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Writing is the ‘wind beneath my wings’. It helps to reach places” – Aditi Bose

We have with us today in the Debut Author Corner the doting mother and a lovely daughter to her parent Aditi Bose. Her debut novel in romance genre My Dream Man” is much appreciated. She is also the author of children E- book “Hamaguri Goes to School”. Her website Kiddie Stories 365 is all about imaginative, simple and easy to narrate stories for kids. As a person she loves to write, travel and appreciate good food. She currently freelances with a number of Indian and international websites.

In her first interview as an author she talks about her fabulous journey of life and writing.

Tell us something about yourself.

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Me with my parents


This is the one question that I dread. It takes years for someone to know another human being and even then they probably they won’t. Animals are far easier to know! So saying something about me so that people can know me and identify me is a big toughie. I will restrict it to: ‘I am a normal human being with two eyes, two ears and one nose. I am a normal woman with my heart and mind in the right place. I am the daughter of the two most beautiful people who have ever existed. I am a mother and my child is what I love most about by life. I de-stress myself by writing, swimming, eating and visiting luxurious resorts!’

What is writing for you?

Writing is the ‘wind beneath my wings’. It helps to reach places I have never been to. Meet people who I wish were real. It is my catharsis. It is the expression of my deepest emotions, hopes, beliefs and desires. It helps me to smile despite the pain. It helps me to get up and piece the pieces together. It helps me to fly ‘higher than an eagle’. It is probably the only truth that I know.

Did you always want to be a writer?

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Sketch by Niladri Roy


If you call writing travel journals and secret diaries while in school the start of becoming a writer then yes, I have always wanted to be a writer! Actually I wanted to be a chemist when I was in Class 12 and a well-known economist while in college.

Who is your biggest influence?

My parents and my daughter are my greatest influence. My father is my hero, my teacher and the man who has taught me what being brave means. My mother is the one who has shown me how to face life with a smile. And my child is my life.

So tell us how did “My Dream Man” happen?

I did not write THIS book. I just wrote. There is a difference. When I began writing I was clueless about the plot, character names, the beginning and the end. Basically I knew nothing. I just started writing because I was ordered to do so by my brother. I like writing. But that had stopped for a while. Two reasons – firstly when scripts started to get rejected by traditional publishers I gave up hope and, second, when father passed away, I went into a shell.

Then, one fine morning, he told me that this was the only way that I would heal. He was right. By the time I finished the story I did feel more normal again. Getting it published needed another kick. This one I gave myself. Just one sentence worked – “This is the only life that I have.”

Tell us the challenges you faced to publish it.

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My Favorite Cartoon


I didn’t really face much of a challenge. Once I knew who would be publishing my book, the rest was a cakewalk. Aniket Kapoor of Author’s Ink Publications hand held me throughout the journey. I owe his patience a lot J

You also have published a children e-book, “Hama-Guri goes to School”. Would you continue writing for children?

Yes I would. I started the blog with the intention of writing stories for kid and also telling parents and educators how reading and writing in kids can be improved. Unfortunately, for a while now, due to different reasons, it has taken a back seat. But I am planning to get back to it soon. And if anyone wants to contribute then I welcome guest bloggers as well.

Tell us about your upcoming work

The next one is also a romance set in a place in India that my father loved. So it is a sort of a dedication to him and what he loved. This story would also see me trying my hand at being more expletive with the ‘romance’. It won’t be a ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and neither would it be an erotica. But the ‘making love’ would definitely give the mushy people goose-bumps. J Of course, the twist is always there.

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Author : Amit Shankar

Genre: Short Stories

My rating : 3.5 on a scale of 5

My Review:

I did take a long time to review this book. The language is very easy and the cover is very simple but catchy. Yet the reason  for coming late is, you have to let the stories sink in before you start with a new one.

