Author Interview: The Crossroads by Sudipta Mukherjee

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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 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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Book interview with dentist Dr.Prerna Singla

Dear readers, today we have Dr.Prerna Singla with us on board. Let us talk with her.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am a Gurgaon based dental surgeon, entrepreneur, Poet, writer and book reviewer.

I am the Founder and Chief Editor of Hall of Poets global community of Poets, artists and writers. I am the author of two books – ‘The Crown of Sekhmet’, ‘The bible of Marriage’; and Guest author of the book – ‘Reality of Spirituality in kalyug’. My works have appeared in various prestigious journals, ezines and Anthologies.

I have also created self-styled poetry named as “Trilocution verselets”, written series of flash fictions “Everyday Life”, “Lonely times”, and “Sceptical Scalpel” and is working on three fiction novels.
I have been interviewed by Social Tehelka, Dronacharya, La Tribuna in rete (News Dalla Valle – Santa Mario a Vico), Kashmir life, and featured by Galaktika Poetike ‘Atunis’ and Haraya International.

Dr.Prerna Singla

When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was 9 yrs. old. That was when I wrote my first poem (smiles).  By 11 yrs. of age, I started writing articles on life and philosophies on life and death. My initial writing was in my mother tongue ‘Hindi’ and since the digital age had not yet begun here, my writings were hand written. Soon, I started writing in English as well. My first English language write was an essay I wrote as a child, in a contest, which I later won. But those eventful years marked the beginning of my creative art of writing.

When you were first published?

I was first published as an Editor of Hall of Poets Magazine, which was founded by myself. In year 2016, I was again published as the Chief Editor of a global Anthology on love and life by a Gujarat based Publisher. My first solo book (‘The Crown of sekhmet’) as an author was published in 2016, by The Poetry Society of India, which is a collection of my poems. My second book ‘The Bible of Marriage’ was published in the year 2017, which is a non-fiction about relationships and relationship problems in marriage.

Describe ‘Prerna’ in day to day life?

‘Prerna’ in day to day life is someone who is almost always busy working, and at the same time takes a few moments off to slip into the world of her imagination and poetry. She is a girl who is in love with everything about life and nature. Even a rain could make her happy, but everything exists while she is busy working. In evenings, she is someone who enjoys listening to good music, or a good intellectual chat with friends, or even playing with her Labradors. In short, Prerna is someone who dwells everywhere, in every part and every moment of life, but at the same time dwells nowhere.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I love everything creative (thanks to my parents who encouraged me to do everything I want to); so my hobbies include – music, writing, singing, dancing, travelling, photography,  playing instrumental music, arts and crafts or making something new, karate and even painting. I love learning a new art or a new language and meeting different kinds of people in the world. I am curious creature, you see. (Laughs).

Tell us more about your books?

My book ‘The crown of Sekhmet’ is a bilingual collection of my poetry, written in English and Hindi languages. It includes some of my earliest works.

My second book ‘The bible of Marriage’, is a real life book on relationships and relationship problems and potential way-outs to solve things that go wrong, written from factual, psychological, medical as well as legal perspectives,  along with statistics and inspired by the stories shared with us, by various couples about their marital lives. It covers every possible topic that can affect relationship of a couple; viz, Dowry, Domestic violence, physical intimacy in relationships,  gay marriages, impotence,  sexual incompatibilities,  infidelity in relationships,  live-in relationships, divorces, management of budgets in a married life, alcoholism, etc. The book is written in such a manner, that it can provide guidance to the ones seeking help, and also a knowledge base for a general read.

How do you manage your writing time?

There is no writing time when I write. Thoughts come and I scribble them down. Everything else can wait.

What do you think of modern day relationships?

Of modern day relationships I think that love is a word most coveted, but rarely known, understood or achieved.

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

I think the people who cheat are worthy of capital punishment if they want their partner to be as loyal as a slave.

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

Physical intimacy in relationships is the most important part (As I mentioned earlier, I have also discussed this in detail, in my book – The Bible of Marriage). I would say that physical intimacy is the breath of a relationship.  The former dies the later dies too.

Your favorite writer and why?

My favourite writer is ‘Mahadevi Verma’ (for Hindi writes). She picks the subject and scenario in such a manner and so delicately that the essence of life is retained in the heart of the reader.

My favourite English writer is Oscar Wilde. He is simply the best … 🙂

What are your upcoming projects?

In the writing field, I am at present working on three fiction novels and one non-fiction book, as an author.

As an Editor, I am about to finish with an anthology project and start with three book editing projects.

As a reviewer, I have some books scheduled for review.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

‘Never think that you are not good enough. You are good enough to do everything that you decide to lay your hands on. If you don’t know the language, create one.’

Prerna in one sentence.

Prerna : A wondering wonder.

Website: http://www.drprernasingla.com/

Email : hallofpoets@gmail.com

Thank you Dr Saab for your beautiful words. All the best for your future.

If you are interested to give your author interview, please drop a message on my phone number or email me at prabhu@prabhuprasad.in

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Home sweet home- Satabdi Banerjee

Satabdi Banerjee

I lend out a room for you, In space of a home I have of own.

