Book interview with Anuraag writer Jyoti Tiwari

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Book interview with Anuraag writer Jyoti Tiwari

Hello friends,

Today we have Jyoti Tiwari, writer of Anuraag. Let us talk about her journey of Journalism and new interest writing.

Jyoti Tiwari

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am Jyoti Tiwari and I was a blogger and citizen journalist before coming to the world of literature. I am associated with the men issues awareness movement and did a lot of activism related to the cause.

I started writing at a very early age of 16 but it was not in published form. I wrote for school and college magazines. In college I won Dr. Hazari Prasad Gold medal for best essay and Premchand award for best story. Then while working as a news reader at Akashwani, Lucknow, I did diploma in journalism. I always wanted to write a book which could not happen due to several reasons.

When you published first?

I got published recently on 21 May 2017 my first book was unveiled. It was a long pending dream which finally came into shape.

Describe Jyoti in day to day life?

I am a mother and a wife so in day to day life I fulfill those responsibilities. As I am part of men’s issues awareness movement I do a lot of internet to keep people updated about the issues. I write blogs, use twitter for awareness. Recently I started video blogging, I do short videos. My day starts like a normal homemaker and ends like a normal homemaker in between I do all these activities.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Music is my second love, I listen to lot of music I love to sing too. So if I am not listening to music I sing. I have recorded some of my songs on soundcloud. Songs are of various moods and tastes. Music is my stress buster. Apart from that I cook and I experiment in cooking. I developed this hobby recently. My reward is the smiles on faces of the people for whom I cook.

Tell us more about your book?

My book is my brother’s biography. I came into men’s movement as my brother passed away while fighting with false allegations. I wanted to write a lot about men and their issues, so I started by telling my brother’s story.

How do you manage your writing time?

That is a very good question; it is difficult to manage when you are managing a house and an office. I used to run a community center for distressed men. I quit that to become a full time writer. I write when kids are not around or late night. Sometimes I used to just close the door and write for hours, my kids cooperated in that by doing their stuff themselves. Before writing I think a lot about it and do a little research if necessary.

What do you think of modern day relationships?

Just like any other thing modern day issues relationships too have become complicated. There is a lot of exposure for everyone. Communication has become easy so it is easy to express yourself.  In that expression sometimes things are miscommunicated or there is no communication at all and problem begins. As moral value system is no more followed casual relations have taken over. Which is alright till it does not hurt people but that is not possible in long run. People are not stones; they are human so it is important to draw a line. The early people understand this the more it will be good for human race.

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

You cannot judge someone just by saying he/she cheated in a relationship. It is important to understand why it happened? What made him/her to cheat? Of course cheating is bad just like any other sin but then any kneejerk reaction is not right either. People should be open if they change their priorities but if they do not, they should be dealt gracefully. I would like to add here legally if a husband cheats on wife there is a law to punish him but for a wife it is assumed that husband was not taking care of her properly. What I want to say is if you want to end a relationship end it gracefully.

How important is physical intimacy in a relationship?

I will not say it is not at all important but it is overrated. There can be a couple which is perfectly alright not being physical. The problem of our society is that sex is a big taboo here. You are not allowed to even talk about it so if people are suffering due to lack of it, they suffer silently. It is important to understand that physical need of a body is just like any other need and that need should be fulfilled. Otherwise there will be crime related to it, there will be cheating in relationships.

Who is your favourite writer and why?

There is not one favorite writer. My favorite writers have changed over the years. When I was a child I used to read comics. Then it was hindi writers like Mahadevi Verma, Nirala, Prem Chand, Bankim Chandra Chatopadhaya, Sumitranandan Pant, Shree Lal Shukla, Dharmveer Bharti. I also read Leo Tolstoy, Shakespeare, William Wordsworth. I can add so many to the list as I am and avid reader but recently whom I read and admired a lot is Amish Tripathi.

What are your upcoming projects?