Yes that’s what I have to say about this beautiful collection of eighteen unusual short stories or rather very short stories. The stories are off beat with a twist in the end which I enjoyed very much. The last story, Writer’s Block, Down Express, Smart TV and many more will leave you asking for more. Each one of them is close to life yet so different.

However, I did wish the other stories too tickled my bone likewise. They were some what a little predictable. But that does not stop me from praising the author. In fact I would love to read his books in future.

I would also like to mention the two other stories, A Rose for Her by Kartikey Sharma aged 16 years and A Highway Called Life by Vasundhara Goyal ages 10 years, need an applause. Thanks to the author for the contribution.

I would recommend this book to all those who love to read off beat stories. The best part is you can finish the stories in one or two sitting only (for a slow reader like me).


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A reply to a perceived injustice can take many forms one of which is vengeance. An eye for an eye can only end up making the whole world blind, is what Mahatma Gandhi once said. And it seems to be coming quite true, if latest events world-wide are an indication.
Is there any hope or are we hurtling towards extinction?
Hopefully, the stories will explore some of these questions. But that is on the macro level. It might be easy to look at things objectively, in black and white, when it is other nations involved. Or even other people. We are able to be more forgiving of transgressions when they don’t involve us personally.
But how would one react if they found themselves in the maelstrom of situations that do fall somewhere in the grey area of life? With no definite black and white answers?
How would a jilted lover react in face of infidelity? Or how would a friend avenge the murder of her best friend? Or, is it fair to be punished for a crime that you were not brave enough to prevent?
These and many more questions connected to vengeance have been grappled with in this anthology.

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Bus number 131 whirred away, pulling its own weight unwillingly. It was one of the many buses to pass through the Relief road, a busy road in the old part of Ahmedabad. Shazia had an option, the crowed 88 or the overcrowded 131. She preferred to be 30 minutes before time to board 131. Her choice was motivated by her love for the palindromic 1-3-1. Her undying infatuation with prime numbers was inexplicable.Nineteen year old Shazia loved numbers, and to be more precise, she adored Mathematics in all its form. She also loved the rules, the principles, the working theorems, the equations which tried to make sense of the majestic menagerie of numbers. She was fascinated even by the mere shape of numbers. She did not remember when or even how her romance with Maths began. But in her earliest memories, she preferred practicing her numbers over the alphabet, she remembered that she recited tables better than her nursery rhymes.

She was short and a bit stocky. Also, a couple of shades darker than was acceptable in the marriage market. However, her looks never bothered her, nor did she ever yearn for fairer skin, or thinner body. What she craved was a disheveled mass of hair, for some uncanny resemblance to Einstein, the only pop icon modern science managed to have produced. But her mother plaited her hair, dashing her hopes to ground. She also longed for a pair of spectacles with glasses so thick that it blurred her eyeballs, indicating the wearer’s brilliance. But she, despite getting checked for vision from her mother’s ophthalmologist, was denied the hallowed implement. Thrice.

Shazia valued her bus ride a lot. She had to convince Papa to allow her to commute to her college on her own. She had concealed her indignation about needing her father’s permission for every little trifle, even after being categorised as an adult by the Government of India. Papa consented only after he was told that Noor too would start using the bus if Shazia were to give her company.

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An aim is the single life you live lifelong. Some live it to the last breath of their life. It feels amazing to smell an aim inside you.- Anuj Kumar

In the newly started Debut Author Corner we have with us the young poet Anuj Kumar, bachelors in English Literature, from Delhi College of Arts And Commerce, University of Delhi, who debuted with his recent book “Love And Other Enchantments” an anthology by The Fictitious Five.

Tell us something about yourself.

Penning down my own thoughts to satisfy myself when turned into my passion I don’t know, but I am glad I chose it. I started my career with writing poems in my personal diary. I was amazed when editors “Our Quest” consistently chose to publish my poems, “They Too” and “Sun Inside My Heart” in their two issues.

