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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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.

If you are looking for an author interview, please drop me a mail at prabhu@prabhuprasad.in

 

 

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Author interview with Amit Joshi – A corporate trainer

Dear friends, today we have Amit Joshi with us.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Amit Joshi is a Corporate trainer for Behavioral and Leadership skills. He has trained over 3000 participants from more than 35 leading MNCs and the author of the book – Freelance training- How to crack the Freelance Training business in India.

 

When did you start writing?

I started writing almost 8 years ago when I used to occasionally write articles, however started writing seriously just a couple of years ago when I wrote my book.

When did you get published first?

My first book “Freelance Training” got published in August 2017

Describe yourself in day to day life?

My daily life revolves around Business development, Training content development, Training delivery, and writing activities. Things are quite dynamic and I have to adjust my routine as per my training programs for my clients.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Apart from writing I like sports and I like to play badminton when I get a chance. I also play the flute occasionally.

Tell us more about your book?

Before I give information about my book, I would like to set some context. There is an immense scope for Training in India because of the skill gap between the Industry requirements and the skills provided by our educational institutes. There is also an immense need for training the existing workforce to meet the challenges faced by modern day organisations. A lot of companies are now realising this and have increased their focus on Learning and development. The training industry is quite nascent in the country and needs to evolve at a rapid pace to meet this challenge. Companies either have a dedicated training team to up-skill their workforce or tie up with Training partners to achieve this. Thus there is a growing need for trainers specialising in a wide array of subject areas and skills to keep up with the requirements. This need is being addressed either by full time training professionals or through Contract/Freelance Trainers.

Although there is a huge number of Freelance trainers who are either established or aspiring, there is very less visibility in terms of how one navigates his or her way in the Indian Freelance Training business.

About the book:

My book “How to crack the Freelance Training Market in India” aims to address this very challenge. It is the definitive guide for people wanting to make freelance training their career with the knowledge, skills and tips to tap into and sustain in the market. The books contains –

  • A step by step guide to help trainers in their journey in the Freelance Training market

  • Practical tips and insights based on first-hand experience

  • Tools to help them implement and carry on the learning from the book

  • Guidance from the Top trainers in India

  • Ways to get an edge over your competitors in the Training arena

  • Leverage the ideas to add an additional income source along with their regular job

How do you manage your writing time?

Given my schedule, it is difficult to set a fixed time regularly for writing. I find time to write, in chunks i.e. some days I get more time whereas there are days when I do not get time at all. However I make sure that my mind is always working on the concept/subject I want to write on. I then break it into smaller tasks, starting with the broad outline, sub topics in the beginnings. Once the flow and the outline are clear, it becomes easy to elaborate on them when I get some more time. This is how I managed to write my book.

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

Firstly, it is important to understand the importance of marketing. If any writer thinks that once I write a good book, it will sell on its own, then it results in their own peril. One has to understand, no matter who has written or what the book is about, it has to be marketed. Once the writer has made a firm decision to market his/her writing, there are ample options both online and offline, for marketing. Offline options include hiring a PR agency to do book launches or reading sessions. Online options include getting the book reviewed by book bloggers, Author interviews and marketing the book on social media.

Which is more important to you Content or marketing ?

Both are equally important. If you understand it deeply enough, your content is driven by your marketing. Marketing involves what your audience would like to read about. Once you have a good understanding of the audience’s requirement, you then develop your content accordingly and again use marketing to spread the word.

Your favourite writer and why?

There are a few favourite authors mostly from the Non-fiction books domain. I am thoroughly impressed by Malcolm Gladwell, Ram Charan, Robert Kiyosaki and Robin Sharma.
All of their writings are based on in depth research, succint writing with a lot of valuable tips to implement the learnings from their writing. I strongly revommend reading their books to whoever is interested in Non-fiction self help, Management and Leadership related books.

What are your upcoming projects?

In the future I am planning to write books on alternative careers for today’s youth and about learning styles and preferences of children.

Connect with author

LinkedIn and Facebook

  • Book sales channel weblinks.

Buy the book on Amazon

Thank you Amit for your wonderful words. I wish you all the very best for your future books. 

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

 

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Author interview with Virag Dhulia

Dear readers, today we have Mr.Virag on board with us. Lets us talk and know about him more. Here is a short description about him.

