When the world knows that you are mad about coffee, they especially remember you when they have something new to try. That’s what happened yesterday. Celebrating World Beverage Day had its perks with the amazing time we had with Ashish Jaiswal of The Nest Cafe, Indore who invited Kaffeinated Konversations to try out their new coffee that had molecular twist.
Before we tell you what we experienced, we are going to give you a brief history of the molecular gastronomy. In molecular gastronomy, the food takes up new forms. The combination of science and art of presentation both combine to create spectacular foods. The result of the blending of both science and arts leads to the infusion of technique, taste and chemistry to form new ways of creating food.
Coming to the experience, here’s what we got – Air-O-Frappe. It was coffee compressed with air leading to a frappe recipe that had lots of positives to it. Watch Ashish in action….
Now the garnishing…
Here’s the finished creation!
And then another one too…
Ashish loves getting into the experimental mode in his cafe kitchen and this avante-garde coffee is the outcome of his various exploits.
We had told you about the positives of the coffee in the beginning of this article right? Well, they are:
It is frothy and extremely light coffee
The consistency being light, it is as dense as the normal coffee frappe during consumption
It leaves the coffee taste long after it has been taken
It can be made in hot as well as cold temperatures
It can be mixed with other flavors too
So why wait? Head to the Cafe now… for this is the first time in Indore this kind of coffee is available. Isn’t it cool?
KK: This is your second book after getting high praise for Exit Interview. Where did you get the idea to do a collection of short stories instead of a full-length novel?
AM: There were always so many ideas swimming around in my mind. Short stories were the obvious outcome.
KK: Are the stories old or new?
AM: I started writing the stories after the publication of my first book Exit Interview in June 2015. So that way the stories are new.
KK: Did you have any goals for this collection when you wrote it—to get published, or just to finish, etc.?
AM: I had written a post in my blog titled ‘My boss is always touching me’. It was written in a very misleading way but in the end the reader could understand the boss was my then 4-year-old son who lords over his work-from-home mom. The reactions to that post were very positive. That was for the first time I realised I could probably write short stories. Then I wrote around 4–5 and sent to Readomania. Publisher Dipankar Mukherjee immediately asked me to finish the collection. That motivated me to finish the stories.
KK: How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
AM: I always wanted to write but my full-time job in journalism never allowed me the time to write a novel. I quit my job in 2011 and started writing my novel Exit Interview. I am glad I moved from full-form to short form in my second book because I could show my readers that I can write in another format. I want each book of mine to be totally different from the other and hook the reader with its own essence.
KK: What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
AM: I read anything that interests me. Apart from the famous ones, I do read a lot of new authors and I find it really sad that so many relatively unknown authors are such fulfilling reads in comparison to some bestselling ones who just churn out trash.
From Jeffrey Archer, Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri, Stieg Larsson to Haruki Murakami, my reading list has been varied. Rabindranath Tagore and Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay have also influenced me immensely.
KK: Could you describe the mundane details of writing: How many hours a day to you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)?
AM: I write on my laptop which invariably crashes when the book is going through edits. But since I keep the book in various stages of its making in my email, I haven’t landed in big trouble so far. But on both occasions when my book was published, I had to buy a new laptop.
My writing schedule is very erratic. I usually write at night when everyone in the house is asleep. I try to keep a diary where I jot down my thoughts and a basic structure of what I intend to write.
KK: Do you write every single day?
AM: I can write continuously for a week if there are some ideas in my mind and then for days I might not write at all.
KK: Any writing rituals?
AM: I guess I need my 7-year-old son around me to write. I started writing after he was born and I had quit my job, and now it’s his immense pride in me that makes my creative juices flow.
KK: Ballpoint, uniball or fountain pen?
AM: I am very fond of gel pens. Keep buying them.
KK: Will you meet your readers at book signings, conventions, or similar events?
AM: It is always a pleasure to meet your readers and take their feedback. I will definitely do that.
