Candid Session with Anuradha Prasad

Hello lovelies,

I am back with an interesting interview with Anuradha Prasad. She is the author of Coming Back Home. So, lets get started :

Sur: Please tell us something about yourself?


Anu: Firstly,I want to thank you for this interview.  Coming to your question,  I am a post grad in English literature and a Phd holder in the same. I am an artist, columnist, academician an author and a fitness buff. Recently I developed a penchant for traveling too. I love to soak in the culture of a new place and interact with the locals.

Sur :When did writing made its beautiful appearance in your life?

Anu: At the tender age of 7. I used to write poetry after school hours. Naturally, at that age I did not know that poems were the finest creation of art with words. It was a natural process and I am very proud of it. One regret is someone should have published them for me. Who knows it could have become popular like the diary of Anne Frank!

Sur: Coming back Home is an excellent title. How did it strike you?



Anu: Before writing books I have written thousands of features with catchy titles for leading Newspapers. Based on the emotion of the story also I come up with a suitable title.


Sur: What is important to you? Fame or good readership?

Anu: I believe  good readership means a lot of fame. So good readership.

Sur: What would be your advise to the upcoming authors?

Anu: According to me , before entering any field one should be clear about why he/she wants to be in it. Is it for money, recognition, passion, great talent so on.  Its the same with writing. Develop a style that is individualistic. Do not give up easily. Don’t expect anything. Having said all this, once you start to write, the field will tell you if you are meant for it or not.  How? Your work will get published and then recognition should follow.  Don’t lose heart initially if your intention is clear .

Also I feel one should be really blessed with the talent to write.  If you are great at writing but not getting recognition its still ok. But if you are recognized but a bad writer it is humiliating . A beautiful book and talent will be eventually get recognition.  Its like I am ugly but want to become an actor and also that I am ugly and a bad actor but a recognized one. Every field has its demands. Assessing your capabilities are important. Recognition should always come to the deserving not vice-versa. Over a period of say two years of consistent trials if non of the above is happening then its time to quit.

Sur: What is the biggest surprise as a writer for you?

Anu: I look back and think that once I used to dive deep into the works of renowned writers of the world and today I am writing books myself. I used to wonder at times how these people are able to write so much. Today I am doing the same. This is a real surprise.

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The Princess of a Whorehouse by Mayank Sharma


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Aparajita is a tenacious go-getter. Her name means unconquerable in Sanskrit, and she lives up to its meaning. 
Just like any other ambitious girl, she desires to fulfil her dreams and become an independent individual. Far and wide, the shadow of her melancholy past chases her passage. The fact that her widowed mother is a former sex worker irks the community. Nonetheless, she is not ashamed to reveal her mother’s past. 
Will she lose hope, or will she defy an enigma that is centuries-old? Will she ever conquer the hearts of a prestige-obsessed community? 
See the world through Aparajita’s prism in a tale stirred by some real life events.
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Mayank Sharma is a computer engineering graduate with post-graduation in business management. He works with a leading technology multinational in Delhi. He has authored a number of articles and white papers on software technology and processes. For the first time in April 2014, his article was featured in Better Software magazine published in Florida, USA. Writing has become Mayank’s greatest passion when he observed how it can trigger the winds of change. He is gradually transforming from a “left-brained” writer to a “right-brained” writer. Besides writing, he is passionate about sketching, painting, and making sculptures since childhood.





India is the fifth-largest economy in the world with the Gross Domestic Product growth at 7.1 percent. Contrary, India ranks 118 out of 157 countries in the happiness index. The fact seized Mayank’s attention towards social problems affecting social support, freedom of choices, and generosity, to name a few. Having travelled across continents and associated with people with diverse beliefs and values, he became more curious about the social riddles curtailing liberties across societies. He penned his debut novel, The Princess of a Whorehouse, when he came across some real life incidents that quivered his soul.




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Yugen: Universe Is In Your Hands

Magazine  Title : YuGen: Universe Is In Your Hands

Founders: Rishikesh Pande, Saundharya Jain

Editor-in-chief: Akash Rumade

Cover Designer: Aniket Khariwale



When on a whatsapp group Rishikesh asked the members for a review of the magazine, I asked him if I could read the magazine. I have never read any e- magazine so I was so curious to read it. When I got the magazine link, I quickly read in about 20 minutes. Rishi was shocked as he had never expected that I would come up with my feedbacks so quickly. But this written review took me forever as I was clueless what to cover and what to leave. I wanted to make my review live just before the another issue release as I wanted people to talk about one and only YuGen.

