October 15 2018

Author Interview – Richa S Mukherjee

Richa started her writing journey as a child, scribbling away poems and stories for her father, every time he travelled on work. Her career as a journalist and advertising professional after completing her MBA, and becoming a mother has given her writing more dimension and her creativity, more juice. Her curious mind helps her look at people and situations in a unique way and she hopes her observations continue to inspire her in this lifelong pursuit of expression. Her debut novel has been published by Harper Collins and Black Ink Books and she can’t wait to spin yarns and churn out books for the rest of her life.

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

There are disciplined, structure driven writers and there are fluid intuitive writers. I realised that it is important to balance both, otherwise, sometimes, you land in a definitive soup and cobwebs in your head towards the latter half of your draft. Thats what I am taking into my next book. 

How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?

I try not inhibiting my writing with expectations. If I did that, I would end up doing exactly what I felt was the worst part of corporate jobs, the burden of expectations. Twitching nervously and biting every nail available is all I’d be doing. I want to enjoy the process of writing. And I pray that the purity of that intent will reflect in how a reader identifies and connects with what I write.

What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?

Gratitude! Imagine not having daily fodder around you for building characters. And this is especially important for the initial books. W.R.T my first book, I’ve apologised in advance for making fun of some of the people who were the ‘inspirations’ and outright denied any connection with the ones that contested the characters 😀

What’s the best way to market your books?

Keeping your ears and eyes open for any and all kind of opportunities. Gone are the days when writers could sit in their cozy nooks, writing books, hoping someone or something will help them sell. Its about creating buzz, touching varied audiences and always being available for a conversation, even if you find it exacting. It’s your baby and everything you feed it matters!

How many hours a day do you write?

This is a tear inducing question. (sighs dramatically) I would love to be more disciplined about this but I must admit that with work, child, home, travel etc, there is no set time or number of hours. I write in fits and starts but I try and write something, even if a small poem, or just a few lines everyday. Keeps me connected. My next book will take a concerted effort to finish so I’ve promised myself more planned and frequent writing in the coming weeks. And I predict some amount of success as the punishment for not meeting this goal is no desserts.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Living inside the characters. Immersing myself in their world. That is hard to do with squawking maids, blaring phones and a child stuck to your leg. I do miss some alone time when I need to do delve deep into a character and figure out a way forward.

Does your family support your career as a writer?

Absolutely. They are my pillars of strength and inspiration. I am an advertising professional and am working reduced hours now post my daughter came on board. But they always knew there was a book in me, languishing somewhere, even before I knew it! 

How long on average did it take you to write your first published book?

Oddly, around the same time it took me to deliver my daughter. Around 10 months or so. Thats why they are both my babies!

Rapid Fire

Favourite writing snack? Green tea and nuts with muri (puffed rice)

Independent bookshop or Amazon? Independent bookshop (But I’m afraid these days there is no reach without the arms of Amazon)

E-Book Or Physical Book? Always always always Physical Book. 

A Book You Want Everyone To Read? A million thoughts by Om Swami

Recommend An Underrated Author? Manu Joseph (He deserves much more)

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used As A Bookmark? A bottle cap

Do You Ever Judge A Book By Its Cover? It’s natural to but I try and not get overtly swayed by a mere cover. 

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October 12 2018

Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you, Sonia from SoniasMusings for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Yay for letting me pretend them I’m ~mysterious~. Make sure you go check out her blog because she is wonderful ♥ The tag was created by Okoto Enigma!

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

Rules: 

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog (I picked an alternate version of the logo).
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer questions of nominator.
  • Nominate 10-20 people.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share your link to your best post(s).

Three things about myself 

  1. I go on and off a diet but I love food too much for my own good
  2. I don’t like cooking.
  3. I am hyper allergic to things such as papaya, dust, cold, few funny named vegetables

Now coming to the five questions that Sonia had asked me 

1. Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody knows.

I write couplets in Urdu.

2. Which genre of books do you enjoy reading the most and why?

Non-fiction. I like reality in what I read. Fiction is too made up and fake.

3. What is the best piece of advice or feedback that you received for your writing?

Get a book out on paperback soon in poetry, not just electronically but on paper the world needs to read you. This has   really motivated me a lot.

4. If you were stranded on an island, what things would you take with you and why?

My books, bottles of water and food – for my survival 

5. What is the weirdest or craziest thing that you have ever done?

Surviving hatred and coming out as a winner on social media.

Would love to hear any of your thoughts! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day.

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October 9 2018

Life without smartphones

When you reach into your pocket for your mobile and it’s not there. You can’t post your ‘missing mobile’ status on social media. No wonder, because our phone isn’t just our phone. It’s our digital security blanket – and it goes everywhere with us. Practically our entire lives are in those seductive little devices, so it’s no wonder we go a little crazy when we’re apart from them. But some of us take this separation anxiety too far.