 

There is one international book coming in October most probably. It is about journey of 21 women all over the world. The title of the book is I bared my chest. Then there is one book coming which is still in pipeline. There are few things in mind about how to give peace of mind to distressed men which will take shape in coming months.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Only two tips I will give,

Gender equality does not mean privileges, rights go side by side with responsibilities and gender does not mean women only.

There is no need to do mudslinging when a relationship is over. End the relationship gracefully, do not blame or accuse.

Jyoti in one sentence.

The fire herself, Jyoti the unstoppable …………….

Thank you Jyoti ji for answering the questions honestly. You are doing a superb job by talking about men and their rights. Not every time, man is wrong. Thank you for showing us the light through your book.

If you are interested to give interviews, please contact me at the earliest.

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Book interview with Anmol Bhasin

Hello friends, today we have young and talented writer on board with us. Let us chit-chat with her.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Well, warm greetings from my side to everyone from this beautiful literary world. I am a word-loving teenager and a to be computer-engineer as well. Being stayed most of my life in the mountain valley of Ladakh, I simply find myself to be a winter lover and I adore my books, my family and my beautiful birthplace Chandigarh as well. I am a quiet girl at times, while at other instances y’all can find me being the chirpiest of all.

Anmol Bhasin

When did you start writing?

Maybe when I started framing sentences. Right from the beginning I used to take interest in creative writing. I had written my first essay in I guess 5th standard, though it was in Hindi. So, you can say that I am writing since my childhood days. Though professional and creative book writing took a toll in my life with the start of my adolescence.

When were you published first?

The first time I was published in an anthology “Once Best Friends” in the year 2016; i.e. a year back.

Describe Anmol in day to day life?

In day to day life, you can see Anmol as a chirpy Punjabi girl, writing and talking about her words almost all the time. There are various shades of me though. I am chirpy at times and on the other I see the amount of pain surrounding the world. Most of the days I prefer meeting people in my college and then follow a normal student- writer- reader’s routine.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Apart from writing you can find me locked inside my room reading books, coding, building websites, working on softwares related to books and literature and working on my venture “The pen man’s diary” is another passion and hobby of mine.

Tell us more about your book?

My book “Sure Fire” is a tragic romance novella. The unchangeable circumstances lead to the partition of ways and culture of two childhood sweethearts. Sure Fire is the quest of a young man searching for his lost best friend among the adversities of terrorism and hatred.

I am sure, my novella will be a treat to the souls of all bibliophilic romance lovers out there. It will be out soon in the kindle store and I await the feedbacks and reviews since this story is really close to my heart.

How do you manage your writing time?

It’s hard to manage writing time with the start-up and engineering assignments and projects, but I write anytime I feel my thoughts are flowing. It might be the time right after I wake up or in the middle of a lecture. I just jot down what my mind and heart wishes to express and then when the day ends, I edit the writings done in the whole course of the day.

What do you think of modern day relationships?

Modern day relationships have lost the meaning of love. Most of the relationships survive the fancy happy-go-lucky time period and then when they have to face the demonic part of their partners, people give up. In-fact it’s very rare that you find a successful and a happy couple in a long term relationship.

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

Cheating in a relationship is a serious concern to me and I can go on and on speaking about this. Cheating not only destroys the bond you share with your partner but breaks him/her so much so that he/she can never trust again like before. And cheating is not always with the help of a third person. You might cheat your partner by not showing him/ her you’re real self and that is definitely a disastrous from of cheating I believe.

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

Intimacy in a relationship is important as elixir is to your soul. But before stepping into the entirely new phase of your life you should definitely be sure of the pros and cons of this step in your relationship. For me, relationships and intimacy are meant for the one who ultimately will be my soulmate and I personally believe that a relationship that is emotional is far better than the one which is just physical.

Your favorite writer and why?

I am a Jane Austen fan for I simply love her way of portraying women in her novels, be it Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice. Her words have always inspired me to write, though I can never be her but I would try to be like her for sure.

What are your upcoming projects?

My upcoming projects are my community building website- anmolakkhar.com, my start-up venture “The pen man’s diary” and of course my co-authored novel “The Last Impel”.