KK: What’s the worst job you’ve had? Has it influenced your writing?
AM: As a journalist I have held jobs at various newspapers and magazines. None have been bad jobs, but my experiences at workplaces and my brush with both good and bad people definitely influenced my writing. In Exit Interview most of the characters were based on real-life people I had met in the workplace.
KK: Tell us some more about your book.
AM: Museum of Memories is a book where each story takes off from a memory and delves deeper into social perceptions, often challenging them. All the stories are based on real-life experiences.
KK: Are you planning to adapt any of your stories into drama or to the screen?
AM: Some short-filmmakers and advertising professionals have shown interest. Let’s see what happens. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
KK: What’s more important: characters or plot?
AM: Both. If any one of them is weak the story slips.
KK: How hard is it to establish and maintain a career in fiction writing?
AM: Even an Amitav Ghosh or a Jhumpa Lahiri keep regular jobs. I think it’s hard to survive only by writing fiction; one has to do something on the side to earn a living. I work as a freelance journalist.
KK: Are you going to keep writing and doing only part-time work, or do you see yourself eventually going back to a full-time, corporate-type job?
AM: I don’t see myself doing full-time work anymore. I will be expanding on my part-time projects.
KK: Any last thoughts for our readers?
AM:Museum of Memories is not just a book, it’s meant to be an experience.
About the Author:
Amrita Mukherjee has worked in publications like The Times of India, The Hindustan Times and The Asian Age in India and she has been the Features Editor with ITP publishing Group, Dubai’s largest magazine publishing house.
An advocate of alternative journalism, she is currently a freelance journalist writing for international publications and websites and also blogs at http://www.amritaspeaks.com
Amrita’s debut novel Exit Interview earned the tag “unputdownable” from reviewers and readers alike.
Praise for Museum of Memories
The prose flows, emotions evolve and narrative quickens with the best form of surprise—the small surprise that is credible, human and moving. Amrita Mukherjee is a fine writer.
Minister of State for External Affairs/
Rajya Sabha MP/Veteran journalist/Author
Always a pleasure to see an ex member of the Hindustan Times editorial team turn to creative writing and to show such sensitivity in her fiction!
Ex Editorial Director,
Hindustan Times/TV personality/Author
Each short story of Amrita’s is a reader’s delight. Be it the element of surprise which is the soul of a short story, vivid etching of characters, construct of plots of varied themes, inimitable story telling style, language lucidity, food for thought, Amrita has mastered them all. I have no hesitation in saying that Amrita is a reincarnation of O. Henry.
Thirteen soul-stirring stories gathered from the experiences of a senior journalist
A surrogate mother narrating her emotional ordeal; a house-husband telling his side of the story; an innocent girl talking her first brush with the not-so-innocent world; a woman judging her friend for her Facebook posts…and many more that chronicle the journey of discovering life.
Amrita Mukherjee, a journalist, realised over the years that every story had an inside story; interviewees actually opened up when the Dictaphone was switched off. Apart from meeting people for interviews, she collected these stories at the office cafeteria, at drawing room conversations, during interactions with strangers while travelling on the metro-rail or talking to fellow moms while waiting for her son at the school gates. What emerges is a work of gripping fiction based on real incidents.
Published by Readomania, Musuem of Memories is available for purchase at bookstores and on Amazon http://amzn.in/42K6szM.
While the temperatures soar Indoris gather indoor and have a stimulating time from April 1 to April 2 with The Immersive Project. Organized by the Kaffienated Koversations & Indore Diaries for the benefit of bloggers, writers, readers, content writers, etc, today’s eclectic LitFest promised to bring in lots of opportunities to think, ask, discuss, debate and reflect on multi-pronged aspects of literature and arts.
This event is part of 5 day series of The Immersive Project. This event is ideal for students, bloggers, writers, readers, reviewers, copywriters, content managers, etc.
And I am so glad that a lot of people had shown interest for today’s event. They were more interested in knowing the perspective of writers who are already published, and no doubt all of us could understand what they had to teach all of us.
