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August 2015

Speak when you are angry – and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.”
– Laurence J. Peter

Today we have with us Kirtida Gutam whose debut novel, “I AM 16 I CAN RAPE”, is making raves. The author shares with us some of her best experiences and emotional turmoil that made her write the book. It gave a new meaning to her life as a writer. Lets find out more about her.

  • Tell us about yourself as a person.
Agrima- my daughter- my Goddess
Agrima- my daughter- my Goddess

My name is Kirtida Gautam. I am the author of fiction #IAm16ICanRape. I am a good enough spouse, trying to be as good as I can mother, a loving sister, a very loving Masi- maternal aunt, and an okay-dokay daughter.

In my professional life, I am a psychologist first and a writer second, even though most of my time goes in writing. Human mind is the subject I am most curious about. I believe that a world exists between the two ears.

Aham Brahmashmi! Which essentially means that I am Brahma! In other words, every single human is the creator of his/her subjective universe.

  • What inspired you to be a writer?

Writing is something I have partly inherited in my genes. My father Parukant Desai is a poet and professor of Hindi literature. Under his wings, I started to write Doha, couplets, at the age of four. I have created stories in my head for as long as I remember my life. As a child, I used to think it is normal behaviour and every child must have been spending all his waking hours with his/her imaginary characters. Later I realized that most of the children don’t live their lives with imaginarily people.

So, I was different. I still am figuring out if it is good different or bad different.

  • How would you like to describe your journey, as an author, so far ?
Mrityunjay- The man behind my books
Mrityunjay- The man behind my books

I can write a Hero’s journey story about my journey as a writer. I am not kidding! I do have well established stages of how I reached where I reached.

As I said, writing bug bit me quite early in life, but due to an emotional set back, I stopped writing poems when I was twelve. During my school days, I was very good with studies. I had scored 92.29% marks in class tenth and stood seventh in my city as the topper. So naturally, I decided to pursue science stream, but after studying engineering for a year, I decided it’s not for me.

I enrolled to study Arts- psychology and linguistics. I also did diploma in performing arts in Dramatics. After my post graduation in psychology, I went to Mumbai and worked in movies as an assistant director.

Purabi, Anjum Sir and Payal
Purabi, Anjum Sir and Payal

My husband, who was my boyfriend at that time, gave me an advice, if you are serious about making a career in movies, you must have to obtain formal education in the field. So, I decided to study cinema from the best institute of this country, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. I went ahead to study screenplay writing course because it was the shortest duration full time course.

It’s at FTII, under the guidance of Anjum Rajabali Sir that I realized that I am a writer. He made me trust my voice and encouraged me to follow the path of intuitive writing, a method he teaches in which the writer lets the characters dictate the story.

After leaving FTII, I worked in television industry writing shows like Dharampatni and Jodha Akbar.

  • Who is your pillar of support in this journey?
Mrityunjay and Kirtida
Mrityunjay and Kirtida

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that my parents gave me birth, but my husband Mrityunjay Gautam created the person I am today. We know each other for eleven years now. When he met me, I was a kind of nut-case tomboy with lot of un-channelled energy. Thanks to his timely advices and constant support, I finally managed to bring discipline in my life that is the cornerstone of achieving anything in life.

As Rudransh Kashyap says in the book #IAm16ICanRape, discipline is a way to reduce life’s suffering.

The other pillars of support are my sisters, Payal and Purabi. Payal is my fellow traveller on the mad journey of imaginary characters. I can’t imagine my writing life without her. We discuss my characters with as much intensity as if they are real people. Purabi inspires me by being who she is, she is my Rockstar.

And then my kids- Agrima, my daughter, whom I rightly call my Goddess, she inspires me by her sere presence in my life. I also derive lots of strength in company of my nephew Malay Prajapati, who at the age of thirteen is a better writer than what I am in my thirties. Jiya and Aanya, my nieces are my battery chargers; their company fills me up with joy.

  • You have done Yoga Instructor course from Bangalore. What are your other interests besides writing?

