How young Bengali artists came up with the anthology – Kolkata Catalogue?

Stories from the land of Kolkata by Calcutta Apologue

Calcutta Apologue is a social media page which is growing really fast and has stormed out a phenomenal anthology named – Kolkata Catalogue. The book covers stories, tales, culture & scarce images from the streets of Kolkata. The eBook is compiled by artists, photographers, writers & poets from Kolkata. It also contains Calcutta Apologue’s most famous series of Conversation and the series of detective stories, Rohossye Rudra. It is a beautiful amalgamation of literature & knowledge of a typical Bong’s life.

We at Voice Verso have the opportunity to interact with the team to get the insights & as to how they came up with the idea of an anthology.

The book is garnering a wonderful response from the regional bibliophilic communities. It is captivating people to understand the root of the gullible culture of Kolkata.

The idea of Kolkata Catalogue is basically a brain-child of their CEO. He wanted to compile and publish an ebook that’ll convey the emotions of the city of Joy through art and literature. And Voice Verso made it possible. The book comprises various artistic aspects ranging from Bengali short stories to rarest of the photographs depicting everyday life in Kolkata.

Each of the stories and poems in this anthology talks about some aspects of the Bengalis’ life – be it their connection with the city, their tryst with Tagore, their rituals, their love for music and literature and of course, their obsession with fish and mutton curry! The Conversation stories, which Calcutta Apologue is famous for, speaks about the quintessential expressions of emotions of the Bengalis. The photographs are sure, would be a source of visual delight. Anyone with a knack for knowing the culture would definitely get an insight into what the Bengalis, term as ‘Bangaliyana’. They believe that the book will leave the reader with a long-lasting impression, which will transcend the confines of their mobile/Kindle screens and touch their souls.

It was amazing to see how a bunch of young artists running the most happening social media page named Calcutta Apologue;  imparting the education of regional literature.

With over 55 thousand followers on Facebook, ranging pan India as well as overseas, they get messages from people who understand Bengali but cannot read. They get messages from people who like to explore their culture and heritage. It is to cater to these sections of people that they have some Bengali content written in English font. They also mentioned that, sometimes, they get bashed by some passionate Bengalis for this (laughs). But, they believe that in a way, they are not just catering to the nostalgia of Bengalis, but promoting their culture and heritage to the people of other communities. Hence, the anthology Kolkata Catalogue is one such initiative.

The beautiful crossroads of social media and the heritage old culture of Kolkata is oozing through their book.  It imparts the beauty of the language that Kolkata represents & delivers literary education of how ‘Poriborton’ is around the corner.

You can find the book on Amazon & you can also review it on Goodreads

We hope Calcutta Apologue represents the true essence of Bengali culture & their book helps the world to dive deep into the beauty of Kolkata.

Kolkata Catalogue
Kolkata Catalogue

#VVConversation with Sukanya Basu Mallik – Author of ‘Shades of Life’

#VVConversation with Sukanya Basu Mallik

Sukanya Basu Mallik is a  young author,  just completed her schooling from Auxilium Convent School and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She loves to write poems and short stories. Her creative pieces have been published in many popular journals and magazines, like Indian Sahitya Academy bimonthly, Reader’s Digest, The Teenager Today and Liquidity Int poetry Journal. She is a co-author of 8 anthologies till date, including an anthology of “30 best stories” by Future Publishers, and distributors, Kolkata and ‘Divérsé-city youth anthology (Austin International Poetry Festival ). She also won “The best manuscript awards ” at the Mumbai Literature Festival for Nonfiction and short-stories collection categories among many others. ‘Shades of Life’ is her solo debut.  With  such a young mind, she has carved out a way of helping others through her literature by offering the royalties of all her books(including ‘Shades of Life’ for the humanitarian and charitable purpose

Q1) Poetry is a hard genre for a debut author, why did you choose it?

Ans. – Because that’s what I started with. I wrote a poem for a chart work in middle school and realized that I could write. My poems got published in “The Telegraph in schools” when I was in class 8, and then in the Austin Int poetry festival youth anthology, Sahitya Akademi journal etc. So I felt like I should debut with poems.

