My thanks are due towards Icerene and Chape who nominated me for this challenge. I’m extremely sorry I couldn’t make it yesterday at any cost.
Here I present the quotes of a lady author who had to be stand strong against the male dominant society during Renaissance times. She is none other than JANE AUSTEN.
1.”Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
2.”Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all.”
3.”Do not give way to useless alarm, though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain. “
Rules you must follow: –
#1Post three consecutive days.
#2 You can pick one or three quotes per day.
#3 Challenge three different bloggers per day.
I forgot to mention this yesterday but I was also nominated by Chape for the same challenge. He has a wonderful blog about fitness, health and nutrition. I think you should visit it. My thanks are also towards Icerene 01.She writes wonderful short stories and poems. Those who have thirst for creative writings can visit her site.
Today I will post three quotes of one of America’s horror and thriller author STEPHEN KING. These quotes have been taken from his non -fiction On Writing.
1.“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
2.”Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. In the end ,It’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work and enriching your own life, as well. “
3.” Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure. “
#1.Post three consecutive days.
#2.You can pick one or three quotes per day.
#3.Challenge three different bloggers per day.
So, today we have Sukhmani Gandhi along with us, the author of The Shadow Of the Dark Soul.
I am very thankful to her for sparing her precious time for this interview.
Let’s see what she shares with us.
1.Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Kanpur which is a city in Uttar Pradesh.
2.When did you first started writing and were your parents co
-operative with it?
Well, when I started writing they were happy seeing me indulging towards something different however they weren’t very happy with the idea of me working on the Nirbhaya case because they were worried about the socio-political responses. However, today when they see my work being appreciated I guess they are at peace.
3.How long does it take you to write a book?
It took my around 6 months to finish my manuscript.
4. What is your choice career or besides being an author what else is
Well, I still haven’t made that decision. I like taking life the way it comes to me and explore all my possibilities. For, now I am focusing on my graduation and my masters.
5.Is ‘The shadow of the dark soul ‘ your debut work as an author?
Though I have a blog and few of my articles have been published but this is my first novel.
6. In ‘The shadow of the dark soul ‘ you mentioned changes, how long
do you suppose we can change the mindset of people who get their girls
locked up out of fear while the convict roams free?
I think the need to be reminded of the story when a man feared that the moment he would step out of his house he would die and the painting falls on his head and he dies in his own house. We live in a patriarchal society but now the times are changing and people need to change. Today, if just one family understand that women and men are not to be treated superior or inferior rather both work parallel to each other. I guess then change would come soon.
7. How long did it take for your novella to get published?
It took my approximately 3 months.
8. Till now what is the response you received from the readers
regarding your novella? Did it meet your satisfaction?
Well, Being a debut writer one faces a lot of challenges amongst those famous leads or names it’s difficult to find people would read your novel. However, when I wrote my book it was not about the fact that I wanted to be the best seller. I just wanted to give a positive and naïve way to look at things. I guess I have been lucky enough to receive a very positive response from all my readers and I once again would like to thank them for showing trust in my work and promise the same in future. A writer is complete only because of its readers and I guess I have reached that level of satisfaction.
9. How long did it take for your manuscript to be accepted by the publishers?
I was happy with the response I received from Cypher Publishers and Miss Devika Menon they responded to my manuscript in about a month.
10. Name any five of your favorite authors.
Nicholas Sparks, Rabindranath Tagore,Paulo Coelho. Daniel Steel.
11.What do you think makes a good story?
Well, there is no recipe to a good story. I believe a story in which a person can connect to the fictional characters and seem a glimpse of him in them that’s the time a story automatically becomes good.
I am very late in writing this post actually, should have done it much earlier. I have been nominated by Vikram Bishla for the Real Neat Blog Award. My sincere thanks towards him. He is a versatile blogger, writes on issues related to daily affairs, fashion, he is also interested in writing micro stories. An interesting personality that he has I’m sure you would love visiting his blog.
1. Thank the person who nominated you and pingback.
2. Complete the task that your nominator has assigned.
3. Give them a challenge to complete and share these rules.
4. Include the logo, above in your acceptance post.
Now here’s your challenge in my next post I’ll post a short story and you’ll have to change the climax. But there’s a condition the characters cannot be altered neither the timeline. 😀 Best of Luck with that.
The title of the story is befitting and ambiguous because a dark soul can never have its shadow, but from the context of the story some dark past may haunt us and follow us like a shadow.
The book definitely fits in the fiction genre. The summary is as follows:
Zayesha is a young journalist who just doesn’t run after the news or is any sort of media hypocrite. She tries to bring out the truth in the public. She has a lesbian neighbor Liza and her Catholic mom Ms.Chandelier. Her boyfriend Is training for the civil services. Her family is against her choice of profession.
One day on Mrs. Chandelier’s insistance she visited The Shadow Of The Dark Soul. It is a group which consisted of people who have either been raped or their near ones faced something similar. These people didn’t want sympathy or pity instead they wanted to have a normal life where none would speak about their and look upon them as any other normal person. This little visit had stirred her heart, her thoughts were in turmoil. She finally took a drastic step and was fired from her job. But she didn’t stop at that she adopted one of the girls whose mother had been raped .
Our author Sukhmani Gandhi’s point of view is a little different from others according to her if we try to change the outlook of our male dominant society only then can we put an end to brutal crimes against women. Curbing the lifestyle of females will do no good rather we will have to teach our boys respect towards women. I totally agree with her regarding this matter. When a convict is punished the punishment us borne only by him but if we can change a society’s outlook then a mass number od people will affected.
One of my favorite conversation between Zayesha ‘s daughter and son:
I heard Princess telling her little brother “It’s okay honey. I cry too. When I’m hurt… just because yoy are a boy, that doesn’t mean you don’t cry you’ll be fine in some time. “
The conclusion of the book is very convincing where the author says that being humans we only think about the popular matters around us, we don’t go into the depth of things. If we truly want to develop humanity we must be able to change our view about the society. “Girls should not always be called victims instead we should call them Survivors. ”