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The fourth to sixth labours of Hercules
 Roshan Rollands  
 15 February 2018  

Fourth labour- Erymanthian boarThe Erymanthian boar by Francisco de ZurbaránEurystheus, humiliated that the hind had escaped from right before him, sent Hercules on the next task of bringing back the Erymanthian boar alive. There are no definitive accounts of this labour though this is the most agreed upon version. On the way to Mt. Erymanthos, Hercules dunes and sups with his old friend Pholus. He was a centaur and Hercules convinces him to open the jar of wine left to the centaurs of the mountain my Dionysus. The aroma was so strong that t attracted all the centaurs of the mountain. Unknown to them, the wine was so strong that it should’ve been diluted. They drank the unadulterated wine and went berserk, attacking Hercules. Hercules shot at them with his poisonous arrows, sending them retreating all the way to Chiron’s cave. One version of the legend states that Pholus, curious as to why these arrows had killed several centaurs, picked an arrow up but dropped it on his foot, thus poisoning himself. Another version states that a stray arrow hit Chiron and poisoned him although he’s immortal. He felt immense pain, so great that he gave up his immortality and took the place of Prometheus who had his liver torn away by an eagle every morning. Hercules, seeing Chiron in such agony shot down the eagle, killing it. This labour also according to some, serves as the point for the transfer of immortality from Chiron to Hercules. Chiron then tells Hercules that in order to catch the boar, all he had to do was drive it into the deep snow. Hercules thus caught the boar, bound it and took it back to king Eurystheus.Fifth labour- Augean stablesThe Augean stables by Morgan SnellThis labour was to clean the stables of King Augeas. This was intended to be both humiliating and impossible for Hercules because the animals there were immortal and produced a huge amount of dung. The stables housed roughly a thousand cattle and it hadn’t been cleaned in almost 30 years. Hercules, confident that he could complete it in a day, asked the king for a tenth of his cattle if he succeeded in doing so. The king agreed to the bet, oblivious to what Hercules was capable of. Hercules redirected the rivers Alpheus and Peneus and succeeded in cleaning up the filth in less than a day. Augeas refused to honour the agreement on the grounds that it was King Eurystheus who’d given Hercules the task anyway. Hercules took the matter up in court and was supported by Phyleus, the king’s nephew. Augeas banished them both before the verdict of the court was out. Hercules returned to the kingdom, killed Augeas and handed over the kingdom to Phyleus. Also, according to the poet Pindar, Hercules founded the Olympic Games shortly thereafter.Sixth Labour- Stymphalian birdsHercules kills the Stymphalian birds by Albrecht DürerThe Stymphalian birds were creatures that were sacred to Aries, the good of war. They were man eating birds with beaks of bronze and dagger like metallic feathers that could be launched at their victims. They had all migrated to Lake Stymphalia in Arcadia where they multiplied rapidly. In Greek mythology, Arcadia is the home of the God Pan. In other cultures, it is seen as an untouched and unadulterated wilderness. The birds went berserk, wreaking havoc all over the countryside, destroying crops, trees and killing the townspeople. Hercules ventures into the swamp but couldn’t go too far as it couldn’t support his weight. Athena coming to his aid, gave him a rattle made by Hephaestus for this very purpose. He shook it and the birds flew out from their perches. Hercules then shot down several of them with his arrows, killing them instantly. The remaining birds flew far away never to return.**All images are taken from greekerthanthegreeks.blogspot.in

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

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

The Timeless Link Between Writing and Running and Why It Makes for Better Work
 Suchismita Sahu  
 26 February 2018  

There is a lot of mythology about a writer’s life and routine, and very little of it is true. It’s one reason why that famous misquote from Hemingway is so popular, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”If Hemingway ever did say such a thing, his meticulously edited, and ironically, handwritten manuscript pages at the John F. Kennedy Library speak much more loudly. There are some 47 alternative endings for Hemingway’sA Farewell To Arms, written by his hand alone. Hemingway rewrote the first part of the book, by his own count, more than 50 times.In truth, like many ventures, writing is a long hard slog. It’s more akin to a marathon of effort than a sprint of inspiration. Not that writing is a miserable profession. It isn’t. If one learns to cope with it properly, it’s quite wonderful and any who gets to do it for a living is blessed. But the coping is key. For many writers, that coping comes in a form rather appropriate to the analogy I gave above: Writers cope with writing by running.My routine goes something like this: After the hectic office hour, I begin to slow down and eventually become stuck. Accepting that any more time spent would be throwing good effort after bad, I change, put on my running shoes, and go for a run.Depending on whether I’m writing from my home or my office, my run will be one of a few prescribed courses. I run because I love it. Because it’s good exercise. It’s the only exercise I’ve ever really been good at.. But I run for another reason, the same reason that many writers apparently run: it makes me better at my job.There are many writers who run. Of course, there is Murakami, who in addition to his beautiful fiction, is best known in the running community for his book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Malcolm Gladwell has been a competitive runner since high school (and recently told Tim Ferriss that he begins every morning by checking out Letsrun.com. Novelist Don DeLillo told the Paris Review how after writing for four hours, he goes running to “shake off one world and enter another.” Joyce Carol Oates, in her ode to running, said that “the twin activities of running and writing keep the writer reasonably sane and with the hope, however illusory and temporary, of control.” Lawrence Block, creator of the Matthew Scudder series was not only an avid runner, but a competitive walker too (more on that in a minute).Professional writers quickly learn one reality of the job: you have more bad days than good. It’s the rare day that the writer finds that the words come out exactly the way they were in their head. In fact, it’s usually the opposite — one is disappointed, distracted, struggling, committed but unproductive. It’s a special day when the flow is pure and uninterrupted, when one doesn’t stop somewhere short of where they’d like to be.But exercise — especially running — is the opposite. A run is almost always good, and if you don’t take your phone, hardly ever interrupted. If you set out to run five miles and five miles is within your capabilities, you will accomplish that goal. It’s rare that one leaves their house for a run and somehow doesn’t make it back. In this way, running is predictable, dependable, satisfying and thus a counterbalance for the mercurial muses of the creative professional.The writer Shelby Foote, who I gather from the copious of images of him in a bathrobe, slippers and smoking a pipe, wasn’t much for running, once joked about all the things he discovered for his books “while looking for something else.” As a researcher, I can attest to that. As a runner, I can also say that most of my biggest breakthroughs as a writer came after I had stopped writing and gone running. There’s no race, there’s only a runnerJust keep one foot in front of the otherAs a runner, the real race is getting up and running every single day. Life is the marathon. The same is true in writing. A lot of people sit down to write a book. Many don’t make it past that point. Plenty get something finished, but are intimidated by the maze that is publishing, promoting, selling. And of the relative few that make it through there, only some have the stamina to start the next one. To make it a career.Murakami once described running as “both exercise and a metaphor.” This is true. The life of a running writer is marathon within a marathon within a marathon. The training and the participation in each one of these races makes us better at the other. He also said, in an interview a few years ago:“Without a solid base of physical strength, you can’t accomplish anything very intricate or demanding. That’s my belief. If I did not keep running, I think my writing would be very different from what it is now.”This has always been true, even before our modern culture of exercise. Diogenes Laertes in his famous Lives of Eminent Philosophers tells us that the philosopher Chrysippus trained as a long distance runner before he discovered Stoicism. One can only imagine the influence this training had on Chrysippus, and how it put him in a position to understand a philosophy based on self-discipline, inner-control and endurance. The saying in the ancient world was that “But for Chrysippus, there had been no Porch.” (the stoa in stoicism) But for many miles of running, would there have been a Chrysippus?There are plenty more philosophers, writers, and poets who have found the same benefits in not just in running but in walking. For centuries, thinkers have walked many miles a day because they had to, because they were bored, because they wanted to escape the putrid cities they lived in, because they wanted to get their blood flowing. In the process they discovered an important side-effect: it helped them make better work. As Nietzsche would later say: “It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.” Thoreau, another avid walker, claimed, “the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow.”Lawrence Block, a prodigious writer and author of more than a hundred books, traded in marathons for day long distance walking races in his 60s. This activity, he says, is quite similar creative process. He told screenwriter Brian Koppelman on Slate’s The Moment, “either writing or distance walking would be a bad idea for someone who doesn’t have much of an inner-life.” The novelist Helen Dunmore gave The Guardian a list of rules for creating fiction. The best one? “A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.”

How my books changed me
 swarajya singh  
 11 March 2018  
Art

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.

Book Review: SOLITUDE and other OBSESSIONS
 Shivangi Rawat  
 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.

Aislin Fall, a poet and photographer
 StoryMirror Feed  
 18 April 2018  

StoryMirror interviewed Aislin Fall, a 25 years old maker of things. Writer. Photographer. Poet. Compulsive traveller. Joy Seeker. Knowledge sponge. PNW born and bred.Here is what she has to say.Q. Tell us about you and your background.I guess I was born and then a lot of things happened and I ended up where I am now.I'm from British Columbia, Canada. I was 16 when I started taking photographs using my dad's camera. I was really obsessed with fashion photography for a long time and was always making my friends crawl into bushes and peer from behind blooming branches and once, I made my best friend carry a small wooden giraffe around her neighbourhood. Eventually, I started photographing models in the suburbs and beautiful landscapes wearing lots of different clothes. Eventually, I stopped photographing models anywhere. These past few years, I've become more drawn to taking pictures that document life as I see it, which usually fits in the category of travel and portrait photography with a tinge of adventure and lifestyle. I still shoot fashion sometimes but it's not my main focus.Photoshop came before photography for me and by the time I picked up my first camera, I was already dabbling in graphic design and photomanipulation. I fell in love with retouching as I transitioned into fashion photography and I worked as a retoucher for a few years. I don't retouch professionally any longer. I like being outside more than I like being on a computer these days.Travel has been the dominant force in my life for the past four years, although I did travel a lot with my family while growing up. I am usually in a state of going somewhere. I haven't had a "home" for more than a few months in a long time.Q. What is your life's greatest passion? What inspires you? I think life itself is my greatest passion—life and all the things it encompasses. The swell and swoon and pull and press of existence. The miracle of existing at all. The hope is to be as fully present and here in this moment. It's strange how something so simple can be so hard sometimes! How easy to get lost in your head—to stop listening to footfall of passing strangers, trills of birds, pulse of water. So my greatest passion is life and from there, everything else flows. I have been a maker ever since I was little—drawing, writing, forming stories—and the process of creating is a huge passion of mine. Nowadays, it takes the shape of photography and poetry. I grew up travelling the west coast of North America with my family and in my 20s, I've spent a lot of time on the road in Canada, USA, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Travelling is definitely one of the other great loves of my life.But they are all so wound together. Photography, writing, travelling—they're all giant pieces of this life of mine. They're how I think and feel and experience. Life gives me inspiration and then I take that and make these things with it.Life inspires me, the world inspires me, relationships inspire me, art inspires me, emotions inspire me, light inspires me. Since I'm mostly photographing my life as I experience it, I just look for moments.Q. Take us through your work. I shoot people and places. I catch real moments and pull them through my perspective until they feel like me. I get my fingerprints on everything. I'm not one of those photographers who doesn't like to modify things (though if you are, that's fine). I see things as malleable. I love Photoshop.My work is me; my work is my life. It's the fleeting instant that I got my fingers around. It's a record of where I've been and what I've felt. The roads I've walked down, the people I've loved, the sunrises I've seen, the glimmers of light that took my breath away.It's travel or landscape or documentary or lifestyle or portrait or whatever.WhistlerUSATessTasmaniaTasmaniaSydneyScotlandPortoMaiteIrelandIrelandIrelandhowthhollandCanadaBeeAusAthensAthensQ. Can you share with us a 'behind-the-scene' memory of yours that has stood out the most? Back in October, at the beginning of this last backpacking trip in Europe, I went to the Acropolis in Athens for sunrise. I watched the twinkle of dawn wash over the ancient streets of the city and observed the quiet blue of night transform into brilliant, shining light. It was one of those times when you look around at your life and feel all the decisions that brought there to that specific, remarkable, precious point. A blink of overwhelming gratitude.During the day, Acropolis is a swarming beehive of human beings. There are so many people. But when the gates first open in the morning—right before the sun rises, it's nearly empty. There were only two or three other people there when I watched the dawn awaken the city. It was so private and personal, witnessing the sun crest over the mountains, pull the shadows long and far over the ruins.Q. Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?I have been to 25 countries in 25 years, and while that's not a "career" oriented "achievement," it's a personal achievement. I'm immensely proud of this life that I've carved for myself. I have seen so much and it's truly shaped me.Q. What is your life's philosophy?Love and interconnectivity. Be kind and compassionate towards everything—other humans, animals, the planet, yourself. We are all so tied together. Our actions matter.Q. If you could give a message to all the 20 year olds of the world, what would it be?Be patient. Remember that you are not your emotions. Gratitude is the key. Emotions are passing clouds in the sky—they are things that you experience but they are not your identity so don't be consumed by them or think that they're your truth. Patience because all things take time and it's really hard to really know who you are or what you want at 20. It's important to give yourself room to grow and discover and make mistakes. I view the 20s as being a massive opportunity for learning. Training your mind to practice gratitude has the potential to change everything.Q. How do you want to see yourself 5 years from now?Happy and fulfilled, though that's the aim for every single day and not the destination. I'd like to be sustaining an income from my photography and writing, and still engaged in creative projects that excite me. I hope to have more of a "home" in five years but still travelling a lot with at least another ten new countries checked off my list!Check out her website, blog and instagram.

