Fighting to get fit

I have never been the most fit person around. I’ve coasted through life being relatively slim to pleasantly plump. I’ve never actually managed to stay one size or shape instead I swing wildly from one end of the spectrum to the other thanks to health issues like thyroid and PCOD, unhealthy eating habits and little…

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Why I love the world of Fantasy

Gods, demons, vampires, changelings, shapeshifters, angels, telekinetics…the world is as diverse as the endless limits of our imagination. I’ve never attempted writing a paranormal or fantasy romance or story, but I love reading them. Why? Because there’s nothing normal or ordinary or bland about these characters and their stories. They’re superhuman, incredibly complex and irresistible…

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Choices

The choices we make. The ones we live for. And the ones we live with. February 2019 has been an incredibly hard month for me. My father was unwell and having complicated surgery in Mumbai. A surgery that ended up requiring two follow up surgeries to combat unexpected side effects. Unfortunately, the hospital involved refused…

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A day in the life of a full-time writer

  Life has some pretty weird habits, and the strangest of them all is that it just goes on. It doesn’t stop; it never stops for anyone. But then again, maybe this is also one of its best habits too; that it goes on. However, as the years go flying by one after another making…

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Hating Romance

“I don’t write to inspire. I write to entertain.” I was at the Hyderabad Literary Festival the other day attending the panel on ‘Happily Ever After’ and the question and answer session that followed took a surprisingly acrimonious turn. An audience member queried the panel on whether their stories could really be called original and…

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In Conversation with Veena Nagpal

It’s that time of the year again. Come winter and drum beats for the Jaipur Literary Festival billed as the greatest literary show on earth, start sounding loud and clear. At the curtain raiser for JLF 2019 (January 24-28) Co-director Namita Gokhale announced an entire session on a brand new theme – Cli-Fi. “We have…

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