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How is StoryMirror on a path to changing the Creative landscape of India?
 Aman Upadhyay  
 22 February 2018  

There are seven billion on this Earth. So, there are seven billion equally important journeys of their lives that they have lived and the stories that they created during those journeys. These stories define these individuals because these stories appeal to these individuals too. StoryMirror is the home to these seven billion stories. It is the home where stories are nurtured in myriad creative ways.And just like every individual, every brand has a story to tell—creative stories that not only engage, inform, surprise, delight, and impact their audience, but that also deliver on a measurable level of Creativity.Brand StoryMirror’s story, is the story of Creativity. StoryMirror explores thoughts or ideas that are new or different in some way from previous thoughts and ideas. And as exploring thoughts and ideas can be expressed by people in many ways, it can also be expressed through drawing, writing, singing, or even doing something. And StoryMirror is the conduit between the audience and the Creativity - a movement which brings every creative mind on a single platform. It is a Creative ecosystem that is beautifully involved in providing the stage for Creative minds to share their work on. It is a unique online platform created to showcase the diversity, versatility, and excellence in the field of literature and art dispersed across the length and breadth of India. StoryMirror was set up, in the year 2015, as a revolution to connect people through stories and inculcate the spirit of storytelling in the stressful lives of the masses. Every story, poem, and artwork that appears on www.storymirror.com reflects the emotions and lives of every individual. Hence the tagline, ‘Stories that reflect you.’ It was founded, with the vision to let the artists give their piece of mind for the world to behold. StoryMirror started off as an online portal wherein any person who believes that they could write a story or a poem or had creative traits to be an artist could submit their work to be cherished by millions of individuals across the globe. By 2016, they entered publishing industry and their Future Prospects include Audio Books, Interactive Webzines, 30+ Regional Languages, Short Films/Videos, and Authors’ Workshops.StoryMirrror is trying to connect storytellers with their peers through advanced technology and digital prowess. All the stories, poems, artworks, and eBooks are available for reading, sharing, and submitting. They also have an eCommerce website and mobile application from where all the products can be downloaded or ordered. Currently, they support 6 languages - Hindi, Odia, Marathi, Gujarati, Bangla, and English and they are going to cover Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada very soon.Therefore, when it's said that StoryMirror is on a path to changing the Creative landscape of India, it leads to the fact that www.storymirror.com has brought to the world and made it realize the power of storytelling with its 3 million+ readers, 70k+ users, and 10k+ writers/poets/artists. It’s the only story portal with a mobile application and with more than 10,000 downloads.StoryMirror, is your way in and while this Creative Ecosystem’s stories reflect you, it is all set to always amaze you with the enormous possibilities that lie within its global vision. Because StoryMirror is the idea of Creativity. StoryMirror gives you the wonders of Creativity. And StoryMirror is the answer to your Creativity. It is all about Creativity!

Focus On Learning and Creating Rather Than Entertainment and Distraction
 Suchismita Sahu  
 25 February 2018  

An extraction from my reading experience, which converted me a writer. I cannot spend a single day without writing, even though I had to get up in the midnight to do it. Though,there is not much progress in my professional career now, but I feel writing converted me to an absolutely different personality. “Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning.” -Benjamin Hardy Most people are distracted right now.They’re distracted while they’re at work. They’re distracted when they’re with family and friends.They’re distracted at the gym, on their commute, and even in the shower.The mediocre majority will continue going through life this way, never experiencing the fullness of a life filled with deep focus and purpose.Most people don’t prioritize learning and creating. They don’t care enough about any efforts to invest in their personal development and growth.Entertainment is more important. Most people have replaced achieving their life dreams and goals with TV, partying, and social media.Their life is characterized by entertainment and distraction, not learning and creating.As a result, they don’t have close relationships. They’re stuck in jobs they hate. Their life is on the fast-track to disappointment, and they don’t know what to do.Benjamin Hardy once said, “Entertainment and distraction is the enemy of creation and learning. They will keep you in mediocrity.”If you don’t want to end up living a life of mediocrity, focus on learning and education. It’s the fastest way to become extraordinary, wealthy, and successful.The Quality of Your Learning Determines the Quality of Your Success“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” -Hal ElrodYour income, relationships, and success are determined by your learning.Most people spend more money on entertainment and gadgets than self-education. This is why they remain poor and broke with superficial relationships.The quality of your learning and how much you invest in yourself directly determines the extent of your growth.In the words of Ryan Holiday:“The extent of the struggle determines the extent of the growth.”You are defined by what you’re willing to struggle for. Most people aren’t willing to really struggle for anything. They blindly accept what they’re given, and spend their free time disengaging from reality.Renowned motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said the most successful people in the world are always lifelong learners. They fully understand that their level of education directly determines their quality of life.