Any tips for the upcoming young generation.

The lovelies and smarties out there, do not let this giddy love life and peer pressure to get on your nerves. Just love your family for they have done a lot just to make sure you are at the right place. Keep writing and keep spreading the smiles of words

Anmol in one sentence.
A free bird who’s always found chirping with her words and ink.

Contact Links-

Instagram – www.instagram.com/a.bhasin.writes

Facebook- www.facebook.com/anmolakkhar

Website Link- www.anmolakkhar.com

The book links shall be available soon on the above mentioned social links.

Well, thank you so much Anmol for taking your time and sharing your thoughts. I wish you all the very best for your future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book interview with Kritika Sharma

Hello readers, today we have Kritika Sharma with us. She recently published a novel entitled treacherous desires. She talks about her book.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Hi, I am Kritika Sharma. Although I am not a bestselling author, I am author of four traditionally published books. Following are the books in order of publication: Manage your Manager (non-fiction), Live-in with a Ghost (Fiction-Romance), AbstracTales (Fiction-Fantasy) and Treacherous Desires (Fiction-Romance).  I have also featured in a couple of traditional anthologies as well.

When did you start writing?

I have been writing ever since I held a pencil. I started with writing poems and shayris but later moved on to writing stories and novels.

When you published first?

I was fortunate enough to be published with Srishti in 2013.

Describe Kritika in day to day life?

These days I am on my maternity leaves so away from office work. My day begins with the beautiful smile of my husband and my five months old boy. My whole day is spent in taking care of my baby and performing other chores. And, usually I start writing post-midnight while everyone is asleep.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I like to sing, cook and read in my free time.

Tell us more about your book?

My book ‘Treacherous Desires’ is published by Storymirror. It falls under romance genre but it is not typical everyday romance. Instead it is an exotic romance book, which is full of passion (making it atleast 14+). It talks about married life and the struggles a couple faces. And how, some stranger can affect their relationship.

How do you manage your writing time?

I only write at night –which means I go sleepless for many days –LOL.

Sex life in metros after marriage is changing a lot? What do you think?

I am not sure about it as it is one topic no one openly talks about. But I would say that it is safe to assume that life in metros is much difficult in comparison to other cities. The more work-responsibilities you have, the less time you are able to devote to your partner.

Do you believe in extra marital affairs for fulfilling sexual desires which are initiated by women?

No and I simply frown upon such practices. If one has issues in marriage then they should discuss and maybe visit a counselor. But the sanctity of marriage should always be maintained.

Your favorite writer and why?

J.K. Rowling is my all-time favorite author. She made me fall in love with books and without her I don’t think I would have ever written.

What are your upcoming projects?

I am currently working on a non-fiction book. Hope to release it next year.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Beware of fake publishers. They will take your money, make profits and run away.

Kritika in one sentence.

A simple, fun-loving, introvert mom who writes for passion and to release frustration.

Links:

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.in/Kritika-Sharma/e/B017HKSNAO

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKritikaSharma/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorkritika/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorKritika

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14390600.Kritika_Sharma

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Book interview with Amrita Chakrabarty

Hello readers, today we have inspirational young lady Amrita on board with us.

Let’s have a chit chat with her.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

My warm greetings to everybody who is reading this. You already know my name and my work “That click is all it takes to fall in love forever”. Apart from being Author Amrita, I am a Bengali born in Assam and brought up in Uttar Pradesh. I did my graduation from University of Delhi and then started working with EY as an auditor. Along with that I did my chartered accountancy from ACCA, London. After working for 4 years I quit my job to write my first novel. My book is already in the market and giving me lovely reviews. I also run an online consultancy, Umang, for people who need emotional help.

When did you start writing?

I started writing way back in college when I used to pen down my own debates and declamations. Then I wrote some short episodes for my personal blog, but I took up writing professionally last year with my debut novel.

When you published first?

As a school kid my articles used to be published in my community magazine, however professionally as a novelist, it was August, 2016

Describe Amrita in day to day life?

