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Recognising the efforts of our Women’s Web authors, we feature those who have had their writing published in print in 2016.
Women’s Web, as an online platform, brings together over 1500 writers and bloggers, who write on diverse topics. Many of these featured Women’s Web authors have already been published authors before. A few others have gone forth and become authors published in print, after being associated with Women’s Web.
Gearing up for the Orange Flower Awards, our in-house awards ceremony to be held in Bangalore on 7th Jan, 2017, that celebrates the contributions made by women writers, cartoonists, social media mavens and photographers, Women’s Web, recognizes a few significant writers. These Women’s Web authors have not only been part of Women’s Web, but have published their books and short stories, in the year 2016.
Here are these Women’s Web authors, in no particular order.
Kanika G started writing to entertain her little daughter. She portrays the characters in her books in a way her daughter would easily relate to. Her stories are simple, filled with everyday experiences, yet completely fictitious.
Kanika reads out her books to her daughter and notes those parts where her daughter would seem bored. She accordingly deletes or rewrites it.
She has authored around 11 books so far, which are available in e-book format as well as in print. Her Tania series, suitable for kids aged between 3 to 10 years old, carries simple plots that are identifiable. Some of the stories, like ‘Tania makes pancakes’ and ‘Tania has an idea’, have descriptions of activities suitable for parents to do with their children on weekends.
Kasturi Patra is an equity analyst by profession, but found her passion in writing and writes micro fiction on her blog.
In 2016, two of her stories were published in an anthology containing fifty stories on Bengal. Bengal Write Ahead was a contest organized by Facebook, in partnership with Rupa Publications, Red FM and Kolkata Bloggers. It invited people from all over the world to write about Bengal and submit their articles online. The top fifty pieces, chosen by an eminent jury, were brought together in the form of a book titled Bengal Write Ahead. Two of Kasturi’s stories find a place in this compilation.
Kavitha Mandana started her writing career as an advertising copy writer. Soon after her daughter’s birth, she began writing and illustrating for children.
Her recent book Trapped, published in June 2016, is a compelling story, for kids aged 10 and above. It is the story of twins Anandita and Arjun, growing up with typical teen worries.
Kavitha Mandana’s earlier books for kids include, include Tenali Raman, Akbar- The Mighty Emperor, which was published by Puffin; No 9 on the Shade Card from Rupa’s Red Turtle for young adults, and an early reader from Karadi Tales called A Pair of Twins. Her short stories too, have appeared in many anthologies.
Sowmya Vilekar is a blogger, short-story writer, poet and an author at Women’s Web.
In 2016, her poems were included in Timeless Love, Amaravathi Poetic Prism. This is a multilingual book containing forty five poems that celebrate love in its democracy and rampancy. Poets from around the world have been featured and, Sowmya Vilekar’s poem is one among them.
Sowmya has an earlier published book titled Suroor of the Soul- an anthology of poems. The book touched upon humanity and received international recognition.
Kiran Manral has worked as a journalist before she quit, taking on motherhood full time. Blogging became her passion and soon she moved on to writing fiction.
Her recent book- The Face at the Window is a gently nuanced, layered story that deals with the lack of identity and an eternal finding of self. The Face at the Window holds a mirror to the fears we are all afraid to voice, the fear of ageing, the fear of not belonging, and above all, the fear of having no one to love you at the end of your life.
Her earlier novels include Reluctant Detective (2012), Once Upon A Crush (2014), and All Aboard (2015). She has also authored a book on parenting titled Karmic Kids: The Story of Parenting Nobody Told You.
Piyusha Vir is a Delhi based blogger and author at Women’s Web.
Her short story was recently featured in Mock, Stalk & Quarrel – India’s first anthology of satirical short stories. Piyusha’s story In Search of Mr Perfect is one among the stories penned by authors from across the country. Mock, Stalk & Quarrel emanated from a nationwide contest conducted by Readomania to identify powerful voices that could wage an ideological war against issues that matter. Each narrative in this anthology is a silent scream, a way to remind the reader of the stark realities of our times, of the hollowness, the empty promises and the increasing nepotism, corruption, and banal priorities of the modern life. Sprinkled with liberal doses of humour and wit, it would make the readers laugh, cry, rage and think.
Sonali Bhattacharya is columnist and author at Women’s Web. She is also a PhD scholar on surrogacy laws in India, at the National Law School Bangalore. She was previously an assistant professor at TISS, Mumbai.
In 2016, she wrote a chapter on ‘Surrogacy –Inter country Trafficking’ in the book titled Human Rights: Trafficking of Women and Children.
Shruti Rao comes with a writing career spanning over 10 years. Her short fiction has won multiple writing awards, and has been published widely, both print and online. She pre-dominantly writes for children, and has also worked with NGOs to develop content for children.
She recently published her illustrated book for kids titled Avani and the Pea Plant. Illustrated beautifully, the book is suitable for children who recognize familiar words and can read new words with help. She has also published The Secret Garden, a non-fiction book for children that leads them gently to an awareness of the ecosystem of a fig tree and its occupants.
Tanu Shree Singh is a lecturer in Psychology, with a passion to write, which she does on many forums (including Women’s Web, of course!), runs an excellent reading group The Reading Raccoons, and is a founder of the Reading Raccoons Library.
She wrote about her relationship and love for books which was published this year in I’d Rather Read, which is a compilation of essays by popular authors, who speak about their reading habits and love for books.
Arundhati Venkatesh loves making up stories. She writes for children, blending both fantasy and reality in her tales.
In 2016, in a follow up to her award winning earlier book Bookasura (Comic Con Award winner for the year 2015), she published yet another fun filled book for kids titled- Bookasura #2: Koobandhee. Her nostalgic narration of her relationship with books was also featured in I’d Rather Read this year.
Her earlier books were Junior Kumbhakarna, Petu Pumpkin: Tiffin Thief and Petu Pumpkin: Tooth Troubles, which were published in 2014.
Tarang Sinha is a science graduate and holds a Diploma in Creative Writing in English from IGNOU. She is a freelance writer and editor, a writer on Women’s Web, and has been published in magazines such as Good Housekeeping India, Child India, Woman’s Era and Alive, and in a bestselling anthology Uff Ye Emotions 2.
In 2016, her first novel We Will Meet Again was published. The book is a heart-warming saga of dreams and desires, and would take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions!
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