Creative writing is always considered as a writing which expresses a writer’s thoughts in a creative and unique way. It is always important for a writer to express his/her feelings easily which can be conveyed to its readers. To develop your protagonist plays an important role in writing any kind of stories.
The founder of Kaffeinated Konversation, Kavita Singh and Richa Saxena(left)
Half Baked Beans is a verified publishing house with lakhs of followers on Social Medias, it provides you the platform to get published your work. They have been actively working with hundreds of writers; pushing them to discover new frontiers of creativity. The Immersive Project along with Kaffeinated Konversations, Indore Diaries, and SumitOfficial is excited to collaborate with Half Baked Beans to bring to Indore, India HBB Creative Writing Workshop today on April 3, Monday.
Today’s event was facilitated by Richa Saxena who promised to equip all kinds…
Cinema is playing an essential role in our day-to-day life. There are so many different kinds of films which release every week such as real life story based, documentaries, romance, erotica, history, and of course comedy.
The excitement it gives is amazing!
Importance of Cinema
Each kind of cinema has its defined audience which has different effects on the audiences. I think films are not made to just entertain us but it surely tells us a lot of things which we can implement in our lives. It has a lot to teach us.
With the pretty girls. Hehe!
The knowledge we get from movies is commendable. It depends on what kind of a movie you are watching because each movie wants to tell you something, it is you who is going to take the good part from the movie to implement that in your life. We all do that, don’t…
Artson is not only about collecting stories and publishing them on paper. The purpose to start Artson is to work towards supporting artists. And that’s why the name, Artson.
What triggered you to start Artson Publishing?
I am a Career Coach and an international recruitment professional. After working with the best of the recruitment firms, setting up a good career in recruitments, I felt that something was missing. It wasn’t enough. I constantly kept feeling that it was not my soul’s calling. One day while cleaning my closet, I found out an old notepad. And there was it. I had written some good poems and I had never really paid attention to it. That is how I started writing consciously and got in touch with a lot of writers. Within a short time period, I found out that Writers need a lot of help professionally. Sometimes, they are clueless, sometimes they need to little push. And that is how Artson was born.
What kind of literature has influenced you?
Poetry. And I like non-fiction a lot. Sometimes I crave for it. Machinery, construction, Oil & Gas and chemicals, Automobile, these are the kind of words that fascinate me.
You conduct many online activities – one of them being “Writing Challenge”. How do you manage the creativity energy during the process of assimilating all the responses?
Let’s put it in straight words. It is a big TASK. First, I choose the writing prompts/tasks/challenges for 30 days. I am always concerned that they must match the theme and general interest of various participants. And then once we complete the challenge, I go through each entry again.
Now, coming back to your question, let’s put it this way, I feel honoured to read words of so many people. These are not just few random words. People put their heart out on the paper ( digital ). People share their inner most feelings with me. And that is the biggest source of positive and creative energy. Also, apart from arranging, managing and judging, various writing challenges, I write everyday.
From the closet of The Heart was like a project in which on discovering the past communication and messages, stories triggered. How close is this book to you?
This was, and still is my dream project. Whenever I think about this book, I visualise a person sitting on the floor with their closet doors open, and from the pile of the clothes, they find out an old paper that has a few things written on them. The person has a smile and tears at the same time. And that is what this project means to me. Letting go off the things, putting your heart out and share the most honest feelings of your heart.
Now, this is not just a book. We have turned it into an ever going project. We have a lot to do. (Already thinking of some ideas )
Ability on Wheels is a combination of real life stories and lots of facts. How did you manage to keep the pace of the writing given the fact that it’s a non-fiction book?
As I mentioned, I love non-fiction books. I have read a lot of them. So, I knew that what are the things that we must avoid. Working on this book was a challenge at first because we had to make sure that the reader should not feel lost while reading it. I first worked on editing of real life stories. And once that was done, I worked on the facts and information part. And because it had facts and important information, I had to do a lot of fact-research. And then, we did a lot of rounds of editing and re-editing. We kept the stories in simple language and facts in a very direct yet informative way. It helped us to make it a beautiful book. Working on this book was so exciting that it never felt like I was working.
