Tuesday, December 12, 2017

On Writing: Interview with Sudesna Ghosh

Today on 'On Writing' we have the beautiful and talented Indian author Sudesna Ghosh, who is also a strong body positive and mental health advocate. 


Was becoming an author always your dream or was it a particular event or incident that gave birth to the author in you?

My love for writing and books started early when my mother took me to the huge public library where we lived in the United States. I remember spending the day with books and bring back a pile to read. And then, I wondered if I could see my name on a book cover someday. Also, I was lucky to be encouraged by elementary school teachers who asked us to write our own short stories and read them out to the class.

How important are the names of the characters in your books to you? Do you spend agonizing hours deciding on their names?

I think names are just as important as any other character traits. I have a habit of naming my protagonists after people I know – usually the person who inspired that specific character’s creation.

What is your writing process like? Do you write every day? Is there a favorite place to write?

I do something related to writing every day, be it marketing or adding word count. That said, I take a couple of weeks to a month off between writing each book to mull over the next one’s plot in my head.
I love writing in the night when everyone else is sleeping. But my favourite place to write is in a coffee shop during the quiet weekday afternoons.

What is special about ‘My Singapore Fling’?

First of all, it is my first attempt at the romance genre. I was used to writing fiction for children and teens. Secondly, I never had so much fun writing a book before because the protagonist was doing what I wanted to do but am not brave enough to try.

Who is your favorite character in the book and why?

I love Dipa. As I said, writing her character and experiences enabled me to live out a little fantasy of my own J  Plus, I love how she’s 30+ just like me and still not ‘settled down’ or dying to be settled down, as society puts it.

How long did it take to finish writing ‘My Singapore Fling’?

I wrote the first draft during NaNoWriMo 2016 and then let it sit there for a while. Then I spent a couple of months editing.

Please share a passage or quote from ‘My Singapore Fling’ for our readers.

He was shocked. “Dipa, never give up on anything. Not love and not chocolate,” he said.
 Love? I have no idea how love had come into this conversation. 
Somehow it felt right.

Which do you prefer as a reader? eBook or Paperback?

I started reading ebooks this year after I published five of them myself. I am enjoying reading books on my iPad without worrying about shelf space. But I still enjoy browsing for new reads at the physical bookstore, running my hands over the spines and reading the back cover blurbs. Both formats have different advantages.

How important do you think is marketing in today’s world for any book?

It is VERY important. More than ever before. This is because anybody can publish a book and that means that readers have a lot more to choose from. Every author has to do something to build his or her personal brand. Standing out is difficult and being online is a must to get readers to know you and your work.

What are the three tips you have for readers of this interview who are aspiring writers?

  1. Read a lot from both inside and outside your preferred genre.
  2. Write regularly at the time that suits you-you don’t have to wake up early to write just because someone else does.
  3. Writing is just a part of the whole publishing process. Keep your eyes and ears open to see what successful authors are doing in terms of marketing and promotion.

Thank you, Sudesna! It was great chatting with you!

Readers, go grab 'My Singapore Fling' from Amazon!

Book Blurb:

Meet Dipa Basu. She’s a 30 something modern Bengali woman living in Kolkata and a successful writer. After many relationships and breakups, she’s decided that love is a waste of time.
 She’s always had these phases where she’s been obsessed with different things; like one where old men in dhotis appealed to her. 
But this time she’s crazy about men with British and Australian accents. She travels to Singapore for a few days, on a quest to have a fun, meaningless fling. Her trip is full of surprises. 
Will Dipa have her Singapore Fling?
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Monday, December 11, 2017

On Writing: Interview with Praveena Bhaduri

Today on 'On Writing', we have author Praveena Bhaduri, a very successful entrepreneur, mentor, dancer, a strong and inspirational woman who believes in the power of her dreams. 

Praveena wrote her first book a memoir "On the Kenyan Trail” in 2016 which was internationally published. Her passion for travelling, her reading, her mentoring, love of music and dance, love of languages coupled with years of experience and wisdom has fashioned her into an amazing person with a lot of Joie-de-vivre and reflects on every page she writes. 

Let us read what Praveena has in store for us. 

Welcome to 'On Writing', Praveena!