I am a very moody person with varied interests and keep looking for different things that might interest me. People call me their positive storehouse, whenever anyone close to me feels low they just come up to me. A few minutes of talking from my side and they are high on spirit gain. But even I have some lazy days. Give me coffee and a good book to read and I can happily spend my entire day doing nothing else. But unfortunately, I have so much to do these days that I am actually missing being lazy. You can say I am just like any other normal happy to go girl who wants to live life to the fullest.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I like playing badminton, cricket and chess. Apart from that I like to read a lot. If not a book, I make sure to read at least some articles or journals every day. But my favorite hobby is watching south Indian movies. I literary can’t sleep until a south movie is not run before me. Every day I go to sleep with my phone in my hand watching a Telugu /Tamil movie on hot star or YouTube.

Tell us more about your book?

That click is all it takes to fall in love is not just a book but an experience of someone who is very close to me today. I met her when I was working in the Netherlands. Life is not always a bed of roses and neither was it so in Meera’s case. What I heard from common friends now is that Meera is the coolest girl you would have ever met. Living life as it comes was all she believed in. Positivity was so much inbuilt in her that people used to come and talk to her whenever they were messed up just to get some motivation and positive vibes. She was working in the Netherlands when she met Vihaan. The boy who changed the meaning of life for her. Never before did she love anybody the way she loved him. The rest of the world just disappeared whenever they were together. She was sure she would spend the rest of her life laughing heartily with Vihaan. Their love story was as simple as perfect. Vihaan was all she needed.

But suddenly she just disappeared. I invested 3 weeks in tracking down that girl in India whom I had met in the Netherlands and all I knew about her was her name, city and the high school she went to.  When I met her months later in India, she had quit her job in Netherlands, gave up her Investment banking career, was undergoing psychiatric treatment but was still doing what she was best at, bringing smiles to every face she met. She had adopted an NGO and was working to give the children there all she could. But why was she being treated for shock brain damage and severe depression. What had happened to her? If she was in India, where was Vihaan? Did the picture-perfect love story end? Was Vihaan the reason she gave up everything? Can your love for someone be so strong that you choose your downfall to keep the other person happy?

Read the book to know what actually happened between Meera and Vihaan.

How do you manage your writing time?

I don’t have any fixed time for writing. Whenever I feel like I either start scribbling in my personal diary or work on my next book project.

What do you think of modern day relationships?

Umm…I think they lack the true spirit to stay connected. But again, I should not generalize this statement. I have seen some couples who truly give relationship goals and have also seen people who are together just for the moment or to have sex. But a large no. of relationship % lack honesty, loyalty and the intention to stay together forever, that is the biggest reason they are unable to survive.

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

There is nothing to think about it. Cheating is something purely unacceptable to me. If you are unhappy, have the guts and talk about it to your partner and see if things can be sorted, if not then mutually breakup but please do not cheat. Breakups hurt a lot but trust me cheating kills.

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

That entirely depends upon the couple in question. Everybody has their own way of thinking, likes and dislikes. I think that’s an individual choice whether they want to be physically involved or not. But yes, many surveys do say that couples that are physically involved along with their emotional attachment are happier.

Your favorite writer and why?

J.K Rowling. She is undoubtedly the best. She made me believe in the existence of the other world. The perfection with which she writes seriously creates magic. I also enjoy reading Paulo Coelho and Robin Sharma. Whenever I am in a mood for some light read, I move to Chetan Bhagat and Durjoy Datta.

What are your upcoming projects?

I am currently writing the sequel to my first book, yet untitled.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

I will again say what I keep repeating everywhere – “Give your heart and soul to writing and enjoy your work. Do not hesitate to take criticism; it helps you move one step closer to your goals.”

Amrita in one sentence.

Your reason to smile

To know more about her; kindly visit my website:

http://authoramritachakrabarty.com/

To order my book, visit

https://notionpress.com/read/that-click-is-all-it-takes-to-fall-in-love-forever

Thank you Amrita for your time and you are doing a superb job. I wholeheartedly wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart. You rock girl. Stay blessed.

