Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Minds At Work 2

After the success that First Step Publishing received for Minds @ Work 1 which was a compilation of short stories and poems, First Step Publishing has come up with Minds@Work 2. This time though Minds@Work 2 is a collection of poetry by 25 poets.

In all a collection of 109 poems. selected writers are:

1 Shalini Katyal
2 Sandhita Agarwal
3 Ila Garg
4 Barkha Parikh
5 Sanhita Baruah
6 Rajdeep Kodose
7 Neelam Saxsena Chandra
8 Anjali Khurana
9 Yaseen Anwer
10 Waseem Malla
11 Lovita Morang Polo
12 Aman Jakhar
13 Sadia Khan
14 Rohan Kachalia
15 Nehali Lalwani
16 Ankita Shrivastava
17 Soham Majumdar
18 Prateek Singh
19 Renu Sethi
20 Janaki Nagaraj
21 Vijayeta Tirkey Kataria
22 Meghant Parmar
23 Surbhi Thukral
24 Shewta Kesari
25 Nikhil Chandwani

Received well over 300 entries it was a difficult task for selecting 25 writers and we are sure that these 25 deserve to be a part of Minds@Work 2. Minds@Work 2 is a collection of poets with varied backgrounds and walks of life.

Whereas for Minds @ Work 1 goes selected writers were:

1. Siddhi Aras
2. Aseem Rastogi
3. Ambrish Surve
4. Paulami Dattagupta
5. Yash Gaur
6. Susma Sharma Gurumanyum
7. Pragya Chaturvedi
8. Sugandha Bhandhari
9 Rohit Shetty

Creating national and international records and doing what they do best First Step Publishing is indeed "Paving Ways For New Writers"

Preorders to start soon.


This New Year, rejoice for there’s a story we all have been waiting for. Rejuvenate, for there’s a story that will make you realize the meaning of life. While you lie under the blankets in the chilly nights, this is the book that will keep you wide awake till the wee hours of the morning Yes, I am talking about my debut fiction with Pulkit Gupta, ‘Life and Promises’. Read an account of our Chit-Chat.

Pulkit: Hello everyone. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all the readers.  Let me introduce myself to you people. I am Pulkit Gupta, author of ‘Life and Promises - Story of an IITian turned CA aspirant.’ I am here with my co-author Ila Garg to share our views about Life, its Promises, Challenges, Love, Relationship and New Year Resolutions. Let’s start our discussion about this month which marks the end of a happening year and starting of a hopeful year. Ila, what are you views about December?

Ila: Well according to me it’s the most beautiful time of the year.

Pulkit: What made you say that?

Ila: It’s beautiful because it makes me happy. Perhaps it’s the only month when I find myself smiling for no reason. It’s the time to cherish the memories of the whole year that has passed by and plan the events of the upcoming year. It’s also like a milestone in the journey towards the ultimate destination. A month of festivities, I love to call December - The white month, as it is symbolic of snow for me. I love snow. It’s so magical, beautiful, and resonate peace. December is a full on chilled out moments for me, I love to shop around. The cozy blanket on the winter night, with loads of coffee to sip, and books to read. Just perfect!

Pulkit: Exactly and we can also add the X-factor of Promises to it. Whenever we see the New Year approaching we start making the list of our New Year Resolutions. Trust me 50% of them are nothing but the repeat of previous year list. If you have made any resolution then you should complete them too. I have always believed that life is 20% planning and rest 80% lies in the implementation.

Ila: But Pulkit it is not necessary that everything goes as per your plan?

Pulkit: I completely agree with you on that. But beauty of life lies in its uncertainty. A success without hurdles is nothing. You will get the real taste of success only after you have achieved that after overcoming all the challenges and failures. See, according to me if you get any challenge then it is both an opportunity as well as threat to you. Now it is up to you that you grab that opportunity and emerge as a winner or surrender to that threat. For e.g. maintaining your personal life while doing CA is a tough thing but not impossible. By the way, what does Love means to you and what is the importance of the relationship in one’s life?

