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A session with author Shikha Kumar

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Shikha Kumar– An engineer by profession and an author by passion. She made an attempt to present her as an author with her debut novel “He Fixed the Match She Fixed Him”. Presenting a lively session with Shikha for my readers.

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1) Welcome to SamataWelcomesYou. Before i Go ahead will request you to share with my readers you background and also who you are as a person apart from being an author.

I’m an IT Manager with TCS as a profession. I’m a graduate in Computer Engineering from Bharati Vidyapeeth College, New Delhi. I have no professional degree in writing nor do I have any such background. It all just occurred to me as divine plan maybe.

2) How writing came to your life?

I always cherished writing but mostly limited to myself. But slowly the craving kept mounting and finally I penned a story down which was knocking my mind from long.

3) who encouraged you to enter this world of authors?

When I had finished writing my manuscript, I took it a professional editor for an opinion. I think she was first one to make believe that it was good stuff.

My husband was very encouraging throughout. Then my parents were tremendous support. My brother and his wife were also very elated. Followed by close friends, colleagues.

4) Who is the one who for the first time noticed the spark in you to become an author?

Me 🙂

5) Can You recall that day when you first penned down to start your journey in this world and what was that?

I actually just finished reading a bad novel which is one of bestsellers. And it just occurred to me that I can do much better job than this. I sat to write first page and then just kept on for 3 months whenever I got time. Don’t mean to sound pompous, but I sincerely think my work is finer quality and is high in content.

6) You are by qualification and profession an engineer then what provoked you to enter this world of books?

Alas! I had an answer. But good thing is I’m not the only one of my kind. There are many established fiction authors who are Science or Management students. So I guess if you have a story to tell and passion to write, background doesn’t really matter much.

7) Whats the difference between the life of an author and an engineer? How you are balancing both these roles?

Well they are entirely different roles for sure. Engineer has to be logical and ruled by mind, author on other hand needs to imaginative and follower of heart. So yes, living both roles is like having a split personality. But then again back to one of your previous questions; it’s all about passion.

8) How is your journey so far as an author?

It’s been beautiful. Because I knew my book will touch the hearts of people and it is keeping up to my expectations. Another good thing is that I have something new to talk about apart from my IT life. My friends and family are always very excited about my promotion plans and book reviews. And I also now have a new good-night story to tell my child.

9) You debut Novel “He Fixed the Match She Fixed Him” Is already in the market. What sort of response you are getting for it from your readers?

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Response is very encouraging. Even when I just released sample chapter, the reviews were very satisfying. Having said that it’s little too early to make a concrete comment, but yes readers are sending me congratulatory mails which feels thrilling.

10) Will request to give a brief on the story

As blurb suggests it story of two highly qualified charismatic individuals tethered together. Story traverses through many facets of their relationships starting from all-hope-lost.

11) How the plot came into your mind?

It just kept brewing with time. All I knew I want to write a mature story yet entertaining and mass appealing. And I thought that topic I chose is not written much, so it’s unique in a way.

12) What sort of problem you faced while searching for the publisher?

It wasn’t easy and that too without any links in publishing industry; it was a hard task at hand. But then maybe story and I had it in our fate; it did interest four publishers. But yes it took about 6-8 months.

13) What next after this Novel?

Another novel next year maybe.

14) What are your other passions in Life?

I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. I love spending time with my family & friends. I’m confessed shopaholic too.

15) Where you see yourself 5 years down the line?

As an author who’s known for good reasons. My book being talked about in positive spirits among all age groups. To be satisfied of having done my bit in creating a better world.

Read more about Shikha Kumar Here

Session with Author Chitra Anand

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It feels really nice when I get to interact with talented people in this world of creation. I read the book Beyond School by author Chitra Anand and the essence of the story forced me to know the author closely and so here I am presenting the session with author Chitra.

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1) Chitra my readers will like to know about you as a human being and also about your background. So share some thing which you feel is unique in you?

Samata, to each person the journey of his life may seem unique. But I believe, our experiences of joy, pathos or anything can be common with some others in the world, albeit in different circumstances and context.

I come from the working class background of Mumbai, where personal aspirations cannot forge ahead of the immediacy of survival and livelihood. And yet, there are so many of us who manage to find purpose in all the challenges and strife. Live every moment by contributing your best to it, I wish to say.

2) You are a part of education field so how the concept of authoring a book came into your mind?

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I think I have always been a writer within, always observing, assessing, describing and questioning the world and events around me.

Physics, that explores nature and feeds the future with useful technology fascinates me. So does education, the concept itself being unique to mankind. The writer in me walked along as an educator, I think. But at some point of time, the dominant writer had to take over. I chose ‘’Beyond School’’ as my first work for publishing as it allowed me to share my hands-on experience with the likes of seventeen -year old Shail whose lives were being revealed to me everyday

3) Share us the moment when you saw the first copy of ‘’Beyond School.’’

It was good to see ‘’Beyond School’’ published. As a writer the readers are all the time before you, yet it is a challenging effort to actually reach them. And I have a long way to go in this regard.

4) What are your promotion plans for Beyond school

These days it seems entirely up to the author to reach the book to the readers through smart marketing.

I had a fractured ankle when ‘’Beyond School’’ was released. Unable to walk for three months, there was not much I could do for the promotion of the book. Then, I was duped by a firm that promised a package to promote the book and did nothing for three months. I am yet to recover my money from them. I share this to signal a word of caution to writers like me. Now, I am finding some movement in the review front of the book after registering with Reader’s Cosmos Review program.

5) How the concept of the story of this novel came to your mind?

‘’Beyond School,’’ was inspired by my everyday experience with adolescent students in the throes of a school system that is indifferent, inadequate but mandatory. The question was- why not look for alternatives ?

6)   Is there any obstacles you faced while searching for publisher of your novel?

