In conversation with Jasveer Singh Dangi

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BOOK BLURB :

Double One Zero (110) – Out of the Shadows’ is a story about deception and one man’s quest to find his identity.
The journey to find his identity will take him across the other side of Earth and then back to the capital of India, Delhi. Along the way, he will try to pick up the pieces and solve the puzzle that his life is. Be ready for the ride of your life as ‘Double One Zero (110)’ comes ‘Out of the Shadows’.

 

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR.

1. Please introduce yourself and tell us when did your journey as a writer begin?
Ans : I am a learning & development professional & a health & safety trainer. Story telling has always been part of my profession but writing only began an year ago with Version One and a Half, which was about my childhood in a small town in ’80s India & how i have improved my life in 2018 using these memories. The second book Diary from Heaven was inspired from my own experiences as a teenager & the third & most recent, Double One Zero (110) – Out of the shadows, launched on 16th Jan, 2020, is my first truely fiction story.

2. The cover indicates crime & Action.
What is the motive behind choosing the title & the cover?
Ans : Crime & action thrillers have always been my favourite genre when it comes to movies. This genre has always fascinated me so I chose to write an action thriller for my first fiction project. Double One Zero (110) will be a series & Out of the Shadows being the first where the title character cones out of the shadows of a world hidden from everyone. Hence the title & the coverpage signify his coming out with a bang.
Does the title has any effect of twist in the story? The title is the essence of the stroy but the real twist lies in Double One Zero (110) discovering the truth about his life as the story proceeds.

3. As we all know your third book released recently, tell us how was the response from the audience for your previous books.
Ans : My first book Version One and a Half had struck the right chord with mellenials who were excited to know about pre-internet era life of ’80s. My second book was about a socially relevant topic of drug addiction & its impact on today’s youth. Many readers have asked me if Arun from Diary from Heaven was a real person or not because of surreal description of his life.

4. What are your opinions on Best selling books ?
Ans : Best sellers I have read are from varied genre like The Subtle Art of Not Giving F*** is about self-help while The Girl in Room 105 deals with terrorism & also show cases a reality that not all IIT’ians go on to start a start-up, some lead normal lives as well.

5. What motivated you to write this book? Did you face any difficulty while writing the book?
Ans : This book is my ode to the action movie genre i have adored while growing up. Characters like John McClean, Martin Riggs, Rambo, Commando & many more have always fascinated me.

6. What is your favorite genre?
Ans : Action & Thriller

7. What message you would like to give to ametute writers & readers?
Ans : Patience pays. Many wannabe writers, including one of my cousin’s, give up writing too soon. Take baby steps but continue writing. Sooner or later you will find direction & complete your work. Readers must experiment & read work of new authors as well.

 

In conversation with Suchismita Ghoshal.

 

 

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Hailing from a small city Malda, West bengal, Suchismita Ghoshal dreams high to touch the sky keeping her feet to the ground. Her schooling was completed from Barlow Girls High School from Malda. She is 21 & completed her graduation in Zoology. She pursued a course on advanced diploma in computer application too.

She has always been a curious soul from childhood & used to observe things intensely .
She is a philanthropist by heart, a nature lover, die-hard believer of humanity & an avid follower of supreme soul. Along with these knacks, she is also an avid reader, writer, poet, muser, scribbler, essayist, storyteller & a published author . She recently joined an NGO , “Prayas” to contribute a little to the society. She has been in this profession for 4 years & loves to write poetry, short stories, articles & anything inspires her. She enhances her writing skills by feeling each & every incident through her heart.

There was a time when she was totally shattered suffering in depression, as if life had touched a gun over her head & she remained separated from her peers , absolutely desolate ,when writing healed her becoming a light of hope. She felt right clutching the fingers of literature, now she loves spending her time drowning in words & verses. She takes life easy now, & whenever she feels low, portrays her feelings through the canvas of her scribblings. Simplicity is the thing she prefers the most.

This literary journey has been enchanting till now. She has been a published co-author of more than 100 anthologies till now, most of them are in the process of publication. She has also been published by some international anthologies like “She Will Speak Series”, based on raising voice against the atrocities on women , A No. 7 issue of a renowned american literary magazine named “Genre: Urban Arts” etc.

She has explored new ideas as blogger too. She is a verified member & blogger of “She Will Speak” women empowering community. She works as a columnist in a indian digital news website “The Post India”, a content writer of “Obaa”, powered by Girltable community, a regular contributor of renowned americal news website, ” The Good Men Project” & she recently got her article published by an australian digital news website ” Decent eNews”.

She works as a creative writer & web content writer on various community like The Poet’s Weed, Peholics , Buzzure Media Works, Fantasised, Untravelled Destination, Inkophile, The Inked Square, Ink That Never fades, & many more…

As a compiler she is currently compiling & editing 3 books, ” Unspoken Tales of a Hero”, “Eden of Memories”, & ” CELESTIAL” which will soon be available in various websites.

She loves travelling & gains inspiration being a nature lover. She is keen to photoshoots , working as a freelance model & loves acting on theatres.

In a word, she patronizes every sphere of artistic world.

She aspires to be a good author as well as a book reviewer in near future.

She is available on Instagram with the username – @storytellersuchismita

& her email id goes with – ghoshalsuchismita019@gmail.com

 

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1) When did you start writing?

Ans : I was a very curious kid on my childhood. I used to experiment the things carefully & observed my surroundings with great patience. It was about 4 years ago when I started scribbling down my thoughts on my diary, eventually I found an app “Mirakee” followed by “YourQuote” which enhanced my writing skills a lot . Day by day, my knack for words & verses increased & writing turned into my passion. Hence, this passion transformed into a very important part of my life.

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In conversation with Sanchari Das.

AUTHOR BIO :

Hailing from the city of joy, Kolkata, Sanchari Das is a recent graduate who is currently pursuing a creative writing course to improve her writing skills and also doing a job as a part-time content writer. She has contributed to multiple anthologies besides publishing her book of poetry, “Leisure”, along with her debut novel, “Not Just a Love Story”. She aspires to become a great author someday and inspire millions of readers through her writing. Presently, she is a part of a writing community named “Scribbled Feels”. She loves writing book reviews and travelogues on her blog. Apart from reading and writing, she also loves to paint, dance and travel, and feels an intimate connection with music.

 

 

1) Is the course helping you do better?

: Yes, it is. It taught a lot of do’s and don’ts of writing along with teaching a few tricks and little habits to adopt in order to grow as a writer.

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In conversation with Samridhi Aneja

 

AUTHORS BIO :

Samridhi Aneja, is a writer, graphic designer and student. She is pursuing her Masters in Design (Multimedia) from BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar.Having an experience in writing research papers, articles, blogs, quotes, dialogue, she has (2) ISSN numbers and (2) ISBN numbers to her credit. Also, the founder, designer, manager and mentor at GRAPHIXIE (portal for professional graphic design services.)She also takes keen interest in participating in Open-Mic events in her city.

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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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