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

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

 

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

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

2-When did you start writing?

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

3-When you published first?

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

4-Describe yourself in day to day life?

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

5-What are your hobbies apart from writing?

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

6-Tell us more about your book?

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

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

7-How do you manage your writing time?

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

8-What do you think of modern day relationships?

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

9-What do you think about cheating in relationships?

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

10-How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

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

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

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

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

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

13-Your favorite writer and why?

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

14-What are your upcoming projects?

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

15-Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

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

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

16-Can you tell us more about FADES?

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

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

17-What made you start this organization?

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

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

18-Describe yourself in one sentence.

Ans- A blue soul with a black heart

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

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Author Interview: The Crossroads by Sudipta Mukherjee

That’s Sudipta Mukherjee, author of “The Crossroads”.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Author Sudipta

I really don’t know how much or to what extent do I qualify in calling myself a part of this “world of literature.” But thank you for this honor that I am showered with. Literature flies with two wings; reading and writing. A reader: yes that’s what I am. An avid reader, who prefer company of books more than any human interaction. A writer: yes, there is one within me. A toddler, crawling, fumbling, desiring to stand. My life as a writer is still a bud, yearning for the sunshine, yet to bloom. The journey has just begun. Like every other writer, I too wish to be accepted, read, appreciated and loved. Remembered. At times critiqued. I too want my stories to cross societal barriers and geographical boundaries. A person sitting in his drawing room in Venezuela or Bosnia should read my stories, the way I read Isabella Allende’s or Marquez’s. There can be no better way of connecting the world than through stories. Man is mortal, one of the first sentences that I learned in childhood. The very basic of all learning. Now that I have been born, physically speaking that is, I know I will perish one day. What I truly desire is that my stories to live on… long after I shed my last breath.

When did you start writing?

My journey of words, that’s how I like to call it, started as a function of two factors, my life and my readings. It’s not that one fine morning I woke up, took a pen and some papers and started writing. It’s never that simple. Writing came to me gradually, like blossoming of a flower. Nobody sees a flower blooming. Perhaps the flower itself is also not aware of its magnificent transformation. But it’s there, and we know it’s there. Officially, my first work, “The Crossroads” was published in 2015. That was when the world began to read my story. But now that I am on this path, I don’t think I will ever call it a quit. Not in this life really.

When you published first?

“The Crossroads”, in 2015.

Describe Sudipta in day to day life.

Well, this question reminds me of the long and often boring (my teachers, please forgive me for this) essays that I had to write during my school days. Describe the life of a coin, or the life of a pen. Even better, one day in the life of a salesman. Too habitual, I used to think. The teachers ought to be more creative while choosing essays, I grumbled. Like a rainbow, may be. Or a doll that spoke. I apologize. Back then, I failed to realize that routine or mundane can also be interesting, if looked at in a different way. We don’t necessarily do the same job exactly in the same way every day. Do we? Other than brushing our teeth of course.  There is always a difference, however imperceptible.

Sudipta, in day to day life is routine in a diverse and of course interesting way. I cook for my family, do groceries, buy spinach and potatoes, clean bathrooms, tidy up my house (I cannot stand a messy house), at times socialize, make calls to family and friends, care for my husband and daughter, load the washing machine, unload the dishwasher… the list goes on and on. In fact, other than watching television, I do everything. And I do it with joy, knowing and reminding myself that the interesting cocktail that we call life is after all a heterogeneous miscellany of innumerable elements. And each one of us has a different blend… that’s its beauty.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Let me correct it, writing is not my hobby. It’s my passion. Yes, talking about my hobbies, I love travelling… seeing all the magnificent and diverse colours of the world. That in itself is an achievement no less than any other accomplishments of life. I love cinema… the good ones. The thought provoking ones and not those, which titillate your nerves with meaningless comedy and fake stunts. Watching a good cinema makes me forget myself, totally, even if for a while. I love cooking… varied and interesting dishes. There are few pleasures that match with the absolute joy of feeding a loved one. Noticing the sparkle of delight in their eyes as their gustatory senses get caressed and satisfied.

Tell us more about your book.

About “The Crossroads”? Honestly, I can go on and on, endlessly with it… the story, the characters, the theme, the thought… etc etc. It never bores me. But I would request the readers to read it first hand, explore the story themselves, in their own way. I want my Aparajita and Aniruddha and Raunak to last in their minds. I wish them to fall in love with my characters, which unfortunately cannot happen second hand. There is no woman who will not love Raunak Gupta; and no man who will not adore Aparajita’s simplicity. After all, the true joy of knowing a story is by reading it oneself. There is no other way.

How do you manage your writing time?

Managing time in itself is a challenge, let alone writing time. It slips out of your hand much before you realize. I admit it’s really difficult to extract some serene hours from the day to think, to write. The world is so full of commotion and chaos, that it robs you of your peace. Peace that is pertinent to creative thinking.

I generally write at night. The nightly silence, the twinkling starts, the orb faced moon, all makes me contemplative. When half of the world sleeps, authors scribble. I need serenity to let my thoughts flow, to let words form and reform. I cannot breathe where there is too much of noise, unless of course when I am partying.

