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Kaffeinated Konversations with Sutapa Basu

A tyrant, a megalomaniac and an invader – nothing sounds good when you read these attributes. Yet, Nader Shah caught the fancy of Author Sutapa Basu.

Kaffeinated Konversations interviews her and tries to find out why and the answers she gives takes us by a great surprise! Let’s delve into the latest book by Sutapa and why she wrote this historical fiction.

THE CURSE OF NADER SHAH BOOK FLANKED BY OUR REVIEW

KK: Congratulations for your newly released book ‘ The Curse of Nader Shah’. It is a greatly engrossing book. The first question that came to our mind is – why a story of a tyrant? Why did you pick up Nader Shah specifically?

SB: This book is the second segment of the series called The Invader Series. The first one was the The Legend of Genghis Khan. Initially, I decided to write about Nader Shah because he was one of the conquerors who successfully invaded India but when I began to research about him, a wealth of information emerged which was as fascinating as surprising. We in India, know really very little about Nader Shah other than his loot of Delhi and that he took away the Peacock throne and the Kohinoor. Do we know that he did not steal either of them as popularly known? He was offered both heirlooms as well as the entire Mughal treasure.

KK: What’s the story behind the crimson color in Persian culture?

SB: In Persian culture, the Safavid dynasty and rulers even before them, had a tradition that the Shahs wore garments of crimson or red when pronouncing a death sentence. But Nader Shah made red into his signature colour. He would wear it on his dress, his soldiers would have flashes of it, even the tents of his army were red! Possibly, he wanted to remind people that Death was at his finger tips and he could unleash it on anyone at anytime at will.

KK: What interesting facts have your research on Nader Shah revealed? Have you put all of it in your book?

SB: Many interesting facts…and no, not all of it could go into the book. The fact that he appropriated Timur’s grand gravestone to Mashhad to lay on his own tomb. Also that Nader was enamored of the conquests of Timur and Genghis Khan and considered them his mentors. Always aware of his low birth, he tried to marry his sons into their bloodlines. 

Another interesting fact is that he lost all his teeth as a young man because of his love for sweet things. So he would swallow his food without chewing and thus suffered severe indigestion. That it was his constant problems with digestion that made him irritable and irascible was new to me. Somehow, it made him less of a monster and more human to me. 

KK: Do you think that the ‘villain’ characterization is difficult to build up in the story? Why?

SB: I believe it is difficult to ‘humanize’ a villain. You see history chronicles mostly the misdeeds of a man and thus the stamp of a villain is much easier to tag. But it is more difficult to point out why the man became a villain in the fist place. History has always been a study of cause and effect. When I research, I look for the whys of the person’s characteristics and actions. I did it for Genghis Khan and for Nader Shah. While it is true that Persia reeled under his tyranny especially towards the end, Nader Shah was an ill man, disappointed that he had not fulfilled his aspirations entirely and heartbroken with guilt for punishing his son so cruelly. 

KK: Nader show different traits as a ruler, husband and father. What feeling do you expect from the readers when they think of him.

SB: I want them to think of him as a human being with the frailties and foibles of any of us. Like all human beings in power, it is natural that he would make mistakes, be misled by people for vested interests, be prey to love and hate. They will hold regrets, suffer sorrows, their lives and characters will be influenced by environment and events. And yes, they play the different roles of a father, husband and ruler. The reader must accept that just like all of us, Nader will be a different person in each of these roles. Basically, I feel one should not typecast a person as a villain or hero but look for reasons behind his actions.

KK: History paints Nader as a megalomaniac. Do all conquerors have similar personality traits? 

SB: While demands of environment and time period determines a conqueror’s personality traits, some characteristics are similar. Certainly, they have mega aspirations and to fulfill them, their obsessions are on a mega scale too. Yet, there could be political reasons or security issues that compel them to expand their empires or build a fear psychosis that keeps their enemies at bay.

