Counting hollows – Satabdi Banerjee

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Counting hollows – Satabdi Banerjee

Satabdi Banerjee

You count my numbers?
The first, the second and the last?
I wonder your impression for each count you hold.
Do u reflect? or, just let it be a random?
Or even more, welcome upon a challenge to test?
Ask me, how I had seasoned my each flower…
Gazing through their blossom,
And witnessing their aging decay.
Each, beholding it’s unique innocence,
It’s own fragrance,
It’s own charm.

I have seen it all,
have ripened the pain with each passing decay,
A new hope yet despair bore in.
Count my challenges if you may,
As can your eyes bear to see.

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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 Anuraag writer Jyoti Tiwari

Hello friends,

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

Jyoti Tiwari

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

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

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

When you published first?

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

Describe Jyoti in day to day life?

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

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

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

Tell us more about your book?

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

How do you manage your writing time?

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

What do you think of modern day relationships?

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

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

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

How important is physical intimacy in a relationship?

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

Who is your favourite writer and why?

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

What are your upcoming projects?

 

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

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Only two tips I will give,

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

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

Jyoti in one sentence.

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

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

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

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Interview with Blogger Vaishnavi Vasudevan

Hello friends, today we have Vaishnavi with us. Let us talk about her blog and hobbies.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

My warm wishes to each and every one and first I would like to thank Prabhuprasad sir for giving me this opportunity. Well I’m from an Orthodox Brahmin family, my dad is from Ranchi and my mom from Chennai and I was born and brought up in Telangana.

I’m pursuing my Bachloer of Business Administration from Hyderabad. I’ve started writing my blog in 2015. I’ve done my schooling here in Telangana, this is the place where I’ve found myself.

I’m an animal lover and foodie too. My mom is the most important person of my life.

Vaishnavi Vasudevan

When did you start writing?

Basically I’ve started writing since class 5. My first poem was on mother that was the first time I got appreciation for my work. After my schooling I couldn’t write much but in 2015 when I lost my dad, that was the time when I started writing again, and here I found life in writing.

Why you want to write?

Well, most of my writings are on depression, love and thriller. Writing is my life, I’m nothing without it, it made me what I’m today and in simple words I write to live.

Describe Vaishnavi in day to day life.

My day starts with my dog waking me up; he’s the one who completes me after writing. I go to college, I don’t like speaking much, I always prefer to be alone, but I’ve some friends who are very sweet. They’re my blessings. I spend most of my time with them when I’m at college, I prefer going out only with them often but once I reach home I don’t talk to any of them. I read a lot; I’ve a mini library at my home.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Apart from writing I love to read, paint and sing (though I’ve a bad voice). I also love travelling alone.

Tell us more about your blog?

I’ve started my blog in the year 2015, though I used to write but I never thought of creating a blog until one of my friend suggested. I’ve named it “the watcher of your dreams” which I got inspired by a novel.

How do you manage your writing time?

I don’t have any fixed time for writing, whenever I feel like scribbling words I do, I don’t think where I’m, I just open notes in my mobile and write. Whatever I feel I just write.

What do you think of modern day relationships?

To be honest I don’t believe in love and relationships, I feel like people now a days just don’t know the value of true love, but it’s their perspective how they see a relationship. We can better name it lust rather than love.

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

It depends on the couple, whether they’re okay with physical intimacy. It depends on their likes and dislikes and their seriousness about their relationship. If your partner is not serious about you and you are very serious about relationship then I strictly advice to talk with your partner before taking your relationship to next level.

Your favorite writer and why?

J.K.Rowling, she’s my inspiration to write fiction, and I also read books of Paulo Coelho, Agatha Christie, Robin Sharma, and sometimes I prefer Novaneel Chakroborthy and Durjoy Datta.

What are your upcoming projects?

Well, I’m planning to write a novel based on romantic thriller. This book is my dream project and I’m sure people will love this.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Just “believe in yourself”, do what you love.

Vaishnavi in one sentence.

Imperfectly perfect.

Visit my blog: https://vaishnavivasudevan3.wordpress.com/

Thank you Vaishnavi for your time and I wish you all the very best for your writing career ahead.

