Reviews of my Ebooks

There is perhaps nothing more important to me as an author than reading the opinions of other readers about my book who spent their time on it and may be in the future even their money. The reviews are important for my growth as an author. I was encouraging my readers to write a tweet review on my book as I did not wanted to burden them with lengthy notes on my debut book but few of them have been so nice to me that they did write a big note.

My Writing Workshop – A to Z 2016

Thank you dear Luke ( an author himself)

“The flight of a butterfly is completely random yet perfectly precise. And so it is with the musings of Romila as she flits from topic to topic on her blog quest from A to Z. Her fortuitous path moves from discussing Valentines day and the associated peer group pressures on singles to the paradox of social media which by its insistent connectivity has all but disconnected us from our real friends and introduced a new false reality. Whatever made you a better partner if you gave someone roses one day in the year and were not their best friend in life and when did the rules change to, ‘If it’s not on facebook, it did not happen’. Romila is that little child in the fairy tale who said ‘the emperor has no clothes’.  As the butterfly promiscuously flirts with each flower in her garden, Romila visits the cactus and the rose and settles indiscriminately on both petals and thorns. She discusses random historical events like the origin of the number zero and the birth of the city of Rome and in the next flight expresses her views on more serious matters like the lack of education to support organ donor programs and the disappearing greenery in our ever expanding concrete jungles. She seamlessly moves from science to the arts and touches upon the esoteric beauty of music, which to each of us leaves it’s signature of a moment in time and then flirts with the ridiculous by discussing her inability to find any common ground with quinoa. Unconnected topics, arbitrary in selection, her views are indiscriminate, naked and honest. There is no attempt to demonstrate her evident prowess in writing or to join the dots between the different random topics. It is what it is, nothing more and nothing less, and for that alone I am a fan. Perhaps some may say there needs to be a straight line which connects the path of A to Z, something which forms a pattern to appease the rational mind. And perhaps there should be, but would you spend hours watching a butterfly prance in the sunlight, if all she did was chose the best flower and fly in a straight line”

Thank you Vishal 

November Child’s The Writing Shop is an open window of her reflection, right from Jagjit Singh to writing during the night, poetry, books and her craving for ice cream. Her writing is crisp, warm and has a relatability factor. As part of the April A to Z Challenge, the writer reflects on the importance and futility of social media, drawing reflection on topic of issues and she has everything for every one. The book is a light and breezy that will accompany you in your daily humdrum of life.

Blog post Reviews – 2016

1. Sarika – The Readdicts Book Blog

2. Ramanpreet – The Writing Workshop

3. Shilpi Chaklanobis – My BookShelf

Interviews – 2016


2. Author Interview + Free book!- The Writing Workshop by Novemberschild at The Readdicts Book Blog

Three Flowers – My Blooming Verses – A To Z 2017

Blog post Reviews/Interviews

1. Ishieta – The Three Flowers

2. Vasantha –The Three Flowers

3. Arpit –The Three Flowers

4. Asmita – The Three Flowers 

5. Inderpreet – Author Answers

6. Shamik – The Three Flowers

7. Ramya – The Three Flowers

8. Masoom – The Three Flowers 

9. Anoosha – The Three Flowers

10. Rohan Sonalkar – The Three Flowers 

11. Inderpreet – The Three Flowers

12. Kaushal Mahesh Gupta – The Three Flowers

13. Shantanu Chakraborty- The Three Flowers 

14. Shraesta Suresh‏ – The Three Flowers 

15. Jensy – The Three Flowers

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Author Interview – Ishieta Chopra

The Author, Ishieta belongs to a Lineage of healers. She is a Poet, Published writer and a Numerologist who has played with words in verse to dig into the visceral and disturbing area of Darkness within in her poetry book called ‘ Dark Poetry’ and she in the A to Z Challenge in 2017, took up the theme of A to Z of Healing. In her other book she shares her notes and experiences on 26 Alternative forms of Healing – Beyond the ‘what’ they are, to what we can do with them & what the experience is like. She writes over at and her books are available in Amazon to buy. Interviews are a great way for authors to communicate directly with readers and promote their books, plus they’re a great opportunity for you to connect with authors one-on-one and add amazing content to your blog.