Praveena Bhaduri

Was becoming an author always your dream or was it a particular event or incident that gave birth to the author in you?

There were several factors, events that lead to the genesis of my writing. The first – my love of English Language and my mom is responsible for this. Though a  high school graduate, she spoke impeccable  QUEEN`S  English dotted with goodness gracious me `s and Oh My `s and so on. She inculcated the love of English language in me and in turn I, in my daughter.

 Two-- I am a voracious reader and cannot sleep until I have read some pages. I must have read at least about nine thousand Books. I read very fast but I  go back and savour something exquisite as well. I have an enormous collection of books lying around here and in my farmhouse. I used to shop for bestsellers every month without fail, not clothes and stuff. When I came back from Kenya, I carted all my books in a container beside other stuff. 

Three- Everyone used to tell me to write a book perhaps because I speak well and am a great storyteller both when I was I  in school and later to my daughter in Airport s to keep her from running around.  So I used to tell her stories  replete with  animal  sounds etc and soon found  from the ensuing silence my daughter had fallen asleep, but I had a huge crowd of adults listening to my story and they used to urge me to make a CD  for children  for precisely this  reason . and again, when I came back from Kenya I missed  It so much  that I penned a few lines as catharsis and soon found that I had written pages  and this gave birth to my First Book … ON THE  KENYAN  TRAIL.

 And, Finally, when I  discovered  That I had LUNG   FIBROSIS, my world fell apart when my doctor announced I had six months to live, in 2009.  I went into total depression, was blindsided, felt whiplashed,  always  WHY ME…….? I was alone, nobody to confide, a small teenager, my husband overseas, no point telling him far away.   Strangely in a  few days,  was my birthday and this man, My Husband sent me one hundred red roses wishing me a happy Birthday not knowing I was at death`s door. This man had rarely given me a rose before. He is of sterling silver character but not a romantic bone in his body. Anyway,  that turned me around and I said I will live the remaining days in the best positive manner I can, reinvented myself and threw myself into writing and so……

How important are the names of the characters in your books to you? Do you spend agonizing hours deciding on their names?

Not really, somehow these names in my book seemed to come on their own. My first book was a memoir so all the names were factual.
In Uchallambi  Icons, it seemed a natural progression as I had preconceived notions of even an ensemble film with Priyanka, Deepika, and Anushka so the names became Pia, Deepti, and Anushka…

What is your writing process like? Do you write every day? Is there a favorite place to write?
Mostly at night when it is very quiet.  Also, there is no other place for me to go as I am tied to the OXYGEN leash 24 x7 in my room in a wheelchair. I live in front of my PC. It's my world. My Only world.

4.What is different about ‘Uchallambi Icons’?

The fact that there was a true incident in my village in Kerala intrigued me, -- about the Devi statue etc as told in the book, and then my flights of fancy took over. I remembered reading stories of how these icons had magical powers etc and so wove them into a tale of suspense, intrigue, a   heavy dose of romance,  exotic locales of places I had been too and Viola  !!!!!!!!!!
So it is a new age fiction,  a rom-com thriller with a lot of excitement and a heavy texture of description which will make the reader feel they are actually experiencing it and a powerful climax!!!

5.Who is your favorite character in the book and why?

DEEPTI, perhaps because she is all warm and toasty, full of spunk, not so in the face but stands up for herself, not unnaturally aggressive but very much in control and yet fragile enough to succumb to emotions when they overwhelm her.

Which do you prefer as a reader? eBook or Paperback?

Though the ebook is convenient, nothing like the feel of a paperback. Somehow it is very tangible, and relish-able if you know what I  mean..

7.How long did it take to finish writing ‘Uchallambi Icons’?

Six months.

8.How important do you think is marketing in today’s world for any book?

Very important. I think writing the book is the easy part, marketing is the necessary evil  part of it. I am not a so in the face person and cannot handle this area of functionality to sell my own book. I have been the Group  General  Manager of Finance and Operations of  Scania ( a major stakeholder of VOLVO) for three countries, but I feel awful to advertise my own book. But it is an extremely important function these days.  Also, the market is very crowded these days with a lot more competition.