I am a computer engineer by profession, worked in the software industry for almost 10 years before I quit my job to pursue my passion of writing and filmmaking. As of now, I run 2 YouTube channels – “Chai Pakoda” and “The Hu-Man” alongside writing stories, scripts and poems.

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

Answer: I started by writing articles on social issues. My first book was a 2-book series titled “The Secrets of Manhood” which focused on problems faced by men. After that I wrote a political thriller, a fiction novel titled “Chess without a Queen”, in the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh. This novel encapsulates a lot of references from real life in highlighting various aspects of politics, governance, corporate affairs, media, bureaucracy, police, law and order in today’s turbulent times. And it also raises a question about redemption. Occasionally I also write movie reviews, short film reviews, lyrics.

  1. When did you start writing?

Answer: I wrote my first poem when I was in class 10, about 16 years of age. After that I continued writing poems for some years, until, in 2007, I started writing articles and blogs which continued into me writing fiction from 2016 onwards.

  1. When you published first?

Answer: My first book “The Secrets of Manhood, Part 1” was published on 25th May 2013.

  1. Describe yourself in day to day life?

Answer: I am a night person, so I get up late in the morning and too lazy to go and have a bath till my mother pushes me to go for it. Currently, I am focusing on developing a few stories at a very high level which are based on various themes like revenge, betrayal, choices in life, linguistic diversity in India, international espionage. I have yet not decided which one of them would be developed on a full-fledged basis. Most of my time is devoted to thinking and writing apart from developing a web series for “Chai Pakoda” which requires me to go out and at times, making videos for “The Hu-Man” channel.

  1. What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Answer: My hobbies include traveling, reading about science and technological developments, dancing and choreographing, watching movies and sometimes, I just prefer lazying around, maybe sleep and do nothing.

  1. Tell us more about your book?

Answer: My novel, “Chess without a Queen” is essentially the story of two rival political parties in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India and the story begins with the elections due in a couple of months. Up until the elections, the 2 parties play a lot of games upon each other and the elections (which happen somewhere midway) lead to the formulation of another conspiracy which traps the new young CM in a crime he did not commit. The rest of the story is his fight against it and the discoveries he makes in the process. The characters are mostly inspired from real life and the story has elements of planning, conspiring, revenge, betrayal, friendship, camaraderie, love, understanding, empathy along with a lot of aspects of politics, governance, bureaucracy, media, police, law and order, legal system of India, the challenges of poor people and much more.

  1. How do you manage your writing time?

It’s tough to say that, as I do not have any specific time allocated for writing. But I think a lot, in fact, the thinking is constantly on, even when I am doing something else and then I need about 2-3 hours of time to pen down my thoughts. That is mostly in the quiet of night. Naturally, as I start writing, more thoughts develop with the flow but I cannot start writing without an initial thought. Sometimes, I encounter a writer’s block. I usually take a break and do something I haven’t done in a while. It may be going for a long drive or a solo trip also.

  1. What do you think of modern day relationships?

Answer: Modern day relationships aren’t much different from their older counterparts. Even today, the expectations for loyalty, fidelity and honesty in a relationship remain pretty much the same, except for the fact that modern day relationships are fast paced (mostly owing to technological advances and ease of remote communication). So, in earlier times, by the time a partner started feeling a tear in the relationship, they would have been so deeply bonded that it was tough to contemplate a split. But these days, owing to fast pace, most relationships reach their saturation so fast that we have started witnessing break-ups, hook-ups and two-timing all the more making us feel that quality of relationships may have decreased but at its core essence it still remains the same, except for the pace.

  1. What do you think about cheating in relationships?

Answer: I think we have attached a little more importance to fidelity in relationships and the sanctity around it. It may not always be cheating as an over-possessive partner can also precipitate cheating. Absurd as it may sound, I have come across numerous relationships wherein a partner went on a fling to either ignite some jealousy or just to make a point that they still have options. Either ways, the need to do so arises from the insecurity that we see is building around us about cheating partners. It is happening for sure, but I think it is much ado about nothing. A little acceptance about the natural philandering ways of the human nature might also go a long way.