You feel stressed out, cut off or incomplete without your mobile. We can survive for up to three weeks without food, and 3-7 days without water… but most of us can’t handle a day without our phones?

Phone battery might be down as low as 50 per cent, sparking a frantic search for a charger/free socket.

Or maybe someone tagged you in a post. Or ‘X’, who is ‘friends with Y’ liked your latest selfie. Or that text needs a response straight away. Whatever, you’ve just got to check. Now

Fear of Missing Out has you picking up that phone even though you know it’ll just make you sicker. You can’t relax for fear that everyone else is having a better time than you, so you need to check what they’re up to – constantly. Vicious circle.

We all spend as little time as possible in no-mobile zones like airports, theatres, hospitals, schools and libraries, and any place without Wi-Fi or where the signal is iffy.

Most of the people are so attached to their mobiles that they’d give up sex rather than give up their phones – iPhone users being the most smitten with their devices.

But taking your phone to bed is a bad idea – it interferes with your sleep, keeping you up late and waking you during the night with those all-important notifications – meaning you won’t be at your shiny, happy best the next day.

So, reckon you suffer from phone separation anxiety? Here’s what to do:

  • Turn your phone off. Especially when you go to bed.
  • Take it out of your pocket. Put it down. Back away.
  • Go for a walk (without your phone). Play with your dog. Visit a friend. (Yes, in real life. People still do that.)
  • Try going without your mobile for short periods. Then longer ones.

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October 5 2018

If We Were Having Coffee

Let us get cozy up – in your yoga pants and my shorts along with our warm cups of beverages. I may have more than just one cup as I have lot of things to tell you.

Much has happened as of late in my life and a better way to share is through an If We Were Having Coffee feature!

What are you drinking? Coffee? Tea? I’m having no milk- no sugar-Davidoff expresso- or Americano as you call it, blunt-dark-bitter coffee- I make my coffee at home.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that….September has been hard on me and first 4 days of October has been same like last month – lots of work and lots of studies. I had my assignments, I scored 135/140 – 14 subjects. I am still wondering where did I lose 5 marks?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that …. on 29th September, I attended a lunch party with 3 of my Twitter friends – of whom I met 2 for the first time. It was at Newscafe Restaurant at Inorbit Mall. We had chicken, chicken and chicken. Photos are already up in Instagram.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that…mom gifted me polki baalis for my third piercing. I love my ears and these baalis have adorned them more.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that…I have 66 reviews and I gave 21 interviews as an author. It has been more than a year of being verified author on Goodreads. Life is good as a published author.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that…my next book has it’s content ready. I love the cover, it has been designed by me. Should I do a cover real on Instagram? Let me know your interest. I guess the book will be out in December 1st week. I wish you buy a copy of it.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that….in the year 2019 I want to be a paperback author. Writing fiction is not my cup of any drink. The idea of novel doesn’t work. I cant bore my readers with 250 pages of situations and circumstances which look good only on print. I can’t wait for that day when people will walk up to me and ask for a signed copy of my book. *Fingers crossed*.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that….#MyFriendAlexa  blogging campaign got over on 30th September. I had a rank fall of 58.62 % in India and Globally 28.56%. 50% downfall was my target. I debuted Dark poetry and I received 54 comments on my 8 poems from readers who actually understood the content. I wish to personally thank my friends (who were not apart of #MFA)- Neeraj, Anurag, Shivam, Harshad, Arun, Piyush, Ronak, Samrat, MK and Neel for taking out time to read my poems and give their comments on my blog. 

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that….2nd October on Twitter, I had a real nasty spat with a guy (who follows me and many of you who is reading this) over a tweet on mine.

I never got personal with him. I never took his name but he turned to be a grade less personality. He has always been a trouble on my feed, interrupting in my conversations which I have with my friends, giving his unwanted opinion on everything. He has also linked me up with a man who happens to be a dear friend of mine. He has called me – self obsessed, narcissist, attention seeker, hypocrite, sexist, waste of time, his biggest regret. I was not surprised at these words, but I had a big laugh, because I am used to hatred on social media for my opinion, attitude and sarcasm. I wrote –“Men have no common sense” – this was out of my experience (which I have had with some brainless idiotic men) which I responded to one of his not required unknowledgeable comment on my tweet. Other men who read my tweet and that comment, agreed and said there is nothing offensive because I did not do any personal attack on any man. I did not take any name! I told him politely to leave and unfollow me. He did not. He is stalking (he is following all those with whom I have lots of conversations during the day and more), liking everything I write as a response to people and giving his irrelevant unwanted expert views on my tweets and those by others too. Blocking is not the solution,  he can access my feed easily from elsewhere too. This is not the first time someone called me names here, earlier it happened when I tweeted in support of actor Salman Khan – my account was temporarily locked (can you believe this?) and whenever I correct wrong grammar, spellings and sentence structure of people on the feed – I always got/get abuses in return. Twitter  has turned people into vitriolic, highly critical, venomous, spiteful individuals, driven by religious and ideological affiliations, ready to tear each other apart at the slightest hint of a difference of opinion. I have been a scapegoat in the past and I keep becoming one whenever I express my opinion on something I feel very strong about. I am that favourite person of social media who everyone loves to hate. My trust has been broken. My trust is being cut into pieces and I am sure my trust will be under scrutiny all the time.