If you are an author, achiever, blogger or interested in giving your interview, please contact me at the email address or phone number mentioned.

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Book interview with Anmol Bhasin

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

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

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

Anmol Bhasin

When did you start writing?

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

When were you published first?

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

Describe Anmol in day to day life?

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

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

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

Tell us more about your book?

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

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

How do you manage your writing time?

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

What do you think of modern day relationships?

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

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

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

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

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

Your favorite writer and why?

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

What are your upcoming projects?

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

Any tips for the upcoming young generation.

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

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

Contact Links-

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

Facebook- www.facebook.com/anmolakkhar

Website Link- www.anmolakkhar.com

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book interview with Kritika Sharma

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

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

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

When did you start writing?

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

When you published first?

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

Describe Kritika in day to day life?

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

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

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

Tell us more about your book?

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

How do you manage your writing time?

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

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

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

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

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

Your favorite writer and why?

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

What are your upcoming projects?

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

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

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

Kritika in one sentence.

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

Links:

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

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorKritika

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

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Book interview with Amrita Chakrabarty

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

Let’s have a chit chat with her.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

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

When did you start writing?

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

When you published first?

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

Describe Amrita in day to day life?

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

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

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

Tell us more about your book?

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

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

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

How do you manage your writing time?

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

What do you think of modern day relationships?

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

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

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

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

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

Your favorite writer and why?

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

What are your upcoming projects?

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

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

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

Amrita in one sentence.

Your reason to smile

To know more about her; kindly visit my website:

http://authoramritachakrabarty.com/

To order my book, visit

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

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

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Book Interview with Ashi Kalim

Hello Friends,

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

 

Ashi Kalim – The Writer.

Can you please introduce to the world of literature?

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

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

Can you please tell us about your next project?

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

When you did first published?

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

What are your hobbies?

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

Who is your favourite writer?

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

How to you manage writing time?

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

Can you please share some tips for budding writers?

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

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

What have you written and why?

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

Can you please tell us more about your book?

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

Describe Ashi in day to day life?

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

Tell us more about your dreams?

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

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

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

From March 9, on –

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

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

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Website: www.ashkalim.com

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

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

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

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Book interview with Ms.Nalini Priyadarshini

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

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

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

When did you start writing?

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

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

When you published first?

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

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

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

Tell us more about your books?

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

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

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

How do you manage your writing time?

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

Your favorite writer and why?

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

 

What are your upcoming projects?

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

Any tips to the upcoming generation of writers.

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

Nalini in one sentence.

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

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

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She chose him – An article by Swarupa Chavan

SHE CHOSE HIM

She was overjoyed. Finally, she had received a job offer of her dreams. A job which would take her to the pinnacle of success in her career realizing all her dreams. It was an offer to die for. She had worked hard, slogged day and night and reached where she was in her life. She deserved this break which life offered her. And then she realized, the job would not just turn her dreams to reality, but would also take her away from her home. The job was not just in a new city, but in a new country!

It would take her away from him. Maybe forever. The career changes was far too strategic and once done there was no looking back. It would take her away from the light in her eyes, the smile on her lips, and the joy of her heart.

It was a difficult choice. She was on that threshold of life where she had to select which way to turn.

Just his presence in her life gave meaning to it. He gave her the peace she had been looking for. Even though their high pressure jobs did not allow them to be in touch more often, then she would have desired, their hearts were always connected. He was her strength. He had managed to break all the barriers her mind had cast over the years and kill all the demons of her past. He gave her hope and made her believe in life. He was the positive force of her life. With the thought of losing him she realized that the job was not worth it. What would she do with the higher salary or reaching a higher position in life and lead a more luxurious lifestyle when he would not be around to share it? There would not be true joy and happiness if he would not be there to hold her hand and make her laugh. She would not find the peace at the end of the day when she would fall asleep.

It was not the materialistic happiness that she desired. She realized she already had what she really needed, him.

The choice was simple. She chose him.

(C) SWARUPA CHAVANBy the author of THE PREDICTION , An award winning novel, available on Flipkart.

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