The first agent to whom I submitted ‘’Beyond School’’ said he was not enthused by the premise of the novel and recommended critique/ editorial service. I agreed only to find that I would get my manuscript back after months of following up with him. I realized that your work needs your tenacity and reviewed my work again and re -wrote many pages. Thereafter I decided to submit the work directly to the publishers. Leadstart Publishers were the first to respond with a letter of intent and I moved ahead with them.

7) what was the response or review about this novel from readers

Generally, the readers have given positive response to ‘’Beyond School’’. I am a keen learner and hence wish to improve further with every work.

8) Which is the next novel which is in pipeline?

My next novel has the working title of ‘’Of Dreams and Tragedies,’’ in which I work upon a theme that is close to my heart- If you dare to dream, you need to work for it, with it, nurture and sustain it. Otherwise the tragedies that befall failed dreams are harder to live than a dreamless life.

9) Do you have any other passion apart from authoring book?

I enjoy oratory. I hope to reach many people some day through this effective and compelling form of communication.

10) How you rate yourself as writer?

I may, without arrogance consider myself a writer with some merit in the writing. However, I hope to give my best in terms of effort and acumen to this craft so that I am able to give the best to every reader who chooses to take my book in his hand.

11) How you want to continue  your career as an author or a teacher or Both?

Five years down the line I see myself in association with as many readers as possible, where we live stories and lives of all of us and others with sensitivity, empathy and entertainment.

I think the writer and educator would cling to each other then, with the writer chalking out the course.

 

 

Read the review of the Book: Beyond School

A session with Harshita post release of Novel” Bad Romance”

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Harshita Is talented girl but still down to earth and always gives me the feeling of the girl next door. She is sober, she is intelligent and beyond that she is a good human being. After her first novel ” One in a million” she delivered her 2nd Novel ” Bad Romance”. In this session she is talking about her novel “Bad Romance”.

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  • Welcome Harshita and congrats on your successful delivery of your second baby “BAD Romance”. So how you are feeling?

Amazing. I have no words to describe the ecstasy I have been experiencing these days more so because the book has done appreciably well. This concept and story of this book happens to be really close to my heart. When people call up or message me saying that they simply loved the book, I witness myself skipping a few heartbeats. After all, not every day do you see people reading your book as soon as they get it in their hand? My readership has increased to a large extent

  • In a very short span of time you completed your second novel- Being a regular Job girl how you managed to get time to plan for this storyline?

It was indeed quite difficult to manage both the things but the sheer will I had in me and the immense support I received from my office people helped me bring out this book on time. This book took about one complete year to finish off mainly because I had my profession to look into as well but thankfully, I made it till here and hope to continue doing so.

  • Will request you to give a brief on the story?

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Bad Romance is an intense romantic fiction that deals with the struggles of a girl who has been tied up in an emotional abusive relationship. While the girl has a trapped up part, there’s a hidden part of her that longs for someone who can understand her, someone who can give her the love and affection she deserves. In all this hullabaloo of being accused of infidelity every day by her partner, she takes an extreme step. The pressure and accuses tend to take a toll on her and she turns a rebel in her own way. She kind of finally begins to do everything she is blamed for. In a nutshell, this story happens to pierce inside the wrapped up dark side of humans.

  • Who is the publisher this time?

The publisher of my latest book is Gargi Publishers.

  • What are you plans for the book promotion?

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My publisher has been very helpful in promoting the book, online and offline. Together, the team of Gargi and I have been constantly promoting the book on different platforms and we have witnessed some astounding results. Let’s see how things come out in future.

  • In which online stores the book are available now?

The book is available on all major online portals including Homeshop18, Flipkart, Infibeam, Amazon, etc. Apart from this, the book can be found on major bookstores, thanks to the strong distribution network of my publisher.

  • What are you expectations this time from readers?

After the positive response of my debut work, One in a Million and Moonlit Matinee, my readership has increased to a large extent. And this was pretty much evident during the pre-orders that went way beyond our expectations. So yes, my overall hopes from this book is pretty much more than my previous books and I hope I have done good work.

  • Have you targeted a specific age group in this story or people of any group can be the reader?

No, my books aren’t age or gender specific. My Mom loves reading me as much as she loves reading any other writer. I have received appreciation mails from a 15 year old teen to a 50 year old lady so I’ve never written out stuff pertaining to a particular category although yes, since my stories are set around in the modern times, the youth would be able to easily relate to what I write.

ROMANCE is a beautiful experience, then why you named BAD Romance?

Love is undoubtedly an amazing experience but there is another shade to it. There’s always a darker side of everything and hence, I titled it as ‘Bad Romance’, a book that shows the darker aspect of romance.

  • What next is there in Pipeline?

There are two projects I’m working but I don’t think this is the right time to reveal anything about it. There’s an anthology ‘Drenched Souls’ coming around soon set in the monsoons that will be edited by me. After the positive response that the publishers got from Moonlit Matinee (another anthology I had edited), they decided to have another one coming out. I couldn’t be more than happy about it.

Wishing you the best for BAD Romance-  Surely it will touch the hearts of millions of readers.

Thanks a lot, Samata. I really enjoyed talking about my books with you. Wishing you all the best for your venture.

 

Connect with Harshita: hsrivastava0205@gmail.com

Enjoy Reading her blog: http://harshitasrivastava.blogspot.in/

Session with author Suhail Mathur

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Young talented author from city of Noida is now creating sensation in world of books with his debut novel  which launched very recently. It’s already a best seller. I was keen to know about him and share it with my readers. Just check out the session here.

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1) Suhail, say something about yourself, your education and family as we all want to know as a human being first?

I would like to describe myself as a fun-loving and creative person with a sense of humor. As far as my education is concerned, I did my schooling from Delhi Public School, Noida and was the House Captain and later I pursued my BA.LLB (Hons) course from the prestigious National law University, Delhi.

