Friday, October 24, 2014

Writer's Ezine Print Magazine

Moments lead to milestones and milestones lead to destinations. The final destination might be miles away but a milestone makes the journey worthwhile.Its time to celebrate one such milestone where after loads of moments of sleepless nights, creative differences and many other things today we proudly bring to you the Writer's Ezine's print version now available online for you to devour. What better day than the New Year's eve today to celebrate the new beginnings with it.

WE has always basked in your love and it is time for shower some more of it.
Share, buy, read and gift- after all love multiplies when shared. This festive season spread some smiles, gift some joy and be the reason for some more smiles.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review for November 2014 (II): And We Remained by Asad Ali Junaid


And We Remained started as a story which needed to be told. The story though, wasn’t a short one. How it needed to be told had to be very different as well.  And We Remained then turned into a 52,000 word novel with an absorbing storyline and a unique narration style. In the 1990’s, India is going through tremendous socio-economic changes. Set in this era, it is a coming of age story of five engineering friends—Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David—and the women in their lives, especially the beautiful Wardha. Their intertwined story is told by these friends through first person accounts of events in their engineering college contrasted in alternate chapters with their lives a few years later when they keep in touch, narrate events in their lives and share their experiences in India and abroad through emails. And We Remained takes you on their entertaining journey through college, love, heartbreak, prison, politics, drunken binges, strip clubs, US and Europe as they hang on to sanity and their identities in a fast changing society and a nation in flux.

About the Author:

Asad Ali Junaid is a design professional in Bangalore working in the area of Human-Machine Interaction. Junaid’s book – And We Remained – started as a story which needed to be told… and one which needed to be told differently. While he was struggling to get the narration style and structure right, he joined a three week in residence ‘Just Write’ fiction writing workshop where he got a chance to learn the nuances of and hone his story telling skills from authors Anil Menon, Anjum Hasan and Rimi Chatterjee. 

Junaid writes whenever there is a compelling story inside him bursting to get out. Junaid has written several short stories and is currently editing his second book – which like his first one – has an absorbing story and is very different in narration style.

Junaid has been a resident of Bangalore most of his life except for brief stints in the US for higher education and work. He has seen Bangalore’s transformation from the sleepy town that it was, to an IT hub of today.
Junaid’s wife is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Their toddler completes their home while keeping them on their toes.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Prompt of the Month: For December

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

A step ahead for Writer's Ezine

Dear Contributors & Readers, 

Like already mentioned in the newsletter; WE has few surprises in pipeline for you. The time has come to announce one of the surprises. WE has been contemplating the idea of a Print Magazine for quite some time now. WE took our time to decide with a calm mind and do our research. Going into traditional print magazine would mean following many norms and procedures as prescribed by the Government of India, involving Regional Magistrate Court & Registrar of Newspapers for India, etc. 

In short it is tedious and lengthy procedure WE is not sure of dealing with, at this point of time. Namrata and I decided to keep it aside for consideration in future. Finally, WE decided to (self)publish a Print Magazine of the past six issues April 2014 to September 2014 for private circulation. After the decision was made the work on compilation and formatting began. And now, since the cover design has been finalized and I have finished the compiling and formatting we proudly announce our first Print Magazine. 

The Magazine would be available on the platform of (for private circulation only) WE believes in transparency. So, we want you to know that Namrata and I have decided to keep a minimal margin of profit behind the sales of the print magazine, which again would be used in future for giving gift vouchers to contest winners. Since almost everyone knows that WE is a non-profit-making online magazine, i.e. WE does not allow advertisements on the site and whatever the investments are, Namrata and I share equally - like the awards WE gives, it is impossible for us to bear the extra cost of giving free copies. 

WE can however give away a few early bird copies for discounted price. (Details would be announced later) WE is thankful to the contributors and readers for their immense love, strong support and unwavering faith. WE requests you to continue giving us your support and spread the word about Writer's Ezine and show your interest in the print magazine and encourage your friends to join in. 

Arti Honrao 
Administrator, WE 

List of Contributors 

April Issue: 

Babban Jee, Anshul Gautam, Ram Govardhan, Rahul Miglani, Ayyappan Pillai, Tarang Sinha, Chad M. Horn, Ammey Kesarkar, Rachna Sharma, Shubhanshu Singh, Aneesha Myles Shewani, Mark A. Murphy, R. D. McManes, Sayantini Bhattacharya, Sakshi Raina, Ketki Yennemadi, Shailaja Vishwanath, Ritika Gupta, Simran Kaur, Vaisakhi Mishra, Priya Anand, Srishti Singh, Amith P. Kumar, Anamika Mishra, Rohan Kachalia, Sandeep Sharma & Ruchira Khanna 

May Issue: 

Chetan Dubey, Archana K. B, Dhiren Shah, Sumitro Banerjee, Susmita Shroff, Steve Klepetar, Janaki Nagaraj, Priya Anand, Sushant Yennemadi, Usha Narayanan, Abhijit Nambiar, Murli Melwani, Saranya Iyer, Nishima Avasthi, Joan McNerney, Alokita Jha, Lokesh Chauhan, Anukriti Jain, Sridevi Nayak K, Gayatri Aptekar, Parvathy, Vipin Bhargava, Shweta Chooramani, Hima Mehta, Ompriya Tripathi, Sonal Agrawal, Nidhi Chawla & Pratikshya Mishra. 