Ila: For me, love is no less than a prayer. It is too pure a feeling for me. When I see a happy couple, it makes me happy, I smile and my heart smiles with me. Love is in that sense very powerful. I adore the SRK - Gauri love. My latest icons are Gauhar Khan and Kushal Tandon. Gaushal! :) I find love in the tiniest things around me. I love my pillow, my clothes, my books, I love me. It pains me to see anyone hurt esp. because of me, may be that is what love actually is. I love everyone and everything unless they hurt me or make me hate them. When you start falling for somebody and you can't stop thinking about when you're going to see them again, I love that. In a relationship each person should support the other; they should lift each other up.

Pulkit when we are talking about New Year we should also talk about Christmas and Santa Claus. Have you ever been a Santa for people around you?

Pulkit: What a question! Coincidentally this was the best Christmas for me as I acted as Santa for all my readers. Our book, ‘Life and Promises’ was scheduled to release on New Year’s Eve, but I preponed the release to 24th December, and most of the readers got the book in their hands on 25th  as a Christmas gift. I believe that all of us can act as a Santa and can spread happiness, and this will be the best Christmas gift for people around us.

Ila: Sorry, I couldn’t get you?

Pulkit: See it is not necessary that we should actually give gifts to act as Santa. Even a poor person can be a Santa. Just spend some time with people at Old Age Homes and it will be the best gift for them. They are not hungry for food but love. Play with Children of any Orphanage and it will help you to relax your mind. You will re-live your childhood time with them. Have a chat with a person with whom you are not in talking terms, and you will win his heart.  So, this New Year do something productive and different. What is your New Year Resolution Ila?

Ila: To get my second book published soon *laughs*. On a serious note, I resolve to love myself more, because I truly believe that I deserve that. I would pamper myself, go shopping. And I will want to see the ‘Bestseller’ tag on the second edition of ‘Life and Promises’. Also, I want to fall in love again! And get loads and loads of pictures clicked. Besides that, I really want to laugh like I always did, and party, meet new people. Explore places! In short, I want to go wild and discover the child within.

Pulkit: Any message which you will like to give to the readers?

Ila: Life is too short. Fulfil all your promises. Don’t waste your time in overthinking. Help others whenever you can irrespective of the fact that how they treated you. Trust me, they will adore you. I have always believed in standing for what is right and being fair in all my decisions, I will continue to do that. I hope you all do the same. It’s very important to be assertive and always follow your heart. Never wait for somebody to come and love you, love yourself. I remember the previous Valentine’s days. I used to buy gifts for myself. I have some of them in my almirah, safely tucked in. This always looked weird to my friends but for me, it was very essential. It made me believe that whosoever is my Mr. Right, he is always with me somewhere. It’s very important to focus on yourself before you expect others to focus on you and make you their priority. Also, it’s equally important to love others, and make them feel heavenly. Do things that make you happy once in a while without thinking what others will say. I always do that.

What is your message to them Pulkit?

Pulkit: ‘Live for today and hope for tomorrow.’ You can enjoy success only when you have your loved ones with you. Never ignore your friends and love your parents. Bless You!
We hope that you people must have enjoyed their Chit-Chat. Team of News-O-Holic wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year. Book their copy from:-

Website- http://www.lifeandpromises.com/


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Trapped In Love Again - Book Review

Trapped In Love Again
By Yogesh Achtani
Review By Ila Garg

Trapped In Love Again, a novel by the debutant writer Yogesh Achtani, is published by Mahaveer Publishers. The cover designer Sunill Kaushik, has well portrayed the element of humour and unusualness in the cover. It'll give the readers a slight glimpse of a typical modern day love story. The title is attractive too. Use of bright colors and a funny cover image, add to the reader’s interest. The blurb talks about few people and the turning points in their lives and what all happens in the entire journey with clarity.

