Mega Giveaway-2 by Kalamos Literary Services

Hello everyone,
We are here again with more thrill and enthusiasm. Here we present our Mega Giveaway- 2.

mega giveaway banner.jpg

We invite all book lovers out there to participate in this giveaway and make this event a success.

1. The participant must be a resident of India.
2. The participant must share this post.
3. The participant can apply for 3 books maximum, not more than that.
4. The participant will have to comment in the comment box of the Facebook post.
5. You will have comment on book’s cover and expectations from the book. Best comments will be given prizes.
5. Multiple entries are not allowed.
6. The winners will be selected by the authors themselves.

Below are the books you can win-


Demons in my mind Blurb-
Are crimes and mental illness related?

Is your mind under your control?

Is your life an illusion created by you?

Dakshesh, an old man in Sirubari village suffering from cancer, wishes to be released from excruciating pain. His journey takes him to the three monks, known for miraculous healing and life transformation. He discovers they are no saints, but hardened criminals. The three monks – Rizwan, Murli, Joseph – narrate stories of unprecedented savagery that would make even the most cold-hearted criminals look down with shame.

The dark stories of the three monks leave Dakshesh gasping, but there is something about their dishonourable lives that relieves Dakshesh from his pain.

Know more about Aashish Gupta


9200000071714995 Blurb-

“Arpita is on top of the world! After all she was the fresh face of Ponds India and had snubbed the casting couch of Bollywood to land a Leading role in the small screen’s most popular channel. Life never looked more beautiful! Riku is a small town man with handsome looks and big-time Bollywood dreams. He has no ethics and is raring to make it at any cost! Unable to bag big movies as a main lead he ends up accepting a romantic role opposite Arpita on small screen. Betrayed by her own innocence, she finds herself abandoned by her dream man and cannot fathom which is more painful? Whether her failed relationship or her vanishing career! Riku makes it to the dizzying heights of stardom after leaving her. Beaten and broken Arpita has to make it again to even exist in a ruthless industry that only celebrates success. It is a savage ordeal even to have a roof over her head and two square meals! What will happen to her now? Will god punish her forever for making one wrong choice? Will she die in poverty alone? Or fulfill the dreams that she had set out for? One person must trust her to give her a chance. One opportunity must appear to raise her again! Coming Back Home – will carry you through a roller – coaster ride, yet keep you well grounded for inspiration.”

Know more about Anuradha Prasad


Inside the heart of hopeBlurb-

We’re all a little broken, and that’s okay.
Or is it? Rick has a medical condition that makes his life different from the rest. But unlike others around him, he sees this not as a curse, but as an opportunity to cherish life and all the bitter-sweet gifts it brings with it.

Amidst frequent visits to the doctor, multiple surgeries that risk his life being, and a life that meant surveillance all the time, Rick has to fight for himself each day. But he pulls through, thanks to his family and friend Jacob, who become his pillars of strength.

And then, at a time when he is least expecting it, and with someone he meets by accident – love happens. It’s a new feeling for his heart and he is scared to lose it.

Will Lisa really understand the goodness of his heart or just walk away?

Inside the Heart of Hope is a story of strong will, perseverance and optimism which will make you wonder if sky is really the limit.

Know more about Rishabh Puri



This story as clear from the title is based on the protagonists’ eyes and the voice,where the girl is blessed with beautiful green eyes and the boy has an addictive voice but its not all what you think it is,the moment you think you know what’s happening would be the moment the story takes a steep turn and will leave you craving for more.Its a nerve wrecking love story which has it all and more.From true love to greed,money,hatred,betrayal,revenge and death in it,its a story of eternal love that doesn’t end with death.Its about reincarnation and beyond,every love story is beautiful but not all love stories are fairly tales,sometimes its the suffering that makes the love unforgettable,maybe its one of those stories.

Know more about Naved Khaishagi



The tale of Nala and Damayanti is a complex mythological romance that predates the epic Mahabharata. Narrated by the sage Vrihadaswa in the Vana Parva (Book of the Forest) of this epic, it has woven a magical spell on readers down the ages with its narration of: Golden-winged, celestial swans… Shape-shifting gods vying with humans to wed the most beautiful woman ever… Demons loading the dice to wreck a union blessed by the very gods… A serpent’s venom transforming a king into a misshapen dwarf… Two lovers driven apart, and later reunited, through an unheard of second swayamvar (self-choice of a husband) by a renowned princess, in Indian history.

