book has the potential to be converted into a film. These are exactly the characters we find in our daily lives. College going students will connect to the book very easily. Author has put in a lot of hard work it seems. The book is well edited and cleanly presented.

If you are a passionate lover and a follower of true love, this book will be an emotional gift for you.

My verdict 4 out of 5.

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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. 

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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.

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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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