Yoga is not just a hobby to me. It is a way of life to me. It is a science I vouch for. I have been practicing Yoga since I was in school. I won’t say I practice it in form of Aashana every day, but I practice Yoga more like a philosophy of life.

Other than that, I am an avid reader who doesn’t read as much as she wants to read. And a traveller who doesn’t travel as much as she wants to travel. I also love to listen to music, especially Gazals of Jagjit Singh and old Hindi songs in Hemant Kumar’s voice.

I enjoy watching movies, Guru Dutt is my favourite film maker from India. I can watch movie Pyaasa infinite number of times.

  • Your book, I am 16 I can rape, is making rave. Can you please tell us more about it?
I AM 16 I CAN RAPE IN HAND
I AM 16 I CAN RAPE in hand

When I read about Nirbhaya case and how the juvenile was given three years at the rehab, it made me very angry as a woman and as a person. At first, I thought that the anger might die down, but it refused to leave my psychological system.

I went to Anjum Sir, my mentor, with a one page pitch and told him that I plan to write a film about this topic. Yes, being a screenplay writer, my first thought was to transcribe the story for film format. Anjum Sir told me, your anger is a good thing, stay with it. But don’t let it dictate the story. When you will delve in topic of rape, you will open a Pandora’s Box in your mind. You will realize that rape is the final event of a chain of events that starts early in the life with gender discrimination.

He was absolutely right, it took me two years to write the story because as I started doing research on the topic of rape, the nakedness of society that breeds gender discrimination started peeling out in my mind.

  • What made you write the book?iam16icanrape

The tragedy of Nirbhaya’s life made me write this book. It is unfair that we live in a society in which a 23 years old woman, full of life, who had all the potentials to be a productive member of the society, was brutalized by a bunch of men. And one of the main accused was given in the custody of juvenile justice system of India that chooses to send him to a rehab for three years and is teaching him how to make namakpara. I read in an article that the psychotherapist who works with this boy is very happy with his progress because he has learnt to make namakpara. Is it a joke or an achievement?

India is the only country in which a person can commit a crime of this severity and get away with such minimal punishment.

  • Tell us something about the main characters in your book? Who would you relate to more and why?

The story is written from fifteen different points of view. At some point, I was planning to write it either from Rudransh, the protagonist’s point of view. At another point, I thought of writing it from Aarush, the antagonist’s point of view. But as the characters became more alive in my mind, their voices were so distinct that I finally decided to write the stories from fifteen different points of view.

The characters that are most alive in my mind are that of Aarush, Ananya, Rudransh and Samvedana.

It’s quite spooky but at some point while writing the story, I felt that Aarush lives in my mind. His voice was so distinct.

People behind the book
People behind the book

One particular instance which took place while writing this book and which will stay with me for the rest of my life is how I wrote the rape scene of Subhangi. I often hear music when I write. I was hearing this song, lukha chupi bahoot hui, samane aa ja Ram, from Rang De Basanti movie. And I had a strong urge to record a scene. I mostly record my scene before typing them.

I took my mobile recorder in balcony and started recording it. It was 1 a.m. in the morning. By the time I was done, I was shivering like a leaf. My mother thought that something bad has happened to my father and that is the reason why I cry so loudly while holding my mobile phone in hand. In retrospect it sounds very funny! I came back in my room, I hugged my husband and I cried for ten minutes.

I wish something like this will happen to me again as a writer, but even if it won’t happen, this is a memory of a lifetime.

  • Tell us about your forthcoming work.

I call my book series Yin-Yang series because it talks about the power struggle and/or synergy of Feminine and Masculine energies present in nature.

My first book’s theme is how feminine energy craves the control of masculine energy’s disciplining power. And how historically the stigma associated with rape was the product of feminine intelligence to keep other women in control.

My second book’s theme is how masculine energy has the power and potential to abuse feminine energy even when feminine energy is the stronger one.

  • Any message that you would like to give to our readers and aspiring writers.