“Formal education makes a living, but self-education makes a fortune,” Rohn explained.It’s not just about a college degree. Most of what you learn in college isn’t applicable to real-world success. It’s your self-education, the kind of learning that helps you develop into the next evolution of yourself.Most people will continue to go through life “in quiet desperation, with their songs left unsung.” Others dictate their income, their happiness, and their fulfillment.If you don’t want to end up with regret on your death-bed, choose self-education over entertainment.“You’ve got to wake up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” George LarimerWe Attract the Things That Reflect Who We AreDarren Hardy, author of The Compound Effect, once told a story about how he ended up with his wife.When he was in his 20’s, he began compiling an enormous list of every attribute he wanted his future wife to have. He eventually filled 40 pages detailing the most exquisite and perfect match he could think of.At the end of his writing, he realized something very important:Any woman like that wouldn’t want to have anything to do with someone like him!Hardy realized he needed to become a far better version of himself to attract a woman like that.You must become a far better version of yourself to achieve the enormous success you want.Benjamin Hardy put it this way: “We attract into our lives what we are.” Ask yourself — if you want a million dollars, do you have the mindset of a millionaire? Do you have the financial knowledge and self-discipline to own that kind of money?Most people don’t, yet they continue complaining about being poor. You’ll never become a millionaire if you don’t become someone who could be a millionaire!Every day, millions of people attract mediocre opportunities into their lives — jobs, time investments, dating partners, etc. — not realizing they are attracting exactly who they are!Extremely successful people are magnets of extraordinary opportunities. They are individuals who gravitate towards success, because they are successful themselves.If you constantly engage in mediocre, subpar activities with toxic individuals, you’ll only receive similar opportunities. You’ll never experience the type of success of the world’s most extraordinary people, because success is something you attract by the person you become.“Every next level of your life will demand a different you.” -Leonardo DiCaprioStep Forward Into Growth or Backwards Into Security“It’s absurd that we would prioritize the hottest new device, the cool car, or trendy toy over owning that which makes us feel the most engaged and most alive.” -Neil PatelC.S. Lewis once described humans this way: “We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”You do not have the luxury to “wait” to improve. Like an egg, you’ll either progress into a new version of yourself, or go rotten. There is no other way.Most people continue choosing security and safety over the choice to become the fullest version of themselves.Said Louis Sachar:“So, what’s it going to be — safety, or freedom? You can’t have both.”Right now, you have the choice — step forward into growth and development, or step backwards into safety and security.Most people step backward, slowly killing their chances to become extraordinary.Seth Godin once said, “The problem is that our culture has engaged in a Faustian bargain, in which we trade our genius and artistry for apparent stability.”The sad truth is: there’s no such thing as security. Money can be taken away (how many times have you heard of a multi-millionaire going bankrupt?). Our health could fail at any time. Millions of people are abruptly fired or laid off every year.Security isn’t real.We must choose to design our own life, and let go of our addiction to “apparent stability.” If you’ve traded your genius and creativity for “stability,” it’s time to get those back.“The goal of life is not to relax on the beach, sipping mojitos all day. The purpose is to find something you love that adds value to the world.” -Ben FoleyMost People Won’t Ever Experience True Success“The mediocre have a very narrow perception of reality, and in turn, their lives. They see things as they are, not how they can be.” -Ryan HolidayLearning and self-education aren’t popular. Most people don’t read books, attend seminars, or take even the most basic steps for self-improvement. They would rather choose distraction and entertainment.Most people will never be successful because they will spend their life this way.With just a few small changes to your life, you could enter into the top 5% — 10% of your field. The competition is extremely low! Amazing, extraordinary opportunities are abundant, because so few people ever take the steps to discover them.You can become one of the few truly successful people in the world by taking your self-education and learning seriously. In a world of mediocrity, you can become extraordinary with only a few simple tweaks.So how do you start?The more you keep evolving in better versions of yourself, the more you’ll need to be focused on the things that are most important.Your