Today I have Ishieta with me for a chat over her books and much more.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

When my dogs wander in, wanting a cuddle or wanting to play. Work has to come to a pause! & then I lose track of time!

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Many authors and writers, and aspiring writers are my friends (It would be a grand big list indeed if I were to mention them all here). We keep doing writing collaborations and continuing our discussions and conversations online – you can check them on my blog ( and twitter handles (@isheeria1 & @ishieta). Each one in their own way has helped me become a better writer and their energy and focus on creativity and writing itself, has been a great boost and motivation to my own writing too & these writer friends of mine have helped me to justify my coffee addiction!

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

Being a Gemini, I have varied interests and dreams of sharing my writings in different genres with the world. So far, my 3 published works, are each standalone books, but they have a common link, which is their creator & author, that is ME.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I would tell my younger self, to STOP STARING at the blank paper/screen – and just WRITE! Have confidence and faith in yourself.  I have spent so much time in second guessing myself, and not completing the stories in my mind.
I would also encourage my younger self, to write that piece of fiction which lives on in my mind. While I started my first blog way back in the early 2000s, and wrote creative pieces in school, it wasn’t until a few years ago, when I was contacted by my Publisher (of the book: Numerology – The Power of Numbers) that I began writing in earnest, and the feedback and response so far has been quite positive and encouraged me to keep on writing.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Once the Publisher contacted and contracted me to write the book, my writing became quite a structured & schedule driven thing. I realized that there is much more to writing a book than the romance of it (I used to think: Writing would involve, me, sitting under a tree, sipping on a cool drink, while my eyes roam over the horizon, being inspired and writing (preferably on a typewriter!).  Reality: On my laptop, on a desk, with my notes spread out – writing and re-writing to make it into a reference book worthy of my reader – & Yes, there was a cool drink, usually the coffee/tea gone cold!). I also learnt my own style of writing and working on a manuscript – I adapted the modern tools to compliment my natural style of writing and love for the papyrus & other pretty stationary. I also learnt the ‘process’ of taking an idea and bringing it to life as a complete book.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Beyond the Earth & Sky  – A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa and The Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

What does literary success look like to you?

When I am introduced as an author! & when my writing resonates with my reader.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

This is very dependent on the topic of the book. So far, my books have all been bringing together knowledge and my own experiences into a concise format which would be reader friendly. With my future project, I see months of research lined up as the story is wanting to go into new territories. I am currently in discussion with my characters!

How many hours a day do you write?

I don’t have a fixed schedule, I am a creature of inspiration & following my own drumbeat. There are days when I write for hours, and others when only for an hour, and some when none at all.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

As a Life long learner, I am always in student mode. Reviews are a great input on my work as they share an opinion, an insight, a perspective beyond my own, and it helps me to grow & expand my own understanding and writing skills. I actually find it very interesting to read reviews of my works. I adore the positive feedback and also value the constructive feedback in all reviews.

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Sunday Blogger – Natasha Sinha

With the start of this month May, I am starting a new, weekly series, on my blog.  In it I am featuring 20 bloggers for 20 Sundays starting from today till September 2017. 

The Blogger to be featured today is Natasha Sinha

Can you tell me a little about yourself and your blog – mentioning something known and unknown to the readers?

