Thursday, December 31, 2015

FAREWELLl 2015! And thanks for the lovely year end gifts!

What a year it has been! Lots of ups and downs but it has been one hell of a ride - travelling to new places, meeting interesting people at Hyderabad Literary Festival, Odisha Lit Fest and Rukmini Vijayakumar's Classical dance intensive, releasing my third book Shakti: The Divine Feminine, watching helplessly when a big fat Balinese monkey snatched my daughter's pretty pink crocs right off her foot but redeeming myself somewhat by screaming shrilly and saving the shoe on the other foot, raising hamster babies, portraying Saguni in a thematic classical dance representation and having the chief guest make a special mention of it, a memorable interview where I spoke about men and women, dogs and bitches, dancing at Chidambaram, eating frog legs, interacting with school and college kids, creative writing sessions, motivational speeches, weight loss woes.... WHEW! What a year it has been.
2015 is not done with me though and reserved some special year end presents for me.
I was nominated by Salisonline for "best author of the year" award. Voting goes on till 11.00pm IST January 18th, so if you are reading this please do vote for me and Shakti right here.

Vikas Datta's year end round up of books made special mention of Shakti: The Divine Feminine calling it a refreshingly new take on the primordial Indian Goddesses. You can check it out here.

Finally, award - winning blogger, Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay gave Shakti a rave review.  Sample this:

The author, who was quite good to begin with, seems to only grow with each book. Her language is grand and has mesmerizing moments. But the best part about her narration is that it is almost impossible to figure out which part of her book is fictional. It is easy to get lost in the book and forget that it is after alla work of fiction.
Another shining element of the book is the fact how relevant it is in today’s world while talking about Indian mythology. Many aspects of the book really resonated with me and I would recommend this book to not only women but also to men – to read it and to try and understand how relevant it is.
Do check out the rest of the review here.

Wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR filled with nothing but the good stuff in life. Keep watching this space for all things SHAKTI and exciting news about my next book!


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