days must be characterized by high-quality activities and behaviors.Benjamin Hardy put it this way: “Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.”James Altucher once said, “Every day, check these 4 boxes: Have I improved 1% on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health?”You can start small. Even the smallest improvement is more than most people will ever see. While most people change slowly and unconsciously over time, you can begin taking control of your success by choosing to make a few small improvements.That’s all it takes.If You Want to Live an Extraordinary Life, You Need to Give Up a Normal One“If you want to live an extraordinary life, you have to give up many of the things that are part of a normal one.” -Srinivas RaoExtraordinary people are very uncommon. Their lifestyle of learning and self-education aren’t popular, either. Odds are, once you begin investing in yourself, you’ll find it’s a lonely road.Todd Henry wisely said, “The more bold you are, the more rejection you’ll experience.” The mob of the majority doesn’t like deserters.If you want an extraordinary life, you’ll need to give up many parts of the “normal” life. That might mean giving up common toxic behaviors or hanging out with toxic people. If “everyone does it,” you’d do well to give it a long, hard look.Most people will never achieve an extraordinary life. That’s OK. The extraordinary life isn’t for everyone. Learning and self-education take time, energy, and focus that most people would rather spend on entertainment and distraction — “ordinary” things.“Great” opportunities cost “good” ones; you can’t have both.Said Benjamin Hardy:Before you evolve, you can reasonably spend time with just about anyone.You can reasonably eat anything placed in front of you.You can reasonably justify activities and behaviors that are, frankly, mediocre.But as your vision expands, you realize you need to make adjustments. You can’t spend your money on junk anymore. You need to manage your time much more diligently. You need to invest in yourself and your future.To avoid mediocrity, you can’t continue being with negative people.You can’t keep eating crappy foods that slow you down.You can’t do many of the things you used to do.This is what extraordinary requires. Most people see the price and simply say “no thanks.”But you can do anything if you pay the price.“Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.” -Scott AdamsIn Conclusion“Who you are is a result of who you were, but where you end up depends entirely on who you choose to be from this moment forward.” -Hal ElrodThere are probably dozens of things you do on a daily basis that aren’t helping you improve.Most people live their lives on other people’s terms. Their days are spent working on other people’s goals and following the rules of someone else.Entertainment and distraction rule society. There will never be a shortage of TV shows, Buzzfeed articles, or Bad Lip Reading videos to take up your time.If you want to avoid mediocrity and achieve enormous success, you must cut out distractions and prioritize learning instead.Most people will go their whole lives as a slave to entertainment. They prioritize entertainment over improving their life, their family’s well-being, and their hopes and dreams.This is how people can stay at jobs they hate for years. It’s how people stay in toxic relationships and remain perpetually broke. They don’t bother learning how to succeed.If your lifestyle does not add to your growth and improvement, it will bring you down.Prioritize learning. Invest in self-education.Choose success over mediocrity.

Lessons Learnt in 10 years of Digital (2007-2017)
 DrAmit Nagpal  
 7 March 2018  

I began my digital journey in 2007 and recently completed ten years in the virtual world. Recently I reflected upon the most critical lessons I had learned in ten years of the virtual world.On Branding & Reputation1) Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.2) Brands are built by a pride of association with like-minded people and role models.3) Your story is your brand.4) Your network is who you know and your reputation is who knows you. On Content & Creativity5) What comes straight from the heart touches straight at the heart.6) People believe it when others appreciate you. Your content is taken seriously when it is shared by others7) Content is king, engagement is queen, passion is princess and technology is a prince.8) Content is king, conversion is the prime minister, and we live in a democracy.9) Creativity leads to deeper insights. Insights lead to even deeper creativity. On Personal Growth10) Selfishness is our default setting but we are empowered to change the settings. 11) Nothing succeeds like passion inspired success. Dig out your deep passion. 12) Collaboration happens when you shift to "You, We, Us" mode.13) A great self-image is a starting point for a great journey.14) The destination is a mirage. The journey is the Nirvana. 15) Branding is just the journey. Bonding is the destination.16) Tell yourself the right stories. Beliefs are stories we tell ourselves.17) Find magic partners and spread the magic. There is magic in unconditional love. 18) Learn once and earn forever does not work anymore. Today you need to unlearn, learn and relearn.19) Meditation is just living in the moment. 20) Social media is a glasshouse. You can't fake it for long.On Storytelling & Inspiration21) You can't heal yourself without telling your story. 22) Empathy first, authentic story later.23) Your stories must move people .....into action, smiles or tears. 24) Words carry energy. Energy carries magic.25) The deeper the love you put, the higher the inspiration you draw. 

