Author interview with Ashwini Bagga

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Author interview with Ashwini Bagga

Today, we have Ashwini Bagga with us, here is an brief introduction about him. Followed by this interaction with me.

Born and brought up in Jaipur, erstwhile a Software Engineer turned Road Safety Expert, Corporate Trainer and Speaker.

Recently served as Road Safety Consultant at Road Safety Cell, Transport Department, Rajasthan under Project Management Consultancy Services by Consulting Engineers Group Ltd. for Rajasthan Road Sector Modernization Project funded by World Bank.

I am an avid reader, travel freak and an eager learner and at present undergoing Ph.D. from Manipal University Jaipur on Road Safety. Besides being an active member of various social, cultural and literary forums, I also spare time for my passion for writing and guitar.

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

I started my professional career in the field of writing as a content writer. I developed content for websites, wrote articles and blogs etc. I also jotted down scripts for few commercials for one of the FM channels. In fact, I was keen to spin stories especially for films and at a later stage I switched myself to fiction writing.

  1. When did you start writing?

I have been writing since my school days but that was an era when I had been new to this field as an amateur writer I could not gain much attention. I loved to read and listen ghazals. In my earlier days of writing I wrote lot of ghazals, poetry short stories etc. I still love ghazals and Late. Shri Jagjit Singh Ji is my favorite.

  1. When you published first?

Many of my poetry, ghazals and articles had been published in various newspapers, magazines and websites. My first non-fictional work was on Road Safety. I wrote two books on Road Safety titled “Road to Road Safety” and “Essentials of Road Safety”. In year 2017 my debut fiction Barista Bollywood got published.

  1. Describe yourself in day to day life?

This is one of the toughest question because I find it difficult to define myself confining to the activities I expedite in a day. Apart from writing, I have to manage my professional life as well. I try to maintain a balance between the two. Being a Road Safety Expert and a Corporate Trainer (Road Safety) I address various community groups to sensitize and educate them. I prefer maintaining a daily checklist to manage my day to day activities and I plan my day accordingly.

  1. What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Writing is also one of my passions and other than writing I love playing guitar.

  1. Tell us more about your book?

My latest creation is a contemporary fiction titled Barista Bollywood. It is a 300 pages story that portrays life of three young aspirants who wish to get a breakthrough in Bollywood. The trios named Akash, Anisha and Shamit hails from different cities in India and dreams to established themselves in the film industry in their respective verticals.

Well, it is a known fact that behind the glitter and glamourous face of Bollywood, there also exists a dark and gloomy side of Indian film industry. Though competition, exploitation, gender discrimination, casting couch, rigged award ceremonies and monopoly are some of the elements which defines the darker sides of Bollywood. The story of Barista Bollywood details the failure of the three characters, their struggle and a captivating plan that shocks the reader at the end. Barista Bollywood is overall an inspiring entertainer that is capable of captivating reader’s mind till the last page.

  1. How do you manage your writing time?

As I described earlier, I try to balance my professional and writer’s life. Depending upon the workload I shift my timings and plan a day’s activities accordingly.

  1. What according to you are best marketing stragies for a young writer?

Best or worst, a particular marketing strategy could not be recommended for all user groups. Depending upon the circumstances and available resources one needs to carefully devise his or her own marketing strategy. Now days I see lot of young minds coming up with innovative ideas and I appreciate their courage and imagination. Depending upon one’s creativity, nature of product one must carefully plan his or her own marketing strategy. Market has abundance of marketing tools and services to promote young authors, even they can also harness power of social media to expand their reach. Marketing strategy also depends upon the kind of publishing method one has opted.

  1. Which is more important to you Content or marketing?

Marketing something without having quality content is next to impossible. To market something one must have solid grounds. Money can buy success but not happiness. Without content one’s identity will soon die. It is my personal opinion and suggestion to the aspirant authors that they must focus on quality and depth in whatever they are writing. If their writing reflects substance, the marketing will work for them two folds. At stage one, one will have mechanized followers and subsequently they will celebrate the organic one, which will come their way by default.

  1. Your favorite writer and why?

I prefer reading Indian writers. Amish and Ashwin are my favorites. I had also read Chetan Bhagat a lot and of course every reader would have read Chetan Bhagat at least once in their life. Amish’s imagination is superb whereas the deep-rooted research by Ashwin in his writings projects fascinates me the most. Work of both the authors is beyond imagination. I believe writing historical, mythological thrillers is one of the most difficult tasks in fiction writing.