9.Please share a passage or quote from ‘Uchallambi Icons’ for our readers.

...THE ONE who called himself ‘MAndravad’ pressed the tip of
the needle against his shaved head, sighing with pleasure as the
sharp tool plunged in and out of his flesh. The soft hum of the
tool was addictive, as was the singeing of the flesh, the bite of the
needle and the sharp odour of the singed flesh, with the dye casting
its hues in the tattoo grooves. A macabre sight. The role of the
tattoo was never for beauty but as a part of the ancient ritual. A
hideous creature, his head shaved, and the crown covered with
symbols and tattoos. He had a feral look in his eyes. A clock
struck six thirty pm. He put down his tools, and looked in the
huge gilt-framed mirror as he wrapped a silk robe around his
nude six feet, three-inch frame and strode down the hall. The
whole ambient air smelt of skin dyes, the fragrance of incense and the
wax of candles as they melted. It was time…

10.What are the three tips you have for readers of this interview who are aspiring writers? 
  1. Follow your heart.
  2. Capture your dreams.
  3. Writing is a catharsis. It is self-healing. You will be amazed.           

Thank you, Praveena. This interview is undeniably the most inspiring one on my blog. More power to you!

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Book Blurb:

Mumbai, maximum city, three very close friends Pia, Deepti and Anushka find themselves in possession of the legendary Icons and targeted for the same by this huge, tattooed Monster. Fragile Pia with a million rupees cash, a gun and an icon statue on her but no memory. Will  Rehan provide some answers?
Leggy gorgeous Deepti, whose chance collision with Amit Rajyavansh blows her peace of mind to smithereens as her life careens and spins out of control. But was it a chance collision. the timing seemed awfully suspicious.
Life coasted fine for Chief Inspector Sarin Malhotra until the beauteous  Anushka invaded his peace of mind. A face that haunted his dreams. In the scenic Nice, he is totally flummoxed when he finds himself staring down twin bores of a double-barreled gun held by the seemingly dead Anushka appearing very much alive …………

They have no place to hide and the relentless chase begins through the dusty Nairobi, the rain washed streets of Thailand and the cobbled streets of Nice and loops back to Mumbai where the huge tattooed creature awaits them and draws them insidiously into his web.
Are they mere marionettes whose strings are held by the  Monster?. will they be able to cut loose in time?
Mumbai, maximum city, three very close friends Pia, Deepti and Anushka find themselves targeted by this huge monstrous tattooed creature for the legendary icons which came into their possession inadvertently.  The relentless chase is on and the girls have no place to hide.   A terrifying journey begins through the sun-dappled streets of Nairobi, through the rain-lashed pavements of Bangkok and through the cobbled quaint boulevards of Nice until it loops back to Mumbai where it all began. Will the men in their life be of any help? Are they mere marionettes whose strings are held by the  Monster?. will they be able to cut loose in time? desperate answers are needed and time is running out as the tattooed Monster draws them insidiously into his web.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

On Writing: Suresh Chandrasekaran

Today on 'On Writing', we have author Suresh Chandrasekaran, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, who is also a popular blogger. His blog has been rated among the Top 5 humour blogs in India, twice in succession - in 2014 and 2015 - by BlogAdda, and has also been listed third among the Top Humour Blogs by Baggout.

Was becoming an author always your dream or was it a particular event or incident that gave birth to the author in you? 

Since school, I have always wanted to write but it was also driven into me that it was either giving up on writing as a primary possession and eating OR choosing writing as a profession and starving. This was, of course, the eighties and the nineties, so there was no real overstatement in those options for a person who had no inherited wealth to fall back upon.

Understandably, I was not too keen on starving or, maybe, not passionate enough about writing to consider starvation as a minor inconvenience in the process of following my passion. I was passionate enough, however, to decide when I passed out of IIM-Bangalore (AND, please, Chetan Bhagat was not even a blip on the horizon in 1988, so HE had nothing to do with my decision) that I would save enough to live upon by 40 and quit to write. I duly quit when I was about 41 and here I am.

What is your writing process like? Do you write every day? Is there a favorite place to write?