I started writing when I was 6 years old, on a train journey to my Grandparents place. I journaled the things I saw outside the train’s window and also the proceedings inside the train. I remember writing one line for reading family friend, Leena Aunty that goes like this:, “Leena Aunty ate lots of donuts and became fat.” My Mother had packed these donuts for our long journey, to West Bengal. It was from then onwards that I started maintaining a personal diary, till I almost turned 23. I participated in various writing/extempore competitions while in school and won accolades. My love for the English language was promisingly fatalistic. I had made up my mind to get into a profession that would nurture my writing skills. So Adversing it was for a few years. I also did dabble in journalism and PR. Though I realised sooner than later that when you write for others, especially in Advertising, you creativity eventually dies a slow death, as all you do is blindly follow the client’s brief. Though I must admit I had a great time writing for Pepsi, Kit-Kat and Ray Ban. One of my Kit Kat commercials was also aired on T.V.

From college to the early 2000s, I had completely stopped writing for myself. (except for the occasional journaling). Sometime in 2003, I found a like minded group of Writers in the Writer Forums like Caferati and The Great Shakes former, Shakespeare & Company. That’s when my writing took off in a big way. We experimented with various prompts and different forms of writing, and it was one of the most gratifying time of my life. During those days I mostly wrote poetry, as I believed it was quick and less time consuming. I went on to start Caferati’s Lucknow/Kanpur Chapter and also the Singapore Chapter during my tenure in these places. These chapters still continue to flourish. My 18 year old daughter also started writing from the age of 6, thanks to Caferati as she received immense encouragement from the writing fraternity.

After my second child was born, I started writing sporadically and thereafter went into hibernation. I had a Blogger account which I stopped using. I started reeling under Writers block and continued to hibernate, as I felt that writing publicly would mean opening my life out to the world, thread bare. I therefore, stepped back from the world of writing.  During this period, professionally I worked as a Communication Consultant with the Development sector for almost 13 years consulting for UNICEF, Save The Children, Path and many others. Mid 2016, last year I had an epiphany of sorts. I realised I had reached the nadir point of writing for others, and I needed to write for myself, to nourish and nurture my being. This of course meant letting my profession take a back seat, but after much deliberation and support from my better half, I gave in to my passion. I’m so glad I did. It was one of the best decisions of my life, I say. Before the advent of this journey I used to post on Facebook Notes and I had received very encouraging feedback from friends and family alike, who insisted I write a book some day. I the interim, once I’d made up my mind to write for myself, I refused multiple work projects, so that I could dedicate my time for my own writing that would be showcased in a blog.

That was the best decision of 2016. On December 6, 2016 my domain went live. The impetus behind this whole idea was also my writer friend, Mayuri from my Caferati days. I was completely tech challenged and had no clue whatsoever about the world of blogging. She took me through the entire process that included introducing me to my hosting company, the blogging community on Twitter and also assisting with the designing, and various tips to enhance my Blog. Blogging also meant shedding the inhibitions of being vulnerable to the world, something that had hindered my entire writing journey for almost 11 years. With some hesitant steps, I took to blogging and some of my first posts were fiction based on writing prompts from Bar Wo We, Friday FotoFiction, and non-fiction like Thankful Thursday and !0 Day You Challenge etc. Thereafter, I was like a woman possessed, writing each day and there has been no looking back, yes.

I now diligently sit to write, every weekday from 9:30 AM to 1 PM. That’s a time which is sacrosanct to me and my writing and I chose not to do anything during these few hours. I’m figuring out on how I can fit in more time to to network and read other blogs, as that’s something I still grapple with. But yes I’m doing the best I can.

Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog or through blogging communities?

