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A melting pot of stories – a varied collection of stories written by me.

Getting closer to cover reveal

The cover reveal of my first middle grade novel, Lost Between Worlds is coming soon! This week, @abhilashakhatri0603, @talegari.tales and I went back and forth regarding the title font choice. For the first time, I understood how important is the title font and how to make the cover more appealing with a few tweaks. The tweaks seemed minor but they made a huge difference. We are almost done with beautifying the cover. I am excited that I will be sharing the cover soon. Have a nice week ahead!

My debut novel coming in 2021

I am excited to announce that my debut middle grade novel, Lost Between Worlds, will be published by Talegari Tales (@talegari.tales). Thanks to Manasa Gururaj, the founder of Talegari Tales for this opportunity. Early this month, I sent out the manuscript to the publisher and I am waiting for the comments. The book will be released in 2021. For my book, I met an incredible illustrator, Abhilasha Khatri, @abhilashakhatri0603, who drew the illustrations for the book. The illustrations in the book are great and I hope to share a few in a couple of posts. Last but not the least, I want to thank my family for their support. My parents, Dr. Shivarani and Dr. Sukumar for their encouragement to pursue writing provided I have a professional career. I also want to thank my mom, Shivarani (@rani_shiv) and husband Pradeep (@goudapradeep) for reviewing this book multiple times and providing critical feedback. I also want to thank my family and friends reviewers, especially my youngest and eldest nieces, Shreshta and Niyati. The other reviewers are my …

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! Today is the 74th Independence Day of India. On Independence Day, there is flag hoisting in schools and all government establishments. As a kid, I used to go to school and be involved in some marching or drill activity. Patriotic speeches were given by students and teachers. After that we were given some sweets and dispersed for the day. After coming home, I used to watch the Independence Day celebrations broadcasted from Red Fort where the Prime Minister addressed the nation and there was a parade after the speech. All the States in the country had a float and I used to wait for the float of my State, Andhra Pradesh (Telangana now). This year the Independence Day celebrations will be different due to Covid-19, with social distancing norms in place. India has a roadmap ready for the production and distribution of three Covid-19 vaccines that are at various stages of testing. The mantra of India is Atma-nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) and ‘vocal for local.’ Wishing a bright, self-reliant, healthy and prosperous …

Dodge#4 State Park

Last weekend, we went to Dodge #4 state park. The beach was crowded but there was almost no one in a few locations along the trail. My family spent some time in the nature, surrounded by tall trees and enjoyed the fresh air outside. We are surrounded by parks in Michigan and I am thankful for that. My husband said that he wants to be among people but away from them. In this Covid-19 situation Michigan provides that opportunity with its beautiful state parks.

What should you do to become a writer/author?

What is the number one thing you have to do to become a writer and a published author?⁠ ⁠ I have read and heard this advice time and time again but I often neglected it. Last month, I took a class on how to write a book in 30 days. More than 90% of the time of the instructor was spent on motivating us. He showed us examples of people who published and after that we had to yell out, ‘If he or she can do it, I can do it.’⁠ ⁠ I felt so stupid that I took this class. I took the class to get an idea of the publishing world but it ended up as a huge self-motivation exercise and lost time. In the end, the instructor gave the same advice that has fallen deaf on my ears. The only way to become an author/writer is to write. His recommendation was to write for 1 hour every day so you can write a book in 30 days. ⁠ ⁠ In the end, …

Happy Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival. This festival is dedicated to worshipping, the Hindu God, Shiva who is one of the most important deities of the Hindu religion. ⁠ ⁠ One unique thing about this festival is that it is celebrated in the night time. Unlike all the other Indian festivals, where people enjoy good food, this festival tests the resolve and demands discipline. People wake up all night, offering prayers to Lord Shiva. Some people also fast on this day, without consuming even a drop of water. It is said that people who follow the fast diligently are awarded with good luck and their sins are absolved. ⁠ ⁠ As a child what was exciting to me about Maha Shivaratri was being awake in the night. This was the night my parents permitted me to be awake until midnight or longer. The night has to be spent praying but I watched religious movies on TV. I only fasted once for Maha Shivaratri and I realized that fasting is not really my forte. ⁠ ⁠ …

The Boon and Bane of Creativity

Why is creativity is both a blessing and a curse?⁠ Are you a creative person? Do you like to create anything? For me, the seeds of creativity were sown at a very young age. I still remember the first story I wrote. It was about a princess, whose health was restored by a prince, by getting a flower from a faraway land. As soon as I could write fluently, I started writing stories. ⁠ Creativity is a blessing because it helps us to be always curious about nature and everything that happens around us. It also becomes a basic need that has to be fulfilled. I am a happier person when I write. Writing an Instagram or a blog post gives me a sense of satisfaction that is unique. ⁠ Creativity is also a curse because it is hard to make living out of a creative life. This means we have to pursue our passion through sleepless nights or time that can be spent relaxing. If we do not create it leads to frustration, which …

Love & Other Emotions

When was the last time you did an ’emotion’ check?⁠ ⁠ At least once a day, we do a weather check, to see if it snowing or raining or if the temperature has dipped a few degrees below the normal so that we can bundle up in extra layers. How often do you do an ’emotion’ check? Most of the days I am so busy that I forget to do an emotion check. Maybe if I did an ’emotion’ check, I would see that every day I experience at least 5 emotions. I am happy, disappointed, worried, calm or satisfied. ⁠ ⁠ The theme of this month will be Love & Other Emotions. This is no surprise because February 14 is Valentine’s day. Also, as human beings, we are capable of lot more emotions than just love. ⁠ ⁠ This month, I will be sharing books that highlight love, the traditional love between two human beings and also family love. I hope that the posts about love will make you feel warm and toasty inside. …