inKonversation

Getting to know the creators of the magical worlds of words! Here on the Pensieve . . . . . . .

You read how their creations held our eyes, hearts and minds throughout the word journeys, made us laugh, cry, feel and live through words, painted worlds far off, dead, living and yet to be born in book reviews. inKonversation is an attempt to get to know the mind behind those words, the man (or woman) behind those stories, the soul in those bundles of pulp (or pixels).

Filling The Tales Pensieve with immense joy and honor, these WordMavericks talk about their journeys, dreams and wisdom that only telling stories can give. Go on pull out the wisdom streak, you seek.

Books Will Become Shorter and Faster: Manoj Jain

Being bold and fearless is a virtue writers ought not shun but preserve. We get inKonversation with an author who was fearless enough to go for self publishing because the traditional publishing system did not want to publish a book as bold as this. The BNO is his first literary baby and we are glad a courageous voice did not

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The World of Bisexuality Is A little Dark & A Little Bright With Love: Bhaavna Arora

A hardcore academician, an ace student and a avid, top ranking scholar. Ex-Director of a business school and MBA in both Human Resources & Marketing along with a Ph.D. in Leadership from Pittsford University, our author in the hot seat, is the bestselling author of two absolutely stunning and unconventional books – The Deliberate Sinner and Mistress of Honour. She also trains

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More Than Dronas, There Are Krishnas In My Writing Journey: Mainak Dhar

A self-described cubicle dweller by the day and writer by night, our author in the hot seat, is the author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad. These books have also been translated into Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, German and Portuguese. He lives with a self-assigned target of writing a book a year

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inKonversation with Zaarra Khader: Talks On Forbidden Boundaries & The Forbidden One

We get inKonversation with the lady who writes some very interesting stories that are thought provoking as well as sexy. Debuting with gorgeous stories, thought proving story lines and an eye catching cover is Zaarra Khader, author of The Forbidden One. Read on: Congratulations on the stupendous debut Zaarra. That’s an unconventional idea. What triggered The Forbidden One? Thank you…

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inKonversation: Nagendra Murti on Debuting With A Mind Thriller and More…

Born in Bengaluru, India and a Master of Software Engineering from Brandeis University, Waltham, USA, Nagendra Murti is a technologist and a customer advocate by profession. He is also an avid bird-watcher, photographer and wildlife enthusiast. His constant gripe is the disappearing lakes of Bengaluru due to chaotic urbanization and is looking for avenues to help with that cause. When time

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Winning to Judging: Shoma Narayanan

Banker on weekdays, writer on weekends the first Indian Mills & Boons writer to have a global book release – Shoma Narayan – has had an exciting journey from being a winner of Mills & Boons Passions Contest to judging the same contest 3 years later. As Passions 2014 – Season 4 is well underway we get inKonversation with the writer

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inKonversation With Romance Addict & Addiction – Ruchi Vasudeva

With two novels in her kitty, Ruchi Vasudeva has arrived and some. While her first novel Bollywood Fiance For A Day has charming Zaheer swooning the females off their feet, her second novel You Can’t Fight Royal Attraction has gorgeous Saira making every girl want to be her. In short, Ruchi Vasudeva creates some memorable characters. Ruchi Vasudeva is a doctor by

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Give Up (writing) While There’s Still Time! – inKonversation with Andy Paula

Andy Paula is quite a versatile personality. From a teacher to a corporate trainer to a writer, she has travelled a long road, which few of us dream of travelling or are apprehensive of. After the innumerable essays, poems, articles, editorials, congratulations & condolence letters she wrote for herself and others refused to satiate her writer’s self, she finally put

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inKonversation With A (very) Young Love Guru – Anamika Mishra

I have never met Anamika Mishra, so when I got the chance to read her book and interview her, I didn’t have any high expectations. Okay, here is another chick lit. Girl falling in love, heartbreak and all the other ingredients. There wasn’t much to be impresssed about. Right? Wrong! For a young girl Anamika’s insight into relationships and human

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New England Meets India: inKonversation with Betsy Woodman

