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Book Review: SOLITUDE and other OBSESSIONS
 28 March 2018  

ReviewSOLITUDE and other OBSESSIONS is a thoughts and imagination treasury of Uma, Binod, Trupti, Shruti and Saurin. All the five poets have done an amazing work, they have compiled 73 poems in totals that reflect the emotions and feelings.A human mind is always preoccupied with various and numerous thoughts. From man to woman, boy to girl, minor to stripling every humankind is indulged with obsession, some people refrain but some they cant and become obsessed.Poems in the garner have a high and rich vocabulary, themes of the poem are multifarious. Poetry is something that has a power to control the mind, I was enjoying reading these poems on various topics, the book is full of awestruck and awesome pieces of poems of poets. Some of my personal favorite from this pile is Binod Panda's collection every poem has a story behind even years are mentioned, Life: With A smile amazing, Two to Tango, Who Am I, Send Me, Flute, The Light Princess, and In A Lap Of Death are few titles touched my soul.Title and cover both didn't make a place in my heart, but yes poems have left the print in my heart!Highly recommended to all the poetry lovers.4/5 startsBlurbWe are a species fueled by obsessions. Every human achievement, and every infamy, is the result of an obsession that tormented, possessed and consumed. This is a selection of poetry about solitude and other obsessions that have distracted, driven, destroyed and / or defined us. Spanning genres, styles, emotions, time & place, these works by a collective of 5 poets are a glimpse into the obsessions that have become us.All about the five Authors"Uma Sudhindra grew up in an army environment. After a decade-and-half of corporate life, she became an entrepreneur and has remained one. She loves books, music, travel & the Armed Forces. Her entrepreneurial venture Go Magic Trails reflects her passion for travel and experiencing the new & unique.She's co-founded I'm Every Woman, an NGO for women empowerment. Their flagship initiative, DURGA India, has worked tirelessly with communities, corporates & government to create safer spaces for women & children.Binod Kumar Panda is the classic mix of left-brain, right-brain. Gregarious and charming, he's an engineer and MBA with a hugely successful corporate, entrepreneurial and consulting career.His school and college years though were spent in the company of solitude and like-minded friends that resulted in thought provoking poetry.Trupti Kalamdani is a mechanical engineer by profession who investigates stresses developed on an aircraft body at work; while at home, releases her stress by penning down a few lines.Her tryst with poetry started during her school days, when she expressed her undying love for cricket in the form of a poem. Over the years, her limericks have grown into full bodied verses. A closet poet for years, she is finally out and exploring different platforms to share her work.Her poems have been published in literary journals like efiction India, Taj Mahal Review and Coffee Shop Poems. She is also a regular performer at ""Let Poetry Be"" events at Atta Galatta.Dr. Shruti Arabatti comes with a mature head over drooping arms and a mind ticking faster than an exploding bomb. Like her namesake, she is an orchestrated person living in a discordant cadence. She manages to hit all the right notes amidst all the gobbledygook yelping by her adorable preschooler.Saurin Desai's first love led to a roaring affair that's ongoing now since nearly 30 years. At the innocent age of 8 he met a comic book that whacked him on the head (pun intended) and he fell heels-over-head, literally (pun not intended).But being commitment-phobic, he had a couple of dalliances: with engineering, jobs & businesses, before succumbing to the seduction of the writer's life and giving up everything to become lazier than he ever was.About BookPaperback: 128 pagesPublisher: Notion Press,Language: English.

StoryMirror in conversation with Authors Alisha Bhamri And Arjun Singh
 22 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: Alisha is a law student and Arjun Singh is a BCA final year student.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: At the initial stage it just started with a hobby to write. then we wanted to explore more so yeah, we just took a step ahead in this field let's see which path it will lead to.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?A: Umm difficulties were not that much as such it was just that at the initial stage, we were not familiar to many words and then we had to googled then but now over vocabulary had been improved and we are more familiar with many of the words.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: As writing is a hobby so at present, we both are working for writing more and more poems and working on over enhancement as well Q Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Yeah it does. In the media platform there are readers who read our post and they always tend to motivate us by their comments, and we do get inspiration to write more n more Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: Our literary work is only confined to writing poems on the topic on which we can relate to because then the feelings Nd the writings come from heart itself Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: We a newcomer though but yeah I have submitted many of my poems to your website only and some of them as live at present and is gathering more n more likes.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature can't do anything for the betterment of the society except make people learned and having knowledge about poems and stories and they can even enhance their speaking skills and their vocabulary as well. Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: May be a well know poet and poetess.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: Umm your website is doing good as it creates a web for all writers to write on a single platform.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: Just stay focused and write as much as you can and try to introduce newer words in your writings and even read more. Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: A great experienceQ: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: Yeah it's a great platform for writers to write and get published . And it motivates people to write and to upgrade yourself Here is the link to read our content https://storymirror.com/profile/vk6vxwsb/alisha-bhamri/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author AGRATA VERMA
 26 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of lifePresently,I am a student of class 5, studying in Prudence School, New Delhi. How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?I am not sure, how it began. I use to finish my school work very fast and would then start writing on bits of paper, loose sheets and in diary. Once my mom asked me to write about 'my most unforgettable moment'. I wrote about my late grandmother. After reading it, my parents, immediate family members, got very emotional. That's how I think my potential was realized by my mom. She encouraged me to write more and meanwhile got to know about this platform 'StoryMirror'. First time when I posted my story on StoryMirror, and the first 'Like' I got from someone unknown to me, acted as a catalyst. Since then, there has been no stopping. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?I keep writing because I love writing. I have not faced any problem except asking for votes. What is your view about the present day literary work?I like literature because it gives me ideas, increases my vocabulary, makes me more sensitive. Everytime I read a new story, there is a new reality to discover. I love reading fiction like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Roald Dahl series, Geronimo Stilton etc. The joy of reading these works is immense, as it takes me to an entirely different world of pleasure and fantasy.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?Yes, because through digital and social media, the reach to read has increased immensely.Please tell us something about your literary workI like writing and reading about crime,  different people, places and also about fiction.What was your first literary work and how was it published? My poems have been published in 'Hindustan Times' newspaper. My first poem which was published in the newspaper was 'Thank You'. I was appreciated by my teachers, classmates and my parents.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?It is a very strong medium, through which views of people, emerging issues of the society, entertainment for everyone and intellect/passion of the writers can be beautifully expressed and penned.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?I see myself in the hearts of my friends, peers, teachers and everyone else in the school and place where I live.  Five years from now, I will be in class Xth, and I would then like people following my poems, favorite poets endorsing them and also have more ways and platforms to express my views.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Digital media is a good way to interact and share the work. Also various institutions should come forward and recognize poems as a strong medium of expression.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?Do what you Love and Love what you Do.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? It was very inspiring, great learning and a very good platform to channelize and express my views through story/ poems. I felt very motivated every time my poem got selected by StoryMirror. Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? StoryMirror is a very strong, motivating channel to bring out the creative skill of budding writers. For me, I also liked reading other stories/ poems posted on StoryMirror. It was a good way to interact and know about others and their beautiful work. Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/kytwvmko/agrata-verma/stories

StoryMirror in conversation with author Hinal Mhatre
 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 Divyashree Bilumadi Chandrappa Gowda
 6 March 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A: I completed my schooling, pre-university & undergraduate degree in Bangalore & have been working for 5 years. The forming years of my life were quite good to an extent though, childhood being the best part of life we all cherish inspite of the chances missed and exposure we could have had.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? A: I used to browse through a couple of motivational quotes or thoughts & came across and also read few poems, novels written by various Authors in English, Kannada & Hindi languages. It helped me a lot to stay optimistic with hope. The writings of Maya Ahmed (author/writer) influenced me a lot & inspired me which is the main source of interest in literature.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: The world of literature is very vast in itself. We have seen a lot of great Writers & their work, contribution. I wanted to start writing but had zero idea and wasn't confident enough. It all started when I was depressed over again, not knowing what to do.. browsed through a number of blogs, website & apps for writing. Found a nice platform “Mirakee”, just started writing slowly with whatever thoughts came to my mind.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: I feel the ancient work was full of meaning. Whatever you touch - from poems, stories, scriptures etc is filled with depth & message. One of many to mention - poems written by the eminent & finest poet of 19th century, Robert Frost. Nowadays, literature is good but modernized & uses more complex words whilst the message is lost inside it. Can't conclude since the above opinion is based on few readings. I guess A reader is the best critic to comment on this.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Yes, digital media in this generation has given opportunities for everyone interested in writing but we must create a new platform to encourage young writers and take literary work to another level like other forms of art.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: Most of what I write revolves around the thoughts that arise in mind due to few situations and things happening around, to the lessons learnt from life experiences till date. Subject plays a major role. that's how most of the poems are born & takes life. I don't know many complicated words to be used & also various forms of poems. My basic idea of writing is that it should at least be useful to those who read & must convey good message or meaning.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: I'm just a soul interested in literature and writing has given me lot of peace and happiness. I don't have my literary work published yet. The first piece of story/poem I wrote was “One Winter Morning” (have submitted in StoryMirror & waiting for content approval). Still a learner. Long way to go.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? A: Literature has the ability to awaken minds of lot of people in many ways. It is the base or evidence to history. Ancient literature, stories, drama, poetries, scientific work/research have the potential to impact the future & generations to come.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world? A: As stated earlier, I'm still a learner in this vast ocean of literature. It's a dream to see ourselves better & wise while we continue our journey. Let's see… until then I'll keep writing & improving but will never stop what's started.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? A: We must have mentors and fellow writers to correct us and provide inputs. It will surely impact in order to improve & also serves as encouragement which will give us new hope and interest to write more.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: Keep learning and just start writing. We never know how far it will take us or we can go but the first step to start the journey is within our hands. When I, who thought that I wouldn't be able to do anything can write. Then anybody can write. You have the potential, will power & strength within you. Never let it die. Keep watering it without any expectations.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: Initially it was difficult, as I was used to only one writing platform/app. It's been so good so far. *NICE , to sum up.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: Excellent platform and interactive (in terms of communication, support, competitions & encouraging writers). I would like to Thank, Shrestha for introducing me to StoryMirror & let me participate in “Be a poem” competition. That’s how I started writing on StoryMirror.Here is the link to read all my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ueot5z7a/divya-b-c/poems 