Q2) “Shades of Life” embarks on the various facets of understanding life through poetic dialogues. What are the key elements that readers will connect to it?

Ans. – I think it’ll differ for every reader, but they’ll surely relate to the poems. So let them find out for themselves 🙂

Q3) Your writing style is free verse encompassed with certain upbeat literary elements. How did you practice/prepare yourself for poetry?

Ans. – Well, I .. I always thought that poetry had to be a certain way… but my editor, beta readers, and critique partners made me realize that it wasn’t the case anymore and that I could experiment. I was really uncomfortable though, but it seems that the entire thing is more appealing in this form. People are loving modern style poetry.

Q4) What was going through your head while drafting down Shades of life?

Ans.- Grandpa’s sudden death

Q5) Why the title -“Shades of Life”?

Ans. – Well, my editor James and I had come up with a few options and then it all summed up to become “Shades of life”. Some keyword marketing research was involved too…

Q6) You are a school student and very young to write your own book? How do you feel this has shaped out to be?

Ans. – Well, I most definitely was a school student while writing it, but it was the second semester of my college when it released after the long wait of about a year.

I am immensely proud of who I am. Writing and getting my debut published was just a part of it. It was just like dipping my toes into the waters before making up my mind to actually swim. I always knew that I wanted to write ever since I was in middle school, backed up by my earlier publications in the Sahitya Akademi Bimonthly Journal, Reader’s Digest, Austin International poetry anthology etc. The only other thing that this book meant to me was a solo body of work, that I wanted to produce for the reader’s to read, judge and critique as complete mine. Just to analyze the pros and cons.

Q7) How does it feel to see your book #1 bestseller stands of Amazon Kindle?

Ans. – I was expecting it, with the kind of promotion that Scribbling Venus had been doing since the past year and team Voice Verso too left no stones unturned since when we were in talks. It definitely felt great, James, Mohak and I were all in touch on the release day. I was in my room for the entire day. I was dancing about as the ranks kept increasing and when it finally hit the #1 mark I was completely on cloud 9. My parents and relatives are all elated and it surely calls for a celebration.

Q8) What advice or tips do you wish to provide to young novelists authors out there, who are embarking upon the journey of their first books, respectively?

Ans. – Well, I can’t really say much because I’m just trying to learn this art myself. What I can say, however, is that writing is a very lonely activity, unlike most other extra-curricular activities. Especially when you’re a student and you know that you’re to earn your own living sometime soon, there’s a lot of pressure externally. So please do not add on to that by lowering your self-image. Internal motivation is the key in this particular field. Your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 30th and the nth piece might just turn out cranky. But it is not you. You are a good writer. Keep the faith and keep writing. It’ll keep developing. And do not forget to take the medication of reading. It is important for all writers. Especially current bestsellers in your genre(s).

Q9) Poetry community across the globe has very well received your book. What do you think are the key elements that have attracted them most through your writing?

Ans. – Simplicity and the truth that it contains.

Q10) You were able to cover every “shade of life” in a very subtle form. How you approach the succinct elements of your poetry? How did you come about it?

Ans. – Well, there are two types of writer, emotional and technical. I am an emotional writer and I just write when I feel overwhelmed or anxious. then I simply put it aside for a few weeks and then self-edit it. After sometime when I find that I’ve edited it to the best of my possibilities, I just send it across to my critique partners and beta readers. In the case of this book, I had the privilege of getting it edited by James through scribbling Venus, when they took up my manuscript.

Q11) How did you like the overall experience of using Voice Verso?

Ans.- It was nice. Especially because after about a year of being on talks with Scribbling Venus, there was a massive natural calamity that hit Nigeria. As a result, a lot of things went wrong. That’s when Voice Verso came to our rescue. Both James and I adore the team and we’re grateful for your help. Also, I’d like to encourage aspiring writers to not wait but go try it and make your dreams come true today!

We wish to thank Sukanya Basu Mallik for taking out the time for the interview. And, joining the VoiceVerso Author’s family. Here’s to many more books & conversations together.

You can get  Sukanya’s book – ‘Shades of Life’ on Amazon Kindle & you can review the book on Goodreads too.