I am what writers call a plotter. I have to have the entire story mapped out in my mind, chapter by chapter, scene by scene before I start writing. You can understand that the creative urge and the excitement is mostly in seeing the story grow. It is at that time that the way a story progresses excites and surprises you as much as you want the reader to be excited and surprised.

By the time I get to the actual writing, all that remains of the fun of writing is seeing the sentences shape up. It is more fun, say, in writing like “A dog eat dog-food World” for humor is as much in the writing as in the concept.  In my other writing, the actual typing in of the words seems like a chore – so I am very disorganized in my writing, sometimes not putting down a word for months on end. So, at the moment, I have more stories in my head than on my computer.

What is special about ‘A dog eat dog-food world’?

This book is, for more reasons than one, close to my heart. Not merely because it is my first solo book (I have an anthology – Sirens Spell Danger – of crime stories, with Karthik and Radha).

Normally, I have a fair idea of how good my own writing will turn out to be by the time I START on the writing. Generally, it turns out to be the way I thought of it. This one, though, ended up being by far superior to my own idea of how it would turn out.

I had taken on an ambitious idea. I wanted to write a breezy tale that would read like a corporate humor story. Within that, I wanted to write in a spoofy way of using real-life marketing concepts and writing it in as a sort of history of the development of marketing management. I also wanted to put in how social attitudes, needs, and wants get influenced by companies trying to push their products. The overarching idea, though, was to indicate the possible consequences of assuming that the ‘Invisible Hand’ would lead to social good even if people pursued their own selfish motives.

It was a tall order, even more so if it was not to get preachy or offensive. A sort of ‘Animal Farm’ for Capitalism but, where Orwell had written a dark satire, I aimed to write a light satire with minimal or no use of sarcasm. A satire without sarcasm is an oxymoron of sorts and, to my knowledge, there is practically none written, yet, unless one is to view PG Wodehouse’s books as a satire on the British Society. (The reason why I do not see it as such is that the STORIES of PGW were Romantic Comedies.)

By the time I finished, I realized that I had managed to do all that I set out to do – to a great extent. That, though, would have been only the self-congratulation of the author, were it not for the fact that a lot of readers, in their reviews, have shown me that they have seen the various layers in the book.

How long did it take to finish writing ‘A dog eat dog-food world’?

Fablery had asked me for a novella and I had promised it to them. That year, though, we were all working on the anthology – Siren Spell Danger – so I told Fablery that I would write only the next year for them. The point, though, is that the idea of this book was germinating through that year and by the time I started the actual writing, the entire thing was fleshed out in my mind.

Without counting the nine months that it was germinating in the background, the book took six months to complete.

Please share a passage from ‘A dog eat dog-food world’ for our readers.

This passage comes at a stage where social classes are decided based on the breed of dog or cat that they own:

“We NEED to get another Persian, James! How long can I keep saying that we are still missing Queenie and cannot think of another cat in her place? People already snigger when I say it.”
“If only Queenie had not died. Why did it have to happen just now?”
“Oh! What’s the point bewailing misfortune? We need another Persian.”
“You know how things are going at office, Dolly! We just cannot afford a Persian, now.”
“We MUST! We have to maintain appearances. Why don’t you get a loan from the bank? You know they are always after you and they are offering loans for buying cats.”
“If it were only the installments, Dolly, I would do it like a shot. Persians are so expensive to maintain.”
“We absolutely have to, James! We will have to manage somehow. Economize on something less important – like our food, maybe.”

Which do you prefer as a reader? EBook or Paperback?

I generally am more interested in what I read rather than the form I read it in. I was originally reluctant to buying a Kindle because I was not sure about how my eyes would handle it since they do have a tendency to water with prolonged exposure to monitors. So, I never did buy a Kindle…and, then, my co-authors in the anthology decided to gift me one for my birthday three years back (Yes! There are some times when your prejudices work in your favor!) NOW, I am indifferent to either form of reading though, yes, when it comes to traveling a Kindle is most certainly an advantage since you need to carry along much less weight.

You are a very popular blogger. How has blogging helped you as a writer?

The whole idea of blogging was because I wanted to write. When I first went looking up Submission Guidelines, I found quite a few of the major publishers had a section where the author had to indicate what he would contribute to marketing a book. ‘Nothing’ would have been my answer but, somehow, it did not seem that the Publisher would embrace me as an author if he saw that.