My father, Mr. Sanjeev Mathur, has his own business of corporate gifts and branding items and is a very keen and active member of THE BOOK BAKERS, a literary agency that we own, which provides editing, proofreading and cover design facilities for publishing houses while helping authors to find publishers for their book. In fact, the past week, THE BOOK BAKERS completed a hat-trick of BESTSELLERS since three books which we were part of – LIFE & PROMISES – 2nd edition (Proofreading), THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS (Editing, Proofreading, Cover Design & Trailer Design) and MUTTON SOUP (Editing & Proofreading) hit the bull’s eye at the Literary Box Office and have been declared BESTSELLERS.

My mother, Mrs. Kitty Mathur, is a homemaker and was the first person I read out my book’s first chapter to the moment I wrote it.

I feel blessed and fortunate to have such understanding and supportive parents, who have always encouraged me to follow my passion while ensuring that I could strike the perfect balance between my curricular and co-curricular activities.

2) What insisted you to enter this writing world?

Well, writing was something that was destined to happen, sooner or later. Since the time I was a school student, I was writing continuously on a plethora of topics and was a member of my school’s Editorial and Debating team too.

On a lighter note, being the proud law student that I am, I often felt that the literary world was being ruled by several IIM & IIT guys. It was time we showed India what the National Law University guys are all about! Little did I know that I would become the youngest law student in India to debut with a Historical Fiction!

3)  When you first decided to pen down your Novel?

Technically, the term ‘PENNING’ down a novel is redundant since it is more like ‘TYPING’ down a novel nowadays. To be honest, there was no plan. I had this intrinsic urge to bring this story to the masses and just sat down one morning and began typing out my manuscript, without even knowing how the literary world worked. From that, to now being an active editor and literary agent, I think I have learnt the ropes very fast. If you were to ask me when I began writing THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS, I would say that it was in June 2011.


4) Who acted as an inspiration in your life?

You know every single person you meet and stay in touch with leaves some kind of an effect on you, so answering who acted as an inspiration in my life would be a really tricky question and a really lengthy answer. My parents and my friend, Sumedha have really supported me and I genuinely feel that the book has become a BESTSELLER purely because of their faith and hard work, be it editing or the marketing.

As far as the book is concerned, I have got to say that the Indian revolutionary movement has always inspired me and the brave tales of our revolutionaries continue to inspire me till this day. I knew that I had to write something centered around them but in a very different manner than what has been depicted till date in films and books alike and I am glad that the readers have been able to acknowledge that fact.


5) How has your journey as an author been so far?

It’s been very interesting. From writing my book without any understanding how one was to even approach a publisher to getting 18 contracts from them and then getting to know the kind of shocking contracts some of them offer, to finally getting my book in my hand, seeing the readers heap praises on the book and witnessing THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS being declared a BESTSELLER at so many online portals, the journey has been eventful, eye-opening, at times irritating but finally richly rewarding and highly enjoyable.


6) The Bhairav Putras is your debut Novel- why you decided this Title?


When I started out writing this book, I had an English centric title in mind, which meant the same as the present title though. However, the more I wrote the book, the more I felt that an Indian title would suit the context much more. Lot of people have asked me if it has got to do something with The Oath of the Vayuputras, but the truth is that this title of my book was locked in even before Amish’s second book came out.

I am a devotee of Lord Bhairav’s child avatar and chose this title as a small offering by a bhakt to his Bhagwanji!


7) Request you to give a small summary of The Bhairav Putras

 

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Sure. The BHAIRAV PUTRAS’s blurb is mentioned below.

Circa – 1936! While most of India grapples under the rule of the foreign yoke, the small but hustling bustling town of Bhairavgarh, famous for its sprawling Indravan gardens,the swift flowing Mahananda, and the gigantic golden statue of Lord Bhairav, which has stood for centuries and had been the centre of attraction for invaders like Ghori, Ghazni, Timur & Abdali, suddenly goes through a transitional phase as the mighty Britishers set up their cantonment in the town.

With events that unease, shock, and violate the sentiments and emotions of the townsfolk, one man – Keshav, the young & dynamic son of the local Zamindar, cautiously gathers a group of men from different walks of life and with different motives, and carefully and strategically plans the unthinkable…a Revolution ! A revolution to overthrow the Britishers not just by force or might, but also through wit & intellect!

What happens when a group of men take on the might of the powerful British empire and embark on a journey full of action, adventure, planning, plotting, bloodshed, conspiracy & patriotism, to encounter four mysterious strangers, while in search of a long forgotten book written in the times of Emperor Ashoka which holds the answer to several secrets, who turn & alter the course of the future events, even as the English are besieged with numerous problems ranging from the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, to Gandhi’s ways & means of achieving Independence.

Read on THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS to know more about the classic and legendary tale of a band of men who defied the norms to fight guns, bullets, injustice, deception, and intrigue at every corner of their adventurous and thrilling escapades, to uproot the centre hold of dominance & authority, through mountainous terrains, dense & thick jungles, secret hide outs, and rivers in spate; which unfortunately got lost, somewhere in the annals of History !

8) Why not a love story but a mythological story? Do you feel readers will love reading it?

Why not a mythological story? I really feel that the romance market has been booming and probably has or is soon to reach its brim while on the other hand, India has a vast treasure trove of mythological stories and historical incidents that still need to be brought out and conceived in a highly engaging and dramatic manner. THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS is essentially a historical adventure saga with dollops of mythology in between. But more than anything else, it is all about what the writer’s tastes and preferences are. I absolutely love writing on History, Mythology, Horror, Thrillers and Fantasy Adventure sagas, which is what my forthcoming books will also be like.

But with so much of love and appreciation being showered on THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS, what makes you think it is not a ‘LOVE Story’?

9) You did any specific research to pen down this novel?

The answer to it is both, yes and no. Undoubtedly, THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS is a magnum opus and required tonnes of research and historical accuracy to blend fact with fiction. But being an avid history reader, these facts and incidents were already well-known to me and I did not need to search for them. However, one always needs to check since the book does go out in the public domain and even a slight mistake can cost you dear. But I am elated that one thing that everyone has unanimously praised is the research and the subtle blending of fact and fiction with history and myth.