How important intimacy is in a relationship?

Intimacy is important. I don’t deny it. I dare not. The holistic pleasure of touching each other, in any form… cupping the hand, a pat on the shoulder, or even a kiss on the lips, is comforting. It gives you a sense of security. Even a child, just born, responds to touch. Is soothed by it, is lulled to sleep.

But a relation solely based on sexual needs is savage, sadistic. It is bound to fail. And it should. There is no exception.

One should have a deeper understanding of his/her partner, for a relationship to last and grow. It takes time, patience, respect, a great deal of maturity and perhaps many more, to handle a relationship. To make it last in a world that is so pathetically transient. It pains me to see the sorry state of relationships these days, especially prevalent among the youngsters. A typical relation starts with a “hi” or a “wave” and not too long after, ends with “Am blocking you… FUCK OFF”… all in one chat window. In this era of virtual socializing, real relationship is the first casualty.

Physical beauty is the reason for modern day relationship. What do you think?

Physical beauty is a gift, distributed randomly, and perhaps stupidly. Most beautiful people don’t deserve to be beautiful… or rather to be called beautiful. A lovely face often masks an ugly interior. These days, thanks to all the big brands… L’Oreal, MAC, Clinique, Bourjois… etc etc etc (I refrain from listing, because practically it is endless) too much important is given on looks. Perhaps more than it deserves. Cloak has become more important than the core. It shouldn’t be. Relationship based on the casing is fragile, is shallow. It lacks depth, and a spiritual bonding that is pertinent to any relation. Be it between two friends, or lovers or couples. It’s very interesting that men these days start a conversation saying… “You look gorgeous” or “You are very attractive”, as if looking gorgeous or being attractive is an achievement that deserves a sincere applause. And what makes the joke even more funny is, they think that women will be flattered by such compliments, and will be game. Nothing could be further from truth. If a man asks for my hand only because of my looks… gorgeous or attractive or whatever, I better not marry him at all. Beauty is much more than ones skin. It is the mind that matters, and not the mask.

Your favourite writer and why?

As I have reiterated earlier, in some of my previous interviews, I don’t have one favourite writer. It is my belief that all the works of any one writer cannot be equally good. It just cannot be. And so liking all the works of one particular writer is equally difficult. I am a big fan, rather a big lover of good story. It is always a story that captivates me, more than the story teller. I read all kinds of books (fiction, non-fiction, biographies, auto-biographies, metaphysics, spirituality…) written by authors from every corner of the world… Indian, Canadian, North American, Latin American, Turkish, English… etc. I apologies, I cannot list them all, because in that case the list itself will be longer than the write up.

What are your upcoming projects?

Well, there are quite a few. Two novels, a collection of short stories. And a few plays that I am currently working upon. Will publish them when the time is right.

Any tips for the upcoming generation.

Yes, a sincere request to unhook yourself from your mobile phones. The craziness that I see around… this selfie mania, and the obsession of remaining perpetually online, clicking and posting, even if, it’s not worth a look or a share, is literally ridiculous, if not idiotic. Use technology, don’t abuse it. Relationship is pertinent to life and not mobile phones. Real love is more important than fake sex chat. After all, a good many generations survived and flourished when the word “mobile” only meant movable or wandering, at best. And apple and blackberry were just fruits.

Had Einstein been hooked to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, who would have thought about the theory of relativity? Had Shakespeare constantly chatted with Milton in Messenger or WhatsApp, paradise would neither have been lost nor regained. And forget about Julius Caesar, Othello or Desdemona. The world would not have even known their names. Just think about it.

Sudipta in one sentence.

A writer by passion, a traveller by fascination, a loner by choice. (You said one sentence, so I restricted myself to one. Or else, as naturally I could go on and on).

Thank you Sudipta for honestly answering my questions. Wish you all the very best for future.

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Rutvi Patel shares her poetry- Tere Ishq Ka Paigam

Tere ishq ka paigam inayat se mila hai muje…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tere ishq ka paigam inayat se mila hai muje…

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

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Book interview with 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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A plight of a married women – Since ages

16th January, 2003.

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

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

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

— Vaishnavi Vasudevan

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Book interview with dentist Dr.Prerna Singla

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

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

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

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

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

Dr.Prerna Singla

When did you start writing?

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

When you were first published?

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

Describe ‘Prerna’ in day to day life?

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

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

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

Tell us more about your books?

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

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

How do you manage your writing time?

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

What do you think of modern day relationships?

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

What do you think about cheating in relationships?

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

How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

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

Your favorite writer and why?

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

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

What are your upcoming projects?

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

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

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

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

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

Prerna in one sentence.

Prerna : A wondering wonder.

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

Email : hallofpoets@gmail.com

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

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

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Home sweet home- Satabdi Banerjee

Satabdi Banerjee

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

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

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

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

My home will live a life of its own;

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

My room will then be fed with care…

And soon shall I see prosperity prevail!

In my home…. Sweet home!!!