It starts with a fantastic ediotial note by Akash Rumade and the way he brief us about the magazine is artistic. The magazine is divided into the following sections:

Fiction: Poetry: Essays: Spotlight: Reviews: Writer’s Guidance.
 The stories just took away my heart. The Artist by Rishikesh Pande is a thoughtful story which talks about an artist whose not appreciated by her father and the way she handles things and finally she gives us. This same happens with us right? We are encouraged at times and at times discouraged. But we should always face the things and NEVER GIVE UP.
Credence by Akash Rumade was there in Turning Point of Life too and I have read this here again. It had the same essence and I really loved it, even after reading it the third time.
Kadimah by Saundharya Jain is under Writer’s Guidance which is beautifully explained. The references and simple examples given are really helpful. Then there was a book review of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five by Anirban Nanda. Anirban has taked about the book in a detailed way by taking some instances from the extracts.
Further, Ekta Ray’s artwork take you to some other world. I must say she has an artistic quality which one can feel in her artworks. The poems by Anmol Sachdeva, Akshata Mahale, Meena Mishra, adds soul to this magazine. I was completely engrossed by the poems of these beautiful poets. Not only this, Mangolia by Pallavi Sareen added another flavour to the magazine. It was a murder mystery which was captivating.
If I am writing about everything, how can I forget Akash’s Haikus. I still remember when he started penning them down, I always appreciated it and now they are in this magazine. I feel proud to have a friend like him with such a deep sense of this type poetry. I wish I could write something like this. The essay by Mudit Gupta on India- A Single Tax Market was really helpful.
Further, the review on Pink Colour of Pink movie and then on the Genes by Sidhartha Mukherjee gave new vibes to the magazine. Paresh Tiwari’s spotlight added positive vibes.
This magazine is for young generation and you can surely read it by requesting the links of the magazine availablity from the owners. Even you can submit your articles, stories or poems. The next issue will be launched on 25 March, 2017. Stay tuned.
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Book Review of UNNS The Captivation

UNNS The Captivation by Sapan Saxena is a romantic thriller. This book is multi layered and will surprise you at every moment. The story surely keeps you hooked and I completed it in just 2 hours. Finally, I got a lengthy book of around 244 pages.


The cover of the book is fantastic as it has a white background, a blue royal rose which plays a majot role in the story ad also two people walking together under an umbrella.

The title makes the reader totally clueless but as we progress we get to know the meaning of it. UNNS is a Urdu word which is a stage in love. This stage signifies the seven stages according to a theory in Urdu which you will get to know in the book.

The plot is crisp and neatly woven. The story revolves around the lives of Atharva and Meher who are sweethearts from their adolescence, get separated and meet again with some reason. Life takes twist and turns in their lives.

The setting plays a significant role and can even be used as locations for the movies. The first part is played in India, then it shifts to Germany and then to a town in AMerica.

The story moves slowly as it has time gap and leaps of 15 years. The lovers meet and get separated. Everytime with a new purpose. This reminds of a concept where fate is the destiny. They were destined to meet hence destiny played the role. Though it sounds like character is the destiny but its the other way out.

Sapan has beautifully characterised his characters. Meher seems one of the most complex characters whose actions and thoughts are difficult to understand. Even at times we are at a doubt like whether loves Atharva or not. She is caught in her own demons.

Whereas Atharva is a strong character but comes out to be weak only in love. Love makes us weak and strong at the same time.

The style of writing is simple yet clear. Some historical facts and stories adds flavour to it and surely, doesnt bore the readers. Furthermore, the pace is steady. There were some facts which I didnt like. The start could have been better, plus the middle was totally predictable. Somwhere I could feel I was watching a movie. Yes, I could connect to the story and feel the emotions.

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Spotlight of Rocking Fate by Erin Trejo



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My life was always a mess. I’ve been alone since I was young. Meeting Ghost changed all that for me. Hells Fire gave me a place to call home. My actions from the past have followed me though.

Things get complicated when I meet Aria. I wasn’t looking for more than a weekend of hot sex.

I got a lot more than that though. When I find out who her father is, my life is thrown in another direction. Being forced to choose between what is right and what I’m forced into becomes my new struggle. Forced between a life I never wanted and one I’m not sure of will be my breaking point.



“I see you ladies decided try it out with the bad boys, huh?” I hold a beer out to each of them. They take it.

“We figured that we would come out and see if you boys can handle us.” She’s bold, I’ll give her that.

“You never told me your name.” I grin at the girl with the mouth while she licks her lips.

“I’m, Dana. That’s Crystal, and…” I don’t let her finish. I finish for her.

“Aria.” Her eyes snap to mine. She looks a little surprised that I remember.