June Issue: 

Gloria Monaghan, Priyanka Dey, Purba Chakraborty, Sreelekha Chatterjee, Sfurti Sinha, Beloo Mehra, Kiran Manral, Meera Sundararajan, Shloka Shankar, Jayshree Murali, Priya Anand, Prachi Sharma, Meera Shashidhara, Arathi Harihar, Anvi Mehta, Paul M. Strohm, Animesh Ganguly, Nibha Gupta, Shelly Rathee, Suraj Zala & Harsh Patel. 

July Issue: 

Leela Pal Chaudhuri, Prachi Priyanka, Isha Sharma, Jini Maxin, Anju Renjith, Jashodhara Mukherjee, Natasha Borah Khan, Deepak Kripal, Swathi Shenoy, Adishi Gupta, Pradip Kumar Biswas, Aruna Lakshmi Ramu, Anca Mihaela Bruma, Nelton D’Souza, Archana Shivamani Rao, Soumya Prasad, Ada Wiam, Himanshu Shekher, G. S. Subramanian and Hiten Solanki. 

August Issue: 

Amrita Goswami, Preethi Venugopal, Sunanya Pal, Daneshwari S Mirji, Odellia Firebird, Sadiya Sayad, Farah Siddiqui, Zeenat Mahal, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Devika, Soumyaa Verma, Nidhi Saxsena, Binod Bastola, Shubhangi Srikanth, Oindrila De, Uma Chellappa and K Parathasarathi. 

September Issue: 

Parvathy, Jini Maxin, R. D. McManes, Amrita Goswami, Simran Kaur, Swathi Shenoy, Srishti Singh, Susmita Shroff, Oindrila De, Farah Siddiqui, Pratikshya Mishra, Viditi Bhargava, Rohan Kachalia, Aneesha Myles Shewani, Nidhi Chawla, Soumya Prasad, Nibha Gupta, Animesh Ganguly, Hima Mehta, G. S. Subramanian, Isha Sharma, Chetan Dubey, Alokita Jha, Ada Wiam, Soumyaa Verma, Nishima Avasthi, Meera Sundararajan, Purba Chakraborty, Daneshwari S. Mirji, Ompriya Tripathi, Babban Jee, Beloo Mehra, Mark A Murphy, Janaki Nagaraj, K Parthasarathi and Abhijit Nambiar.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Review for November 2014(I) : Ri Homeland of Uncertainty by Paulami Duttagupta

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Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty is adapted from the National Award Winning Khasi film by the same name. Trapped in the limbo between ideology and conscience, Manbha finds him himself part of a terror outfit. An unexpected opportunity, anger, squalor and disillusionment - followed by and armed combat and injury lead to the soul- searching that form the substance of this moving tale

About the Author:

Born in Shillong, many moons ago, with schooling at Loreto Convent, and an English Honors from St. Edmunds College, Paulami Duttagupta started her career with All India Radio Shillong. She had written and also given her voice to a few shows there. Later she came down to Kolkata and got a post graduate degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She had also taken up a fancy to learning Spanish, but today confesses that she has forgotten most of it. She has written for ‘The Times of India’ in the ‘Guwahati-Shillong plus Edition’ and also ‘The Shillong Times’. Television had always attracted her and was connected to the Bangla TV industry for about 6 years. 

She was associated with ETV- Bangla, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath in this period. Having left her day job in 2012, Paulami took up full time writing. Her first novel, “Pinjar” released in early 2012. Her second novel “Unplanned Destinty” released in 2014. She is also the screenplay writer of the national award winning Khasi film – “Ri Homeland of Uncertainty”. “Ri” has been adapted into a novel and is releasing in Spetember’14. She is currently working on her next project as movie script writer. 

Apart from writing full length novels, she has written several short stories and articles. She has also contributed to the “Minds@work Anthology” and the “Family Matters International Anthology” in 2013. Recently she has contributed to the “Learning and Creativity Anthology” , “Her Story Anthology”, and “Celebrating India – Love across Borders Anthology”. When she is not writing or watching movies, Paulami is either reading biographies or classic pieces of literature. Cricket, food, cinema, books and music are an integral part of her life.