Interview with Reecha Agarwal

 

AUTHOR BIO :

Reecha Agarwal Goyal has always described herself as ‘fragile but unbreakable!’ She sports messy hair and is dressed in pyjamas most of the times. She loves contemplating on life over a cuppa. She is an impulsive writer and is the most silent person in the room. She is yet to discover something that can heal better than a pen, a book and a cup of tea. She describes her kids as the center of her universe and of all the roles that she plays in life, that of a mother is her favorite. ‘Such is her life’, a book detailing the journey of a woman from cradle to grave, highlighting the injustices that she faces in each phase of life, was her debut in the world of literature. The book was very well received by the readers and it took the literary world by storm. Her second book Forever is
not enough is a romantic fiction inspired by a true story. The book is an emotional read but it has a feel good factor to it. After reading it, one realises how insignificant their problems are when compared to other real problems that people face in life. The book is beautifully written and she has really impressed the readers with her literary skills.
She lives in New Delhi with her husband and kids and is mostly seen dwelling in her fictional and poetic worlds.

 

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INTERVIEW :

 

1) How long did it take you to write this book?
– A year

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Interview with Shashwat Johri

 

AUTHOR’S BIO :

He is an award winner published author of the book ‘Bikers’. He has  been awarded as the ‘Best Debutant Author’ by ‘Author Pages’ and his book has been nominated for ‘Author Academy Awards 2019 and also the Readers Choice Awards 2019, TCK Publishing. He is officiating as the Director of Operations, EsquireVJ Publication House. he is also the Novel Writing Captain at My Captain, an IIM Bangalore & NSRCEL incubated organisation. He is doing his graduation with English (Hons) from MS University, Vadodara.

 

1) Tell us something about yourself?

– I am Director of Operations with EsquireVJ Publication House and I am Novel Writing Captain with MyCapatin, an IIM and NSRCEL incubated organisation.

2) How did you start writing?

-I am from a family of authors and so I naturally I developed an insight for it during my childhood. My work was first published in the book ‘Young Expressions’ when I won an inter school completion at the age of 8 years.

3) Tell us your journey so far?

-The journey has been as interesting as my book ‘Bikers’ It feels great when people appreciate my work. I am just 18 years now and I am humbled with such an achievement and I have experienced how much dedicated work output can pay us back!
I have friends visiting and asking me to sign Bikers for them, some people recognize me on the road and take photos, then I was specifically touched by an email appreciating my book ‘Bikers’ from someone I don’t know personally. It was another honour when my first book ‘Bikers’ was placed in the curriculum section of Delhi Public School Gandhidham. So Bikers has taken me on top of the world.

4) Something about your book?

-Bikers is a unique book, very different from other books. Mostly books are limited to one topic or genre, but Bikers has so much more for the readers. It is an interesting read about four teenage friends who for a Gujarat tour on their Bikes. The book is full of humour and fun along with a powerful storyline. Bikers is also about human emotions and the spirit of friendship, about teenage and it also provides lot of knowledge about the vibrant state of Gujarat. Above all, it is about the passion of Biking!

5) Something that keeps you going in this industry?

-The name, fame and social status of an author are more than enough to keep me going in the line of writing, and by next year my second book in the series, ‘Bikers 2’ will be published. I am thankful to organisations like Flipping Pages who provide platform to young authors like us and help in carrying our thoughts and the Book of course to people around the world. Today when everybody is bring unfortunately drawn away from books due to cell phones, Flipping Pages is doing great work in keeping the morale of the authors high because books contribute to the society and social development and people must make read good books as a daily routine.

 

 

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In dialogue with Mona Mohanty

Mona Mohanty has led a life travelling the length and breadth of India. Born in Kolkata, she has studied in places as far spread out as Chandigarh, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow and Delhi.She passed out in 1987 with a B.A. (Hons) in History from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.Armed with an M.A. and M. Phil in History from JNU, she qualified for the Indian Revenue Service in 1991. Currently, she is a Commissioner of Income Tax.

Writing has always been her passion . A love for words has been second nature to her. Finally, she decided to bring a semblance of order to all the jottings over the years and collate a minuscule portion of them into a book. *Betwixt Twists And Turns* was the result of this endeavour. This was followed by another collection of short stories titled, ‘ Volcanic Moments: Heart popping tales’. Currently, working on a novel, she has also contributed short stories for international magazines like Confluence.