KK: This book is a historical fiction. How easy or difficult is it to fuse history and fiction together? What were your experiences in the process?

SB: History has fascinated me since childhood and so historical novels and historical fiction has been my favourite genre. Reading books of skilled authors such as Indu Sundersan and Phillipa Gregory, I have learned that one must write without distorting history. Now what is history? It is interpretation of various forms of evidence. If one carries out a discerning study of any period or event, one will soon perceive a pattern. And like all patterns that rely on factual evidence, there will be gaps in the links wherever facts are not available. Well, I use those gaps to weave my fiction through. That way I  leave the historical facts as they are taking advantage of empty spaces between them. That is my process of fusing fiction and history.

KK: Are there fictitious characters in this story?

SB: Yes, there are fictitious characters, but these are peripheral characters. The main protagonists for which I have given references are  real and have places in history.

KK: Which historical event / situation you found it difficult to merge in the book?

SB: Nader’s terrible punishment for his beloved heir and son even though he did not have concrete evidence of any treachery.

KK: As a historical fiction author (previously having written on Padmavati and Genghis Khan), what tips would you give to writers who intend to write stories in similar genre?

SB: Deep research is imperative to write historical fiction. This is not mythology that you can bend perceptions. One is dealing with facts which need to be studied and adhered to. 

Research sources can take the shape of print texts, online texts, online sites, actual visits to the physical setting of the story like I visited Chittorgarh for Padmavati, surveys, interacting with people at the site of the  event, popular myths, legends, tales connected to the subject, discussions with experts. The full picture is what any writer of historical work requires before one begins to create the fiction based on historical events.

Thanks for graciously answering our questions, Sutapa! Here’s wishing you all the best for your latest book!

THE AUTHOR:

Sutapa Basu is the best-selling author of Padmavati, The Queen Tells Her Own
Story (2017, pub Readomania), a historical fiction. She has authored a
psychological thriller, Dangle (2016, pub Readomania) that was nominated for the
Anupam Kher Award for Debut Novels in 2017. Her second historical fiction
initiating the Invader Series was The Legend of Genghis Khan (2018, pub
Readomania). The second part of the Invader Series, a third historical fiction, The
Curse of Nader Shah was released on 20 August, 2019. A poet, author, publishing
consultant, she is the 2016 First Prize winner of the Times of India’s Write India
Campaign for Amish Tripathi. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies,
Crossed & Knotted, Defiant Dreams, When They Spoke and Write India Stories.
Her poems have been published in Kaafiyana and The Dawn Beyond Waste. Read
her works on her website storyfuntastika.com & Readomania.com.

THE BOOK :

What happens when a megalomaniac builds aspirations of being a world conqueror? Son of a humble shepherd from the remote northern mountains of Persia, his colossal ambition and bold strategy catapulted Nader Qoli Shah from a soldier to the Shah of Persia. However, Nader Shah’s downfall was carefully orchestrated from the day he ascended the throne of Persia. As he compelled his Army to undertake punishing campaigns, squeezed the nation economy to starvation, and piled up mutilated bodies, even his loyal companions rose against him. They all wanted him gone but one of them wanted it the most. Who played him like a game of chess, drove him to insanity, and became his nemesis?

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Kaffeinated Konversations with Nandita Jayaraj and Aashima Freidog

From decoding Indian monsoon to creating water bots

From shedding light on black holes to marking art with fruit flies –

Indian women have done it all and more!

All you need is to read and recognize their invaluable contribution to science.

31 Fantastic Adventures in Science is a beautifully illustrated book putting spotlight on unknown women scientists of India. The book is a great read for both kids and adults! So here’s an interview with Nandita Jayaraj and Aashima Friedog and we are totally excited about this much needed book! 

The first few questions were answered by Nandita

KK: 31 Fantastic Adventures in Science is a beautifully illustrated and well crafted book. What triggered the idea to write on women and especially in science field?

