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My author journey

  How have I become a fiction author? The first spark of creative imagination connected the dots in my brain at 7. I remember sitting at the cosy corner of an open shed behind our home, scribbling in my school book using a blunt lead pencil. Our guard dog misbehaved with a homegrown hen, pounced upon her, a neighbour intervened in time saved her a previous day's incident was my theme.  What inspired me?  The previous day, I read a book from my father's library--nothing fancy, an arrangement of books and his medical references on a shelf in a small room. Vischinnakankanam--broken bangles--I found among the books, read in a single sitting, no author's memory. It planted the seed of a story in me. Storytelling wasn't alien to the culture we grew. For everything, there was a story in the form of an anecdote to pass on a moral lesson--a nasty action begets nasty reaction.   My father was a practitioner in the indigenous branch of medicine--Ayurveda. He was the only medical m

How Do You Aid your PC, Mobile or Tablet Using the Free Kindle App

Do you prefer a digital or a print version of a book to read? I guess the answer from what I read is the print.   Old habits are not easy to drop, while new practices get cautious approaches.  That is human nature. I didn't pay much attention to this choice until I published my eBook on a digital platform. That was a choice I made based on my research on publishing.  So many people asked me whether I would get it in print.  My answer is, I am not sure about that now.   My inability to make that decision is a money matter.  Going for print brings a whole different cost equation to the forge.  You, as a customer, would pay more for reading it in print than digital.   I am not promoting reading it digitally, but if you want to read it digitally, there are easy ways to do that, even if you don't own a kindle.  Most of you are aware of these steps.  I will explain them below if you aren't familiar.  You have a PC, a Mobile, or a Tablet, good.     Step 1 . If you don't have a

Under the Bakula Tree -Availabe on Amazon Kindle stores

UNDER THE BAKULA TREE PUBLISHING ON AMAZON KINDLE ON 18 DECEMBER.   The image was customised using frames UNDER THE BAKULA TREE NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON KINDLE It gives me immense pleasure to let the readers know my eBook, Under the Bakula Tree, now available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle, gets published on 18 December.  It brings an end to the two-month hurdle race. The hurdles were formidable, threatening me with the impossibility of crossing them and the publishing impossible.  Under desperation, I felt publishing takes away the charm and the pleasure of accomplishing the creative milestone when you finished that line of your book.     What are the Kindle marketplaces that avail my e-book? My eBook is published on Amazon globally.  You can buy it from any Amazon Kindle store. E.g. Amazon.US, Amazon.UK, Amazon.AU, Amazon. IN.   Do you have to pay in US dollars because published on  Someone asked me this question.  You don't. You pay in the country's curr

2021 With the BlogChatter

 How would I remember BlogChatter 2021? The image was customised using I joined BlogChatter in April this year. Sooner than later, I participated in the ebook carnival, a month-long activity that ended on 5 May.   I was cradling the idea of book publishing having a skeletal understanding of its processes and was excited to read the wads of information on the topic flooding through dedicated posts and WhatsApps.   The group discussion exposed me to a unique experience that is not an exaggeration.  No question from anyone was left untended by virtual strangers.  Tension was climbing, knots were tightening, sleep was departing, I felt like finding a home on a cosy distant island on a tight expedition.  On a personal reward point, I felt younger being among the youngsters.  My memories are still green--how would I grade it now other than giving five over five.:) Unfortunately, I couldn't reach the height of publishing my story with others--still not published.  The reasons I

Book Review-Under the Mango Tree

  Book Review Under the Mango Tree -Fiction  Author: Bina Pillai Format: Kindle Edition  The image was taken from  Under the Mango Tree, Pillai's novel handles a bitter-sweet, woman-centred, family saga theme.  Amazon blurb starts—"Diya Nair is eighteen, a diligent student, hopelessly in love with Aditya. Married against her wishes to Rajagopal, ten years older than her, Diya is exposed to an orthodox family where they follow archaic customs that are alien to her modern upbringing. "   The story opens with Diya getting ready broken-heartedly in her custom riddled ancestral home for marriage. Litle expectations about her bridegroom brighten her. Her mind invokes candid memory of Aditya—her love.  They together had woven dreams to live to bring fruition to their passion.  But it is not he that she is getting ready to marry.  Rajagopal is her bridegroom, ten years older than her. Her parents chose him in an arranged marriage, forcing her to drop her studies.  &qu

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