 

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1) What does words mean to you?
Words , in my realm, is the equivalent of oxygen for living beings. For me, it is the be- all and end – all of existence. As a medium of expression, words convey thoughts, emotions and action; not necessarily, in that order.

2) As both of your works have been short story collections we would love to know little insights on how do you go about collecting them?

 My short story collections arise out of my observations of people ( and animals) in varying situations and places. The setting can be a high end hotel, a village waterhole, a crowded shopping mall , a dreary office… the list is unending.
3) Anything new you are or planning to work upon?
I am working on a novel. I don’t want to spill the beans now.. I love to keep people guessing.
4)What do you think is lacking in current generation with regards to literature work?
 It’s a bit sad, that the current generation doesn’t have the time or the patience to relax with a book. I see it amongst youngsters in my family too. Give me a book over a party. There is never a quandary regarding the choice.
5) A small message for our writers and readers?
I can only wish and hope that the love for the written word continues to soar and that each of us do our bit to keep this precious part of our lives immortal. For, words maketh the man!

In conversation with poet Sakshi Walia.

AUTHOR BIO :
Sakshi is a university student pursuing her degree in English literature. She started writing at the age of 13 and writing has been her passion since then. She has published three books so far and has been a part of many anthologies. She has recently been nominated for 100 aspiring authors of India. Apart from this she is also a slam poet and a football player. 

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Interview with Kavya Sharma.

 

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Kavya Sharma is a womanist, a poet and a fiction author. She has two books to her name, a poetry book called The Carmine Memories and a recently released women’s fiction novel To Naddiyaa. Apart from this her poems have been featured in various anthologies including Ninety Seven Poems by Terribly Tiny Tales, A Map Called Home by Kitaab Singapore, The 7 Transgressions by Half Baked Beans, Being Chained to Being the Change by Muktha Foundation, etc. She is among the 100 Most Inspiring Authors of India 2018 by The Indian Awaaz and has been given Honorable Mention by Delhi Poetry Slam for excellence in poetry, she has also been interviewed/featured in various newspapers like The Asian News, Deccan Chronicle, Zoom Delhi, The Sunday Guardian, The Pioneer, BBC Nottingham Radio, etc. She works as a creative writing trainer for The Climbers, My Captain Programme, and as a commissioning editor for a publishing house in Delhi. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Verse of Silence literary magazine.

 

INTERVIEW :

1) How would you describe your journey so far?

Honestly, the journey so far has been exhausting and yet full of new experiences and amazing responses regarding my novel, regarding my poetry and I think that is exactly what keeps me going. It’s not easy making a name in this field, I know so many talented artists/writers and we are all struggling together. Over the years I’ve only grown and that’s the intention for times ahead. I think now, I’ve come to terms with my own art.

 

 
2) If you had to describe yourself in a poem which one would it be?

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou. I love that poem and I find it very inspiring.

 

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

3) What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on my 2nd novel and third book. Apart from that I am working towards making my magazine Verse of Silence a more accessible platform for artists across the world and editing a few manuscripts.

 

4)Which are your favourite books?

Oh! I like quite a few, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, In Custody by Anita Desai, etc.

5)Would you like to dedicate a poem/ or quote from your books for our readers?

“We all are trying to find some meaning in life, trying to find some sense of the life we are leading and that’s how we all die having arrived at nothing but memories of the past to hold onto.”

 

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Interview with the magician of words and imagination Durriya Kapasi.

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BLURB :

Solomon, who is a genie and human hybrid, discovers his supernatural powers and a truth hidden from him for twenty years. His ordinary life turns into an adventure, full of never-ending challenges and responsibilities, when his foster father is kidnapped and his biological father’s kingdom and legacy is threatened. Will Solomon step into the land of the genies to save his loved ones? Will he accept his fate as the heir of Neverfound Land? Neverfound Land is a heartwarming tale of a young man taking control of his destiny.

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AUTHOR’S BIO :

Durriya Kapasi is an author of Neverfound Land, her second novel that is also a sequel of her first bestselling book Once Upon A Genie. She’s a Creative Writing teacher, foodie and traveler. Both of her published books are taken up for screen adaptation by a major production house.

INTERVIEW :

1)As once upon a genie was a magnificent journey of magic and imagination. Can you give us an insight about this book as well?