Book Review: The Wild Cat By Taanya Sarma
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

Book Title: The Wild CatAuthor: Taanya SarmaFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 328Language: EnglishPublisher: Invincible PublishersPublishing Date: 21 December 2017ISBN-10: 9387328139ISBN-13: 978-9387328136Based on true events, this erotic thriller novel tells the tale of a young, naive woman named Tanya who enters the online dating and chat world. Her first foray into this digital realm initially proves to be bland and disappointing; however, sex, suspense, power struggles and attempted murder soon unfold. These unwelcome adventures interfere with her business and her sanity as she aspires to live up to her deceased parent’s standards.A conman named Sam ensnares Aaron, a handsome investment banker, into his ploy and uses him as a pawn to lure women into doing things they normally wouldn’t do. Sam then exposes their personal information as well as their images, sometimes in the act of cyber sex, and posts them on a very successful porn website that he owns. Tanya’s encounter with these two men evolves into a long, winding road, with each turn bringing irreparable changes in her life.Enraged by the deceit and the unconscionable behavior of these men, Tanya turns whistleblower and vows to assist the FBI in shutting down the dating app and porn site – and she won’t stop until the perverted perpetrators are behind bars. She never relents, but ultimately laments, “I never thought that I would have to give up my life to remain alive.”ReviewsA very interesting book, especially for young girls to understand the danger that exists in this society with online predators ~ Alma Guzman, Executive Producer Hollywood.Sex, suspense, power, struggle, murder attempt and well developed characters. This book has all the masala to be the next blockbuster Bollywood flick. A must read for sure. ~ RJ Khurki, Zabardast Hit 95 FM Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. This gripping story based on true events will keep you hooked till the very last page. ~ Antil, ScoopwhoopMY TAKEStarting from the book cover the first impression is the best impression the foremost thing which I liked in the book is the beautiful cover and its little unusual title “The Wild Cat” it indeed developed the curiosity within me to know what author meant by it.   The lower half of a girl’s face and below it is the night view of a city with buildings in the middle of the cover title with sub title. The Wild Cat A deviant tale of a young woman, a banker and a conman who happen to meet on dating website. The Cover is beautiful and attractive. Title is also perfect for the plot.The story revolves around the line of protagonist Tanya aka Iron Angel, Dorothy, Adam, Mr. U W, Aaron aka Phantom or Alpha, Mrs. Martha, Sarah, Monica , Sam Baker aka call as Nick Baker or Cobra, Newguyintown,Notorious, Aunt Iris, Rookie, Venom, Rebel Queen, Rex, Mr. & Mrs. Baker, Stephanie Owens, Schmidt, Jeff Simpson, Dali, Frida.This is the story of female protagonist Tanya an art gallery owner inherited from her father. She lost her mother in her early age and her father had brought her up but later her father passed away in an accident. She was a alone and only have the support of her best friend Dorothy.  Dorothy is dating online through an app which matches with a person of similar interest and lets them talk in a group or one -one.Tanya also downloads the app iVoice once she learns that she has been using it to date this person who is the owner of a sexy voice according to her. iVoice is a dating app but the twist is that it’s not like any other dating app. It’s a dating app based on voices of different people. One can only connect with another person she is interested in by hearing his voice. No real names, no identities. Just voice. The application has a option to lock in the phone number and also has a voice changer option if any user feels not to reveal their own voice. Tanya, aka Iron Angel on iVoice comes across another user called Adam who invites her to a private chat. Adam apparently is married and is a father to three kids. He shows signs of perversion and voyeurism and have cybered (cyber sex) quite a few times but his wife doesn’t mind even when she knows about his addiction. I don’t know why. Even his therapist knows about it but takes no step to stop him from his adventures. Tanya and Adam end up talking about the colours of underwear they wear, whether they wash hands after peeing, whether they sleep in PJs or sleep naked. I mean, girl you are talking to a virtual stranger and you haven’t even seen his face and you are already talking about penises, panties and thongs!! Like, seriously. I was exasperated at her common sense. He could have turned out to be an old pimp who doesn’t think twice before killing innocent girls. Anyways, coming to the second user Phantom; he is the lead male protagonist in this book. Aaron aka Phantom turns out to be an investment banker and is pretty civil when they first engage in conversation. He isn’t a creep like the two other users she had interacted previously. They almost talk everyday. As days pass, Tanya becomes more addicted to this app and starts to feel “soft” for Aaron. It’s trap. There’s always some people lurking in the background to pounce on when they are presented with opportunities. There’s one such person in this iVoice app too. He gains a large sum of money by selling of phone numbers and private images of the girls who uses this app. When Tanya comes to know about this and learns that Aaron is also linked with this whole ploy, she plots a revenge against them. The rest of the story follows Tanya in her revenge and whether she finds success in her plan. This book ends with a cliffhanger mode. The rest of the story will be in next trilogy set of the book.Language is simple crisp and lucid and has the ability to bring live the events narrated in the book. The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc. The only character that left me a bit confused was that of Tanya. The best part is that even the supporting characters are well- developed and merge smoothly into the story. You can easily relate to most of their actions, reactions and inner turmoil. However I would have loved to get to know what happen after BANG. BANG. who had shoot for that i have to wait for next book. While the first half is erotic thriller with cyber crime, the second half which is revenge.  Narration is done well. The author’s strongest point is plot with unique theme and warn the women of online world. One of the most important things that I noticed is how with few words, the author could not only just portrayed  the hazards of online world, the pain, joy and sorrows of the characters but she even manages to bring that out from the readers. Most victims of these crimes were teenage girls and women. There was a nefarious attempt to trap young girls to indulge in wrongdoing. The increase in number of mobile phones had also led to more number of cyber crimes. Crimes were also reported by misusing social networking websites on the internet. The writer’s words has the capacity to hold the reader till the last page. The book has been written well in accordance to real-life examples with realistic point of view.This is the debut novel of author but we don’t seriously feel as if we are reading a book written by a debut author. Overall a fantastic fantasy packed with action and tinged with suspicion and suspense. I personally would like recommend this book to every women out there and to all the book worms it’s a must read.Overall Ratings 4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorTaanya Sarma is an author, poet and an entrepreneur. An ambivert true to form, the depth and duality of Taanya’s personality are evident throughout her writing.The genesis of The Wildcat trilogy stems from her desire to warn naive young women about the pitfalls of the online dating world.Taanya’s goal is to see her series of novels published and available in multiple languages as far reaching as countries like India, China, UK, NZ, SA, Australia – and, of course, in her home country the United States.When she’s not writing, Taanya is most likely thinking about writing – or spending time with her adopted dog, playing the guitar and piano, sketching, biking, snorkeling or participating in some extreme sports like parasailing, skydiving, or bungee jumping.For a more in-depth look into the life and creative mind of Taanya Sarma, follow her at @taanya.sarma or check out her website at http://www.taanyasarma.com

Book Review: The Divine Throne Of Maharani Meeramani By Meenakshi Verma
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

Book Title: The Divine Throne Of Maharani MeeramaniAuthor: Meenakshi VermaFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 278Language: EnglishPublisher: Invincible PublishersPublishing Date: 12 August 2017ISBN-10: 9386148773ISBN-13: 978-9386148773This story has Historical, Political & Social aspects. “JAIRAJGARH,” The Grand Empire of Rajputana, whose King is a great warrior, and a devious politician. He didn’t limit his devious politics to only the royal throne, but extended it to his personal relationships. He’s a ruler, who waited for a long time to have a successor for his grand empire and went on to design a conspiracy for the murder of his own child… The third wife of the King, Maharani Meeramani, who is a warrior by actions, and a hermit by thoughts. This ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, turned her pain into power and despite being a stepmother of a Eunuch Prince, Meeramani has not only loved, but has safeguarded the prince from his own father and beyond everyone’s imagination, she has tried to prepare him to take over the Royal Throne while fighting against all odds of society. A ‘Eunuch’ Prince, whose responsibility is to earn rights for the entire Eunuch community. A Political and Social war between the ‘King’& his ‘Queen’. Who will win and claim the Royal Throne Will Queen Meeramani convert the Royal Throne into “The Divine Throne”? To unravel the truth you have to be a part of the journey of Queen Meeramani’s struggle.MY TAKEStarting from the cover It’s one of the best I’ve come across in recent times in historical friction. The tile is perfect for the plot. “The Divine Throne of Maharani Meeramani” is the first fictional social novel of the author Meenakshi Verma, in which she has raised the question of respect and rights of the third gender, ‘Eunuchs’ along with the equal rights of all human beings. She has not only raised the questions, but also tried to suggest a solution to the society.This is the story of  Jairajgarh: The Grand Empire Of Rajputana of Maharana Ranjeet Dev Pratap Singh is a great warrior, and a devious politician. The story starts with announcement of next war and news of Prince Samar Dev marriage. While going for the war the news of  untimely death of Prince Samar Dev Pratap Singh everybody was shaken. The entire Jairajgarh was struck with grief. Maharana had locked himself up in his personal room. He had restricted himself to a personal dark room and the words of his Father Maharana Surya Dev Pratap Singh were echoing in his mind and then goes to flashback of Ranjeet childhood memories with his father Surya Dev Pratap Singh and two wives Queen Manorama Devi and Maharani Kesar Devi and seven children. There is no unity in the family and where is no unity, there can never be peace. Both wives and their children all are always busy in pulling each other. While remembering these lesson from his father life, Ranjeet has decided he will marry as many wives as he want but was sure enough that he will make his child from only one wife who deserves to get the throne. He first marries Queen Vaishali as per his father wish but there relation was not much successful.  He then marries Queen Ambika love of his life. Later Queen Vaishali realizes the truth of Maharana Ranjeet and commits suicides and Queen Ambika was all alone after the death of Queen Vaishali and she realize the pain of Queen Vaishali had gone through. Maharana had never loved her and then later Maharana Ranjeet marry Queen Meermani. Meeramani and Ambika share a bond more than real sisters rather than the life of co-wives. Later Queen Ambika with help of Queen Meermani  was conceiving. The child born was was eunuch. If a child gets good upbringing and education then he could do anything and become anything, even if he is a eunuch. Deformity in a body could be anywhere so how is the child responsible for it, if he is a son, a daughter or a eunuch, but isn’t he still  the child to his parents. He can be anything for society, but for his parents he is still their child and separating a child from his mother or a father is a shame on humanity as well as society. As per Queen Ambika request Maharana Ranjeet to give throne of Maharani to Meeramani and also gives the right of his son as mother to Meeramani. From there Maharani Meeramani and her struggle begins with the Prince Samar Dev and form a army of eunuch peoples to give them their right to live Shiva-Jan Army their main aim was to protect Prince Samar Dev. Will Maharana will get to know the truth behind the birth of his son? What happens to Meeramani? Will the bond with Queen Ambika and Maharani Meeramani will remain same? To know more go and grab the copy of book.Settings in the story are Jairajgarh, Ballabhgarh, Rajputana, Sambhalgarh, Kashi, Santpuram. The story revolves around the Maharana Ranjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Prince Samar Dev, Maharani Meeramani Devi, Maharana Surya Dev Pratap Singh, Queen Vaishali, Queen Ambika Devi, Prince Rudra Dev Pratap Singh, Princess Amritamani, Akroor Singh, Sushant Singh, Sukanya Devi, King Satya Rajsingh, Queen Manorama Devi, Maharani Kesar Devi, Neelima, Manjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Jagjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Rukma, Padma, Shobhana, Shamsheer Singh, Acharya Chaturanand, Prince Neelkant, King Krishnakant, Queen Jamuna Devi, Princess Ambika, Prince Khushaal Singh, Shiromani Pandit Gangeshwar Nath Shastri, Pandit Rameshwar Nath Shastri, Sushma, Heeranand, Ranjeet Singh, Janki Devi, Gulabo, King Surat Singh, Uma Devi, Kaushika, Prince Virat Singh, Sheetla Devi, Prince Somesh, Malini, Jagat Singh, Shambhoo Singh, Kaushika, Queen Padmavati, King Shantanu Dev, Shankula Devi, Sulakshana, Mungeri, King Gangdev, Baba Vishwanath, Kokila, Chanchala, Phoolan, Chammo, Gola, Gannu, Kaalu, Malini, Princess Sukanya, Shiromani Pandit Gopaleshwar Nath Shastri, Kamala Devi, Leela Devi, Dev Kumar Shashtri, Shyaamla, Govardhandas.Language is Simple, crisp and lucid. The smooth flow of words makes the narrative not only easy but engrossing too. The characters be they the protagonists or the supporting souls, are well articulated, thus making it easy for the reader to relate to them, their views, their actions and reactions. In fact one can easily don their shoes and live the story without feeling ill at ease/ appearing odd. Each one of them contributes to taking the story forward without a hitch, without a hurdle. The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book. To write is an art, to keep the reader spellbound and yearning for more is magic. The book brings out sibling love at its best and also addresses certain social issues in subtle yet powerful strokes. This book deals with every aspect of struggles a women undergone during the ancient time and also serves a great social message about eunuch community. There are a few typos and one or two places where the author has made contradictory usages that need to be rectified. My favorite protagonist of this story is Maharani Meeramani. The book has worth to be carried and flaunt because it has got a magical touch of love which can be done in a single sitting.A wonderful read, one I’ll strongly recommend to all book lovers. I’m sure that those who don’t like the historical friction will not get disappointed after reading the book.Overall Ratings- 4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorMeenakshi was born on December 27, 1972, in New Delhi. She now lives in Gurgaon, Haryana, with her husband and a daughter. Graduated from Jesus and Mary College (Delhi University) in 1994, she got married in 1997. Despite being an Interior designer, she preferred to be a house wife, and invests her lone time in reading (literature, history, spiritual) and writing ( poetry and novels). She is a supporter of Indian culture and has a great faith in God and Karma. She is very religious but not superstitious and strongly believe in Humanity.  

Book Review: Twisted by Shravya Gunipudi
 Ayushi A Nair  
 4 July 2018  

Book Title: TwistedAuthor: Shravya GunipudiFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 254Language: EnglishPublisher:Notion PressPublishing Date:  1 edition 2017ISBN-10: 1947349090ISBN-13: 978-1947349094It is weird that I still meet my mother almost every day.I am 35 years old. But that is not why it is weird.It is because nobody else has seen her since 18th September, 20 years ago.Because, that is the day she died.”Meet Ria, the charming woman with an edge. Her life is nearly perfect. Or so it seemed, until one fateful day an accident wipes out parts of her memory. Suddenly, she starts to experience strange visions involving repressed childhood memories which send shivers down her spine.A man called ‘Anuj’ whom she can’t remember.The sadness that led to her mother’s sudden death.Answers that her husband Jay refuses to share.Secrets begin to resurface and Ria is left with no option but to confront her own fears.Twisted is a tale of love, family and friendship, where bitter memories and shocking truths drive everyone to the point where they have to decide – Will the relationships crumble to dust or can love really conquer all?My TakeThe cover is attractive enough to catch attention. Tittle of the book Twisted gives the in that the plot will have lot’s of twist and turns. According to the plot its apt title.The plot is unique; the storyline is gripping as well as intriguing and the narrative takes the story forward flawlessly. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it.This is the story of main protagonist Ria has a troubled childhood. After an accident, she lost her memory and not able to recognize any one from her family. Jay her husband supports Ria in her every good and bad time. To know more read the story to unfold the twist and turns in the book.The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth. This novel is a perfect blend of love, friendship, emotion, hates, twist-n-turns revenge, psychological drama, and trust. Author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. The book have been portrayed in such a way, that any reader will be able to connect with the story and live the journey with them.The language is simple to follow which make it easier for the reader to connect to the characters in the stories and resonate with them.The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc. My favorite character of this book was Jay. It’s hard to find a such a loving husband in these days after knowing all the truth between Ria and Anuj then also he is caring and supporting Ria. Something very magical can happen when you read a good book. I felt that magic in me after reading this book. It makes me realize what true love is, as it demands nothing but just to be expressed.Overall, An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end.Kudos to the author for penning down this book.Looking forward to read more books by the author.Overall Ratings- 5/5 Stars.About the AuthorShravya Gunipudi, a 23 year old CA and CS, has been writing ever since the tender age of nine. Now, more than a decade since her first journey with the pen, she has won numerous prizes for her Articles, Short Stories and Poetry. She was a part of 19 Anthologies with a total of 17 published stories and was recognised as ‘Best Writer of the Year, 2013’ by yourstoryclub.com. She is also the editor of the project ‘The Book of Dreams’, by Numerique Publications. Recently, she was awarded ‘Best Author of the Year, 2016’ by salisonline.Shravya wishes to explore her passion both in Finance and Writing. It is her dream to merge her creative side with her analytical one. Writing, she believes, is the best form of expression that calms the mind and frees the soul. Her favourite quote is ‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about’.Her Debut Novel, ‘Turning Back Time’, is now available in stores! Grab the book here- Amazon.in Amazon.com

Book Review: The Author by Raj Siddhi
 Ayushi A Nair  
 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 

A positive response to an introduction to birds
 saurabh pant  
 9 July 2018  

When I went on to type on this book and I have decided that It will be going to be my 1st Gk book, I might have not thought so many facts in consent and I may have been wondering whether It may get the involvement of the digital circles as My other poetry collections or other recent writing works have gone through But if I might have been thinking that in terms of international stature this experiment can challenge my pride then I have been fairly wrong and It proved out to be a remarkable journey till more than 1 month has gone by and It has been well received in international circles with particularly those countries taking hand on who prefer Environmental commitments and giving me the hope to survive well and do more better writing commitments.As a beginning fact, It was firstly great to take on the command after request to Nick sir to edit things well and hence after the approval of publisher the Ebook was re-published with complete satisfactory feedback by Lulu on 11th of March, with request of adapting some changes, and since then the Ebook has gone well and has given a trademark settlement to have in which the biggest commitment may be from Japan and Australia whose government has taken their responsible commitment to give me edge and hence the Ebook has been put into their websites through Kobo availability support which I has also shared on the Social media so it has been a positive beginning to start at first with bigger impact and bigger officials giving their priority to launch myself to a strong position. Apart from that As I said in beginning that those countries who prefer environmental commitments have done well to respond and China, Japan, Norway, Sweedon, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and other countries are giving great response as a starting point to the Ebook which feels great and boost my technical advantage in the wider stage as a digital writer so their commitment really give great value and the Oceanic and South East countries are also expanding the positive stand for the Ebook which feels good to look and give strong boost to examine and extend positive stature all around. No doubt the Ebook is a GK book and it talks about various species of Birds introducing their basic behaviour, natural habitat, and high classified complex culture but it is also an Ebook that not only talks about natural life but as well as the virtual scope with the biosphere impact and hence I am hoping that being an Environmental Ebook this one will be equally well responded as Warming boom and shall take my stature to a better level so readers thanks for your blessings, keep reading and keep backing me up which would be a great set up to gain momentum, and give proper aid and support which will result phenomenally and continue to inspire me to write more and more by all means... 