Asian Winds as Ebook on Lulu
 19 April 2019  
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This book was published first in print through support of Dublin poetry forum by Poetry Ireland in July 2018 and was greatly appreciated by all readers in print form.But the publisher wanted to make sure that the digital technology also take it part and after taking the royalty back in October 2018 it was discussed that Mr. pant should plan a way forward by which the work can be brought as an Ebook in it's prime impression. For this he did suggest Lulu where he has published his works as ebook and the publisher also agreed recognising the prominence and impact of the publisher to which Mr. pant belongs as a digital author. A short press release was issued by the central press command of the publisher in Belfast and there it was agreed first in october 2018 that an Ebook titled same should be published. Though it was based on that there Mr. pant should add few more poems to certain topics inside the book to make it equally prominent. After certain discussions Mr. pant agreed to all formalities and proceeded in early January 2019 to make the impact in which he decided to add more poems in the early 4 chapters and also to present an Introductory chapter which he has not submitted in the print book itself back in July 2018 which would now be featuring around. The chapter like China-the key sentiment was elated with 4 more poems that were based on Sino-Indian relations and the other three chapters like 'Hindu fear in Bangladesh', 'Pakistan Border problem' and 'Dominal masks in Philippines' had 2-2-2 poems added respectively for the progress of the work. In the Ebook Mr. pant also added certain online links without which the Ebook can't proceed and he made sure that those must be links of other virtual online portals rather than his previous ebook that would count for the virtual process. Once assuring that all photos are covered, showing them to Gordan Johns and Ayana Roberts who both agreed, and proceeding through he got sure to work on to make the mark. By such process he was planning right, created the headings of the chapters through the word tool on Microsoft and Then felt elated to bring it soon on Lulu as an ebook around. Around 4 days before the arrival of Ebook on lulu, he visited the website, logged in with his team details and created the ISBN for the Ebook and shared the news on social media which was welcoemd with great relief and cheers around his supporters. Once that was done he then proceeded on 14th night according to Indian time to submit the E file first and though he had some worries, the Ebook's doc file was submitted with equal great response and was accepted for which his head coach also got elated. And thence the proceedings were tkane to core now and the last step was not far now when the ebook would be arriving on Lulu. On 15th of January 2019 when the local Kumauni people were busy cooking home made cookies and sweets for the local festival called 'Kalle Kawwa', Mr. Pant took advantage and started the process of all the formalities required on the lulu website. There the information was received well and he was finally able to creat the Ebook which he downloaded and shared its link as well as photo on the social media forum by which his supporters also got delighted. It was great news for him and sending a print note to Publisher 'Poetry ireland; where the work was first published; they were also informed who felt very happy to see it through and arranged an official party at their place. By all means it was a great news, Mr. pant and his support staff was delighted and family had great support for which he was gratified by their blessings and he has one more Ebook on Lulu now that makes it 9 in total with 4 co authored works also. Now he look forward to February when he will be introduced to Smashwords through his coach as they go for Co-author work, Till then it's cheers from charlie... 

Selection in world poetry championship 2019
 23 September 2019  
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Back in June 2019 Mr. Pant tried one more time to make it possible to contribute for the process by which selection in the world poetry championship happens every year in Sinaia located in Romania and to make the first step possible he sent them the email with his two poems attached.For such a great purpose once more he chose the poems on the environment and this time not barrier reef but Arctic was the theme in which he wrote 2 poems and sent them for the submission process so the jury could examine and along side his registration was confirmed by the officials. As a short background here the poems have to go through the peer review and if they are cleared the jury approves them and consider them both for the festival anthology as well as for the Poet's entry in the world poetry championship ceremony that takes place in Romania. Hence when Mr. pant first took on the task to send them on it was a happy moment, he felt elated to send once again back in June 2019 and now only he had to wait for response. Meanwhile the process was on, Mr. pant relived moment of the past, kept in touch with the people who have been part of such a platform also in past, and hence in regular momentum he came to know at least for his satisfaction that his chosen theme was unique and it may inspire some fruitful result on the core that was sure to come. However he had his own douts, whether the languages with spelling mistakes may count, may be some metaphors or other figure of speech be challenging, or other things and while he had come to Delhi with some thinking pranks amongst his old friends and juniors, the luck and fate both awaited. The process was on and he had to wait as it is a long process, the competition is huge and so many poets from all across the world in all ages come to force not willing to miss such a chance and he was patient waiting for his happy moment to come to him soon. Although Mr. Pant was not quiet before he had come to Delhi, he had published 1 more edition of the Warming Boom, had been presented a falicitation by Poetry Ireland, some great responses for his works were still on the go and hence if the news of happy moment would have come sooner thence it was going to be  an icing on the cake making it more delightful. He kept himself busy in those days, had some content writing with the Writing Squad, made some more great friends after coming back to the Indian capital for 1 year computer course and here also in July he had managed to release the 2nd edition of print books from Poetry Ireland and all that was going to come was a bigger happy news that could increase the celebration. The process was almost done as the August was coming, Mr. pant's wait was still on the same pedestal being patient, and hence after reading through some great posts from T S sir about poetry as well as the progress of the World Literature Academy of Romania, the happy hopes were to come around. It was now just a matter of time to share a great news with all and it has now happened as the news of the result of the selection has come this 3rd of August and different lists are made according to the category of the creative works as other genres for presentations in the festival anthology are also considered. There are some prominent poets who are on the top list, the other list contains the proce, One more that considers the Hykoo writers, and mainly where Mr. Pant's name is of the Primie De Excillenta, where after counting the names from the top Mr. pant is able to find his name listed on the 107th spot and feels honoured to have such a great joy. Thus he would like to express his gratitude to parents and family, the world poetry championship jury and Ts sir with his entire team from Romania, Mr. Pant's author team both online and in Mumbai offices, and most vitally all the readers across all the Europe and world, And his deepest of congratulations to all who are coming for championship ceremony. He hopes that the memory shall be a cracking one coming in future. He is excited to look forward to be part of it with all the great poets for a great memory to cherish. And once again thanks to all those with who's blessings this has been made possible once again, till more happy moments and delight of the championship moments come It's cheers from charlie for now... 

StoryMirror in conversation with author Samreen Shabab Wadkar.
 21 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I have completed my schooling from National English School,Rajapur. Current am in Std 12 science in Navjeevan High school and Junior College, Rajapur.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?I loved APJ Abdul Kalam's quotes very much. I had made a separate book where I wrote his quotes. It was then that something clashed my mind that," even I should write my own quotes." After having ample of quotes my confidence boosted and I moved on for my first poem which dated 16 April 2016. The stage I have reached today in my life I give all its credits to my English teacher Mrs. Asolkar Mam. It was she who made me believe that I possessed the power to write. It was she who motivated me and she still does motivates and guides me alot.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Nothing yet! Because I have a guru who trains me before I meet any other difficultyWhat is your view about the present-day literary work? Literature is best tool to spread ourselves through our writings amidst the people.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes...it has provided a platform to all such people including me.Please tell us something about your literary work. I love writing poems and stories. I love reading novels too. I started writing poems when I was in Std 10. A year later I started to send my poems to 'Children's world' magazine.What was your first literary work and how was it published? My first poem was 'is it a trend?' it highlights the fact that people today will take a scooty ride instead of walking. I have written a story whose title is 'The Shuffled History' and am currently writing the book ' The Guy who never married'. I am all set to publish my first book which is collection of my poem as soon as I wind up with my boards.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? Infinite!Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?I want to see myself in list of the best sellers but I would always be a student to my English teacher no matter whatever success I achieve.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? Poetry writing contests in schools and colleges and workshops for themWhat message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Just write...feel yourself and let your writings make others feel you. Keep expressingHow was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? It was very precious... I thought this year I wouldn't be able to write much since I knew I have to appear for my boards...but as soon as I saw those variety of competitions I couldn't control myself it kept me in contact with the literature.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? I love its feature that provides a range of competitions that provides the strength that the whole of the India is reading me.