Dwelling in; I share my living… In hope…shall grow with you!

I lend out my trust in you,  With a belief over togetherness…

As, sharing is all it takes, To love and nourish my belongingness!!!

My home will live a life of its own;

Blooming each day with the radiant sunrays ushering through the window…

My room will then be fed with care…

And soon shall I see prosperity prevail!

In my home…. Sweet home!!!

 

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Book Interview with Meena Mishra

Hello Friends,

Here we are with Meena Mishra – An implish lass. Let us talk with her.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Dear readers ! This is Meena Mishra, a poet, short-story writer, novelist, author and an editor. I am extremely glad with the overwhelming response of my students and friends both writers and non-writers. I have a dream and I am chasing it. I want to do something worthwhile in the field of literature. I am indebted to all the experienced writers who have accepted an amateur like me with lots of love. Special thanks to the Publishing Houses for taking me seriously and showing faith in my writing capabilities.

When did you start writing?

It all started with my best friend proposing my crush in front of me. I was heartbroken. I was feeling awful, pathetic, sick and sad. I was feeling terrible, miserable, and horribly mad. I wanted to cry, shout and scream, I wanted to get rid of the sadness within. I didn’t know what to do so I started writing a diary when I was a young girl.

When were you published first?

Actually I got published in the year 2016. “Love and War Anthology” was my first anthology followed  by

1) The Other Side of Pen

2) Seasons

3)  Ashes of Maroon,

4) The Secret Temptations

5)  Whisperings of Blessings,

6) The Massacred Thoughts,

7) Kuchh Ankahe se Alfaaz (Hindi)

8) Rehnuma

9) Road to Fantasy World

10) Yours Faithfully Hope.

I also got an opportunity of editing an anthology “You Are Mine”.

Describe   Meena  Mishra  in day to day life?

Meena Mishra is high-spirited, loquacious, confident and gregarious lady.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Let me tell you one thing, writing is not my hobby it’s my passion. My hobby is listening to radio, reading novels, watching movies and spending time with friends.

Tell us more about your book?

More? I have not even begun. The Impish Lass is a collection of soul-stirring anecdotes from my life. Right from childhood till the time I got married and moved to Mumbai. The Impish Lass is a girl  who loves breaking rules, bunking classes, loitering around, enjoying with friends, visiting different places, wandering like a free soul in the open fields, climbing trees, accepting challenges, taking risks, discovering small delights of life, appreciating beauty, experimenting new things, keeping secrets, falling in love, crying when heartbroken and ready for reconciliation.

How do you manage your writing time?

You have to manage time for your hobby not for your passion. Time management comes to you naturally when writing is your calling.

What do you think of modern day relationships?

I strongly feel that people have become more frank and prudent these days. If they like someone they express it if they don’t they walk out of the relationship. We have only one life. Why to compromise for lifetime?

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

There can be a time when you feel attracted towards someone. This feeling can change later. I don’t consider it as cheating. If you express your feelings honestly you shouldn’t be labelled as a cheat. There are millions of people across the globe who feel something else and exhibit something else. Sometimes to save their families from turbulence. At times, to protect their social status. What is the parameter of being loyal? Who will decide that?  As an author I feel that we don’t have any right to be judgemental about others. It’s high time we start acting mature.

What do you think of extra marital affairs?

I am not an expert to comment on the topic but as an author I respect any kind of relationship. I feel if there are people who share strong feelings for opposite sex after marriage but manage to carry out their family and professional life successfully should be appreciated. Feelings are neither good nor bad. They just are. You have no control over them. Let me add to this by telling you that my favourite Bollywood couple is Amitabh Bachhan and Rekha.

How important physical intimacy in 30s after marriage?

Why 30s? Physical intimacy is crucial in every age but it is not the only thing important. Many things add to that. Emotional connect   holds utmost importance. Taking care of each-other, sharing things and feelings, having open discussion on the matters that bother you. All these things become more important. It all begins from your mind and heart. Body comes later. You can be comfortable with a person only when your mind and heart has accepted that person. There has to be an emotional attachment first.

As an Impish Lass, What was the naughtiest thing done by you?

Stealing in broad daylight and not being caught was the naughtiest thing according to me.      

Your favourite writer and why?

I am a die-hard Dan Brown fan. I have read all his novels. The amount of research work he does for his books is outstanding. It is filled with imagery.

What are your upcoming projects?

“No I Don’t Love You” is my upcoming novel. It’s a romantic novel filled with thrill and suspense. The story begins with an online friendship but finally leads to too many problems in the life of the lovers and friends. This novel has been written to create awareness amongst the youngsters against online chatting and romance.

Any tips for the upcoming young generation.

The younger generation is smarter than the older one. The only thing they are lacking in is patience. They want quick results. They get disappointed fast. This is the area they need to work upon. All good things take time guys!

Meena  Mishra  in one sentence.

The Impish Lass (the naughty girl) enjoying the spurt of creativity and immense love showered upon her by her students and friends.

Thank you Meena ji for your honest and straight forward answers. All the very best

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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.

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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 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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