Interview with Shilpa Pitroda, author of Book ‘An optional Love’

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Interview with Shilpa Pitroda, author of Book ‘An optional Love’

 

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

Ans- Shilpa means imaginative art. I am a columnist and Author.  Also founder of an organisation called FADES. I am from a small mines area called Noamundi, Jharkhand.

2-When did you start writing?

Ans- Since college days; I have always been a reader but had never thought of writing until I won few writing competitions which boosted my confidence. I started with writing articles and short stories for various publications and got appreciated too.

3-When you published first?

Ans-My debut novel was “An optional love” which released on 1st January 2017.

4-Describe yourself in day to day life?

Ans- I am very simple yet moody person. My days go by attenning inspiration and nights with ink and paper.

5-What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Ans-Hobbies, I am into social work. Cooking calms me. Nature stirs my soul. I love reading. I am a big bollywood junkie. Also I like to sit alone and observe everything around.

6-Tell us more about your book?

Ans- “An Optional Love” is a real life simple love story. It’s about girl who had wished her first love to be her last but unfortunately she got shattered when she found her partner cheating on her. A journey which shows how one has to bear all those pain all alone and overcome it &  still live life.

My second book is “Grievances of Life” is a short story that is an amalgamation of little bit of romance, family love and an excessive amount of emotions. The book highlights the stories of three characters- Aahil, Dhyey and Mithil. Aahil breaks entirely when he loses his father forever and falls in the trap of regret when his mother reveals the darkest secret of his life. Dhyey killed his own girlfriend when he figures out that she has cheated on him that too for a man who is very close to him. Mithil felt broken the day he lost his girlfriend Afreen forever.

7-How do you manage your writing time?

Ans- Management never a virtue of an artist. It makes me think hard about my routine everyday.

8-What do you think of modern day relationships?

Ans-These days relationships are about control and lust. I fear what hunger one carries. I believe in freedom that too to end.

9-What do you think about cheating in relationships?

Ans-  It’s like Rape. With a personal experience I can say that’s the worst people can do with the person who loved them with everything one could have. Stay loyal people. Lies, excuses, cheat and betrayal don’t only hurt current state of mind but deletes the ability to trust someone further forever…cheating is some worse than the word disgusting. I feel breakups are easy to deal but being cheated on is really taught to deal.

10-How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

Ans- Intimacy is something everyone desires. Speak it or not. Without it frustation grows. Get in bed more often. Spice up things.

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

Ans- Get on to know people. More you have around more you have to market. Be like water…. Go with its properties. And don’t do just for fame but for contributing literary world too.

12-Which is more important to you Content or marketing?

Ans- I feel content. It’s all about grey matter.

13-Your favorite writer and why?

Ans- Frankly my list is long. Every writer has their own style of writing and creative ideas which impresses me.  And I respect them all. If I had to pick names then it will be surely Paulo Coelho and Ruskin Bond.

14-What are your upcoming projects?

Ans-  Well I am coming up with two projects. I am planning to release second edition of my first book An Optional Love. And by the year end I will be releasing another tittle (will announce the name soon) its a spicy pschyological thriller, one of my favourite genre to read. I am sure people are gonna love it.

15-Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Ans – Read and read. Knowledge is the future of humanity.

To upcoming writer’s- focus and edit like your life depends on it.

16-Can you tell us more about FADES?

Ans- FADES – Fighting against depression and enlightening soul. Our mission is to prevent, spread awareness, articulate and be a helping hand to people who cannot cope up with their life.

We provide free counselling and are available 24*7.We want to eliminate the mental-illness taboos from the Indian society so that more and more people come forward and talk. This way, someone’s life could be saved

17-What made you start this organization?

Ans -After surviving from depression, which almost gulped everything, I stood for. I feel that if a certain incident could make me feel that way then there are numerous people in India, who are feeling like I did and craving for help from inside.

With this initiative, I am looking forward to bring out a change in the society and change the statistical data of India, which tells that India has highest number of depressed people in the world. I feel when someone dies then death does not only take the life from the victim but from the around as well. As our motto “Let’s fight depression together for we are the same”

18-Describe yourself in one sentence.

Ans- A blue soul with a black heart

Thank you Shilpa for such a honest answers. I will you all the success. I want your organization really helps many more souls around the world.

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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. 

If you would like to publish your interview, please drop me a mail prabhu@prabhuprasad.in

 

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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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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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Rutvi Patel shares her poetry- Tere Ishq Ka Paigam

Tere ishq ka paigam inayat se mila hai muje…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tere ishq ka paigam inayat se mila hai muje…

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

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Book Interview with writer 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 Author Ruchika Rastogi

Hello Readers, thank you for connecting with us. Today, we have on board a sensational writer Ruchika Rastogi  with us.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am a being having found my love in literature long back but agreeing to its proposal after a gap of many years. Having done my Masters in English literature Currently, I am working as an English teacher in Delhi. While teaching students, while correcting their mistakes, I realized that I had this passion for this language–English, due to which only I always try to find flavor everywhere–be it a tasty dish or not so tasty and still never gets bored.

Ms. Ruchika Rastogi

When did you start writing?

I started writing way back in school. I used to write whenever I had any free time but had never thought of pursuing it to any other level. It is only few years back, when my book got published that I realized I am quite passionate about writing. I felt so relaxed and satisfied after seeing my writing in print.