  1. What are your upcoming projects?

I am working on three projects as far as my writing is concerned. First, I am planning to have my fiction Barista Bollywood translated in Hindi. Thereafter I will launch its Hindi edition. Second, I have outlined story of my second fiction and it will be a suspense thriller this time. I hope, by the end of this year I will be able to finish writing my second fiction. Third, in collaboration with a production house I am working on producing a web-series on Road Safety. The series will comprise short videos highlighting various issues of Road Safety. The videos will aim to enlighten, entertain and educate the viewers through innovative ideas and concept I have written and developed.

  1. Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

In fact, there are many but the point which matters here is, the platform. In case of writing, I find that young generation is keen writing about love, friendship and relations because at this age they perhaps had not explored other avenues of life. Give time to ripen your writing skills. It will come naturally and gradually with the time.

If one wishes to have advise for self-development, then one must have hunger to learn. Learning is the only key to expand one’s capabilities and skills. It is true that one cannot learn everything and on the other hand one must not let go a chance to learn whenever it happens. Remember, learning brings you returns, may be after a year or after a decade but it definitely pays you back.

  1. Describe yourself in one sentence.

I Am A Rare Creature on Earth.

Weblinks

  1. Website – http://www.ashwinibagga.in/
  2. Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshwini/
  3. Twitter – https://twitter.com/AuthorAshwini/
  4. Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/AuthorAshwini/
  5. Barista Bollywood on Amazon – http://www.amazon.in/dp/B073ZC58QC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500369157
  6. Barista Bollywood on Flipkart – http://www.amazon.in/dp/B073ZC58QC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500369157
  7. Photographs – http://www.ashwinibagga.in/gallery-personal/

Thank you for the sincere answers sir. I wish you all the very best for your future books.

If you are interested in publishing your interviews, please write to me at prabhu@prabhuprasad.in

 

 

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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 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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Book interview with Author Devi Raghuvanshi

Hello friends, today we have Devi ji with us on board. He is a writer of matured topics and a man with lot of discipline, ethics and hard work in life. Let us chit chat with him.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am a professional Engineer. After working for close to 40 years in various corporates, I ventured into writing, out of passion. So far, I have 5 books to my credit duly published; Mohini the Tigress, being the most recent one launched on May 21st, 2017 by Mybooks Publications.

Mr. Devi Raghuvanshi

When did you start writing?

I started writing in Dec 2015

When you published your first book?

My first book “Love Triology, who to Complain” was published on April 18th, 2016. My 2nd book “Love on Ventilator” On May 03rd, 2016, 3rd book “Its ok to fall in love again” on September 16th, 2016, 4th book “The son rose from the west” on Oct 31st, 2016.

Describe Devi Raghuvanshi in day to day life?

I have become more of a husband, than a technocrat, a regular morning walker, reader of every line of daily newspapers, helping my wife with her daily activities partially, think and write at least 4 to 5 pages of my books, Table Tennis and light exercises in the evenings make me complete (in my day to day activities)

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Well, I am fitness freak, morning walk and Table Tennis in the evenings, following matches of Hockey and Cricket in the evenings is my favorite pastime. I have been a state level athlete so sports have always been a part of my life

Tell us more about your book?

My earlier four books are odd love stories, so to avoid diabetes because of excessive love, I chose to write a fiction on revenge with some message to the society. Mohini of ‘Mohini The Tigress’ is the main character of the book who has been a victim of gang rape. She, unlike many, chose not to keep quiet and avenged it.  She not only avenged her rape but avenged the rapes of many other women which were unreported and would have gone unnoticed. Mohini formed a small group of people who were either victims or people who understood the pain. She created a fear in the minds of the criminals. This book provides a message which is loud and clear. So, women must be stronger physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. The society needs to respect women and help widow marriages. This book also suggests people not to take law in their own hands (though Mohini has done it, it was only for fictional purposes)

How do you manage your writing time?

I have time now retiring from active Engineering responsibilities and writing has become one of the most important activities of my day to day life (like hunger or thirst). My writing time is not fixed but if I get some ideas even in the middle of the night, I write it then and elaborate on those points later.

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

Modern Day relationships lack commitment and sacrifices. People look at thrills and excitement in relationships. Very few cross over to higher levels. Relationships happen on emotions and certainly not on mathematical calculations and these emotions leads one into physical relationships and then to cheating. According to me, while a woman looks for an emotional connectivity first, a man wants emotions to relate to physical intimacy. It is very difficult to connect on both emotional and physical level without mutual respect and compatibility should not be the sole basis of a relationship as mating is the instinct of animals without commitment. I am very clear in my mind that the desire to satisfy ones owns senses is called lust while the desire to satisfy the senses of others is called, love, the Divine Love

Your favorite writer and why?

