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Meghna Pant is the award-winning author of Happy Birthday! (July 2013 Random House) and One & A Half Wife (May 2012 Westland). After attending the book launch session of Happy Birthday! recently we interviewed the author about her latest novel and her experiences as a short story writer. Here is an excerpt.   1.       As an author what was it like writing the stories of Happy Birthday!? What were your inspiration points? ...
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Ismita Tandon Dhankher's new book, Jacob Hills has created quite a stir with its titillating storyline set in an army camp in the 1980s. After having read the book and amazed by it, we sat down with the author for a quick chat. Here is an excerpt.   Congratulations on your new book, Jacob Hills. It would not be a stretch to say that the book is rather scandalous. Could you walk us through the writing process for this book? Perhaps, 1980s was a scandalous period...
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  Vibha Batra is primarily a writer. She is, among other things - an advertising consultant, author, poet, lyricist, and columnist. Her published books include: Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!), Seventeen and Done (You Bet!) - both teenage-centered books published by Penguin. It all started for Vibha when she translated Ishaavaasya Upanishad, written by her grandfather, Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri, published by Rupa Publications. There is more to Vibha as you shall see ...
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  Sarnath Banerjee belongs to a growing motley group of artists, popularly known as the Indian graphic novelist. The Kolkata-born artist (presently based in Berlin, Germany) has a bunch of graphic novels to his name, starting from Corridor (2004), The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers (2007) and The Harappa Files (2011). In this interaction, Banerjee talks about his first tryst with drawing, about storyboarding, his inspirations, upcoming work and much more&hellip...
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Vasundhara Ratakonda is 'primarily' a writer in the Telugu language.Her stories have been translated to English and made it to several anthologies. Vasundhara taks about writing in two languages, love for children, prefering short-fiction, upcoming works and much more...   Thank you for the interview, Vasundhara. How long have you been writing for? I am primarily a writer in Telugu language.After I was awarded Andhra Pradesh State Sahitya Academi award for my s...
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Triveni Goswami Mathur has had a sterling career as a journalist and is a freelance writer and teacher. She is presently a Visiting Faculty at the Alliance for Global Education, India, Pune and Contemporary India and Media Studies, Pune.   This interview is in light of the recent release in English and Marathi of the Assamese book ‘Mon Gongaar Teerot’, a powerful memoir written by Triveni's mother Sabita Goswami. The translated books are titled 'Alon...
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Suneetha Balakrishnan is a bi-lingual writer (English and Malayalam) who delves in poetry and fiction. A certified Creative Writing Trainer from the British Council, Suneetha has published her work in various anthologies, and has tried her hand in translating too. She is currently completing her debut novel.  In this interaction with BookChums she speaks about her writing life, the trigger for her stories, advice to budding writers and much more...   Than...
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Based in Pune, Sucharita Dutta-Asane's short stories have won awards and featured prominently in anthologies. Sucharita's debut work - The Jungle Stories won the second prize in the Oxford Bookstore's debuting writer's prize. Her works have appeared in Breaking the Bow (Stories based on the Ramayana), Behind the Shadows (Short story anthology from Asia and Africa), Ripples (Stories by Indian women writers) and Vanilla Desires. In this interaction, Sucharita talks about...
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Recently, team BookChums chatted up with Indian author and journalist, Oswald Pereira. He has authored The Newsroom Mafia (his debut novel thriller) followed by Revenge of the Naked Princess. The latter is based on the tale of forced conversions in India with an element of the supernatural. While we discussed his latest work of historical fiction, he also revealed how long it took him to complete this book, how difficult it is to write a novel, beating the writers&rsqu...
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                           Smita Sahay’s writings have been featured on Ripples: Short Stories by Indian Women Writers by APK Publishers, Asia Writes and Muse India. In this exclusive interview with BookChums, she discussed the inspiration behind her short stories titled Black Blood and The Caretaker from the Ripples collection, her favorite writers, earliest writings, suggestions ...
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