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A hand-picked basket of cherries from the world of most talked about books and popular posts on creative literature, reviews and interviews, movies and music, critiques and retrospectives ...
to enjoy, ponder, wonder & relish!
A Fulbright Fellow, seasoned journalist and editor, A K Nanda had a long career in writing and editing, working in the areas of research and analysis in economic studies, population studies, corporate management and accountancy, to name a few. He lives in Delhi and spends his time now reading books on philosophy, spirituality and literature and answering the unending questions of his teenaged granddaughter.
Aabha Vatsa Midha is an ex-teacher, a blogger, a poet and an author. She grew up in Allahabad and Zambia imbibing diverse cultures from a young age. She has four poetry books to her credit, titled Harmony, Home Alone, Miracle and Desire. Besides this she has contributed a poem towards an anthology , I am a Woman, a tribute to the poet Kamla Das.
She has also authored a travelogue, Bafani Baba, To Amarnath Happily . A die hard optimist, a quintessential student of life and believes in the power of the written word. She was awarded Margdarshan Award by KRDWG in 2103 for being a social activist blogger.
A Teacher by profession and an Author by passion, Aastha loves to bring out her emotions on paper. A regular contributor of morselsandjuices.com, her write-ups come across as genuine, meaningful and thought provoking as they bring forth the complications lying within society. Her articles are simple but straight from heart. She is a mother of two daughters and is currently staying with her family in Mumbai, India.
Abhik Das is a software professional specialising in the storage domain and presently works with HP. Owner of a 2 bedroom flat which is a veritable zoo with hamsters, fish, birds and a dog, he is smitten by nature and bitten by the travel bug. When he feels like he dabbles in art as well.
Abhimanshu is a digital content writer with a passion for crafting engaging, informative, and impactful content. With years of experience under his belt, he specializes in creating content that resonates with audiences across various niches and industries. With a passion for writing, Abhimanshu has earned qualifications in both NET and GATE, cementing his status as a skilled and knowledgeable writer. His literary talents are diverse, with a particular fondness for engaging travel articles, insightful book reviews, and literary criticism across various genres.
Abhinav Das, also known as “Meet” at home, lives in Irving, Texas. He is 11 years old and he will be going to 6th grade this year. His interest for writing prose and poetry developed when he was in 3rd Grade. His hobbies are reading books and playing outdoor games like cricket, soccer. He is also fond of Mathematics. He had participated in CFBISD Math Olympiad [2017 - 2nd Position; 2019 - 2nd Position]
Abhishek Ghosh is a teacher, writer and scientist. He is a resident of Montreal in Canada. He earned his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Calgary, Canada followed by a postdoc from McGill University in Oncology. Abhishek is an experienced writer with over a decade of training in scientific writing leading to many scientific publications/reviews in peer-reviewed journals.
Despite challenges and hopelessness from renowned Doctors, Abhishek survived a rare immunosuppressive disease through yoga practices and hypnotherapy. Abhishek was greatly surprised to rediscover himself through his indomitable willpower. This turned him into the Vedanta philosophy and other Indian scriptures in order to find some answers to his burning questions. He started writing blogs about his experiences, using his pen name “The Blue Monk.” His writings often reflect the nuances of his homeland Kolkata and his travel experiences.
Abhishek is a polyglot who can speak English, French, Hindi, and Bengali. He hosted breakfast shows in a South Asian Radio Station (CHRN 1610AM). He is also a Founder/Creative head of a Montreal-based YouTube channel called “Ghosh Company” which focusses on multidisciplinary art, informed discussions with guests across diverse fields, and social awareness. He currently assists a financial portfolio under the Canadian banking industry and volunteers as a Guest Teacher at The Future Foundation School, Kolkata.
An IT professional with a keen interest in Observing things ranging from human behavior, emotions, creativity and anything that makes me think.
Crazy about exploring knowledge through reading, observations and above all argumenting.
Creative aspects include writing poems, short scripts, movie reviews, painting.
Writes firstly for himself and Nothing provides more satisfaction than getting a weird situation and weave a story/poem around it.
A great admirer of Gulzar and Kishore Kumar.
Thirteen year old Adrisha Bej studies in Std VII at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Education, Kolkata. She has been interested in drawing since her kindergarten days. Watercolour is her favourite medium. Adrisha wants to pursue art and dreams of becoming a good painter.
Agneya Dutta Pooleery is a sixth grade student at Country Parkway Elementary school in Buffalo, NY. He loves to read, write stories, make comics, play the guitar and piano, and hang out with his friends in the neighborhood.