StoryMirror in conversation with author Bipul Banerjee
 25 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.:I am a science graduate with an M.B.A in marketing. I work as an Associate Vice President-Sales and Business Development with a Life Science research organizationHow did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  :Since my school days English as a subject has been my love. I was inspired by the poems taught to us in school. Human emotions are my source of inspiration. In my early days I used to write romantic poems in rhyming patterns, slowly my work has evolved into life emotions written in free verseWhat difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? :In today’s world of information explosion and internet at your finger tip, plagiarism is a major issue. Furthermore exploitation of budding writers by commercial houses who do not understand literature is an issue that I have been coming across everyday. Getting a right platform to showcase your work is very important What is your view about the present day literary work? :The present day literary work in my opinion is stupendous. It is really heartening to see youngsters pursue their literary skills and take them to new heights armed with latest technology which was not the case of yesteryears.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? :It definitely has and this is a huge opportunity which creative writers should optimize on Please tell us something about your literary work:I write to pursue my passion of penning emotions. I am not a professional writer but write in free verse, penning various emotions of life. I believe that emotions should rhyme rather than rhyming of words. A lucid and vivid pen picture of your emotions should be presented to the reading to which your audience can immediately relate to. My work has been published across various national and international platforms. A brief summary is as follows :The author is management leader by profession .He has 5 research publications  to his name in the field of CRM and two book chapters.A well read and vastly published poet.Featured among 100 emerging poets of Asia. Featured poet of the month in PoetrySoup.com in 2016-17Featured poet as contemporary Asianpoets of 2016-17Featured artist of the week in The 13Alphabet Magazine- 2017-18Featured artist at the St.Charles Artsfest gallery- Chicago- 2018Conferred ‘The Author of the year 2018’ by Story mirror 20 international and 25 national poetry publications in paper backs and e-books . Popularly known as ‘Dusk’ in literary circles                                    How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? :Literature can contribute to the society only if it is able to inculcate basic values in children. The future of our society lies in our children, their basic literature will only be the lighthouse in their journey called lifeWhere do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?:I don’t take writing as a profession hence there is no set benchmark for futureWhat ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Social media is the best platform to bind poets and build a communityWhat message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? :Be honest in your writing. Inspirations are good but being influenced is not. Be yourself and pen what you think is right. It is not necessary that your thoughts need to be caged into rhyming verses, as I have said earlier, it is important that the emotions rhyme.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  :My experience of writing on StoryMirror has been good so far and I find a very welcoming and professional culture here backed by politeness and graceWould you like to say something about StoryMirror? :StoryMirror is the home for writers from all facets of the society. They are doing a good job and improving on their own set benchmarks day by day. My sincere gratitude and best wishes to themHere is the link to read all my content https://storymirror.com/profile/uh6hb5p3/bipul-banerjee/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with Naman Chatterjee
 25 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I have recently turned 13 and am moving to 8th grade. I have been born and brought up in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR. I started my schooling and continue to be at Shikshantar – a place where I can be ‘me’. From my early days, I have been fascinated by all kinds of cars – that’s what even my teachers from idiscoveri preschool remember about me. As I am growing up, this has become a passion – I am an avid fan of all kinds of car racing – F1, Formula E, Moto GP etc. I enjoy a variety of music and sports - from the age of 6, I started learning tennis & piano and they have gradually become an important part of my routine. I have fun playing games on the Xbox and PS4. And…as expected, I can remain engrossed in books for hours!!! How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?   My parents always encouraged me to spend time with books. I remember listening to a wide variety of amusing stories in Hindi, English and Bengali from my parents and grandparents. This started me on my journey with books and this bond has got stronger day by day. At school, I enjoyed reading (or initially observing the pictures) the books from the small book stacks in the classroom. A few years ago, I and my friends became Tintin fans – we used to exchange the comics and read them together. We still do that with books we are currently interested in. During summer holidays, I have spent my time relaxing with the collection of my mother’s old books (& Archies comics!!!) at my Nani’s house. My interest in literature spans a vast range and I enjoy characters like Famous Five, Geronimo Stilton, Shonku & Feluda, Harry Potter etc. I have been entertained by the works of many authors - Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Herge, Ruskin Bond, Satyajit Ray, Agatha Christie. Mystery & adventure is the genre that I love.  At school, we were always encouraged to express our thoughts and feelings on paper – first through art and then through writing. Starting with a few lines in my own spellings, I began writing short pieces based on the themes given in class.  I got a lot of encouragement from my teachers and parents and over time, my writing skills evolved to poems and short stories based on prompts or on areas of my interest. Guided by my English teacher, my mother approached Children’s World magazine and my work was well appreciated by the editor. When my first poem got published, it further boosted my confidence and motivated me to write better .  I was selected for a workshop ‘ Kissa-O-Kalam’ at Sahitya Akademi in May 2017 where I got to learn about different writing techniques from the mentors and hear interesting ideas of my companions. I have also participated in a number of creative writing competitions including Katha Utsav(2015), Scholastic Writing Awards(2016), Hindu Young World Club contests etc. These experiences have brought in new perspectives and enhanced my writing. What is your view about the present-day literary work?Modern day adventure stories excite me. I have read the series of Percy Jackson, Alex Rider and Time Riders. I find these to be thrilling with fast action and quick changes of scenarios – the twists and turns take the story to unexpected endings. Moreover, these adventures always involve some novel type of technological features which makes it more interesting. I find it difficult to put down the book till I have reached the end –you want to finish it as fast as you can to know the climax. Please tell us something about your literary work.I enjoy writing short stories and poems in English. I generally pick up abstract topics and use my imagination to spin stories around them. For this, I draw upon my experiences of travel, stories that I read, games that I play and what I observe around me.Some of my works include:Short stories - Autobiography of a Pair of Socks, A Chance Encounter with Hanumanji, Desert Escapade Poems – The Paper Boat, Fire n Ice, Falcon, Sounds of Silence I have also written few poems and short stories in Hindi – बचपन, जंगल बचाव, मन करताहै What was your first literary work and how was it published?My first literary work was an English poem called ‘Sounds of Silence’ which was published in the ‘Children’s World’ magazine on its 50th anniversary in April 2017. It is a monthly magazine brought out by the Children Book Trust, Delhi and is one of the oldest magazines for children.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?                            I am keen to continue writing short stories and hope to sharpen my writing skills in the future. One of the ways I plan to do this is by pursuing my passion for reading. This will help me to get more ideas and to create extraordinary stories.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?                          Online platforms help amateur writers to share their works and read contributions from others. This can be enhanced by holding regular events and workshops. Emerging writers get to interact among themselves, appreciate other’s style of writing and learn from each other. Inviting a well known poet or author to share their thoughts will help young writers to get new ideas and develop their writing skills.      What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?I always believe in the motto “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”                            How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?Story mirror was convenient to access. The features of a theme picture and introduction helps to arouse curiosity and makes the piece inviting for readers. It is encouraging to know that others are enjoying your writings and read their interesting comments. Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?StoryMirror is a great initiative to bring together young writers and create a community for sharing , learning and developing literary skills. I wish them all the best.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/62vsms3s/naman-chatterjee/stories  

StoryMirror in conversation with author Shrestha Mukherjee
 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 Pulkit Maheshwari
 22 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: I completed my initial education from the various hindi medium schools of Jaipur and then completed my engineering. Like most youngsters of India my forming years were a struggle between listening to my heart and family. I will talk about it more in my upcoming book.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? A: For me it wasn't that difficult, I was writing whatever was coming in my heart and still I do the same only.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: People have become more opened up and they are pouring their hearts out through their writing. Previous generations work was mainly about society, but today's generation work is mainly about life experiences.Q: What is your view about the present day literary work? A: Yes, certainly it did that and doing that as well.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: My literary work is mainly based upon my life experiences and my emotions. How I fought through the long streak of depression has definitely given a direction and motivation to my writing.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: Couple of urdu poems and they got published because of the motivation and support from my soul mother.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: In every possible way.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: Hard to find some time to think that far.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: Poets should be more opened in communicating and sharing thoughts. Also, they should help each-other by pointing out the mistakes and give suggestions for improvements. Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?A: Listen to your heart.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: It was a good exposure.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: It's good platform to support budding writers.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/pemocbrh/pulkit-maheshwari/poems

Bhagavad Gita Verse 4.9
 30 October 2019  

Be Ordinary - In Gita Verse 4.9 One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.Krishna tells that when you turn in and immediately you find me over there. You realize transcendental nature of universe. Means change of form nothing else. Whether you understand through science or by turning in, you will find something which cannot be destroyed but only it changes the form. You will find your own eternity.Life has no beginning and no end. It is eternity, and that is God’s gift. God has given himself in the gift, because life is God. All that is needed is a certain awakening in your heart so you can see it, feel it, taste it, touch it. The gift has been waiting and waiting for you for thousands of years, but you have been asleep, as everybody has been.One has to become an awakening. One h...as to be nothing but a great effort to wake yourself up. Nobody else can do it for you. If you don’t cooperate there is no possibility. Somebody can shake you but you can go on sleeping, you can turn over. Somebody can shake you but you can start dreaming that somebody is shaking you.Unless you want to wake up, unless an intense longing to wake up arises in you, no possible help can be given from the outside. But if you want to be awakened then all possible help is available. It cannot be imposed on you; your freedom cannot be interfered with. With your cooperation the thing is very simple… so simple that I say: Snap your fingers, slap your face, and wake up!Just as an experiment, let us try and move our hand with awareness. We will immediately realise that the particular moment was full of grace. The unawareness or sleep is gone, we are now fully awake, and this aware state is what the Buddha called ‘wakefulness’, and it is this wakefulness that is the way to living life.The Buddha’s emphasis was on two very important aspects – life and awareness. And, if life is our goal, if living life to its fullest is the ultimate aim, then awareness is the only highway to reach there. I have tried to depict the state of this continuous presence that ‘we are’, through the routine life, Awareness. When we walk, sleep, or even perform any mundane activity with awareness, it becomes meditation and the centring of our being begins. This centring leading to crystallisation is very important for the birth of our being.When you are eating, just be aware of your eating, and when you are angry, just be aware that you are angry. This constant remembering of the self creates a subtle energy in you and you begin to be a crystallised being. Kabir’s poems beautifully describe this awareness in his rustic but beautiful language. Many of his poems are a call to acknowledge and live in this awareness, which he termed as Jatan. He says, “Man Gorakh, man Gobind, man hi Aughad soy/ Jo man raakhe jatan kari, aape karta hoy.” Kabir says that the body is not doing anything; the entire activity is governed by the inner world of awareness. We only need to be aware of ourselves and the rest will follow.This is the most significant phenomenon that will light our inner consciousness. In his poems, Kabir describes ordinary village women returning home from the river with vessels full of water carefully balanced on their heads. They never use their hands to support the pots even when they are deeply engaged in talking to each other, or while singing a song in chorus. Kabir wonders how they manage to continuously retain the pots on their heads without ever spilling a drop of water. He himself answers it by saying that it is because of pure awareness – a watchful inner guard. Kabir tells us that we should all live, work and walk just like those women who – with precariously balanced pots on their heads – reach home without even spilling a drop of water.There is a very thin line between forgetfulness and unawareness. Kabir has more to say on Jatan, awareness: “Das Kabir jatan kar odhi/ jyon ki tyon dhar deeni chadariya.” Kabir says he draped the subtle yarn of awareness around him, and returned it just as he received it from the lord himself. This is what awareness is all about – living our life, maintaining a constant remembrance and witnessing our self totally.Krishna tells Arjuna that to find your eternity you have to wake up. Once you know your own eternity which has not taught by anyone then all your objective world, material world will drop, with that your attachments, anxiety, expectations, etc everything will drop out. The only way to wake up is be ordinary, bring your awareness in all your routine act.