FrenchConnect
 Swati Rastogi  
 17 March 2018  

https://swatifrenchconnect.wordpress.com/Speaking a language is about connection ,not perfectionWhy learn another language?A lot of people have this question in mind.If you are at all curious about the world beyond your own day to day routine, speaking french (or any other language besides your native tongue) can upgrade your life by increasing opportunities for career,living,travel,adventure,friendship and love.The more languages you speak,the bigger your world becomes.You can learn to speak another language,no matter your age or educational background;maybe you will never be mistaken for a native speaker but you will be able to communicate and that is what languages are for.Remember speaking a language is about connection,not perfection.Read more to know my story-how i got the idea of creating this blog.Have you ever thought of learning french language?Are you facing the problem of pronouncing french words correctly even after hearing the voice of a native french speaker?Do you think that native french speakers speak very fast?Do you find it difficult to catch hold of the pace at which they are speaking?Keeping these problems in mind, I have created a blog FrenchConnect to solve these problems of french language learners.Though i was a topper in french in Kamla Nehru College,Delhi University,I also faced the same problems being from a non french background.I got this idea for my blog because of my own experience when I did my 3 yrs advanced diploma in french from Kamala Nehru college,Delhi University.Being from a non french background,when I used to watch the french videos of a native french speaker,i found it very difficult to catch hold of the pace at which they were speaking.Same way when I read some information in french,I had to check the meaning of many words in the french-english dictionary which used to take a lot of time.So I thought of creating a blog in which all the information about France is given in both the languages-french and english.Assuming that english is widely spoken and my readers know english,I have written the content not only in french language but also translated in english simultaneously so that my readers dont have any problem in comprehending what i have written in french.Through this blog of mine,I will teach my readers/viewers:reading,writing,listening and speaking in french through videos,images and audio that will help stimulate the imagination and bring out the creativity in them.The uniqueness in the videos which I have created is that I am discussing news,french grammar,french vocabulary,french expressions at a slow pace so that my viewers can understand almost every word and sentence that I am speaking clearly.I have created these videos keeping in mind that my viewers are from a non french background.I am sure these videos will definitely ease the problems of my viewers and will help them learn french quickly.I will also give a little information about the french literature,french painting,art and culture,renowned french writers.I have even written essays and articles in french which I have translated in english.These will improve the writing skills of my readers.My blog will be giving information regarding the famous dishes of french people and I will also give the recipe of some dishes.i even want my readers to know that I can create websites,translate them from french to english and english to french with the highest level of accuracy.Beginner or advanced learner,traveller or business professional with a tight schedule?There is something for everyone in my blog www.swatifrenchconnect.wordpress.com#smblogcontest

Book Review: Pralay: The Great Deluge (Harappa) by Vineet Bajpai
 Shivangi Rawat  
 28 March 2018  

Blurb"“Even death is afraid of the White Mask…”1700 BCE, Harappa – The devta of Harappa has fallen…tortured and condemned to the dungeons of the dead. His murdered wife’s pious blood falls on the sands of the metropolis, sealing the black fate of Harappa…forever.2017, Banaras – A master assassin bites into cyanide, but not before pronouncing the arrival of an unstoppable, dark force. A maha-taantric offers a chilling sacrifice.325 AD, Bithynian City (modern-day Turkey) – Unable to foresee the monster he was untethering, an extraordinary monarch commissions a terrifying world-vision spanning millennia.1700 BCE, East of Harappa – A mystical fish-man proclaims the onset of Pralay - the extinction of mankind. The Blood River rises to avenge her divine sons.What happens to the devta of Harappa? Is Vidyut truly the prophesied saviour? Who are the veiled overlords behind the sinister World Order? What was the macabre blueprint of the mysterious emperor at Bithynian City? Turn the pages to unravel one of the world’s greatest conspiracies and the haunting story of a lost, ancient civilization."About bookReading level: 12+ yearsPaperback: 315 pagesPublisher: VB Performance LLP (19 January 2018)Language: EnglishReviewThe Author has done an awe-inspiring job in its prequel, “HARAPPA” and I was enthusiastically waiting for its sequel and here it is. My tick- tock waiting watch is stopped and finally I am giving my verdict on Pralay – the great deluge.I enjoyed Pralay-The great Deluge which is the second part of Harappa - the curse of the Blood River.Like the volume one, this book holds the equivalent charisma and page turner for all. Several characters role play shows instantaneously in this book, like a historical drama based move rolling.Coming to the story, in the last book we had seen that Vivasan pujari was sentenced to mrit karavas like a hell type place and on the next day numerous torture done by King Chandrashekhar army. He landed to the west of Harappa, at the place of Sura, the mighty demon king, with the extreme mental country of in search of revenge of the fatality of his beloved soul mate Sanjana and his single son. The mighty king agrees to help him, but in exchange for something, which stunned the great devta for an instant. On the other end in Banaras, Vidyut flabbergasted and immobilized to see the sudden alteration of Bala, his brotherhood friend. On which earth Bala tried to kill Vidyut and who is the mastermind behind it. Each passing moment Vidyut condition is getting life-threatening. Does he recover from it? In the meantime, meanwhile, the Masaan Raja, the deity of the dead, Trijaat Kapaalik entered the matth with his 666 maniac followers and his guts left everyone stunned in the matth. What was the purpose to visit in such horrible phases to the Matth? Another fragment of the story, Manu succeeded to get away with the lifeless body of his adored mother with the support of Pundit Somdutt and swift with his horse to the East of Harappa in search of the Black Temple as directed. On the way, he met Matshya, a mystery man.Manu seeks help from this mystical man Masaya for taking revenge for the death of his parents. Did he help Manu on his mission? All mystery will solve, once you go through the book. The fast pace of the book holds you till the end & it’s a single sit read for me. Writing a historical fiction is a tough job and need too much research to make it the best. The Author has succeeded in that case. Language and narration are breath-taking from its first page of the book. Mythology was never my cup of tea, but recently I have read few amazing mythology related novels including this and I just loved it now. I was gripped and enthralled by the transformation of the pujari into evil. Saptrishi and Vidyut played and justified their role. The cover is not unique still simple and good it could have been better. The title is catchy, this book I never thought will be released soon I must pat on the back of author for his creativity and imaginations!4/5 to this book!