I will give 3 advices to writers-

  • Write every day. If you don’t have any project on which you are working, simply write 750 words, stream of consciousness writing, but never let a day go by when you don’t write
  • Other than writing, try to bring discipline in some of the areas of life, for example, do physical exercise at least for 30 minutes every day and do meditation for 10 minutes a day.
  • This advice is only for fiction writers, every single year read the book Hero with a Thousand Faces one time. Plus, read one book of mythology.
Tomboy me
Tomboy me

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I saw in the newspaper today, a kindergarten student was raped by the school director in the school premises, on the roof. The rapist was 54 year old. Day before yesterday I read in the same newspaper and same page- A 10 year old was continuously raped for 3 years by her own brother aged 17 years.

I wonder now if that particular section of the renowned Newspaper is dedicated for this heinous section only or the incidents are frequenting every minute in some nooks and corner of our society. One thing is common though, the victims are pretty minor and the accused well known to them. So in short, are these children so easy a prey to these awful intentions. Who would say that the 54 year old should be punished and the 17 year should be sent to reformatory houses. For such crimes should the justice not be same.

I have seen many authors questioning our Juvenile Justice system. Yesterday, even one author was asking for research material.

Today I am sharing this platform with one of our promising author, Kirtida Gautam whose book “Iam 16 I can rape” was launched recently. I welcome the author to a short interview scheduled on Monday 31/08/15 in my blog. Stay tuned.

I am starting up an interactive session with the theme – Juvenile Justice System. It is an event page that will be active for only two days- 29/8/15 and 30/8/15 at 10:00pm- 12:00a.m. Please join to put up your views.  Click on the picture to join.

A Discussion

Name of the Book: LOVE, AGAIN
Authors: Sumeetha Manikandan & Shrruti Patole Clarence

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2. Shree Janani
3. Preethi Venugopala 

The Story:

Life is tough, and it becomes tougher when you need to make life changing decisions. Would you dare to love again? Would you allow yourself to be loved and to be cherished again? Many of us turn away from life, thinking that it is not for them but some take a leap of faith rewrite their story for the sake of love? Love, Again is a double header book bringing you two stories about chancing love again – These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.


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About The Author 

 

Sumeetha Manikandan 
 
Sumeetha Manikandan is a freelance writer and an author who loves to write and base her plots on the tambrahm community of Mylapore, Chennai. She is the author of ‘The Perfect Groom’ that has been a bestselling ebook on the top 50 charts of Amazon India ever since publication.
An avid reader, she loves to read across different genres – romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, mystery, fantasy etc. A history buff to the core,
she is currently translating Ponniyin Selvan – the evergreen tamil classic epic history by Kalki Krishnamurthy into English.
Married to film maker K.S. Manikandan, Sumeetha lives in Chennai, along with her six year old daughter.
 
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A Solid Start : The First 10 Pages of Your Novel

Here is an easy way to pen your novel

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How long does it take for you to know if you like a book?

More importantly, how long before you realize you don’t like it?

Years ago I attended a screenwriting workshop conducted by a national award winning screenwriter. The course was excellent and in many ways, eye-opening. One of the many things that have stayed with me from that 5 day workshop is the importance of the first 10 pages of your screenplay, the first 10 minutes of your film.

It applies equally to a book, the first 10 pages is your best ammo to get a reader glued.

The first 10 pages are the first 3000 – 3500 words of your novel and it is sometimes only halfway into your first chapter.

10 pages, that’s all you get.

Thankfully, that’s all you need. More on that later, let’s now look at the first 10 pages. For the sake…

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Today in CHAT ‘n’ COFFEE we have with us one of the most popular BOOK REVIEWER from Australia JODY ELLIS. She is one of the thirty top users on Goodreads and an avid reader. Her choice of books range from science fiction, fantasy, biography, autobiographies, history, science, self help, educational, romance, fiction, non-fiction, how to, business, real estate, horror, mystery, thriller and young adult. In short, hers is a world of books and she loves discovering new stories. An aspiring writer herself, Jody shares some of her life’s most beautiful moments with us today.