NJ: The credit for the beautiful artwork in the book goes to Upasana Agarwal and Devangana Dash, and also Ria Rajan whose initial visualisations really helped us imagine what this book could be. The concept of the book did not come out of the blue for us. Both Aashima and I have been writing about women in science and investigating the gender gap for almost four years and before that we were producing a children’s science magazine. Though science is given great importance in early education, children grow up hearing, seeing and reading about only male (white, cis- and able-bodied) scientists. There is a need to convey to them that this is NOT because men are better at science. What we know about the universe today has so much to do with the labour of women in science and the fact that we don’t know their names is not because they are any less than their male peers, but because their contributions has been systematically hidden. Children need to know this, and we believe that they are mature enough to be sensitised to these realities. This book and our project TheLifeofScience.com is dedicated to putting a stop to this invisibilising.    

KK: What challenges did you face in bringing out the stories of women scientists?

NJ: Finding these stories was actually the easiest part of this book. We already had an idea of some amazing stories such as the one about Bhargavi the chiropterologist who rediscovered a lost species of bat, Mangala the engineer who spent over a year in Antarctica sensing satellites at the age of 50 and Kusala the seismologist who revealed a 1,000-year-old tsunami in South India. Luckily, almost all the women we approached were very enthusiastic about participating in this book and about communicating their science to young audiences. Perhaps the most challenging for us was picking the most diverse set of 30 as possible.. it was so hard that we had to persuade our publishers to allow for 31!  

KK: What opportunities were you able to explore further from the stories you got?

NJ: Not sure i understand this question, but if you’re asking what next after the book – we’d be happy to do a sequel, though we haven’t talked about it yet! And for sure, merchandise! We are also hoping for the book to be translated to other languages.

KK: The illustrations are contemporary yet have something of a story contained within. How were you able to go around with them with Upasana Agarwal?

NJ: So good to hear this. One of the reasons we were so enthusiastic about working with Upasana on this is because of this very quality in their work. As authors we really did not interfere too much with their style; we only gave them inputs of sciencey elements in the portraits though to their credit, they were so good that we didn’t even have too much to add on that front. Penguin’s Art Director helped bring the whole thing together. It worked out! 

KK: Are there more stories of women scientists that you have covered apart from the 31 mentioned here?

NJ: Absolutely. We (meaning not just Aashima and I but a whole network of creative people and journalists) have covered the works of 150+ women in science in India on our website TheLifeofScience.com. These stories are published not just as text but also as podcasts, comics and photo-essays. 

Now, the rest of the questions were answered by Aashima

KK: How did you both work together to bring out the stories?

AF: As you can see we always split our tasks. For this writing we each wrote one half of the book. All but one (Bushra’s) interviews we did separately but there are one or two chapters where she did the first interview and I took over from there (like Kusala and Sudha) and vice versa. We shared first and second drafts with each other for editing and inputs. There were quite a few back and forths between us before we sent the manuscript to the publishers. We love working in this way. We have been doing it for more than 4 years while working on reports for our project thelifeofscience.com. This book is a child of ours – 2 women best friends – it is an extension of our feminist science media project. We are so happy to have made this baby together. Solidarity and collaboration are the foundations of our work.

KK: Was it easy or difficult to bring the stories to the level of kids’ understanding? What myths were busted in this process?

AF: It is both easy and hard. Firstly, writing for children actually makes us good writers because we don’t presume anything about the readers’ prior knowledge. In science communication we generally follow the rule that what you are writing should be understood by your grandparents and your kids. It’s easy to keep things simple but some of the topics we are writing about like sociology, molecular biology and condensed matter physics can make maintaining simplicity very difficult. We have discussed this challenge of writing for non-experts since the time we edited a children’s magazine together in 2015. We both embraced story telling in our writing and this book has the best of it. We decided to not underestimate the young readers and go ahead and dwell into ‘hard’ topics with help of analogies and use tools like the glossary at the end of the book. Of course in all science communication there is bound to be some level of simplification.  

KK: What’s your view on children’s book of today?