The blurb reads as, “Miserable and dejected, Sameer lights up a cigarette despite Arnav's warning about the ill effects of smoking including impotency. He just wants to blow his worries in smoke. 'Who's bothered of impotency when you can't even manage to get a girlfriend?'

Arnav, alias Mac is a 'happy go lucky guy' pursuing his graduation in Pune. Fresh into college, he feels a splurge of energy gushing through him on seeing the free life. With emotions running high, Cupid strikes the very first day of college and for Arnav, it's love at first sight with Sally. Despite hitting off well from day one, their relationship isn't a smooth ride.

Trapped in Love, Arnav finds himself in lurch after being ditched by Sally, and finds succor in his new friends, Sameer, Atul and Ronit. Sameer has a penchant for Sally's friend Aspree but just like Arnav's case, it's a one sided affair. Thus just as him, his new friends too are a bunch of losers in the field of love.

All their attempts to woo their beloveds fail in quick succession. The turning point comes when they embark upon a social service camp to a village under the aegis of NSS.

Now what would be their future plan? Would they continue to woo their beloveds or would they work for a social cause for the village?

Will Arnav's one sided love story continue, or he would be “Trapped in Love, Again”.

Would they be successful in whatever they undertake? Or would their cruel fate follow them everywhere? And most importantly, will they ever find love at all?

Trapped In Love Again, revolves around a young group of boys and girls namely Arnav, Ronit, Sameer, Atul, and Aspree, Smita, Sally. Love strikes on the very first day as if a scene straight from Hindi Masala Movie. Arnav falls for Sally's beauty and from there on a love story starts to gather momentum but with a few speed breakers in the process. As soon as their love had blossomed, it declined with a faster pace. Few misunderstandings lead to an end of their love.

However, not further revealing the plot, I would like to mention that this isn’t a love story purely. It has so many subtle plots woven in it. Apart from romance, it has given a balanced space to fights, misunderstandings, friendship, naughtiness, and the intricacies of teenage group, & ofcourse the desperation to explore the unexplored.

The book has more to it than meets the eye. Initially there is nothing different that Yogesh Achtani offers us in the book. It’s the same old tale with slight twists. But gradually it captures. The first half is a usual college love story but later on the story changes track. Characters, their visualization and the sensitive village matters have been sketched to perfection. Although the second half gets a little too serious, yet it retains the romantic and humorous flavor.

The too many failures of Arnab’s life and dejections, is just one of the reasons you want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens in Trapped In Love Again. Another reason that would keep you glued to it would be whether he finally could help the villagers or not and gets his true love.

This 240 page book is well written and moves beyond the regular romance novels. The book has a few grammatical errors, punctuations missing and several spelling errors too. Apart from this, it is very entertaining and brings to forth some real life problems too which haunt few parts of our country with a different touch to it. It’s a light read, however the subject is sensitive. At some points it becomes dragging (the conversations, mainly) but at others it is fast paced too. For me it was a quick read, as I completed the novel in some 2 hours.

To find out whether he survives through the incessant sufferings and moves on with his new found friends or not, will he be lucky in his love life despite the rejections and turmoil, how he sets everything right towards the end; you will have to read the novel, Trapped In Love Again.

Ratings: 3.2/5

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Night In Paradise

About A Night In Paradise

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is like a battle; love is the essence of every war... starts on ground level and ends with a lot of cherish-able memories, creating a magnificent PARADISE!!

“Do you think you will go to heaven after death?” Majority of people would answer as, “I hope so” or “I think so” or perhaps “I think I’ve got a good chance”. Not many people would answer this question in negative. But you’re wrong about your perception of heaven. And you’re going to be wrong for a long, long time.

Heaven does not arrive after death. It’s always there, around you, within you, in fact it is everywhere. You just need to have eyes to see and senses to feel the beauty and bliss around you; and that is where you will find your heaven too. Heaven is where True Love dwells. It's a throne with lingering fragrances, angels surrounding it and gracing it with their presence, giving you an everlasting feeling of being loved.