SPILL POETRY
 Preeti Tal  
 23 August 2018  
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Spill poetry

On Homosexuality
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
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It doesn't matter if its legal or not , Homosexualiy will always be an issue to any culture.Yes,it took hundreds of years to be legal in some places, but its very uncertain that how long it will take people to understand their feelings and emotions ,and stop seeing them as a threat to any cultural values. People get scared if a homo stands in the vicinity, what if you get harrased somehow by him or her,or whould he or she destroy your social image.There are a lots of doubtful questions come into your mind but its not logical. Think you are heterosexual, do you like or love every opposite gender you see.if you do then you are mentaly retarded, if not then your taste of like or dislike depends on some criteria, which you might be aware of or might not.So A homo also find someone as per his criteria, it won't be everyone.But well there is a chance it could be you ,So if you deny then would that homo force you,can you force somebody to love you.You can't then why you can't befriend a homo?.We are actually insulting them giving a different category "Homo" but do they ever tease us calling Hetero.Why they can't do the same because we are more in numbers than them ,we are on the right path,maintaining the cycle of life,but they are an abomination breaking the cycle and a threat to the existence of human kind.Its true but think from perspective of your life,do you love a woman because you got a Nobel job to maintain life on earth or its just about your satisfaction and security. So just like us they also strive for their own and there is no wrong in it.This is how their body is made and if God is the creator and every creation is beautiful in its way then they are also beautiful and they are rare.There is no shame being a Homo or befriending a homo.They are different and less that doesnt mean we can dominate them.And if you have too much blind faith in scriptures then let me tell you what teaches us what is right and what is wrong,Its Life ,your experience on those actions you taken make you realize what's right in this world and you fight for it.They fought for their rights because its their truth which they protected from our kind.Even who gives you right to judge someone on basis of their sexual orientation. it's their personal matter.If sugar taste bitter for some people , you can't blame them being wrong .For you its sweet for them its bitter,no judgments should pass on personal experience. You can never prove it.So please treat them with equality.So many writers,poets and scientists were born a homo and they blessed us with their creativity.But they also experienced very hard time cause society can't accept them. May be there were more brigher minds but they are not part of history,they names are lost ,grounded in this grey soil.But its modern age,and things need to be changed.

StoryMirror in conversation with Author Aanchal Bharara
 StoryMirror Feed  
 15 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A: I completed my Honors in Political Science from D.U. Then did mu B.Ed from IP University followed by Diploma in English Journalism from IIMC.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?A: I was always in writing. Earlier I used to write scripts for a News Agency. Then I left my job, and now I write on social media platforms. Literature used to gave me an understanding of many situations that we face in our life. From there I also wanted to write something that will reach people and will stay with them forever.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: I was out of touch for 3-4 years. Got married and was completely involved in my family only. But the passion was still alive. So getting back on track, writing well after years of staying completely away from pen became a little difficult. And today I struggle to reach the audience with my writings which I am still trying to improve and get back to those writing skills that I earlier had. There are so many creative writers that I feel there is a lot of scope for improvement in my writings.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: I think it has reached completely different heights. In this field people have become so good. Every piece of work that I get to read is in itself amazing. Today's literary work has made the world seem smaller. People get to read about cultures which are followed far far from them.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Of course, it has given a new opportunity and a very good platform to people who really want to showcase their creativity. The opportunities today are unlimited for the talent to reach the people.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: Starting with scripts and small articles, after taking a little break, I am more into short stories and poems now. Love learning and improving my work with each passing day. My work is mostly about love and respect in relationships, that people have forgotten about, because of their busy lifestyles these days.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: My first work published in India Today Online. It was an interview with a music Jockey. After that I wrote my first story 'Child's unfulfilled wishes' and it was published here on StoryMirror for the first time. It was about a child who had everything except his parents' time and attention.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? A: Literature will continue to contribute the society the way it does from years. People will understand different lifestyles and cultures of other countries. The solutions to the problems that we face in our daily lives, might become available easily for the people. From our past, people will learn a lot. They will understand what all happened in different places and why. For future, the mistakes of the past might be avoided. And the favorable steps for further development can be taken.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: I want to reach the maximum audience possible plus I want to improve so much and write so well that people will love reading my work.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? A: Online video sessions among the poets, working in collaboration online and meeting each other through small get together or in live poetry sessions.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?A: I am myself a new and aspiring writer. But what I can suggest is, keep reading the works of good writers, keep learning and improving.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: It has been amazing and I love writing here on StoryMirror. Feedback from other writers encourages me so much. The contests make writing more exciting. Reading the works of others teaches us so much. Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?A: It is the best platform for those who want to showcase their writing talent. To those who want to read stuff, StorryMirror has unlimited options. It has all that reading crazy people need at one place. I have tried many platforms but this is the most reliable, promising, developing and totally authentic one. You can read my content on StoryMirror at https://storymirror.com/profile/yb5w2mj2/ 

StoryMirror in conversation with Author Richa Dixit.