 

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The black and white love story of the sun and moon – Sonam Keswani

People often ask me the reason behind the name of my quotes “black and white stories”, here’s a short tale to define the reason- Sun is scintillating and bright, he is the synonym of ebullience and is full of life. He is the debonair always dressed in WHITE. He is never alone, always surrounded by chaos and crowd; trees, rivers, mountains, flowers, seven seas all are his mates. His bright rays are the hope and the glittering smile for each eternity on the Earth. He is indispensable for the existence of the mankind and imperative need of the Earth.

On the other hand, alluring Moon is always in her solitude and unchaperoned. Her only company is the deep ocean, where she discerns her reflection, pure white and amorous beauty which casts on the dramatic waves of the sea. Each night she dresses her self best, with disparity in her BLACK nyctophile, each time she appears more beautiful and glamourous than the previous night.

Time passed for both, Sun heard divinity and calmness of Moon’s beauty from his mates and Moon heard apotheosis about Sun from her only companion, Ocean. Ocean exclaimed to the moon, the way Sun made day beautiful and mutates everything to full of life, the way things are not gloom and serene during the day time.

Deep inside the two hearts, a common desire to meet each other was born and so they strived to chase each other, they played hide and seek, and smiled from the corner of lips but none of them could acquire the probability to reveal. The sequence continued in succession and so the chase did. The concupiscence to embrace each other increased with each passing day, they endeavoured to see each other, but all the struggle in vain and they were left in dismay.

The transcendental one almighty gives a chance to each, and for the couple ‘that one day’ was their chance. Finally their prayers didn’t go unheard and they met. Speechless and motionless they stood in the presence of each other; overwhelmed with pouring feeling of completeness. They embraced each other and loved each other until their heart content, entire existence witnessed their amour and were amazed at the crossed boundaries of infinite love.

World ceased exist for the two and time came at halt, they believed they were the only two in the entire universe, they never needed the third. They were so merged in each other that they didn’t bother the surveillance by the dark wretched Earth, which stood in the corner and watched them with bewilderment but said nothing, it kept quiet for the sake of love.

Suddenly a jolt brought the two back into attention and their gaze fell on the dark Earth, the couple didn’t realise that their unison blocked indispensable Sun ray from reaching the earth and thus obstructing him from fulfilling his duties and responsibilities. Mankind was at danger and so was the existence of Earth. The moon sacrificed her love and left silently without saying a word, Sun fulfilled his obligations but was alone and never happy again without his love, so he chased the moon and moon left as soon as he come. Thus black and white or white and black untouched yet untamed.

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Meeting your soulmate – An article by Swarupa Chavan

Who believes in true love? I guess the concept is fast becoming an extinct. There is no time to devote to mushy feelings when there are more practical and worldly dreams to be achieved. The rat race is getting competitive by the day and the heart is scared to venture out in the dream land and struggles to survive in the materialistic world.

To some it might sound a bit cliché. But a soul which is aware can relate to this very easily. It is something which cannot be explained with words but needs to be felt with the heart. We are all souls come on this earth with some purpose. And as long as we are alive it means the purpose is still unfulfilled.  Our hearts are in constant search of love. Either you are aware and accept it or you are terrified to accept it and pretend not to agree. But each soul is in search of its other half. One question constantly haunts us… How do we identify our soul mate when we meet him? Do they come with any tag or label marked with our name? It is simple… our heart would identify our soul mate.

Have you ever felt that you have met a person previously, whereas the fact is it is the first time you are meeting him. His voice, his face, his smile and the look in his eyes all seems way too familiar. You find yourself relating to the person more comfortably and realise you had been waiting for him all this time.

Have you ever experienced an instant connection with a stranger? In the middle of the road while walking to work your eyes meet and something flashes at the back of your mind. You give him a second glance and find him looking back at you with the same curiosity. Somehow he seems to be familiar, but you cannot place the connection. Thinking that he is probably an everyday commuter you ignore and move ahead. But his image keeps flashing back in your mind. Days later if you are lucky you see him again and this time he smiles. You do not trust a stranger and look elsewhere. Scared of the intimation, scared to acknowledge your feelings, scared to accept that you have been knowing him for several life time’s earlier. That is the way we humans have been programmed to function. If you find it difficult to accept, how are you going to explain this to others? The very idea is laughable. We are in a hurry to achieve our materialistic goals and reach our hazy destination and do not heed to this message which the forces of the Universe are sending our way. It seems impractical and way too unrealistic. Thus we miss the opportunity to connect with the one whom we are searching our entire lives.

So our next question is… Do we keep heeding to our impulsive responses and smile at strangers who might be our potential soul mates? Here again the answer might be simple. You need to be connected to yourself first, know who you really are and what it is that you wish to achieve in this time and space. This clarity would help you and your soul mate to connect over the chaotic lifestyle and bring you together.

After all finding your soul mate was never a small affair… that extra effort is definitely worthwhile. So next time you see a stranger with that strange look in his eyes… quieten your heart and listen to it.

© Swarupa Chavan – Award winning author and poet.

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