Sunday, December 28, 2014

Prompt of the Month: For February

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Book Review for January 2015 (II):Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora

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'It's all your fault.' Mere words these are. "But words can possess a shadow invincible enough to rob even a soul of its eternity." 

In a society that finds it easier to mark sins of a victim than the culprit, Nirvi is a young girl punishing herself for the faults she did not do and avenging her hurts by defeating her own truth. She is scared of her future, and ashamed of her past. She is failing herself, and knows it. She has had a long line of boyfriends, and hated them all. She detests the guy she is living with, runs away from the one she loves , and seduces the one who can never love her. When Arsh first sees Nirvi, she's a free and frank girl in whose eyes sparkle the lemony zest of life. The next time he sees her, she is a voiceless doll draped in clothes that cover her body less and shroud her soul more. And Arsh can't rest till he finds out what made Nirvi give up her own real self. Nirvi knows she is dragging herself on a path from which there can be no recovery. 

Can her spirit survive the treacherous downfall? Or is the pull of fear and push of desperation just too strong to withstand for a girl who believes she has "nowhere else to go" but down. "When it's time for you to fall in love, even a lemon can become the cause of it," says Arsh. 

But can love survive, when even the self love dies? Can love survive when respect is no more? Does true love have the power to revive a dying soul? Find out in the pages of this brilliantly woven, intense, heart-warming and thought-provoking saga of RISING IN LOVE...

About the Author:

Jyoti Arora lives in Ghaziabad, India. Jyoti Arora is a Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology. Her writing achievements include two novels, three blogs, several wins in national level blog competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 24 famous English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn etc. Jyoti's first novel, Dream's Sake, was published in 2011 by V&S Publishers. It received great reviews and much appreciation from readers. Books have always been Jyoti’s best friends. In fact, books so fascinated her from early childhood that she learnt reading, by herself, even before she started going to school. And she considers herself most fortunate that she is able to pursue her dream of being a novelist and work at what she loves best. However, if books are Jyoti’s first love, and she’s still very devoted to them, the thrilling and steadily advancing world of technology also fascinates her. 

As a result, one of Jyoti’s blogs is a technological blog called Techn0Treats. In 2011, a post in this blog won her the title of Samsung Mobiler when Samsung made her a part of the team of twenty bloggers chosen from all over India through a blogging competition. In this team of twenty bloggers, she was the only woman and perhaps the only one who had studied literature instead of science. As a Samsung Mobiler, Jyoti is a patient of Thalassemia Major which forced her to stop going to school after class seventh. After that, she continued her studies on her own through correspondence courses. Her zest to overcome her medical problems and zeal to achieve success keeps her striving on with her endeavors to make her dreams come true.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Review for January 2015 (I): Chronicles of Urban Nomads ( an anthology)

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Even as a bewitchingly beautiful saree narrates her story, a girl tries to deal with a dilemma in her arranged marriage. While riot-struck children walk alongside conscience-driven saviours, characters play hide and seek through a book, even as lovers 'book' a date with destiny. There is a flicker of hope, of a mother who has lost her child, as well as the agony of a friend who cannot forget her past life. Fear nudges your soul, even as aspirations drive you up the tallest wall; on one occasion, a game of heart and mind will tempt you to choose, while in another, an engagement ring will engage with its tale of choosing duty over desire. 

Here, even as a child's innocence creates a strong relation in a new life, a man builds a bond with death's absolute finality; we see hopes of revival in a worn out relationship, even as someone embarks on a quest to find a lost identity. This melange of characters, situations, attitudes and emotions brings to life an exciting realm of fiction that you definitely wouldn't want to miss. Readomania welcomes you to be a part of a literary journey to a realm of the superlative where pages turn, hearts beat, and the mind gleefully wanders to places you might have never been before. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Book Review for December 2014 (II): How I won the Love Deal

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Making a deal with an arrogant guy is difficult. Making a love deal with the same? It is complicated. Here are the few pointers to win a deal, with your ex-childhood best friend. 