Which other writing projects/ books are coming up?
Now, we are accepting submissions for poetry book. Also, we are coming up with a few poetry and short story collections. And soon, we might start accepting submissions for second edition of “From the Closet of the Heart”.
3 writers you admire the most and why?
Robert Frost – When I was clueless, I read his poems. A lot. Charles Bukowski – For his influence on modern literature. Tony Robbins – For the fact that he is real. And when you read him, he gets too real with you.
Publishing world is hard on Women Publishers. Do you agree? Your comments.
I want to tell you all the good things about not feeling it this way. But, sadly I can’t. I do not feel it that way when I go to the printing press where there are only male workers, I do not feel it that way, when I have to pick up heavy boxes of books, I do not feel it that way when I have to negotiate with the logistics guy. I feel that the world gets hard when I am asked to offer discounts. When I am asked to keep my fee minimal. Reason? It is because I am a young woman, running my business alone. I have spoken to some educated people, and then I was asked not to keep the fee high and sometimes, I was also expected to work for free because, oh well, a little young girl running her startup alone. She must not earn good money.
And this happens in all the industries. So let’s look at the positive side that there is a lot of scope. If you work hard, if you provide quality work, none of it matters. Let’s not sit down and be bothered about it. Keep good people close by and keep expanding that circle.
When not dealing with books and publishing, what do you like to do?
I try to be a part of the outside world. The world that is connected to my personal life. And, I cook, I read. My house is 5 minutes away from lake. So, I sometimes go there for a walk. I talk a lot with my Mom. And also, I make Dreamcatchers.
Soniya Kapoor is an experienced and skilled Recruitment Professional, passionate to explore recruitment as function and industry more and more every day. Having worked independently on large scale Turnkey Projects and Independent Positions.
Artson Publishing House, based in India, is one of the fastest growing self-publishing platforms. Founded by Soniya Kapoor to help writers to realize and breathe calling of their soul. They offer a wide range of professional services like publishing, online promotions, design, editing, and distribution. Contact them at email@example.com
Yes, you heard me right. I am entangled in addiction. I can’t stop buying and reading books. I have always loved, whenever I passed by bookstore I would be tempted to buy book. When I had received my first smartphone I was content with e-books.
The first step is to admit that you’re addicted to reading.
The second step is to keep reading.
But now my temptation has become out of control. I keep buying books shamelessly and keep reading them one by one even when my exams are round the corner. Whenever I see a good book deal on Amazon, I order a book or two. Though my parents ask me to refrain, I still order book boxes, at times I order more than one box for a month. I go to Bangalore’s favourite bookstore Blossom Book House, if I plan to buy 1 books, in the end I land up paying 3 or 4 books, why? Because I got books (1st hand and/or 2nd hand) at good prices!
My friends think I’m a rich man’s daughter, but no. To buy these books I save up throughout the year, from the monies I get from relatives on festivals and birthday. I buy less clothes but I make it a point to save up as much as I can.
Is it bad to be addicted? When it comes to books, I mean… I just can’t help it. Ever since I started my bookstagram account (https://www.instagram.com/pia_divergent_nerd/ ) and joined book clubs, this addiction is becoming more and more uncontrollable.
P.S. Just today I bought 2 books. After buying 2 last Friday.
I have promised myself that I won’t buy any more books until I have graduated, which I will be in one and a half months’ time. I really hope I can stand up to the promise.
Priya Bhowal is a Creative Content Writing Intern at Kaffeinated Konversations. She was born and brought up in a West Bengal small town named Siliguri. Currently she’s in her final year of Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry, Zoology, Biotechnology (triple majors) from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore. She lives, loves and breathes on novels, especially Fantasy, Romance and YA genres.