When you published first?

My book, A Mystical Majesty – the woman, got published last year only. It was such an indescribable moment. I felt like carrying a small baby in my hands. I was feeling speechless,literally.  It brought out the hidden emotions, the inner feelings, the arguments, the conclusions and the solutions, everything, right in front of me.

Describe  Ruchika in day to day life?

Ruchika, in day to day life is an easy going, fun loving person, who is very emotional and loves to do crazy things. She loves movement–be it movement in life or in career.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Apart from writing, I love to watch movies, travel, read books, play badminton and explore different truths of life.

Tell us more about your book?

My book, A Mystical Majesty is about the journey of a girl, from the time she completes her schooling till her old age. It’s about the various situations; a woman faces in her life. It’s about the optimistic handling of those situations without getting into the trap of pessimism. It’s about being opinionated but still docile; it’s about being honest but not rude. It’s about being rational still not partial. So, in short, through it, I tried to bring out the different facets of a woman–related to her freedom or her career or while marrying or while discussing various issues with her grown up children. Thus throwing light on the fact that –we should move ahead with a mind of our own because each individual has his own independent situation so obviously, its handling will also be different.

How do you manage your writing time?

I try to write whenever I feel like, generally early mornings, when I can concentrate fully on my piece.

What do you think of modern day relationships?

Most of the modern day relationships are imitated. The relationships are losing their charm as people are more interested in aping others instead of blossoming theirs. And when they realize this, they might have reached so far in imitating that sometimes it becomes really difficult to move back and rectify. But there are others too, which I like–They are ready to compromise, sacrifice or listen for the sake of their family only but never at the cost of their self-esteem.

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

I am totally against cheating in relationship. Either you should be there or you shouldn’t be there. If you have guts to cheat, then you should have guts to admit your feelings too, without being a coward.

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

Physical intimacy is essential in a relation but it’s not everything. Trust, love and respect are the most important ingredients of a successful relationship.

Your favorite writer and why?

I don’t have any favourite writer. I like Shakespeare because of his writing style. The amalgamation of dialogues in a poetic style is superb. I like Sydney Sheldon because of the way she brings out the mystery element in the end.

I like Rabindranath Tagore, Munshi Premchand because of the essence of purity And Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam–his writings were the master pieces. So many are there that I can’t restrict myself to one.

What are your upcoming projects?

My upcoming projects are–

  • Working as a contributing author in the global digital magazine: Raising World Children
  • Working as a contributing author in the anthology–100 Moms, one journey
  • Working as a contributing author in the next of Cyclops Publication.
  • And lastly, but certainly very important, working on bringing out my second book, which will be a book of short stories.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

– If you are writing, write with your soul because then only your individuality will reflect in it, which will definitely leave its mark on others.

– And the more you re-read your work, the more clarity will come in your mind about what you want to focus and what you want to reflect.

Ruchika in one sentence.

Ruchika loves to be Ruchika only, not anybody else,a mystery who needs to be unfolded at each stage.

Connect with Ruchika

Facebook  

https://www.facebook.com/A-Mystical-Majesty-The-Woman-591942620953393/

Mail Id

mail.ruchikarastogi@gmail.com

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/mail.ruchikarastogi/

Thank you so much Ruchika for your honest answers. It was an amazing interview. All the best for your upcoming projects.

If you are interested to publish, your interview please contact the above mentioned phone number.

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A plight of a married women – Since ages

16th January, 2003.

Hi, readers. I was a girl with many dreams, and for the first time I felt like every dream of mine would come true when I first saw him. I was never interested in getting married but my parents asked me to just meet this guy Rahul. They were very confident that i would like him and accept their marriage proposal. They were right, he was so understanding, I fell in love with his looks in our first meeting and we got married after few dates. I was so happy to be his wife, I had everything. After our marriage he asked me to wear a black dress which he gave me on our engagement, though I didn’t like that dress I wore it as it was his gift, and that day I realized that I never married a human, I got married to an evil. That day after our first movie date, we drove back home. I was so tired that I told him that I would sleep early tonight, but he wasn’t okay with that, he said i was looking so beautiful that night so he wanted to make love, but i wasn’t ready. I told him that i couldn’t make it happen that night.

He was so strong that he pushed me on bed, I was still pleading him, but he didn’t listen. He took a cloth to shut my mouth so that no one could hear me, he sat on my body, i was still crying, my hands were tired and I couldn’t move my legs. He slowly stripped my clothes, he was enjoying that but I wasn’t. I thought making love gives pleasure but this wasn’t love. He started hurting me, I was bleeding, my skin got scars, it was about 40 minutes, he had made love with his wife and me? I was raped, brutally raped by my husband but why would someone believe me.

I thought of speaking about this with my mom but she wasn’t ready to listen to me, and this continued every day, sometimes he used burn my skin and sometimes he did cut it. And every time only he made love I was just a victim of marital rape. And it’s been 14 years of our marriage and I’m still alive. I cry day in and day out. Sometimes, I cry the whole night. Just like any other women, I like to be loved passionately. I still have a dream, only one dream just to fly away fry his cage. a dream which would never come true.

— Vaishnavi Vasudevan

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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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