StoryMirror in conversation with author Ankit Jaiswal
 21 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A: I am a student currently pursuing my B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi. I completed my elementary education from my hometown itself in Bihar. For my secondary education and JEE preparation, I went to Sri Chaitanya, Vishakhapatnam               Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? A: It was under the light of my teachers, in class eighth, where my interest in literature grew. But my maturity in poetry owes its presence to the couple of years I spent preparing for JEE. It was here when solitude became my best companion, and I composed poems prolifically. Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: I love to ponder over things and discuss about them. I am an avid reader of the writers of the Renaissance era and romantic poets, and I have found them the most difficult to comprehend. My urge to write sometimes also clashes with my academic schedule, but I try to manage both effectivelyQ: What is your view about the present-day literary work?A: When it comes to contemporary writers and modern literature, I love them equally, as I find their work symbolic of the society, I live in. I usually trifle with my mobile phone a lot these days reading random poets and authors, and it's their work only from which I learn.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: I strongly believe that the emergence of digital and social media platforms has helped budding writers to reach out to a large number of readers. It has helped them to establish themselves before they got published. I too am no exception in this.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: My writings mostly reflect what an ordinary person would usually overlook. I try to find poetry in almost everything around myself. As is the case with most of the writers, initially the theme of my poems used to be centered around 'love', but now I write about a number of topics, including love, Nature, past experiences, desires etc.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: I remained a 'recluse' poet for almost over a span of five years since I began writing, but now have started reaching out to the people, thanks to the various social media platforms. My poem titled 'Meera' is getting published in an anthology by Delhi Poetry Slam soon, and I am very ecstatic about it. I also maintain a page quivering glimpses on Instagram, where I usually post most of my worksQ: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A There are several things on my mind which I wish to achieve in the next five years. The foremost thing is to build a readership for me. Till then I am in no mood to get myself published. Since I have started lately reaching out to people, I guess I would need some years to get recognized among the readers. But to be honest, after five years, I want myself to be sitting in the sun and reading a book of my own. Plus having completed reading around 150 books. Q: What ways would you suggest on building a community for poets?A: I strongly advocate the use of social networking sites for building a community for poets. Since the talent is strewn across the globe, to bring them together one needs a platform. And I can't think of a better option than these social sites. I also urge the conduction of various literary activities, book festivals and workshops, where poets can come together, showcase their works and learn too from others.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A To the aspiring new writers, I would ask them to always remember ' A writer is a reader first '. Before you write, read as much as you can. Trying to express oneself requires words, and these books are what gives you, your treasure. Additionally, never try to constrain yourself in the maze of 'writing for others'. Write what you love to write about as it what that will give you satisfaction. Be a poet at heart!Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: My experience of writing here was pretty good. It offers a platform for anybody who wants to write and get recognized. And since it incorporates all the major languages, you can choose any language you want to write in. There are contests too which are held regularly, so you get to learn many things which make you better.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: I would wish StoryMirror good luck for future and love to see it growing to one of the biggest platforms for writers across the globe.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ftlohpee/ankit-jaiswal/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with Author Aditya Thakur
 20 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A: I am currently pursuing the B.E. Program in Electrical Engineering from Punjab Chandigarh College, Chandigarh. I am a writer and a poet. I love to sing, and study about music and psychology. My other interests include painting, sketching and public speaking. I just want to do it all.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: When I was growing up, I went through my phases of teen rebel, the melodrama of youth and the feelings of being misunderstood. I had a hard time dealing with growing up and facing the world. And when I couldn't find any other way to deal with it, one day I decided to write, and the words came flowing to my mind and I was amazed. It felt so good and relieving, that I continued with writing poems, articles and stories, and read them to my family and friends.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Sometimes you are so weighed down by your emotions that you don't want to write about them because at times, that is like, piercing knives through your heart. It hurts so bad to confront and re-confront the bad stuff but then again, that also gives you some of your best work. So, i don't mind it but it sure feels difficult to be eaten alive by something you love doing, so dearly. So that is one difficult thing about it, the way how everything is sometimes so difficult to write about when it's just screaming out of you, everywhere.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?  A: I think it's amazing how so many writers have found various platforms and a lot of stories are coming out. New Genres are being formed and everybody is now pushing their limits, which is great. Finally, we are in a world where everyone has a voice and that just feels so amazing.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Absolutely yes! I couldn't have agreed more. Digital platforms are a blessing to a budding writer's world.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.  A: Most of the stuff I write about is centered around the themes of growing up, parting, solitude and escapism. I take inspiration from my own life and the lives of people around me. I try to paint a picture with my words and try to do in the most honest and sometimes dark manner. I have also written about suicide, death, friends and teenage and I am open to writing more about being spiritual and what it means to be happy and sad. I want to go and explore different themes and write about each one of them, if I can. I think I am a tireless nomad in search for something that connects everything.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published?A: My first literary work was with StoryMirror. I had never tried my hand at writing but one day i decided to and so I sent one of my poems 'The rush of your dreams' in the inter-college level competition organized by StoryMirror. I got so many views and applause for it that it was too overwhelming. It also got selected to be featured in one of the anthologies by StoryMirror, which is under work. I was completely shaken, and I still remember that feeling like it was yesterday. Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? A: Well, for one, I’d say literature is going to save the world. In a world where we are so divided by boundaries and religion, I think Literature is where we all come together as humans. If every human being develops a writer's heart and an artistic growth, so many amazing things can happen to this world, that could have been thought of only in dreams or stories.Q: here do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world? A:I want to travel all around the world, look for various muses and write about them. I really hope to make it successful as a writer and as a poet and maybe one day, I’ll get to write my story for the world to read and be remembered. Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? A: I think it is a great idea. While I firmly believe that every writer has a different and a deep personal story to tell, I think it would be great if we all could just talk to one another and discuss about our muses and themes. I'd love to be in such a club, for sure. Sign me up! Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: As one myself, I’d ask them to continue writing no matter what. It doesn't matter whether you get any recognition or applause, just remember why you started off writing and go on with it, no matter what. The most important thing is to write for yourself, and then comes the world. So just do your thing and don't ever look back.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?   A: Two words - Beyond Exhilarating. I got so much recognition and exposure, and I am so grateful that I can't even begin to put it into words. It feels like being found in this chaotic world and I look forward to being remembered. Thank you, StoryMirror! You have my heart!Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?  A: Yes! Keep up with this amazing platform. I hope a lot of writers consider you as the medium they want their work to spread and speak to the people. May you make big with all of these writers. Keep slaying!!!You can read my content on https://storymirror.com/profile/oseliq3i/aditya-thakur/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Kritika Mittal
 27 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I'm from a small town in Punjab and I am appearing for class 12th board exams this year and I want to be a social worker. How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  I've interest in literature from the very starting, poems, stories the way they are written and the hidden meanings have always inspired me to read and write more. For me writing is my passion, a way to outlet emotions so I would say my emotions are what inspires me to write. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? There have been many problems the top one being I've not taken classes for writing so yeah sometimes it backfires.  What is your view about the present-day literary work? Present day literary work is really great, new ideas with this new generation are spreading, people are becoming aware and literature is about love and that's exactly today's writers are doing. Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes, I do think that the emergence of social media has given a new platform to the aspiring writers and artists. If it would not have been social media then I've been not writing this mail to one of the best organization. Please tell us something about your literary work. I'm a poetess and poetry is what makes me, when all the emotions are on the page, just in few lines and you can tell what the poet is feeling is amazing and wonderful. Literature is a way of living. What was your first literary work and how was it published? My first literary work was a poem on loneliness, and it was published in an anthology on loneliness with the help of delhipoetry slam and poem pajama. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? Today's life is full of chaos, it's about materialistic things and literature is what gives joy and knowledge and it can change the world by changing the minds. Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?  Where people know my name, where my poetry connects to their heart, on tours for my book and meeting my lovely readers. What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? I guess starting with a team of 40 with different languages and ways of writing each and every with its own unique style and then spreading the love, conducting workshops for free, having open mic and contests. What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? The message I would like to give to the new aspiring writers is guys you're doing great, do not leave your pen because your pen is your sword and your words are your voice, you're the change that people desire. How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  Story mirror has helped me to change as a person, to evolve as a writer, to connect with others, it has been a wonderful ride with the team. Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? Storymirror is the best place I've discovered and I would love to be a part of this, there journey.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ocsu5rk7/kritika-mittal/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Suchismita Ghoshal
 7 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.-I completed my schooling from Barlow Girls’ High School in Malda, currently pursuing my graduation In Zoology from Malda College.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  -I have always been a curious soul from childhood.I love to read ponderous amount of books & I always get inspired through the incidents of my surroundings, this qualities influenced me to put my thoughts in a diary.I started finding happiness in writing.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? -Till now, my journey of literary world has been going smooth & everyone around me supports me & shows zealous response to the words i weave.I didn't face anything wrong or demeaning feedback towards my work.What is your view about the present day literary work? -With the increasing population, our era has been modernized at a high level. We’ve evolved into a very fast society & everything here is mobile & much more related with internet.The least number of gem writers we had in our past days has increased a lot in today’s world.Most of us love to share our thoughts & connect with others.In my opinion, literary work has been spread in a higher level of audience in comparison to past & we have so many talented emerging writers here in our country.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? -Of course, the emergence of digital & social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers in various ways, like everyone can connect with each other through many writing apps & exchange their views with a single click of 'comment' option & direct messages.Please tell us something about your literary work. What was your first literary work and how was it published?  -As I said, my surroundings inspire me a lot to scribble & this way i found the charm of writing .I’ve been writing since 4 years & i love to write poems, prose, quotes & articles.My first literary work which was published was a poem named “DESPONDENCY” & it was published by Delhi Poetry Slam’s Poem Anthology “The Last Flower Of Spring”.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?-Literature has an endless sphere in our society & can lead a pivotal role in bringing a drastic change towards society.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?-I  want to be a good author as well as an expert book reviewer in near future.I want to influence people with the power of my ink & try to bring a change in their mentality.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?-It would be great to join with such poetry-emerging apps like StoryMirror & connect with other poets for a helpful & healthy grow when it comes to build a community for poets.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? -To the writers giving yourselves a chance in this field, i want to tell you to only follow your heart & the vibes you get from your writing.Never listen to the negative comments.Write what your mind wants to.Everyone starts somewhere,don’t dwell in the competition of likes & comments as nowadays people double taps everything they get in front of their news feed.Trust your ability & never get demotivated.How was your experience of writing on Storymirror? Would you like to say something about Storymirror? -To be honest, I am in love with the platform & ambiance I’ve been provided on StoryMirror. Good fellow writers,quality poems & supportive editors have made me addicted with this amazing platform.I would only give love in feedback of StoryMirror's service & want to work with them for sure if I get eligible in near future!Here is the link to read all my content https://storymirror.com/profile/a5fofadt/suchismita-ghoshal/stories 