6 Reasons Why ‘The Shot’ became a Bestseller?

10 reasons why The Shot became a bestseller

The Shot- Yogic Thoughts & Mechanics of Pistol Shooting by Hari Prakash is a journey of a commander in Paramilitary forces, developing a strong cross path between the sports of Pistol Shooting & Yogic Spiritual Philosophy. The book catered a strong readership among Voice Verso & also became a bestseller on Amazon Kindle in less than 15 days since it’s launch. Here are 10 reasons why?

Author’s own personal background & qualification

The Author of the book – ‘The Shot’ is a commander in Paramilitary forces in India & he is involved with the sports of Pistol Shooting from two decades.  He has taught many national & international level pistol shooter including Common Wealth Games participant. He is conferred with Vishwamitra Award (Award is given by the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, India to coaches & teachers serving sports), owing to his services.  He has religiously devoured himself into Yoga and has trained for ‘Ashtanga Paddatti'(considered to be the topmost grade in Yogic Spiritual Learning).

Innovative Approach towards Shooting

Pistol Shooting is one of the most popular sports of our era. There are thousands of books on this topic that has already been published. What separates ‘The Shot’ from the rest is the amalgamation of yogic philosophy & the art of pistol shooting. It describes a strong marriage between your ‘oneness’ and how you become the head focus to hit your target every time you see it. It glances over the idea of life while discovering the journey of the sport.

The Author doing Yoga
Padma Asana pose by the author with graphics of target behind

Tonal Quality & Credibility

The overall book is quite fast paced and have a strong authoritative tone. It brings readers over the edge of their seats while reading it. It feels like a textbook or a handbook for readers who wants to pursue the career in pistol shooting sports. The experience and sheer amount of dedication, this book was written in provides an authoritarian language to the book.  There are a lot of “you shoulds” instead of “you cans” in the book.

Simple Language and less wordiness

The author has put forth his two decades of experience in this book, yet it sounds so simple and realistic. It binds the readers in a way that, they try to gain more focused life post reading it. It talks deep into the core of readers as to how you should. muster your full potential.  Dr. Deepa Vanjani, a notable  Ph.D., professor in English has edited the book in such a way that it encompasses every idea of a yogi & a shooter.

Highly Realistic

The author Mr. Hari Prakash himself has claimed that this book if read voraciously will indeed ignite a spark among youths & make them focus their targets in life. It defines the art of Pistol Shooting to its core. Right from, taking the stance, understanding the target, knowing about the grip etc. It also showcases, how yoga influences the mind to do unthinkable.

Stages of grip
Stages of grip from the book – ‘The Shot By Hari Prakash’

Extensively Researched & Well Academically Agreeable

The Shot paints the picture so clearly that, it provides well-articulated insights about pistol shooting. Author Hari Prakash has shared tons of research data that willfully compels readers to get hooked. For eg – the angle at which a shooter needs to take the stance, the angle at which the shooter should hold the pistol, the points distribution of the target etc. Lastly, it has an extensive Question & Answer at the end of the book, to express all the doubts a newbie shooter might have. It gives a sense of purpose to the readers to become professionally trained shooters.

Types.of Stance
Types of stance from the book ‘The Shot by Hari Prakash’

Where can we find this book to read?

You can get it on Amazon  – Kindle USA, Kindle India , Kindle UK , Smashwords & you can provide your  review the book at Goodreads.

#1 Bestseller @Amazon
#1 Bestseller at Amazon Kindle. The Shot by Hari Prakash

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The involved process of publishing today is same as it was 20 years ago.
You start with your plot, then you go for your rough draft, then you materialize it as a first draft and then you send it to some publishing houses and/or editors to foresee publishing opportunities. Literally, the process of publishing hasn’t changed a bit.

Now, we do agree that the reading experience, however, (with the emergence of Kindle, iBook etc.) have affected and may have hooked readers in a ceremonious way. But, book writing & publishing experience remains the same.

What if you do not have to email your Microsoft word doc manuscript to your publisher? What if you do not have to go with the hassle of iterations of editors, reviews, proofread etc.? What if you do not have to handle the tantrums of publishing houses at all? What if you do not have to do the dirty work of typesetting, content alignment, image alignment, and settings, margins, and border, page & pagination arrangements? What if you do not have to convert your last drafted novella in MS Word to paperback ready?
What if you have a digital book writing & publishing experience that looks more natural? What if your writing experience is so immersive that you feel as if you are writing using a physical pen and a book? What if you are able to “turn the pages” digitally, of your book while writing it?

