Liebster award nomination

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Thank you, Deepti Menon, for nominating my website for the Liebster Blog Award!

The Rules

  1.  Link back and thank the blogger who nominated you in your post.
  2.  List 11 facts about yourself. 
  3.  Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  4. Pick 5 – 10 new bloggers (must have less than 300 followers) to nominate and ask them 11 new questions.
  5. Do not re-nominate the blogger that nominated you.
  6. Go to each new blogger’s site and inform them of their nomination.

To learn more about the Liebster Award, check out this post by Deepti Menon

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9 random facts about myself

  1.  As a child my ultimate dream was to be the Rasna Girl and drink 25 glasses of Rasna in one shot.
  2.  I never say no to tea.
  3.  I have arachnophobia.
  4.  I am a Sylvia Plath addict
  5.  I love cats
  6.  My sister and I once had a pet rat.
  7.  During my teens I used to seek the company of my sister to watch horror movies. She was 5 years old then.
  8.  When I read Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus in college, I was so moved by Doctor Faustus’ suffering that I wrote my own ending to the play in blank verse.
  9.  I love breaking rules 🙂

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Here are the questions asked by Deepti Menon, which I enjoyed answering.. 

1.  Name three secrets that you never told anyone.

 a)  I have always dreamt of buying a beach house.

 b)  I have always wanted to live in an artists’ colony.

 c)  I would love to live in a new country every 7 years. Make new friends, soak up a whole new culture.. 

2. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?  

I would buy a beach house and live happily ever after with my husband.                                                                                                            

3. Looking over the last ten years, what is one goal you have achieved and one that you have not achieved?  

Publishing my novella Pyar Aur Poetry has been a significant achievement for me in the last ten years.

4. What are your plans for retirement? And will you travel, if so where and why? 

Writers never retire. I hope to write as long as I can.

5. Favourite drink on a Friday night?

A glass of red or white wine.

6. What do you think the secret is to a good marriage or relationship with a significant other is?  

Lots and lots of laughter and love.

7. Name three words that describe your personality.  

Imaginative, generous and carefree

8. Home-cooked meal or take-out? 

Take out or food cooked by my mother or mother in law. 

9. When was the last time you blogged and what was the topic?   

April. I had posted a book review of Bhargavi Balachandran’s The Crossover Year. Do check it out here.

10. What do you think the key is to happiness? 

There is no formula for happiness. But doing what one loves is a good start.

11. Who is your favourite poet and why? 

Sylvia Plath. Her poems are haunting.

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Questions asked by Roopa

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. A book that haunted you..
  3. If you got a chance to bottle your favourite memories, which ones would you choose?
  4. A turning point in your life was…
  5. If you could pick a movie that resembles your life….
  6. Do you have any book, movie, TV show, cartoon that you would like to write fan fiction for? If yes- why?
  7. A poem that you can recite from memory
  8. You can’t get enough of…
  9. Alan Lightman’s book Einstein’s dreams ( a personal favourite of mine)is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As this sensitive young genius creates his theory of relativity, he imagines many possible worlds with different conceptions of time. Time is circular, linear, lasts for one day, stands still in each of these worlds. If you had a choice to choose your concept of time in your world- what would it be and why?
  10. What would your epitaph say?

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My Liebster nominations are:

  1. Zeenat Mahal

         http://www.zeenatmahal.com/

  1. Neelima Vinod

          http://neelthemuse.wordpress.com/

 

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Book review of Bhargavi Balachandran’s The Crossover Year

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A book or an author’s success lies in the fact that it not only makes the reader think but also entertains from start to finish. This is where Bhargavi Balachandran’s The Crossover Year is a winner.

The Crossover Year whisks you into its heroine Anu Prabha’s world and traces her many capers as she touches the dreaded 30. Anu Prabha aka Anu is not your cookie cutter heroine. She is fiercely independent, loyal, witty, blunt, outspoken, self centred and also at times mercurial, insecure and naïve. Far from being a domestic goddess and superwoman type, she is the quintessential queen of disasters and faux pas who is unapologetic about her culinary ineptness a much as her dread of being a homemaker. Anu, in many ways, symbolises today’s ever increasing breed of women who dread being tied to their hearth and lives in perennial fear of trading in their careers for babies and household drudgery. In short, she is highly relatable.

Another standout about The Crossover Year is that it is more than just a fun read; the author has discussed pertinent issues in today’s society like homosexuality and societal attitude, marital abuse, office politics, and sexual harassment of women at workplaces in the book.