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.23
 20 July 2019  

Eternity - In Gita Verse 2.23 The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.Now Krishna in this verse says regarding Subjectivity, Soul, which cannot be affected by anything.Which is - The Eternity of Your Being:To live as an awareness: awareness of all the programs the mind has been conditioned for, awareness of all the impulses, desires, memories, imaginations… all that the mind can do.One has to be not part of it, but separate - seeing it but not being it - watching it. And this is one of the most essential things to remember, that you cannot watch your watchfulness. If you watch your watchfulness, then the watcher is you, not the watched. So you cannot go beyond watchfulness. The point that you cannot transcend is your being. The point that you cannot go beyond is you. You can watch very easily any thought, any emotion, any sentiment. Just one thing you cannot watch - and that is your watchfulness. And if you manage to watch it, that means you have shifted: the first watchfulness has become just a thought; now you are the second watcher.You can go on shifting back, but you cannot get out of watchfulness because it is you: you cannot be otherwise.So, “Just be yourself,” Means, “Just be unprogrammed, unconditioned awareness.” That’s how you had come into the world, and that’s how the enlightened person leaves the world. He lives in the world but remains totally separate.One of the great mystics, Kabir, has a beautiful poem about it. All his poems are just perfect - nothing can be better. One of his poems says, “I will give back the soul that was given to me at the time of my birth as pure, as clean, as it was given to me. I will give it back that way when I die.” He is talking about awareness, that it has remained unpolluted. The whole world was there to pollute it, but he has remained watchful.All that you need is just to be watchful, and nothing will affect you. This unaffectedness will keep your purity, and this purity has certainly the freshness of life, the joy of existence - all the treasures that you have been endowed with.But you become attached to the small things surrounding you and forget the one that you are. It is the greatest discovery in life and the most ecstatic pilgrimage to truth. And you need not be an ascetic, you need not be anti-life; you need not renounce the world and go to the mountains. You can be where you are, you can continue to do what you are doing. Just a new thing has to be evolved: whatever you do, you do with awareness - even the smallest act of the body or the mind - and with each act of awareness you will become aware of the beauty and the treasure and the glory and the eternity of your being.Also same thing can be said by different words so we can understand it.Soul has no beginning and no end, it is eternity:Soul has no beginning and no end. It is eternity, and that is God’s gift. God has given himself in the gift, because soul is God. All that is needed is a certain awakening in your heart so you can see it, feel it, taste it, touch it. The gift has been waiting and waiting for you for thousands of years, but you have been asleep, as everybody has been.Unless you want to wake up, unless an intense longing to wake up arises in you, no possible help can be given from the outside. But if you want to be awakened then all possible help is available. It cannot be imposed on you; your freedom cannot be interfered with. With your cooperation the thing is very simple…But if you are not cooperating then it is the most impossible thing in the world; then nothing can be done.Arjuna has to become an awakening. Arjuna has do nothing but a great effort to wake himself up.Right now Krishna is shaking up Arjuna up, again and again and Arjuna is going back to his sleep.

Moments on Story mirror brings delight
 1 July 2019  
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When I first started my journey back here on such a portal like Story Mirror at least more than 3 years ago in march 2016 it was like a dream come true but I never thought I may travel so far with support of some great people which is a heartening sight indeed.Since my joining here on the portal I have got support of some great personals including Palak ma'm in start, Pratishta madam and sapna madam as well as Devendra sir later on, little with Shivam bro and nice one from Rahul bro, and ultimately Neha ma'm as well as shreshta ma'm in recent times who has been phenomenal in approach and guiding on. In this way coming here has been a great pleasure, a true delight and by making through the early roads I started to have that belief that even on bigger stage of writing with reach of Indian consent I can do better and create multiple writing reach out for myself that can make me a better author. Story mirror is a great platform, I have observed the journey the portal has made in recent times, and to be part of such a place makes me feel delightful, equally happy that I have been part of it's happiness as a writer who is greatly supported and hence since last three years I have tried to contribute in different ways to cherish them all. I was happy in past when during Palak ma'm's time I was once 'Author of the week' and in 2019 first became Literary Colonel and then Literary Brigadier by Neha mam's great support and with phenomenal back up of Shrehstha ma'm and Pratishtha ma'm as well. Further I have contributed here in three different forms including Poems, Stories and Blogs and in 2019 I was part of 'Be A poet' contest, 'A Poetry Moment' contest and 'Stories of Life' and by doing so I feel elated to be part of as I will explain soon why I am mentioning all this here. Before going further I shall now wish to present short acknowledgement in which no dout my parents and family come first who provide phenomenal support and gives freedom to work accordingly as creative field is a hard working core and requires lot of attention as well as time. Further my gratitude to all who are involved in my impact for Story Mirror no matter whether all of them are connected in present or not, your presence has been valuable as well as highly appreciated. Also a big thanks goes to all the followers who follow my profile there, the entire readers community of the portal all across India who have gone through my works as without whom support I might not have succeeded, and the impact of your love and support has made my journey special. At last a quick thank you note also to my author team both online and in Mumbai offices for keeping track record, analysing my commitments and guys you have been precious for me so My deepest of gratitude for such a prominent background support. Now I am sure you who have been reading this must get bore with such long introductory part, acknowledgement and all that so lets come back to the point and let me mention here that key note after such talk so I am going to present the core here without taking too much of your time. I am extremely glad to present this moment to you with this blog mentioning the fact that I have completed 100 works on Story Mirror and it is really special for me as a visually impaired writer who types his work on computer through the support of screen reader software known as JAWS. Yes, no dout, half of them I guess 51 are poems, but stories and blogs have also made the mark, no matter whatever their number has been, and my reach to 100 works is result of hard work of you all not only me for which I am humble to all of you and shall expect your support to continue in such a great writing portal. Ultimately closing the explaination here, once again gratitude parents and family, entire Story mirror community, and Thanks to all who have supported in my cause, I dedicate my first century of Story Mirror to all, Hope many more to come, Till then cheers from charlie... 

StoryMirror in conversation with AUTHOR Atharv Nilesh Vedant
 18 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: I am just a 12 year old school boy. I joined school at a normal age; but two roads diverged into the woods and I took the one less travelled by. I guess that has made the difference. I still vividly remember when I used to hold that ABC book upside down but read with as much determination as a NEET or JEE student. Slowly but steadily, I became civilized (Mentally) and particular.  The development of the mind resulted in improved ethics and a unique way of thinking.                Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: I first got exposed and associated with literature with this book called “PINNOCHIO”. It is a very popular story, and it has been adapted into movies too.Though Carlo Collodi had used much simplified language, but for then me being a first or second grader, it was literature to me. With this I developed the aptitude for reading literature (but now the level has changed from Collodi to Poe, though)I can say that my dedication towards reading inspired me to write. I never thought about writing poems till sixth grade. But rather this should be modified to “who inspired you to write”. If that’s the question, I can blindly say my father. He is the one who improved my vocabulary to this extent.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: Talking of difficulties, my biggest enemy is noise. I cannot concentrate when there is unnecessary sound. But the difficulty is never running out of fuel. For I am a poetry man, my point of view for literature is totally different. Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?Present literature is a mixture or different styles of writing. Writers like Anand Neelkanthan, Amish, and Chetan Bhagat etc. have their own way of weaving their yarn, but a little essence of other styles is prevalent. I cannot compare their skills because nowadays only two to three authors from the same genre are seen on the book rack and all the writers I mentioned are of different genres.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Digital media has provided a huge platform for young and aspiring writers like me. There are lakhs like me striving for recognition, and it has affected many lives. But social media has to be used for writing very carefully. If any inappropriate content is written and posted on social media, it can be a negative sign for the writer’s upcoming journey.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: This my first attempt into the world of literature. All I can tell about my literary work is that it is a poetry collection with themes that touch every aspect of life.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: My first book is about to be published in two months or so. I am very excited about it.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: In future, literature can contribute to all fields such as science and commerce and also in other businesses. Literature will be ergonomic.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: In 5 years I picture myself as a successful published author. Though not a big writer, but at least I will not go unnoticed in a crowd.Q: What ways would you suggest on building a community for poets?A: I was planning to build a society for poets’ right after seeing the movie dead poets’ society. My idea is that first a digital platform should be used to create a community for poets and writers and then there should be meetings, orientations, seminars etc.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: I would like to convey this message to the young aspiring writers like me:HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS,DON’T LET THEM DIE,WITHPUT THEM,WE ARE BIRDS THAT CANNOT FLY.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: My experience on writing on storyMirror has been a memorable one. StoryMirror has provided me a platform on which I can let my ideas and words at stray. I will continue writing on StoryMirror.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: StoryMirror is a great initiative. Appreciation will come out of everywhere for such a noble aim- WRITE, WRITE, WRITE.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/myy75nzd/atharv-nilesh-vedant/poems 