A north american with memories of India, returns back after decades to write a fiction based in the country of her childhood memories. Part memoir – part fiction the Jana Bibi Adventure series is back this winter with its second instalment. We get inKonversation with the creator of the vivacious fortune teller Jana Bibi and her intriguing parrot – Betsy

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Never Stop If You Love Writing: inKonversation with Parthajeet Sarma

Bringing together hope and humor seems like his thing. Atleast his debut proves so. The debutant author who brought us the very intriguingly titled Smart Phones Dumb People? – Parthajeet Sarma– gets inKonversation with us and we get a sneak-peek into a mind that is equally intriguing. Read on: Tell us a little about yourself and your background Parthajeet? My

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Writing Can Be A Bolt From The Blue, Proves Sundari Venkatraman

inKonversation with Sundari Venkatraman who felt the happiness of being a published author when Indireads decided to publish her short novella Double Jeopardy. When I got this book for review I was ready for a quick read without much expectations. This small package made me sit up, bite my nails and hold my breath and above all the oomph factor was something I would not have guessed in my wildest dream.

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Pensiever calling Pensiever: inKonversation with Adite Banerjie

I met Adite through the blogging world. Her book The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal was about to be out and she was feeling the jitters of an author debutante. But once I read her book I had a strong feeling that this book is not only for the Indian readers but also should be distributed in the International market. While her story

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Writing Is More Than Just Being Able To Put A Sentence Together: inKonversation Ambalika Bhattacharyya

She has one of the most intriguing author profiles, we have ever come across Indian writers:  Ambalika was born during an extraordinary planetary eclipse that had momentarily wiped off the sunshine from her life. When the darkness threatened to take over, she wrote and wrote, and when the eclipse passed, she found that she had authored this book. When she

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Never Make Decisions When You’re Angry or Horny, says Lara Bagai

She will be the big Three O soon, has a super bitch competitor in business, has the whackiest supporter there too, has the craziest bunch of friends (like all of us) and they are all congregating for her 30th. For a whole week. And yes, she has this filmy deal with her not really buddy friend, that awaits realization at

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inKonversation With Mythologist Par Excellence – Devdutt Pattanaik

This interview is a dream come true for me. No really! I have said this before, The Pregnant King was a turning point in my realization as a reader and this man made it possible. He opened up a whole new genre for me and honestly there has been no looking back. His articles and books are my one-point reference

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Desi inKonversation from Videsh: A Talk With Ankita Kapoor

Once a desi, always a desi – for the heart knows just one beat! We get inKonversation with the very much desi in videsh – Ankita Kapoor. The debuting author and artist talks about her first book, the trials and time pass that writing has become for her. An author published in the US of A, a story about the

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inKonversation: WordMaverick of April 2013 – Adi

A science graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an insatiable interest in the religious history of India, spirituality and mythology and one who claims to have spent his entire life researching for his debut book Tantra – Adi is the WordMaverick of April 2013. We get inKonversation with the shy wordsmith who gives us not

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What Is Important In Fiction Is That It Has Internal Logic: Amandeep Sandhu

Roll of Honour is without doubt one of the best books read and reviewed on The Tales Pensieve so far and a journey into the mind of the wordsmith behind the book was yet another wonderful experience. In again one of the best interviews here, Amandeep Sandhu gets inKonversation about capturing the stories in our lives, peeling yourself to write and some

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inKonversation: WordMaverick of the Month – March 2013

IT guy turned into a love story writer. Heard that so often, no? IT guy turns into a fantasy fiction writer!! that’s a new one, right? Meet Sarang Mahajan – our very own WordMaverick of March 2013 on The Tales Pensieve. First he wrote Visual Basic and Java codes, then all those ish-wish web designing codes and now fantasy fiction

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inKonversation: P G Bhaskar – WordMaverick February 2013

He is the proverbial banker-cum-writer, a breed so up and kicking in the Indian writing scenario today; but thankfully he doesn’t write books that look like bollywood films on pulp! inKonversation with the WordMaverick of February 2013 we meet the man behind the funny yet sensible Jack Patel – P. G. Bhaskar. The Dubai based private banker talks about Indian