After publishing of my poems in magazines I chose to go for more a big level. I wanted myself to be named in books. “Squire: Page-A-Day-Poetry”, published in United States of America was the first book I was named in for contribution my ten poems in it. It was published internationally and poets from the whole world contributed their musings in it.

“The Significant Anthology” was another book, my poem Dry Leaf was published. It was also published internationally and is in the top list of anthologies in Amazon’s book library.

From close friends to classmates, seniors and even to teachers, everyone liked my poems. Whenever it came to poetry, to be read in public, they always took my name. Which was heart soothing to me.

Did you always wanted to be a writer?Anuj Kumar

I never knew that I am going to be a writer. It was my school days when writing came to me through guilt.

“I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.” – Charlie Chaplin

This line changed my life wholly and forced me to write. To give myself relief from this guilt I adopted a habit of writing some lines and later on stepped up to poetry.I was planning to get admission in Law, even had cracked the entrance too but at the last moment I changed my mind and chose BA (H) English as a subject for my further studies. I thought reading literature will help me to become a good poet, as I will have to study about the masters of literature. Eventually it really helped me.

Who is your biggest influence?

If I talk about influences, I would first like to take name of my school teacher, Reema Agarwal. My friends influenced me a lot in writing, they used to support me whenever critics commented on my works.I loved John Milton’s Paradise Lost, though I have read only book 1 and 9 of it, but I loved it. It has its own joy of reading. John Milton lost his eyes when he was writing Paradise Lost but his love and affection towards poetry gave him strength to write it. He could have written it in Latin but he chose to write it in English, because he wanted it to be read by a large audience.

I was inspired by poems of John Donne, Edmund Spencer and Thomas Gray. After reading Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, I tried to write my first long poem with a dark shade, Dead But Immortal Love. It took me 21 days to complete it but I was happy that I made it.

Tell us the challenges you faced to publish your first book Love And Other Enchantments.

The Book was published by Blue Rose Publishers, Delhi as a self-published book.It was a tough task for a beginner like me. I had zero knowledge of publishing. I started this book’s work with a friend and owner of Horseshoe books. I collected some stories but Suraj backed off and story writers started pressurizing me for publishing. Then I again managed to convince Suraj to publish my book and collected some more stories. My writers in greed of power, attention and credit started disputes and left my book. That dispute made my team part in 2 teams.  Then on a suggestion of Ishan Dafaria and Tanima Kedar, co- writers in Love And Other Enchantments I gave my team a name The Fictitious Five, which is also given on the cover of the book. Handling a team is a difficult task, as everyone has their own views but they all are friends with me so finally we managed to end this work peacefully.

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My next work is an anthology of poems, titled as The Garden of Love, by 4 poets, Anuj Kumar, Maliny Mohan, Akash Deep Gupta and Abhijeet Singh Yadav. This anthology consists of poems written by poets of different cultures and places; all connected by one feeling, that being ‘love’.

We come to read poems of different forms, narrating stories of various characters, giving readers a chance to delve into the psyche and situations that these characters face in different points of their lives, running behind the same thing – love.

The themes have been adequately divided into heaven and hell. The poems under heaven deal with the mirth that love brings and hell deals with the tough times that this wonderful feeling evokes.The forte of this anthology, being that the poets write on common grounds of which all can relate. One gets to relive moments of their lives while reading these that the poets have lived  and shared. Love, being a universal emotion can be savoured by the young and old alike; this being the case of our poems. With a nice choice of words and perfect display of emotions, this anthology makes for a safe spot in the good reads. This book is a blend of talents, the coming together of four poets, creating synergy.  The Garden of Love is under process of publishing. I have chosen to go for traditional publishing this time.

After The Garden of Love I am working on a long poetry project. It’s also an anthology by various poets.  Here at this place I would love to owe my deeply felt gratitude to Maliny Mohan, who kept her trust on me and stayed with me in each of my project without any objection.