So, I decided to blog with the idea that, perhaps, there would be a readership for my writing which I could then mention to a potential publisher. It would also help me get into the habit of writing and allow me to practice the craft.

What I did not anticipate was that I would make good friends along the way. As also the fact that feedback on the blog would serve as a boost to my self-belief. It helped, of course, that I was also listed among the Top Humor Bloggers by multiple sites, despite the fact that I was too intent on seeing the blog AS a marketing tool rather than as a product to BE marketed and, thus, had taken minimal efforts to popularize it.

How important do you think is marketing in today’s world for any book?

Marketing, I think, has always been important for books. The problem, NOW, is that the marketing effort is supposed to be contributed by the AUTHOR. Not merely as in being present in book launches and book signings but the whole rigmarole.

That is unfortunate. An author now has to be presentable, market-savvy, capable of spending on the marketing effort and also of writing. It is the overall package that sells, which means that a brilliant book could fall by the wayside because the author falls short on other parameters. How ideal is it to want an author to be at least half a Superman before you will read his book?

But, yes, that IS the way the world is now. As I said in my reply to the earlier question, you may not even get published unless you indicate how you are going to market your book. The fact that I acknowledge the reality by no means indicates that I think it is good. But, yes, it IS the reality.

Who are your favourite authors?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I am an eclectic reader and read almost ALL genres. I probably have read more authors than the average reader has read books, so to pick favorites is near-impossible. If I were to choose based on who I would read over and over again, then I would have to say, P.G. Wodehouse and William Shakespeare.

What are the three tips you have for readers of this interview who are aspiring writers?

I need to clarify that I do not speak of writers of non-fiction or Literary Fiction or poetry. I speak mainly to what it pleases people to call ‘genre fiction’ writers.

  1. You are primarily a STORY-teller, so know if you have a story worth telling that you want to tell. It is worth telling if you are not merely rehashing what has been told a million times before. And you are telling it because THAT is what you want to tell and not because that is what you think will sell.
  2. You are a story-TELLER. That means you have to tell it well. Even if you do have a great story to tell, unless you can tell it well, you are not a writer. So, please do not disdain learning the language well and learning how to tell a story effectively. 
  3. READ! I am always surprised that this needs to be told to writers. I mean, ever heard of someone who does not like to hear music wanting to become a composer? So, how can someone want to be a writer if he does not enjoy reading? But it does seem to need telling. READ and enjoy your reading for that is what will give you a command over the language (There IS a difference between grammatically correct sentences and sentences that SING); will let you know IF the story you have in mind has been told a million times before – the ‘Come on! Not another pair of lovers from warring families” feeling is the last thing you want from the reader; will also teach you what great story-TELLING is all about.

Thank you, Suresh, for this interesting chat. Looking forward to reading more from your pen.

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Book Blurb
A hilarious pseudo-history of marketing management, which explicitly denies resemblance to any actual history, and which will be horrified if some semblance be found. The story of a man who discovered that the path of life is strewn with treadmills and, if you get on one by mistake, you could keep running all your life to stay in the same place. The story of how a businessman may just be minding his…err…business and the ‘Invisible Hand’ can cause unexpected consequences to arise out of his innocent actions. There is no point blaming the tale for being exaggerated because that is precisely what it seeks to be – an ‘exaggeratio ad absurdum’ of some facets of the world. Anything you learn from the book – be it the basics of marketing management or a satirical view of Society – you do at your own risk.
The tale only dogs the doings of
Spike Fortune who only sought to feed dogs and, later, sought more dogs to feed.
Jerry Fortune who, being fortuneless, gets dragged helter-skelter behind his uncle Spike in the latter’s careening pursuit of commercial success and gets sandwiched between Spike and
Tyke who was Spike’s resident genius on enticing dogs with their wares. He also has to help Spike in his rivalry with
Tom Rich, who is unwillingly dragged into upstaging Spike and tries to do it by teasing the palates of cats, helped by the bumbling efforts of

Jasper Rich who would rather be partying than chasing cats with cat-foods.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

On Writing: Dr. Amrita Basu Misra

Today on 'On Writing' we have Dr. Amrita Basu Misra, who is an ENT surgeon, a medical teacher, a top blogger, and a mompreneur. Let us find out from the lady herself how she wears all these caps efficiently.

