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  Shabia Ravi Walia, like every woman, dreamed of being a mother. However, it was not easy for her. She waited for 3 years to conceive after she decided to make an addition to her family. And her first book - Mamma Mania - is an account of all that happened from the time she decided to go for it till it really happened. The book is part funny, part emotional and completely informative. From the funny incident of acting pregnant when she was not, to moments of ...
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The launch of Growing Up In Pandupur in Mumbai gave us a chance to interact with two very versatile and creative authors - Adithi and Chatura Rao.   Growing Up In Pandupur is a marvelous collection of 13 short stories for children. And parents alike.   The writing is mature and stable, but at no place does it feel commanding or overbearing. So kids will have no difficulty breezing through the stories.   Talking to the author-sisters would really ma...
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An MBA by profession, Nishant Kaushik, an author with three books to his fame certainly has come a long way. BookChums managed to rope in this entertaining author for a few questions.   How and when did you begin blogging/writing? I began writing well before blogging existed as a concept – only that my writing was awry and all over the place. I wrote mostly on a notepad during a boring lecture, and those ‘blogs’ often did the rounds in ...
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  As I walked in to the bookstore for the launch of Judy Balan’s debut novel, Two Fates: The Story of my Divorce, I was greeted with a sweet smile and a hint of a rollicking time! I managed to get Judy’s time and attention before the launch and indulged in a candid interview. On enquiring about the ideation of the story, she was quick to respond, “I happened to be in a store and noticed Drink, Play, F@ck, the parody of Elizabeth Gilbert&rsqu...
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People know him as "a Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant by accident, a civil servant by day and a writer by night. A voracious reader and a lover of cinema. And of course the Managing Director, Grey Oak Publishers." But this barely sums up the personality of author Ahmed Faiyaz. Those familiar with his previous work will vouch for his insight to observe and meticulously jot human emotions and relationships. And with his latest offering Scammed: ...
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Love’s Journey is the debut novel of Rashmi Singh, a freelance Personality Development and Soft Skills Trainer at Faridabad. From talking about her personal and professional life to her take on love, Rashmi gives us an insight on present day society woes and much more. Read on. Tell us a bit about your professional background. How did you steer towards becoming a Personality Development and Soft Skills Trainer? I had been quite active during my school/colle...
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Dr. Vivek Banerjee, the author of ‘The Long Road’ is a self-confessed “full time pediatrician (by choice) and part time author (by chance)”. Also known by his pen name Ben, for his blogs earlier, Vivek shares snippets of his writing career with us. Read on.   Could you share with us your earliest memories of writing? What got you blogging and finally writing a fictional tale? The earliest memories in writing are contributing to my sch...
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  Noted Israeli author, Sam Vaknin is synonymous with varied portfolios of work from being the editor-in-chief for the online magazine, Global Politician to writing the widely-acclaimed book, Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited, a treatise and discussion on narcissism. He has also worked as an economic advisor for governments in Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern and Central Europe and he served in the Israel Defense Forces.  And the list goes on; he...
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                                                  June 7, 2012, Pune, India: BookChums interviewed Upendra Sahani, author of Love Cocktail. In this interview, he discussed his first book, future writings, and his interests and aspirations straight- from-the-heart.   Sahani’s first book, Love Cocktail is set i...
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  Jeevan Verma is a freelance writer whose hilarious story 'Mortified' features in the recently released litizen.com short story collection Labyrinth. Jeevan has been writing since his childhood and is inspired by anything unusual, including people, hobbies and places.Here is our interview with him.   Thank you for the interview. How long did you take to write ‘Mortified’? How did the theme for this story emerge? Actually two days. I am quite ...
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    Pune-based writer Sushant Dharwadkar, landed in Mumbai five years back to earn his bread and butter from advertising. He started writing stories when his office had less work and lot of free time. His story Farming on Facebook features in the short story collection Labyrinth. Here is our interview with him.     Thank you for the interview with BookChums, Sushant. How did the theme for Farming on Facebook emerge? Two things that an author wan...
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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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Suseela Ravi is an Indian writer whose works have appeared in various anthologies. She has also written a non-fiction book called Writing Short Stories - Mastering The Craft. In this interaction, Suseela talks about her first foray in to writing, on her upcoming novel, her writing process and much more....   Thank you for this interview with BookChums, Suseela. What triggered you to write Fading Lights? In India, the bond between parents and children is un...
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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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  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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  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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Kabita of ‘Ask Kabita’ fame has been writing the book recommendation column exclusively for BookChums for a long time now(be specific). Armed with a Masters in Literature from Delhi University, Kabita landed in Pune two years ago and has, over time, fallen in love with the city. An aspiring travel writer, Kabita is looking to publish her first travelogue in 2014. In this interaction, she talks about her interests, passions, favourite books and much more&hel...
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    Bookchums recently got together with the author of India's first techno mythology thriller, Clark Prasad. After enjoying his first book, Baramulla Bomber, we had a lot of questions to ask him and Clark Prasad was also very forthcoming in helping us understand how one goes about writing a techno mythology thriller and being a Tintinologist.   1. We just put down your book and must say you have one of the most impressive storylines that we hav...
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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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