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I feel for all the wrongdoings happening in the world around, and I sometimes write on those topics too. I wrote a poem on prostitution in Hindi which was praised by most of friends and readers. I also sent it for a competition by Story Mirror. I would like to share it here-

मैं एक तवायफ

तवायफ, हाँ, यही नाम है मेरा।

बेचती हूँ खुद को, ज़िंदा रहने के लिए।

लेती हूँ मर्दो से पैसे, उनका पसीना सुंगने के लिए।

बुझाती हूँ उनकी वासना की आग, ताकि ज़िंदा रहे इस व्यापार का वजूद।

चाह कर भी नही छोड़ पाती, मेरे पुरखो का निशाँ अभी भी है मुझपर मौजूद।

कभी किसी का खिलौना, तो कभी किसी का खाना।

कभी पानी की तरह भुजाना, तो कबि आग की तरह जलाना।

कभी फूल, तो कभी काँटा, कभी खुशबु, तो कभी बदबू,

कभी जन्नत, तो कभी जहन्नुम।

रोज कुछ नया नाम मिलता है मुझे, रोज ये व्यापार खाता है मुझे।

बस कुछ बदलता नहीं, तो वो है मेरा नाम, मेरा और मेरे पुरखो का काम।

अपना लिया है मैंने अब इसे, छूट चुकी हूँ मैं खुदसे।

छोड़ दिआ है खुद को, कहीं किसी बिस्तर पर।

बस पाया है अब अपने जिस्म को किसी मर्द की बाहों में या सीने पर।

आसूं तो बह चुके है, बस पत्थर टूटना बाकी है।

मर तो चुकी हूँ, बस जिस्म का जलना बाकी है।

हो जाउंगी खत्म कुछ दिनों में, टूट जायेगा नाता मेरा दुनिया से।

पर एक चीज हमेशा ज़िंदा रहेगी, और लड़कियों की इज़्ज़त इस बाज़ार में बिकेगी,

मेरी जैसी और जाने जाएगी, ये गलियां हमेशा सजी रहेगी।

भूल जायेगे लोगमुझे, मिलेगी मेरे जैसी बहुत उन्हें।

पर में खुद को याद रखूंगी, एक तवायफ, हाँ यही नाम है मेरा।

We are very fortunate to have Anupam Srivastava the author of THE BROWN SAHEBS as guest on our blog today. Anupam Srivastava is a journalist by profession and worked with Times of India, Oxfam India Society, Unicef and other development agencies. THE BROWN SAHEBS is his first novel and tells the story of India not taking off its colonial clothing even as it became a democracy.

Here is what he has to say about the characters of his book.


How do you create the characters for your book? Are they imaginary or inspired by someone you know?

This is something that happens by itself – as the story begins the characters appear. When the plot progresses, characters come and go. They have been drawn from life, from books, from situations real and imaginary. We all know good and bad, the contradictions that exist in ourselves, the constant see-saw game that is on between opposite values in ourselves. One character in the novel is Gandhi who conceptualized not only the freedom movement and the involvement of ‘masses’ as it is said, but also dreamt of an India that would be created after Independence. An assessment of India to understand if it achieved the ideal that its leaders had set for the country after the ouster of the British cannot be done without taking into account the vision of Gandhi. It was Gandhi and his vision that drew the common Indians into what was, until then, no more than a political movement.

The other characters in the novel are based on public figures, and one may catch a glimpse of Nehru, even Narendra Modi, or Indira Gandhi. However, I have taken the liberty of mixing traits of different people in one person. So, while the novel follows a historical path and does not interfere with the key facts of India’s past, the fictional story has a life of its own.

While writing the story I was sometimes no more than an observer and witness and was was merely recording what was being played out. At other times, I waited patiently for the story to progress but by now the characters had a life of their own and would not obey an author. At the end, I was susprised by what I had written, and quite pleased as well.