AF: There have always been good children’s books around but at the moment we are especially excited about the amazing books coming out in the Indian children’s book sphere. We have some very good publishers dedicated to children’s literature and a lot of them are focused on keeping the prices down so kids from all background have the opportunity to hear stories woven mainly for Indian kids. This space is also bringing out some amazing artwork that bring these very Indian stories to life. We are both also proud of ours and other authors and illustrators who are published on the StoryWeaver platform from Pratham books – where stories are translated into many different languages.  Nandita wrote 3 Books there – The Louses’s New House – 11 languages , Anna’s Extraordinary Experiments with Weather – translated in 8 languages and Arya in the Cockpit – 13 languages  (this one is actually 2 books) and I’ve written one sciencey one called Fly in Space that can be read in 6 languages.

KK: What kind of books do you both prefer to read?


AF: Nandita reads mostly fiction and is trying to develop the patience for non-fiction. For me is the opposite, at least lately I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction. Though all my heart is for graphic novels and science fiction. 

KK: What insights would you like to share with your readers related to the writing process?

AF: These 31 stories are about real women doing amazing science in India today. The scientists featured in the book were a big part of the writing process. We did initial interviews to start with but went back to them quite often to ask about details the stories needed as they were being written. The editor at Puffin rightfully insisted we attempt to begin each story with the scientists’ childhood so they are relatable to the young readers at the outset. Once they had begun we let the stories breathe their own life as they took the deep dive into the science. There is a lot of interesting science being done in India by women that is impacting our communities in a positive way. Some of these women are activists, some of them are rediscovering lost species and others are taking technology as a whole to the next frontier – we are just proud to have captured them do what they love in this moment in history. 

Thanks for your time Nandita and Aashima. We hope your book is a resounding success and it greatly deserves to be read by all!

THE BOOK

This unique book presents the stories of thirty-one of these trailblazing women who work in a diverse array of fields, from environmental biotechnology to particle physics, palaeobiology to astrophysics. Through their research, they uncover the mysteries of the universe, find more sustainable ways of living, cure life-threatening diseases and study animals and plants that are long gone.

Find out what drew them to science, read about how they deal with the difficulties and pressures of their work, and learn how they push the boundaries of human knowledge further and further every day.

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Both Paperback and Kindle versions available

THE AUTHORS

Aashima Dogra is a science writer who writes for children as well as adults but always about science. When she is not travelling to laboratories around the country trying to sniff out fantastic stories, you will find her at her desk, which overlooks the snowy mountains in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Nandita Jayaraj is a freelance science writer and storyteller who started her career at The Hindu, followed by a stint at Brainwave, a magazine where she met her science soulmate-Aashima. Nandita spends most of her time plotting new projects whilst flitting between Kerala and Karnataka, where she is lucky enough to have places that feel like home.


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Love knows no LOC

Love knows no boundaries. Be it man-made or natural. It just happens. How can then we redeem it after putting barbs of hatred into it? Will it be possible?

Love knows no LOC is Arpit Vageria‘s latest novel from Penguin Metro Reads. If you are expecting a Veer Zara kind of story, there will be a slight disappointment. The story takes an unusual turn when you least expect it. Having written scripts for TV shows, Arpit takes us from the usual course to the unexpected, just as it happens in the soap operas!

Author signed copy

I am not much into romance books, however I have known Arpit since long, having once been part of his visit to Indore City too! I had pre-ordered this book from Amazon India. Here’s the review of what I felt about the book:

What I liked….

  • Cross border romance story got the flavor of the season with India Elections (that’s when I got the copy) and the PM of both the countries at logger-heads, I guess it definitely was the time I got inquisitive as to what would be new from the usual Veer-Zara fare. Arpit had it timed out well.
  • The main characters and their relationship is detailed yet it doesn’t get too indulgent in the story.
  • The language is simple and young adults can read it easily.
  • The story ending is totally unexpected and makes you see the whole book in a new way. Grudges are pardoned!