Interesting, ain’t it? Well, there are a plethora of “what ifs”  and answer to all of them is one – Voice Verso. – A 2D Curl based Book like immersive Book writing & publishing canvas for authors & publishers. (Phew! Can’t believe we were able to get that out in one go, too long for a tagline, we know! We are working on it.)
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Voice Verso is a platform for authors & publishers to experience a Book like Book writing experience through immersive & interactive ‘turning pages’ canvas. It gives you an overall experience, as if you are writing a physical book. Making content alignment, pagination, et al, a cake walk.

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Let’s get to know the intrinsic philosophy and how Voice Verso actually works? Shall we?

1) 2D Curl based Book Writing Immersive Canvas

By now, this feature must have engraved in your memory(haha). Well, using our proprietary technology, we are able to offer a What You See Is What You Get(WYSIWIG) based book writing immersive experience.  It helps authors and publishers to interact with the book, the way they will do with a physical one. So go ahead & keep “turning pages” to publish your book(s).

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Start Writing a book, feeling a writer’s block? Spilled some coffee and unable to mobilise your writing juices due to over exposure of caffeine ? Well, do notice the “Last Saved” updates at the top right corner of the Canvas. So, start continuing your book from where you left off last.

3) Publish in 25+ regional Indian Languages

Technology is widely penetrating into different parts of our country & it is important to hear stories and read books from every regional language to keep up a strong literature ecosystem.  Voice Verso is all about that only. So, if you are comfortable with Hindi, publish your book in Hindi, or maybe Punjabi, what about Marathi? Oh, okay Tamil, why not? It’s all there.

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A Book is judged by its cover apart from its preface, acknowledgement & content overall. So, what we do? We give you not only pre justified template for Acknowledgement, Preface, Introduction, Pagination & Auto updated Table of Contents, but also you get access to design and upload  front cover images along with designing the back cover – Right from Author’s image, their bio & book’s blurb.

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If Writing is an art then book publishing should be one too.

 

VV Conversations – Sakshi Walia author of Life in an Oxymoron

VV Conversation with Sakshi Walia, author - Life in an Oxymoron

1) What inspired you to write this book?

 Our existence is often found in paradoxes and inconsistency. We are all so lost in contradictions and confusions of life that we fail to appreciate or understand it. The thoughts like these made me feel awful, restless and drove me into a pool of complexities  dominated mainly by the questions about this world, my existence and the meaning of this life. There was so much happening within me that needed to be poured out. So, that is when I decided to vent out all my paradoxes, all my fears, all the bewilderment in the form of verses.

 2) According to you, what is a true oxymoron?

According to me, Oxymoron is bringing the two polar opposites, two completely different concepts together. However, if we base it on real-life I suppose, the meaning changes altogether. Each and every person is a perfect example of a living oxymoron. We make up and combine contradictory features and qualities be it in our thoughts, in our decisions, in our feelings, our emotions, vision and so on and so forth. Thus, I would say that every human who is in flesh and blood is an ideal oxymoron in himself.


3) How readers will connect with it?

Well, I suppose everyone has a time in their life when they start to question everything. Besides, the book touches upon the topics that are too common and thoroughly embedded in our day-to-day life. It is something we witness every day and something we think of every minute. The poems are about themes what each one of us experiences throughout their lifetime. So, that is how I feel the readers would be able to find a part of themselves in each poem penned in the book.

4) Verses are into 4 categories, why is that?

 The entire book is categorised into 4 sections purposely. The first part acts as a prologue for the book. It is basically the words from the author, which explain the process of creation of the poem. Followed by this, there are 3 chapters names of which, if you notice carefully,  are the oxymoron. These oxymoron give a hint about what to expect in the poems mentioned in that particular chapter. They are symbolic and set the tone for what is to come next.

5) Book is completely in free verse. Why did you choose verses as the medium to share your understanding?