The lightboom band gig in Makati, Manila
 19 February 2019  
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Makati is the city that is known for it's coffee pubs, cultural glory and equal set up by the way it responds to the cultural nights and that is what we had been hoping for when in the early evening as a musical band we prepared ourselves for the Musical gig. Generally uptil now people had come to know what the 'The lightboom band' does and we were up for the challenge as we also had to perform up to the task with experts coming to analyse and thence a poetry night was also planned later after the musical performances which had to be kept in mind while performing on stage. In such basic conception what was the major concern that we should keep ourselves up to the time limit set as when the fb event was created we had expressed ourselves very clearly for what time introductions, musical night and poetry sessions would go on and we had to keep ourselves into that time frame to set up all core meetings with hussle and bussle happening with more people coming to the event and making it a cracker.When we started the show though we were very great to see the early impression and thence having certain time limit on hand with all the musical systems getting set the night was going to be a cracker with every musical person of the team responded with loud cheers, jeers and delight and thence we took the advantage and launched on to make it a cracker by all means. First the introduction of the people from the academic group proceeded in which the 8 faces from India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia were included who introduced themselves gracefully and explained their cause. Once that was settled, the multigenre writers including me went to the stage and raising our hands into the stands we introduced ourselves and the genre for which we had been here which was phenomenal in all respects. However there was a small hiccop and the old poetry friend Nick sir felt deranged himself deciding later to quit from our co-author project thus the poetry book titled 'Winner's love' has to be disposed of and now it shall be my own responsibility to write a book by my own commitment separately titled 'Culture of World ward 2' by myself which I announced on stage and it was equally congratuated with loud cheers. Besides the third introduction had certain great writers from England and they had come to review the event thence they introduced their cause to the night where it was also met with great cheers. After that a short evening supper time was announced and all who have gathered hardly felt eating themselves into the great cultural night thus in the food gathering it was now all settled for the musical night that was approaching on all fours now. After the supper was over, everybody was curious enough and all the people that had come went back to their seats now waiting for the musical night to come and let the Indian music rock into the stage that was set for our singers to perform and make the most of it by their musical voices. As planned before there were exactly four musical songs written and composed by ourselvss that had to be performed with the introduction of the team so that went great with complete agreement. First the musical instruments launched to the musical gears and thence the singers took on making the most of it which was great in all respects. The momentum they had required was on and hence with huge cheers, loud night voices and gearing move the musical team has impressed all which was the need of the hour and it went fantastic in all respects. Finally after the musical night it was getting late and time was running out thus without any hesitation the Poets were asked to come on stage and Nick sir was also invited amongst all of them for his self-poetry book 'Winner's love' now who's poetic lines he would be reading for which from inside he was pleased no dout though he was still confused with all the performances of Indians going around with Hindi on it's top gears. In the poetry session around 8 poets recited their poems on basis of the alphabetical order and it all went great with the people smiling around, the crowd was thinning but still interested and it was a cracker. On my part I got the chance to read poems of 'Asian Winds' and I did it with great joy feeling elated to get such a great response. Ultimately it was time for closing and for that honorary owners of the Corner Tree Cafe went to the stage and by their gratitude, thank you note and our acknowledgements to them the night was almost over with all went well. We are extremely thankful to our parents, family, and all who have trusted and supported our judgement in this musical cause which was great to see and the smiles are great on those faces who have been faithful to continue backing us on. However for those who not trust or get confuse now also I have said it countless times that for me 'Community first' approach is the key and if they don't believe it no matter what be the situations then they dont count for us and in our community approach only those things matter that are trusted on us. Finally I am highly obliged to the Corner Tree Cafe, their owners and they have agreed also to host a charity event next day for local Disability circle that is pleasing, Thus it is great to see you all contributing with such enthusiasm and we shal be happy to you for yor great support. For now it's goodbye Makati, thank you all for your love and turning up in such huge numbers, it was a great experience by all accounts... 

StoryMirror in conversation with author N.VIGNESH JEYANTHAN
 6 March 2019  
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How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?                 I started from my school days itself. I don't know how I started to write.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?                      I am just a sprinter not a marathon player. I hope you got what I tend to tell.What is your view about the present-day literary work?Amazing platforms brings them out like StoryMirror.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?    Yes of course it is. Eg: StoryMirror, yourquotePlease tell us something about your literary work.I love to write both in Tamil and English.What was your first literary work and how was it published?My first literary work was published only in story mirror and thanks to the team.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?                             It motivates everyone directly or indirectly.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?                            I will do my job regularly because it is my passion but the result is not in my hand. What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?                          Yearly once live meeting may improve more interaction.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?                            "Don't push yourself to pop up the thoughts from you mind, let it come automatically".  This is also one of my quotes.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?It is nice platform to expose our talents. They have lot of features and validation process.  Hats off.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?I suggest to include Tamil languages alsoHere is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ryllq3sx/gohan-viki/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Niomi Nicole Salitico
 11 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of lifeI'm only in my last year of sr. High school, nothing much special or big happened to me yet .How did you get interested in literature?I'm fond of reading ever since I can remember, I love fictions and magic because it makes life more colorful.What inspired you to write?Everything, myself mostly. I need something to let go of emotion I can't handle and poetry is the answer.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Other people's criticism and my self-doubt... I have no confidence in my works.What is your view about the present-day literary work? It's pretty good for me. I love how literature improve just like technology is.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes! IG's where Nikita Gill started (She's my most favorite poet)Please tell us something about your literary workI'm not yet working on stories or such.  But I'm giving my best on my poetries.What was your first literary work and how was it published? Not yet... It's not yet published, and my very first literary work is a fanfictionHow many ways literature can contribute to society in future? Many many many ways...Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world? Still aching to publish my works (will ya guys help me here?jk.)What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? Hmmm... I'll leave this to the expertsWhat message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?Someday you will be someone's favorite author. Keep going darlingHow was your experience of writing on Storymirror?  Its’s full of excitement.Would you like to say something about Storymirror? Good job helping the writers on pursuing their (our) career. We are grateful.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ikhujexq/niomi-salitico/poems 

StoryMirror in conversation with author Nupur Chowdhury
 5 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I was raised in Patna for the first eight years of my life, after which my family moved to Kolkata. I completed my schooling from Garden High School, Kolkata, and later studied English Literature at Lady Brabourne College under Calcutta University. Finally, I received a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). Most of my childhood memories consist of my grandfather reading me stories, which sowed the first seeds of my obsession with storytelling and all things literary.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? Everything that happened in my life served as inspiration at one point or another, as well as the stories of other people whom I met or read about. I have also always been inspired by movies and TV shows, and routinely get obsessed with characters, whom I then proceed to write about and reinterpret in my own stories and poems.I guess my interest in literature was first born partly because of my grandfather, who would read stories to me every afternoon before we took a nap. That made me curious about storytelling, because I wanted to learn more about the characters and the world, even after the story was over. It was a mixed blessing, really, because I spent most of my student life hiding novels under my textbooks and almost flunking several exams as a consequence.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Anything worth doing is hard to do, you know? The more you care about what you're doing, the more difficult it is, because you worry about the smallest mistakes and want the final product to be perfect. You also worry about what other people will think, whether or not reviewers and readers would like it, whether something might be misinterpreted, etc. But that's a good thing, really, because it wouldn't matter so much if you didn't love the work. The fact that it's difficult only proves that you're constantly trying to get better. When it stops being a challenge, that's when you need to start worrying.What is your view about the present day literary work? I think we're living in one of the best times in the history of humanity, in terms of literature, or artistic work of any kind. The variety and scope of opportunities that modern writers have is absolutely unprecedented. Earlier, in order to find an audience, you had to find a publisher who'd agree to invest in you, you had to then write in a way that would appeal to the largest section of people possible, to ensure that your publisher made a profit. Or you had to be insanely rich in order to opt for vanity publication, which was very expensive.Now, in various corners of the Internet, you can find all types of literary work – from fanfiction to poetry, novels to flash fiction, there is a place for everything. And all you need to access it is a smartphone and a data plan. And for the most part, you don't really have to worry about being censored or redacted. Writers have never been more free to experiment, try out new things, and have their voice be heard by people around the world.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Absolutely. I think that the Internet is the best invention since the printing press for writers and creatives in general.Please tell us something about your literary work. I write across mediums and genres. So far, I've written two and a half novels, more than fifty poems, numerous articles, four short stories, and two fanfiction stories. Really, it depends on the type of emotion I'm trying to convey at that point. Almost everything I've ever written can be found on my blog. Well, apart from the novels. Those can be found on Amazon and also on Wattpad.What was your first literary work and how was it published? Well, I suppose my first officially published work was my novel, The Classroom Effect. It was published via Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing program around 2015.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? In the same way that it has contributed in the past, by keeping a record of the times so that future generations can learn from our mistakes, and the present generation can reflect on the realities of the world while at the same time being entertained.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world? Writing more stories, spinning better yarns? I don't know, really. As long as I can keep writing things that interest and excite me, I'd be happy!What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? The best way for creative people to build communities, I think, is by freely sharing their works with those who might enjoy them. You can't connect with people if they don't know you exist. And sharing has never been as easy as it is now, with the Internet. So I think poets and writers in general should take advantage of this opportunity, and share as widely and as freely as possible.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Well, I'm pretty new at this myself, and I do aspire. So I'm still in the process of figuring it all out myself. If there's one thing that I have learned, though, it's that in order to do any creative work, you absolutely HAVE to give yourself the freedom to fail. You have to allow yourself to do your absolute worst work, because that's the only way to learn and get better. There's really no way around being a novice. You can't reach grade 3 without going through grades 1 and 2. If you try for perfection from the very beginning (which is what I did initially) you'll just keep disappointing yourself and never get anything done. The desire for perfection is the birthplace of writer's block.How was your experience of writing on Storymirror? It has been wonderful so far! I've read some fantastic poetry on this site and had a lot of fun sharing my own work with this lovely community!Would you like to say something about Storymirror? I think Storymirror is a fantastic platform for young writers and poets to share their work and find a community of other creative individuals. I have been on many online writing forums and websites, but this is the first time I have come across such a platform based primarily around Indian writing. We have long needed such a platform, and therefore, I think it's an amazing initiative that all budding Indian writers and literature lovers should participate in wholeheartedly!Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/vkzhvfka/nupur-chowdhury/poems