It’s regarded as the greatest love story ever told and retold down the ages in almost every regional language of India. Historians, Poets and Dramatists the world over have waxed eloquent about the love of Nala and Damayanti.

Know more about Shivdutt Sharma



Astute, nimble witted, strong-willed and handsome SaiPrabhu falls head over heels for the gorgeous Preethi Kapoor. What should have been a cakewalk for this girls’ heartthrob turns to be a bed of thorns, because the catch is, Sai and Preethi have never met! How Sai approaches the love of his life strategically, despite being a stranger to her is revealed in an interesting and gripping narration filled with lots of twists and turns. Is it even possible in your wildest dreams to impress and woo a girl who neither knows anything about you nor has anything in common with you? Moreover, how to handle these girls who are always beyond guys’ understanding? And the ultimate question… Will Sai win the girl who stole his heart?

Know more about M Kaarthika Santosh



We encounter many soul mates whether Karmic, Companion mates in our reincarnated life from the time even before we take birth. These are our soul mates. They will help us to reunite with our twin flame-the mirror reflection of our soul-and intensify an unconditional divine love more powerful and profound than we can’t imagine. Soul Mates & Twin Flames reveal the ultimate secret to discover our soul mate and our twin flame. But the mirror soul of our soul if met in this life span put the highest impact on our lives and mold us for good, make our soul spiritual awakened and we learn the true meaning of unconditional divine love. Twin Flames and numerous advanced souls are presently re-uniting across the planet to complete their soul’s purpose of ONENESS at this reincarnation on Earthy plane. Humanity has long been trapped by the forces of illusion and hatred that have brought about much suffering and pain. The increasing numbers of souls awaken to their true purpose; to reconnect to their spiritual Formless almighty universe and to serve their fellow beings. Twin Flame soul relationship bear soul tearing and very painful term cycle consists of union, separation, crisis, runner chaser Phase, reunion and many more. If they are successful to raise their vibrational frequency then, they will transit to a higher dimension and will be spiritually Awakened.

Know more about Manjit Sargam Chawla



They told him this wasn’t his turf. He was warned about the prevailing dangers at sea. But Kishaant was allured by the attractive career in Merchant Navy. But what happened on-board ‘MT Vision’ changed his life completely. What was the reason that God himself had to bribe him? Or was it simply a plan to make his life a worthier one by introducing the angelic girl called ‘Tasha’ in his life? A tale of two lovers who were bound to be together but held back by the society; “When God bribed a Sailor” highlights some of the darkest secrets of the shipping industry. Inspired by a true story, ‘When God bribed a Sailor’ is a tribute to a Sailor’s life and love. About the Author – “Shalabh Bansal” is an alumni of St. Mary’s Academy, Meerut, graduated as a Marine Engineer from BITS Pilani, under the elite “Tolani Maritime Institute”, Pune. Shalabh has authored two novels, including the bestselling “A Pluperfect Gift”. He was termed as the “Best Upcoming Author” by the famous “Sailor’s Today” magazine and also received an invitation to become one of the social moderators and co-ordinators of the “Aam Aadmi Party”. WHEN GOD BRIBED A SAILOR is his third book.

Know more about Shalabh Bansal



This book is an emotional journey of poems of unrequited love, of longing and loneliness, of melancholic days and sleepless nights, of failed hopes and shattered dreams, of grief and sadness due to betrayal, rejection and failure, of hardships and hatred and also those of love and togetherness, of mirth and happiness, of dreams, wishes and fulfillments, of belief and faith, of moving on and fighting back, of memorable moments that lasts forever and each emotions that echoes inside our heart and demands to be noticed.

Know more about Farzana Zahid



I found you, I found God. Raj is excited to visit the Golden Temple for the first time. But it’s not just the Guru Granth Sahib whom he meets in Amritsar, there’s someone else waiting for him on the way‒Geet. A day spent together under the watchful eyes of Waheguru and Geet becomes a teacher for Raj. Neither of them realizes when the discussions on Sikhism end up teaching them secret lessons of love. It takes Raj a lot of time and courage to profess his love for Geet. But there’s a wall standing in front of his ‘I love you’‒a wall that was built way back in 1984. Desperate to break that wall, Raj returns to the Golden Temple again. Does the Golden Temple really hold any answers for him? Is Waheguru really watching over the two hearts that he had brought together?