Amarpreet is Partner – Performance & Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at
HRhelpdesk.in. An alumnus of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Amarpreet is founder and Partner at HRhelpdesk.in. The company which was founded in September 2010 and works on a unique concept of work from home supporting women professionals who choose to pursue career opportunities outside of the practice of travelling to office. Over the years Amarpreet has been involved in consulting Indian, Japanese and American clients in building, stabilising and efficiently running the people agenda in their companies.
While Amarpreet has expertise in all areas of Human Resources, the notable projects that she has lead are in the area of compensation benchmarking, women at workplace initiatives, policy design and implementation. She has also been actively involved in women empowerment, diversity, PoSH and culture building related activities, which not only are the basic essentials expected by employees, but have a direct correlation to the top line of the company.
Dr. Amit Shankar Saha is a scholar, editor, poet and writer. He has a PhD in English from Calcutta University. His research articles have appeared in anthologies and journals both in India and abroad, prominently in the journals of Purdue University (USA), Drew University (USA), Bordeaux University (France), BHU (India), etc. He was a guest lecturer in the distance education centre of Madras University and is currently pursuing post-doctoral research. He is also the co-founder and coordinator of Rhythm Divine Poets group. He has won a number of creative writing competitions too. His website is amitshankarsaha and he blogs at Amit's Diary.
Anagha is a high schooler hailing from UAE. She loves reading and penning her thoughts in words. She is a passionate speaker who seeks to help solve challenges of the world. She believes that small ripples create big impacts. She is an activist for mental health awareness and greater representation of women in STEM. She is currently a part of the 1000 Girls 1000 Futures Mentorship Program of the New York Academy and a member of the Girls in Science Forum of the United Nations.
A writer by dint of nature. A reader, a learner and a medium of expression with unique views on the world around him! Read my reasoned opinions on things you use and don't, things abstract and in-between.
Anand Sehgal, who writes usually in his pen name, is a graduate research scholar who recently attained Ph.D. at North Carolina State University in USA. In his day-to-day life he is a very ordinary man without any extra-ordinary features. His passions are photography, music ( of course the genre depends on the mood), writing in his diary, pouring his ideas, thoughts and eventually some of them shape up to become a poem, some of them a short story, and most of them nothing at all. He loves to cook and through practice he believes he has become a decent cook. Being a Gemini ( by Bengali zodiac rules), he is pretty restless. He loves to travel a lot. He is also an animal and nature activist and have been associated with benevolent performing art societies and have also acted in a few stage dramas. He loves new friends, fresh ideas and inspiring life style.
Anantha is an IT Professional. Writing is her passion. She writes short stories, small stories for children, play scripts for theater, and also books and movie reviews. She is a professional book reviewer working for a book promotional company based out of United States. She regularly conducts storytelling workshops for kids. She runs a book club for children where kids meet every week to discuss and brainstorm about the books they have read.
Ananya Chatterjee is a software professional working for Oracle India Pvt Limited. A gold-medalist in Computer Science from University Of Calcutta, Ananya has always been passionate about writing verses. She is a trilingual poet and translator in English. She is the author of the Amazon bestseller, The Poet & His Valentine, a collection of verses. Another Soliloquy is her second book co-authored with poet Shruti Goswami.
Her works have been published as part of the anthology on erotica, Hot Summer Nights 2014 by Inner Child Press Ltd., USA, as well as, as part of an anthology of Epitaphs, also by Inner Child Press Ltd., USA. Her poems were a part of Soulful Whispers - An Anthology of poems from the All India Poetry Competition 2014 By Poetry Society India . She was the winner of the Ekphrasis Poetry Contest at the National Poet’s Meet 2015. She has been awarded Certificate of Merit as part of Reuel International Award for Literature, 2015.
Ananya also worked as a translator for the poems by actor and poet Soumitra Chatterjee, published in the book Forms Within.
To find out more about her works, please visit www.ananyachatterjee.com
Ananya Raghu is a book lover, a short story writer and a poet. Her writing has been published in several newspapers and magazines and she is the runner-up of TOI’s nation-wide Write India Contest. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she’s probably listening to music or playing basketball. Ananya is passionate about art and believes in writing that has meaning.
She loves animals and crazy poetry, although not necessarily in that order.
Ananya S Guha has been born and brought up in Shillong, India and works in India's National Open University, the Indira Gandhi National Open University. His poems in English have been published world wide. He also writes for newspapers and magazines/ web zines on matters ranging from society and politics to education. He holds a doctoral degree on the novels of William Golding. He edits the poetry column of The Thum Print Magazine, and has published seven collections of poetry.
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Anindita Bose is inspired by the zeal of her city of joy. She has an interest in psychology which she believes has connected her closely to universal ideas and human emotions. She believes words have immense possibilities to create life out of nothing.