The book is not completely in free verse though. But yes, it sure is, dominated by the free verse style. Well, I think free verse or say prosaic poetry style is close to the 21st century. The minds of our times are rebellious, wanting to break all the barriers and bondage imposed on them. They don’t understand limitations, which is why I used the run on poetry to let it flow through their thoughts and be freely felt by their heart. Also, it is important to mention that Indian English poetry has always been a free verse poetry. Consider A.K. Ramanujan, Kamla, Das or Nissim Ezekiel such as. It has forever been close to the hearts of Indians and is thus, all the more relatable.

6) What key takeaways that readers will have from the book?

After reading the book, they shall feel their emotional nerve being hit. It would take them to a state of clarity. It would strike the cord and arouse a sense of empathy and pleasure in the readers. The poems have an implied meaning to them and thus, shall compel the readers to think and analyze the poems in the deepest of ways.

7) You seem to be juggling between college and your book, how did you manage that?

  Oh, it has been too hard for me to manage to write and complete this book with the college. I had to struggle between performing the daily chores and then waiting for an inspiration to write a poem. I had been torn completely by trying to manage the academic pressure as well the book. But you know, poetry has always been my passion. And, I believe no matter how busy you get in life you always figure out ways and make time for what you love, for your passion.

8 ) Poetry is a subtle art of capturing world through life, what you believe that life in an oxymoron is trying to capture?

Life in an oxymoron is trying to capture the moments of conflicts, contradictions, and paradoxes in a person’s lifetime. It is bringing out the complicated feelings the maze of emotions, the flood of thoughts, the complexity of human relationships and intricate designs of understanding of self. It poses a question on everything and leads you on a journey of self-discovery.

9) How to lead a life without oxymoron? Is it possible?

Nehru has talked about how one can live without contradictions in his essay Indian philosophical approach from his book Discovery of India. He says that we have lost a sense of unity and harmony in our personalities that persisted in the people in the earlier eras. And sadly, we haven’t till now been able to find a unity in ourselves in the present era. This, he says, can only be achieved by trusting our instincts, by having and maintaining a social harmony and by understanding the last orderly law of universe with its connection to self. While it is hard to disagree with him, I feel it is impossible to get rid of oxymoron as today we have become the very oxymoron ourselves and we can never be free of something which is nothing else but us alone.

10) This was your début book, how was your experience using Voice Verso ?

Honestly, my experience was outstanding. It was awesome. I had thought of publishing my book for a very long time. But I was always intimidated by the entire process. Then I stumbled upon the voiceverso publishers. Not exaggerating things up but they really made the entire process as smooth as silk. They help at each step throughout the way and the result is this beauty, my début book Life in an oxymoron.

Life in an Oxymoron
Life in an Oxymoron by Sakshi Walia

The Book – Life in an Oxymoron is available on all Global eBook Reading stores.
Get your copies on Amazon Kindle India ,  Amazon Kindle USA,  Amazon Kindle UK, Smaswhords,  Kobo,  Barns & Nobles and Scribd.

Also, do review the Book on – Goodreads

VV Conversations – Porishtaes author of Untraveled Roads to Sunshine

VV conversations - Porishtaes

“Writing does not understand any boundaries, age is one of them”, this line fits well with our recent addition to the esteemed list of authors.  A young 15 years old poetess that goes by the name -Porishtaes is here with us to share her journey of writing verses and becoming a published author using Voice Verso.

Porishtaes is a 15-year-old, just on the verge of finishing her 12 Board exams and looking forward to making her career in literature.  Lets’ hear from a young school student and her journey to become a published author through her Book – Untraveled Roads to Sunshine,  here.

1) What inspired you to write a Book?

It was something I decided impulsively, a spur of the moment decision. I was a happy child who had matured suddenly in her high school due to a lot of things that pushed me into hell. I was in depression for three months, writing, writing, and writing, until I finally came out of it.It was hard, very very hard, but sometimes when you come to know the world of your age when you know the people who you know will stand for you, life becomes a decimal better.And that takes a lot of effort.
Every family has problems, but I, being insecure, over thinking kid often took the meaningless taunts by them to heart.I always wanted to a publish a book and wanted to start earning for the family.Always.Just like my dad, who had started working at almost the same age as mine.