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Meet the amalgamators of Photos & Fiction: WordMaverick of January 2013

The Stopover has been one of the most exciting debut books I happen to read in the past six months. It not only introduces a talented photographer and two exciting story writers but also a genre itelf – Photofiction. The art of story telling through pictures was somewhere lost to children books; we adults after a certain age think it

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inKonversation With Novelist-On-A-Marathon-Run – Joygopal Podder

He is the writer on a mission; a frenzied mission. He is the official record holder of the fastest published Indian and looks nowhere in a mood to slow down. We get inKonversation with Joygopal Podder as he gets ready with his 13th novel Goddess. An inspiration and role model to writers all over with his body of work, he

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Fiction Is The Only Truth That Makes Sense: Aarzoo Shrarma

Start of this week we get inKonversation with a writer from the heart of India. Aarzoo Sharma, lives in a small village Chahlan in distt. Ludhiana, Punjab and writes about life in english novels and in punjabi poems. Read the reclusive young author talk about how writing as the safest mode of unleashing his wrath for certain things in life and

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Like Guitarists, Painters And Sculptors, You Have To Practice The Craft (of Writing): Rohit Gore

He is the classic Engineer-MBA in the IT industry; But he is also the writer who writes on humane emotions and accomplishes a book a year. After a debut in commercial, easy read fiction, he has moved on the darker human emotions and is dabbling in them well. inKonversation with Rohit Gore who believes nothing can stop your passion, not

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inKoversation: Kunal Mukherjee – WordMaverick December 2012

The first interview of 2013 coincidently happens to be the wordsmith who penned one of the best books I read in 2012 – Kunal Mukherjee, debuting author of My Magical Palace and our very own WordMaverick of December 2012. Consultant, traveler, writer and much more, he dons many caps (the one in the picture not counting ;)).  A real setting,

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Truly, Madly, Deeply Is part of a New Emerging Segment – Semi Literary Reads: Faraaz Kazi

We celebrate love at The Tales Pensieve as we bid adieu to 2012; in out final post of the year we get inKonversation with an author who is not just an author! He is a certified soft-skills trainer, a three-time post graduate, runs his own academy in Mumbai and is the Founder/CEO of Digi Imprint Solutions, India’s first exclusive promotional

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Incentivised Conversion Is Still Forced Conversion : Oswald Pereria

The man who scintillated  us with his sensational debut on blurring lines in news reporting in The Newsroom Mafia is back this year end with yet another shocker. This christmas Oswald Pereira takes us, wrapped in fiction, to a less talked about truth concerning Christianity in India. We get inKonversation with the multi-talented wordsmith who seems to be on a mission

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My Strange Craziness For Spain Lead To Te Amo: Rohit Sharma

An engineer turned writer, debuting with a love story? Sounds similar? Tad too much but Rohit Sharma‘s Te Amo….I Love You have been garnering some rave reviews since it hit the literary scene a few days back. In yet another enticing tale of how an artist discovered the storyteller in him; we get inKonversation with the latest debutant about dancing to

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Life Is Too Short To Not Follow Your Heart: Preeti Shenoy

She took to writing through her blog, justamotheroftwo.blogspot.com, to cope with the pain of losing her father and there has been no looking back. A best selling debut with non-fiction 34 Bubblegums & Candies followed by fiction National bestsellers – Life is What You Make of It and Tea for Two & A Piece of Cake. Preeti Shenoy – the Bangalore based poet, artist and

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inKonversation: Jugal Mody – WordMaverick November 2012

A web and social media geek at known brands who dedicates his first book to every computer he has ever used and truly believes in fiction, Jugal Mody, is fun logic-alized. The writer who debuts with marijuana turning savior, zombiefied apocalyptic tale is the WordMaverick of November 2012 and we get to tickle our funny bone once again as we

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I Had My Own Share of Adventure With a Literary Agent: Anees Salim