"Let's decode the labyrinth of life" is what she thinks when words form stories in her conscious and subconscious minds. Recently her poems and stories got published in Tuck Magazine, eFiction India Magazine and Indiaree Magazine. Her poems are part of several Anthologies, such as 'Roses & Rhymes: Poetry on Love & Life' and 'Hues Of Womanhood' are two recent ones. She is a working professional and when not writing she is actively involved in activities of a poetry group named ‘Rhythm Divine’ of which she is a co-founder. Apart from poetry writing, she is also into short story writing, painting, photography and travelling.
An engineer by qualification, an HR Manager by profession with work experience in Organization development, Training and CSR; I am an avid traveler by choice and a lover of art and culture. A trained musician, I enjoy listening to and playing music, both classical and light. I am most fascinated by Astronomy and Space science; and perceive situations with a creative bend of mind. In short, I look at life as a precious opportunity and have a passion for doing different things. The crux of life is to keep our souls rejuvenated. I believe in living my life in a way that is fulfilling for me and inspiring for others.
Anisha Singh holds a Masters in English literature and is an aspiring writer. She has published short stories and a few poems in different anthologies. She has loved reading since she learned her alphabets and believes that time spent reading is time spent in heaven. She has a desire to travel and when she can't travel she quenches the thirst by still more reading. Having a positive outlook to life she believes that no hurdle is unconquerable. Writing is a passion for her and she finds a voice in writing which is often not available to women. Through her writing she wishes to question the labels that the world puts around indiscriminately on women and men.
She blogs at: thebrokeninkpot.wordpress.com
Anshula loves to draw and color, listen to soft music, watch good movies, read mythology and explore new places during her vacations. She is in her first year of college, pursuing a 3-year course in cinema. Anshula shares her artwork and stories on her blog on LnCand writes on movies for Silhouette Magazine.
Editor in Chief, Learning and Creativity; Consulting Editor, Silhouette Magazine. A former business journalist, Antara writes extensively on the changing trends of music, direction and filmmaking in cinema. Her articles aim to provide well-researched information on the legends of cinema for the movie and music enthusiast. She is also the Founder-Editor of Blue Pencil, a New Delhi-based publishing house. She edited and published Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman, the biography of SD Burman written by HQ Chowdhury. She has co-authored a chapter on Hemant Kumar's Bengali music in the acclaimed book The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar, written by Manek Premchand. Her articles have also been published in Dearcinema.com and Du-kool.com. Antara is Editor-Creative Director of Wisitech InfoSolutions Pvt. Ltd.
Antarip Siddhanta studies in Std II in Patha Bhawan, Kolkata. He loves colours, cars, long drives and dreams about driving the fastest and smartest cars when he will be allowed to hold the steering wheel.
Anusha is 10 years old studying in Grade-5 L in Our Own English High School, Sharjah. She has a keen interest in reading and watching cartoons and has proved her creativity when it comes to developing a drawing or a story.
Arin loves to create new stories from his experiences and feelings. He expresses himself through his drawings and paintings. He is passionate about cars and vehicles and enjoys making various kinds of LEGO robots, cars, aircraft’s and spaceships. Arin is a student of Class I (IB Board). He is the author of a published book The Curious Little Bud — a beautifully illustrated bedtime storybook published by Blue Pencil.
Aritra Biswas manages his family-owned timber business and has a keen interest in gathering information about Heritage Durga Pujas to try and enhance the family’s age-old Balaram Dey Street Dutta Bari-r Durga Puja tradition, which is now in its 134th year.
Founder and Partner of the Avyudaya Centre for Transformation. Aroop Banerjee is an entrepreneur, explorer, learner and enjoys working with new ideas, strategies and businesses. He brings with him unique experiences of working with quite a few start-ups and bringing them to the stage of self sufficiency. He has keen ability to connect with the ground realities and work out practical ways to achieve business goals.
Literature student, Bibliophile, Hopeful Romantic, Socialist. Writing is an escape from everything that doesn’t satisfy her curiosity. Books, bikes, movies and good music is what makes life. Travelling is like quenching thirst. So, looking for someone to correct your English or want a travel journal, want to know about music or what to read, you got your guy.