I was in a conflict with myself, arguing about how I had decided my way of life when the silly thoughts became concrete.I knew where to go,I just did not know how to, and I am very grateful to VoiceVerso for each and everything.

2) How this idea of materializing a Book for verse come to you??

I was browsing through the normal Instagram stories when one of my acquaintances had put one about her pleasure on getting featured on the bookshots page. Naturally being a teenager,15-year-old kid, I stalked them up and they turned out to be a publishing site. God bless them, an amazing one!

Poems have always earned me a bonus point, whether it was an essay for school, speech for competitions, verses for sharing, or just simple rants on being so depressed all the time. On finding VoiceVerso, I knew I had finally found out the way.

3) What message to young budding writers you wish to give ?

There is no particular message actually. Everyone is different, everyone is unique. I think not only the young, budding writers but each writer, how much ever pro they maybe, should write what they want to, freely without any fear.

4) How is the landscape of publishing and sharing your voice through technology helped you?

 More than I can imagine.Technology is one of the most speedily increasing and easily accessible assets in the country and I am blessed to have it as a canvas for painting my career.

What is the meaning of Porishtaes? Why this pen name ?

The meaning of Porishtaes…well, it is the name of my angels, my FARISHTES (in Hindi), so yes it holds a very important meaning and place to me.

6) Any new book you are working on?

For now,I am just focusing on enhancing myself, the rest depends on future.

7) Book seems to be more of romance and erotic poetic collection? Any similarity /inspiration drawn from your personal life ? How?

My first poem was a love poem, and since it is a very queer concept to me, I write more of it.Home lies within the darkness, hence no inspiration to give away for now 🙂 (giggles)

8) What sort of readers you believe will connect to this more ?

I always take a poem, in a lot of different ways. Every sentence, for me at least, is a new verse, a new inspiration. If the readers connect to it, if they take it on a level and interpret, I think all ages can connect to them.

9) You are just 15, and you are already a published author. How does it feel?

Phew, 15 is a very difficult age, because boards and writing do not go along very well. But being a published author feels absolutely great. More than I can express.

10) Any word for Voice Verso – eBook Publishing and social networking platform for authors?

VoiceVerso is the best platform one could use and I think I am blessed to have been a customer of its services.

Get untraveled Roads to Sunshine on Kindle US, Kindle India, Kindle UK  &  Smashwords  now!

VV Conversations – Simran Keshwani author of Becoming Assiya

At Voice Verso, we focus a lot on understanding our authors, their needs and their perspective towards e-publishing. We thought of getting some insight into one of our very special books “Becoming Assiya- The story of Children of War” by Voice Verso author Simran Keshwani. She is currently majoring in International Relations from Australian University and is a literature graduate from Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. She ran a startup called Born of a Million Thoughts which conducted charity drives in Delhi and was into investigative documentaries around illiteracy and mental illness.

Let’s find out more about one of the most fascinating books in VV shelf.


1- What influenced you to write a story set on such a sensitive setting of war?

Pablo Neruda wrote about Spain’s civil war when he was a Chilean. Why? “Come and see the blood on the streets!”, in his words.

If there is a catastrophe that’s engulfing you, how can you sing songs of indifference?

2- You attempted Dystopic fiction in your very first book. Many bestselling authors fear to attempt it. How did that go?

I think genres are restricting and what’s dystopian fiction to a reader could be somebody’s reality. The world we live in today is no better than a living model of a Dystopian Novel.

3- What do you aim to instill in reader’s mind with Becoming Assiya?

Becoming Assiya was my first book and it isn’t even 1-year-old yet, but looking at the current public memory, I expected it to fade off much earlier. The very fact that it is still being read tells me a lot about its impact. I expected a lot more, but I’m grateful that it’s been received so well.

That said, my message through the book was simple – all it takes to bring a regime down or to unmask the worst kinds of oppression is just one word. As utopian as that sounds, it’s all you need.

Having to lead a protest that started merely with an article that went viral, I can safely vouch for the fact that the word has a lot more power than anything else.

4- You interviewed and met many people through your journey in the middle east. Please share more about the experience.