A Night In Paradise is a collection of 12 such heart melting stories from Ila, Neoni, Neha, Radhika, Nehali, Ayesha, Varun, Brinda, Shruti, Kuastubh, Khushi, Ishani, Raj, and Abhinav, who have added different strokes of tales to help you get a glimpse of paradise and take you to one of those Heavenly Nights.


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Home Makeover for farewell of the year 2013!

Hi everyone, December is considered as the month of festivities; the most beautiful time of the year. So why not make it more special? All of us find comfort at home when we return from the torturous life at offices and other work places, right? 

So, we occasionally need to turn our home into a more welcoming and cosy place. So, let's see if we can just use some lights and colors to renovate and add life to our already beautiful homes.

If nothing else, it will give a delightful ambiance to our homes and maybe attract some positive vibes.

1) Add lights and colors to your front door - A famous saying goes like 'First impression is the last impression'. Door is the first thing noticed by the visitors. Tying few colorful ribbons or flowers will serve as a good impression. Twinkling lights add a soft glow at night and allow the door and decor to be seen from the street.

2) Lanterns - Arrange a grouping of festive lanterns at your entryway, near windows, for a quick-and-easy decor. Consider using flameless candles as a worry-free alternative to regular lanterns. This will give a cozy ambiance to your home instantly.
Christmas Decorating Ideas: Lanterns

3) Decorate pendant lights - Dress up pendant lights in a kitchen with a garland of flowers. This kitchen allows plenty of room for entertainment. 
Christmas Decorating Ideas: Pendant Lights

4) Use chandeliers - In the living room, chandeliers is a must.

5) Use diyas and candles - The best decor is to use aromatic candles in the lobby area and alternatively keep floating diyas in bowls for a rich exotic look and feel.

6) Add 'Wow Element' with a disco ball - Hang a disco ball from the ceiling to float above the dining table. The bow (used for tying the disco ball), with its long ribbon tendrils, adds the real wow factor.
Christmas Decorating Ideas: Disco Ball

7) Don't forget the staircase - On the staircase, use wax diyas and alternatively you can use silver/gold lights to drape like a garland up the handrail of a staircase, it will add to the welcome aura in the foyer.

8) Wrap up the left pillars and columns - Play up the architecture of your home by accentuating features, like the stately columns flanking a front porch, with spiraling garland and bright twinkling lights.

I hope these handy-tips help in making your homes look perfect for the festive season and also add cheer and positive vibes. Happy decorations!!!

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Sunday, December 15, 2013


Sweet fly of butterflies...
Whispers of petals…
Hidden smiles…
Fairytale meetings...
Uncertain looks...
Charming gifts...
Warmth of hugs...
Promises of kisses...
Lighting of candles…
Silk touch…
Subtle desires...
Cinnamon scents…
Pulsing of loves…
Timidity forgotten…
Moon's protection…
Fairies' inspiration…
Softness of cotton flowers…
Gentleness lived and no more remembered…
Passion unpredictable strong…
Storm's freedom…
Unconditional joy…
Discover of lives…
Another meet of souls…
Joining of feelings…
Goddess' blessing…

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Life and Promises

About Life and Promises

“Story Of An IITian Turned CA Aspirant”

Rachit, a young ambitious boy, hailing from a small town of Western UP, has big dreams. Destiny takes a turn when he attempts to commit suicide and lands up on a hospital bed.

There he bumps into Khushi, a chubby girl with carefree attitude. She insists Rachit to uncover the pages of his life and tell her that what compelled him to take such a drastic step.

Rachit starts to narrate his story, seeing no other option. He tells her that he dreamt to be an IITian and even achieved it. Things went well for some days, till that fateful day when Rachit was diagnosed with severe health issues.

After a while, already heartbroken, Rachit takes a tough decision. He drops his IIT dream and follows the CA path. In this very process he overlooks Radhika, a gorgeous Bengali girl, his batch mate as well as his girlfriend.

What will happen to the love story of Rachit and Radhika? Will Rachit become a successful professional, and if yes then at what cost? Does Khushi has a story of her own?