The pillar of the story or sometimes it’s the heart and soul too. I am a proud cliché loving girl. From bad boy, girlhood stories to opposites falling in love and the main characters always falling for each other to happily ever afters to cheesy lines and love at first sight. I enjoy it all.
The sensible and non-sensible Cliché :
THE BAD BOY, GOOD GIRL STORIES AND THE OPPOSITES ATTRACT STORIES : Let’s be real who doesn’t love the chemistry between a bad boy and a good girl – the not so outgoing girl and party animal guy. The opposites attracting stories too what a pleasure it is to see people completely out of their leagues falling for each other. These are a bit unrealistic stories how often do we see this happening outside of a book ? Which leads me to another point i.e., The bad boy having a heart of gold : Obviously he’s called the bad boy for a freaking reason, right ? Like he doesn’t lack a heart but how can he change from spawn of Satan to an Angel ? That makes no sense and why does the partner has to put up with this to turn him into a human being? It is undeniably frustrating when throughout the story one of the person is insecure in the relationship. Like why are they even together then ? Being in a healthy relationship is to be sure of it. It’s natural the partners might face difficulties and become unsure but always being scared that the other is going to dump you means there is no meaning of being together. Also being suspicious of your partner just shows that you don’t even trust them in the first place.
THE LOVE TRIANGLE : It adds to unnecessary drama, even the reader gets confused – who to root for ? It’s frustrating that a character keeps on dragging the love interests. Of course it’s possible to develop feeling for two people but my point is why keep on tagging them along ? Just make up your mind and stop hurting others in the process. Or two people fighting for one why not go and find someone who knows your worth and stop pinning after a person who doesn’t have feelings for you.
SHOT OF ROMANCE IN EVERY STORY : Why not involve friendship and families ?
THE PROBLEMATIC LIFE OF A TEENAGER : It is a universal fact that being a teenager is not easy but does it always has to be a teenager who faces all the problems ? Teenagers beating the evil forces, teenager doing this and that and are the heroes. What about other age groups?
THE DAMSEL IN DISTRESS IS NOW THE KICKASS FEMALE LEAD : The more the problems the female faces the more fearless and kickass she becomes in the story. I am totally in for that. Let’s be real stories with a strong female as the working catalyst are much more appreciated. It doesn’t always has to be a girl who needs saving. HAPPILY EVER AFTERS : Most of the times the readers are blessed with a happily ever after but it cannot happen all the time. It was the topic I debated on the most while categorizing. I think it varies from person to person.
CAT AND MOUSE GAME : It is fun to see the characters sweating to get to their love interest and sensible to a level. Not a trilogy long cat and mouse chase. It tires the readers to the point the readers think it’s better they remain single.
What are some of your favourite or not so favourite cliches?
Shivangi Bakshi is Creative Content Writing Intern at Kaffeinated Konversations. Currently she is pursuing A1 German language from Goethe Institute, New Delhi. She loves reading besides exploring new music tastes and making art. Art and books have been an escape into the whimsical world for her.
SS: You were a writer and still are. What experience/s put you into the publisher role?
BD: I am a poet and writer first; I write thesis and research papers. My first experience with Publishing was in 2008 where few of my works were published and since then it has been a long journey. I have interacted and met many publishers and understood the difficulties and problems they undergo; from marketing to distribution. It been easier for me to look at this publishing segment from an author’s point of view.
SS: What is your view of the future of anthology in India? Will they last or it’s just a fad?
BD: In today’s internet age everything that we see is a craze and will eventually fade away. The concept of an anthology is a brilliant one. In a book you can get 10-15 different stories written by different people from various walks of life. This in return adds spice to the book and the reader enjoys it. The paperback books are going to stay and print media will always be the favorite one even thought everything around us is digitized.
SS: What’s the best way for a writer to be published? Self-published or Traditional Publishing?