  1. How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

Answer: In a word, very important. Having said that, it does not preclude the significance of emotional intimacy. Often, physical intimacy has been looked down upon in a relationship. But for a relationship that is emotionally intense, if physical intimacy is missing, that relationship will die soon. The human touch has its own way of communicating many unsaid feelings which words can never express. But, that does not pave the way for the hook-up culture and the one night stands because it takes time, patience and perseverance to develop an emotional bond with someone. However, for any relationship to prosper, both physical and emotional intimacy are essential. One does not survive without the other.

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

Answer: A young writer faces many challenges. Getting your work published is a very small part of it, even though, in the draft stage, that looks as a very daunting task. But, in today’s times, it is far easier to get a book published than to sell it. A young writer should have a multipronged approach wherein they should focus not only on increasing the market footprint of their work, but also on building their personal brand as an author. The usual tools of paid marketing, or a professional publicist are not within the ambit of every young writer. And therefore, social media comes to the succor for them. However, building a brand on social media is a long, tedious practice requiring a lot of patience and perseverance. Young writers can increase their social media presence by writing on topics that are relevant to their work, occasionally giving out small snippets of the work already written. Most importantly, they should focus on getting their work reviewed by a variety of readers and having those reviews on your Amazon account can go a long way into getting the fame that they crave for. Lastly, they should be shameless in promoting themselves.

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

Answer: In a single word – both. One cannot survive without the other. Macabre marketing is no way to make a crappy content popular. Sooner or later, the truth will be out. Similarly, just good content does not guarantee automatic sales. You have to market yourself and the work in order to get into your reader’s attention span. Focus on each aspect as and when required. When you are writing the content, focus on it. Once done, plan your marketing. Talk to experts, the been-there-done-that folks but at the end of the day, your marketing strategy shall be yours because you have to execute it.

  1. Your favorite writer and why?

Answer: There are a lot of wonderful writers available and it is really a tough choice to pick up one. But when I read Anand Neelakantan’s Ajaya (1 & 2), I have not been able to get over with him. We have grown up reading stories of villains destroying the lives of people and heroes vanquishing them in the end to emerge victorious. All these stories give us a hope that doing good harbingers good in turn. But that is a very idealistic child’s view of the world. In real life, heroes and villains aren’t segregated by black and white lines. Hero and villain reside in the same person. Anand’s approach to tell the story of the Mahabharata from Duryodhan’s (actually Suyodhan, which was his real name) perspective gives us a peep into the mind of the “villain”. His approach challenges our thought process, social structures and beliefs. And this is what makes Anand my favorite writer. I am currently reading his next work Asura: Tale of the Vanquished which is Raavan’s story.

  1. What are your upcoming projects?

Answer: I am currently working on a lot of different themes as I have yet not decided about my next book. But, as mentioned before, some of the themes I am considering revolve around revenge, betrayal, choices in life, linguistic diversity in India, international espionage. Apart from that I am also writing a new web series titled “Jai Ram Ji Ki Neta Ji” for my YouTube channel – Chai Pakoda. This series is a political satire and reflects on the equations existing between the politicians and bureaucrats.

  1. Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Answer: I think today’s young generation is very dynamic and vulnerable at the same time. Dynamic, because we are seeing a lot of child prodigies coming out with flying colors. Even the average child of today is smarter and more knowledgeable than most adults. I myself dread, at times, talking with teenagers. Jokes apart, all that glitters is not gold. Today’s young generation is smart, cool, informative, focused and along with many things, it is vulnerable as well. I have been to the school in the late eighty’s and the early ninety’s and I hail from a very humble middle class background. So, I did not have too much exposure in my childhood. But, now I think, it was a blessing in disguise because the human brain can process only so much information. And when a young impressionable mind is exposed to a deluge of information (most of which is irrelevant to the child, at that point of time), it can also have a negative impact on the child without proper channeling and parenting. And that’s why today’s young generation, though dynamic and brilliant, is also easily confused and offended. It has too much on its plate and it can only eat so much. Today’s children need their parents in their life all the more than we did.

  1. Describe yourself in one sentence.

Answer: Positive Attitude in Negative Situations (pains).

Thank you Virag for your honest and inspiring answers. I will sure that someday you are going to change the world. All the very best for your future.

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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

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

Mail Id

mail.ruchikarastogi@gmail.com

Instagram

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

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

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

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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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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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