ON BEING AN EMCEE
 Preeti Tal  
 31 July 2018  

On being an emcee

Borislav award by Ivanovitch Committee
 saurabh pant  
 6 August 2018  

Borislav award by Ivanovitch committee It is a great day in Sveti Stefan in Montenegro for me and all the Indian visually impaired who are involved in the international field to share on and I am extremely glad first of all to be part of 4th Ivanovitch poetry meet from 1st to 3rd August.Before I share the big news I would like to express my gratitude to my parents, my author team, Nick sir and Priya madam, All my Visually impaired community mates and everyone who support strongly that makes the difference. Now there you go with the big news of 3rd of August 2018- The organisers of the Ivanovitch committee has decided to award the 2018 Borislav medal (Man of legacy price) to Saurabh Pant for his contribution in such a young age as author whith 32 books on his name including 1 novel, 5 Indian research works, 6 Lulu ebooks, 14 Scribd books, 4 Education books in New Zealand and 2 Education books in Ireland which include all to be 32 books in complete which is a great feeling. And When my coach told me all about it and the fact to be coming to reality this day, I became shocked with delight and joy and no worries he said to me that around it is about time indeed that my writing has been proudly appreciated. It was further collaborated by the organizers around the closing ceremony (that is according to Indian time around 5 pm), They have handed over this prize that contains 1 medal of gold, 1 letter of appreciation and strong prize money around. I have been asked by the committee members to present braille facts to performed the Borislav presentation which is the tradition to be for the person who achieves this award in which the receiver expresses the past where Sir Borislav Mendredevitch lived, how he was a man of legacy himself and how rich was his time of brilliance which can be revived in present day by rising poets. They were kind to ask me to do it with ease and I was up for the task; made quick braille notes due to team support, checked the facts to right value and finally managed to perform on stage with 4-page braille presentation and my voice swirling around the whole corridor of the organizer's premises. I also mentioned in my presentation that how The connection of the award is also deeply relative whereas it explains how every time this award is given to one of the country poets who participated in the poetry meet and how it showcases the realist touch of both the meet and the pride moments. this time It is me for which I am thankful to the mighty lord and all of you have been great support indeed... List of Borislav award receivers: 2012: Myneis Olgovitch, Albania, 'poet of 12 International books' 2014: Reigstler Alchmaineder, France, 'Author and poet of 23 books' 2016: Antonio Mardretch, Germany, 'Author of 18 poem collections' 2018: Saurabh Pant, India, 'Author of 32 Books'. Once the presentation was done, I also mentioned those above-listed names, how they are still valuable in the present day and how they can still lead to the world with their skills for the Blind community. Finally completing the words, I stepped forward to receive my award from the Chief leader of Montenegro and it was great feeling altogether. There you go with the memorable achievement and I am sure that India would continue to become better and better even in the Visually impaired sector and the revival of our country goes on... Once again a big cheerful thank you note to all of you, Stay blessed and keep your bliss to continue to help me become better... 

SPILL POETRY
 Preeti Tal  
 23 August 2018  
Art

Spill poetry

Book Review: Such is HER Life by Reecha Agarwal
 Ayushi A Nair  
 7 September 2018  

Book Title: Such Is Her LifeAuthor: Reecha AgarwalFormat: Paper Back Total Number of Pages: 184 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher: Fingerprint! PublishingPublishing Date: 1 April 2018ISBN-10: 938777953XISBN-13: 978-9387779532You know her as a mother, daughter, sister, wife, daughter-in-law.But seldom as a woman . . .And maybe never as a human.Get ready . . . it’s time to unlearn and learn.A collection of musings that will have you reeling in a wave of emotion long after you are done reading, this powerhouse of work will make you smile, cry, go red in anger, nod your head in agreement and grasp the finer nuances of what it means to be her in today’s world.A SMALL BOOK OF BIG LEARNINGS.My TakeStarting from the cover is alluring the birds flying from a woman’s head represents the feeling of freedom that a women seeks. The title “Such Is Her Life” is different and interesting. As the title suggest it’s a collection of musings on women’s life.The author has beautifully crafted all the life of a woman right from the time she is in her mothers womb till the time of her death. Musing are written day to day life of female goes through she is raped, rape, child abuse, sexually, mentally, physically, gender discrimination, acid attack, killing, and many others. The best part about these musings was that they were relatable, each and every girl can feel but never truly express herself to people and the things around us. You will feel the magic of words. How a bunch of few words will move you and you happen to close the book and think about rights of women.Words. That they give voice to your inner most feelings.The words were simple and the language is lucid which eased the reading. Perfectly portrayed the feelings and narration was intresting. The first thing I did was to check out if the pages were pink too and guess what yes few pages are pink and poetic verses. It’s simply adorable.4.50 a.m.: She was born.4.51 a.m.: She was handed over an invisible moral code of conduct! Forgetting easily was a gift.A gift she wasn’t blessed with. Until yesterday, she was scared of ghosts.Today she is terrified of people. Life kept changing and she kept accepting it. Until the day she started questing. And that changed the game. Changed her life. they found her strange and weird.She found herself unconventional and unique. While everyone else left, it was her dad who shielded her through all the earthquakes of her life.Her dad, her only hero! She was thrilled to bits on seeing her grandchildren play around her.It was the first day of the month.The day when they visited her-visited her at the old age home.Looking forward to read more books by the author.Overall Ratings 5/5 StarsGrab the copy here- Amazon.in |Amazon.com|Amazon.co.ukAbout the AuthorReecha Agarwal Goyal holds an MBA in marketing and finance from Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai. She has worked as a Wealth Manager in one of the reputed MNCs for six months before getting married in Delhi. Literature has always fascinated her and she has an undying passion for words. She believes that it is her kids, Aanya and Ayansh, who have brought out the writer in her. They make her see this world in a whole new light. Pink Musings is her first book and she desires to spend her entire life reading, writing and travelling.

Cinema,mon amour
 Uday Joshi  
 23 September 2018  
Art

Cinema: the greatest hypnotizer

Historic Day 1 of Poetry world cup award ceremony 2018
 saurabh pant  
 11 October 2018  
Art

Sinaia has been representing this tournament in a unique way and has been prolific in it's approach, tendencies to back up and settle official mode. As it is a huge official ceremony, requires efficient security and proficient plans The officials are moving tactfully and in rapid transitions to take things from one stage to another and perfecting them all for the impression of global stature. Although Sinaia did possess habit of international stardom and collaborations, This award ceremony is very separate, unique and more prestigious as it joins Romania to it's culture of rising poetry and helping along Literature in it's goldest touch. thus the 2 day Award ceremony of the Poetry worl cup 2018 is touching, impressive and special in it's pattern and application as well.The day 1 of this historic event is much formal in it's approach, as all the award winners have been asked for to introduce themselves first on stage with their achievements, poetry and why they wished to be at such place on first. Once the process has done for, the poetry sessions from the local poets have been moving around in which foreign poets have also been asked to join if they are influential with some music in their voice or in their hands relative to the instruments. After the poetry proceeddings, The oficial World Championship mammo and pamplate was released by the honorary hands of the top level Country deligates on stage with huge applause and joy and it is great feeling to witness such official activity. Once this main formal process is done, The officials calm a bit as it's called on for lunch and the next movement should follow on afterwards. In the 1st session I completely enjoyed myself introducing what I do, how I write or type as a visually impaired through screen reader like JAWS and how much I have contributed till now to the cause of literature. Later on I got in great mood singing some local renditions of the song I heard recently, made some laughs across the crowds and made the most of it. Ultimately it was time of cheering along and i clapped around with all others doing the same as the official documents were released by grand deligates on podium and once it was declared lunch I went along with my guides twards the Cafeteria to have some snacks and had the best of mood and delight around. However it was not over yet, there was lot more activity that has been taking place and during the lunch people have been talking about next session to proceed furter. The biggest feature of this session was going to be 3 launches in which 1st included the Festival anthology and the other 2 included the 2 book launch of two popular writers living in Romania and it was going to be a great environment around when that task would go on. Once the session had begun, again some of the foreign poets were asked to come on stage and if they could get back to the musical insruments then it would be great to be on the task. In this way once the orders were done and the positions have been filled, on the  stage the deliggates with increased Mike sound announced the launch of the Festival anthology and showed the front and back cover of the same. Once that was done both the authors/poets were asked to join the stage as the music continued in background and one by one they were asked to hold on to their books, As the vital works were shown to the crowd gathered as intellectual one with poets from across the world and it was a memorable moment. In the all that was happening around, I was not in shadows and As I do like to be in the middst of activity it was great to be part of such a phenomenal environment. My 2 poems had been there in the Festival anthology which were based on 'Polip structure and their 'awareness and the poets around me were congratulating after consulting my name in the content list and smiling proudly which was great to see. Besides I was still thick in action of the music that was going around and was making people  laugh by making strange and funny faces which I always had been suited the best. I took on the Chocolates asked by the closer sitting poets and I was talking with them about the environment, the way things had gone since and was very delighted. When the authors/poets of the 2 books that were launched were called on the stage I did the same as everybody around me and cheered with loud claps and great atmosphere. I had been seated around in Alphahbetical order as everyone had been and we all from alphabet 'P' in our sirnames had been making so much rawcous around that was great fun. Ultimately as the processes were completed and the 'close was anounced we shouted in unison and I marched with my guide out of the place back to hotel and in all ways it was a historic and memorable day 1 for me there in Castelul Peles, Sinaia, Romania... 

Historic Day 2 of Poetry world cup award ceremony 2018
 saurabh pant  
 11 October 2018  
Art

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... 

Mantri Marku
 Mantri Pragada MARKANDEYULU  
 11 October 2018  
Art

Lyricist Songwriter Stories writer Haiku Poetry Writer

Don't Pack - Haiku Poetry
 Mantri Pragada MARKANDEYULU  
 11 October 2018  
Art

It's a Haiku Poetry. Don't Pack Air

U-TURN MASTER, Haiku Poetry.
 Mantri Pragada MARKANDEYULU  
 3 November 2018  

U-TURN MASTER, Haiku Poetry.

On Homosexuality
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
Art

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

The illusion of being immortal
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
Art

The Illusion of being ImmortalMany people wish to be gifted with immortality and imagine how our life would be living that way, a way to live forever beyond time, beyond our chances to experience again and again, to be with our senses and memory that we value most.but we forget we are meant to be dead.Yes,death is not a curse but is a gift, it is the reason for which we search for enjoyment and peace as we know we have very limited time on earth.It is the truth that breaks the illusion of eternal being, which would be very boring and monotonous.the First thing is what is the reason to be born? I think to feel the living soul, to find the purpose of life and Death provides the certainty of it.We live in our own illusion, the mind is a universe and we make a world in it, give it life but never thought of death, and there comes the eternal presence of Death, that makes a life complete as a renowned poet Allen Ginsberg says "Find share and Lose Lest we die unbloomed".In Life there should be something for which you can never be satisfied and may be thats the reason we are made that way,we never become satisfied whatever we get,We always strive for more and more.May be today Lifespan seems too less, as there are many things to do. I appreciate people's view, the world has become too hard to live, people are tired of  fighting, and at some point when people lose ability to fight as the same they loose the ability to enjoy physically the way they did in their youth,even you stay youthful forever your mind will be old because it has seen so much of this world,corruption ,injustice,violence and all negative things. But we can't fix the world now, it is in its own way to be destroyed. But whatever the reason is, immortality is much to ask from Life.it will lead you nowhere, you will feel you are stuck in a time loop, neither you die nor live.Because living is not about how long you live, it's about how much you live in the subjective reality, the time you live with mindfulness, perceiving the beauty of your surroundings, every sound you here, every small things you see, everything you feel, because it's our vision what gives us the highest sense of perception either through ingenuity or with curious childlike ignorant mind .may be the death is the end of our physical body but the idea of Death gives us life.there are many Great things done in the name of love, for which we feel more alive Even the perception of death doesn't matter. So death is a perspective concept So as the immortality. And Even sometime Death becomes the only solution of Unknown Mysteries because the true nature of Life is Mystery and that is the reason you can't predict it.Death is also part of fantasy cause it's not possible to feel death when you are full of life.Its more connected to pleasure as people feel seeing  cruelty,torture,death.Everything should have a limit.see future is uncertain so it is possible to feel immortality at a point of certain time,then feel what will be the future life?I feel that when I will get utmost peace and love from life I will ask for death because I will always fear the uncertain future and to make the present Happyness for eternity I need to die with it,Death gives us a fixed identify after life otherwise life would be ever changing and at some point we will fear Change.

ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବର
 Dr. Shiba Prasad Tripathy  
 4 January 2019  
Art

'' ଅପାରେ କାବ୍ଯ ସଂସାରେ କବିରେବ ପ୍ରଜାପତିଃଯଥାସ୍ମୈ ରୋଚତେଂ ବିଶ୍ବଂ ତଥୈଦଂ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତତେ''କାଳର ପ୍ରବହମାନ ସ୍ରୋତରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନ ଯୁଗରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନ କବିଙ୍କ ଲେଖନୀ ମୂନରୁ ଝଙ୍କୃତ ହୋଇ କବିତା ସଦା- ସର୍ବଦା ପାଠକର ମନ ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଛୁଇଁ ପାରିଛି ଓ ଏହି ପ୍ରବାହ ଆଜି ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଶେଷ ଦଶକରେ ପହଞ୍ଚିବାରେ  ସକ୍ଷମ ହୋଇ ପାରିଛି । ଆଲୋଚ୍ଯ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଆଦ୍ଯ ପାଦରୁହିଁ ମନୁଷ୍ୟ ଯତ୍ନଶୀଳ ହୋଇ ସାହିତ୍ୟର ପ୍ରତିଟି ବିଭାଗକୁ ନାନା ପରୀକ୍ଷା ନିରୀକ୍ଷା କରି ଆସିଛି ଓ ବିଶ୍ବକୁ ଏକ ନୂତନ ଭାବରେ ଅନୁଧ୍ୟାନ କରି ସୁପ୍ତ ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଜାଗ୍ରତ କରିଛି ।ଫଳରେ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତିତ ଭାବାଦର୍ଶ କବିତାରେ ଏକ ନୂତନ ରୂପ ନେଲା ।କବିତା ହେଲା ଆଧୁନିକ ଓ ଏହାର ସାହିତ୍ୟ ହେଲା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତିତ ବିଶ୍ବର ବିଶ୍ବସ୍ତ ଅଭିଲେଖ ।କବି ଜନସନ୍ ଙ୍କ ଭାଷାରେ-''poetry is the art of uniting, pleasure with truth by calling imagination with the help of reason.''ମାନବ ସଭ୍ଯତାର ଇତିହାସରୁ ସଂଘର୍ଷର ଏକ ବିସ୍ତୃତ ରୂପ ଆମକୁ ଦୃଷ୍ଟିଶୀଳ ହୁଏ । ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ଏହି ସଂଘର୍ଷର କେନ୍ଦ୍ର ବିନ୍ଦୁ, ତେଣୁ ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ମାନସର ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ସହ ସଂଘର୍ଷ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯେକଟି ସ୍ତରରେ ଅଭୂତପୂର୍ବ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଆଣିଥାଏ । ମଣିଷର ଏପରି ଘଟଣାନ୍ତରକୁ 'ଆଧୁନିକ 'ନାମରେ ଅଭିହିତ କରିବା ଅଧିକ ସଂଗତ, ଏବଂ ମାନବର ମନ ଓ ପ୍ରାଣରେ ଯେଉଁ ନବ ଜାଗରଣ ର ମହାମନ୍ତ୍ର ଗୁଂଜରିତ ହୁଏ, ତାହାର କ୍ରମ ପରିଣତିହିଁ 'ଆଧୁନିକ ସାହିତ୍ୟ' । ଏହି ଦୃଷ୍ଟି କୋଣରୁ ବିଚାର କଲେ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ର ସଂଜ୍ଞା ବା ସମୟ ରେଖାକୁ କୌଣସି ଏକ ଶୃଙ୍ଖଳରେ ଆବଦ୍ଧ କରିବା ସମ୍ଭବପର ନୁହେଁ । କବିତାରେ ଆଧୁନିକତା, କବିର ଏକ ମୌଳିକ ମାନସିକ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା । ଯଦିଚ ଏହି ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଦିନକରେ, ମାସକରେ ବା ବର୍ଷକରେ ଓଳିଆରୁ ପଡି ଗଜା ହୋଇନାହିଁ । ପରନ୍ତୁ ଯେଉଁଦିନ ଠାରୁ ମଣିଷ ନିଜ ସମ୍ବନ୍ଧରେ ସଚେତନ ହେଲା, ସ୍ବାଧୀନ ଚିନ୍ତା- ଚେତନା ମଧ୍ୟରେ ମାନବୀୟ ସ୍ବର ପରିପ୍ରକାଶ କଲା, ସେହିଦିନ ଠାରୁ କବିତାର ପ୍ରତିଟି ଛତ୍ରେ ବାସ୍ତବତା ଓ ସମାଜବାଦ ର ଧ୍ବନି ଶୁଭିଲା । ଫଳରେ କବିତା ହେଲା ବାସ୍ତବଧର୍ମୀ ଓ ମାନବଧର୍ମୀ । ଅବଶ୍ୟ ଏହି ପ୍ରବାହର ପଛରେ ପାଶ୍ଚାତ୍ୟ କାବ୍ଯଶିଳ୍ପ ଓ ରାଧାନାଥୀୟ କାବ୍ଯ ଶିଳ୍ପର ପ୍ରେରଣା ଅନେକାଂଶରେ ରହିଛି ।ଏବଂ ଏହି ଭାବଧାରା ଆଧୁନିକ ସାହିତ୍ୟ ନିର୍ମାଣ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ବିରାଟ ରାସ୍ତା ଯେ ଫିଟାଇ ଦେଇଛି ,ଏହାକୁ ଅସ୍ବୀକାର କରାଯାଇ ନପାରେ । ଯଦ୍ୱାରା କବିତା ଛନ୍ଦ କବଳରୁ ମୁକୁଳି ଆସି ମୁକ୍ତଛନ୍ଦ ହୋଇଛି ଓ କଳା ପାଇଁ କଳା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ ଜୀବନ ପାଇଁ କଳାକୁ କବି ମୁକ୍ତ କଣ୍ଠରେ ସ୍ବୀକାର କରିଛି ।ପ୍ରାଚୀନ ଓ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ-କବିତାଦିରେ ସୌନ୍ଦର୍ଯ୍ୟବତ୍ତାର ଆବେଗ ଓ ଇନ୍ଦିୟାନୁଭୂତିର ଗୁଣ ରହିଛି ।ଏହା ଭିତରେ ଶବ୍ଦର ଗ୍ରନ୍ଥନ ଓ ତଦ୍ ଜନିତ ସଂଗୀତ, ସାଂଗଠନିକ ପରିପକ୍ୱତା,ରୂପକଳ୍ପର ଶାଣିତ ଓ ମାର୍ଜିତ ବିଭବ, ପ୍ରକାଶଭଙ୍ଗୀର ବୈଚିତ୍ର୍ଯତା ଓ ତୀକ୍ଷ୍ଣତା ଅନ୍ତର୍ଭୁକ୍ତ । ଏହାସହ ଅର୍ଥ ପରିପ୍ରକାଶିତ କଥା ବସ୍ତୁର ଓ ସୁସଜ୍ଜିତ ଦୀପ୍ତିକରଣ, କବିର ମାନସିକ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା ,ଆବେଗ ଓ ଅନୁଭୂତିର ପରିଚୟ,ପୁଣି କବିତାର ଅନୁଭୂତି ଓ ଭାବରାଜ୍ଯର ପରିସୀମା ବାହାରେ ଥିବା ବାସ୍ତବତାର ଆଭାସ, ଜୀବନ, ସମାଜ ଓ ପୃଥିବୀର ଯଥାର୍ଥ ଏକ ମୂର୍ଛନା ରହିଛି ।ଏଥିଲାଗି କେହି କେହି କବି କବିତାରେ ନବ ପରୀକ୍ଷା ଓ ନିରୀକ୍ଷା କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ଆଲୋକର ସନ୍ଧାନରେ ନିଜକୁ ନିମଜ୍ଜିତ କରିଥାନ୍ତି । ଏହି ପନ୍ଥାରେ କେହି ପ୍ରାକୃତର ବିକୃତ ଘଟାନ୍ତି, କେହି ପୁଣି ଭାଷାକୁ ଇଙ୍ଗିତ ସ୍ତରକୁ ନେଇ ଯିବାକୁ ଚାହାନ୍ତି ।କେହି ବା ଶବ୍ଦକୁ ଅର୍ଥ ମୁକ୍ତ କରି ସ୍ବାଧୀନତା ର ସ୍ବାଦ ଭୋଗ କରିବାକୁ ଚାହାନ୍ତି ପୁଣି କେହି ବା ନିରର୍ଥକ ଅବ୍ଯୟ ପ୍ରତିନାମ  ଶୂନ୍ଯତାରେ କବିତାକୁ ମରୀଚିକାମୟ ମରୁଭୂମିରେ ପରିଣତ କରିବାକୁ ଚାହାନ୍ତି । ଏହା ସତ ଯେ- ' ପଥ ଖୋଜିବାର ଅଧିକାର ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କର ଯଦିବା ଅଛି, ପଥ ଦେଖାଇବାର ଅଧିକାର ଜଣେ ଅଧେ ଅର୍ଜନ କରିଥାନ୍ତି '।ଉଭୟ ଆଙ୍ଗିକ ଓ ଆତ୍ମିକ ଦୃଷ୍ଟି କୋଣରୁ ବିଚାର କଲେ, ଆତ୍ମବିସ୍ମରଣର ଅଳଙ୍କୃତ ଭାଷା ହେଉଛି ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ଓ ତାହାର ନିଷ୍ଠାପର ଭାଷ୍ଯକାର ହେଉଛି ଆଧୁନିକ କବି । ପତ୍ଯେକ କବି ଭାଷା ଓ ଭାବର ଗୋଟିଏ ନୂତନ ରୂପ ବା ନିଜସ୍ୱ ଶୈଳୀ ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରନ୍ତି । ତାହାହିଁ ପାଠକର ମନ ଓ ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଆକୃଷ୍ଟ କରେ ଓ ରସ ପିପାସା ଉଦ୍ରେକ କରେ - ' କବି-ରସ-ମାଧୁର୍ଯ୍ୟଂ କବିର୍ବେତ୍ତି ନତତ୍ କବିଃ' ।ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ବର୍ହିଜଗତ ପ୍ରତି ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ସମ୍ବେଦନଶୀଳ । ଏଥିଯୋଗୁଁ କବିତାରେ ବ୍ଯକ୍ତିଗତ ସ୍ବର ମାତ୍ରାଧିକ । ବିଛିନ୍ନ ଓ ସଂଲଗ୍ନିକୃତ ଅନୁଭବ ଗୁଡିକୁ ସମଷ୍ଟିଗତ ଭାବେ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିବାର ପ୍ରୟୋଜନୀୟତା ପରିପ୍ରେକ୍ଷୀରେ କବି ବିଭିନ୍ନ ପ୍ରତୀକ ବା ସଂକେତର ସାହାଯ୍ୟ ନେଇଥାଏ । ଏଥିପାଇଁ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାରେ ବହୁବାଦ(Ism)ର ଛାୟା ଦୃଷ୍ଟିଶୀଳ । ଏହା କେତେବେଳେ ମାର୍କସୀୟ ଶ୍ରେଣୀ ଦ୍ବନ୍ଦରେ ଗତିଶୀଳ, କେତେବେଳେ ନୈରାଶ୍ଯ ଜର୍ଜରିତ ତ କେତେବେଳେ ବିଭୂ-ଚେତନାରେ ବିମୁଗ୍ଧ । ଅତଏବ ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ବିଚିତ୍ର ଭିଭୂଷା ଓ ବିବିଧ ସ୍ବରୂପା ।ସଭ୍ୟତାର ପ୍ରଗତି ଓ ସଂସ୍କୃତିର ଉନ୍ନତିକ୍ରମେ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ଗତି ଯଥେଷ୍ଟ ପ୍ରଗତିଶୀଳ, ଏଥିରେ ଦ୍ବିମତ ନାହିଁ । ପୂର୍ବରୁ କୁହା ଯାଇଛି ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସୀମାରେଖା ନିର୍ଦ୍ଧାରିତ କରିବା ସମ୍ଭବ ନୁହେଁ ।   ସେଥିପାଇଁ ବୋଧହୁଏ  ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ଗତି ଓ ପ୍ରବୃତ୍ତି ବିଭିନ୍ନ ସମୟରେ ଭିନ୍ନ ଭିନ୍ନ କବିଙ୍କ କାଉଁରୀ ପରଶରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନତାର ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରଦାନ କରି ଆସିଛି । ତଥାପି ଆଲୋଚନା ଗତ ଦୃଷ୍ଟି କୋଣରୁ ପର୍ଯ୍ଯାଲୋଚନା କଲେ ଜଣାଯାଏ ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଆଦ୍ଯପାଦ କାବ୍ଯ- କବିତା  ଗୁଡିକରେ ମୁଖ୍ଯତଃ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ, ସାମାଜିକ ବାସ୍ତବ ବାଦର ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରତିଧ୍ବନିତ ହେଉଥିବା ବେଳେ ଠାଏଁ-ଠାଏଁ ଜାତୀୟତାର ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରତିଫଳିତ ହୋଇଛି । ଏହି ସ୍ବର କେତେବେଳେ କେଉଁଠି ସତ୍ୟ- ଶିବ- ସୁନ୍ଦରକୁ ଜୟ କରିବାରେ ବ୍ଯାକୁଳ, କେତେବେଳେ ବୌଦ୍ଧିକତାକୁ ଆପଣେଇ ନେଇଛି, କେତେବେଳେ ଏହା ମାତୃଭୂମି-ମାତୃଭାଷାର  ଜୟ ଜୟଗାନ କରିଛି , କେଉଁଠି ପୁଣି ସରଳ ଗ୍ରାମ୍ଯ ଚିତ୍ର ଓ ଚରିତ୍ରକୁ ଚିତ୍ରଣ କରିଛି । ଏହି କ୍ରମରେ ରାଧାନାଥ , ଫକୀର ମୋହନ,ମଧୁସୂଦନ, ଗଙ୍ଗାଧର, ନନ୍ଦକିଶୋର ପ୍ରମୁଖଙ୍କ କାବ୍ଯ- କବିତା ଗୁଡିକରେ ସୌନ୍ଦର୍ଯ୍ୟବୋଧ ଓ ସାମାଜିକ ବାସ୍ତବତାର ଚିତ୍ର ପ୍ରତି ଫଳିତ ହୋଇଛି । ଯେଉଁ ଜାତୀୟତାର ସ୍ବର ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଆଦ୍ଯ ପାଦରେ ଅଭ୍ଯୁଦୟ ହେଲା , ତାହାର ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ସମୟରେ ଏହି ସ୍ବର ଅଧିକ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ହୋଇ ଓଡିଆ ଜାତିକୁ ଏକ ନୂତନ ବର୍ଣ୍ଣବିଭାରେ ରଞ୍ଜିତ କଲା ।ଏକ ତ୍ଯାଗନିଷ୍ଠ ଓ ଆଦର୍ଶପୂତ ମହାନ ଭାରତୀୟ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ-କବିତା ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ଜାତୀୟ ଜୀବନକୁ ଗଢିତୋଳିବା ଲାଗି ଆହ୍ବାନ ଦେଲା । ଏତଦ୍‌ବ୍ୟତୀତ ବିଶ୍ବ ଜନପ୍ରୀତି, କର୍ମବାଦ ଓ ଆଦର୍ଶବାଦ ଉପରେ ଏ ସମୟର କବି ମାନଙ୍କ ଦୃଢ ଆଶା ଓ ବିଶ୍ବାସ ଥିଲା । ଏହି ସମୟର କବି ମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ଗୋପବନ୍ଧୁ, ନୀଳକଣ୍ଠ, ଗୋଦାବରୀଶ ପ୍ରମୁଖଙ୍କ କାବ୍ଯ-କବିତା ଉତ୍କଳୀୟ ଜନ-ମାନସରେ ଜାତୀୟ ପ୍ରୀତି ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରିଥିଲା ।ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଦ୍ବିତୀୟ ଦଶକ ବେଳକୁ ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ ପରିଧିରୁ ଆଦର୍ଶବାଦର ସ୍ବର କ୍ରମେ କ୍ଷୀଣ ହୋଇ 'ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିସିଜମ' ଆଡକୁ ଗତିକଲା । ଫଳରେ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରରେ ଏକ ବିରାଟ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଘଟିଥିଲା । ଏହି ସମୟର କାବ୍ଯଧାରା ଯେତିକି ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ଭାବଧାରାରେ ଉଦବୁଦ୍ଧ ସେତିକି ରହସ୍ୟବାଦୀ କାବ୍ଯ ଚେତନାରେ ନିମଗ୍ନ । କିନ୍ତୁ ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ଭାବଛ୍ବାସରେ ଯେଉଁପରି ସମାଜ ଓ ସାମାଜିକ ଚେତନା ପରିପ୍ରକାଶ ହେବାକଥା, ତାହାର ପ୍ରତି ବଦଳରେ 'ସ୍ବପ୍ନବାଦ' ଓ 'ପଳାୟନବାଦ'ର ସ୍ବର ଅଧିକ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ହେଲା । ଫଳରେ କବିତା ଗୁଡିକ କୌଣସି ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ ସ୍ଥଳରେ ପହଞ୍ଚିବା ପୂର୍ବରୁ ବାଟ ହୁଡି ଦିଗଭ୍ରଷ୍ଟ ହେଲା । ସେ ପ୍ରଣୟ ସ୍ବର ରେ ନଥିଲା ଜୀବନ ସଂଗୀତ, ତ୍ଯାଗ କିମ୍ବା ଆଦର୍ଶର ଚିତ୍ର । ଥିଲା କେବଳ ଗଦା-ଗଦା 'ଡରଗେଲ'ବା ବାଜେ କବିତା (ଡ.ମାନସିଂହ)। ଫଳରେ ଯୌବନର ଏହି ଉଦ୍ଦାମ ସ୍ବର ଯୁଗ ଉପଯୋଗୀ ନହୋଇ 'ବାସ୍ତବବାଦ' ନିକଟରେ ନତମସ୍ତକ ହେଇଛି ।ଯଦ୍ୱାରା ଉତ୍ତର ତିରିଶ ବେଳକୁ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ରାଜ୍ଯରେ 'ଜାତୀୟ ଚେତନା' ଓ 'ଆଧିଭୌତିକତ୍ବର' ଦୁଇଟି ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରତୀୟମାନ ହେଲା । ଯେଉଁ ସ୍ରଷ୍ଟା ଙ୍କ କାଉଁରୀ ପରଶରେ ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ଓ ରହସ୍ୟବାଦୀ କବିତା ନିସୃତ ହେଇଥିଲା,  ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ କବି ଅନ୍ନଦାଶଙ୍କର ରାୟ, କାଳିନ୍ଦୀ ଚରଣ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ, ବୈକୁଣ୍ଠନାଥ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଅନ୍ଯତମ । ଯେଉଁମାନେ ' ଜାତୀୟ ଚେତନା' ଓ 'ଆଧି ଭୌତିକ ଚେତନାରେ ଉଦବୁଦ୍ଧ ହୋଇ ସମଗ୍ର ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ଯ ସଂସାରରେ ଚହଳ ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରି ଯାଇଛନ୍ତି, ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଭାରତୀ କୁନ୍ତଳା କୁମାରୀ ସାବତ, ବୈତାଳିକ କବି ପଦ୍ମ ଚରଣ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ, କଣ୍ଟା ଓ ଫୁଲର କବି ଗୋଦାବରୀଶ ମହାପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ଅବଦାନ ଅବିସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ।ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ କବିର କାବ୍ଯସ୍ବର 'ମାନବବାଦୀ'। ଯେଉଁଠି ମାନବାତ୍ମାର ଅବମାନନା ଘଟିଛି,  ସ୍ବାଧୀନ ଚିନ୍ତା-ଚେତନାର କଣ୍ଠରୁଦ୍ଧ ହୋଇଛି, ସେଠାରେ ବିଶ୍ବ ମାନବର ହୃଦୟ ଓ ମନକୁ ନେଇ ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ଗତିଶୀଳ ହୋଇଛି । ତେଣୁ ଆନ୍ତର୍ଜାତିକ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରାରୁ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବର ମଧ୍ୟ ସ୍ବତନ୍ତ୍ର ନୁହେଁ । ଏହି କ୍ରମରେ ଉତ୍ତର ଚାଳିଶ ବେଳକୁ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ଜଗତରେ ଏକ ବୈପ୍ଳବିକ ଚେତନାର ଆବିର୍ଭାବ ହୋଇଛି । ମୁଖ୍ୟତଃ  ପ୍ରଗତିବାଦୀ ଚେତନାର ଦୁଇଟି ସ୍ବର- କାର୍ଲମାର୍କସଙ୍କ 'ସାମ୍ଯବାଦ' ଓ ଅହିଂସାର ମୁଖ୍ୟ ପୁରୋଧା ମହାନ ଆତ୍ମା- ମହାତ୍ମା ଗାନ୍ଧୀଙ୍କ 'ଗାନ୍ଧୀବାଦ'ର ନୀତି ଓ ଆଦର୍ଶ ଓଡିଆ କବି ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଅଧିକ ଆକୃଷ୍ଟ କରିଛି । ଏତଦ୍ ଭିନ୍ନ ଏହି ସମୟର କେତେକ କବିତାରେ 'ସ୍ଥିତିବାଦୀ' ଭାବଧାରା ଓ କେତେକାଂଶରେ ଜୀବନର ଶାନ୍ତି ପାଇଁ ମଣିଷର ଆକୁଳତା ଓ ବ୍ଯାକୁଳତା ପ୍ରକାଶ ପାଇଲା । ଯେଉଁ ପ୍ରମୁଖ କବିଗଣ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ସଂସାରରେ 'ସାମ୍ଯବାଦ' ଧାରାରେ କବିତା ରଚନା କରି ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ- କବିତା ଶିଳ୍ପକୁ ସମୃଦ୍ଧ କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ଦିଗ୍ ଦର୍ଶନ ଦେଇଛନ୍ତି,  ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ କବି ଅନନ୍ତ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ, କାଳିନ୍ଦୀ ଚରଣ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ, ସଚ୍ଚିରାଉତ ରାୟ ,ରଘୁନାଥ ଦାସ, ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀଧର ନାୟକ , ଡ.ମାୟାଧର ମାନସିଂହ, ରାଧା ମୋହନ ଗଡନାୟକ, କୃଷ୍ଣଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ତ୍ରିପାଠୀ  ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଶିଳ୍ପୀ ମାନଙ୍କ ସୃଷ୍ଟି ଅନନ୍ଯ ।ସ୍ବାଧୀନତା ପୂର୍ବବର୍ତ୍ତୀ କବିତା ଗୁଡିକରେ ଯେଉଁ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ, ସାମାଜିକ ଓ ଜାତୀୟବୋଧ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା ଥିଲା, ସ୍ବାଧୀନତ୍ତୋର କବିତା ଗୁଡିକରେ ସେହି ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରାୟତଃ ବିରଳ । ଆଧୁନିକ କବିଗଣ ପରମ୍ପରାର ମୋହ ତ୍ଯାଗ କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ସମ୍ଭାବନାକୁ ରୂପାୟିତ କରିବା ଦିଗରେ ଅଧିକ ଯତ୍ନଶୀଳ ହେଲେ ।ଏହି ନିତ୍ଯ ନୂତନତା ର ସନ୍ଧାନହିଁ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବର । ଉତ୍ତର ପଚାଶ ବେଳକୁ  ଯେଉଁ କେତେକ କାବ୍ଯଶିଳ୍ପୀ ନିଜ କାବ୍ଯ ଚାତୁରୀରେ ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ଯଶିଳ୍ପର ଅଭିବୃଦ୍ଧି କରଣରେ ସଫଳ ହୋଇଛନ୍ତି,  ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ କବି ଗୁରୁ ପ୍ରସାଦ ମହାନ୍ତି, ଗୋପାଳ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ମିଶ୍ର, ଜାନକୀ ବଲ୍ଲଭ ମହାନ୍ତି (ଭରଦ୍ବାଜ), ବେଣୁଧର ରାଉତ, ଯଦୁନାଥ ଦାସ ମହାପାତ୍ର, ଦୁର୍ଗା ଚରଣ ପରିଡା, ଚିନ୍ତାମଣି ବେହେରା, ବିନୋଦ ରାଉତରାୟ, ରମାକାନ୍ତ ରଥ, ରାଜେନ୍ଦ୍ର କିଶୋର ପଣ୍ଡା, ସୀତାକାନ୍ତ ମହାପାତ୍ର, ରବି ସିଂ, ଶ୍ରୀନିବାସ ଉଦ୍ଗାତା, ବ୍ରଜନାଥ ରଥ, ନୃସିଂହ ରଥ, ପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ମିଶ୍ର, ପ୍ରତିଭା ଶତପଥୀ, ପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ପାଟଶାଣୀ ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଅନ୍ୟତମ । ଏତଦ୍ ବ୍ୟତୀତ ଉତ୍ତର ସତୁରି ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ଠାରୁ ସମ୍ପ୍ରତି ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ଆହୁରି ପରୀକ୍ଷା ନିରୀକ୍ଷା ଦେଇ ବହୁ କବିଙ୍କ ଦ୍ବାରା ସଫଳତା ହାସଲ କରିଥିବାର ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ କରାଯାଏ । ଏହି ସବୁ କବିଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରୁ ସୁରେଶ ପରିଡା,ପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ମହାନ୍ତି, ସଦାନନ୍ଦ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ, ଡ. ନୃସିଂହ ଷଡଙ୍ଗୀ, ହୁସେନ ରବି ଗାନ୍ଧୀ, ରାଜ କିଶୋର ଦାସ, ନିରଞ୍ଜନ ପାଢୀ, ନିରୁପମା ରାୟ, ଶଶାଙ୍କ ଶେଖର ପଣ୍ଡା, ଅମରେନ୍ଦ୍ର ଖଟୁଆ, ସରୋଜିନୀ ଷଡଙ୍ଗୀ, ସୌଭାଗ୍ଯବନ୍ତ ମହାରଣା, ସେନାପତି ପ୍ରଦ୍ଯୁମ୍ନ କେଶରୀ, ଦୁର୍ଗା ପ୍ରସାଦ ପଣ୍ଡା,  ବିନୟ ଦାଶ, ଆନନ୍ଦ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ସାହୁ ସମେତ   ଆହୁରି ଅନେକ କବିଙ୍କ କାବ୍ଯ ଭାବନା ସାମ୍ପ୍ରତିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାକୁ ପରିପୃଷ୍ଟ କରି ଆସିଛି ।  ସ୍ବାଧୀନ ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ କବିତାରେ ଆତ୍ମପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଥିବା କାବ୍ଯ- କବିତାରେ ଏକ ମିଶ୍ରିତ ସ୍ବର ପରିଲକ୍ଷିତ ହୁଏ । ଏହି ସ୍ବର ଯେତିକି ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ସେତିକି ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ ମଧ୍ୟ । ଏହାକୁ 'ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ବାସ୍ତବବାଦ' କହିବା ଅଧିକ ଯୁକ୍ତି ସଙ୍ଗତ ହେବ(ଡ. ନିତ୍ଯାନନ୍ଦ ଶତପଥୀ)। ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ଏହି ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତିତ କାବ୍ଯସ୍ବର ପଛରେ ପାଶ୍ଚାତ୍ୟ କାବ୍ଯ ଆଭିମୁଖ୍ଯ ଓ ଦ୍ବିତୀୟ ବିଶ୍ବଯୁଦ୍ଧ ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ 'ଅସ୍ତିତ୍ବବାଦ' ଓ 'ଅତି ବାସ୍ତବବାଦ' ଭାବଧାରା  ଆମ ସାମାଜିକ ଓ ମାନସିକ ସ୍ଥିତିକୁ ପ୍ରତିହତ କରିଛି । କବି  ସମାଜର ସାମାଜିକ ସ୍ଥିତି ଓ ପ୍ରଗତିକୁ ସମାଜ କୈନ୍ଦ୍ରିକ କରିବା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ ନିଜସ୍ୱ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ପରିଚୟ ଦେବାକୁ ପ୍ରୟାସ କରୁଛି । ଏବଂ କବିତାର ଅନ୍ତଃସ୍ବର ଭରି ଦେଇଛି ଆବେଗ ପ୍ରବଣତା ଅପେକ୍ଷା ଯୌକ୍ତିକତା, ମାନବବାଦୀ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ କବିତା ହେଇଛି ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ ରୁ ଅତିବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ, ପୁନଶ୍ଚ ଏହି ସମୟରେ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ମୁଖ୍ୟତଃ ବାମପନ୍ଥୀ ବୈପ୍ଳବିକ ଧାରା, ସଂସ୍କାରଧର୍ମୀ ଭାବଧାରା ଓ ସମନ୍ବୟପନ୍ଥୀ କାବ୍ଯଧାରା ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ କରାଯାଏ । ମାତ୍ର ଉତ୍ତର ଷାଠିଏ ବେଳକୁ ଏହି ସ୍ବରରେ ସେତେଟା ତୀବ୍ରତା ନଥିଲା । ଫଳତଃ  ଦୁଃଖ-ବିଷାଦ-ଯନ୍ତ୍ରଣା-ନିସଙ୍ଗତା, ମୃତ୍ୟୁ ଚେତନା, ଇନ୍ଦିୟାନୁଭୂତିର ଅନୁଚିନ୍ତା ପ୍ରଭୃତି କବିତାର ମୁଖ୍ୟ ସ୍ବର ହେଲା ।ଆଧୁନିକ ଜୀବନ ଗଦ୍ଯମୟ-ନୀରସ-ଜଟିଳ । ଏପରି ସ୍ଥିତିରେ କବିତା ଗଦ୍ଯମୟ ହେବା ସ୍ବଭାବିକ ।ଯେହେତୁ ଆଜିର ମଣିଷ କୌଣସି ଏକ ଶୃଙ୍ଖଳରେ ନିଜକୁ ବାନ୍ଧି ରଖିପାରେ ନାହିଁ ଇହକାଳ-ପରକାଳ ଭିତରେ । ସଦା ସର୍ବଦା ସେ ସଂସାର ଭିତରେ ବଞ୍ଚିବାର  ରାହା ଖୋଜେ । ଗୋଟିଏ ଜୀବନ ଭିତରେ ଅନ୍ଯ ଏକ ଜୀବନର ବିମ୍ବ ଦେଖେ 'ଏକୋଶ୍ଯାମ୍ ବହୋବୋଅହଂ '। କାରଣ ଏ ସମସ୍ଯା ବହୁଳ ସଂସାର ଭିତରେ ହିଁ ତା'କୁ ବଞ୍ଚି ବାକୁ ହେବ-ପାଦ ଥାପିବାକୁ ହେବ ପୁଣି ପାଦ କାଢିବାକୁ ହେବ । ଏହିସବୁ ସହ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯକ୍ଷ ଭାବରେ ସଂଶ୍ଲିଷ୍ଟଥିବା ବ୍ଯସ୍ତ ମଣିଷର ଜୀବନ ଧାରାକୁହିଁ ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ଚିତ୍ରଣ କରେ । ନା' ସେ ବିଶ୍ବର ମଧୁମୟ ରୂପକୁ ଦେଖେ, ନା' ଅବା ଆନନ୍ଦମୟ ସଂସାରକୁ ଦେଖେ । କାରଣ ଏ ଜୀବନ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯେକ ଯୁଗରେ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯେକ ମଣିଷ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ବୋଝ ଏବଂ ଏ ସଂସାର ଭିତରେ ଜୀବନ ମାତ୍ରକେ ମରୁଯାତ୍ରୀ । ସେଥିପାଇଁ ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ଦୃଷ୍ଟିରେ ଏ ବିଶ୍ବ କଦାପି ମଧୁମୟ ହୋଇ ପାରେନା କି ଏ ସଂସାର କଦାପି ଆନନ୍ଦ ମୟ ହୋଇ ପାରେନା ।ପୁଣି ଏହି ଯୁଗର କବି ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ଓ ବିଶ୍ବର ବ୍ଯବଧାନକୁ ସ୍ବୀକାର କରେନାହିଁ । ବରଂ ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ଭିତରେ ବିଶ୍ବ କୁ ଦେଖିବାର ସ୍ପର୍ଦ୍ଧା କରେ । ଡ. ଜାନକୀ ବଲ୍ଲଭ ମହାନ୍ତି ( ଭରଦ୍ବାଜ)ଙ୍କ ଉକ୍ତିରେ 'ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ଓଡିଶାର ପାରମ୍ପରିକ କବିତାର ସ୍ବଭାବିକ ପରିଣତି ନୁହେଁ ଏବଂ ଏହା ଇଂରାଜୀ କବିତାର ଯେ ଅନୁକରଣ ମାତ୍ର, ଏହାବି କହିବା ଅନାବଶ୍ୟକ '।ଆଜି କବି ଜୀବନର ସଂକଳ୍ପ ତା ଅନୁଭବ ଠାରୁ ଦୂରେଇ ରଖେ । ଏଥିପାଇଁ ଯେ- ଜୀବନ ସଂକଳ୍ପ ନୁହେଁ, ଅନୁଭବହିଁ ଜୀବନ । ସଂକଳ୍ପ ହେଉଛି  ଜୀବନର ତାତ୍ତ୍ବିକ ପ୍ରତିଜ୍ଞା । ଯାହା ବାୟବୀୟ ଶୂନ୍ଯ ଗର୍ଭିକ। ଜୀବନ ବିଜ୍ଞାନ ନୁହେଁ,  ଏହା କେବଳ ସତ୍ୟର ପରିଧି। ଚାରିଆଡେ ଯେଉଁ ସତ୍ୟ ପ୍ରହେଳିକା ରହିଛି ତାହାହିଁ ଜୀବନ ବୋଲି J.P. Donleary ପରି ସାହିତ୍ୟିକ ମାନେ ବିଶ୍ବାସ କରନ୍ତି । ମଣିଷର ଅନାବୃତ୍ତ  ସମସ୍ତ ଅଙ୍ଗ ଓ ନିରାକରଣ ଆତ୍ମାକୁ ଦେଖିବାର ଚେଷ୍ଟା ସତ୍ତ୍ଵେବି ମଣିଷର କିଛି ସଂଗୋପିତ ରହିଯାଏ ବୋଲି ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ବିଶ୍ବାସ କରେ । ତେବେ ଅନୁଭବର କବିତାକୁ ଦ୍ଵାହି ଦେବାଟା ବି  ଠିକ୍ ହେବ ନାହିଁ । କାରଣ କବିତା ବା କବିତାର ସଜ୍ଞା କୌଣସି ଦେଶ-କାଳ-ପାତ୍ର ମଧ୍ୟରେ କୌଣସି ଏକ ଶୃଙ୍ଖଳିତ ନିୟମ ଭିତରେ ଆଜି ଯାଏ ରହିନାହିଁ ।ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରରେ ଯେତିକି ଫେଣର ଫୁତକାର ଅଛି, ସ୍ରୋତର ତୀବ୍ରତା ସେତିକି ନାହିଁ । ପ୍ରାୟତଃ ସବୁ କବି ସାମ୍ପ୍ରତିକ ଜୀବନ ଓ ଜଗତକୁ ସମ ଭାବରେ ଦେଖୁଛନ୍ତି । ଏକା କଥା ମଧ୍ୟ କହୁଛନ୍ତି । ଖାଣ୍ଟି ଓଡିଆରେ ଆମେ ଏହାକୁ କହୁ 'ଦେଖା-ଶିଖା-ଓଡିଶା '।ଆଜି ଆଉ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରରେ ନାହିଁ  'ଦେଶ ପାଇଁ ପ୍ରେମ ଦୀପ ଜାଳ' ବା ପ୍ରବାହିତ ହେଉନାହିଁ  କବିତାରେ ସମରର ସେ ତରଙ୍ଗ କିମ୍ବା ମୁଖରିତ ହେଉନାହିଁ ଜିଜୀବିଷା ଜୀବନର ରଂଗ । ଆମେ ଏବେ ପାଶୋରି ଦେଇଛୁ ଆମ ସାମାଜିକ ସଂସ୍କୃତି, ଭୂଲି ଯାଇଛୁ ଆମର ଐତିହ୍ୟକୁ ପୁଣି କେବେଠାରୁ ଲିଭି ଯାଇଛି ରାଶି ରାଶି କବିତା ଗ୍ରନ୍ଥରୁ ଆମ ଗାଁ-ନାଁ-ଠିକଣା ।ଆଜି ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ପରାଂଗଭୋଜୀ ହୋଇ ଯାଇଛି ।ଫଳତଃ ଏହାର ଗତି ଓ ପ୍ରବୃତ୍ତି ବ୍ୟତିବସ୍ତ କରି ପକାଇଛି ସମ୍ପ୍ରତି ଆମ ଜୀବନ ରସର ଉଦ୍ଧାମତା, ତାରୁଣ୍ଯର ଉଷ୍ଣତା, ପ୍ରୀତି ଏବଂ ଆଧ୍ୟାତ୍ମିକ ଚିତ୍ତତା । ଏଥିପାଇଁ ମନେହୁଏ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ସଂସାରରୁ  ସବୁଦିନ ପାଇଁ ବସନ୍ତ ଯେପରି ବିଦାୟ ନେଇଛି,  ବା କବି ଜୀବନକୁ ବସନ୍ତ କେବେ ଥରେ ହେଲେ ସ୍ପର୍ଶ କରିନାହିଁ । ଏବେ କେବଳ କବି ନିଦାଘ ତାପିତ ମରୁଭୂମି କଥା କହୁଛି ଓ ଶୁଷ୍କ ବସ୍ତୁତାନ୍ତ୍ରିକତା ଆଡକୁ ଦ୍ରୁତ ବେଗରେ ମାଡି ଚାଲିଛି ।ସେଥିପାଇଁ ଆଜି କବିତାକୁ କହିବାକୁ ହେବ ସାଧାରଣ ମଣିଷର ଅକୁହା କଥା । ଆମ ପ୍ରାଚୀନ ପରମ୍ପରା ସୁଦୀର୍ଘ ଇତିହାସର ପୁରାଣ ଓ ଐତିହ୍ୟ କଥା । କିଞ୍ଚାଲିୟର ଙ୍କ  ସେହି ଅମର ଭାଷାରେ ନିଜ କଥା- ନିଜ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ର କଥା କହିବା ଏଠାରେ ସଙ୍ଗତ ହେବ- '' The weight of this sad time we must obey, speak what we feel, not what we ought to say, the oldest hath borne must .We that are young shall never see so much nor live so long".ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ସୁଖର କଥା ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନ କବି ଅସ୍ତିତ୍ବବାଦ ଓ ଅତିବାସ୍ତବବାଦ ରୁ ଓହରି ଯାଇ 'ଜୀବନବାଦ' ବା ' 'ମଣିଷବାଦ' କୁ ସ୍ବୀକାର କଲାଣି । ବାହ୍ଯ ବିପ୍ଳବ ଅପେକ୍ଷା ଅନ୍ତଃବିପ୍ଳବ କୁ ନିଜ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ସାମିଲ କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ପଥର ସନ୍ଧାନ କରୁଛି । ପୁରାତନ ଭିତରେ ନୂତନତା ଆଣିବାକୁ ପ୍ରୟାସ କରୁଛି । ସର୍ବୋପରି କହିବାକୁ ଗଲେ ଦୃଢ ଯୁକ୍ତି ଓ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ କାବ୍ଯ ସ୍ବରହିଁ ଆଜି କବିତାର ଅନ୍ତଃସ୍ବର । ତେଣୁ ଭୂୟୋଦର୍ଶନରେ ଆମକୁ ଯାହା ଆତ୍ମକୈନ୍ଦ୍ରିକ ମନେହୁଏ ପ୍ରକୃତ ପକ୍ଷେ ତାହା ଆତ୍ମୋନ୍ନତ ଅବୈକ୍ତିକ ସମ୍ବେଦନ, ବ୍ଯାକୁଳ ଅସହାୟତାର ଆତ୍ମିକ ବିପ୍ଳବ । ଏହି କ୍ଷୁଦ୍ର ପରିସର ଭିତରେ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରକୁ ଆଲୋଚନା କରିବା ସମ୍ଭବପର ନୁହେଁ । ଉତ୍ତର ସତୁରି ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରକୁ ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ପର୍ଯ୍ୟାୟରେ  ଆଲୋଚନା କରିବା ଠିକ୍ ହେବ । ତେବେ ପରିଶେଷରେ ଆଲୋଚକ ଏତିକି କହିବାକୁ ବାଧ୍ୟ ଯେ ଆଜିର କବିତା ବୌଦ୍ଧିକତାର ଏକ ବ୍ଯାକୁଳ ଓ ଏହାର ପରିବ୍ଯାପ୍ତ ବୌଦ୍ଧିକତା ହେଉଛି ସାମ୍ପ୍ରତିକ କବିତାର ପ୍ରଜ୍ଞା ।ଡଃ ଶିବ ପ୍ରସାଦ ତ୍ରିପାଠୀ  ସ୍ମୃତି ନିଳୟ, ଉଦୟ ନଗର ଷ୍ଟେସନ ରୋଡ, ବଲାଙ୍ଗୀର (ଓଡିଶା)shibatripathy262@gmail.com   

