Sharing Stories featured interview with Shalini P. Sawkar an artist & writer from Bangalore

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This edition, we are in conversation with Author Shalini, a traveller throwing Light on Darkness She is a published Author with the title "The Murder of Jay Shekhar"


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Sharing Stories in Conversation with Shalini, P. Sawkar, a talented artist and a writer from Bangalore.


1. Sometimes, we do not get a chance to thank each one who has helped us in our Journey.” Let the readers get a chance to know about all the important people who have played a part in this Author Journey of Yours.


I’d like to begin by thanking my readers for receiving my stories with so much love! I’m grateful to my supportive circle, my friends, family, book reviewers, bloggers, and all the people who continue to help me. My little sister, Soumya P Sawkar, for rereading my drafts over and over again; Darshan, Shweta, Sneha, Naveen, Madhu, Navya, Subhashree, and Apeksha for handling my dramas in real life, so I can handle them on the page. My publishers, Anuj Kumar and Arup Bose for believing in my stories. I’m grateful to everyone who’s been a part of my journey as an author.


2. Can you share a few lines from your book and maybe give a bit of background?

“I moved closer, my legs feeling like logs, and my hands stone cold and shivering. I saw him. Jay Shekhar lay in a pool of blood,” –from The Murder Of Jay Shekhar, when Arjun realizes he’s too late in saving Jay.

From my upcoming novel, Confessions Of An IT Employee—“Everybody is entitled to make a few bad decisions once in a while. I believe our mistakes are what push us in the right direction.” One of the protagonists, Sanchita, feels this way about a decision her colleague is making, when their friendship is tested at the height of a corporate battle.


3. Can you talk about any interesting character from your book?

I would say, I enjoyed writing about Bhoomija, one of the lead characters of my new novel: Confessions Of An IT Employee. She has a set of contradicting qualities and a questionable sense of integrity for a protagonist! She’s seeking love and acceptance in a city not her own, and undergoes a huge transformation by the end of the book.

I can’t wait to know what you guys think of her!


4. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

Yes, I’ve written a contemporary Indian fiction that is going to be released soon. It’s titled ‘Confessions Of An IT Employee,’ as I’ve mentioned in the previous questions. I’d like to say that the four protagonists in the book are going through different situations in life; they are trying to discover their true selves in the chaos of day-to-day routines. I’d love to know to whom you could relate?


5. According to you which are the 5 books everyone should read and also Who are your top 3 Authors?

Five books that everyone must read: The Fountainhead, The Artist’s Way, Outliers, Big Magic, and the Harry Potter Series. And, my top three authors are J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and Ayn Rand.


6. Tell us a bit about your family, likes and dislikes as a person.

My family consists of my grandmother, father, mother and my little sister. Apart from writing, I spend my time reading any fiction or non-fiction that catches my eye, binge watching thrillers on Netflix, and sometimes dabbling in paints.


7. Could you share few tips for Young Authors?

Write even when you don’t feel like writing! Read any book that interests you, and start journaling. It’ll help you clear your mind and write better. Also, don’t stop believing!


Rapid Fire Round

1. Favorite Place, Person, Food, beverage…. Mauritius, Mom, Pizza, Hot chocolate

2. Your other Talents…. Painting

3. Your First Love…. Shah Rukh Khan

4. Favorite Quote…. ‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.’

5. Favorite Character from a book… Howard Roark


What if Round

1. What if you had to live with only three things all your life, what would the three things be?

A copy of the third book of the Harry Potter Series: Prisoner Of Azkaban, a piece of chocolate, and an oversized jacket.


2. What if you were given the power to change one thing from this world, what would you change?

I would change the way professions are perceived, so that more people could safely embrace their creative side.


3. What if you had all the money in this world, what would you do first?

Buy myself a ticket to Norway or Finland to watch the colorful dance of the Northern lights.

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