 

10) Why did you select Red Ink Publishers as your Publisher?

Destiny has a great role to play in certain things and this just happens to be one of them. I had signed up with another publishing house earlier but the rights of my book were taken over by the dynamic, Mr. Vinit Bansal, who paid a huge compliment to my book by saying that he was waiting since 3 years to start his own publishing house and his wait ended with THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS! It has been absolutely fantastic working with him. Our relation is now beyond professional and we often chat with each other too. He is a very accessible person to work with and I am glad everything fell in place.


11) What are your expectations from your readers?

Like every author, I don’t expect but hope that my readers will enjoy the book and be thoroughly entertained while reading a gripping tale. In fact some of the public reviews have been awesome. While one reader Rishabh said that I actually inspired him to write a mythological book, another reader, Asia even went to the extent of saying that my writing style was better than that of Amish’s.

Popular bloggers like Tapobrata Kumar, Chandrapal Khasiya, Nikhil Uprety, Ananya Chatterjee and Ammu Nair have also rated the book very highly. Even cricketers like Ajit Agarkar, authors like Neelima Dalmia Adhar and legal luminaries like Amarendra Sharan have heaped praises on the book.


12) Suhail, what are your other passions in life?

Prior to writing THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS, I used to have a film making group called ROCKERS Productions for which I used to write scripts, dialogues, screenplay as well as do the casting, direction and acting too. Those films went on to film many Best film prizes at different student fests in India. Apart from this, I like to sing and compose tunes on the spot. I also did English cricket commentary for Star Sports & Airtel’s mobile application until very recently.


13) Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line?

I hope to see myself as a successful corporate lawyer while still balancing my professional interests with my love for writing books. I hope to release at least 3-5 more books in the next five years and be an author to reckon with.


14) What as per you are the qualities of a good author?

A good author needs to be a good storyteller. And for that, an author must have a good storyline with them. A strong command of the language one writes in along with the ability to keep the reader gripped with the plot line are the qualities of a good author.


15) Any suggestion for budding authors?

Write what you feel like and not what the market forces dictate. Writing is a creative activity and the author must feel the creative satisfaction while writing the book. If it becomes like a chore, the fun goes out of the writing and it translates into boredom for the reader too while reading the book. So, believe in what you write and feel free to contact THE BOOK BAKERS for any help requiring the editing, proofreading, cover designing or the publishing of your book.

CHEERS!!!

Karnika Gupta- A fresh addition in list of talented Indian authors

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Karnika Gupta is a debutant author and her Novel is about to hit the market within days. I had a quick session with her where she shared with me about her journey as an author.

 

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1)  Welcome to the platform of SamataWelcomesYou. My readers would like to know about Karnika Gupta as a person. So please share with our readers your educational background and family?

Hello all, I am Karnika Gupta. Being a cancerian woman, I am an emotional and sensitive person. I value my relationships above everything in the world and secretly very scared of losing people I love. I have pursued philosophy honors from Delhi University and believes that was one of the best time of my life.

My family and my friends are the most supportive and best people in the world.

 

2)  So Karnika how did your knack towards writing developed? How did you start writing and what was the first topic on which you wrote?

 

I have always been fond of writing since my school days. I used to write poems and scripts for plays in school, then I was blessed to be the editor of my college magazine. I feel lucky whenever I had tried to divert myself in other things, writing had always pulled me towards itself. Mahi, my friend was one person who knew about my fetish for writing since college days, so I know she is one person who is happy for I am doing something I enjoyed from heart.

 

3) Who do you call the inspirational person who motivated you to write? Who was the first person who had discovered the talent in you?

My college professors had sown the seeds of writing on professional level in me.

My best friend Nandita had convinced me day and night to start a log of my own.

But one man who was behind this wonderful phase I am going through is my soul friend Updesh who had supported me from scratch, filling me with so much of confidence and encouragement whenever I had thought of giving up. This entire journey from blog to novel would have not been possible without him and his faith in me. He is my inspiration who motivated me to stand strong, I am living a time he had dreamt for me.

4)     Which is your first book which you authored?

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Rab Rakha is my debut novel and hoping the best for it.


5)  When is this Novel getting launched in the market?

Rab Rakha will be releasing on 29th May 2014.

6) What are your expectations from your readers?

All I want from my readers is to read any book with your mind and most importantly with your heart. Rab Rakha is one book, all of us would relate ourselves to. Every soul in the world lives for love and we lie when we refuse to accept it. Please read Rab Rakha with an honest intention and you will make an emotional bond with the two beautiful characters in the book.

7) Who are the targeted audience for this book?

Everyone. The book caters to everyone and anyone. For a younger generation, who are living a mesmerizing phase of love will connect very well to the characters. For people elders to us, will go back to the time they must have first fell in love.

8) To be an author what qualities are mandatory as per you and how many of them matches with you?

 An author has to be expressive, sensitive and honest. An author is a magician and a responsible author resides in the heart of every reader.

I too wish to gather a lot of love and blessings from all of you.

 

9) What else you do besides writing? What are your other passions?

   I enjoy dancing, I love listening to violin and Arabic music. I aspire to learn Spanish once I am done with writing at least one more novel.

10) How was you journey so far as an author?

     Active and blessed.

11) What score you will give yourself as a writer?

     1/10 ( 1 for writing, 10/10 for the courage)

12) Any suggestion for budding authors?

An author is a reader’s soul friend. You are not successful if you don’t make an emotional bond with them. If you can move the shy spirit in them, making them see things they didn’t notice, and give them a whole new world to dream about, consider yourself on being on the right track. Nothing else must matter.

13) Any thing special you want to share with our readers?

     Do not give up on anyone you love the most. Life is too short to live with regrets and missing  your true love.