 StoryMirror Feed  
 20 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of lifeA: I have done my schooling and Graduation (B. Com) from my hometown, i.e. Gwalior (M.P) . And later did my Post Grad (MBA) from Lakshmangarh Jaipur (Raj.)Q:How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?A: From the childhood days i used to enjoy reading & writing poetry. Words and the emotions they generate and expressing myself by ideas and words have been my passion throughout. Writing has been a soul calling for me, words have been a source of healing to my emotions and zest to find myself through words. Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?A: Although my family has been always supporting me in my writing passion, but still the society limits us by such creative fields to be as a career option, specially being a woman. A qualified woman in most houses are the ones who have attained degrees to get married to high earning spouse to do the dishes at end of the day, freedom of expression has always been a highly neglected zone for women. though not that case with me but still being at the shore, that ripple effect tickles your feet in some or the other way.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?A: Literature needs to be honored in its true sense, education system in schools and colleges and the awareness for literature subject has to be rolled out. Without creativity and those floating ideas, being a human race is undefined. Roots of literature are needed to be strengthened.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?A: Yes, it has served a lot and a new hope has arisen to let the light shine. Young writers are gaining there worth through this a lot, were they can showcase their talent and be recognized. Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: Talking about my literary work, I have been always fascinated by poetry (English, Hindi, Urdu), i really wish to rekindle the magic of poetry to world again. I have published my Hindi/Urdu poetry compilation in my two books.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published?A: My first literary work was my online book issue (DILSOZ ALFAAZ), that was a compilation of some of my poetry work. This is what the significance of social media that has enabled me to publish my work online, with no cost involved, where in I got a good response and later decided to compile another book (lamhon ki oot se) in print media.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature can totally define the roots of us, it holds a great contribution percentage, era has to be brought back so that art n culture, traditions can be put into flow . Literary world must be enriched with creative young passion, literature is a science and art of healing in my perspective. With our wall bounded, numbers-oriented job world, we are turning into barren souls, literature can bring the showers of peace and harmony to create a world and life worth living.Q: There do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: After 5 years I see myself as a writer figure, nurturing my soul calling and purpose, sharing with society my ideas and work that can heal and inspire others. Q: What ways would you suggest building a community for poets?A: System has to be modified from ground level, schools & colleges need to be taking participation in same so that our youth can revive the vibe of creativity and build our literature stronger, society needs young writers as the successors of our literary world. It has to be a prominent career opportunity for people who wish to pursue it, due to lack of awareness and opportunities in literary world, youth is getting brain drained towards numb career zones ending up in stress and losing one self.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: I would like to share this view to aspiring new writers, that let your words say it all, no matter what follow your heart, collective efforts of all of us will make us and this literary society of ours shine and we will establish a strong foundation, they are the crucial pillars of it.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: Writing on story mirror was really an amazing experience, getting my work selected at it was really a pleasure. Q: Would you like to say something about Storymirror? A: Story Mirror is a wonderful platform, I really feel blessed to come across it, they people really make our worth being notified to world out there, Great to be writing on it and felicitated by it for letting my words find their true light. Read my content on https://storymirror.com/profile/wmz2b5q5/richa-dixit/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Hinal Mhatre
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 28 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: Currently I am studying in class 9. Till this day I've written over 30 poems, and the credit goes to the interest I have in literature and the way I somehow live my life to the fullest by being anxious.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: Nothing specifically inspired me to write for there is a lot going around in teenage years. Being an amateur in writer, I have a lot to face now. Come what may, my words won't be wasted. Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: As times change, so does the face of literature. Though not so large in number, but there are various rising patrons publishing their own little worlds. Poets like me have new assets of the digital and social media. But sometimes these forums just mentally freeze a person as literature is an overwhelming field.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: My poems are basically like a heart that sings alone. This includes narrating the aesthetics of some incidents, unanswered questions and  whimsical daydreams. Some of my literary works reflect self-assessments done at 3 am, uncertain love interests, phases of life, ghosts of people that are still alive, and deep messages conveyed through simple words. And the rest are stupid desires, abstracts, negative glimpses, anxious drama, confessions, longing memories, unspoken words, etc. I have tried to fit them in various poetic styles such as haiku, limerick, acrostic, sonnet, sometime free verses or created my own styles. Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published?A: My first literary work was a small Marathi poem that I wrote when I was 8, though I don't have it written somewhere but I do remember it. After that I hadn't written poems and stories for some 4 years, except some school homework.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature contributes to the society in various ways that we don't even realize. On a smaller level, it might make someone's day and on a larger level, it acts like a eternal communication. To be honest, I do not like visualizing myself with a all 'down to the earth' attitude. I'll go where my poems will get me, also, I am considering to publish my poetry collection. I would suggest the build up a community where a every person gets recognition due to his/her poetic excellence and not the other way round where a poem gets recognition due to its poet/poetess. I am, myself, a aspiring writer and from the little experience I have, I would suggest them to write as per their own terms and conditions, not necessarily tracing some great writer's steps. Initially the context stays simple and text seems jumbled but as it moves forward, context deepens and words get cleared.One's written works are little parts of one's mind you give to the world.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: I am enjoying my experience with StoryMirror.I would like to add that, earlier I would surf through internet searching for writing communities based in India and would always end up on a abroad or almost closed writing communities. I am really grateful for coming across and being a part of StoryMirror and the respective contests, for being a platform for me to showcase my creativity.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: Also, thank you for providing me with the opportunity to share my views and opinions through this interview.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/e2cgoydy/5-crookedfingers/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Shrestha Mukherjee