What I didn’t like…..

  • Penguin Metro Reads covers were beautiful initially when this “Metro Reads” concept was launched. The cover was too typical and dull. Had I not known Arpit, I would’nt have picked up this book.
  • Certain aspects need to smoothed out in the story. Her relationship with her father and her maternal uncle needs more refinement. Distrust can’t be replaced by trust so suddenly merely on the basis of what was said.
  • A suggestion: Arpit could have also focused more on the problems of traveling between both the countries. (It isn’t the main thing or the focus in the story but it could lend a more relatable touch since there are so many people who miss each other from both the countries. It makes them feel that this is ‘not just another story’.)

BLURB:

A cross-border romance like no other!

Zoya, a twenty-five-year-old Pakistani pop star, meets emerging Indian cricketer Kabeer while he is on tour in the country to play a match to promote Indo-Pak friendship.

One thing leads to another and soon Kabeer and Zoya are inseparable. As their love for each other grows stronger, Zoya leaves Pakistan to be with Kabeer, only to return a few months later following a misunderstanding. 
In Pakistan, Zoya is gloomy and sulking, rethinking her connection with Kabeer.
In India, a confused Kabeer is still hopeful of meeting Zoya.
As their relationship is put to the test in the wake of mounting tensions between the two countries, they both stumble across a long-buried truth that will forever change the course of their lives.

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The Belated Bachelor Party

Can we have it all?

Marriage, Friendship and yet fit in our individualistic personalities too?

Bro code is real! And our men need it to survive. So let them have it . That’s what happiness is all about! So while you go down the memory lane of ‘Two and Half Men’ or more specifically to ‘Barney Stinson’ of How I Met Your Mother fame, the fact remains that Indian men aren’t behind!

The Belated Bachelor Party by Ravinder Singh and published by Harper Collins India, is a book that has lots of things.

To begin with, I was skeptical about reading it. I thought it would be all that testosterone gushing and chest-thumping adrenaline adventure that will be dished out and I would be all zoned out on it. However, Ravinder surprises me because while all the four friends are males, I could imagine women having fun too! So all that gender bashing thoughts go out of the window before you say “take-off”.

Here’s something you might like to hear from the book!

What I liked:

  • Totally appealing and catchy title. Title is simple yet gets you to notice it.
  • Note the neon pink title color. Now if you think pink is for women only, this book title design got all your notions wrong!
  • Indian style bro-code experiences that are totally fun
  • The India-style way of dealing with situations are hilarious.
  • You will end up nodding your head and thinking – this happens in my family too!

What I didn’t like:

  • The swear words used. I understand that it is related to the context of the characters and the flow of the story, yet they are my personal peeves (nothing to do with the author or the story).

About the book

It’s been twelve years since Happy, MP, Raamji and Ravin graduated. Well into their married lives, they realize that none of them had a bachelor party before their weddings. But it’s never too late to set things right. They go about planning their belated bachelor party – a Euro trip.

Pages: 320 pages

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About Ravinder:

Ravinder Singh is the bestselling author of six novels and two crowd-sourced anthologies. His books have sold over 3.5 million copies to date. After having spent most of his life in Burla, a very small town in western Odisha, Ravinder is currently based in New Delhi. He has an MBA from the Indian School of Business. His eight-year-long IT career started with Infosys and ended in Microsoft, where he worked as a senior programme manager before deciding to pursue writing full-time. Ravinder has also founded and runs a publishing venture called Black Ink (www.BlackInkBooks.in), where he publishes and mentors debut authors. Beyond his love for words, Ravinder is also fitness freak.

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Kaffeinated Konversations with Soniya Kapoor

Kaffeinated Konversations Creative Content Writing Intern, Surbhi Sareen interviewed Soniya Kapoor, Founder of “Artson Publishing House “. She delves into the myriad ways in which she stood up as a publisher and an artist.

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  • Why the name “Artson”?