Know more about Raj Kiran Atargaha

Click Here to Participate

Click Here to enroll for the next MEGA GIVEAWAY



Book Review- The Moon In The Sun by Sanjay Kumar Singh

Book Name- A novel in poetry of Love, Life, Soul & Wildlife: The Moon In The Sun
Author- Sanjay Kumar Singh 
Genre- Fiction
Pages- 190 
Price- ₹340


When Narayan Sambhan’s world fell apart at a very tender age, the time he spent in the forests that lay ample around his village resuscitated him. No one knew the forests and the tiger better than Narayan Sambhan. But the forests are mercilessly cut down and increasing loneliness invades his life. As he struggles to carry on, a remarkable incident takes place.

The Moon In the Sun is a tale in poetry set in the Himalayan Terai replete with mesmerizing sights, bliss and beauty as also nerve-wracking experiences that the jungles alone can provide and bestow. It is also a touching tale, in poetry, of the wonderful journey that life can be when the soul attempts to break free.



The Moon in the Sun is a tale in poetry which is set it in a village of Himalayas and which is about Nature, Tiger and a Man.

This book is different from most of the novel coming out these days. The unique way of telling a story in the form of poetry, a book where nature is at the centre of attention and various emotions coming out of lines which rhyme is what sets this book different from most of the books.

Language used in the book is simple and easy to comprehend. The tale is gripping and poetry makes it easy to read, follow and cherish.

Book cover gives hint about the genre and is appropriate with the theme of the book. Title is very long and difficult to remember but goes well with the book.

Except for the title, this book is perfect in every sense.

I would rate this book 4/5 stars.

Altogether, This book is unique and serves us a beautiful book about Nature and poetry.

I would recommend this book to the nature lovers and readers who are looking for something new to read.



Interview Break- Ankita Rathour (Author of Epiphany: Tales of Revelation)

Hello everyone,
Today we have an amazing and smart poetess Ankita Rathour who launched her book, Epiphany: Tales of Revelation, a few days ago. So let’s see how she responds to my questions.


  1. Tell us about yourself.

I am a lazy nerd who reads and watches crime series in free time and writes poems. I love F.R.I.E.N.D.S. which is my daily dose of sanity. Teaching is my passion and I am associated with Hindustan Times Learning Centers since 2015 as a subject expert in English. I love long conversations over coffee!

  1. What brought you in this writing world?

Dissatisfaction. There are books everywhere nowadays and most of them are bestsellers but hardly any of them are contributing to the social and cultural fabric at large. I intend to do that through my writing. Moreover, I am disheartened to see the rampant commercialization of writing in which poetry has no place. For me, poetry has always been the most powerful and underrated form of literature that needs to be out so that it can inspire more poets to come out of their shells.

  1. What after writing?

I have been a literature student and still am. I have continued and will continue my research interests. Secondly, I am a teacher so I will be dedicated towards the long-term purpose of making this society and India better.

  1. What made you write Epiphany: Tales of Revelation?

An inspiration. An Epiphany.

The book is a story about and of people. As a writer, I strongly believe in the raw and purest forms of emotions that need to come out on paper because they deliver you the liberation that you have been looking for.

I had been writing poems since long and then I decided upon the right time to get it out in print.


  1. Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?

Well! It’s quite impossible to associate yourself with one character and being a literature student yourself you would agree with that. A very dear friend of mine once said: “You have multiple personalities in you.”

I feel I am an amalgamation of many. To narrow it down: I associate myself closely with Elizabeth Benett (Pride and Prejudice), Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) and Sindi Oberoi (Foreigner). I think I am witty like Elizabeth, passionate like Heathcliff and detached as Sindi. Many other characters come close to but let’s just end it here.