1. Cook for him and make sure it’s a mess. If it makes him sick, all the better. 
2. Buy him a gift. It is better if it is something really cuddly. 
3. Ignore him completely, when he starts to notice you.
4. Go on a date with the new guy and get caught while you’re trying to kiss 
5. And finally, get yourself kidnapped. His heart, body and soul will be yours to keep. As Liana tries to make Asher fall for her, just so she can humiliate him, she realizes she isn’t the right person for the job. She needs the help of her friends and a little bit of luck. But what she needs most is restraint; the love deal has more fine print than she gambled for. 

About the Author:

Ada Wiam is a self-confessed chocoholic and a book worm, a writer and a dreamer. She loves creating characters and their worlds with her imagination and a little ink. She finds both contentment and escape through writing stories. Happily married with a wonderful family, a loving husband and supportive friends, Ada divides her time between writing and reading. Ada Wiam is a pen-name. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Prompt of the Month: For January

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2. Payal Agarwal
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Review for December 2014 (I): He Fixed the Match and She fixed him

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Shreya – I'm a highly qualified Delhi girl earning an enviable salary. My parents are having a tough time finding a suitable groom for me. However, recently they have a proposal from this very interesting guy from Mumbai. I almost get mesmerized when he starts talking to me. I think I like him very much. 

 Kunal – I'm owner of a textile company in Mumbai. My Mom wants me to get married. Again. She has recently suggested a suitable girl from Delhi. What my Mom doesn't know is that I've met Shreya before once in my life and I've been looking for her ever since. I have a vendetta to settle. 

The author takes you along on a journey via roads of revenge, agony, remorse, attraction, titillation, tantalisation and romance. Do Shreya and Kunal make it, or do they fall prey to their past?

About the Author

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Shikha Kumar has a B-Tech degree in Computer Science from Bharati Vidyapeeth, Delhi. Professionally she’s as a Manager with Tata Consultancy Services. 

She has travelled to, and worked in different countries. She enjoys travelling, reading, writing and watching movies. 

This is her first attempt to present her writing abilities to the world.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Writer's Ezine Print Magazine

Moments lead to milestones and milestones lead to destinations. The final destination might be miles away but a milestone makes the journey worthwhile.Its time to celebrate one such milestone where after loads of moments of sleepless nights, creative differences and many other things today we proudly bring to you the Writer's Ezine's print version now available online for you to devour. What better day than the New Year's eve today to celebrate the new beginnings with it.

WE has always basked in your love and it is time for shower some more of it.
Share, buy, read and gift- after all love multiplies when shared. This festive season spread some smiles, gift some joy and be the reason for some more smiles.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review for November 2014 (II): And We Remained by Asad Ali Junaid


And We Remained started as a story which needed to be told. The story though, wasn’t a short one. How it needed to be told had to be very different as well.  And We Remained then turned into a 52,000 word novel with an absorbing storyline and a unique narration style. In the 1990’s, India is going through tremendous socio-economic changes. Set in this era, it is a coming of age story of five engineering friends—Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David—and the women in their lives, especially the beautiful Wardha. Their intertwined story is told by these friends through first person accounts of events in their engineering college contrasted in alternate chapters with their lives a few years later when they keep in touch, narrate events in their lives and share their experiences in India and abroad through emails. And We Remained takes you on their entertaining journey through college, love, heartbreak, prison, politics, drunken binges, strip clubs, US and Europe as they hang on to sanity and their identities in a fast changing society and a nation in flux.

About the Author:

Asad Ali Junaid is a design professional in Bangalore working in the area of Human-Machine Interaction. Junaid’s book – And We Remained – started as a story which needed to be told… and one which needed to be told differently. While he was struggling to get the narration style and structure right, he joined a three week in residence ‘Just Write’ fiction writing workshop where he got a chance to learn the nuances of and hone his story telling skills from authors Anil Menon, Anjum Hasan and Rimi Chatterjee. 

Junaid writes whenever there is a compelling story inside him bursting to get out. Junaid has written several short stories and is currently editing his second book – which like his first one – has an absorbing story and is very different in narration style.