Getting to know the “other” side of the story always helps. There’s always 20 sides to each story, probably even more. In order to see the big picture, you have to possibly place yourself in all 20 angles. That’s a taxing job, and you may hear contradictory accounts, but remember, as a writer – Truths are subjective.

5- According to you, how can peace be restored and maintained across the globe?

Only when we understand that the value of life will always be far greater than material possessions. Sadly that is not the case today, where women are traded for as less as ₹5000. The day we begin to relish human life, our story as a race changes. I’ve argued as nauseam about the capitalistic system putting money above everything and its inherent contradictions and how to find an alternative to it we must be willing to acknowledge its dirty work. But there are victims of the same disease that prove it as the best thing to happen to the human race. Doctors, lawyers, businessmen, civilians – we sadly love our vices!

Up until there’s recognition of the wrong, we can not reach a stage of introspection.

6- You are just 20. Your thought-provoking book will surely be an inspiration to many. What would you like to say to budding authors?

That indeed is a lot of flattery! Age has very less to do with writing or any art form for that matter. You can be 5 and your experiences as a human being could surpass 20-year-old. Depends on how life shapes your narrative and how you do justice to telling your story.

I am not perfect myself, so if anybody reading this is looking for advice on perfection, I’m sorry I wouldn’t do justice to that concept. All I can tell you is that if you’re unhappy with what you’ve achieved as a writer, there’s hope for your graph to go up. But, if you’re lax and satisfied and happy, growth stops. Always question “success” in relative terms and remember if you’re on top of the world today, you can be at its lowest end tomorrow, because the world revolves.

I think a writer who wants to aim for something big has to have an appetite for heartbreak, hurt and pain, as cliché as that sounds. Because putting out your innermost thoughts for the world to scrutinize is a path not many can walk. There will be positivity and understanding, but there will be criticism too. Be unfazed in the face of both.

7- How did writing this book transform you as a person?

I’m going to be a realist here.
It made me understand failure and hurt and blown out expectations. When things go kaput, we ideally question ourselves. That’s one thing I’ve stopped doing because I realized I do not control certain external things. Like, a book doing well or not has less to do with your will and so much more to do with market visibility, which comes as a result of heavy PR, because the lone standing talent is nowhere as compared to the average writing that has a million rupee marketing campaign to add to it. That’s sad but that’s true – there’s less you can do to change things and if you’re an author, you have to endure some teething issues as part of demographics of the job.

8- Is there something you would like to tell your readers?

There are going to be 50,000 opinions on every issue. Listening to each of them is your prerogative. Personally for me, forming your own viewpoint is important rather than your mind being a pastiche of some author’s words.

9- When can we expect your next book?

Sadly there’s no numeric answer to that. I am currently in a space of life where I’m contemplating the idea of “love”. It’s been one concept that has rattled men and women of perfect reason. I’m trying to reach out to its blind spots and stay there. I think the realization is near…

10- Lastly, please share your eBook publishing experience with Voice Verso.

Absolutely smooth and amazing! The staff was very receptive to all my needs and addressed grievances immediately.

Get the book Becoming Assiya here. To write and publish with Voice Verso fill up this form.

VV Conversations – Pakhi Dixit author of the “The Next Sky”

VV Conversations - Pakhi Dixit Author of "The Next Sky"

At Voice Verso, we are always more than happy to welcome budding authors and new talents. The enthusiasm and zeal with which artists are coming up with their works these days are indeed commendable. We thought of interviewing one of our youthful author & poetess, Pakhi. She is an IT undergrad student from Manipal University, is involved and vocal in various social and entrepreneurial platforms and most importantly is the author of the book “The Next Sky: A poetic collection published by Voice Verso

1- Your poems revolve around depression and hope. What inspired you to write them?

I have been a very depressed person myself for over 2 to 3 years, as far as I remember. I
have been through it and came out successfully. And I am still trying not to sink again.

2- Would you like to give any message to youngsters who undergo depression?

There will be light at the end of the tunnel, only if you believe enough.

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
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3- How would you describe your poems?

According to me, what breaks you makes you too, in some or the other way. Although you
may not realize it at that moment, in the end of the story, you will realize. I try writing
stuff that could connect people because heartbreaks are the only common thing all of us
share.

4- Your works are deep and connecting. How is the process of poem writing for you?