BD:There is nothing called the best way as such; it basically depends on the manuscript. In 2008 we didn’t have many publishing houses and it was very difficult to get your book published but thanks to self-publishing we have a complete access and control to what happens to our manuscript and how far you want the book to reach.
SS: What do you enjoy more? Writing or Publishing?
BD: I enjoy writing the most but publishing is fun and more interesting. You get a different story then you plan out its editing part, the book cover and then discuss with the author and create marketing plans and pre-orders and book launches and then media, reviews and book reviews. We at Raindrops take ample of time before selecting the manuscripts and drafting out a plan on its execution.
SS: Why the name “Raindrops”. How was the concept connected to publishing?
BD:RainDrops fall on everyone. The concept we have worked out is that every drop of rain counts. For example, if the drop falls on a leaf, it turns into a pearl and when it falls on the ground, it gives out nice fragrance. I find raindrops pretty brave and they are not afraid of falling. I come from an era where self-publishing was not everyone’s cup of tea. I wanted to create a platform wherein we have both published authors and amateurs sharing the poems and stories in the same book. We have created several anthologies wherein we have taken bestselling authors and also newbies and giving them a base to establish themselves
SS: What genre do you focus on mostly? Why?
BD: We are open to all genres but we are mostly focused on Poetry and Philosophy. There are very few publishing houses that support poetry and I find poetry dying as an art form. We support poetry and have various contests to help people to find out their hidden talent. Drenched Thoughts is such a platform for people to share the poems, one liners and rhyme to the given stanzas.
SS: Who is your favorite author? Why?
BD: Dan Brown, the amount of research he does for his books is tremendous and the way he simplifies and puts across to the readers
Jeffrey Archer, his way of narrating is mind blowing and his presentation is the best.
And I consider myself lucky because I have met both of them
SS: Your favorite books? Why?
BD:I love reading books of various genres irrespective of any particular banner or author.
All Books by Robert Frost
Dan Brown- Angels and Demons
I have read all the religious holy books.
My favourite is The Bible; it always inspires and gives solace in times of trouble.
SS: Your views on publishing industry in India and its future?
BD: The publishing industry has a long way to go. Everything related to media, news, books, movies are interconnected with the publishing industry
There are many content oriented websites, eBooks coming into the scene and many major changes are underway. Everything is just via one click. As technology advances, we can hope that the industry will grow in abundance.
SS: When not writing or publishing, what do you enjoy doing?
BD: I love music. I have a collection of soulful music. I play the guitar and entertain myself. I am very active in the music industry too.
SS: What are your plans with RainDrops?
BD: We have just restructured the way Raindrops functions giving way to more opportunities and being more author and reader friendly. We have increased our production and also our offline distribution network. In 2017, you will see us signing new authors and also collaborating with published authors to create something new and wonderful. We will be getting into regional books like Marathi and Hindi under Arusha Books banner and poetry related anthologies and book series coming under DrenchedThoughts.
Bernard D’sa is born and bred in Mumbai but settled down in Bangalore. He has a degree in English Literature and has also studied philosophy and spirituality. He writes a blog “Beautiful Inspirations” which is instrumental in inspiring and motivating masses .He is also a prolific writer of poetry and philosophy. You can find his recent work on Amazon, Flipkart and Infibeam.
In 2009 he introduced a newsletter called Inspirational Times which had inspirational stories, quotes, and then he introduced a small booklet called Bernard Poems that were written by him. Later on he started writing love sonnets into a book called Collector’s Guide. Soon it became very well known among his friends and they began demanding for copies of all three. It then was too difficult .So he merged all three together into one giving a complete new platform to Beautiful Inspirations. And then from newsletters to book, emails to blog, Orkut to Facebook.
Beautiful Inspirations has been a name to be remembered…. The tag line goes very well stating… One Source, Many Inspirations…. keeping God as the main source of all inspirations.
He also writes on topics of Inspiration, Business, Philosophy, Spirituality, Arts and Poetry. He is involved in NGO activities and owns a publishing house “RainDrops Company”.