This beautiful cover is designed by - Sunill Kaushik.

Pulkit Gupta - The Author

CA, CS student by profession and a writer by passion, Pulkit is someone who believes in living life to fullest. Born in Sonepat, and brought up in Bijnor (Western U.P.), writing came naturally to him. He did his schooling from St. Mary’s Convent School, Bijnor and graduation from MJPRU, Bareilly.

He started writing with a diary and some random poems, but CA gave a professional look to his writing skills. He got associated with CAclubIndia in 2008 – India’s no. 1 Interactive Platform for Finance Professionals with over 11 Lac Members. He soon got popular among its members due to his unique genre, where he used to link current life situations with CA life, which proved to be inspiring for students as well as professionals. He was voted “Favourite of the Club” in 2011, and was amongst the youngest professional to be included in the list of experts. Till now he has written over 50 articles and enjoys a fan following of 1 Lac +. Besides this, he has also contributed to other online platforms and maintains a Blog.

Apart from reading and writing, the author loves listening to Hindi music, watch all kind of Hindi movies and follows Cricket and Tennis very closely.
He can be contacted at:

Ila Garg - The Author

“Ila is a girl next door, born in Jaipur, Rajasthan on 6th June, 1991, currently residing in Delhi. She has completed her graduation and pursuing Masters in English & Communication Studies at present. She loves writing. She has a flair for words. It is a passion; a compulsion; something that gives her an avenue to express herself. She writes when she is happy; when she is angry or when an issue touches her heart. She resorts to writing when she is restless or when she is on the verge of breaking down.

Creativity and writing has always been attracting her. She also has a huge collection of poems on different genres. Besides that she loves to sketch and click pictures! Backstage work has always been her forte like organizing events, etc. Apart from being an avid reader, writer, reviewer, and editor, she is an active blogger too. She blogs at ilashininggem.blogspot.in, where you can find some of her articles, poetry, random thoughts, interviews, movie & book reviews.

Her debut novel, titled, ‘Life and Promises’ is all set to be released on 1st Jan'14. One of her short stories is a part of an anthology, ‘A Night in Paradise’. Besides that she has also contributed in a poetry anthology, ‘Minds at Work 2’, in form of five poems.

In her leisure time, she loves to read, watch movies, listen to Sufi music, and travel to new places. She can be contacted at:

Twitter - ilagarg_smile”


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A talk with Nisha Thakur :)

A freelance copywriter cum screenwriter Nisha B. Thakur lives in Navi Mumbai with her family. She has completed her post graduation in Communication Management. Nisha loves to write poems. Apart from writing she also enjoys cooking, reading novels, watching cinema and surfing the TV. Nisha believes in God, Karma and Karmic connections. ‘First You Plz’ is Nisha’s debut novel.

Here she lets her readers know a little more about herself and her journey as a writer:

1. Tell us something about yourself.

I am simple family person. Work wise I have previously worked as a copy writer and screen writer for various ad agency and a TV channel. Currently I am writing my next novel.

2. What motivated you to pen a romantic story?

I love reading romantic novel and even prefer romantic comedy movies a lot. So my debut had to be a romantic tale.

3. Protagonist Avanti is a Girl of her own dreams. Is it totally fictitious or real character you ever met?

Avanti is too innocent to be true. She is totally a creation of my imagination. Girls these days are very smart and Avanti is too elegant and her immaturity makes the whole book an interesting read.

4. What provoked you to create a website for this book? Where did this idea emerge from?

Website was created with a thought that my readers get all information they desire, require at one place. You can read synopsis, download sample chapters and read media coverage of First You Plz. First You Plz website is www.firstyouplz.in

5. How was the response from your readers?

Readers liked the simplicity of the story and many could relate to immaturity of Avanti, like i received letters from few boys saying that they had girlfriends who were as bit immature and girls would easily relate to Avanti ‘s first love and her feelings.

6. How do you take out time for writing?

I am a full time writer. Off writing I take time out to do other stuffs.

