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December 10, 2016

Grow Up Messy! Chapter 3

Paromita Goswami

Chapter 3 I Am Bride

Misry had nothing to do. After her last fight with Bheeru, she knew he wouldn’t let her play with any of the children in the village, let alone with his goat kids. After all, it was on Bheeru’s recommendation that the village kids allowed Misry to join the gang but now that he was furious with her, she was certain there was no use going there for few days. They wouldn’t play with her.

She looked out of the window. It was pretty bright outside. Summers in this part of the country were hot and humid. Her intention of talking to the Jawans on sentry duty at the camp gate was also not very tempting at this hour. She turned her attention to Raju.

As usual, Raju was busy with his comics: Phantom, Bahadur, and Batul The Great, one of the favorites of the Bengali…

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Grow Up Messy! Chapter Two

Paromita Goswami

Chapter 2 Bheeru Wants Revenge

It was a still, fine morning and Misry didn’t even wait to eat breakfast. All she managed was to get out of her nightwear and put on something decent before escaping from the house unnoticed. Ever since her mother gave her permission to visit Bheeru, she had been anxiously waiting for the morning to arrive. And now she stood shouting, outside Bheeru’s mud house.

“Bheeru! Bheeru! Where are the goat kids?” Misry shouted.

The mud house was single storey structure with a courtyard in the middle of the house. There were several rooms surrounding the courtyard with one side open for the hand pump and the barn.

A dark skinned bald boy appeared from inside the hut. He was wearing khaki shorts fit enough for two on the lower half of his body while on top was a white vest with short sleeves and he…

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Grow Up Messy!

Paromita Goswami

Chapter 1

Misry Craves Friends

“Ma! Why does everybody call me MESSY? I don’t like it! ” Misry complained.

Madhavi was performing her evening prayers sitting on the floor. She blew the conch shell and continued chanting with her eyes closed. On hearing Misry’s words she gestured to her to wait.

Misry stood waiting by the door of the small puja room, watching her mother.

In a couple of minutes, Madhavi, with folded hands, bowed down to the deity and finished her evening prayers. She got up and turned to look at the child.

Misry stood with a scowl on her face. Her long curls danced when she spoke, doing very little to hide the expression on her small round face. Her lacy green frock was anything but tidy while her hands and feet were smeared with soil as usual. The strap of one of her sandals was hanging by…

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A Dedication!!

Paromita Goswami

“Grow Up Messy! – Dedicated to the B.S.F father’s who crave to watch their child grow.”


1st December is celebrated as the B.S.F raising day. This year, the organization completed 51st years of service to the nation. Although when I had written this article it was supposed to be published on the 1st of December but I am a week late now. However, my sentiments for the people in this organization has scaled a new height with my new book, Grow Up Messy! releasing worldwide on all online ebook platforms. I am very proud to dedicate my new book to the B.S.F personnel.

Grow Up Messy!, is a children e-book for the middle grade and above. It’s a family read set in the early eighties. This book captures the essence of childhood through the eyes of a naughty five-year-old girl Misry alias Messy. As a paramilitary, Border Security Force (B.S.F)…

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Character Interview: Mrs. Madhavi, mother of Misry, Book Grow Up Messy!

Paromita Goswami


Madhavi is a dotting mother and a loving wife! Today we are going to interview her about her life as Misry’s mother and as the wife of a B.S.F personnel.

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Interview with Misry from the book, Grow Up Messy!

Paromita Goswami


Listen to Misry and her thoughts about her Ma and friends. Sweet as candy and naughty as the devil, you cannot stop yourself from loving her. Cuteness magnified!!

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Character Interview, Anurag, Misry’s father, from the book Grow Up Messy!

Paromita Goswami

A dedicated paramilitary officer Anurag, shares some moments of his life with us as a B.S.F personnel and as a father to a doting naughty girl.

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“The cover couldn’t have fit in more perfectly with my concept” – Deepti Menon.

Today in the blog guest post we have with us the author who hones many feathers in her cap besides being a writer. She is a teacher, journalist, an army kid and later an army wife

Deepti Menon

too. Her first novel, Arms and the Woman, depicting life as seen through the eyes of an Army wife, was published by Rupa publishing house in the year 2002. Today she will be sharing with us her new release, The Shadow in the Mirror, published by Readomania.

Q : The cover is so compelling that one would always like to know what is the book about? Please share how did you conceptualize the idea of this book.

Deepti: Paromita, thank you so much!

The cover is special, indeed!  Let me come to the second part of your question first. The story originated from a tiny seed of an idea, which I wanted to put across to my readers, and it is from there that the whole story evolved. The narration kept getting more complex as the threads were woven together in separate patterns, till they all came together in a tapestry that, hopefully, shines forth.

The book begins with the death of a young lady named Nita, and numerous other stories come together, seemingly unconnected, till the denouement where the mystery is solved. My biggest hope was that no spoilers would pop up and ruin the suspense of the story.

The cover couldn’t have fit in more perfectly with my concept, and the full credit for it should go to Dipankar Mukherjee. We sat down and looked at numerous options, starting from a charcoal sketch, called ‘The Chaste Kiss’  that was done by an Army friend of my father’s, a absolutely brilliant sketch. However, it was all in greys and whites, and would not have looked as effective as the cover of a book.

So then the search began for the perfect cover, and finally Dipankar and his designer came up with the present image in four different covers. The blue looked riveting, with the red bindi in stark contrast and that is how the cover came into being.

More about the author

Deepti Menon has always believed in the power of the pen. Having done her post graduation in English Literature and her B.Ed. in English, she had the option of teaching and writing, and did both with great enjoyment. She started writing at the age of ten, long before she acquired a Diploma in Journalism. She also had the advantage of being an Army kid, and later an Army wife, and loved the idea of travelling around India, meeting new people and acquiring new skills. She firmly believes that much of her personality was honed during those travels.
In 2002, her light hearted book, ‘Arms and the Woman’, depicting life as seen through the eyes of an Army wife, was published by Rupa Publishers, Delhi. This was written mainly to reveal the warmth and camaraderie within the great institution. She is now working on her second book that is a work of fiction, and not- to-be divulged yet!

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Shadow In The Mirror 


Deepti Menon

Publisher: Readomania 


The Story:

It all begins with a death. Nita, a pregnant woman falling from her balcony becomes the string that unravels the plot. Her death casts a shadow over many lives; her heartbroken father, her husband and Vinny, a young journalist, drawn in by the whiff of foul play and murder.
What follows are stories within stories, eras and worlds colliding with each other, leaving behind splintered relationships and mesmerizing slices of lives that appear to be drawn together and driven apart by the whimsical threads of destiny.
As events cast their shadows ahead to link the stories of Vinny, Kavita, Roma, Krish and Nita in an unrelenting knot, a journey starts to uncover the truth. What is the secret that links Nita’s death to the other characters? Will Vinny be able to unravel the mystery of Nita’s death?
From intimate diary entries and letters, to bantering over a meal and sharing memories while spring cleaning, this novel de-familiarizes the ordinary, presenting a kaleidoscope of our own pasts, broken edges and pulsating hearts.

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