Bhargavi’s writing style is very engaging and keeps you glued to the book till the end. And it most definitely falls in the ‘to be read in one sitting’ category.

Come weekday blues, don’t reach for the cookie jar or that giant tub of ice cream, instead indulge in Bhargavi Balachandran’s The Crossover Year- an absolute page turner that not only promises 100 per cent unadulterated fun but also makes you think.

Buy The Crossover Year here

My Writing Process Blog Tour

My Writing Process Blog Tour 

I met Natasha Ahmed, author of Butterfly Season, last year at a group forum organised by our publisher Indireads, from there we became rather well acquainted on Twitter and Facebook. I distinctly remember how we broke the ice – it was over hashtags and retweets.. 🙂

So when she invited me to participate in a blog tour concerning my writing process, I didn’t think twice, I literally screamed YES, well, into my email to her. The idea was rather novel and fun: it was all about answering a few fun questions and then tagging other authors to do the same.  

Without any further ado, here are my answers as well as a bit of info on the excellent authors I have tagged. 

The questions:

1)      What am I working on?

I am working on the first draft of my first full length novel at the moment. It is actually an extension of a short story(yet to be published) that I had worked on at a creative writing workshop. It is a world I felt I was not quite done with. So, fingers crossed.

2)       How does my work differ from others of its genre?

On the surface, Pyar Aur Poetry, has all the ingredients of a breezy, lighthearted college romance: anticipation and hesitancy of young love, loyal friends, popular cliques, college losers, contests, stentorian teachers, nosy parents; cool grandparents. But delve a little deeper, it subtly highlights the subcontinent’s consistent obsession with western literature (which trickles into our curriculum that in turn influences our reading choices); the pooh poohing of popular culture, among others. In other words, it is a simple college romance that not only makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside but also makes you think..

3)      Why do I write what I do?

I didn’t really choose to write college romance; in a strange way, it chose me. I don’t really write according to a genre. I simply write stories that I can relate to and would enjoy as a reader. 

4)      How does my writing process work?

I don’t really have a clear cut writing process. My writing process is more subconscious than conscious. But what I vaguely know is once I get an idea, I roll it my mind and see if it makes sense to me. Once I feel ready and can ‘see’ my characters and the setting in my head then I go for it, try to put it in words. Until I reach that point I just keep dwelling on the idea.

Thanks Natasha for tagging me. Check out her newly released book Butterfly season that has been receiving rave reviews here.

I’ve also tagged two talented and exciting authors for you to check out:

Shweta Ganesh Kumar, Author of A Newlywed’s Adventure in Married Land 

Best selling author Shweta Ganesh Kumar’s third book A Newlywed’s Adventure in Married Land is a laugh riot and simply unputdownable!  

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Former workaholic Mythili moves to the Philippines to be with her new husband Siddharth. Once there, however, she is faced with unemployment and expat wives, all the while struggling to overcome culture shock. Is Siddharth’s love enough to help this real life Alice find her way out of Wonderland?

Check out A Newlywed’s Adventure in Married Land on Amazon and Indireads. And don’t forget to visit Shweta’s blog here.

Bhargavi Balachandran, Author of The Crossover Year

Chennai-based Bhargavi Balachandran’s The Crossover Year is “a funny, yet heartwarming story of a woman in search of her identity, and a chronicle of her hilarious quest for discovering her inner mojo.”
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Meet Sri Anuprabha, aka Anu, a twenty-nine year-old banker who is terrified of entering her thirties. She dreams of quitting her job at the bank, sporting yoga pants and traipsing around the world. Her world turns upside down when things go awry and she is faced with the prospect of spending her days watching Tamil serials. She comes up with a five-point plan for reclaiming her life back before she hits the big 30. But things are never as simple as drawing up a flowchart in real life, are they? Especially with a ghastly recession rearing its ugly head. Anu bumbles through the corridors of domesticity and travels on a fun filled roller coaster ride in a bid to discover her passion in life. Along the way, she meets new people, experiences crazy new things and learns some hard lessons in marriage, friendship, parenting and life.
 Check out The Crossover Year on AmazonEbay, Flipkart, Homeshop18, Bookadda. And don’t forget to visit Bhargavi’s blog here

Childhood snapshot

The other day somebody asked me about my childhood. And all I could remember were 25 glasses filled with electric orange Rasna and the Rasna girl with her bangs, fountain and button round eyes.   

Is that normal?