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.

 


FOUNDER BIO:

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 getpublished@artsonpublishing.com 

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My Bibliophilic Confession #2

I am SO jealous of the book heroines — especially the ones in my favourite books. Now you might be asking, “Why?”

It’s because, even though their lives take unusual turns and they go through unfortunate events, certain things are picture perfect— awesome friend who live never their sides, envious love life, supportive family etc.

For example, in Vampire Diaries, Elena has two great friends – Bonnie and Meredith – who would even risk their lives for her. Also, she has both Stefan AND Damon pining for her attention. In the Wrath and the Dawn series, both Tariq and Khalid are madly in love with Shahrzad – Tariq almost even waged a war against Khalid to get back Shazi. Also, Shazi has great support from her friend Despina and her little sister Irsa.

In the Throne of Glass series also, both Dorian and Chaol develop feelings for her.

Why? I mean why? It’s so heart-breaking for me (after I finish the book). These heroines have too many people around them, and I don’t get even one!!!

There is not one friend of mine who wouldn’t backstab about me, or who doesn’t secretly hate me. There is not one who might have feelings for me. I know, strong women do not need men’s support, I always strive be a strong woman, I’m not so strong yet. But, sometimes, isn’t it nice to have someone by your side to bear your tantrums, pamper you and adore you.

Well…. Right now I can only make do with fantasies…

 


Author:

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.

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Confessions of Bibliophile : My Youtube Channel

Confessions of Bibliophile

Episode 6 – My Youtube Channel

Hello lovelies,

I hope you are doing well. You must be thinking that I missed the previous episode update.. Actually, the previous episode was on Drama and Classics which I did live on Facebook where I had talked about the plays I was reading..

Today’s episode is about Book tubing and my brand new channel.. Actually, we all have that youtube channel with us when we make a Google or Gmail account but people like me who are naive never get to know this.. Recently, I have been following many booktube channels like Helly’s Bookstore, Finix Post by Manpreet Kaur, The Bookworm by Anmol and Sameeksha..These beautiful people have created a trend of Vlogging, Book tubing and some of them blog about lifestyle too.. Things keep on changing with passage of time.. I thought we need some professional thingy to start the YouTube channel so I started uploading the videos on my Facebook page. Later on, I realized that I need to make it properly if I have to start it..so, yesterday, I uploaded this unboxing video of Kaffeinated Konversations Subscription Box.. I was so excited.. Actually,  this one was January box video and February one I shall upload soon..

https://youtu.be/X7_TRgTU7To

I am still a learner and an explorer who is trying to find new ways of life.. Coming in front of camera and talking is not anyone’s cup of tea.. I have been a camera conscious and now, I am surprised by the change in me..I confidently go live on Facebook and Instagram.. And now this YouTube channel.. I am still at a learning stage so I would be needing your support for that.. Do support me by leaving your valuable suggestions, comments and also boost my morale by subscribing to my channel..

Kavita Singh has been a blessing in my life who with her innovative ideas inspired me so much that today I am able to host a channel and also this episode..

Stay tuned for more updates.. Till then enjoy your Sunday with my confessions.. Do like, comment and share this post..


Author Note:

I am Surbhi Sareen, a bibliophile and content intern at Kaffeinated Konversations. I have started “Confessions of a Bibliophile”. This is the first episode of the series. I hope you like it. Stay tuned for more such confessions. You will get to know about many facts about the characters as well as the authors. I will surely do a salsa dance if you like, comment and share this post. The episode will be uploaded on Sundays so that you can enjoy your Sunday with my Confessions.

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Kaffeinated Konversations with Dipankar Mukherjee

Kaffeinated Konversations Creative Content Writing Intern, Surbhi Sareen interviewed Dipankar Mukherjee, Founder of “Readomania“. He has given us a sneak peek into his thoughts.

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Dipankar Mukherjee

 

 

SS: What made you start Readomania? 