Self-infliction of pain and love.

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5- At such a young age you have beautifully covered certain sensitive aspects of life in your poems. What are some quick tips you would like to give to budding poets?

Writing poems or for the matter of fact anything is not that tough, all you need is to feel
stuff and you are good to go. Feelings are the most important part.

6- What would you like to tell your readers?

To accept everything you face in life and stay at peace with it. Every winter turns to spring and there isn’t any second thought about it.

7- Please tell us about your next book.

Let me get it done first. It is a series of letters, to all the people who have been a very
important part of my life and now mean nothing to me.

8– Also, how was your publishing experience with Voice Verso? Would you suggest the platform to other budding authors?

The easiest platform so far, moreover the founder is super cooperative, professionally and
personally too. And when it comes to suggesting VoiceVerso to others, it is a big YES!

You can get Pakhi’s book here: The Next Sky.

To join the team of Voice Verso authors, click here.

Top Ten Reasons You Should Start Reading eBooks Today!

Put down that printed copy of the bestseller and tune into the modern era of reading with eBooks. Download that eBook reading application in your smart phone or get an eBook reader, but switch to this user-friendly way of reading and make your life full of more tech friendly reading adventures!

Need reasons to read e-books? We have jotted down plenty of them for you:

1- Environment Friendly

No cutting of trees, no paper involved. All digital means of reading do justice to the environment and let readers enjoy the most eco-friendly way of content consumption.

2- Cheaper

Eliminating the printing cost, eBooks provide a great scope of trading good content and stories for money. It is like a win-win situation for both readers and authors. Publishing becomes easy for authors and buying becomes cheap for readers.

3- No need of extra space to carry them

Traveling and reading almost go hand in hand. Everyone loves reading while exploring new places, but seldom have space to carry all of their favorite books. With eBooks, you can carry tons of them in just one single device. Win-win again!

4- Have control on how you read

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With an e-book reader, you can turn on your favorite modes to personalize your reading experience. Take care of your eye sight with the Night reading mode, while Sepia mode will give you ancient book reading experience. Zoom in or Zoom out the text to make it readable according to your comfort.

5- Access to millions of books

Isn’t this the most tempting benefit of eBooks? As a reader, many of us like to read 2-3 books at once. What can be better than having access to millions of them, just a click away?

6- Improve your reading skills

Thanks to reading stats in some reading apps which allow you to track how fast you read, the amount of time it will take for you to finish the book or how many books you have read so far. It allows you to manage your reading journey in a systematic way and guides you as per your reading speed.

7- Free ebooks

We have rarely heard of going to a bookstore and coming out with a free printed version of the book. With lots of promotions and deals on, you can often get free e-books while sitting in your comfort zone of home or office.

8- Instant access

Unlike paperbacks, no need to wait for eBooks to be delivered at your home. Buying and downloading them are just a click away.

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9- No external light dependency

All devices have their own light and with that benefit, you can read in any position and at any cozy corner, you are comfortable at. So twist around, crumble up, read in dark or hide up to get engulfed into your favorite classic.

10- Read more as eBooks are convenient

All the above features and benefits will make reading a much more pleasant experience for you. As a result, you will end up reading more and more of great books.

 

 

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25 Languages, One Publishing Platform- Voice Verso

“The words you choose and how you use them, show people who you are.”
– Anonymous

Have you ever felt that  English (what we call the universal language) is not enough to express your feelings?

Although when we use a computer, English seems a natural way to write but some expressions, some words are so unique that they can only be expressed in a specific language. And that’s why we at Voice Verso though of introducing one of the most promising features; the freedom to express and publish in your own language.  25 languages of a nation so diverse, that with every 100 km there is a change in language.

Once you are given that freedom to express in your own language, you get that flow of thoughts where no conversion/ translation is required. You put on paper what you think. You write what you truly feel. You express more clearly and your thought process is weaved into your writing the way it should come. People often come across loss in originality of expression when it is converted to another language. Eliminating all these hiccups, Voice Verso thought of giving its authors the power to express in their native language.

Choose words that portray your expression clearly. Choose the ones in the language you think. Bring your feelings alive with words and choose to write on Voice Verso.