Her contact details are mentioned at the end for you and you can also leave your comment at the end. Here she goes-

  • Tell us about yourself.
    Western Australian desert
    Western Australian desert

    I am a 30 year old Shetland Island (Scotland, U.K) born mum to two kids under the age of six. I am an avid artist, reader, and writer myself (though I have yet to publish anything). I work as a scientist by day, and by night tuck myself away to read. I love hanging out in my hammock to read. I currently live in the middle of the Western Australian desert living next to the biggest open pit mine in the world! Living where I do, mean I don’t have as much access to books as I’d like. I’d love to be a well-respected book reviewer and feel I am making head-way on that ‘life goal’!

  • What gift would you prefer on your birthday?images

No cooking, no chores, and as much chocolate and pizza as I can eat. If I’m really greedy, a massage too!

  • Which is your favorite destination and why?

I haven’t found my absolute favorite but I do love to frequent Bali, because the people there with their attitude to life rub off on me, and I always come back refreshed, and a whole new person. Plus the food is just amazing!

  • What is your take on books/ movies/music? Any favorites?

I am not huge on music, if anything goes in the CD player it’s normally an audio book. I like music if I’m working out, or if I want to feel a particular way when writing myself. Movies I find great muses, I draw inspiration and confidence from movies, there isn’t much I haven’t watched. I have never enjoyed a movie made based on a book though. They always confine it to so many minutes of movie time, and they miss a heap or ruin the whole thing. Books are my world! I wasindex delayed developmentally at school, so was a late reader. Once I worked it out though? You couldn’t keep me away from books. All my pocket money as a kid thirteen and under went on a book series called ‘Animal Farm’ I think it was. It is a fantastic story series about a girl who rescued animals. I started to illustrate and write as soon as I got a hold of a pencil. After moving to Australia, I tried to get my books published. Alas, finances always got in the way (or should I say lack thereof?). I still have those books, and the worlds I created. When the kids are older, it would be my dream to self-publish these books!

  • What is that one thing that you miss so much in life?

Absolutely nothing, if there is something to be missed, I have no idea what it is, and I’m blissfully unaware. Though if my imagination has anything to do with it, I’d say I miss being able to eat as much chocolate as a mine truck can haul. Those were the days! Now I look at a chocolate bar and I gain weight!

  • Share an experience that is turning point in your life.

Meeting my husband. I was a very lost unwell kid, and was self-destructing for the better part of aged 15 right through to my early 20s. Meeting my husband gave me grounding, and ever since, he’s been my rock and turned my life around and I’m happy, healthy, and balanced.

  • How would you describe your better half or dearest person?

My best friend! We are total opposites and that is what makes us work. He’s never boring, and he isn’t afraid to tell me if my idea is silly. We act like kids, we dream big. He brings things into my life that I would never have experienced without him. If you’d asked me ten years ago if I’d be married to a speedway racer, I’d have laughed so hard I might have farted. He’s also the guy I love to hate; I just want to smash his head into a wall some days. But that makes him even more lovable in a weird twisted way.

  • Given a chance, what is that one thing that you would love to change in your life?

Publishing my works when I was very young! If my parents had financed me, or needing a solicitor wasn’t important, I could have got my books published. I was always so damned close, and couldn’t get over the line. I wonder where I would images1be today if I had crossed the line and got my books printed. What a bloody fantastic world that could be! Instead I’m 30 and still waiting for that window of opportunity. Age has given me dead weights for legs, and I don’t fly anymore. I don’t have that imagination I once did because reality waltzed in and smashed me with a ticket for adulthood. I’m slowly but surely clawing that back, but if I’d been published, I don’t think that part of me would have ever died!

  • Any message that you would like to give to the readers?

Do whatever it takes to make what you want happen, and don’t let go. The world is vast, so love it, learn from it, and always carry a good book with you wherever you go!