I would love to hear from you on this post – as a comment/tweet response/call/message/ping – anything and however you wish to communicate with me.

Till we meet next…..have lots of coffee/tea and keep reading my blog/tweets and articles. 

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September 6 2018

Have You Been Injured? What You Need To Know When Dealing With It Legally

Personal injury lawsuits are filed for all sorts of reasons. If you are considering this avenue, there are many things you need to know. In this article, we provide a great deal of basic information to help you prevail in court.

You need to make notes about any lost income. This will document all of the times where you lost money due to your injury. You may also be compensated for any classes you missed.

Ask for referrals from family members and friends to find a good personal injury lawyer. When you take these steps, you increase the chances of hiring a quality lawyer that will help get you the results you want. You deserve to have the best possible attorney represent you in court.

Look on the web for attorneys who have great reputations. The information you gather will make your final decision easier. Look for an attorney that is experienced with your particular case.

You should avoid hiring personal injury attorneys just because you’ve seen their television commercials. This can become a disaster. Do plenty of research on an attorney, and meet them before hiring them. You might find that this lawyer needs to run ads on TV because they have no experience or have a bad reputation.

Keep all the documents linked to your personal injury, including medical bills. Also, you should keep notes from physicians and everything related to your particular case. Do not forget to also save any and all emails that you receive from your doctors.

Can you make a profit from the injury that you suffered? Is there someone that can be held accountable for causing your injury? Your questions have probably been answered in this article, and you may have even learned something new. Keep this information in mind to have the best outcome with your case.

For more details about personal injury, call a Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston, Texas today!

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August 25 2018

Novemberschild turns 3!! – #Contest

Everyone knows I have been blogging since 2004, but it was only on 29th AUGUST 2016 that I turned into a self hosted platform and got my own dotcom – Novemberschild. It has completed 2 years and just stepped into the third year.

Thanks to all of you reading this right now … your visits, comments, emails and support has kept me motivated for all these years and I really do appreciate the time and effort you make when you share, assure, advise and just stop by and say Good or more better words on my posts.

Here’s to an exciting 3rd year ahead and making dreams come true! 

What’s a celebration without a CONTEST?!! 

To celebrate my BLOG’S birthday/Anniversary I have an amazing contest starting today. 

I thank Kalampedia – the main sponsor with whom I have collaborated on this contest.

TOPICS

1. Write about your favourite book and what impact did it have on you? 

2. If you could be any character from a book or movie, who would you be and why?

3. Your most cherished memory of reading something you’ll never forget.

RULES OF THE CONTEST

1. The post should be of a minimum of 300 words to maximum 600 words in YOUR blog only.

2. The Contest starts on 25th August 2018 and ends on 2nd September 2018 at 11:59pm.

3. The winners will be announced on  8th September 2018 

4. Contest Open to all bloggers with valid blogs and email addresses only in India.

5. It is must to follow me on Twitter @romspeaks for sharing the entries, to communicate and to know the updates on this contest.

6. Only 2 entries per blogger is allowed.

7. You are free to add pictures in the post to make it interesting.

8. No old posts are allowed for this contest and plagiarised entries will be disqualified.

9. Every post to have this mandatory line included – “THIS POST IS WRITTEN FOR NOVEMBERSCHILD IN ASSOCIATION WITH KALAMPEDIA – QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE”

10. The entry(s) to be submitted in the below comment box of this post

Prizes

1st prize – 1 x 1500 Amazon shopping voucher 

2nd prize – 1x 1000 Amazon shopping voucher 

3rd prize –  1x 500 Amazon shopping voucher 

 

Selected entries will be PUBLISHED in Kalampedia’s website and the bloggers will be informed. 

The prizes are sponsored by Kalampedia – Quest for Knowledge. It is a place for books. All kinds of books. From the ancient times to this very moment – they pick the best ones and try to make sense of this world.

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