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 28 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of lifeA: I have done B. Pharm and MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai, with almost three years of corporate experience.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?A: Writing was always my passion. The form of art which is closest to my heart. I stared writing poetry early 2017. The poets that inspired me and my poetry in Robert Frost and John Keats.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?A: I feel the difficulty is managing time for writing. Creative writing needs time to develop. As Lisa See, an American writer and novelist says “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?A: Present-day literary is innovative, personal and straight forward and beautiful in its own way. But personally, I love the charm of the classics like ‘DAFFODILS’ by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH or ‘THE ROAD NOT TAKEN’ by ROBERT FROST Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?A: Yes, I’m a blogger which helps in showcasing my work globally and get feedback and comments from the strangers across the globe are motivating me to keep writing. So yes, social media gives an opportunity to share my work as well as learn from others.Q: Please tell us something about your literary workA: I write poems and prose about love and life usually with ciphers, this is the writing style which I am learning and interested to grow with. I draw inspiration from nature, the books I read, places I visit and people in meet. Proses I usually characterize by the use of full sentences and paragraphs that tend to proceed uninterrupted in a linear fashion until they are complete to give description to develop concrete, complete ideas, aiming to leave the reader with his own interpretation of it. Whereas poetry, on the other hand, I write in nonlinear fashion, using fragments of thoughts, feelings, and images to convey a certain message to the readers aiming to generate feelings which I hold while writing. Like smiling together with the reader or crying with the pain that the poetry holds.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: I started my journey initially with articles related to real life events or current events, which grew into short stories and novels. But I truly find myself now as a poet. I enjoy getting lost in time when I’m writing, liking living in a completely different universe.My poems are published in WordPress and StoryMirror. Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literary works serve as a food for thought and encourage imagination and creativity. Exposing oneself to good literary works, is equivalent to providing one with the finest of educational opportunities. On the other hand, the lack of exposure to good literature is equal to depriving oneself from the opportunity to grow. Literature allows you to understand and experience systems of living and other worlds. We get a view of the inside looking out, a personal view and insight into the minds and reasoning of someone else. We can learn, understand, and appreciate it; and that how society can grow. Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: In 5 years, I see myself to be a more matured writer with my few poetry books published. And to be growing in people’s heart.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: Develop a place where poets can share there works and get feedbacks from fellow like minded poets. This will not only give more opportunity to grow but also to learn from each other, like a writer’s club.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?A: Follow your heart, take risk, and have courage to take the road least traveled. Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: It is a very good platform for both readers and writers. Writers get a platform to share their work and get recognition for it whereas readers get good content to read and learn. Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: Keep going strong. Wish you all the success as your success is your writers’ success. Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/4hkaj7vg/shrestha-mukherjee/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Yashfeen Asif
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 4 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.Got the privilege of being bought up in two different countries. I did my Honours in Linguistics and Masters in Business Administration.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  Reading and listening to stories has always been a passionate hobby of mine.  It was out of mere curiosity of reading a story as per my taste, that I started my hand at writing.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Getting a right platform to showcase my work and getting established as a writer in this competitive market.What is your view about the present day literary work? A lot has been done and a lot more needs to be done. Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A very big YES! Along with opportunities social media has also provided courage to people like me to try their hand at writing.Please tell us something about your literary work. So far I have three books under my name and been published in four anthologies. What was your first literary work and how was it published?  I started my literary journey with a novel, but the work which was published in a book format was a self published poetry book "Bittersweet Lines". Later on my first novel "The Billionaire's Pursuit" was picked up by FicFun Inc to be published in an e-book format on their website. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?The only answer to this question is INFINITE.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?Hmm. I guess as a full time established writer.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Conducting more and more engaging competitions starting right from the school levels.. What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? If you are passionate about it, keep on writing without thinking about its outcome. Just write what you want from heart, pave your own path don't follow or copy others, create your own identity, rest shall follow.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  Writing on Storymirror has always been a pleasure. With its ever engaging competitions, whenever you feel like giving up or you're stuck they'll pop up with something new, bringing out creativity to a whole new level.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? Amazing platform for amateur writers to showcase their work along with endless opportunities.Here is a link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/6sjazbqi/y-a-indie-indie/stories

