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Monday, August 17, 2020

Author Interview : Ann Thomas, author of 'Who Will I Be?'

Read up, the Interview with Ann Thomas, author of 'Who Will I Be?'. What inspired her to write the book, how the book came about,what according to her was different about her book, he most challenging part of her book. 

And what she thought was different out her book, her favourite authors, when her next book would be out, what she does on a daily basis, Folks...

 

 

Ann Thomas

Who was it that inspired you to write this book? And why?

 

It truly began as a conversation between my son and me

 

For a child like mine, who is a challenge to any adult around him, someone who is constantly struggling to finish anything he starts, someone who is being constantly judged for being too distracted, too uninvolved, too something, self doubt becomes a way of life.

 

This book was an answer to him in one of those struggling moments, where he, I thought, was beginning to limit himself.

 

ADHD, Dysgraphia and high intelligence are struggles on their own. The combination makes nothing simple - for him or for me. And when I am not screaming because of my own vulnerabilities in handling him, I turn to write to him, things that he would not believe or listen to, when I tell him. This is one of those notes. 

 

One that I felt every child  could hear. 

 

How did 'Who Will I Be' happen? Could you describe the journey?

 

The book was written, but the words were not enough…I needed illustrations that would really capture anyone - more so children. 

 

I researched so many, reached out to a few and finally Sumouli, from WoodleDoodleDesigns and I decided to work together. I am glad we did, the illustrations really do add life to the book!

 

What according to you, was different about your book?

What I have been told by so many readers is that it opens up possibilities, it equalises roles. A scientist or a quilt maker, a musician or mathematician, it breaks silos and allows you to dream up a mix of what you can be.

 

Because that’s who we are right? I am a mother, a teacher, a marketer, a baker, a writer, an editor, an excellent cleaner and an organiser - You are never one thing alone... And everything you do, brings value to your life and those around you. 

 

What was the most challenging part of writing this book?

 

It was a letter to my son, yet meant for every parent and every child. I struggled with how my book was gendered — the He vs She battle. 

 

 

Also that I had not a clue on publishing, printing and distribution. I remember my first email to Sumouli...

 

"I have never published a book so this is my journey of learning. It doesn't matter if the words are not out of the world, they mean a lot to me. I hope it does for him too. I want him to know the world is limitless. 

 

Could you help me create it?"

 

And she did! And It is beautiful, isn’t it?!

 

When will your next book be out?

 

I hope soon! 

 

Which books are you reading, currently?

 

I have a three year old, which means when I pick a book, he wants to either read it (and he does for the next twenty minutes, flipping from page to page)  or switch it — so what was supposed to be Manu S Pillai’s, 'Ivory Throne' becomes We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen or  Yakkity Yak from Pratham books

 

What is it that you enjoy doing on a daily basis?

 

I recently moved cities so currently my daily is getting my life and home organised. Making the daily to-do lists and checking them off plus keeping the boys fed, healthy and cared for take up most of my time :)

 

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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Book Review : 'Who Will I Be?' by Ann Thomas and Illustration by Sumoli Dutta

Read up, ‘Who Will I Be?’ a book by Ann Thomas and with illustrations by Sumoli Dutta, which seemed so delightful at the first go. I remember when I first saw this book. It was all pictures, and a little text to go with it all. I remember how much I liked the whole concept of a book like that.

There are boys and a girl on a swing watching the two of them. An exciting looking garden too… Then you spot another little boy, hosing the garden and another boy having a chat with a little snail. So, basically you notice all the little ones getting all eager. Taking you on this journey is Ann with her sons…

The author mentions, Yehoshua and Zachary who obviously were the ones behind her, with so many questions that she thought that she would try to put it all in this book!

The book captures these little kids in all sorts of clothes to depict them in the various roles they could take up. There is a child in the garden, with little animals, looking at a snail, or even a cow, or a girl stitching, there are kids in lawyer or business like outfits.

One could be anything he wanted to be; he could be an astronaut, or poet, or even an author, or musician… Or perhaps a pilot or even a zoo keeper!!

It is all in the brain - if one can think or dream it - you can be it!

You could also check out Ann's wonderful website, http://mommysuitup.org/

 

 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Book Review : 'Amaravati through Ages' as told by the waves of Kistna by Sai Papineni


‘Amaravati through Ages : As told by the waves of Kistna’ by Sai Papineni is simply put, an exceptional book. At different points in the book, it has rationality and judgement as the volume heads back into time. 