Fairy tales – Believe in them? Aren’t they are stuff little girls with frilly dresses believe in?  A college dropout who went on to become the creative head of a high-profile advertising agency and when he decides to write novels top-of-the-game publishers line-up to publish not one but four of his works. And to top that his debit title is attracting

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Alice In My Story Was Perhaps Subconsciously Modeled On David Headley : Prem Rao

As we remember 26/11 on its fourth anniversary today, at The Tales Pensieve we get inKonversation with an author who brings us a thriller built around the terrorist carnage in Mumbai and a lot of other thrills. Bangalore based Blogger, Corporate Executive, Entrepreneur, Executive Coach and Thriller Writer Prem Rao after a psychological thrilling ride in It Can’t Be you

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Legends of Norse Mythology and A Teen Indian: inKonversation Anusha Subramanian

She is all of 12, loves books, opines with her author father on his book covers and is India’s youngest published author. Anusha Subramanian not just loves reading those books but is also the proud creator of the Catriona series – a four book teenage fantasy packed with action and adventure. As she gets ready for the official launch of

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Writing A Novel Is Like A Marathon, Not A Sprint: Mainak Dhar

…..and he has won quite a few marathons! With a self-made-promise to write a book every year and a disciple to match that Mainak Dhar – Managing Director & Head of Asia Personal Health Care at Procter & Gamble and a bestselling author with 13 books under his belt is a tangy mix to handle, just like his books. He not just meets

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Terrorism & Naxalism Are Already Together In The Red Corridor : Sami Ahmad Khan

Terrorists create mayhem, Naxals create mayhem and if they come together it is mayhem raised to the power of two! Sami Ahmad Khan is a young debut writer but has decided to flow against the tide and write something that isn’t what sells. He decides to write a political thriller and thus was born Red Jihad -The terrifying thought-in-action of coming

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inKonversation: Janice Pariat – WordMaverick of October 2012

Poetry in prose – that’s Janice Pariat‘s style and what a style! The reader is left wanting to divulge more and discover just one corner more about the world that she paints with her words. One of those brave souls to head dive into writing full time, her debut book Boats of the Land is making a mark allover for her

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I’d love to write a “spiritual science fiction”: Srini Chandra

Marketing professional and author of a book that is Spiritual Fiction! That is Srini Chandra for you, who wrote a book that I love to call crash course in life discourse. But if you happen to read Srini on Twitter most of the times you don’t get a philosophical discourse, you mostly are rolling out of your chair. While we

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I will never plunge full-time into writing: Ravi Subramanian

August 31, 2008 was the first time I got introduced to the story-teller called Ravi Subramanian through a blue colored book jacket and an interesting title If God Was A Banker. Ravi has come out with a fine story every year since then in the scarcely explored Indian genre of corporate thrillers; so much so that his readers can proudly

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Writing Allowed Me To Create My Own Little Fantasy World: Smita Shetty

Smita Shetty – NRI, a full time mom, full time wife and most of all in a full time job and yet she managed to write a book and publish it that too with an Indian publisher – for me she is a wonder woman. They say the more effortless the book seems, the more effort the writer puts into

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inKonversation: Hemant Kumar – WordMaverick of September 2012

Hemant Kumar has been a journalist for three long decades before picking up the pen to write his debut novel, the moving and riveting Prey by the Ganges. The book has been lapping up critical reviews ever since its publication and paints rural India in the most picturesque form possible for words.

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inKonversation: Piyush Jha

Ad maker turned Film director Piyush Jha of Chalo America, King of Bollywood and Sikandar fame has added a new feather in his already overflowing kitty of creative pursuits. He turns fiction writer with his debut book – Mumbaistan. A collection of three novellas, the book defines crime-fiction complete with hardboiled heroes and femme fatales desperately trying to find justice

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Gods and Mankind’s Godly Wrestle: inKonversation with Author Ajay Kansal

Dr. Ajay Kansal is a professor and consultant in clinical pathology. During his medical practice, he encountered many suffering patients, which drilled a hole in his faith in gods. Gradually, he realized that gods and religions were doing nothing to resuscitate the sufferings of humanity, in-fact fake promises of priests were only making the sufferers complacent; they were only worshiping

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