As a youngster who grew up in Chandigarh, during my growing up years I only understood that ‘refugees’ were a sect of people, who came ‘here’ from the other side. The other side that our parents’ and our battle scarred generations have come to hate with our heart and soul. But as I grew up and my social circle expanded, I got to peep into their lives, their struggles and their predicaments. As the horizons of my mind broadened, the view towards refugees transformed from being wary, to being respectful and in some cases even proud. Like in this one instance where a fellow blogger who has come to be a very dear friend Dr. Shivani Salil, makes my heart swell with pride with her book ‘Hiraeth’ – Partition Stories from 1947. Continue Reading
I have re-iterated time and again that the dream of becoming a published author has become an attainable dream in the current times. The scenario is not like it was a decade back when one had to be dependent on publishing houses to get their work to reach out to readers.
And its not just about traditional publishing or self-publishing any more. It is also about the freedom that comes along with the option of self-publishing in terms of the content. You are the master of your content. The length of your proposed work today could be the usual 70k words, or you may chose to write just 40k or 25k, or even just 10k. If you think that your words make for a comprehensive and a coherent read, you are good to go and put your work out there for your targeted audience. Continue Reading