 Once Upon a Genie is a story that revolves around Daisy, a girl, and her love with Khalil the genie. From their shocking first encounter to discovering the magical land of Genies and then the adventurous journey they had following the three wishes, Once Upon a Genie is a romantic saga with portrayal of unusual romance, strong friendship, hope, sacrifice and unfolding the secrets of Genie world.

Neverfound land is about Solomon, half human-half genie, in the quest of finding his father Darren who had been kidnapped by a bad clan of genies. In this quest, he got to learn about his real identity and his hidden powers, about his biological father who is the king of genies, and the powerful relationship of nature and the other worlds that human are not aware of; as well as the secrets of magic and the supernatural beings.

 

 2) Is this book the continuation of the previous book?

 Yes, Neverfound Land is a sequel of Once Upon a Genie, although it can also be read as standalone too since the summary of first book is presented in the beginning of the story.

 

 3) Your work seems to be unique and different. Mostly about magic and how we should have hope?  Have you been writing in this genre always?

 Magic, Horror, Fantasy are the genres, which always allure me, and as an avid reader I always prefer reading them, so the passion for these genres were instilled in me since childhood. Altough Once upon a genie is my first published book, followed by Neverfound Land, I have authored three books which got published online on wattpad, all three were fantasy.

 

4) What are you working on next?

 I am working on the plot of my next book, though I cannot reveal much on this but it’s going to be another fantasy ride for my readers.

 

5) A small favourite quote of yours from your book?

Hope is a distant star shining in the darkest sky. It might not be enough to remove the darkness, but it is enough to make you believe that there are a thousand more stars somewhere and all you have to do is reach there by fighting your best- Neverfound Land

 

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In conversation with Poet Kiriti Sengupta

 

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Rituals is a remarkable collection of poems by renowned poet, translator, editor and critic Kiriti Sengupta. This latest book explores the panoply of human experience and elucidates the meanings and rhythms of a mature poetic life. “Customs are like meditation,” writes Sengupta as he weaves religious liturgy and the opera of gods as the quotidian backdrop of a married life and experiences with his son. Not just interested in the matter of appearances as a poet, he delves into questions of what makes an Indian and how Hindu goddesses can strengthen willpower and remove the ‘venom’ from life. The mythological and the quotidian blend and inform one another, the goddess appears in iterations of the wife, the daughter, the mother. These poems also talk about Monsoon and Muri as snacks that overlap with dialogues of intellect and Sanskrit.

Themes such as nakedness and nudity are explored from the point of view of youth and maturity. Striking imagery marks the passing of time on everyday objects where the speaker can now stop and observe the beauty of human traces on life, “My tired eyes uncover the kohl of night.” The speaker is not only interested in contemplating the beauty of everyday moments but also faces his reader with the violence of the modern world, in the poem “The Untold Saga” the violence of a mythological world mirrors the violence on women practiced often in the 21stcentury, offering a powerful statement on the untimely death of Nirbhaya in 2012. These poems are also meditations on our place in the world as humans, the vastness of the Earth compared to our frail bodies with the invitation to reconnect to the natural world.

 

 

ABOUT THE POET :

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Kiriti Sengupta, who has been awarded the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2018) for his contribution to literature, is a poet, editor, translator, and publisher from Calcutta. He has published ten books of poetry and prose, including Rituals, Solitary Stillness, Reflections on Salvation, The Earthen Flute, A Freshman’s Welcome, Healing Waters Floating Lamps, The Reverse Tree, My Dazzling Bards, My Glass of Wine, The Reciting Pens, and The Unheard I; two books of translation, Desirous Water by Sumita Nandy, Poem Continuous—Reincarnated Expressions by Bibhas Roy Chowdhury; and he is the co-editor of five anthologies, Scaling Heights, Jora Sanko–The Joined Bridge, Epitaphs, Sankarak, and Selfhood. Sengupta’s poems have been published/accepted for publication at The Common, The Florida Review Online (Aquifer), Headway Quarterly, Moria Online, The Mark Literary Review, Mad Swirl, among other places. More at www.kiritisengupta.com

 

INTERVIEW :

1) If you had to describe your journey into the literature field until now how would you describe it in three words?
Approaching the light!
2) Rituals your new poetry book, the making of it and all that you went through can you describe it in one word?
Labour
3) Your recently learnt new favourite word?
Illume
4) What is that one thing you believe keeps us breathing even in this Chaos?
Oxygen
5) Your most favourite poem in the
book?
The Stepwell

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