Jody Ellis
Jody Ellis

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Name of the Book: THE ACTIVIST AND THE CAPITALIST
Author: Vibha Batra

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3. Priyanka Batra Harjai 

The Story:

“I’m not drunk – just a litt-le high.”
On a magical moonlit night, Jai and Anusha meet and fall in love. When they meet again however, they discover that Jai is the crass capitalist developing Rasa Vihar, the heritage building that Anusha and her NGO are fighting to protect. Inevitably they clash, with neither willing to concede to the other. The problem is that although publicly they are enemies, in private, they are wildly attracted to each other. – but when secrets and betrayals enter the equation – things really begin to get out of control.
Will the Activist and the Capitalist ever be able to find common ground?
An exciting love story, set in Chennai from the best-selling author of Sweet Sixteen.
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Vibha Batra 
 
Vibha Batra is a copywriter by profession and fiction writer by passion. Her literary pursuits took off when she translated her grandfather Late Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book on the Ishaavaasya Upanishad. Among her recent titles are Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!) and Seventeen And Done (You Bet!), published by Penguin, Tongue in Cheek, a collection of poetry, and A Twist of Lime, a collection of short stories.
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Aug 19, 15
Read from May 21 to August 18, 2015
I don’t give 5 Stars easily but this book has earned it. Paromita has written an incredible novel that tosses you from happiness to sadness in one paragraph. Rich, emotional, human, and absolutely never ever boring!

I’ve no quarter for poor use of English in books I read. Yet, I felt that the way this book was written added a certain richness. Very little would I change, because it immerses me deeper into a culturally rich text that exposes you to the traditions, religious differences, difficulties and so much more of the people of India. It’s written as if I were sitting with a friend who was retelling to me a story. That I love!

I’m told that future editions will have some definition footnotes, and those I desperately wanted to save me from having to google traditional terms.

If you want a book that will whisk you away to a foreign land, to read as if it were happening to you. A book from a genuine experience. To love and to weep. This is it. Not an inch of this book was wasted with filler. 100% genuine purposeful beauty.

I truly look forward to future texts by Paromita


Name of the Book: SHIKHANDI AND OTHER STORIES THEY DON’T TELL YOU
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

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3. Sukanto

The Story:

Patriarchy establishes men as superior to women.
Feminism views women and men as equal.
Queerness questions what constitutes male and female.
Queerness isn’t only modern, Western or sexual, says mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik. Take a close look at the vast written and oral traditions in Hinduism, some over two thousand years old, and you will find many overlooked tales, such as those of Shikhandi, who became a man to satisfy her wife; Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver his devotee’s child; Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husband; Samavan, who became the wife of his male friend; and many more . . .
Playful and touching—and sometimes disturbing—these stories, when compared with their Mesopotamian, Greek, Chinese and Biblical counterparts, reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness.
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Devdutt Pattanaik 
 
Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (born December 11, 1970) is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management. He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology, including Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, a novel, The Pregnant King, and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (2010).He is the Chief Belief Officer of Future Group, one of India’s largest retailers, bringing the wisdom of Indian mythology into Indian business, especifically in human resource management. He also writes a column for the newspaper MID DAY.

He has also written a novel based on a tale from the Mahabharata titled ‘The Pregnant King’ published by Penguin Books India.

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Name of the Book : UNSETTLED: THE SEARCH FOR LOVE AND MEANING

Author: Neelima Vinod

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3. Dola Basu Singh

The Story:

The hundred-room house is a rich tapestry of memories and hidden secrets, a dark, forbidding place rumoured to be haunted by a vengeful Yakshi. Propelled by a desire to save their marriage, Divya and Raghav journey to the haunted mansion in search of the mythical Scrolls of Love.
Written five hundred years ago by the banished court poet Shankara, they are fabled to have the power to heal and reignite lost love. Is this just a legend, or are the couple heading towards a chilling destiny?
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Neelima Vinod 
 
About the author in her own words: I’ve been writing poems for a long while and I’ve majored in Literature- so I know some of the greats. Poetry is the way literature began and although it has had its ups and downs( Who hasn’t? Even the economy shakes up every once in a while), it is a great medium to understand the world around you.I’ve taught English and seen poetry boredom strike young minds. No matter what people say about poems,I believe that good literature is simply an extension of the poetic mind.

So I’m a heart poet and on this blog I share my journey toward understanding poetry.

My first book ‘Unsettled: The Search for Love and Meaning’ is a literary take of the paranormal romance.

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