 

Visit her blog here: karnikaagupta.blogspot.com

Post release interview with Sudeep Nagarkar for “Sorry you are not my type”

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Sudeep Nagarkar, is one such young name in the world of Novels in 21st century, whose every novel offers some new variation of romance. When we talk about Best seller Authors Sudeep’s name is always there on the list. Very recently he launched his new Novel “Sorry you are not my type”, which attracted readers of all ages and creating sensation. Check out the session with Sudeep

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1) Sudeep Nagarkar- A name of success in the world of Indian literature of 21st century. So, how it feels when you and your work are getting so some attention and appreciation from the readers?

A: Who doesn’t want appreciation? We all love it and I am no different. It feels great when I receive so many fan mails and facebook messages saying they loved the book. But somewhere I keep in mind that I have to deliver better next time. ‘Sorry you’re not my type’ has been in Neilsen top 10 list for more than 4 weeks now and is doing excellent. I hope it continues to be there.

2) One after another novel and every piece of your work is touching the heart of readers, so what as per you is the secret behind it?

A: Honesty towards my work. I don’t try to replicate anyone or try to write or market the books as other authors are doing. I see so many authors copying promotional activities or replicate someone, but that’s temporary success. It won’t last long. However, I compete with myself and I want to prove myself wrong everytime that I had given my best last time. Moreover, I work round the clock and hardly stay at home. You need to sacrifice a lot to achieve what you desire.

 

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3) “Sorry you are not type” is your new novel which already created sensation among book lovers- So give a brief of the story?

A: Yes, it’s a true story of love and friendship. The strong message that is conveyed is value relationship and never give up on your dream. Happiness is a whore who breathes in your ear and before you know it, you’re spreading your legs for her. She lures you into the feeling and then rapes you!! But when your passion and purpose is greater than your fears, you find a way to overcome them. SYNMT will imbalance all your emotions be it romance or friendship or simply love!! It’s not a romantic saga but a story happening around you in your college campus!! Vikrant, Anamika and Yuvi will redefine friendship, affection and infatuation!! I promise that readers/fans will have a smile when they close the book after enjoying the ride of life.

 

4) What inspired you to chalk out the outline of the story of this novel?

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A: In 2013 September, I visited Delhi when my close friend Sakshi took me in Miabella lounge which is located in Hauz Khaz Village, Delhi. If she would not have taken me there, SYNMT would not have come into existence. The voice of the singer who was performing live at the lounge on the guitar mesmerized me. Anuj told me that he was once a part of most reputed college band in Delhi named VAYU and his name is Vikrant. Every person has a story to tell. Some live forever and some die young. Anuj convinced Vikrant to unfold the pages of his life. It’s not a rock band story, but a story which will redefine relationships.

 

5) So far you have traveled to different destinations in India for promotion of this novel- So say something about the reactions you received from your readers.

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A: Wherever I have visited for book promotions and launches, I have received a warm response and readers have showered love on the books. Be it Pune, Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh or Ahmedabad, they have selflessly recommended the book and are no less than a family for me. I am happy that SYNMT is loved across the nation.

 

6) When people become popular the demand of fans also are huge and when you sit in between the heaps of  your books and keep signing it for your readers how is the experience?

A: Whenever my book releases, I wonder if people will buy it or not. I fear if even 1000 copies will be sold or not. It’s natural to experience such emotions but the journey is exciting. I am not the one who believes in blogger reviews or newspaper reviews. I always wait for reader’s views on the book and if they love it, then my work is done!

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7) Biggest appreciation received so far for “Sorry you are not type”?

A: It would turn out to be the biggest blockbuster movie if made.

8) Who are your target group of readers for this Novel?

A: Anyone can read it. Though it is youth oriented but the incidents in the book and the story line is not only restricted to them. In Mumbai launch, a lady of 45 years old had came and congratulated me for writing ‘Sorry you’re not my type.’ But the fascinating part was she said ‘I wish I had also said this line once in my life when I was young.’ I laughed loud.

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9) Which protocol you are following for the marketing of this Novel?

A: I keep things simple and unique. It works. Moreover, I believe an expert marketing strategy cannot sell a bad product and even a moderate strategy can sell a good product. We live in a country where word of mouth plays a big role in sales. So at the end of the your readers are everything. However, we had recorded a theme poem in my voice for this book which was never done before for commercial fiction. Likewise, for ‘It started with a friend request’ we had encoded a theme song in E-book. After that, I saw many debut authors following it. One message for them, just be different! Don’t replicate if you have to create your own identity.

10) What Next Sudeep in Pipeline`

A: I have not started writing my next script, but am writing for a feature film and I hope fans will love it.

Session with Author Shivam Singh

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In recent time we will get to see that young people from technical backgrounds are entering the world of writing with huge confidence. Most of these authors are creating a unique place in the mind of readers. One more young author stepped in this world- Shivam Singh.  Expectations are huge from Shivam. Here comes the session with Shivam Singh.

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1)  Shivam welcome to ” Samata Welcomes You” , say something about you ,  your educational, professional and family life. In short who you are?

Thanks a lot for welcoming me Samata. It’s an absolute pleasure for me to be having this conversation with you.
Born and brought up in different cities of this country, owing to my father’s transferable job, I have always been a guy who has been very fond of traveling and exploring new places, meeting new people and making new friends and I say it with utter pride that I have been to all metros and major cities of this country ranging from Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi to Bangalore.

I have completed my schooling from Lucknow and graduation from Bhopal and have been working with Infosys Technologies Limited as a Senior Systems Engineer for last two and half years and it’s been quite a learning experience so far.

2)  What’s the difference between a life of a System engineer at Infosys and a creative writer?

A Systems Engineer spends his whole day sitting in a small square sized cubicle in front of a desktop fighting his brain with various bugs and making complex designs and programs. He lives on a fixed salary and in a very tight and fixed schedule where there is no space for any creativity and interacting much with people outside the work area.

While a creative writer’s life is more of a nomad kinds with no fixed schedule, salary and without any certain way of doing work. He lives life on his own terms and conditions, spends his day observing people and things and applying it to his writing. His work allows him to be creative and do it only when he is free and not confined to any 9 to 6 schedule.

3) What provoked you to be a part of writing world?