  1. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

Literature means to connect, relate and grow. What is the most fascinating part about literature is the way different narratives go on being ‘relatable’ through ages. I think literature is the biggest time travel ever possible. Not everything written is literature. So, we need to be very careful about what we read and write.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I am fanatic about Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. I ardently love Austen, Bronte sisters, D.H. Lawrence, Toni Morrison, Samuel Beckett, Paolo Coelho, R.K. Narayan and Arun Joshi. I love the works of Hanif Qureshi and Jhumpa Lahiri. The list goes on.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

I have recently penned down my first crime story which is to be released soon in the anthology titled ‘Abstract Tales’. I will be working on the short story collection of my detective/sleuth after that. I am ready with another collection of poems too but I am waiting for the right time to get it out.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

I write experiences which not only become easily relatable but also give you an insight about yourself. The readers will find that reality and individuality in my work.

  1. Any words to newbies?

Please read literature. Pick up classics and start now! Read what you think you shouldn’t be reading. That helps you grow and mature. Please do not run after the tag of ‘bestseller’. Believe in quality rather than quantity and learn to love solitude- that will make you a great writer.


Chat Session With Priyanka Lal, Author of The Rose Bush

Hello readers, today we have Priyanka Lal with us. She is the author of The Rose Bush. She is a teacher in Bangalore by profession but her passion has given her a different identity, that’s an author and an avid reader. So, now let’s see what Priyanka Lal has prepared for this interview…

1.Tell us something about yourself.

First and foremost, thank you for this opportunity and introducing me to your readers. I will try to answer all your questions honestly, as I find them really interesting.

I was born in a small town of Jharkhand, completed my studies from Sacred Heart, Ranchi. I am an entertainment addict, I enjoy movies, English sitcoms, reading as well as gossip. As a profession, I enjoy teaching but am into full time writing now which is my passion. I love corners and that’s where I was found huddled with books all the time ever since I can remember. There was a time when I ate, breathed and slept novels, reading 3-4 novels in a day. Now my time gets occupied by a You Tube loving four-year-old and a software engineer husband, with whom I live in Bangalore.


2. What is writing for you?

Writing is something that I cherish. I can’t think of myself without writing, working on my characters and their behaviors. It helps me express myself freely, create images then see them come to life in my mind and then in front of my eyes, via paper. I can live with my fabricated characters forever. Writing is an outlet, a therapy. Everything that my life so far has given me, the way it has shaped me comes out in my writing. It keeps me focused, sane and gives me a zest to experience and enjoy more of life. It is my past, present and future. I live so many lives because I constantly think what one or the other character would do, their reactions to situations I put them in. They always keep my life interesting, there is never a monotony, no time to get bored.

3. Did you always want to be a writer?

I have never thought of writing as a job, or my means of living. Though there is nothing wrong if I do get paid for it. I always knew, I will be writing one day. I had not decided about the time, or planned it but I was always sure the world will see and hold novels written by Priyanka Lal.

4. Who is your biggest influence?

I have spent most of my life with a novel. So all the influence has come from them definitely. On the way, when I met people even they rubbed off. I started reading mysteries first and then progressed to other fictions, genres. In what I write I observe, I try to maintain an air of suspense, so I think the strongest influence is of the mystery novels I started my reading journey with. I hear authors saying, they are not comfortable with writing something or the other. I never feel that inhibition. I think that is because I have read so many different books, so they have made me very comfortable with what and how I write. I try to write what I would want to read, that goes for the language I use as well. I don’t enjoy too simple language nor too complicated. With my work, I try to achieve that balance.

5. Tell us about your previous books and experience with them.

The Rose Bush is my first novel to have been published. I have faced the uphill battle that goes with trying to get a book published, so there is not much I could add to the grievances of a debut novelist. I had started writing a couple of books before I started this, and they are still work in progress which I hope to finish in the next year.

6. Anything about “The Rose Bush”?

The Rose Bush is a romance-drama. Readers say, it is written in a style markedly different from the other books available presently in the market. It is a journey on which the reader embarks along with the protagonist. It hooks the reader. It is a comprehensive story of a girl and her life, the men in her life be it her father, a boyfriend, a relation or a husband. The story has twists, turns and leaps. When one reads it they will find it real. As real as you and me. It’s a story of a girl, her aspirations, her dreams, her nightmares, struggles, her wins and losses. It comes full circle and embraces you. You find yourself in Kadambari’s story.


The book has so far only received praises, I know that sounds boastful, but that’s the truth. The novel is available on

7. What is Literature for you? Meaning and importance.

I particularly like this question of yours, Anuj.