Junaid has been a resident of Bangalore most of his life except for brief stints in the US for higher education and work. He has seen Bangalore’s transformation from the sleepy town that it was, to an IT hub of today.
Junaid’s wife is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Their toddler completes their home while keeping them on their toes.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Prompt of the Month: For December

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Submitted entries:
1. Huma Masood
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

A step ahead for Writer's Ezine

Dear Contributors & Readers, 

Like already mentioned in the newsletter; WE has few surprises in pipeline for you. The time has come to announce one of the surprises. WE has been contemplating the idea of a Print Magazine for quite some time now. WE took our time to decide with a calm mind and do our research. Going into traditional print magazine would mean following many norms and procedures as prescribed by the Government of India, involving Regional Magistrate Court & Registrar of Newspapers for India, etc. 

In short it is tedious and lengthy procedure WE is not sure of dealing with, at this point of time. Namrata and I decided to keep it aside for consideration in future. Finally, WE decided to (self)publish a Print Magazine of the past six issues April 2014 to September 2014 for private circulation. After the decision was made the work on compilation and formatting began. And now, since the cover design has been finalized and I have finished the compiling and formatting we proudly announce our first Print Magazine. 

The Magazine would be available on the platform of (for private circulation only) WE believes in transparency. So, we want you to know that Namrata and I have decided to keep a minimal margin of profit behind the sales of the print magazine, which again would be used in future for giving gift vouchers to contest winners. Since almost everyone knows that WE is a non-profit-making online magazine, i.e. WE does not allow advertisements on the site and whatever the investments are, Namrata and I share equally - like the awards WE gives, it is impossible for us to bear the extra cost of giving free copies. 

WE can however give away a few early bird copies for discounted price. (Details would be announced later) WE is thankful to the contributors and readers for their immense love, strong support and unwavering faith. WE requests you to continue giving us your support and spread the word about Writer's Ezine and show your interest in the print magazine and encourage your friends to join in. 

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List of Contributors 

April Issue: 

Babban Jee, Anshul Gautam, Ram Govardhan, Rahul Miglani, Ayyappan Pillai, Tarang Sinha, Chad M. Horn, Ammey Kesarkar, Rachna Sharma, Shubhanshu Singh, Aneesha Myles Shewani, Mark A. Murphy, R. D. McManes, Sayantini Bhattacharya, Sakshi Raina, Ketki Yennemadi, Shailaja Vishwanath, Ritika Gupta, Simran Kaur, Vaisakhi Mishra, Priya Anand, Srishti Singh, Amith P. Kumar, Anamika Mishra, Rohan Kachalia, Sandeep Sharma & Ruchira Khanna 

May Issue: 

Chetan Dubey, Archana K. B, Dhiren Shah, Sumitro Banerjee, Susmita Shroff, Steve Klepetar, Janaki Nagaraj, Priya Anand, Sushant Yennemadi, Usha Narayanan, Abhijit Nambiar, Murli Melwani, Saranya Iyer, Nishima Avasthi, Joan McNerney, Alokita Jha, Lokesh Chauhan, Anukriti Jain, Sridevi Nayak K, Gayatri Aptekar, Parvathy, Vipin Bhargava, Shweta Chooramani, Hima Mehta, Ompriya Tripathi, Sonal Agrawal, Nidhi Chawla & Pratikshya Mishra. 

June Issue: 

Gloria Monaghan, Priyanka Dey, Purba Chakraborty, Sreelekha Chatterjee, Sfurti Sinha, Beloo Mehra, Kiran Manral, Meera Sundararajan, Shloka Shankar, Jayshree Murali, Priya Anand, Prachi Sharma, Meera Shashidhara, Arathi Harihar, Anvi Mehta, Paul M. Strohm, Animesh Ganguly, Nibha Gupta, Shelly Rathee, Suraj Zala & Harsh Patel. 

