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 man in our village before English medicines, and the hospitals made their appearance. We lived in a rural area where fertile landscapes rose and fell softly, refreshed by the chirpy brooks wounding around before dashing off to join the water bodies in the distant low lands.
My mother was delighted to read my story, but she encouraged me to graduate in science. In a society, formal education is considered more significant than life --she was right. No one famed as a writer or an artist had earned a decent living in the entire area.
I graduated in physics and education, earned a teaching career. After I got married, I joined my teacher husband employed in Africa. We served a string of African nations—Tanzania, Nigeria, Lesotho, before South Africa.
My Research in Maths Education
In South Africa, I taught maths at a high school in Alice, a town in Ciskei, a homeland, an apartheid set-up, then. The learners exhibited extreme poor conceptualisation in the subject--a global issue but particularly in the area. The problem bugged me. I decided to research it as part of my master's degree at Rhodes University, Grahamstown and published my thesis.
SEALS Ditial Commons published my thesis here
I Wasn't a Super Woman?
I wasn't a superwoman. Juggling a full-time job, family responsibilities, children, and hostile in-laws, I was about to break down in many instances. However, the fire kindled by the first
book wasn't willing to leave me. At the minimum publishing opportunities, I rejoiced a story here, essays there. The advent of the internet and blogging gave me immense hope.
How have I fulfilled my childhood passion?
I took early retirement with plans to prioritise the left out passions—writing a definite. My daughters, pure blessings in my life, suggested joining a creative writing course. All about wiring is an online creative writing course and I chose it right. I got the theory to structure a story- but putting it into practice took time. I was willing to wait until I approved myself.
I found there is no comparison between academic writing and creative writing-- creative writing is a different ball game where you flow your creative juice. In the mathematical and scientific milieu, you seek prescriptiveness. For example, the displacement between two points is a straight directional line vector. Creative writing is an expansive narrative, never linear. You make it colourful, exploding with emotion, and blasted with situations.
I published my eBook.
Being a non-native writer, I needed long hours to master my chosen language's semantic and syntax aspects, which made my author journey challenging but rewarding. I got fulfiled when I typed the last line of my eBook-Under the Bakula Tree in August 2021. I had no notion of the struggle ahead to get it published.
Two months and days after I completed the last line, I published, Under the Bakula Tree on 18 December. 2021.
The story blurb:
Three women's paths cross at the Sky ard Residential Complex in Richwood, Kochi, Kerala. They find support in a sisterhood they form. Their commitment to one another gets stronger as the social norms of the gendered society restrict them and keep them under surveillance.
Sara is at a crossroads. All paths remain closed in front of her. Will the sisterhood help her get the big break in life and reach her Krishna?
The story attempts to light the contemporary women's family life in Kerala, where I was born and raised.
It is an eBook published in Amazon Kindle, Unlimited.
Where can you buy a copy of Under the Bakula Tree?
It is available on multiple sites including,