Brought up in the Patna city of state Bihar, in late 80’s and 90’s, with the confusing status of a convent going son of a government official and his Sanskrit scholar wife, amid hullabaloo of relatives of varying generations and genres, burden of idealistic middleclass academic expectations, and agony of infamous imagery of his hometown as a corruption and crime ground, Arunabh, a self-proclaimed curious creature, naturally drifted above some perplexing and some painful facets, and developed fascination for art and leisure. He made bat, books and Bollywood his best friends, as long as he remembers, and gradually with encouragement of the kid-brother, and bunch of school and sports buddies, immersed himself in storytelling, and attained knack of switching off from the real world to dive deep into the sphere of imagination and creation. This Don Bosco boy who never fell in love with school-books and rote-learning, later manifested his potential with practical scholarship approach and went on to achieve a distinction as a gold medallist in law and management dual post-graduation from one of the premier law Universities of India. Now a successful corporate lawyer, he thrives in the legal and corporate circles of Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, with the belief that his equally true calling is the ‘art of story-telling’. Well-versed in English, Hindi and Maithili, he yearns to add many feathers to his storyteller avatar’s cap, that for now is adorned with his stories “Atmahatya”, “The Intern” and “AmbCa”, published in the literary journal Manasvi in 2006; blog-space of Manipal Institute in 2014, and anthology “Roots and Meanderings” in 2015 respectively.
Avijit Das Patnaik is a banker by profession, network marketeer by choice, frequent traveller by rule, mad about sports by religion, socially active, foodie, stand up comedian (even while sitting) and Moviemaniac by diet.
A freelancer consulting Social Development Specialist, Debasish works in large-scale infrastructure development projects in India and abroad as well.
An Anthropologist turned Regional Planner Debasish (Shibaji) is fond of several activities from writing travelogues to cooking, from sketching, painting, photography to dress designing, embroidering to choreographing. Whenever he feels, in the early mornings or dead of nights, he sits with doing something creative that is so close to his heart.
Dr. Aditi holds a Masters and PhD in Social sciences from the School of Women studies and is the Project Manager under a UN project. Her areas of expertise are Disability, Gender, Accessibility, Women and Child rights. Apart from presenting several papers in conferences, both national and international, she has written for The Times of India and Indian Express. She writes for VIDURA, Grassroots, Coffee Bytes and Odisha Live on a variety of issues. Writing on simple subject matters that are relevant to each person is a perfect stress buster for her.
Dr. Koshy A.V. is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the English Department of Jazan University, Saudi Arabia. He has many books, degrees, diplomas, certificates, prizes, and awards to his credit and also, besides teaching, is an editor, anthology maker, poet, critic and writer of fiction. He runs an autism NPO with his wife, Anna Gabriel.
Dr Anjana Maitra is a class 1 Gazetted Officer in the Govt of Orissa and teaches in a Govt College. A writer, orator, news reader she is also an active Rotarian and conducts soft skills training all over India.
HQ Chowdhury is a freelance writer on music and films. He first wrote in the late 1960s for the People, an English daily from Dhaka and then for a while in the early 1970s for Cine Advance, published from Kolkata and Mumbai. He is the author of Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman (the biography of composer-singer SD Burman) and a recipient of the 2006 ‘Sachin Dev Burman Award’ from the Government of Tripura, India.
HQ Chowdhury is the CEO of Plasma Plus, an application laboratory of science and technology of which he is also the founder. He was listed in the Marquis WHO’s WHO in the World of Professionals from 1997 to 2002.
Naveen Anand is an Engineer from IIT Delhi and a Management Graduate from IIM Ahmedabad. His company, Baseline Technologies, is a pioneer in the manufacture of sound and vibration instruments in India. He is a passionate music lover actively engaged in helping run the trust 'Ibaadat Foundation' which honours poets and celebrates poetry through music.
Nitish Pahwa is a senior majoring in professional writing with a concentration in editing and publishing. He is passionate about the arts and has written about music and culture for various websites and publications. He owns way too many books and CDs, but somehow it’s never enough. Follow him on Twitter @pahwa_nitish.
Sanjay Kumar Bissoyi is an alumnus of IIMC and a columnist. What distinguishes him from others in communication field of expertise is that he treats communication as entertainment. Sanjay has a special interest in writing poems and he believes the road to success is trying. Born in Nabarangpur, Odisha but now based in Delhi, he's determined to uncover the secrets of how people become successful.
The Significant League is a Facebook literary group which was started by a person who has a child with autism and hence has a special interest in it which explains why every April Autism Awareness month the group tries to do something connected with autism. This time, as for last year, it has been to trying to get its members to write poems on autism. Some very fine poems have come up as result.
Varun is 11 years old and studies in 5th grade. His hobbies include art and crafts, baking, cooking and swimming. He loves experimenting with a lot of recipes. Baking cakes and cookies are his favorite pass time. He loves drawing and painting , and invests a lot of his time and effort in art and crafts. He is a very creative child and likes to express his skills in his own unique way .