July Issue: 

Leela Pal Chaudhuri, Prachi Priyanka, Isha Sharma, Jini Maxin, Anju Renjith, Jashodhara Mukherjee, Natasha Borah Khan, Deepak Kripal, Swathi Shenoy, Adishi Gupta, Pradip Kumar Biswas, Aruna Lakshmi Ramu, Anca Mihaela Bruma, Nelton D’Souza, Archana Shivamani Rao, Soumya Prasad, Ada Wiam, Himanshu Shekher, G. S. Subramanian and Hiten Solanki. 

August Issue: 

Amrita Goswami, Preethi Venugopal, Sunanya Pal, Daneshwari S Mirji, Odellia Firebird, Sadiya Sayad, Farah Siddiqui, Zeenat Mahal, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Devika, Soumyaa Verma, Nidhi Saxsena, Binod Bastola, Shubhangi Srikanth, Oindrila De, Uma Chellappa and K Parathasarathi. 

September Issue: 

Parvathy, Jini Maxin, R. D. McManes, Amrita Goswami, Simran Kaur, Swathi Shenoy, Srishti Singh, Susmita Shroff, Oindrila De, Farah Siddiqui, Pratikshya Mishra, Viditi Bhargava, Rohan Kachalia, Aneesha Myles Shewani, Nidhi Chawla, Soumya Prasad, Nibha Gupta, Animesh Ganguly, Hima Mehta, G. S. Subramanian, Isha Sharma, Chetan Dubey, Alokita Jha, Ada Wiam, Soumyaa Verma, Nishima Avasthi, Meera Sundararajan, Purba Chakraborty, Daneshwari S. Mirji, Ompriya Tripathi, Babban Jee, Beloo Mehra, Mark A Murphy, Janaki Nagaraj, K Parthasarathi and Abhijit Nambiar.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Review for November 2014(I) : Ri Homeland of Uncertainty by Paulami Duttagupta

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Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty is adapted from the National Award Winning Khasi film by the same name. Trapped in the limbo between ideology and conscience, Manbha finds him himself part of a terror outfit. An unexpected opportunity, anger, squalor and disillusionment - followed by and armed combat and injury lead to the soul- searching that form the substance of this moving tale

About the Author:

Born in Shillong, many moons ago, with schooling at Loreto Convent, and an English Honors from St. Edmunds College, Paulami Duttagupta started her career with All India Radio Shillong. She had written and also given her voice to a few shows there. Later she came down to Kolkata and got a post graduate degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She had also taken up a fancy to learning Spanish, but today confesses that she has forgotten most of it. She has written for ‘The Times of India’ in the ‘Guwahati-Shillong plus Edition’ and also ‘The Shillong Times’. Television had always attracted her and was connected to the Bangla TV industry for about 6 years. 

She was associated with ETV- Bangla, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath in this period. Having left her day job in 2012, Paulami took up full time writing. Her first novel, “Pinjar” released in early 2012. Her second novel “Unplanned Destinty” released in 2014. She is also the screenplay writer of the national award winning Khasi film – “Ri Homeland of Uncertainty”. “Ri” has been adapted into a novel and is releasing in Spetember’14. She is currently working on her next project as movie script writer. 

Apart from writing full length novels, she has written several short stories and articles. She has also contributed to the “Minds@work Anthology” and the “Family Matters International Anthology” in 2013. Recently she has contributed to the “Learning and Creativity Anthology” , “Her Story Anthology”, and “Celebrating India – Love across Borders Anthology”. When she is not writing or watching movies, Paulami is either reading biographies or classic pieces of literature. Cricket, food, cinema, books and music are an integral part of her life.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Review for October2014 (II): Kathmandu by Thomas Bell

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Kathmandu is the greatest city of the Himalaya; a unique survival of cultural practices that died out in India a thousand years ago. It is a carnival of sexual licence and hypocrisy, a jewel of world art, a hotbed of communist revolution, a paradigm of failed democracy, a case study in bungled Western intervention, and an environmental catastrophe. Closed to the outside world until 1951 and trapped in a medieval time warp, 

Kathmandu’s rapid modernization is an extreme version of what is happening in many traditional societies. The many layers of the city’s development are reflected in the successive generations of its gods and goddesses, witches and ghosts; the comforts of caste; the ethos of aristocracy and kingship; and the lately destabilizing spirits of consumer aspiration, individuality, egalitarianism, communism and democracy. Kathmandu follows the author’s story through a decade in the city, and unravels the city’s history through successive reinventions of itself. Erudite, entertaining and accessible, it is the fascinating chronicle of a unique city. 