The Raja of Teekra, a dusty and forgotten kingdom near Lucknow, gets lucky when the British Resident visits him but also brings with him a leading revolutionary. The Raja enters India’s struggle for freedom and is rewarded with a berth in the cabinet of free India. He is shocked to see the ministers and officers living and operating like their imperial masters but is suitably rewarded for his silence. As he begins to enjoy the good life of Lutyens’ Delhi, the British capital which India’s freedom fighters abhorred, he faces only one adversary in his plans—his journalist son Pratap. A novel that will blow you away with its depiction of love, passion, intrigue and betrayal.
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Anupam Srivastava was born in Lucknow, India, where his novel, The Brown Saheb’s first part is set. However, he never lived there as his father and mother, Ashok and Veena Srivastava, lived in different parts of India. However, Anupam spent some of his childhood and most of his vacations in Lucknow where he flew kites and learnt about the craft of pigeon-flying. He went to a boarding school near Delhi, the Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, where he played cricket but earned his college colours at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, in cross-country running. He studied English literature (BA Hons and MA), won the college annual poetry prize while pursuing his MA, and being sure his vocation was writing and journalism, became a journalist with The Times of India in 1993. In 1999, he was awarded the British Chevening scholarship by the British government.
In 1999, he left journalism to work with the United Nations Population Fund in India in communications. Subsequently, Anupam worked with Oxfam India Society, Unicef and other development agencies. The Brown Sahebs is his first novel and tells the story of India not taking off its colonial clothing even as it became a democracy.
Anupam is married to Radhika Srivastava, and they have two children who figure in his children’s novel, A Family Secret.
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When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor.
Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight. 
She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations.
Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger. 
In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again…
No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams.
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“The corridor, I was walking down didn’t have a trace of illumination. I couldn’t see the other end. But I kept moving and now, I realize that more than the light, you need the determination to keep moving, keep struggling for your dreams, for your existence, for your survival.”
I had lived in a dream world all my life, always blaming the circumstances for my own weaknesses. I could never gather courage to stand up to circumstances. For how long would I keep blaming others for my own shortcomings. And for how long would I keep dreaming- my dreams never aligned with the real world; my dreams and real life never converged at any point. ‘I definitely had experience but only in building castles in the air.’
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Author’s profile :Sujata Rajpal is a Corporate Communication & PR professional turned a full-time author. She holds an MPhil degree in Economics and has studied Mass Communication from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She also writes articles and short stories for publications and journals. Sujata is a yoga enthusiast and enjoys being a Toastmaster. She currently lives in Mysore.
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I was surfing the YouTube for some nice prompts for my book. I usually do imagesthat to divert my mind from my work. You can say it is sort of reliever for me. Anyways I was trying a different zoner this time. It was short films. The last short films that I enjoyed most were “Going Home” directed by Vikas Bhel and “Ahilya” directed by Sujoy Ghosh. There are many more which were very thrilling like the “Bypass” directed by Amit Kumar. This time I came across another award winning short film in Bengali “Arekti JIboner Galpo”. It has English subtitles too. The film is about transgender.

How many times have we come across one? I have voted for the LGBT rights in India and that’s about it. I have never befriended any person, not that I know of, from that community so in a way I can be tagged as that kind of people who have not come across them yet speak for them in public. But my concern is what would be my reaction if I come across them in life? Will it be normal or superficial or a blast of emotions. This short film portrays that reaction of a common man.images1

But then I consider myself open minded. Can I befriend a male who has been surgically transformed into a female or vice versa? I doubt myself? But when we speak so much about what is right and what is wrong on internet can we really live our thoughts too? How far can we go for what we believe in? Or is it that we believe only because it is the trend of the society  while at heart we may be the same old person who had been always taught how to live life.

indexAmir Khan’s show Satyamev Jayate had an episode on this community. I would not lie that it was the first time I actually came to know the difference. My ignorance is entirely my responsibility because I never ventured into the territory to discover it. My apologies. I would not have written this article too had I not seen this award winning short film, “Arekti JIboner Galpo”. It got me thinking that actually there is lot that has to be done practically.

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