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Book Interview with Ashi Kalim

Hello Friends,

Today, we have Ashi Kalim on board. Let’s talk about her recently published. Ashi Kalim is a guest poet in an anthology under various categories. Her poem is published in Elysian Literary Journal.

 

Ashi Kalim – The Writer.

Can you please introduce to the world of literature?

I introduce myself to world of literature in English. A cry is enough to greet the earth & a published work is enough and takes lesser introductory effort worldwide in the stream of whichever Literature.

# The Day Before… I DIED MATRYOSHKA in East is my first published Novel & yes I am a Debutant writer.

Can you please tell us about your next project?

I am neck deep in my next project but still in early stages. Probably it’s a historical character, mixed with cheeky love-story (My kind of favourite) as a woman & moreover I would like to return back to my first love POETRY & BLOGGING.

When you did first published?

My first written text valued was a short story on my class-teacher, Sister Marie Theresa; say 20 pages and I got all applauded during the school assembly. Though I have been published before but it was in children books only.

What are your hobbies?

Hobby is a craft that develops with experience. Writing was a hobby for me and see where I went for…..But seriously its gardening, I own a full hundred’s of varieties of Cactus and Bonsai’s too.

Who is your favourite writer?

There are many but whom I really admire is Kiran Desai, Jhumpa Lahiri, Arundhati Roy. Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh is my all-time favourite.  And how can I escape RUSKIN BOND’s” The Night Train at Deoli”. I admire their trademark style.

How to you manage writing time?

Well, during the day I am a mother and at Night it’s a writer craving for words and thoughts to feast up my soul. Thought is not prisoned by time, it offshoots anytime so at other times …if I scribble it’s my phone which manages it.

Can you please share some tips for budding writers?

If I can ……anyone can. Keep your mind, thoughts, and feelings moving. It’s said “Don’t kill your enemy by sword; kill them by your PEN!!”

The biggest outbreak is penning your thoughts on paper, no matter be it English, French, Hindi or any Language. FEAST YOUR THOUGHT.

What have you written and why?

I have written an untouched & untold part of History. I think historical fiction is one of the excellent forms to explore and unearth the hidden feminine voices lost deep in the sand dunes of history. As a writer this is my mission to fight for the lost voices in history and help them speak their fair share of stories in the making of nation and history.

Can you please tell us more about your book?

This is a book about love, Betrayal and Hope. HOPE makes all things possible. All of us have our share of joys & sorrow in life. It depends on our jurisdiction of how we face it. The Real heroine of the story is a protagonist and sees life with dull lenses. Gradually she develops a liking for a Prince from India who teaches her how to Love? The Love Story of a RUSSIAN dictator Josef Stalin’s Daughter that changed the world order forever…

Describe Ashi in day to day life?

Ashi is a dreamer, traveller, friend, mother, poet, photographer & a writer and has a killer sense of-humor!! I am a winner in my own self as I have HOPE …my biggest asset of life.

Tell us more about your dreams?

I want to be known as serious writer & no soft-love-story types. The loss of political power and the mighty strength of character have thrown female out of the history-walls. But we don’t know is this true and false?

I think, as a genre ‘Historical Fiction’ should come out of its tell-tale sagas of man and voice woman as an equal partner in history. It will help future generation understand history in a more gender-neutral vision.

Available now on https://notionpress.com/read/the-day-before-i-died

From March 9, on –

AMAZON, FLIPKART, BOOKADDA, INFIBEAM along with International Release in 100 countries.

E-Books on KINDLE, GOOGLE PLAY, APPLE IBOOK too shortly

So, get ready for a roller coaster ride to a women’s heart.

#MatryoshkaInEast

Website: www.ashkalim.com

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxNpvtAabvo

Author Bio: https://notionpress.com/author/ashi_kalim

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Thank you Ashi for this wonderful interview. All the best for your future.