DM: The love of reading and writing and the belief that the world needs good books to bring back sanity, made me start Readomania. We all live in chaotic times with lower attention span and fast lives. However, such a pace is not sustainable, it leads to insanity. Books/good stories come in handy in such a situation. They help us slow down, take a break, rejuvenate and start again-in short help us stay sane.

SS: Do you target specific kind of writing or are open to any genre/category?

DM: We publish good authors in meaningful anthologies, novels and works of narrative non-fiction. Our books stand out for their perspectives, the plots, the language and most importantly their ability to enrich lives. If the writing is in line with our principles, as stated above, we welcome the content, genre is not a gating criteria.

SS: If anyone wants to submit to Readomania, what are the essentials they need to know to get noticed?

DM: Ask yourself, does your idea have the power to change lives? Does your writing have the ability to influence thoughts? Can your narration create a whole new world for the reader? If Yes, Readomania is at your service.

While evaluating, we look at the central theme, the plot, the characters and the narration. A lot more information is available at the link given below,

http://www.readomania.com/author-speak-view/readomaniablog,92

 

SS: What do you love the most? Managing a publishing house or managing a wonderful resort in Uttarakhand?

DM: I love traveling and reading, so both are close to me. However, I cherish the Creative Writing Workshops that I conduct at Faraway Renz, the best of both these worlds come together. Faraway Renz is peaceful, helps me connect to myself and bring in conviction in what I do. Publishing is what my conviction is.

SS: Many of your writers have been recipients of awards and honors ie. Sutapa Basu, Radhika Tabrez and Ayan Pal. How do you feel?

DM: Happy and Satisfied. Readomania is a mission to bring more authors to the forefront and give them the recognition they deserve. Seeing these authors win accolades is realizing that we are on the right track.

SS: Any favourite author you wish to publish?

DM: Well, we are in the business of creating new favourites. We prefer looking at new talent and helping them grow big.

SS: As a publisher what is the hardest part in dealing with the author?

DM: Convincing authors to go reasonable on marketing and keep them away from so called “marketing experts”

SS: Your views on the current as well as future scenario of publishing industry.

DM: Indian publishing industry is in a strange situation. One can’t make money by being honest and true to the cause, one can only fulfill dreams and be socially important (read as prestige).

There is a lot of growth in publishing, but that comes more from educational books and non-fiction. Fiction is the bottom of the pyramid, small market, low growth and filled with the muck of unreadable stuff published through self-financed modes.

Everyone is an author and everyone can write. However, are they worthy of being read by people? That is a subjective call. The role of a publishing house here is important. They act as a basic filter for readers – to sift through the good, bad and ugly and publish the best. Many may say that such an approach is not correct and hence self-publishing came by. However, with self-publishing the onus of selecting the right content has shifted from the publishing house to the reader. We may call it ‘choice’ but it is actually a burden on the reader.

This is why people are wary of picking new authors and new publishers. However, with good content and sustained efforts in quality management, one can build a brand that is trustworthy.

SS: Coming out with many titles and promotional activities and also managing the resort how do you unwind?

DM: I read books. I watch cartoon and animated movies with my daughter. I spend time in our office library. We have a wonderful collection of books in our office library.

SS: Something not many people know about you.

DM: I love dancing, traveling in a train, eating street food and indulging in family gossip. 😉

SS: Thanks a lot for giving your time for the interview and revealing about yourself in the end! 😀

 


FOUNDER BIO:

Dipankar Mukherjee is the founder of one of the fastest growing Independent publishing houses in India, Readomania. A management graduate from IIT Madras, Dipankar has worked for the consulting industry for almost eight years, for organizations like IBM and Ernst Young. He quit his corporate life in 2013 and started work on his literary venture. Within a span of 18 months, Readomania has launched 20 books, and is a Limca Record holder for publishing India’s First Composite Novel. Readomania has a following of 15000+ readers and authors. He also runs a writing retreat in the Himalayas by the name of Faraway Renz.