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

StoryMirror in conversation with AUTHOR Atharv Nilesh Vedant
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 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 

StoryMirror in conversation with Author Aditi Bhushan
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 18 February 2019  
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Your full name:Aditi BhushanPlease give details about your initial education and forming years of life.My father was serving Indian Defense, due to which my initial education has taken place in South-Indian states in Kendriya Vidyalayas, CBSE Board. Major part of my schooling took place in Mumbai. When I stepped in College life, I chosen the professional technical course Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) from SNDT Women’s university based out at Mumbai. I completed my post-graduation as Masters of Science in Computer Application from Symbiosis International University, Pune. This gave me the direction to become a software engineer. After Marriage and Pregnancy, I chose to swap my career option to prosper my family responsibilities. I completed two more professional bachelor degree courses, one in Library Science (BLIS) and another as Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from University of Mumbai, This way, today I am having three professional Bachelor’s Degree. I love to upgrade myself, and thus I always keep my studies on.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  Literature has always drawn my attention since childhood. In childhood, I was a very shy kind of person. I started to write mini poems since I was eight. And my only audience who was allowed to read them was my Mom. Whether it is English Literature or Hindi Sahitya, they are my favorite past times and I love to spend most of my time into reading something. I mostly prefer mythology.I give credit to my friend Mr. Atul Singh, who was the only writer in my big friend circle. What inspired me from him was that being mechanical cum marine engineer he used to write moral punchlines and poetries over Facebook. Somewhere, I felt after seeing his posts, even I should also try it. I appreciate that he came up putting them on Facebook, as I found this helpful to publish my own written posts over my shy nature.My interest in mythology and practice of Krishna Consciousness has made me to put up my first ever-Hindi version of poem over Krishna. I shared in on Facebook, and I got good comments from my friends. This pushed me more in writing, after some time, I found myself expressing my feelings mostly in form of some poetries. Whatever I write comes from a chapter of my life. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Looking for the right word.What is your view about the present day literary work? People have immense talent, it inspires me how organized and in orderly manner they express their ideas in present day literary work.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Indeed. With advent of digital media, it has become very easy to work and enhance your language skills. To build up your vocabulary and most important, you do not have to look for a teacher every time to correct your mistakes. Everything is taken care by internet.Please tell us something about your literary work. I do write on my personal blogs and do publish research articles. But StoryMirror is the only platform that has given me my space to write.What was your first literary work and how was it published? It was a research article on e-assessment of mathematics for secondary students, where I alone have researched, written and published it with International Journal of Science and Research Publication.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?I feel literature can induce moral values, empathy, patriotism and feeling of sacrifices to current and upcoming generation to produce a productive nation oriented society.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?Emerging as better writer.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?We can have a dedicated group on whatsapp or facebook. Where we can share ideas.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Never underestimate your caliber of writing. Appreciate critics and work on them.How was your experience of writing on Storymirror?  Excellent. I thank you StoryMirror for many people like us, who wants to write but due to lack of proper medium, usually don’t write. I found myself communicating my ideas, my narratives on StoryMirror very useful, as more I write the more I get motivated to write.Would you like to say something about Storymirror?StoryMirror is doing the best of its kind of work. I call this a big social work, a big help to grow our children as writers. I would encourage my students and kids to put up their write-ups with StoryMirror. Because nor only you inspire us, you motivate us with best rewards and certificates. Thank You StoryMirror. Keep up this good work always up.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ltwrplgo/aditi-priya/stories 

The lightboom band gig in Makati, Manila
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 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 Aditya Thakur
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 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 Ashlesha Sadras
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 20 February 2019  
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·Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A- Mount Carmel 2005 batch pass out, I was quite a rebellious teenager, I surely was interested in getting the best grades however was always looking for logic and reasoning in most of the things I came across.·How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A-I think I have felt the urge to put my words together into sentences when I realized that I had thoughts that were not common. I was always intrigued by the notion of writing and how uncommon thoughts when put together can touch millions of hearts and bring a change.·What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A-My first post was with Story mirror and My first content Closure got published. I guess I have been lucky to not see that phase of difficulty.·What is your view about the present day literary work?A-I feel literary work has evolved from where it was earlier when it comes to new inclination of thoughts breaking the stereotypical thought process and now we have more writers who think out of the box.·Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?A-I completely agree with that as I feel earlier it was difficult for writers to reach to their desired readers and vice versa, now we have numerous ways to select the kind of Genre we would like to read and follow the writer to keep ourselves updated with their new work·Please tell us something about your literary work. A-I write to be read and through my writing I want to convey the emotions which are somewhere lost. It is about a journey that takes you back to past, gives you a glimpse of future and all in between. I wish to change some lives which are trapped within themselves to give them a sense of true self and if even one bit is possible by my writing and it reaches them I would be the happiest.·What was your first literary work and how was it published? A-My first work was CLOSURE and it was published on StoryMirror.·How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A-Literature plays a vital role in shaping the society and as rightly coined by Edward Bulwer –Lytton “ Pen is mightier than sword”. I feel we can eradicate major differences today in society with some powerful and meaningful writing.·Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A-I see myself at a position where my writing would have made a difference in the way we deal with situations be it with others or with own self.·What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A-If I had to suggest it would be a “Writers Fest” annually, where all the writers globally could come together brainstorm ideas, thoughts and innovative ways to get the literary work to new level. This would not only bring innovation to the literary world but also connect writers globally.·What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A-Keep writing, irrespective of the rhyme, flow and trust me it would fit. All you need is to pen down your thoughts that you actually feel from within and there are no conflicts about them within yourself.·How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A-My experience was phenomenal, story mirror gave me an opportunity to express my thoughts, All I kept on doing was writing more and in no time I could see all of my contents that I submitted getting published with ease and great support.·Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A-StoryMirror gave me transparency about how things would work and gave me a clear picture about my literary future with them. I feel transparency is the key to build strong relationships and I feel my work is in right hands.You can read my work on this link https://storymirror.com/profile/a5jjvmkb/ashlesha-sadras/poems