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Book Interview with Saheli Mitra

Friends, today we have Saheli Mitra on board with us.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I happen to be an ex-journalist and worked for 20 years with one of the leading English dailies of Eastern India. Now I am partner of Talespin Media, a media and communication consultancy agency where we are doing some exciting editing, strategy planning, web page handling, blog writing, translations and communication workshops. I started writing out of my love for words. Like a Wordsmith does, playing with words. This resulted in poems, short stories and novels. My poems have found place in several poetry anthologies internationally and in India. Same with short stories. My debut novel Lost Words was launched internationally a couple of years back. A romantic thriller protesting patriarchy of India society, it got rave reviews.

When did you start writing?

As a journalist I started writing since the beginning of my job life. I have more than 250 articles published primarily on law and consumer issues. Much later I ventured into story telling, something I always wished to express. Feelings through words. In 2013 I finally finished my first novel.

When you published first?

I first published in 2013.

Describe Saheli in day to day life?

A loving and caring mom to a teenage son, I enjoy being with my family. Love travelling extensively within India to imbibe the varied cultures of different parts of the country. And yes my greatest passion is to write poetry, sitting in my garden as I watch the nature sway by regularly.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Travelling, Singing, Swimming and talking to my plants and to see them grow; flower and fruit. I interact with members of my group To Trees With Love every morning that I started as a protest against felling of trees in my locality

Tell us more about your book?

Lost Words is a romantic thriller. A story that opens up through letters, an art that is dying in the age of the virtual world. A love story between a Bengali woman and a North Indian man, the story unfolds down generations highlighting social patriarchy.

How do you manage your writing time?

Poems are written spontaneously, primarily while travelling in my car. Else I write at night when silence reigns.

Your favorite writer and why?

Very difficult to say for I love and read several authors both in English and Bengali.

What are your upcoming projects?

My new venture Talespin has several exciting upcoming projects. One can visit the Talespin Communication and Strategy page on Facebook to have a look.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Be what you are. You are the monarch of all you survey. Never fall prey to peer pressure. You should only follow your heart.

Saheli in one sentence.

Love, Live, Laugh.. Saheli is a great friend.

Thank you Saheli, my friend. Wish you all the best for your future works.

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Book interview with Ali Akbar

Hello Friends, today we have Ali Akbar with us.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Well, for the immensely smart world of literature I am merely a Poet. Till someone leaves calling me an author and start calling me a Poet.

When did you start writing?

I remember I wrote a small story for morning assembly in my school, I was 11 at that time.

When you published first?

I got published on 7th of November, 2016 with my first work as known as My Confined Thoughts – a poetry book.

Describe Ali Akbar in day to day life?

Every morning I catch the sun Benoit catches me. I go for long bike rides. Go to Air Academy.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Horse Riding, Bike Riding and reading.

Tell us more about your book?

My Confined Thoughts as the name suggests is a collection of poems rather thoughts which were somewhere deep inside the heart were constricted like they have never been shared. Yes these poems are message to some people, to some special ones and to some very special ones.

Each and every poem is written on existing things that happen with a person in day to day life.

How do you manage your writing time?

I write when my heart says. And most probably I write a chapter or a piece or a part every Sunday.

Your favorite writer and why?

Ruskin Bond just because you can live with his stories. The Night Train at Deoli from him is my favourite.

What are your upcoming projects?

Still not planned I am waiting for my heart to pound.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Whatsoever you write just feel it don’t write for the sake of fame or publicity.

Ali Akbar in one sentence.

“A Poet from heart and a king by mind”.

All the best for your upcoming work..

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Book interview with Ms.Nalini Priyadarshini

Friends, today we have on board the bold and beautiful writer Nalini Priyadarshini.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am Nalini, the author of Doppelganger in My House and co author of Lines Across Oceans.  My poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, podcasts and international anthologies including Mad Swirl, Camel Saloon, Dukool, In-flight Magazine, Yellow Chair Review. I am presently working on a travel based fiction in collaboration with my husband as we both are ardent travellers.