How my books changed me
 11 March 2018  
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Books became my gateway into this wild jungle of imagination. We all read books in order to receive formal education but my relationship with books is ever dynamic. I remember being 10, with 4 comic books in my hand eagerly waiting for my study table to be delivered to my house. I promised myself that I will study on this table and read on this table all the time. It was the perfect table with a little book rack attached to it. Soon, the books started coming in.My grandmother tucked me into bed every night, only after telling me hindi stories. So even before I could read, my relationship with stories had already begun. I started writing about my mundane life as if it was a wild adventure, after reading "The Diary Of a Young Girl" by Anne frank. It baffled me how I could connect to characters in these books, who lived in these in places I have never heard of. I feel like I could read more books and develop telepathic powers someday, just like Matilda. Winnie the poohtaught me to be kind in the most humblest way possible. In my imagination, I was a part of every story I read. I understood how stories have the power to change the way I look at the world.When Robert Frost walked the road not taken,he lightened this new sense of hope and courage in me. Poetry became my way of expressing myself. I began scribbling poems in english, on the margin of my notebooks. I found the kind of friends, I aspire to become in the perks of being a wallflower. I found a mentor when I spend my Tuesdays with Morrie, who taught me the importance of being compassionate, taught me about the fragility of life and the value of memories, taught me to love or perish. She taught what immense bravery and standing up for others selflessly entails, when she stood in the face of death and told the gunman "I am Malala". She moved me in ways I hadn't been moved before. When  I thought I was hitting rock bottom, the alchemist showed me how the possibility of having a dream come true makes life interesting, makes every morning worth waking up to and that the secret of life is falling seven times and getting up eight times.  Rupi Kaur put her vulnerabilities in few sentences, on a paper for the whole world to see. Being honestly herself, she gave the world an insight on what a revolution it is to just love yourself. I wish to take something from every book I read. To become a reflection of every character that somehow touches my life. The person I am is the aftermath of all the books that I've read.

StoryMirror in conversation with author Priya Singh
 7 March 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. • I have always been the travel kid. So, my education has always been for like three or four years at some place and other three or four years at other places. I spent my nursery education till 4th grade in my village in U.P. after that I started my 5th grade from Kanpur and studied there till 7th grade and then I moved to Ballia and studied there from 8th grade to 10th. then again, I moved here in Odisha and currently doing my (10+2) in Bhubaneswar. This is my second year. Examination have been started, today was my first exam. Hope everything goes well. Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?   *  I don't know exactly what inspired me to start writing. At that time when I was in Kanpur, I was in 7th grade, a kid’s magazine named "KIDZ HERALD" used to get published. In that magazine a column would contain the written works of kids when I saw that column, I too wanted to publish but I didn't have any written poem or anything of that type. So I, at that time developed a feeling to write. I would copy along the lines of poems given in my books and try to write a poem or write whatever I used to watch on the television, though I never published one in any magazine. I just used to write from then on. It was in the previous year that is 2018 when I started writing on your site.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? • Scary thoughts, they sometimes make me question that if the course of writing I am considering is good for me or not. Due to this most my stories are still left incomplete. whenever I start writing anything, I get thoughts like will people love my writing? will they like it? would people hate me? I write worst. I can’t write well and many other negative thoughts like this which sometimes makes me stop writing.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?  *  I think the present literary work covers a wide aspects within it because today we can write about politics or religions and put our opinions freely without having to suffer through any punishment. years ago writing was censured by religion branches like church or the king and if books were found against them, they used to punish the writer or sent them to exile. but now we are free to write our opinions in our book. the book " Accidental Prime Minister” is a great example.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? • Yes I do think that emergence of social media has given us writers a new opportunity as  before, we used to write at home and we only  had options to publish our work in Magazines or go to publisher which needed a lot of paperwork. But now it's different, we with the help of free writing  social sites, we can easily just open the app and write whatever we want and also be secured of our literary work to be not stolen by anyone. Also we can get a huge number of readers and their reviews. Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. *  I mostly write poems  in free style cause you know I am very week at following rules. Right now I am also  trying my hands out at Haiku and flash fiction.          Also I am interested in science fiction and was currently writing one, but due to my exams I have taken a total break from literature as a whole.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? •  As I have already told before I first started writing what I saw on Television. Like If I used to watch a movie, I used to write it in paper whatever I saw.  So, my first literary work was, I wrote a T. V.  serial which I daily used to watch, and I never published it cause you know copyrights. If you are Talking about first literary work to get published, the it is one of my poem in your Anthology book. Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?• Literature can have a very powerful impact on people reading it in many ways. It can help fight social issues and bring social Change worldwide not only in future but also in present too. we all know that " A pen is mightier than sword".Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?• I want too see myself in the category of Best seller writers. Hope God listens to my wish and I keep doing my  hard work.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?•  According to me the ways to build community for poets are:-     1. Keeping it local:-Some of the communities which are tightly knit is not just because they share each other's opinion or respect each other ideas or the forms of writing but also because  they know each other by face. I think it will be better to form local poet group from a region where they meet each  once in a week.   2. This is very important point mostly I have seen communities focuses on a particular prose or a form of writing. In such a big community you can't expect everyone to write in same form or style. There are many forms like flash fiction, Haiku ,Tanka etc....Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? • on the basis of of my writing experience. I have always got the fears like will people read my work? Will people like my work? Or thoughts like I write worst (as I already mentioned above) haunts me and makes me hopeless and search for inspiration here and there. So in this regard I want to say look for inspiration inside you. The best inspiration is the self-inspiration. Don’t let these fears hinder your path of writing and if they ever come and haunt just tell them "I know I write best and of course people will read and love my writings." Shoo away your fears, scold them and get to writing.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? • Story mirror has been a great platform to support me in this writing job.  Before joining this site I used to write once in week and sometimes weeks ended and I don't used to write don't  get time to write but  then I joined story mirror's 52 weeks  writing challenge, which inspired me to write every weekday and it made me into habit of writing but as of now I am mostly inactive because of my exams, once  they finish I will be back. And I will appreciate and also look for competitions like 30 days writing challenge on this platform which will inspire writers like me to get into the habit of writing daily.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? • All and all I had a great experience of writing here on this platform. I really appreciate the covers you edit and design and all the hard work you do to keep supporting writers like us to write more and more. I will always be great full to the StoryMirror and it's team to build a writer, an improved writer in me. Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/57wiybay/priya-singh/stories 

How is StoryMirror on a path to changing the Creative landscape of India?
 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!

Historic Day 2 of Poetry world cup award ceremony 2018
 11 October 2018  
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The day 2 of the Poetry world cup award ceremony again started with a bang where few local singer performed solo rock performances and the foreign poets were again asked to join in Prayers, song and lyrics happening around as all had been fresh and had just finished breakfast before joining such a ceremony. However it was a much highly expected official day and hence the people who were administrating had been busy more often than not and had been working entirely to focus on the award distribution that would take place in the 2nd session of the day. It also meant that in 1st session there would be more activity around, But before all that process to follow, the Higher official delegates and administrators of Romania and Bulgaria were witnessed on stage speaking to all writers and they talked about peace and harmony amongst all the hearts which was great in all respects.Once that process had been done, it was now time for some activities by those who had been invited for receiving the award and it was great advantage for all of us as we were asked by the officials to join together in alphabetical order on the stage and get together for a common photo session first and then have some literary presentation for the crowd gathered so we were asked to entertain them with our presence noticed. What this literary presentation meant was that the authors/poets had to recite one of the poems they had submitted for the poetry championship and they were asked to sing it rather than only read it which was going to be more interesting and it was great environment starting to build as the poets gathered,, climbed the another dace one by one and recited their poems. It was not only making a great atmosphere of peace and harmony but was also responded by huge cheer and applauses with coffee and chocolates being served around that was unique way to start and get things on way. However when the announcer called my name, I got bit surprised as I was expecting person sitting on my front row to go  so the way I glimpsed back made other surprised as well and As I wanted there was some laughter which I have always liked to associate myself to make people laugh no matter whatever serious the mood to be. However I was ready and I went on with my poem instructing the Keyboard player what music I wanted and rhymed it on stage with good response and huge cheer. Not only I was getting happy to witness what was happening around, But I was feeling like I belonged to this place which was great and hence once I stepped back and was guided back to my place by some of my poet friends I was asked to join in Chocolate chips which I accepted happily. Hence the 1st official task for the foreign poets went well and I cheered in the speeches made by delegates before and at the end of function and at it's end after 2 hour show down It was called lunch so I went back to cafeteria in great spirits around. Although as the afternoon was progressing and the lunch had ended, the groups have started to chat and they all showed appreciations to the authorities who had taken charge to perform such a huge award ceremony and It was great fun to listen things all around. Once we went back to the auditorium on the ground floor next to the Momentum sphere building it was irry and peaceful once again with hardly voices going across and they were gurgling loud. Everyone sitting as poet had started to consider  his or her position as the time had passed very quick and since then they all had been expecting to get some sort of award as it was all happening here so not taking much time the proceeding  were announced by the Compare and we seated in lines and alphabetical order and applauded the delegates who again started the formal task by explaining what these awards matter to each and every poet so it was becoming such an environment now which nobody can wish to miss for ever. Before  the award receiving ceremony could be started, A brief short film was produced by the organisers which was based on 'World order and it's current stage' with globalisation coming to the fourfront and recognising it's proceeding. IN the starting and final scene of the film, Few words were exchanged by the experts of photography and cinema as they explained why those scenes were there and once that had been done they started to chant about the Award ceremony to proceed that was what for which we all had gathered and it was going to be a cracker. Finally the moment was coming closer and the Announcer on the mike was asking we the poets to be ready according to the category to be in line and make sure that things become with formal process and right decision making. To give the Awards, the highest dignitaries of the Balcan countries have been gathered together and hence there were categories like 'Naturalist poet', 'Humour', 'Dystopia', 'Non Fiction', 'Rising Poet', 'Impressed in Early age', 'Revolutionary', 'Balcanist', 'Secularist', 'Globalised' and so many other. In total around 23 poets were going to receive the awards and it would happen on basis of the category whereby I was going to be awarded 'Gustav Icalnou medal' which is named after the famous Romanian poet Icalnu who rose in middle age and hence this poetry award is awarded for 'Rising poet' across the globe which was not far from me now and I was getting more nervous an was asking for chilled milk again which was provided and I am thankful to the authorities for managing me around. Although Once the process started all the chill and raspness has gone from all the poets who were going to receive the awards and it was happening very fast and in rapid succession as the poet or poetess who was getting award on basis of the category would go on stage, would shake hand with the delegates, and would speak few word of his or her choice, an then lifting the bag with Award and prize money would come back to his or her seat. On the basis of the category when my name was called a huge roar erupted across all the stages and in the building and it was really pleasing to listen out as I was welcomed on dace and I shook hands with the Romanian dignitaries who presented me the bag with award and prize money and hence My  dream seems to be coming true and coming so close. I stood in front and lifted the mike to speak to the crowd that gurgled, and for a minute I let them celebrate and  shout, and then talked with them about why we poets need to continue to hold the thread of 'social bonding' and why it is most essential for all of writing community. Once the noise had silence a bit, they started to listen me closer and as I spoke further it became quiet as they gave their attention and listened to my words where I mentioned the role of writers, The power of digital sphere, the collective attempt, and competitions like World Poetry championship and ultimately why this passion should be with all of us. They clapped at the end, I turned to have a photograph with the officials and one of their juniors assisted me back with my goodies from the stage and I again ordered Chilled milk to have that calmness. Hence after that, remaining poets did the same, came to stage and enjoyed as I did and once the award distribution was over the delegates announced the final release of the Official pamplate notifying the success of award event which was phenomenal.  We all again went back to cafeteria to have a short supper, I shook hands with all winners and group photo clicks with them, enjoyed the Vegetarian deserts and in the early dusk the pleasant wind felt great to me as I walked and along side walked few Indians who I have met in my visit here. They congratulated with great spirits so with them I went back to my hotel after the final proceedings had been accomplished and one more memorable moment has been added to my life's chapter... 