Chetan Bhagat is my favorite author for the simple language he uses, touching most of the important issues of the society.

What are your upcoming projects?

I have 2 projects at hand, first “Indu, the parched woman” almost complete and another one which is untitled, to be completed in next 2 months.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

I am not too sure whether I can provide to the young generation but based upon my own experiences of life, I would request them to respect women and parents. To the young authors, my advice would be to maintain their own identity and not to copy anyone however big he or she may be, the writing should come from the heart, and last but not the least, the aged parents should also learn to behave.

Devi Raghuvanshi in one sentence.

Devi Raghuvanshi is a simple human being, a responsible writer with an authority.

Thank you Devi Ji for your time and answering my questions honestly.

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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.

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Book interview with Anuraag writer Jyoti Tiwari

Hello friends,

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

Jyoti Tiwari

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

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

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

When you published first?

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

Describe Jyoti in day to day life?

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

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

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

Tell us more about your book?

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

How do you manage your writing time?

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

What do you think of modern day relationships?

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

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

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

How important is physical intimacy in a relationship?

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

Who is your favourite writer and why?

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

What are your upcoming projects?

 

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

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Only two tips I will give,

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

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

Jyoti in one sentence.

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

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

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

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Book interview with 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 Accidently Cupid writer Prachi Gupta

Hello friends, today we have Prachi Gupta with us on board. She is a famous romantic writer and she also helps young people to sharpen their skills.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am an IT professional turned into a full time writer. I have published two titles so far ’Accidentally Cupid’ and  ’Not my type of stranger’. I’m also a motivational speaker, trying to tell meaningful stories.

When did you start writing?

Tough I always loved writing and since I was a small kid I used to write small stories but becoming a writer and writing a full novel never occurred to me, it all happened accidentally.

When you published first?

I started writing my first book ’Accidentally Cupid’ in 2015 and got it published in 2016.

Describe Prachi in day to day life?

Prachi is playing the role of an engineer, author, motivational speaker, a loving daughter and     most importantly a good human being in her day to day life.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Apart from writing I like travelling and photography.

Tell us more about your book?

My first book ‘Accidentally Cupid’ is a college romance portraying the love stories of five friends. It is a rom-com with a unique set of characters who anyone can relate too. For all the college romance lover’s this one is for you.

Speaking about ”Not my type of stranger’ it’s a story about a player and a beautiful girl next door with a big secret. Will they fall in love?  Read and find out.

How do you manage your writing time?

I’m passionate about writing so; managing time is never an issue. Whenever I feel like writing, I just sit in front of my laptop with a cup of coffee.

Your favorite writer and why?

My favorite writer is Sophie kinsella. I love her writing style. The power she has writing comedy makes me her fan.

What are your upcoming projects?

Next in the line is an anthology of 10 love stories which is going to be published soon this year.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

I’m not a big fan of unsolicited advice myself.  It makes me want to run the other way. But if I must, it’s this: keep reading and keep writing as much as you can.

Prachi in one sentence.

Prachi is a simple, jolly girl who wants to make everyone around her happy.

Wish you all the very best for your future novels.

 

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Book interview with 31 miles writer Vinita Sharma Bakshi

Hello friends, today we have Vinita Bakshi, 31 miles writer. She talks about woman issues in her latest book. Let’s have a chit-chat about her book.

How did you go about carving the character of your protagonist Mansa? Is it inspired from a real life character?

Mansa is a contemporary South Asian urban woman. There is a Mansa in each one of us. We often kill her trying to do our best for the multiplicity of roles that we ourselves and others assign to us.

 

What is the story behind the intriguing title of 31 Miles?

Well….You have to read the book to know that J

How, in your opinion, is social media affecting day to day lives of the younger generation?

All kinds of media and especially Social Media is working on us round the clock. How it will transform and shape relationships only future will tell.

Have you always been writing? Where does your creative drive come from?

I have always been writing something or the other. But this was the first time I thought of publishing. And God was kind. Creative drive comes from empathy and a desire to present complicated and under the carpet issues in a healthy interesting manner so as to connect with a maximum number of people.

What in your idea is a perfect family life? How challenging is it for the new age woman to maintain work-life balance?

Perfection is a state we have to aspire for. We have to work on it. The moment we think something is perfect, the decay begins.

Working woman is nothing new. Women have always worked, at home and outside, whether in fields or elsewhere. It’s a different story that it isn’t suitably acknowledged and rewarded.