Quotes of praise

 • ‘A narrative of an enchanting and troubling complexity. Tom Bell has thought through the history and contemporary reality of Kathmandu, and has written a great, subtle book, one as shadowed as Kathmandu’s alleys and as brilliant as its midday squares’—Teju Cole, author of Open City

 • ‘A wonderfully discursive account of the personal discovery of a great city. Looping through centuries and slaloming between journalism and history, memoir, mythology and gossip, Tom Bell has written a portrait of Kathmandu like no other, taking us from Manjushree to the Maoists via witches, colonial Orientalists, LSD cults, spies wars and old Serge Gainsbourg movies. A splendidly eccentric and enjoyable first book’ —William Dalrymple, author of Return of a King 

 About the author 

Thomas Bell was born in the north of England in 1978 and studied at Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art. After university he moved to Kathmandu to cover the civil war in Nepal for the Daily Telegraph, The Economist, and other publications. He was the South East Asia correspondent of the Daily Telegraph before returning to Kathmandu, where he lives with his family.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review for October2014 (I): I was there by Saptadeep & Mamta


Maansi, a simple village girl, trapped within the boundaries of family and honour, is in search for the answers to the queries that haunt her life. Reyaz, a medical intern, living under the burden of a complex relation, tries to understand a world that has failed to understand him. Their paths cross, but so do their stars and death seems the only escape. But what if death isn’t the end, but just the beginning of a journey that changes everything you know about yourself. Unfold the pages to embark on a soul-stirring journey of love, magic, hatred and spiritualism that winds its way through the dusty lanes of Haryana, leaving behind answers that humanity have always sought for.

About the authors:

Saptadeep Basu dons many hats in his life - he is an engineer, a poet, a blogger, an adventurer, a marathon runner and the list goes on. Born in West Bengal and brought up in Assam, his works reflect the freshness of the east. Despite his devil-may-care attitude about life, his literary works delve into the darker shades of subtle human emotions. Saptadeep graduated from NIT Silchar as a civil engineer in 2007 and is presently working with NTPC Ltd. 

Mamta Sharma is a social worker, a poet and a blogger but above all she is a keen observer of human behavior. Brought up in Haryana, she feels deeply about the atrocities of women in her part of world. Her writings are a call to women to break free from the shackles of patriarchal society and express themselves. Mamta graduated from M.D.U. Rohtak in 2011 and post graduated from B.P.S. Women University in 2013 and is presently in search of a new story.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Prompt of the Month : October 2014

Starting this month Writer's Ezine will give away prompts for every issue. All the contributors are free to use them in their write ups. Please note it is not compulsory for everyone to use this. This picture is the prompt for the month of October 2014 issue.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Book Review for September 2014 (I): The Hidden Letters by Purba Chakraborty


She is a successful author, a loving wife and the worlds best mom. Her doctor husband dotes on her, her teenage daughter idolizes her and her readers yearn for her writing. Shouldn't all that respect and love make her happy? Yet, she is devoid of inner peace. In the wee hours of the night, her slumber is disturbed by horrifying nightmares. All her harmony is abducted and lost amidst the bunch of hidden letters kept in her cupboard. Those letters were written long back by her cousin, presently a patient at a mental asylum in kolkata. Haunted by her inner demons and tired by the long-time secrecy, she decides to put end to her misery by surrendering to her husband and daughter, The hidden letters. Will she lose her husbands love and daughters respect? Can she forgive herself for her own selfishness which rendered her cousins fate malignant? 