When did you start writing?

I was extremely fond of reading as a child. In those days I tried keeping a journal and wrote story books complete with pictures. I also enjoyed writing letters and had several pen-pals. Got interested in poetry when I was in college and wrote in both Punjabi and English for our college magazine. I was also the student editor of English section of Deepshikha, our college magazine and my short story on female feticide won the first prize for the best article. After I started working, writing was reduced to a stray poem now or then scribbled in haste at the back of books or notebooks most of which were eventually lost.

My second and more serious inning with writing came after the birth of my second child. I quit work to be a full time stay-at-home mom. Suddenly I realized that wiping dirty bottoms all day did not fulfill me. I missed the company and conversation with other grownups. I was lonely and miserable. At such a time, writing came to my rescue and I started writing poetry which proved to be cathartic. I started a blog ‘Twilight Musing’ and started putting my poems over there. It was beginning of a new and exciting association with other poets and writers I found online.

When you published first?

I published first in 2011. In fact, I stumbled upon a call for submission on facebook while browsing. Brian Wixon, a Canadian writer and published was publishing an anthology. He also made a group with all the poets that he included in the book. It was exciting to read and share poetry in those groups and a great learning experience too. That was the beginning of my tryst with anthologies and literary journals that I not only love to read but also write for.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Reading remains my first love. I enjoy watching movies, traveling, gardening, hanging out with friends and cooking for them. I am open to new ideas and adventures and one of those people who would try anything at least once.

Tell us more about your books?

Doppelganger In My House is my solo poetry collection. Poems included in this book were written over a span of 10 years or so. Since it was not planned in advance, there is no thematic unity in poems. There are love poems rubbing shoulders with food poems and funny, irreverent poems while jostling with existential and political poems. The book is roughly divided into 5 sections. Each section starts with a four line poem that sets the mood for succeeding poems.

My second book, Lines Across Oceans, is a collection of love poems written in collaboration with an American poet, D. Russel Micnhimer. Russel has been writing poetry for over forty five years and has been conferred with Poet Laureate for his book, Notes To Be Left With Gatekeeper.  Along with free verse, various Japanese poetic forms have been used to create classic piece of poetry included in this book. Writing Lines Across Oceans has been an extremely enriching experience as I, for the first time, learnt the discipline needed to write form poetry.

I cannot speak about these two books without mentioning the wholehearted support and encouragement of my mentor Dr. Madan G Gandhi that made these books possible.

How do you manage your writing time?

Though I would love to have some sort of daily writing routine, I have none at the moment. Poems have their own whims and fancies and come to me when they are ready. I try to capture them and if I don’t they just float away.

Your favorite writer and why?

There are several writers and poets that I love to read. It will be quite unfair to        name just one. And then, I keep discovering new writers whose writings fascinate me. T.S. Eliot, Khalil Gibran, Kamala Das, Khushwant Singh, Ruskin Bond, Gabriel Garcia Marquez besides several contemporary poets and writers have been a source of inspiration.

 

What are your upcoming projects?

I am working on a travel based fiction for adolescents/young adults in collaboration with my husband, Vikas Singh who is an avid biker, traveler and story teller. Also, I am planning to engage more in translating and writing literary articles than I am at the moment.

Any tips to the upcoming generation of writers.

One should read and write as much as possible to improve one’s craft and never rest on past laurels. And yes, always follow your heart without worrying too much about what others think.

Nalini in one sentence.

Oh, Nalini is too complex to fit in a single sentence. My poetry is mostly as attempt to understand my own self in relation with the world I live in and people who cross my path. The journey of self discovery is long and I have just started.

Thank you so much Nalini for the honest answers. I wish you all the best for your upcoming projects.

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Book interview with Nostalgia writer Mamta Chandel

Hello readers, today we have Mamta with us on board. Let’s have a chit chat with her.

Q1. Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am a teacher by profession and an author by passion. I belong to Lucknow.

Q2. When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was in class 11th, a teenager.