Welcome to 'On Writing', Amrita!

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How did writing happen? Was it your passion from the beginning?

Writing surprised me too.It was almost like I fell into it. Around 3 years back I was bored with how things were unfolding.The job was fine family was great, but boredom can be life-threatening.I was stuck in a small town with the reading being my only entertainment for mental stimulus.
I started balcony gardening and it was almost like my plants spoke to me.I started writing. 
All other factors being same I think being around plants helped me write.
I have a serious problem writing anywhere with no green view.

You are a busy doctor, an ENT surgeon, yet you find time to blog, read and even publish books. What is your secret?

Haa Haa.The secret I think is wanting to do something.
When you really want something the universe helps in the most astonishing ways.
I don't waste time.I write in bits and pieces when I travel and I try making up mental bookmarks 
to access when I have assignments due.Being a doctor and a medical teacher is a blessing.
That helps me write better I think.My day job has helped me have clarity about a lot of things.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is my daughter.I love how she draws, tells stories about her pictures, and her understanding and kindness towards me.Plus she is five.Her self-assurance and confidence in her creative expression are inspiring. I want her to know that life always guides.If you are stuck in a box you can still find ways to explore the world. If you look hard enough there are always ways.

What made you write ‘Fruits for Life’?

Fruits for Life had a lot to do with Blogchatters A to Z ebook carnival.I signed up for blogging a book just to learn the process and I loved it. I am passionate about preventive healthcare and lifestyle changes for a better life.Fruits are a favorite treat at home.
I think my mom instilled this love of fruits with all meals from childhood.Since both my husband and daughter enjoy fruits too it helps us keep healthy.That's why I thought of writing about nature's multivitamins as my first sojourn into writing a book.

How important do you think reading is to grow as a writer?

Reading is the only way to learn the science and art of writing.Reading teaches us the art of storytelling and even nonfiction needs some amount of storytelling capacity to make it fun!
Until you read I feel its wrong to expect other people will read your work.It's impossible arrogance to assume you have a magical writing brain which needs no learning.

We can all learn all the time. I read for fun, entertainment.for relaxation and to educate myself. My reading habit is a part of my daily life.I almost read as much as I breathe if you take away the time I am sleeping or treating patients. Even then I am reading prescriptions, Investigations and writing notes about possible causes for their condition. Both my current professions need me to read a lot and write a lot.

As a doctor, I have read continuously for the last 17 years.Books in my specialty and broader aspect of medicine.The only way to treat and help people better is to update my skills constantly.
Reading is an excellent way of doing that.I am a passionate reader, a voracious bookworm.
There's no shortcut to this habit.

How long did it take to finish writing ‘Fruits for life’?

The writing part for Fruits of Life took approximately 25 days.Another 7 days for editing and proofreading, designing the book cover.It was published after 40 days of the day when I started to write it first.

Is there a particular book that you have read which influenced you the most?

My favorite book which has helped me and influenced me is On Writing by Stephen King.
This is a book which has inspired me a lot.It's nonfiction by the Great King and it's a marvelous read.
Plus it's helpful for all writers fiction and nonfiction.But my all-time favorite author still is Enid Blyton.

What other works are you currently working on?

My book on Childhood obesity is getting edited and I am writing a book on Blogging in India : Secrets tools and hacks which will help you make an income online.
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You are an active blogger. What is the best thing about being a blogger?

I love blogging.It's like your own way to make a digital library of your work.I have 400+ blog posts in my blog library.They are my letter to my daughter, the people who I want to help, letters to the universe, my hopes fears and dreams.Blogging is also my voice in a world where common sense, kindness, gratitude and hard work seems to be replaced by an irrational need to focussing on things which don't matter.Blogging is mental exercise and meditation at the same time.Since it keeps me on my toes challenging me to learn new technology (I love that part ) blogging is a new adventure every day.Blogging is also a place where I have made some very good friends online who understand the purpose of my journey.

What are the three tips you have for readers of this interview who are aspiring writers?