Most of the writers I have come across (I come across many these days!) have forgotten the word, ‘Literature’ or assign minimum importance to it.

Personally, I think Literature is a treasure of mankind. It belongs to all and will survive the test of time. It is not limited by boundaries. The best of writings I have enjoyed have come from all over the world.

I believe, it must be safeguarded, and not be played with in the name of ‘it sells so I can write crap’. I have been advised, by some selling authors, the quality will never help you earn, lower the price and the language finesse, that will make you a popular author. Somehow I can’t bring myself to do that. How many of these low price authors do I read? Let me answer it for you, I didn’t even know the names of most of the ‘selling’, ‘popular’ authors until some time ago. A good quality book, in language and content, for me is my prized possession and that’s how I see the books that I read and enjoy.

Quote from The Rose Bush, I love.

My contribution to the world at large are the following words. “Everyone should have their heart broken. It hurts you, suffocates you and nearly kills you. The flip side is the intense pain only makes you a stronger person.”


8. What are your other interests besides writing?

Reading is my interest, hobby and now I have made it my leisure work. I give feedback / review novels on my blog. I have two blogs, one is dedicated to books reviews and impressions and the other I write about issues that interests me. It could be anything, election result to a talked about murder or environment issues. I believe in ‘Conservation of resources’ and try to practice them, I don’t preach about it much. I am not a very avid blogger though. I prefer working on my novels.

Editing is something I enjoy a lot. I do freelance editing for PhD scholars and have edited a couple of manuscripts for other authors, some of which have seen the light of day, while others are in progress.

9. Are you planning to come up with more books?


All my readers have appreciated my book, but they have also said that they found my book very lengthy. So by the end of this year I plan to come up with a collection of short stories.

I am currently working on four novels, which I hope to get published in the next couple of years.

I know my readers are eagerly waiting for my next work and I am working to the best of my abilities to come up with something that will form a relation with them like The Rose Bush did.

10. How can our readers connect with you?

First and foremost, via my novel of course. That’s where they will start to get to know me.

On various social media platforms.  They can follow me on Facebook, twitter @priyankalal21, Google+, Instagram.

My two blogs;

Interview Session With Paromita Goswami

Hello readers, Today in the interview session we have Mrs Paromita Gosawami with us.
Read her answers to know more about here…

1. Tell us, Who is Paromita Goswami?

A mother, a wife, a sister, a friend and an animal lover.

Displaying M3_06260.JPG9eac45c2-2af4-4bca-8484-a58084499023

2. What writing means to you?

Writing is my life, my breathe. It makes me who I am. It’s the window to my world.

3. Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes I always dreamt of being a writer. It is in my genes you can say. More of a story teller. I love picking up my subject from day to day life, then observe it closely while at the back of my mind I am weaving a beautiful story about it waiting to be told.

4. Discuss your biggest influence here.

My father is my biggest influence. It is only because of him that I started writing. He was a brilliant writer himself penning down all his awesome experiences of life. Maybe someday I will publish his work too.

5. What else you do beside writing?

I am also having a book reading club by the name of, Raipur Little Minds Book Reading Club. The objective of the club is to grow interest in reading books. I am happy that today not just the kids but the adults are also part of my club. Apart from physical meetups we are also engaging people online. We have also announced HOLI CONTEST which is open online contest. The details are mentioned in the end.

6. What about your book, Shamsuddin’s Grave?

My book Shamsuddin Grave is an offbeat social drama based on the theme of Indo- Bangladesh partition. It is a very touching story and has won many hearts.

7. Why did you create “Book Promoting Community”?

Now that’s a very good question! Book Promoting Community is a facebook group. It is created to help promote each other’s work without any inhibitions. Anybody related to the world of books can join the community. We have members who are authors, editors, publishers, literary agents, beta readers, reviewers, book bloggers and many more. We are growing very fast as a group. Even aspiring authors and writers can join the community provided they have promo material related to books only. Now a very important fact about the group. We work on sharing basis. There is a guideline that you have to follow failure of which your post is disapproved and deleted. The community also hosts a monthly market, MANDI, where the prospect meets the clients. It is hosted on the 1st Wednesday of every month.