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

StoryMirror in conversation with Author Ashlesha Sadras
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 20 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A- Mount Carmel 2005 batch pass out, I was quite a rebellious teenager, I surely was interested in getting the best grades however was always looking for logic and reasoning in most of the things I came across.·How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A-I think I have felt the urge to put my words together into sentences when I realized that I had thoughts that were not common. I was always intrigued by the notion of writing and how uncommon thoughts when put together can touch millions of hearts and bring a change.·What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A-My first post was with Story mirror and My first content Closure got published. I guess I have been lucky to not see that phase of difficulty.·What is your view about the present day literary work?A-I feel literary work has evolved from where it was earlier when it comes to new inclination of thoughts breaking the stereotypical thought process and now we have more writers who think out of the box.·Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?A-I completely agree with that as I feel earlier it was difficult for writers to reach to their desired readers and vice versa, now we have numerous ways to select the kind of Genre we would like to read and follow the writer to keep ourselves updated with their new work·Please tell us something about your literary work. A-I write to be read and through my writing I want to convey the emotions which are somewhere lost. It is about a journey that takes you back to past, gives you a glimpse of future and all in between. I wish to change some lives which are trapped within themselves to give them a sense of true self and if even one bit is possible by my writing and it reaches them I would be the happiest.·What was your first literary work and how was it published? A-My first work was CLOSURE and it was published on StoryMirror.·How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A-Literature plays a vital role in shaping the society and as rightly coined by Edward Bulwer –Lytton “ Pen is mightier than sword”. I feel we can eradicate major differences today in society with some powerful and meaningful writing.·Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A-I see myself at a position where my writing would have made a difference in the way we deal with situations be it with others or with own self.·What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A-If I had to suggest it would be a “Writers Fest” annually, where all the writers globally could come together brainstorm ideas, thoughts and innovative ways to get the literary work to new level. This would not only bring innovation to the literary world but also connect writers globally.·What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A-Keep writing, irrespective of the rhyme, flow and trust me it would fit. All you need is to pen down your thoughts that you actually feel from within and there are no conflicts about them within yourself.·How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A-My experience was phenomenal, story mirror gave me an opportunity to express my thoughts, All I kept on doing was writing more and in no time I could see all of my contents that I submitted getting published with ease and great support.·Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A-StoryMirror gave me transparency about how things would work and gave me a clear picture about my literary future with them. I feel transparency is the key to build strong relationships and I feel my work is in right hands.You can read my work on this link https://storymirror.com/profile/a5jjvmkb/ashlesha-sadras/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author MANTRI PRAGADA MARKANDEYULU
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 21 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.My Education, in olden days completed up to basic 10th class in a Sultan Bazar Government High School, Hyderabad. Then Two-Year Pre-University Course from Badruka College of Commerce and Management at Hyderabad.  My Graduation in Commerce went in from Osmania University Affiliated College, Badruka College of Commerce & Management, Hyderabad.  I did Diploma in Business Management (DBM) course from a Private Institute. I also did Post Graduate  Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA) from Private Institution.  I did Typewriting Higher Grade and Stenography Higher Grades from then combined Andhra Pradesh State Board of Technical Education, Hyderabad.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? My family heredity has Literature blood. By inspiring elders Literary works right from my childhood, I happened to inculcate the habit of literary writings. I have also worked hard to learn good English and Telugu  languages for this purpose, though my mother tongue is Telugu. My Blood has got some Literary Blood Cells Therefore, I am a little-bit fluent in my writings, as I on and off keep my brain thinking always. More so, I don't like to keep idle myself. If I don't write and work each day, I don't get sleep, and I become erratic without work.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? In the initial days, when I was writing literary type of work in especially in English, Readers used to comment about the mistakes. I used to refer to English Dictionary for better words. I used to correct myself with patience. I used to write better words in a bad sentence. I have developed the habit of writing English in Flowery Language, so that people/readers should read my literary work i.e., stories, song lyrics, haiku poetry, articles, essays, quotes, so on and so forth. Now  I have become a little bit perfect, as I think myself, and started writing so many things pertaining to literature work.  I am not getting any negative comments for my work. Only I used to get appreciation letters, good comments, and good encouragement and praising notes. I thought I would still contribute more to this World, where Top Level Literary Writers/Authors should Appreciate my works, and my ambition is to have my name in the World Famous Authors/Writers List, as a good Literary Writer, My Ambitions are more and I am working accordingly on daily basis.What is your view about the present day literary work? Present day Literary work is not that of a good Literature work, as evidenced by many Writers works. The standard of English writing is slightly just average. I have observed that my of the Technical and Management Graduates are unable to contribute to literary work, because they are all, to say many  on software line. I observed  that many of the software people never in the habit of writing  articles/stories/songs/literary works, etc. This generation is such.  Only old people used to write good English, as I knew and observed well in my life.  More so, people and writers who are interested to write good literary work, need to get trained from senior mentors and continuously make a habit of writing, as a regular feature in their life. Then only, at once point of time such Literary work could be well recognized. Lest, there are chances of Literary Work getting drowned, due to not having good Writers in the coming generations.  As one knew well, that "Old Water Go, New Water Come".Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes definitely. Digital and Social Media Tools/Devices play an important role to create more Writers and thereby more Readers emerge. Social Medial play an important role in shaping good Literary Writers.  Social Media gives good opportunity for Writers to present their Write-ups through few Blogs which facilitate Writers to present their Mind of Writing. Here, below I will give you a brief Article on Social Media:YOUNG AUDIENCE GRAB & CONQUER SOCIAL MEDIAEach minute, the technology is changing in rapid competitive market segment. Every business entrepreneur wants to have an edge over other competitors. Every businessman aspires for quick turn-over on their end products sales proceeds and wants to become a millionaire or a billionaire bypassing the Constitutional working systems, Acts, Rules, Regulations by violating norms & guidelines of the Ministry of Finance and  Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) and  Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)Evolving marketing & advertising strategies are a prerequisite and essential in these competitive days in reaching out to customers and for public acquaintance is one part, while giving quick ads in latest tools and websites like LinkedIn, Face Book, Twitter, Wi-Fi and Internet through which messages, communications, ads, gist or gigs or contents of any subject matter of one’s personal, business or marketing could reach global people in quickest time, that too at no cost. But, whereas, reaching global people through News Papers, TV channels, hoarders, sign boards, pamphlets or through any other old fashioned system of ads looks to be little bit costly, slow and may not reach all the global people/institutions/companies.  It has been constantly and incessantly observed that increasing use of social media in personal, business and marketing fields is seen on a higher side. There is no doubt in this.The younger audience use social media technologies too much that too on daily basis, without which, the day will not pass.INDIA, Land of Opportunities: The younger generation and audience, now-a-days look for quickest communication, quick Return on Investment (ROI) and money rotation to meet their business and personal ends. The days are rolling-out with updated new technologies in the fields of Research & Development, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Software Development, Science & Technology, Sports & Culture, Tourism and Film Industry, Liquor Industry, Steel Industry, Printing Technology, Plastic Industry, Leather Industry, TV-Press-Media-Print, Grain Industry, Food Industry, Wood-Mattress & Furniture Industry, Glass & Crockery Industry, Cosmetic & Perfumes Industry, Prefabricated Building Material Industry.Face Book, LinkedIn, Twitter, Wi-Fi and Internet are the present days’ excellent media through which one can develop, personal, business, marketing & sales and for diversification and expansion of business plans and to establish good contacts with global people/customers/clients.These are equipped with wonderful media presently available for all the young audience, all at free of cost, for exchange of various aspects and for expression of ideas and business programs, which ultimately keep one busy in public eye. Moreover, global people view and use these latest technology tools in their daily life for publicity purposes. These are the present day TOOL TECHNOLOGY being used by billions of people all-over the world.YOUTH FOR NATIONAL INTEGRITYTODAY’S YOUTH – TOMORROW’S LEADERS:Today’s youth of the nation are all tech-savvy, broad-minded and rebellious with vast ideas, who could mobilize people of all religion, caste and creed as the youth of India play a crucial role in promoting communal harmony which will lead to socio-economic constitutional changes in maintaining peace in the country, as the youth are the future leaders of tomorrow.The youth’s education in engineering, medical, pharmacy, bio-technology, automobile engineering, R&D, management and in all fields of study, can mobilize people due to professional understanding in maintaining peace and communal harmony without interfering in issues like caste, creed, religion or ethnicity.Tech-savvy youth spreads the peace, love and communal harmony through social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WhatsApp and blogs. Rapid changes took place through media postings then, after the conviction of culprits in December 2012 Delhi rape case issue. Nirbhaya Fund for survivors of gender violence started due to this case. So, the above tools play an important role in bringing about social harmony.Fine Arts play an important role in spreading the message of brotherhood and peace. Also, young authors, writers, poets and artists come together to enlighten people of India about the secularism in Indian Constitution.One can understand the culture at major cities like Mumbai and Delhi, that the youth cares for personal growth based on their talents rather than they do about caste or religion.Youth having good jobs by virtue of their talent, can bring changes on people around them to maintain peace and harmony in the society without any negative mind set on caste, creed or religion.The government has to work with the youth to bring about unity in diversity for the future of nation.Please tell us something about your literary work. : I am in the habit of writing a good number of stories, song lyrics, haiku poetry, articles, essays, quotes and other content material needed by various people/institutions for so many ways. I did receive a good response for my work. I was being encouraged by few websites like Story Mirror (Mumbai-India). My works below you can view:(1) Haiku Poetry, Book 1 (139 Haiku Poetry)(2) Haiku Poetry, Book 2 (100+ Poetry)(3) Haiku Poetry, Book 3 (100+ Poetry)(4) Haiku Poetry on color photos (100+ Poetry)(5) Fraud Hubby, Story in English 150+ Pages(6) Songs in English (Lyrics) 155 Songs Lyrics - 250+ Pages)(7) 325 Special Quotations in English (Each Quote 6-10 Lines): 250+ Pages)(8) 01 Telugu Language Story titled: JEEVAM (100 Pages, 30 Episodes)(9) 01 Telugu Language Story titled   TOP COP RANI, IPS, 28 Episodes)10) ENTANGLEMENTS Story Book (13 Stories in English) 150 PagesMY GOOD STORIES IN ENGLISH:MY FLOWER TO YOUR HEARTWHAT CAN I DO IN MY LIFEDERAILED MISSIONFRAUDULENT HUSBANDWINGS OF LOVEMY DARLINGSHATTERED AFFECTIONTHE DEATHTHE DEAD AND THE GHOSTDECEIVERS LIFEFRAUDSTERGAMBLERS LIFEMARRIAGE & DIVORCEHORSE RACESNGOTRUST NOTE(1) LADY POLICE, a Family & Crime Investigation Story (160 Pages), published through just now and latest, is in the global market. (E-Book, Digital and Paper Back Book i.e., print on Demand. This story could be made as a commercial movie.(2) THE DEAD AND THE GHOST, A Scientific, horror, thriller, dead, rebirth, ghosts, aghoras, entertainments like club, pub, horse race story is good for movie making purpose. This Book also published just now and latest, is in the global market (E-Book, Digital and Paper Back Book i.e. Print on Demand. This story could be made as a Horror Movie by Movie Makers.What was your first literary work and how was it published?  I used to write few essays, write-ups, articles to Times of India, English News Papers, as a Freelancer writer. Then I wrote one good article, 'SICKNESS IN PUBLIC ENTERPRISES, CAUSES AND CURES", Submitted to the Public Enterprises Board, New Delhi, during l986-87.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? Literary works can contribute to the Society in future in countless ways. There is no end to literary work.  The future of the World in Particular India, has got lot of Literary Writers and their work would definitely put India Map in the Top of the World in Literary Writings. It will happen in the coming generations.  Now, the world's good literary work is known as British Literature.  Indians have good knowledge in literary works. But, as Indians, we have learnt many of the Literature from British Literature. British Literature is a standard literature and its famous World Wide., as per my knowledge.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?.My Literary work can go outdated. New Literary works by young blood and new generations would lead the good literature work. It is quite possible that in the next 5 years, the literary world in India, would compete with British Literary work.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Community of Poets should be there in each State, and in each Website, including in Social Media.  Each Story Websites in India should have one POETS BLOG, to inter-act with Poets in India especially, directly.  This will be a good proposal. Blogs should have, Poets for Stories, Poets for Song Lyrics, Poets for Writers, Poets for Article Writers etc., so on and so forth.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? My message to aspiring Writers are that, Go on writing. put good proper words, get good meaning, get good flower language. To write good English or Telugu or for that matter in any language of proficiency they are.  Inculcate the habit of writing.  Present the sentences and language in a good way, so that  Readers should hail the writer.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?:  StoryMirror is a good platform for all Writers, beginners, children, youngsters, youth, elders and aged Writers. Story Mirror works as good Mediators to Writers and Readers through the august Story Mirror. and it encourages all Writers in their sphere of work in all fields, especially in literature work.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? Story Mirror should have a tie-up, MoU, Agreement, Contract with Film Field and Literary Associations Worldwide, so that the best writings  should be recognized by various fields/associations.  This gives a good motivation and a good recognition to Writers on their Literary Work.  Story Mirror also to diversify in other languages including Telugu, so that Story Mirror can spread to World Telugu People, apart from others Language Speaking People. Story Mirror has to work dashingly and gate-dash in various World Associations Organized contests, for the purpose of Indian Writers including Children, and all contests should be kept open to all people without any age bar.  Story Mirror also to motivate Writers, by giving good gifts and presentations, as is being given by various Story Websites around the World.  This will keep the image of Story Mirror in the World Circles.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/7lljf2p2/mantri-pragada-markandeyulu/stories

StoryMirror in conversation with author Samreen Shabab Wadkar.
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 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 Ankit Jaiswal
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 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 Authors Alisha Bhamri And Arjun Singh
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 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 Pulkit Maheshwari
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 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

StoryMirror in conversation with author Suman Mishra
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 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
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 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 .