StoryMirror in conversation with author Suman Mishra
 22 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.  A: I am of 11th std, science student in odm public school , bhubaneswar odisha . Preparing and aiming for medical in future. Besides i love writing and discovered this passion of mine at an early age.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?   A: Literature has always been my favorite. I used to read novels, short stories and poems which later inspired me to write. I love playing with words and try to write every sentence with the deep and realistic feeling.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?  A: Coming to difficulties, I have tried to write a novel many a times yet i am just not able to write the way it should be. Aiming to have my solo novel published is not just a dream but needs a lot of hard work as well. Literary writing brings the original though from a writer’s mind yet if not completed, gives disappointment as well.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: The modern day literature has become so modernized that we are forgetting out ethics and culture and it leads to the degradation of the literature as well.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Yes the emergence of digital and social sites have given a lot of opportunities for the young , modern and aspiring writers to showcase their talents.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: My literary work involves everything that is around me . May be it on social causes , emotions , abstract or anything that connects me to the deepest of my emotions , that’s where I start to pen my thoughts , mostly in poetry . Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: My first literary work is titled as 'maa' which i wrote on the eve of my mother's birthday and had submitted the poem on a theme based poetry anthology it got selected that is going to be published in the upcoming months.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature can contribute to the society in a million ways , may be it changing the mindset , society's rules , literature has the power to change the thinking in unstoppable ways. Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: After 5 years , I see my literature world in a totally different way. Having got my solo book published that time would be a dream come true, planning for more such to change the world with my words and verses.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: A community of poets would basically have mentors, experienced writers , learners , young writers and would form a group to aim for better literary knowledge and more anthologies.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: To all the aspiring writers , you can do it . I know its a bit of a difficult journey at the start , but eventually things would fall in its own place. Just pen down your feelings and let the words express what you want to convey. If you think u can do it you would definitely be able to do it . All my best wishes to you.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: My experience in storyMirror has been incredibly nice. Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: StoryMirror provides an amazing platform for all the writers to know more, learn and grow from it .Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/z3dv6kea/suman-mishra/stories

StoryMirror in conversation with author Suman Mishra
 24 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: I am of 11th std, science student in odm public school , bhubaneswar odisha . Preparing and aiming for medical in future. Besides i love writing and discovered this passion of mine at an early age.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?   A: Literature has always been my favorite. I used to read novels, short stories and poems which later inspired me to write. I love playing with words and try to write every sentence with the deep and realistic feeling.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?  A: Coming to difficulties, I have tried to write a novel many a times yet i am just not able to write the way it should be. Aiming to have my solo novel published is not just a dream but needs a lot of hard work as well. Literary writing brings the original though from a writer’s mind yet if not completed, gives disappointment as well.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?A: The modern day literature has become so modernized that we are forgetting out ethics and culture and it leads to the degradation of the literature as well.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?A: Yes the emergence of digital and social sites have given a lot of opportunities for the young , modern and aspiring writers to showcase their talents.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: My literary work involves everything that is around me . May be it on social causes , emotions , abstract or anything that connects me to the deepest of my emotions , that’s where I start to pen my thoughts , mostly in poetry . Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published?A: My first literary work is titled as 'maa' which i wrote on the eve of my mother's birthday and had submitted the poem on a theme based poetry anthology it got selected that is going to be published in the upcoming months.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature can contribute to the society in a million ways , may be it changing the mindset , society's rules , literature has the power to change the thinking in unstoppable ways. Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: After 5 years , I see my literature world in a totally different way. Having got my solo book published that time would be a dream come true, planning for more such to change the world with my words and verses.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: A community of poets would basically have mentors, experienced writers , learners , young writers and would form a group to aim for better literary knowledge and more anthologies.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?A: To all the aspiring writers , you can do it . I know its a bit of a difficult journey at the start , but eventually things would fall in its own place. Just pen down your feelings and let the words express what you want to convey. If you think u can do it you would definitely be able to do it . All my best wishes to you.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: My experience in storyMirror has been incredibly nice. Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?A: StoryMirror provides an amazing platform for all the writers to know more, learn and grow from it .

Book Review: The Author by Raj Siddhi
 7 July 2018  

Book Title: The Author Author: Raj Siddhi  Format: Paper Back  Total Number of Pages:  183  Language: English  Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers  Publishing Date: 11th Apr 2018  ASIN: B07C42K9KB‘The Author’ begins with the story of a published book which has been maintaining its position of being the ‘best-selling book’ for last few years, but no reader knows who the writer of this is. A press conference is convened to disclose the fact of its author. In addition, it will disclose the fact why the readers have been put in the dark so far in connection with the identity of the author. The MD of the Publication House is a young lady who narrates a story before introducing the author of the novel. The story begins with Bangala Sahib Gurudwara at Connaught Place, Delhi. It is 14th February, the Valentine Day. In the meantime, a boy falls fainted at the gate of Sacred Heart Church. Nobody but two attendants of the church, Mrs. David, and her blind granddaughter, bring him to the hospital for treatment. While the boy’s treatment is on, it is discovered that he has tried to commit suicide. The boy’s name is Samar. Samar is an orphan and in an orphanage, he was brought up under the tutelage of Mother Marry. Spring is his fast friend with whose help he succeeds in winning the heart of a voracious reader of novels, Sufi. The Author is the story of love, dreams, sacrifice and an unquenched thirst. It deals with a journey to being a promising author for the fulfillment of other’s dreams.My TakeThe cover is full with grey hints us that there is something mysterious in the story. The title The Author is apt for the plot. The plot is blend of emotions, love, friendship, scarifies, dreams, passion.This is the story of protagonist Samar. Samar and Spring is an orphan who was bought up with love and guidance of Mother Marry. They grew up like brothers. Later they started working in an restaurant. Samar meets Sufi. Sufi loves reading love story and want's to meet a real author. To impress her Samar tells a lie that he is an author. The friendship blooms into love. What happens after that to know more read the book.Language is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story. Pace is was slow. Narration was done well. I love the friendship and understanding between Samar and Spring.Ek jaddo jahad hui is jindagi se...jindagi ke khatirEk tarif hamne khud kee ki..ek jeet ki khatirEk sapne ko maine jinda rakha...jinda rahne ke khatirEk takraro hui sapnooo se...sapnooo ke khatirEk tohfa sapnaoo ne diya...apnoo ki khatirEk jaddo jahad hui is jindagi se...jindagi ke khatir.Every page is loaded with emotions and twists. The Hindi poetries in between the chapters that were included according to the situations are enough to touch readers’ heart.Overall ratings 3.5/5 StarsGrab the book here- Amazon.inAbout the AuthorRaj Siddhi, which is the pen name of Raju Kumar Dubey, is a very young writer and poet from a small town of Jharkhand, Giridih. Raj Siddhi has a good experience of staging theatres in Delhi. His underlying quality of composing poems on different aspects of the society isInstagram unique. He is a BA from Vinoba Bhave University. He loves travelling to hill stations and coastal areas. He also loves watching Bollywood films. ‘The Author’ is his debut fiction, which was originally penned in Hindi. Later, the work was translated and edited by Mr. Ashish Anandam. The best way to contact Raj Siddhi is through Facebook.You can also write to him at rajsiddhi91@gmail.com Facebook |Instagram