7. Divulge something about the plot of the story.

Plot of the story is about immature girl Avanti in love and her way of seeing and interpreting her first love experience with her trademark immaturity. First You Plz is not only a romantic comedy tale of Avanti and Aakash. But is also a friendship story of Avanti, Meenakshi and Rachana. It explores female friendship bonding which you don’t get to read much. Also several book reviewers and readers have an appreciated climax of the book a lot.

8. Share a secret about you.

I am single and am not dating anyone. Anyone interested?? My mobile number is ..hahaha

9. What are other areas of interest in your life?

I love reading and cooking. When I am free, either I am reading or searching some new recipe online.

10. What are your long term plans in literary field? Are you working on your second book?

Yes I am currently writing my second novel. I plan to write for TV, films and also write many fiction novels.

11. Will Ila Garg get a free signed copy of your book? :P

Yes. Very soon. :D


'First You Plz' is a tale of immature girl, Avanti. It is a story of her struggle as she deals with worries of first love. Her journey from realization of the sweet feeling she experiences these days is called Love - her First Love. It is a tale of her secretly nurtured dream and her silent prayer that he will propose her in a very romantic way. It is a tale of her desire that she wants him to say those three magical words to her first.

Although he hasn't shown much interest in her.

Still in her heart she keeps on praying, 'first you plz'… It is Avanti’s journey of ups and downs of her first love and how she exhibits immaturity as she deals with anxieties of her first love.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Decoding with Binduu Chopra! :)

Born in Ambala, India and raised by her parents Saroj & Rajinder. She connect's with people, makes friends, learns and shares life's experiences, their stories and thoughts. Metaphors, Aura Analysis, Chakra Healing, Creative Healing through Art are some of the healing modalities that she helps her friends take, to assist them on a journey from discovery to resolution; to discover and identify the limiting patterns, heal the negativity, and completely resolve pertinent issues in their lives.

Here she lets her readers have a glimpse in her journey as a writer, future plans, and also discusses about her latest book. Time to get up close and personal:

1. Tell us something about yourself .

Thank you Ila. It feels good being interviewed by a girl of the same age, as the girl who begins her life in my book - The Woman's Code! 
I have played every role from a daughter to a mother in law.  From my parents home to making my own home in 1981, the time I got married to Rajiv, has been a beautiful journey. Managing just a home was not enough for me. This motivated me to look beyond what I was. Every year has beautifully blended into the next and I have seen myself transforming to where I am today.  I am blessed with a handsome son, Robin who is married to his love, Nitasha. We call her ‘Tashan’. My interactions, while my work with people across different cultures has only helped me understand relations better. My faith in God was never as strong as it is today.  I believe in science but wait for miracles to happen. Practising ‘silence’ has brought a lot of changes in me. 

2. Why Author’s Empire? 

I have my trust on Kunal. He appeared to be a very promising boy when I called him up from Delhi, during my last visit to India.  He spoke about Authors Empire India to me. My views about him stay the same today.  He is committed to his work and to his Authors.  I know I have taken the correct decision.  He has been a wonderful guide also.

3. Tell us something about your book? How you figured out the title ‘The Woman’s Code’?  

It all began with my online interactions with ‘young adults’ on relationships and I found that they would discuss their issues  with me for hours. Some got back time and again, each time they required help. This led me to study the subjects deeper and I went back to studies in 2010.  Later, cases I dealt with were related to issues within the four walls of a home, where no one gave an ear to a ‘voice’.  I felt it was important for me to bring out in writing that, how a small issue can lead to something major in life.  The book shall have a PART 2 to it. I am working on it at the moment.  I would not like to take the entire credit to the Title. Kunal helped me with the title of my book. Code here means ‘conduct’ – a way to handle things better.

4. Is there a key person or group that has inspired you in the process of writing?

Writing has been my passion.  I would scribble notes even at school and later my fridge would have musings at random pasted with magnets. I had more time from 2004 when I came to Tanzania, and that is when I started giving myself strict hours to writing.  I may not have published much - but I shall bring it all out slowly.