StoryMirror in conversation with author Bipul Banerjee
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 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 author Devika Das
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 25 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. Army School was the basic foundation of my personality. It helped me in developing an all-around personality as I had a healthy balance of academics and co-curricular activities.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  I was a deep observer and used to daydream and keep scribbling lines in my notebook. I wrote my first poem 'For Those At Kargil' as a part of the school's feature in Hindustan Times, Jaipur.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Finding the right publisher and spreading the message to the audience takes time. I am patiently trying to build my audience organically. What is your view about the present day literary work? With self-publishing and online portals such as StoryMirror, writers have a platform to showcase their literary work with ease. However, it also gives rise to plagiarism. I still believe that good quality content will attract the right audience. Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes, definitely. Writers get instant feedback about their writing style. Please tell us something about your literary work. I have 5 publications under my name. My first novella, '7 Vows of Marriage' is a personal take on the institution of marriage. Reminiscence, published by Blue Rose Publishers is a poetry collection. The recent title 'The Mind Game' is a self-improvement book that helps readers understand the importance of emotional intelligence. What was your first literary work and how was it published? 7 Vows of Marriage is self-published through Amazon Kindle. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?Literature can help in understanding different perspectives about a topic. Reading literature helps people expand their horizon and broadens their thought process. Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?Through literature, I want to address several social issues that have cropped up in the modern era. I hope to make a difference in the lives of my readers through my books. What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Recitals, open mics, contests, and online journals/newsletters are good methods of building a poetry community. What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Be honest with what you write. Try to adopt a new writing style and be unique. Keep reading to improve your vocabulary and take formal education if necessary. Self-learning is the best method for a writer. How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  StoryMirror has given me a platform to voice my opinion. The experience has been good so far.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? Can you organize a quarterly meetup of contributors from the same city? e.g. A Writers' Meetup or something similar.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ojm7qq5g/author-devika/followers

StoryMirror in conversation with author Rohini Prajapati
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 26 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A: BCom honours and MBA in HR with 10yrs of corporate experience.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: Break in my career made me write. My daughter is my inspiration as I started my writing with real time parenting blogs.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: Making a positionQ: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: Quality is missing. Anyone is writing without proper knowledge and flairQ: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: YesQ: Please tell us something about your literary work. My first book A: A Little Girl and her big world' is a collection of short stories between a mom and her little oneQ: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: ‘A little girl and her big world'Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? A: As said, Pen is mighter than sword, literature can do wonders, bring love and patience that is required in today's world.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world? A: As a renowned and loved authorQ: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? A: Headhunting good poets through social media and making a communityQ: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: Please use correct language. Omit errors, read and do proofreading repeatedly.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: WonderfulQ: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: Best platform for Aspiring writers.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/lwp76dii/rohini-prajapati/stories

StoryMirror in conversation with author AGRATA VERMA
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 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 Abhishek Gupta
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 27 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I grew up in my hometown Khagaria, Bihar and got my primary education there. Then moved to Bokaro for secondary education in Commerce from Chinmaya Vidyalaya and did b.com from PGDAV College, Delhi University.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  While reading Chetan Bhagat's 'Two States' I got the epiphany to be a writer. I firmly believe in the power of words so to spread love and bring positivity inspired me to write.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? To find a platform for sharing my contents.What is your view about the present day literary work? It is growing in India and we still need to travel a long way.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes, of course! Digital and social media is a perfect platform for creative writers to express themselves and reach a wider audience. Please tell us something about your literary work. My literary works are inspired by my own experiences and observations.What was your first literary work and how was it published? It was a short story titled 'Born With Enough' and it was digitally published on StoryMirror. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? It can contribute in many ways and most importantly it can inspire every individual to become a better human being.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?  Published author of at least three love sagas.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? By conducting different contests continuously.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Read a lot and take time to understand the genre you want to write about. How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  It has been an amazing journey and most importantly through the contests StoryMirror has taught me the importance of perseverance and continuity.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? Thank you for proving an amazing platform for amateur writers.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/qbungmvg/abhishek/stories

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

StoryMirror in conversation with author Joyeeta Das
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 28 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A: I have completed my schooling from Auxilium Convent. Currently am pursuing my bachelor's in English language and literature from Adamas University.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: As a child I used love listening to Ramayana and Mahabharata, both of which my mother used to recite. Then it was Aesop's Fables and Panchatantra which further brightened my world of imagination. And finally, Khaled Hosseini made me delve deep into literature.I never really knew I could compose stories until my the then Creative writing professor- Shrabani Ma'am announced “... chocolate as a reward for the first three best creative works.” Better to say Chocolate acted as a muse and inspired me to use pen instead of sword, to strikeQ: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: Sometimes a few Literary works did turn out to be a bit less interesting.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: I think it’s more straightforward than the previous works.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Absolutely, the emergence of digital and social media has made it easier for the writers who cant really afford the expenses of publishing their works. People can now simply post their works in social platforms and communicate with the rest of the world. Every literary text is...a mosaic of quotations... as said by Julia Kristeva, I think social and digital media helps bring the right design out of this mosaicQ: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: I am very restless, and thus, try to keep my compositions very concise as it would be definitely be viewed by restless people like me. And I try to make every composition unique. Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: My first Literary work was published online by MyCampusPost, while I was interning with the company as a content writer.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: As rightly said by Jonas Mekas “ In the very end, civilization perish because they listen to their politicians and not to their poets". Literature can contribute to the society in numerous was, the list is endless.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: I would definitely like to see myself into people's heart. Even of those who find literature boring.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: A group blog would be fine. Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: Just be yourself and try to bring the best out of you.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: Wonderful! Indeed. A great platform it is.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: I love the competitions organised by StoryMirror. And winning them has a separate joy. Every time I win, I feel that I re-establish my name – JOYEETA, which means ‘winner’ in Bangla.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/jmypngvn/joyeeta-das/stories

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

StoryMirror in conversation with author Rashmi Jain
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 4 March 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: I’ve done MCA and was there in the IT industry for few years. But, always had a flair for writing since my childhood. I didn’t remember when I first picked up the pen, but I do remember one thing. It changed my entire life!Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: Literature liberates your soul. Words empower you. If you ask what inspires me, I would say, inspiration is everywhere around you. You just need to have an eye for it. I'm surrounded by a lot of people around me. Each one has a story to share. I just get the idea from the everyday life of all those.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: To present a piece of literary work (something worthy, something close to your heart, something upon which you have devoted your time and effort) in front of a huge audience out there, and the related doubts of meeting the expectations of and fear of acceptance by your readers can be the scariest part. It’s challenging yet exciting.Q: What is your view about the present day literary work? A: No doubt, the present day literary work has come a far way. People are eager to put forth their views, share their ideas and narrate their stories.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 media has played a crucial role to showcase the talent of creative writers. Writers are getting more exposure than ever before.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: Writing is a form of art and I love creating it. It is like painting your emotions vividly on a canvas. I believe Pen is the most powerful weapon and Writing is the purest form of therapy. My writings mainly revolve around the freedom, equality and empowerment of women. It also involves exploring life by means of travelling and the life lessons learnt in the entire process.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published?  A: ‘Be wild again’ is my first literary publication. I owe to the BlogChatter team for the support and direction for publishing it initially. The book is now available onAmazonalso.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature is liberating in itself. I always feel rewarded when someone somewhere can relate to it or when my writing brings that beautiful curve on someone’s face or if it brightens someone’s day or uplifts someone’s emotions or motivates someone. Just like a small stone can also create a big ripple, a few words are enough to capture the hidden emotions and deep thoughts beautifully. And to that, if it conveys the message of love, strengthens the connection between the mob, it’s definitely going to uplift the society overall.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: Not only I would love to see my work in more hands, but also would love to see myself in more smiles and like to find a place in more hearts.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: Apart from the connection on social media, if we can organise more events on poetry, I think it would leverage the community for poets.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: Some tips for the aspiring writers:      Self-doubt is the biggest enemy. Don’t fall in its trap.      Put your unique voice forward without any filters.      Never stop exploring yourself. You never know what opportunity is waiting at the other side.      Go out, share and connect with others. There’s a lot to learn from the beautiful world out there.      Be consistent and make your presence feel.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: StoryMirror projects a mirror image of your own life stories in varied forms. It’s a great platform to represent your writing skills, whether it’s a story or a poem of any genre. And it provides a vast library as well to engage its readers. Honoured to be a part of it.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?A: More power to you. Wish you good luck to make it bigger and more successful.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/syuwol1r/rashmi-jain/stories

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

StoryMirror in conversation with author Nupur Chowdhury
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 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

StoryMirror in conversation with author Sara Garg
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 5 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life:-I have done B.sc. and after that MBA with almost 1.5 yrs of experience in HR field.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? :- When I see things or situations, thoughts come automatically in my mind.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? :- Just a right word at right place and arranging the phrases is the difficulty I face . I also face time management problem because  creative writing need time.What is your view about the present day literary work?:-Talking about present day, I think it is straight forward, creative and more innovative.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? :- Yes, absolutely. Social media has made so easy for any writers to come up with creative stuff on their own and can build their own image with their writing.Please tell us something about your literary work:- When any thought come in my mind then I start working on it with my words. Mostly when I get up at 4:00 AM then new thoughts come in my mind.What was your first literary work and how was it published?:- My first literary work was blog "LEARN POSITIVITY FROM NEGATIVITY" and I published it on wordpress.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?:-Literature have a great impact on society. In future with the help of literature, we can the change the mindset of people.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? :- Develop a place where people can share their work and other people do motivate their work.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? :- 1. Don't bother people read your content or not, just write and write only.   2. Write either quote or story or poem or blog or one line or article or whatever you want but write daily.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  :- First time I write story and poem only here because prior to that I wrote only quote and blog and I really enjoyed writing here . Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? :- Well this is a big platform for stories/poem . The way you all support us on daily basis is amazingly beautiful. One thing I especially like you solve all my queries within 24 hours.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/lj3qfyrn/sara-garg/stories 

StoryMirror in conversation with author N.VIGNESH JEYANTHAN
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 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 Divyashree Bilumadi Chandrappa Gowda
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 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 

StoryMirror in conversation with author Priya Singh
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 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 a link a  to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/57wiybay/priya-singh/stories

StoryMirror in conversation with author Priya Singh
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 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 

StoryMirror in conversation with author Pinkal Kothiya
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 7 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I have done my schooling from Diamond Jubilee High School, Hyderabad. I completed my Intermediate from Sri Chaitanya Junior Kalasala and graduated from Chillies Balaji Institute of Technology. I am now working with Dell EMC, as a sales account manager. How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  I was good at writing since school days. I had won many Essay writing competitions. But at that I didn't realize that it was not only a curriculum but a passion. After few years when Facebook was highly used, I started sharing my views and thoughts which were liked by people. With motivation from these likes, I started writing more and more. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Time management is very difficult. But, passion for writing is something which drives me crazy. Making the content that will catch people's eyes is a challenging task. I always try different writing styles to make people get interest in reading what I write What is your view about the present day literary work? Present day literature has become a fashion.  Everyday content has to be something new, something sexy. It has to be something jazzy. A writer has to look at all the views that audience would take.  Sometimes,  a writer has to be very careful in terms of what they write on scenarios where they mention about religion, caste, sex, etc, as it could cause controversies. Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes, now a days you hardly find anything in papers.  Only few traditional people would like a hard copy. Everything is web based. It is easier to share the content and also get the reviews within short span. Please tell us something about your literary work. I usually write content from real time lessons that happens with me or with people around me. I share it so that others can learn from it. I wrote contents related to current happenings. I can ink anything, which defines the meaning of my name, pINKal. What was your first literary work and how was it published? I used to post on Facebook, so that's the first platform from where I had got multiple opportunities. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?I guess it can contribute to a level that it can make world a better place. Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?I would love to see myself at a place where even though I don't get fame and money, but at least one person should come and tell me that you inspired me. What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?I guess we have many poets around the world, social media is the way to get along to work together. What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Keep writing, it must just be a brick that you could start with, you will one day end up building a wall. How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  Initially when I started writing, I was criticized by lot of people around me. But, that's not what I cared for. I cared about how can I write more. May be people around me where not interested in reading. So, I was looking for a platform where I could find genuine readers. StoryMirror is that platform. Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A good initiative, it's not a platform which just allows you to write and read, it inspires and motivates you at the same time. I believe that this is the uniqueness that makes StoryMirror the best of all the writing platforms. I am very thankful to StoryMirror. I promise to keep writing. Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/jmkupuvb/pinkal-kothiya/stories 

StoryMirror in conversation with author Suchismita Ghoshal
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 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 

StoryMirror in conversation with author Niomi Nicole Salitico
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 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 Morgan Tomas-Klostermann
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 12 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I graduated a semester early from Beckman Catholic High School and started taking college courses early on. Currently, I attend Northeast Iowa Community College. Given my hectic life, at the moment I am only enrolled in online courses. Ever-so-slowly, I’m working towards my Associate of Arts degree before I transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  I have always had a fondness for literature—there’s just something immensely intriguing about finding a great book and escaping into the literary world it provides. I’m always adding new books to my kindle. As for writing, I discovered early on in my childhood that I had a talent and interest in poetry. More often than not, I used poetry writing as a therapeutic tool and it proved to be a helpful means of coping with the struggles of my daily life. It still is. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? The difficulties that had the most impact in relation to my writing would probably be writer’s block and finding FREE ways to get my work put out there and/or published.What is your view about the present-day literary work? In regard to poetry specifically, the majority of my favorite writers are modern-day and from this generation. I find that I tend to gravitate towards writing styles similar to my own. I think that there has been a recent increase in writing that has a positive subject matter, which I find refreshing considering most of my own work tends to be on the negative side of life. Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? I definitely believe that social media and technology both have made a HUGE difference in the amount of opportunities available for writers. For me, personally, the digital world has skyrocketed my writing and certainly improved it.Please tell us something about your literary work. My work is almost solely poetry, and that’s what I’ve chosen to dedicate my time spent writing to. Every single piece has some sort of deeply personal connection to me or my life and, in numerous cases, my past. I haven’t had the most sunshine-y life, but in the last five years things have taken a turn for the better in the best ways. I think this positive turn for me is becoming visible in some of my writing. What was your first literary work and how was it published?  My first real piece of writing that I put out there was a cheesy Love poem that I wrote around age twelve specifically for a contest hosted by what previously was Poetry.com. It’s called Definition of Love, and through the website at the time, it was published into an anthology entitled Collected Whispers. I was quite proud then, but reading it now, I almost want to blush at how obvious my youth was. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?I think that, in the future—as well as now, even—literature and writing and poetry will (hopefully) open people’s eyes to what the world was/is like today and explore the endless possibilities of what the world COULD be.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?In five years, the hopes I have in regard to my writing all revolve around the simple goal of being recognized and successfully putting myself out there. It’s been a struggle finding ways to do that that won’t affect me financially. What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?I think that many positive strides have been made to do exactly this, and many more are already in the process. I do wish that there was a singular poetry community online that provided ways for writers to share their poetry with others, receive feedback, build a collection of their poetry, AND enter FREE contests/calls for submissions. I feel like, the ways things are right now, poets have to bounce around from site to site or place to place to accomplish all of those things.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? The best advice I could ever give isn’t my own advice at all, but rather the words of Ernest Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway once said, “Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? To be completely honest, I have only ever been on StoryMirror to enter a contest. When I got the email requesting an author interview, I was so pleased because I feel like no other writing community appears to care about or get involved with its members/writers. Instantly, I wanted to be a more active part of StoryMirror, so I’d say my experience was wonderful.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/drmr5sia/morgan-tomas-klostermann/poems 

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

StoryMirror in conversation with author Naman Chatterjee
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 25 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.Hi, my name is Naman Chatterjee. 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 Naman Chatterjee
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 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  

Asian Winds as Ebook on Lulu
 saurabh pant  
 19 April 2019  
Art

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...