I have always been an avid reader and have done reviews of quite a few books too but my inception into the writing is quite accidental or I would say ‘By Chance’. I never planned or dreamt to become a writer. These are the one of the best and unforgettable moments of my life that led to the conception of “Silly Girl and a Brat- Best Friends forever”. This book has been dedicated to my best friend and without her I feel I won’t ever have been a writer and this book would have ever existed.

4)  How you manage to invest time towards writing after hectic professional schedule?

Being in the IT industry it’s hard…”Really Hard” to invest time not just towards writing but reading as well. You work on a busy schedule from Monday to Friday which doesn’t give you any spare time to devote to writing or anything else. And the two days you get at the end of week, you prefer to step out of your place and go out on a drive and hang out with friends rather than sitting at home and writing or doing anything else. But as I love writing, I still manage to find some time for it sometimes in between work or on weekends when I am at home and another shock of idea hits me.

5)  When you first decided to give your words a shape of a Novel?

It was some two years back when I decided to pen down this story of my friendship with the best girl I have ever met and the bestest friend I have ever had in my life. I wanted this story of my friendship with her to reach out to the world and make people believe that such kind of friendships do exist.

6)  How is your journey so far as an author?

Nothing changes as such except for the fact that you start getting more attention and importance from the people owing to your author status and you get few people you have never met in this world to recognize you by your name. And this what has been my dream all my life – “To be recognized by people all over the world by my name for my work”.

7) The Silly Girl and a Brat- Best Friends forever is your debut Novel- what’s the genre of this Novel?

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This book borrows most of its pieces from my life. Though few parts of my personal life have been exaggerated a bit in the book, but this is done just to make it a joy ride for readers. The reason for which I have kept it under “Fiction- Friendship” genre.

8) Request you to give a small summary of Silly Girl and a Brat- Best Friends forever

Silly Girl and a Brat- Best Friends forever is based on the real-life story of two best friends. It’s about two friends who share an unbreakable bond and are an indispensable part of each other’s lives. It’s about their friendship, the highs and lows, and how they tackle them together.

I would like to mention that it’s not at all a story about two best friends falling in love, as is the trend these days. It’s just about simple, honest friendship.

9)  When this Novel getting launched in the market?

Feb 2014…i.e end of this month.

10)  Authors empire is publishing this Novel, so how you met Kunal Marathe and how you decided to go with his publishing house. What attracted you to select AE as your Publisher?

I got to know about Kunal through facebook. We had some good number of mutual friends. I knew that Authors Empire is not that old a publisher and has recently been started but the way it has grown in such a less time period was really commendable. With the amazing book printing quality, great distribution network and very-friendly and helping nature of Kunal, the CEO of publishing house, who wouldn’t want to be associated with it? At the time when I contacted Kunal, I had an offer from one of the established publishing houses too, but I chose to go with Author’s empire rather as I felt my book will be in much safer hands and will have better future than it’s with the other one.

11)   What are your expectations  from your readers?

Like every other author, I expect the readers to like my book too. But other than that I also expect them to like the protagonist “Ena” in the book, character around whom the story revolves.

12)   Shivam, what are your other passions in life?

Apart from writing, I love reading, swimming, dancing (I have been trained in salsa), travelling, and the list goes on…

13)   Where you see yourself 5 years down the line?

Five years down the line, I see myself comfortably settled in life as a successful entrepreneur and an author.

14)  To be an author what qualities are mandatory as per you?

To be an author, first and foremost thing I feel is one should be a good reader and observer or listener. Your writing reflects your taste in reading. And then one should have really good command on the language he is writing book in.

15)   What next after this novel?

Nothing planned and decided as of yet. It’s not that if I have written a book then I will write the second one too. I can and I will but only when something interesting happens in life again that I feel worthwhile to write and share with everyone.

16)   Any suggestion for budding authors?

Don’t come into the writing if your aim is just getting famous and earning big bucks. You will be disappointed. Write only when you are really passionate about it and when you have something really extraordinary to write and share with people. And last and most important one – ‘Have Patience’. Great things in life take time to happen and writing asks for too much patience.

17)   In One line who is Shivam the author?

An over-ambitious and adventurous soul which dreams a lot.

Meeting the Young Author Shuchi Singh Kalra

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Shuchi Singh Kalra: She is all set to step in as an author with her upcoming debut Novel ” Done with men” on the special occasion of Valentine’s Day.She is a talented lady who decided to quit her career as Optometrist and switch to the  world of writing. She is a confident lady who knows the art to shape her life in the way she wants. Expectations are huge from this confident author. To know her better  check out the session which  I conducted very recently with her.

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Shuchi, say something about you, your education and family so that we can know you closely?

I belong to a family of academicians, mostly doctors and professors. Both my parents are independent medical practitioners, and my husband is an Aviation engineer in the Army. I am the first in my family to go take up writing as a profession. I hold a degree in Optometry from the Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry. Realizing that I wasn’t really cut out for the profession, I went on to pursue a Masters in English Literature just for the sheer love of it. I spent my growing up years between Libya, Lucknow and Hyderabad, and now I roam the length and breadth of the country with my fauji husband. When someone asks me “Where are you from?” I really have no answer because I feel that I belong everywhere and yet nowhere. I love traveling, books and food, not necessarily in that order. Oh, and Bollywood!

What’s the difference between a life of a regular writer and a creative writer?

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Well, so far as a freelance writer, I have been used to writing to briefs and deadlines. However, things are different when you write a book – you have no deadlines and no reference points. Sure, you may have to carry out some research but most of it has to come from within you. I found creative writing a lot more challenging, and also a lot more satisfying.

What provoked you to be a part of writing world?

I have been fond of writing since I was a kid – it was something I was good at and I would often pen down my thoughts in a personal diary. While I enjoyed it, I never thought of it as a viable career choice (I come from a generation where everyone was expected to crack IITs and PMTs). I took up some freelance writing assignments to earn some extra money while I was interning as an Optometrist and only then did I realize the scope of it. Not surprisingly, I quit my job as soon as I could and got into it full-time.