I have met a lot of people in the last 6 months who are extremely creative, some super talented, organised and honest to the core (Shailja), some so diligent and industrious-those who juggle between their full time careers and then squeeze in time to blog (Dr. Amrita), some young, bubbly and alive and who have creativity cascading from every core of their being (Mithila), some organised, meticulous and such good planners that they have their posts scheduled for AtoZ 2018 a year in advance (Romila)- I salute thee. And some who live in a land away from their own, but soak in their Indianness and their zest for writing, health and fitness, and nature alike (Sanchita and Rajalakshmi), some super Moms who are always acing it through their parenting tips, food blog, and reviews on various websites/books – Era, Dipika, Deepa, Tina, some so versatile and creative that they are cook, tarot card reader, writer all rolled into one, and always ready to guide bloggers like me who made a serious foray into this world just a few months back (Mayuri), those with rich and myriad experiences and inspiringly mature outlook towards life (Vidya, Sunita, Corrine, Arlee, Mackinzie), some travel buffs like me with a streak of madness (Geraint and Kim Richardson), some who will weave romance with their words and transport you to a land of fantasy where love is passionate, wild; like the warm embrace of a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening (Marquessa), some true blue nature lovers and a heart that exudes compassion and love (Parul Thakur), some who talk about middle age with the zing, passion and enthusiasm of a 16 year old. Her Joie De vivre is not just infectious, it is a beautiful lesson for life (Leanne), bright, bubbly and willing to work that extra mile and keeping it all glued together despite being new to the world of blogging (Isheita), and a writer who spins, love, horror thriller all with the same collected aplomb and elan (Anmol Rawat) and father-blogger-superman par excellence (Sid Balachandran).

I know I have missed quite a few bloggers who are equally talented and do deserve a mention here. I hope they will forgive me, knowing they have a special place in my heart. I would like to give a big shout-out to all these talented people, who make the world of blogging an experience to cherish and treasure.

What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog? You can tell me about your usual day routine.

I enjoy working out-Yoga, cycling, swimming, running sometimes. I love spending time with my two furry girls, my daughters 9 and 19 yo, my darling husband, reading blogs and books, immersing myself in the practise of Buddhism by chanting, meeting members in the practise. I thoroughly enjoy rustling up a meal, spending time on my terrace garden with the plants, going for nature walks along the condominium, meeting friends for coffee/lunch once in a while, tidying up my home, zentangling and painting. And yes, watching movie too, especially the off-beat ones.

Everyone has a favourite/least favourite post. Tell me about your best and worst post and why?

Honestly I don’t have a least favourite post. I like them all. And each one has a certain memory and story woven around it, which is intrinsic to me and my being. Some of my favourites are:

All my AtoZChallenge 2017 posts are a personal favourite and then some fiction like :

  1. Back to the Basics:

   Past Present


 ON second thoughts, I think some of my older posts where I didn’t work very painstakingly on diction and editing might be my least favourites. But I don’t dislike any of them as a lot of personal stories and experiences made them what they are. I wouldn’t post a badly written post in the first place. So there.

Name some of the bloggers – at least 3 of your favourites, whom you look up to and why?

Shailaja V -The Moving Quill for her ardour and commitment towards writing and the simplicity and beauty of her words, Marquessa of Simply Marquessa – Simply Marquessa for the ease with which she emotes through her pen on flaming love, passion and all the beautiful feelings that go with it, and Geraint Isitt – Penguin Ponderings not just for his endearing travel stories, but the vivid imageries that he spins through his pen and his tongue-in-cheek humour thrown in here and there.

Tell me about your proudest achievement(s)? (Related to Blogging)

Being able to finish the AtoZ 2017 challenge which was my first; successfully. I’m turning those posts into a book now. I received a lot of appreciation and for these personal Travel stories from A-Z. Winning the Blogger of the Week with Thankful Thursday and Click & Blog a Story, Friday FotoFction. I’m glad, in a span of few months I have established a good credibility in the blogosphere. I also continue to write almost every single day thanks to the world of Blogging and that is a huge achievement for me, as I was reeling under a the Writers block and hibernating for as long as 11 years.

If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?

1. Get a blog with a nice, reader and user friendly theme, with WordPress for sure. You could start with WordPress and once you are confident enough, switch to a self hosted blog.

2. Read, read, and read; like there is no tomorrow. Read, comment and share other bloggers posts on social media. That’s the best way to network, meet like minded bloggers, learn from them and grow in the field of blogging.