I wave Ghost and Devil over. I think we need to break this little party up a little.

Devil looks at the girls with a giant ass grin.

“What’s up, Roc?”

“Damn–fuck me ladies.” They all blush a pretty shade of pink when they look at Devil. You have to picture him though. Devil is a good-looking guy, but he is covered in tattoos and piercings. He must look exactly like what he’s called to these girls.

“These are my boys, Devil, and Ghost.” I see the way Devil is eyeing Aria. Too bad, I already laid claim to that one.

Moving past the girls as they introduce themselves, I throw my arm around Aria’s shoulders.

I lean in closely, nipping her earlobe.

“Glad you came back.” The way her body responds to me makes me want to haul her ass back to my room.

Ghost grins at me; that all knowing look on his face.

“What brings you girls out here? You don’t seem like the typical type that would be here.” Devil crosses his arms over his chest.

He isn’t a big man but he is intimidating. The girls swallow hard, looking around at each other.

“Vacation.” Dana speaks up, but she looks a little more nervous now.


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Book Review of In the Flickering of an Eye

In the Flickering of an Eye by Neelam Saxena Chandra is a romantic fiction. This book is not like those lovey dovey romance. It highlights the spiritual concept of love, yes the ones we see in old generations. This type of love is always there and it never gets outdated. The story is set at a time when love was considered as a sin.


Sneek Peek: Twenty five years worth of ‘what ifs’ and ‘if onlys’ have haunted and tortured Vinay. He cannot help but go back in time again and again to that one moment that changed his life forever. A chance encounter with a person from his past, and a journey through the majestic hills of Kalimpong lead him to some of his answers, in the form of an elusive woman, who bears a striking resemblance to the woman he loved and lost. Will he finally get his happily-ever-after? Or will his story, tarnished when he was nineteen by the gotra system, forever be punctuated with too many fullstops? Read on to find out more.

My Review:

The story is set in Dhanoi Village where love is considered as a crime and ghotra system seems to be prevalent there. Vinay and Manju are the protagonists whose love story seems to be the toughest. Life takes a turn when these two lovers get separated by fate. Things take a new way when they again meet after twenty years. In this book, Neelam has talked about ghotra system, illiteracy of the village people, stream of consciousness technique, fate, chance and separation of lovers.  The cover is eye catching where the title has uniqueness in it. The style is simple, lucid and easy to understand with. Neelam has beautifully described the surroundings in a novel. When the train is moving, one can feel travelling in it. The situations sound realistic and at times you feel you are watching a movie.

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Book Review of Bag it All

Bag It All by Nina Lekhi and Suman Chhabria is an autobiographical book that has all the flavours of spiritualism, motivation, entrepreneurship.


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As told to Suman Chhabria Addepalli with a foreword by Rashmi Bansal – A Bestselling author. The inspirational story of an entrepreneur who built a 100-crore company with the power of intent and love . Indra Nooyi said, “Women can’t have it all!” It’s either career or family. I disagree. As I see it, we can have it all – a successful company, a loving family and the opportunity to follow our passion. When I was a teenager, I started a small ghar-ka-business selling trendy handbags. Today, Baggit is a 100-crore company. Along the way, I became a wife and a mom, and navigated the various twists and turns in my personal life. I could do it all because of my loving, supportive family and my guru, who have made me a better person and a better entrepreneur. This is the story of how a C-minus student – a failure in college – became an A-plus entrepreneur. If I can do it, so can you. My secrets are in these pages.



Starting from the first look of the book, I could make out that this book will surely reach my heart. Yes, it did. The cover of the book is fantastic as it has the picture of the owner, Nina Lekhi, of Baggit Brand. Those who are unaware of this Baggit then I would like to tell you that Baggit is a brand name that deals with handmade bags. It has a history of many years and now the turnover has reached upto 100 crores. This book is a story of young Nina who went through thick and thin to make a small shop into such a big brand. Behind all this, lies the support of family members, friends and relatives.Even the contribution of yoga and Guru ji brought Nina’s life on a track.

The book is divided into 3 parts, it has a narration of Nina’s life and then the next part has her struggles along with it, are the lessons she learnt from those struggles and experiences. Honestly speaking, when I started reading this book, I was in my low modes. But after reading it, my mind was fresh and I was ready to take up the challenges. Furthermore, the way the author has used the remarks made by her dear and near ones makes it impeccable.

The book is written in a simple yet lucid way. It is easy to understand and comprehend. Some of the pictures used in the book makes it look beautiful. This book is not an autobiography but a journey of Nina which we can go through by reading this book.

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