That is a topic I can go on about.But since its 3 I will need to focus.
1) Read, write, edit repeat.
2) Have a group of friends to support you.Unlikely you will get many. But try for three.That I think is the magical number.Too many who don't hear the song you hear and self-doubt will creep in.
3) Avoid negative people and negative atmosphere online or offline.It saps and drains creativity.Even if you are great at stress management It takes its toll.Writing happens when your soul speaks to you.When your brain chatters incessantly you cant hear your soul talk.
A bonus tip: Write somewhere where you can watch a green plant.I have seen even a picture of a forest helps me write!

Thank you, Amrita. Hope you achieve all your dreams as a doctor, writer, and mompreneur.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

On Writing: Varsha Bhardwaj Gaur

Today on 'On Writing', we have a dental surgeon, Varsha Bhardwaj Gaur who has an undying love and passion for creating stories. She completed her bachelor in dental surgery (BDS) in 2013. She has published three books, one being a novella and two are short story collections, all of which are available on Amazon and pothi.com. She has also released a compilation of her blog posts named Fond Illusion, available on Amazon as an e-book. Currently, she resides in Greater Noida with her husband and a daughter. 

Welcome to On-Writing, Varsha!

Was becoming an author always your dream or was it a particular event or incident that gave birth to the author in you?
Yes, I had always wanted to have a book published in my name. I am a very shy individual keeping my feelings to myself. But sometimes these feelings affect my daily life to an extent that I had to put them to paper. And this gave birth to the writer inside me. I love writing as it gives me a peace of mind and it takes me into another world which I had created and I find it far better than the reality. It is a kind of escape from the reality and I find it peaceful.

How important are the names of the characters in your books to you? Do you spend agonizing hours deciding on their names?
Basically, my focus is on my character's attitude and thought process. Though I do ponder over their names, but my major concern is on their being as an individual.

What is your writing process like? Do you write every day? Is there a favorite place to write?
 I cannot write forcefully and writing daily makes me bound like a 9 to 5 job which somewhere kills the creativity. I only write when I feel overburdened with my own thoughts and I feel an urge to relieve myself.

What is different about ‘Nest An Abode of Short Stories’?
 Nest An Abode of Short Stories is a collection of short stories that revolve around our daily lives. Stories are simple and one can easily relate to them.

Which is your favorite story in the book and why?
 My favorite story is ‘The Pink Doll' because I feel a painful end which provokes my thought process that how we as an adult can sometimes be careless regarding ours and our loved one’s lives.

Which do you prefer as a reader? EBook or Paperback?
 Though I had published my books as ebooks as well, I myself prefer reading the paperback versions because the feel of a book is achieved only when it is present physically in your hands, which, according to me, is the best feeling.

How long did it take to finish writing ‘Nest An Abode of Short Stories’?
I am a dental surgeon, a mother of a three-year-old daughter and being a part of an Indian joint family, it was difficult for me to take the time out for my writing. Yet I tried and whenever I got the time, I wrote. It took almost six to seven months to complete this book.

How important do you think is marketing in today’s world for any book?
Marketing is extremely important for the book's success. With the advent of e-books, the number of books available has increased tremendously and standing out among these is difficult without marketing. Spreading the word about the book raise interest among the readers for the upcoming book.

Please share a passage or quote from ‘Nest An Abode of Short Stories’ for our readers.
    “What’s your problem? Are you a fool? I think they are right. You are a total nerd. They are mocking at you and you barely cared to protest?”
He stared him innocently for a second or two and said respectfully, “I don't care what others say or do, and you shouldn't do that as well. They might be having extra time to spend on such silly jokes. But I have only twenty-four hours to fulfill my dreams. You too, don't squander your time. This time won't return. Do you know how long would you live?”

What are the three tips you have for readers of this interview who are aspiring writers?
  1. Follow your heart. Your dreams are solely yours and no one except you can visualize them.
  2. Keep writing. Don’t stop even if you couldn't make enough sales with your first book. Writing isn't a business, it's an exercise to keep you healthy mentally.
  3. Be patient because success doesn't come in a single day. Hard work is always paid.
Thank you, Varsha! Wishing you the very best!

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