8. Would you like to share your best poetry with us here?

I am not a poetry person but since its World Poetry Day going on I will share one of my

9. Tell us about your upcoming work.

I am very busy these days with so many assignments in hand. Summer is round the corner and reading club needs more activities to keep the little kids engaged. As I said we have online members too hence the work is more. April I am taking AtoZblogging Challenge. Which means I have to write blogs with a theme everyday in the month of April. I am doing a Very Very Short Story of a 5 year old girl –

GROW UP MESSY. Below is the detail of my blog so that you can join me.

My next book is a collection of short stories THE JUNGLE SERIES genre paranormal coming up shortly. It is about the forests in Chhattisgarh which is also the home of various tribals who practice different rituals. Watch out for it in my author page mentioned below.

9. How can our readers connect with you?

Facebook :

Twitter :

Blog :


Reading Club :



Words From Kashmir- Interview Session With Perveiz Ali

Hello everyone, This is Anuj Kumar, your host here.

So today’s day is very special as we have a young guy with us. He belongs to a mortal heaven, which is Kashmir.I welcome Mr Perveiz Ali, from the world famous Saffron Town of Kashmir, Pampore. A multi talented man is a poet from heart but he also loves to write stories.

“How can one dream of a progress without love to a struggle.”
– Perveiz Ali


So let us start our exclusive interview with Perveiz Ahmed, from Kashmir.

1: Tell us something about yourself?

Born in the eighties in Pampore, the world famous Saffron Town of Kashmir. By qualification I am a naturalist, by profession an administrator and a teacher and by passion I am a writer. In simple terms, I am a Human with humane feelings against the drawing of blood, intimidation and oppression. I grew up in a middle class family mostly associated with agriculture, where reading and writing is regarded as an important asset.


2: What is writing for you?

Writing is my passion, a dream I follow tirelessly day and night. I use it to paint the white canvas of my life with appealing, enthralling and optimistic artistry using wordplay pertaining to different facets of life. It is a way to introduce my inner being to the world.  The world knows me through my actions, but my writing puts my inner self on display. It gives readers a deeper look into my soul.

Writing is a medium to express one’s stand on the different issues one is interested in. It is a platform to foster the seeds of world peace and universal brotherhood. It serves to awaken the consciousness of future generations, planting the seeds of hope and a sense of Coexistence, which can help us bring back the lost glory of humanity.

Writing is a tool, to steer momentum towards the much needed positivity and welfare of the world. This is accomplished by nudging the minds of people, to think about the place they are living in, with an approach towards humanism.

3: Did you always wanted to be a writer?

To be frank, this one is very difficult to answer as one can’t say with certainty in black and white what ones wish is to be in life in early age. Different trends comewith a surface, especially in developing societies which in turn lure the young and enthusiastic generation for different portfolios. To be a doctor or engineer at one stage or teacher and civil servant atanother stage is a common wave in such society. Being the part of such society I was not an exception.

But from my school days, my inner self always prompted me either to appreciate the happenings going on around me or to raise my hands in reservation to the acts/thoughts not good for the world in general and my homeland, Kashmir in particular. It is this inner cry, which I used to share, with extra care to my daily diary. Whether you call it my aim to be a writer from the very beginning or an inclination towards being a writer, it is up to you. Let me clear, from my childhood days a kind of fascination for newspapers, magazines and books of general nature has taken a pivotal role in my life. Reading books ranging from religious to irreligious broadens the vision besides welcoming with an opportunity to choose a stand based on logic and rationale. Whether I liked to send my writing stuff for publication or not, but the darling friendship with paper and pen is not new at all but as old as my life of conscience is.

4: Who is your biggest influence?

Prior to your question, let me share something which I value most as it fashioned my writing skill a lot. Once I came in the writing filed, I think I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to meet Carl Pontiak (Jamaica), a poet, critic and editor and Brigitte Poirson (France), poetess and university professor. Both of them infused the skill of verse weaving in way that I can’t explain in words.

There is not any single personality who influenced me most but fairly a large number, among which I would like to mention a few ; William Shakespeare, Rumi, Mark twain, TS Eliot, Walt Whiteman, Sean Heaney, Elf Shafak


5: Being a Kashmiri we would like to hear something about Kashmir from you?