When did you first decide to give your words the shape of a novel?

Writing and publishing a book has been on the top of my bucket list forever and I tried to write my first novel when I was ten years old. I watched a sci-fi movie on television and liked the story so much that I decided to pen it down as a novel (in one of those huge, hardbound registers). That was my first (plagiarized) attempt at novel writing. I have nearly half-a-dozen incomplete manuscripts lying in my computer, and as many story ideas in my head.

Who acted as an inspiration in your life?

It is difficult to name a single person, as there have been so many people who have helped me become the person I am.

How is your experience so far as an author?

The journey has just begun – I am yet to see where it will take me. So far the response to the book has been very good, as the online reviews suggest. I have been getting messages from eager readers (total strangers) asking me about the book and wishing me well, which is really heartwarming.

Done With Men is your debut Novel- what genre does it belong to?

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Done With Men is a typical Romantic Comedy ala Sophie Kinsella, but a lot of male readers are enjoying it too – something I wasn’t expecting at all!

Request you to give a small summary of Done With Men

‘Done With Men’ is all about the romantic (mis)adventures of Kairavi Krishna – serial dater and ditzy girl extraordinaire.  She is a travel writer and is urban, young and…single. After an unfortunate rash of loser boyfriends, she is pretty much done with men and ready to focus on her career. But her latest assignment, to cover Sunburn in Goa, packs more surprises than she bargained for. In the middle of partying, falling off her balcony, food allergies and ex-boyfriend encounters, Kairavi develops a hopeless crush on her dreamy doctor, but she isn’t sure if he would possibly be interested in more than her broken clavicle.

The book is meant to be short, lighthearted read.


When is your book getting launched?

The book launch in digital format (mobi, epub and PDF) on the Indireads website as well as on various other distribution channels such as Amazon, Flipkart and Barnes & Nobles from the 14th of Feb. A print-on-demand version will also be made available for readers who wish to order a paperback edition.

Who is the publisher of this novel and how was your experience in finding a publisher for you?

Done With Men is being published by Canada-based Indireads. Indireads is a new South Asia focused publisher that is looking to revolutionize the popular-fiction genre.  They encourage new, first-time authors and their USP is edgy, contemporary and compelling fiction set in South Asia.  They have already launched 30 romance novellas  by some very talented authors from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Srilanka and have many more in the pipeline. Done With Men is Indireads’ first rom-com offering.

I wouldn’t say that I found Indireads – rather they found me. I was approached to edit by Naheed Hassan, who had contacted me through my blog, and during our conversation she suggested that I write a book for them, a romantic comedy to be precise. Things just took off from there, and the book took shape after a lot of handholding and editorial guidance from Naheed and the team of editors at Indireads.

What are your expectations  from your readers?

That’s a scary question! I am trying hard to keep my expectations at the bare minimum but it isn’t working out well. Of course I want people to enjoy and love my book, and recommend it to others too.

Shuchi, what are your other passions in life?

I’m crazy about travelling and I would be permanently on vacation if I could afford it.

Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line?

I am not much of a planner and I usually take each day as it comes. My ultimate goal is to be a successful author so let’s see where that takes me.

According to you, what are the qualities that an author must possess?

I believe more than being talented, an author needs to be disciplined. It is not easy to type out a 50,000-word book while keeping motivation levels high all the time.

What next after this novel?

Another novel, what else!

Any suggestion for budding authors?

I am a budding author myself, so I am not sure if I am the right person to give any advice on the matter. I am still trying to figure out the ways of the publishing industry and am learning new things every day. For anyone is writing a book, or wants to write one, I just want to say one thing – don’t give up!

Good News for Book Lovers: Done With Men is going to be available for free on Amazon on 3rd, 6th and 11th Feb – please spread the word to your friends .

Meeting an author with an Air force Background debut Novel- Gaurav Sharma

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If you are having a special talent in you then some time or the other that will come in limelight. Gaurav Sharma, a teacher of mathematics, decided to pen down his debut novel after his life at Air force. The best part is that this novel centers round the life of Air force people and is a romantic story.  Romantic stories gives freshness in life . Gaurav is very creative and you can experience it when you read his novel-Love @ Air Force

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1)Gaurav, say something about you , your education and family as we all want to know you first as a human being then as an author?

A) I am a Science graduate and postgraduate in English. I teach Mathematics for living. My wife’s critique of me is the latent force that coaxes me to find ways to prove myself. My two kids are my other significant achievement.

2) What’s the difference between a life of an Air Force person and an author?

A) An Airman is more disciplined. I think nobody can match a soldier’s patriotism and devotion for the motherland. These are the two traits that set apart an Airman. An author has just the ability to translate his emotions and thoughts into words. Otherwise the brain of every mortal narrates stories to itself.

3) What provoked you to be a part of the writing world?

A) I have been writing since childhood. It’s just that life permitted to take it to this level so late. When I realized that I had a firm foothold, I pursued it more devotedly.

4)  When did you first decide to give your words a shape of a Novel?

A) In 2010, my school friends had organized a reunion. During mutual sharing, the idea of the story invaded my mind. I started writing.

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5) Who acted as an inspiration in your life?

A) My father is the biggest inspiration in my life.

6) How is your journey so far as an author?

A) It’s amazing. Appreciation from readers is the biggest reward I have got within one month of the release. Also, I have been privileged to know a lot of writers.

7) The Love @ Air Force is your debut Novel- why did you decide this title?

A) My father served in the Indian Air Force. I lost him in 2007. Like every father, he used to be very happy whenever I achieved something. Whenever I had an accomplishment or won a prize, he would talk about it and show the trophies and certificates to all his friends and acquaintances. So I set this story in the world he was associated with. It’s a tribute to my revered father. I know, wherever he is, he is doing the same, happy and telling everybody that his son wrote this.

8) We request you to give a small summary of Love @ Air Force.