Some of the Interviews of Vinita Bakshi can be read here.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/A-journey-of-self-discovery/article16809901.ece

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/13095052?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDQgAlvi734&feature=youtu.be

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/jaipur-literature-fest/8142-me-freedom-means-self-awarenesshttp://epaper.dailypostindia.com/epapermain.aspx

http://epaper.thestatesman.com/m/1052535/SECTION-II/29-12-2016#issue/3/1

http://epaper.millenniumpost.in/index.php?mod=1&pgnum=11&edcode=71&pagedate=2016-12-18

https://www.pressreader.com/india/ht-cafe/20161212/281621009970582

http://epaper2.dnaindia.com/index.php?mod=1&pgnum=1&edcode=131201&pagedate=2017-01-20

http://differenttruths.com/book-club/31-miles-explores-the-changing-dynamics-of-relationships-by-sociologist-vinita-bakshi/

http://www.carizmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/JAN_FEB_MAGAZINE_eZINE_FInal.pdf

Sale Links:

http://amzn.to/2eJAFHt

http://www.amazon.in/31-Miles-Ever-Against-Ourselves/dp/8129142295/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488790873&sr=8-1&keywords=31+miles

https://www.flipkart.com/31-miles-can-ever-win-against-ourselves/product-reviews/itmenmr4f93cyvvx?pid=9788129142290

Wish you all the very best for your upcoming book.

 

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Book interview with Ayushi Singh

Hello Friends, today we have the latest sensational writer  of New Delhi Ms Ayushi Singh. Her words are as follows:

Read, as it can heal….

Read, although it’s an illusion…

Read as it carry those answers…which Reality don’t!

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Literature for me is like a playground for a kid. After getting tired from work, world or life I often find solace in this world. No person is capable enough to listen or understand you; however the ultimate power is in pen and paper. Hence, pen is the mightier one and a paper with words is full of wisdom.

When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was 13. Since I was an introvert person, I never used to discuss my observations about life with my parents or anyone. My diary came to rescue and listened to me whole heartedly.

When you published first?

I have been writing stories, poems and articles in various magazines and newspapers, however my work was first published on January 22, 2017.’In the Canopy of Life‘, brought a drastic change in my life. I will never fail to mention the team, My Books Publications, who were the reason of this wonderful transition in my life.

Describe your routine ,Ayushi !

I love the transition period of each day and hence make sure that I am awake at that time. By transition period I mean, Dusk and Dawn. These are my favourite parts on each day, when I spiritually connect with nature.

I don’t believe in routine, each day for me is an adventure.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Apart from writing, I am learning vocal and instrumental music. Trying to befriend my guitar which my dad presented me on my birthday. I don’t think the word ‘Hobby’ exists now, so you can count MUSIC as another passion.

Tell us more about your book?

The content of this book is a compilation of poems and stories in Hindi and in the English Language. It cannot be categorized under any particular genre as it is versatile and possess articles from the different aspect of life. Words of a struggling teenager boy, A love story with incredible sacrifices, A letter by a bride to groom, A message by the Almighty to humanity, A story of worthy friendship, and an ode to dreams.
Some prose are rhythmic others are sporadic. It’s a small gift to humanity with the motive to extend in many other versions.

How do you manage your writing time?

I believe whatever you love has the highest priority in your life, above all the work, relationships or pleasures. I never do time management to write as I am NOT a believer of ROUTINE WORK! Whenever any thought or idea pops up in my mind I capture it on paper or on mobile phone.

Your favorite writer and why?

Dan Brown for his exclusive presentation in the domain of adventure and suspense. JK Rowling for exceptionally intriguing imagination, Shakespear’s  dialogues, Wordsword for his choice of writing and Robert Frost for his evergreen inspiration!

What are your upcoming projects?

My upcoming projects are related to fictional work involving social reforms or a kind of a friendly gesture to Pakistan, our neighboring country.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Pursue your passion and don’t leave anything incomplete in your life, be it any task, project, communication, relationship, commitment or promise.

If you had to choose, which person would you consider as a mentor?

My father is my MENTOR, TEACHER and GUIDE. Though he is not renowned in this field, however I am extremely inspired by his thought process! He is not a writer by profession however an artist at heart.

What are the easiest and the most difficult thing about writing?

The most difficult thing about writing is there are still very less words to describe one’s imagination and hence the writer has to choose most apt and appropriate word at a particular place.

The easiest thing is ‘IMAGINATIONS ARE BOUNDLESS’. To write about anything is very easy as it is an art with of course NO PROTOCOLS OR LIMITS!
Connect with Ayushi  :

Facebook Page Link : www.facebook.com/TheSavvySection/

WordPress Link : https://thesavvysection.wordpress.com/

Instagram : _thesavvysection

twitter : @ayushisonal

Well, thank you so much Ayushi for your time. I hope you will be a great success in the days to come. All the very best for your book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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