3. Participate in writing prompts. But don’t over burden yourself by tryinb to do all of them, as there are so many doing the rounds. Participate in the ones that resonate with your core being as a writer. But remember to also take out time, to write your own stories and pieces. That will help keep your exclusiveness intact.

4. Remember to leave a small comment even if it is just a word, for posts you have read. Your words mean much to a blogger and to receive these nuggets of appreciation; keeps them going, when the muse wants to take a break.

5. Blog because you enjoy the process, not for your readers to form a certain opinion about you. Ofcourse, it’s important to keep your reader in mind, but you cant fool your reader with pretentious writing for very long. Blog from your heart and soul. That is when your readers will be able to relate and connect to your stories. More often than not, a reader is always drawn to a story that has been a part of their life journey.

6. Use simple words. You may be armoured with a rich bank of vocabulary, but keep it simple. Quirkiness, and tongue in cheek humour, of course is more than welcome. Readers love it when the writer engages with them by speaking to them in a language that is replete with fun, banter and humour.

I am sure you know me as a blogger or your friend on social media or may be even as a person in real so how would you rate my writings and tell me your honest opinion on me – this would serve as a testimonial.

Roms we have recently got to know each other through the world of blogging, and I know for a fact that you are one of the most meticulous, organised, sincere blogger/writer I have ever come across. You have your calendar chalked out a year in advance and that is some mean feat. You write sincerely and write from your heart, but I feel sometimes you make your descriptions a bit too elaborate and long winding. (I’m saying this because you wanted both postive and negative feedback) But having said that,  your rich diverse experience in this field is quite commendable. You have achieved so much at a very young age. I wish you loads of luck. May your muse be always kind.

Natasha Sinha –  Twitter | Blog | Facebook | Instagram

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Shop till you drop.!

I love to shop,  but I’m not your typical shopper, who is going to shop till they drop!

 Don’t get me wrong I love shopping or as they now call it ‘mall-ing’, but I have a time limit!

The moment that time limit is over, just like the Cinderella time, I want to just disappear and head home!

It doesn’t matter if my next trip to the mall will not happen for a few months! ! It doesn’t matter if I have actually not shopped at all!  When I’m tired, I need to go!

Window shopping means saving some dough, right?;)

I’m going to do haul from the Mall of India, I invested in some pretty, Indian kurtas and shoes! Make sure to follow me on instagram (@iamzainab81)

My favourite brand of kurtas are Lakshita!

For, western wear, I love Marks & Spencer’s and  Promod. The stuff is expensive, but comfortable and  trendy at the same time!

With that said, I would be lying if Id say that shopping does not bring me happiness, of course it does. But, then again when my Cinderella time ticks I need to escape! But, yes the world does get better when I burn some holes in my pocket. Ironical 😉

What kind of a shopper are you? A lazy one like me, or someone who is going to shop till they drop!

About the author: Zainab, is a weightloss  & lifestyle blogger at

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My 3 Mood Uppers! #ThankfulThursdays #Week30

I call them “zombie days.” I’ll just completely shut down and desperately look for ways to distract myself from my feelings.

I suspect we all have zombie days from time to time. I think it’s important to give ourselves permission to not always be happy, but there are also simple ways to improve our mood when we’re feeling down.

Everybody is different, and everybody has different ways of dealing with pain.

My three mood uppers are:

  1. Writing is usually the first thing I do when I’m feeling down. It always helps me get my thoughts and feelings out in front of me.
  2. Watch a funny movie or spend time with someone who has a good sense of humor. Laughing releases tension and has a natural ability to heal.
  3. Whenever I feel dejected I like to read kind emails and comments from my blog readers or read emails from my friends. Doing so reminds me that I’m loved, thought about, and appreciated.

Linking this post with @misra_amrita, @Deepagandhi1, @Twinklingtina and @Mayuri6 for #ThankfulThursdays 

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