Kashmir, my homeland… My passion, From an aesthetic point of view, Kashmir needs no explanation. Its tagline “Kashmir – A paradise on earth”… is enough to describe this wondrous piece of land on this planet of wonders.

Talk to any common Kashmiri about the Kashmir, their question is the same “When is it all going to end?”

This soil has witnessed the death of a hundred thousand Kashmiri, at the hands of security forces amid thousands of disappearances. The leaders of India and Pakistan are well aware of the ground situation and realities in Kashmir, but they are not educating their people about the atrocities.

The present scenario is such, that if the government takes even an insignificant step towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue, the opposition will be ever ready to blow it out of proportion.  A common Kashmiri challenges the sincerity of India in resolving the issue. They resort to the same age old tactics of indulging in talks followed by talks and then by more talks just to keep it in cold storage.

Moreover, miscalculating and misrepresenting the situation has become common agenda.  Poll results are compared with people’s trust in India, stone pellets are associated with LeT and ISI and general protests with Pakistan.

Whatever the reason is, be it either India or Pakistan, or any other agency working in Kashmir, kashmiris have suffered a lot irrespective of religion.

We have seen the massacres, custodial killings and daily bloodbaths. This has to end. We may spend millions even billions for aesthetic and developmental projects but for whom? Who truly benefits? All at the cost of deprived humanity?… Sorry big No!!!


6: Would you like to share the best poetry with us.

For poet, poetry is simply poetry not best or worst. Here I would like to share a few but for reading my inner being you have to wait a bit more.

Love’s Garden

Here is a garden in a lush land,

Nestled in a green mountain gap,

Picturesquely beautiful and sweet,

A natural resort of health and calm

Where sweet mountain air fills the blood,


A combination of aromatic breezes,

Glittering waters and green forestry,

Colorful flowers of vibrant colors.

The virgin roses open their petals

To keep the fragrance of love alive


Here wounds of worries are healed,

Caressed gently by Mother Nature

Spring and summer set a natural theme.

Winter ushers out with a frantic scream.

One can walk here as if in a dream.


Happiness floods the emotions subtly.

Bringing smiles and radiant glows,

Red maple leaves on strong trees

Sing songs, dancing in the wind.

Listen closely to a sweet concerto!


Such peaceful commune with nature,

Soothing moments to gratefully cherish

Under blue skies and among butterflies,

Sharing with birds and woodland creatures:

A paradise unsoiled by hate, love supreme.



Human beings…..

In a race to change

The very definition of humanity,

Only to get baptized in insanity.



Rhapsody of Parliaments and Governments,

To bring a system of popularity

Full of hate and inequality.



Mobilize the art of duality,

Impress the subordinates with cruelty,

Pave a way for ambiguity.



Refine the art of deception,

Brainwashing the public view,

Discourage insightful review.



Racing the horses of wishes

Full of illogical ideals,

Manipulate us, as they steal the treasure.



Busy projecting arcane results,

Doubtful about own native cultures,

Relishing the limelight, like vultures.



Passionate to be remembered,

Print their names on streets and buildings,

Boards and Committees their starlings.


Social workers….

Administer the theoretical concepts,

Bridge the recognised social rifts,

Actually dedicated to subjugation and wanton theft.

7: Tell us something about your upcoming work?

Two poetry collections are in processing. One about my homeland, Kashmir in which my utmost attempt is to continue the project of Kashmiri landmark Poet Agha Shahid Ali “To let know the world the pain and misery Kashmir is suffering from long.” Secondly, I would simply love to foster this one called “Love and Nature.” This has a diverse theme aiming to foster the ground for universal brotherhood.

8:Any message for young and budding writers?

To the future writers who follow this path? I would seek to tell them to always write about their passion for whatever they truly love and have interest in.

Embrace the differences in us humans and write about it with tolerance and understanding of the need for peace and love.


9: How can our readers connect with you?




Amazing Time With Dr. Santosh Bakaya

It is an immense pleasure to interview Dr. Santosh Bakaya, A Reuel International Award winner. So without wasting even a second let’s start asking Dr. Santosh some questions here. But before that read a quote by Dr. Santosh Bakaya.