A) Love @ Air Force is a story of two friends whose fathers were non-commissioned officers in Air Force. They too get enlisted in the force – one as an officer and other as a non-officer and meet after twenty years at the Air Force station Agra. The officer is living in his illusions and the Sergeant is living with remorse. Basically it is a love story of the officer with the ranks in Air Force playing the villain.

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9) When did this Novel get launched in the market?

A) It was launched in the January of 2014.

10) Who is the publisher of this novel and how was your experience in finding a publisher for you?

A) Blackbuck Publications, Delhi has published this novel. It took me one year to find a guardian for this novel. It went through eight or nine rejections before getting a nod. I am really grateful to the Blackbuck guys for helping my dreams attain a shape.

11) What are your expectations from your readers?

A) I am a very emotional person and it comes in my writing too. I want my readers to read everything I write with their heart – then they would connect to it in a better way. And also, I would request them to point out the flaws. Knowing the shortcomings will help me improve.

12) Gaurav, what are your other passions in life?

A) Teaching mathematics, cooking and traveling give me pleasure.

13) Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line?

A) Five years down the line I would like to have at least five published books on my shelf with a name as a writer pan-India.

14) To be an author what qualities are mandatory?

A) I think one must be a keen observer, a voracious reader and soft at heart to be an author. Only an emotional person can find suitable words to bring his characters to life.

15) What next after this novel?

A) Another novel is already in the making.

16) Any suggestion for budding authors?

A) I think I am still a learner to pass suggestions. Just one thing, write from your heart and not from your mind.

A session with author and Tarot card reader Shruti Pareikh

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We all heard about one concept that beauty of a women lies in the brain and not on her face. A true example of this is Shruti Pareikh. She holds a divine smile which will make you feel comfortable in this universe of complexity. She is a Tarot Reader besides being an author. It was a golden chance for me when I interacted with her to know her closely. Take a look

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1)Hi Shruti welcome to my blog. Before we go ahead in discovering you, we will insist you to start with an introduction of you. Please share something about you, your education, profession and family?

Hi I am Shruti Pareikh, born and brought up in Mumbai I have completed my studying in commerce stream. By Profession I am writer and Tarot card Reader. About My Family I have Elder sis named Shrradha Parekh and my Dad Mr. Sudhir Parekh and My Late Mom Sudha Parekh. My family small but I am blessed to be part of it where I get so much love.

2)You belong to both world of writing and Tarot card reading? How you maintain a balance between this two worlds?

Balancing both is not that tough coz I give time to both, as both are connected to my soul. Writing is my passion and sixth sense is god gift.

3) Out of this two world which one is your favorite and why?

This is a tough question I should say as both are my favorite but then too I would say 1% more goes to my tarot reading.

4) Tell us the story of stepping in the world of writing and how it happened?

Writing is my passion from many years but I had never thought that I would be a published Author but as they say when destiny no one knows, My life changed with My first short story ‘ It All Started With A Key’ In Anthology Book Name Syahi, I would Thanks to Nehali Lalwani Who had faith in my words. Then happened Tere Hi Liye Anthology, and now A Night in Paradise which is releasing soon. This way I got into writing industry. I should say god has surely tapped his magical wand on me.

5)    What about entering the world of Tarot card reading? Are you doing any other mode of prediction apart from tarot?

I am into Tarot Reading from almost 7 yrs, Sixth Sense is god gift. I was always attracted to Occult Science and I learned Tarot Reading, Yes I Do Face Reading and Healing, Angel Card Reading.

6)    How you chalk down the plot of the story and where from you get inspiration to shape a story?

I am a very imaginative person and I love to scribble that imagination in to my story. I get Inspiration from my sister and few friends who just motivate me to write more and more.

7)    Do your stories get some influence of Tarot prediction? I mean so far is there any character with astrological background in your stories?

Not yet, but it will come soon.

8)    You are also a blogger? So how is the life of a blogger different from an author?

I am not an active blogger, There is huge difference from being a blogger from author, as blogging needs time and activeness to make your blog worth reading.

9)    So far what is your greatest appreciation from any reader?

That I write from heart. That is the best appreciation as I believe writing from heart creates a different magic.

10) Any plan to pen down a novel in coming time?

Yes I am working on it the Name is ‘1+1 Not Always 2’ I hope it comes till next year.

11) What genre of stories you prefer to write the most?

Honestly I love romance; I love to write on real incidence.

12) Any specific incident when your tarot card reading helped and modified the lifestyle of a person in a positive way?

Yes there are many people whose life has changed in positive way and their blessings are the most important thing.

12) How you see yourself 5 years down the line as an author as well as a tarot card reader?

5 years down I see myself as a Good Author and Tarot card Reader and healer too.

13) Why it is tarot card and no other technique of prediction you do?

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As I am connected to tarot reading more and honestly I love to get connect to tarot cards as they are like my babies.

14) What qualities are important to be a good tarot reader?

You need to be positive, Clear by mind and the most important thing is you should be connected to your soul and to the divine universe.

15) What as per you is the best quality required to be a good author?

For me it is expressing your emotions in to beautiful emotions and you should write from heart.

16) To any work we need some energy in life, so in your case who is the source of energy?

The source of energy is the love I get from my family and my friends and special thing is I think positive and god’s love.

17) In one line who is Shruti the author?

Shruti the author is one who loves to express her words and makes sure they fall in love in my words.

18) In one line who is Shruti the tarot reader?

Shruti the tarot reader is the one who loves to spread smile and help people with positive energies.

19) I am not a Tarot reader, but know that you need some special power to give good and genuine Tarot card reading. Is it true? If yes, how you get that power?

Yes it is true that you need power but for me that power is connecting to universe and your soul. Meditation which helps you to get connect with your inner soul and helps you to grow, Need to be positive.

20) What are the other passions in life?

I love Dancing, Reading, Photography, Music, and Cooking.

21) What is best quality in you as a human being which helps you to be successful in life?

I would not say best quality but I have a good patience in me which helps me to understand myself and my life too.