About the Author:

Purba Chakraborty is born to a Bengali family in Kolkata on 17th June, 1990. She is a freelance content writer, blogger, book reviewer and magazine writer. ‘WALKING IN THE STREETS OF LOVE AND DESTINY’ is her first novel. Her second novel is 'THE HIDDEN LETTERS...".Many of her short stories have been published in various anthologies namely "Stories for your valentine" and "Fusion-A mingled flavour mocktail". She is currently working on her next manuscript. You can read more of her writings through her blog: 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book Review for August 2014 issue Haveli by Zeenat Mahal

For the month of Amazing August WE is reviewing Haveli by Zeenat Mahal published by Indireads.

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Blurb: Abandoned by her father, C. is brought up by her domineering, intractable grandmother, whom she privately refers to as ‘The Broad’. Raised in the closed environs of a haveli in Jalalabad, C. is rebellious, quick-witted and a self-proclaimed cynic.

So, when The Broad presents her with the ‘suitable’ Taimur as a possible husband, C. isn’t too happy with the arrangement, no matter how gorgeous ‘Alpha Male’ may be. As it happens, the feeling is mutual. Or is it?
And when C.’s long lost father enters the scene, things get really complicated…

About the Author:  Zeenat Mahal is an avid reader and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She has an MPhil in English literature from Government College Lahore and is currently doing an MFA in creative writing from Kingston University, London. She won a BBC short story competition in 2001 and has been a regular contributor to newspapers. Running out of Ink, another international online magazine has published her short story, The Accidental Fiancee in their August 2013 issue. 

‘Haveli’ and 'The Contract' are Zeenat’s first two published novellas. Currently she is working on a novel.

She can be contacted on her FB page

Monday, June 23, 2014


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It is disheartening to see that despite the clearly set guidelines and repeated requests on this page WE still continues to keep getting posts which are previously published in places other than the author's own blogs. WE team would like to reiterate there is a reason why these guidelines have been so explicitly outlined and the editorial team keeps urging each one of you to please adhere to them. 

WE understands and appreciates the effort that goes behind each submission that comes to us. Having said that WE would also like to respect the freedom that comes along with creativity and hence WE team is not tightening those guidelines. WE trusts you would understand.Request your support as always in ensuring WE keeps getting bigger and better with every issue. 

 Together we can and we will !

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Book Review (II) for the June 2014 Issue - Once Upon a Crush by Kiran Manral

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Rayna De, stuck in a dead end job with a boss from hell, zero love life and the big 3-O looming large on the immediate horizon, has started to panic a bit. No, make that panic a lot.
Enter new object of lust in the office, Deven Ahuja, and Rayna is overpowered by inappropriate visions of Cupid aiming his arrows straight into her heart, with turtle doves doing their billing and cooing act in the backdrop.
Alas, Deven is completely out of Rayna's league despite the contradictory messages he seems to be sending out, and is, as decreed by page three supplements of the city newspapers, the man in the life of the gorgeous, light eyed model-turned-actress Sharbari Raina. As Rayna battles with her crush, shaky employment status and dithers about signing up for domesticity with the approved-by-her-parents Sid Bose, of the multi zero pay package and three-bedroom house, she discovers that life has its own plans

About the Author: Kiran Manral has worked with some of the leading media houses in India as a features writer and journalist. Her debut novel, The Reluctant Detective, was published in 2012. She lives with her family in Mumbai and puts her current job definition down as school gate mom.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Book Review (I) for the June 2014 issue - Living to be a hundred by Meera Shashidhara

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Nineteen centenarians from different countries and a cross-section of society, share their memoirs, intertwined with the history of their century, as they experienced it.
They were ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives. In these pages, they share their values, beliefs, habits, attitudes and lessons learnt from living to be a hundred. Most important of all, they tell us how to harmonise science and soul.
They were around from the rustic horse and buggy age to the sequencing of the human genome. They witnessed the Big Bands performing, the railroads being constructed, and Gandhijis non-violent movement against the British.
They have had personal experiences of the Great Depression, the World Wars, the Japanese invasion of China, Indias freedom struggle, and apartheid. They have lost children to war and poverty.
So what inspired them and kept them Spirited? What did they learn from history? How did they find the strength and the will to keep going in times of despair? Is there hope in the 21st century for all of us to achieve more fulfilling lives? In their diverse narratives, they offer us a common and real hope for health, longevity and a saner world-based on our own humanity.
About the Author: Meera Shashidhara was born and raised in Bangalore, India. In 1991, she immigrated to the US, where she did an MBA and worked in California, for over six years. She took a break from work when her second child was born. Though her career has been in Finance, Meera has always had a keen interest in human behavior. She is also deeply interested in nature and conservation, and is a qualified Naturalist. Meera lives in Bangalore with her family. She can be reached at:

Living to be a Hundred - Voices From Lives Well Lived - Teaser from Leadstart Publishing

Stay tuned to this space for Author Interview and a detailed review to be featured in the June 2014 issue of Writer's Ezine.

Friday, May 2, 2014

WINNERS Exceptional Short Story and/or Poem contest - April 2014

WE team had a surely testing time trying to zero in the winners for April 2014 issue and finally HERE they are:

Shailaja Vishwanathan for her amazing story - This is Goodbye 

Ritika Gupta for her beautiful poem - Daddy, it hurts. 

A huge congratulations to both of them from team WE, your vouchers are on the way to your inbox!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Story

The thought of starting an on-line magazine was at the back of my mind for quite some time. Since the day I closed the publishing house I had started, to be specific. Those who have known me and been visitor to my blog know about the publishing house and the reason I had to shut it down. I was not only depressed, I was furious and guilty conscious for not being able to do justice to the work of authors I had published through my publishing house because of my inexperience in marketing/distribution.

During those ugly pessimistic moments, there was only one thing that was positive - my intention. I kept reminding myself that, whatever I had done, I had done it with good intentions and some day, the Universe will reward the intentions. I needed time to heal and once I was sure I was ready to step into publishing yet again, I bought the domain. Did not take much time for me to think of the name. It just came to my mind, as if it was waiting for the right moment to present itself. I took this as the first positive hint.

Even though I was full of ideas, even though I had the domain, even though I knew I could work on the template and take care of the back-stage. I needed someone who could run the show for me. As if, in answer to my request, Namrata stepped in. I still do not know how the conversation exactly started. We discussed WE and I showed her the Demo site I had designed and asked her what she thought about it. The Universe had started responding to my thoughts. Hence, I was not too surprised when Namrata thought that the idea was wonderful. I was joyous. Everything seemed to be falling into right places. 

Namrata's support meant a lot to me and I started working on the site. Apart from being a huge support, Namrata efficiently took care of the marketing/publicising monster by sharing the news with her friends, her groups, her library. The contributions started pouring in. 
I do not know what I would have done without her. Writer's Ezine is truly WE. It is neither Namrata nor Arti. WE. WE did it.
And as Namrata says in her Editor's Note
"It is a moment of pride when dreams come true but it is a moment of joy when you see many dreams come true together through that one dream of yours."

WE are overwhelmed by the positive response WE got for our first issue. Each facebook like made us smile and at the same time increased our heart beat, wondering whether WE would be able to keep up to the expectations of the readers.
WE also had an ugly experience of mudslinging; where someone accused Namrata - no scratch that - accused US of stealing their idea. WE knew WE were on the right side of the things, and as it always happens, truth won in the end. The issue was resolved. But it did teach US the ways of the world.

Our release on 2nd and the wonderful response WE got, the statistics rising up by 1000+ in just a couple of days has proved that If your intentions are pure, you get what you truly deserve.
WE just hope that WE are able to continue this journey with our head high and good intentions in our hearts.
WE got offers for advertisements, which WE turned down. WE were constantly asked by our friends, "What about your earnings from Writer's Ezine?" To them WE answered - WE want no monetary returns for what WE are doing.
All the efforts taken in reading the contributions, selecting entries from the numerous ones received, editing the entries, searching for images, designing, posting, creating e-book versions, all were rewarded when our readers appreciated US.

If we had been the kind who were easy to cry, both Namrata and me would be always be seen with a napkin wiping the happy tears.

I want to thank all the contributors, supporters and readers for the love and respect shown for our effort.

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