It is love and love alone that moves this wide, wonderful, whacky world. had there been no love and just hatred, the world would have hurtled down an abyss long back.
– Dr. Santosh Bakaya

1. Tell us something about yourself.

.At the very outset let me thank you for this opportunity , and let me also emphasise that as a teacher, I have always appreciated the  creative spark and dynamism in the youth . So Anuj, hats off to you for your enterprising work.

Well, I am an ordinary person, but always on the lookout for the extraordinary in life. My family tells me that I am always on a high , I laugh easily, I cry easily , a lone tear  in a person’s eye can trigger  a deluge of tears in me . In all my dealings, it has always been the heart that has had the last word, while the head always takes the back seat. Although , I have a doctorate in Political theory , literature has always been my first love.


2. What is writing for you?

Writing is a passion for me.It is my lifeline.  Writing is catharsis. It is therapeutic for me, almost a magic wand which can lift my sagging spirits. It is as important for me as eating. But I can live without eating, not without writing. I have to write every day, come what may. If I do not, I feel something is not right.  If something tickles my fancy , I have to write about it , if I do not put my thoughts on paper , it will keep rankling in my brain , until I have given vent to it .


3. Did you always want to be a writer?

No, I never wanted to be a writer, but one day something happened in school, which put this seed in my mind. In class tenth, I had written an essay on Charles’ Dickens, and one of my teachers in St. Angela Sophia School Jaipur, Sr Theodora,  liked it so much, that she told the entire assembly, ‘This naughty brat Santosh has the makings of a writer. Don’t be surprised if you find your friend as a novelist one day.” So, this self- fulfilling prophecy prodded me on into writing more than ten books – essays, novels, a collection of poems. My three mystery novels for young adults were quite popular.

4. Who is your biggest influence?

My father, Dr K. N Bakaya, a very eminent professor of English in Rajasthan University was indeed a great influence on me. He flung away the same essay that Sr. Theodora had praised, with the remark, “what a mediocre essay, it has no style, is this the way one writes? You cannot become a writer, without first reading a lot. Once you read, read and read, only then will you be in a position to write. I remember, he gave me Willkie Collins ‘book, ‘The woman in White’ to read, “finish it in a week, and we will discuss it” he said. So it became a ritual.  From that day, I started reading every book that I could lay my hands on, and every weekend, I would have an enlightening discussion with dad, in which all the siblings would chip in .   Our house was a bibliophile’s paradise, and I reveled in this paradise, gorging on bits and pieces of litearture , enriching myself along the way.

5. Tell us something about your Ballad of Bapu.

One of the  students in my MPhil class, always used to crinkle his nose at the mention of Gandhi , and when I told him to first read properly and only then criticize him , he remarked , “Madam , I am a poet ,  I want you to write a ‘mahakavya’ on him , then I will read” . Ballad of Bapu was my answer to him.


6. Would you like to share your best poetry with us here?

My best is yet to come, for i am learning every day , but I am sharing a few stanzas from my long poem SHE [SHE stands for my imagination.]


Ah she comes, she comes, a song she hums

Rising above the cacophony of war drums

How she loves to change dresses and masks

This fashionista deftly performing myriad tasks.


. She is the arrow plummeting through the forest.

Hugging many an explosive secret to her breast

The swish of the wind galloping through the trees

Misty and mesmerizingly magical, at times a tease.


She morphs into a rain cloud ready to burst

Rearing to quench a parched throat’s thirst

She dies as the last candle in the shepherd’s shack

And then as the rustle of the leaves is again back.


7. What are your other interests besides writing?

I am equally passionate about teaching, and reading, and love to interact with my students. Yes, I have also written and directed many plays, and love to conduct creative writing workshops with my husband.


8. Tell us about your upcoming work.

I have this uncanny habit of working on different projects in a slap – dash simultaneity, as a result I do not have just one upcoming work, but five.

The first one in a collection of my peace poems, ‘Where are the lilacs?’, which will soon go  to the publishers .The second is a biography of Martin Luther King Jr, which I will be sending to the publishers in a month’s time, the remaining two are novels- one a satire on higher education, and the other a love story .My most ambitious project is Oh Hark! which fetched for me the Reuel International Award for Writing and Literature , 2014 , I am in the process of completing  a sequel to it  and  intend  publishing  both as an illustrated book.

9. How can our readers connect with you?