5. How do you envision your book will impact your readers?  

The story will touch women’s hearts.  They will take the message given in the few pages, that's a very easy read.  Its important for every individual to do what her/his heart desires. This is the only way to happiness.  A woman should not accept a tag of  only a mother, if pushed to be a just a care taker (unless she wants this herself). She has every right to live her dreams and not to succumb to any pressures from her surroundings.  I know after reading this book, my readers would want to read Part 2 also.

6. You are an ‘Aura Analyst.’ Could you, please, throw some light on this aspect of your life, and how did it influence your writing from time to time?  

Keep yourself positive at all times. The Aura is your own energy around you. If you are positive – you will only bring out positivity for all around you too. It works  like a ripple.  It shall have major impact on our daily dealings.  My book is a clear indication as to how its main character, has held herself  well balanced, even when she was left shattered. The character in the story uses no harsh words or foul language to charge / challenge the situation. The message comes through soft words which, I guess comes from my positive Aura Ila.

7. Describe the role books played in your own life.

Mills & Boons, I grew up reading them. I have a mention about this in my book.  I think they had impacted girls of my age then.  I am talking of 30 years back, when you were not even born Ila. I had created my own romantic world at the age of 14!  My home in the evenings is still a reflection of that side of me. DESERT FLOWER written by Waris Dirie is one book that I read many times. It is an autobiography of a Somalian girl who runs away from home at the age of 12, just because she doesn’t want to marry a boy her father has chosen for her. She makes her escape through the dangerous desert to London. From living in a nomad family, with goat and camels she makes herself to a famous International Model and a UN spokeswoman on women's rights in Africa today. I feel a woman is stronger than a man if she brings herself to it.

8. I have been observing you for a while. You are very versatile. Are we going to see the same trend in your writings? Should we expect a second novel soon? 

Ooh! I didn’t know I am being observed that closely. Ha ha! I have called myself a multi tasking woman.  I really could not stick to one particular thing and that also comes from the fact that I have married a man on wheels. Yes! As an Author, when I write, my writings do give glimpses to a few things, majorly in this book as I myself got married at 18.  This is one question that almost all have asked me if its my personal story!  I am working on two projects at the moment: Non Fiction, that is already in editing now.  Part 2 of ‘The Woman’s Code ‘shall be after the next release.

9. How are you planning to promote this book?  

I have taken up my book's marketing also with Authors Empire India.  Right from editing, publishing to marketing is their forte.

10. You are almost 50 now but you look way too young. How did you manage that? 

I touch 50 on the 13th of November, 2013. Thank you, as I accept this compliment. I hope I do not break hearts on declaring my age at this point. Smile is my Manta and it creates a positive Aura around me.  I love what I do & I do what I love. This keeps me happy, smiling and cheerful at all times. It reflects on my outer too!

11. Amm… this is more of a request. Analyse my stars for me please, in detail. *laughs* 

It would be my pleasure to do so.  I am not an astrolger. I believe in Angels and I am surrounded with them.  I shall ask them for you. Expect a detailed mail from me on this.

12. Will Ila Garg get a free signed copy of your book? :P *wink* 

I would never say a No! You will. You may have to wait for my signatures till my visit to Delhi. I will have a few book readings in the coming year too. It would be my pleasure to invite you for the same. Stay blessed.


She was not like most of the Indian women we know and read about! She was not someone who wanted to be confined to the kitchen. the wild teenager didn't want to let go her dreams that got buried when she was married at 18. Filled with love, compassion, and a desire, she started to weave back the threads at 40. 
Will she fulfil her dreams? Will she find her freedom? Or will she find the dust on her furniture more important than the poems in her heart? 
In this intimate and heartfelt story, you will find a women's fight to take possession of her strength and desire. It's a journey that describes  the importance of emotional balance in relationships. It's a journey that describes a woman. It's a journey that describes THE WOMAN'S CODE.