StoryMirror in conversation with author Shoumeet Saha
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 13 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I had completed my High School from Our Own High School, Al Warqa', Dubai, I am a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate from Heriot-Watt University, Dubai and a Master of Business Administration graduate majoring in Finance from Manipal University, Dubai.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  When I first wrote a poem, I was in grade 10, say before the CBSE board exams started off. There isn't exactly a how I got interested in literature because back then and even now music has been my inspiration, and how various genres bring out what you feel from within was one of the keys that triggered me into writing. It helped me dive deep into my imagination and what I felt inside. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? The difficulties while writing can be just one or many things combined to be honest. Like one of the difficulties I faced was loss of words, there will be times where you are trying to describe a certain thing or a feeling and you know how the lines should be formed but you are not getting that word that can complete it, and then you may be like ok this is not working and you strike off the line you wrote and then start from scratch to use a similar word or phrase that expresses the same.Another difficulty that I have faced and I guess the other writers too would agree on this is continuity or simply called a flow. When we are in a flow of writing not just poetry, fictions or anything for that matter, we can generate ideas within a few minutes or less depending on how often we write or how deep our imagination goes. I did have difficulty in getting back my flow after I was done with school and it took me around 2 years to get back in writing and I thought I was back but then again with various things happening around you, it does become difficult to carry on. After a pretty much on and off in between, I got my flow back again after my MBA. Yes, we all struggle at one point or the other but the only important thing other than imagination, creativity is the flow. The stronger your flow, the more confident you become and the more you can dive into your imagination bringing out the best in you.What is your view about the present-day literary work? Literature has been evolving over the years, now people not only write about what they imagine or feel, but they also write on current issues too.There are people who have come out speaking about out about their difficulties, abusive relationships, etc that have in turn encouraged others to come out and speak. Words always had the power to inspire people, bring people together in times of oppression, many singers/songwriters have done it, like Bob Marley and many more, whose words had inspired people, brought peace around.Now, Literature has got a new platform that is digital media, where millions can connect and express what they feel, what they may have gone through and help each other out in the process.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Definitely, Digital and Social Media has now become a hub of new and emerging writers, it has given them the opportunity to showcase their talent in writing, given them the opportunity to learn from other writers whether new or experienced, this has also given the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with each other regardless of their geographical boundaries and linguistic barriers.Instagram is one of the major tools for this has encouraged millions in expressing what their passion is, what they are interested in and continue to do follow their path, to not just gain followers but also to inspire more and more to do the same.Please tell us something about your literary work. I am a poet, and I write poetry in English and Hindi / Urdu, I write about love, motivation, relationships, and many more. I had started writing for myself when I was in 10th and I used to keep a book separately just for my work back then. As years passed by, you gain more experience as to what life gives you in your journey and I guess that had helped evolve from just writing about how I felt by just looking at someone's face to how you feel in certain situations which may be so realistic yet not so easy to express to people around you.      I do have a WordPress blog that I have been maintaining for a few years now           WordPress Blog: https://shoumeets.wordpress.com/I also have a Facebook and Instagram page where I keep posting my work and try to reach out to as many people as possible.      Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/shoumeet.saha.poetryInstagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/shoumeet.saha.poetry/What was your first literary work and how was it published? My first literary work was a Hindi poem "Haseen" back in 2012. This was the first one to make to my WordPress blog which I had created.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?Literature has played a very important role in expression, expression of our thought, expression of our feelings and expression of our opinions.Today, literature has become the power to heal someone from depression, motivate and inspire people from day to day, comfort those suffering from various difficulties and pain and letting them know that they are not alone. Literature has always and will be able to contribute its part of healing, inspiration, and love in the future, which now is really essential for our existence and survival in this world.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?In the literary world, a person can be inspired anytime by anyone and anywhere and in this world, learning how to dive deeper into our imagination is always a constant. I would say I am taking it day by day to learn more, to experience more and find ways to inspire myself to write more.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?To build a community for poets, I would say we need to encourage them to express what they feel from day to day. We may also suggest a word or phrase that they may be able to write upon and let them bring out the best of their work through the use of those words and phrases.We can also give them the opportunity to collaborate among themselves, this, in turn, will help them learn from each other's experiences and also help in the different competitions that they may participate in.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? My message to the aspiring writers is to learn more, learn from people's experience, your own experiences, learn how to express your feelings better and learn to take control of your imagination, the deeper you go, the more you will be surprised as to how many ways you can write about something.Another message is that life will have its ups and downs, but never be discouraged by it, never give up on what you really love and never lose your flow in writing.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  StoryMirror has been a great platform to showcase my work and a lot of competitions to participate in, some of which I would like to take on soon.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/zlnwbvgb/shoumeet-saha/poems