The book starts off with ‘Bradford Journal : Bezwada-2015’, way back in 1853. Professor Gautam, turning pages straight in the path of Kistna, who gave us the Black Beauty. A diamond, which turned out to be steeped in the words of Bradford, showing his last too…  

Through that we move to ‘The Abbott of Sriparvata’, set in Amaravati in 200 AD. We do read about the king and also understand the trials to kill him, as we glide through the tale, as understood by the monk and his pupil.

We jump then to ‘An Officer and A Nobleman’ now on to Guntur in January of 1797. As we find out more about the new age of Andhra. It was here, on the banks of river Krishna, a new town would be built. And with that, a new period of Andhra was built.

Moving on to Kondavidu – in 1360 AD, it was time for ‘Sweet Apple’. The fruit had a history to it. Of pale green colour, on the banks of an ice cold river, a dark and shiny seed it was. It all began with the arrival of Ananda, an architect from Tavoy and his meeting a girl, Mutyalu. Four years later, the friendship grew and the lovely story of the sweet apple, placed in the outstretched hand of the idol…

‘The Old Widow’ Machilipatnam in 1857 saw the ruined market. Krishnaveni, the old widow, with a face darkened with sadness and attempting to shoot…

‘The Lead Role’ played  by the woman, whose only words were, NT Rama Rao. This was an answer to the question by the Zamindar, who wanted to know who she was. Satyam was trying to control his laughter, when she revealed her true self…

The author has termed these as historical short stories. Through this challenge, Sai Papineni attempts to build a strange kind of truth to our life’s tale. Hopefully, we can try to find our stories, in the waves of the river, Krishna…

Kanishq Reddy Papineni has done the cover design and illustration. 








Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Author Interview : Pooja Poddar Marwah, author of 'Pursuit : Drawn by Destiny'

Pooja Poddar Marwah
Read up,  Interview with Pooja Poddar Marwah, author of 'Pursuit : Drawn by Destiny'. In this interview, she tells us, how the book first happened and what was different about it.

She also tells us,  what the kind of research that went into this book, who the character was that she felt most close to, and also what the most fulfilling part was and that the sequel would be out next year, Folks...


How did 'Pursuit : Drawn by Destiny' first happen?



I call it my date with Destiny. While shuttling between the co-curricular of my kids, I had a laptop and bottle of thumbs up for company. Somewhere in the middle of their classes, began a story between us and I guess you could say, the words just flowed. Writing has always been an outlet to me.

When I write, it’s like the words come alive. I lose myself in the characters and their life. Pursuit - Drawn by Destiny is; as the name suggests, a tryst with Destiny

What according to you is different about your book?

It is a story of two people flung together despite their differences. It makes one believe in something beyond the ordinary - call it the power of faith. 

­­What kind of research was put into the writing of this book?
The kind of research, the heart and mind do on a daily basis. 
One wants something and the other intrudes and disagrees.
How do you note the points, which you have in your book? 

Uh!! The book is not divided into an excel or word document with points. It’s got words that flow into sentences and reflect what the heart and mind have to say in unison.

Any advice to writers that would like to be published today? How tough is it to be published? 

Just write with your heart and believe in your words and never ever ever ever give up.

Publishing is a different ballgame altogether.

Which particular character do you feel most close to? Why?
Edward Scott. His character is shaped with great complexities and insecurities and yet he is shown as very vulnerable and lost until he finds what he thinks, he wants

And once face to face with his want, he finds comfort yet is perplexed. So, his character makes for a very interesting man.
 
Could you tell the readers about your experiences and how it was related to what you wrote?

It’s all a work of fiction and my imagination on how complex most relationships are…

What is the most fulfilling part of writing this book? And what is the most challenging?

The most fulfilling part of writing this book was seeing a childhood dream come alive, as I held the printed copy in my hand

The most challenging part was finding a publisher.

Who was it that told you that you could become the author, you are today?

No one tells you who or what you can become. It’s something that stems from your own dreams. I have always been a dreamer and I believe in love and magic.

Somewhere, this features in almost every other page.

What else do you do on a daily basis?

Right now, on a daily basis, I am entangled between Kate Princeton and Edward Scott as their journey only shapes up, as I pen down the closure to this book. 
The sequel will be out next year.

Which book are you currently reading? 

'PS, I Love You'  is the book, am currently reading...



Who are your favourite authors and why?
Paulo Coelho
Jeffery Archer
I love romance and I love stories that inspire and aspire
Some of my favourite authors are Paulo Coelho, Nicholas Sparks, Dan Brown, Jeffrey Archer and my, very latest aspiration and inspiration is Dr Yes! Richard Branson