Q3. When you published first?

As I have been writing since school days, my articles, poems and stories first got published in TOI and HT in  1998. But I debuted as a published author in Jan 2017.

Q4. Describe Mamta in day to day life.

I am a very optimistic, ambitious, hardworking, cheerful, reserve, extrovert person depending upon people and situations.

Q5.  What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I love reading, blogging, listening music, interacting with people, travelling, photography, watching movies.

Q6. Tell us more about your book.

My book NOSTALGIA has all the emotions, highs and lows, which each one of us goes through from being a teenager to become an adult.

Q7. How do you manage your writing time?

I try writing on a regular basis whether it is just few lines or a poem during evening or night when my personal work is all over.

Q8. Your favourite writer and why?

I have many favourites  but till now maximum stories I have read are of Ruskin Bond. His expression of language is so beautiful and natural that it gets gelled up in all age groups and speaks volumes about nature’s harmony.

Q9. Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

The most important thing for all is to stay humble and down to earth.

Stay positive and confident and surround yourself with positive and learned people always. Respect your teachers and elders. Dream and achieve . Don’t think” what will society say”. Follow your heart. Read more books. It will inspire you to write.

Q10. What are your upcoming projects?

I have started working on my second book and I also keep writing poetry, quotes, shairis, short stories often for online literary platforms.

Q11. Mamta in one sentence.

Optimistic, Ambitious, Strong, Cheerful.

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Book interview with Features and fire writer Pakhi Dixit

Readers, it’s been a spectacular journey so far. Today, we have Pakhi Dixit with us on board.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am an undergraduate student. I hail from Jhansi but I currently reside in Kanpur. I have been a part of various anthologies of poems and short stories. I have also edited one of them. I have been an avid reader and “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank was the first ever book that I read properly. Since then, I never stopped. Apart from this, I love eating pancakes too. To know more about me, my wonderful readers can drop me a mail at dixitpakhi@gmail.com or google me too.

When did you start writing?

I started writing way back in May 2015.

When you published first?

I was first published in an anthology of poems in July 2016. Feathers and Fire, my second book which was supposed to be my first one was launched on 25th of March, 2017 in Delhi. As per your question, my first book, “The CEO in Making” was published on 18th December, 2016.

Describe Pakhi in day to day life?

A normal girl with pretty big dreams, trying to be better than she was yesterday.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Reading, that was pretty obvious. Apart from reading and writing, I am active with entrepreneurship too.

Tell us more about your book?

An epic tale of sorrow, love, death and inevitable fate. The novella gives you a taste of tragic teen romance at the same time deals with the inevitability that every relationship in the post global world of fast tacked love todays teen face. The tale is a tragic story about a fated meeting of a boy and a girl. Each waiting for someone to solve their dilemmas.

To know more about the book, you will have to grab a copy.

How do you manage your writing time?

There is nothing like managing time with me. I pay equal attention to my studies as well as writing. It happens automatically. Moreover, when you work becomes a significant part of your life, you don’t need to manage time between your personal and professional being.

Your favorite writer and why?

Japanese author, Haruki Murakami is my favorite writer because he writes in an unconventional manner. I am not that big enough to compare myself with him but at times I do write like him. He is more of a quotes person and so am I.

Pakistani poetess, Irum Zahra because her poems deal with a different side of the human brain.

What are your upcoming projects?

You will come to know about it soon. I don’t tell anyone until the work is done. I have this odd habit.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Be fair to your work.

Pakhi in one sentence.

Bird is what Pakhi means. I have big dreams and I try hard each day to achieve the goals, be it long term or short term, set in front of me.

Would you like to say anything to your readers, fellow writers or anyone reading this?

I would want to thank all my readers, fellow writers or people reading this, for bestowing an opportunity like this to a novice like me. Keep loving and blessing me by appreciating my work and I promise not to let you down.

With lots of love, luck and blessings to all. Stay amazing.

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Well, thank you Pakhi ji for your honest answers. I wish you all the very best for your upcoming projects.  

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