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VV conversations - Porishtaes

VV Conversations – Porishtaes author of Untraveled Roads to Sunshine

“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 make 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 the 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 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 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!

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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 himself 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 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 led 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 whole 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 sold to sex trade 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 it’s dirty work. But there are victims of the same disease that justify 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 for 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 cliche 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 about 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 Next Sky"

VV Conversations – Pakhi Dixit author of the “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.

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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.

Feels just like a physical book
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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.

 

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Get Amazed: Voice Verso Social Networking Feature Update For Authors

Don’t you think readers and authors need a separate Social Media platform?

The cliché viral content flowing throughout the social media irks me at times. The same “Ten things to do this” or ” Click to know more” and other click-baiting articles are less accepted by everyone’s brain system now.

At Voice Verso, we are well committed to creating a community of authors and readers, where publishing a book is free and reaching out to an author is easy. We are a company by authors, for authors and devoted to serving authors. Apart from having a DIY Drag and Drop eBook publishing tool, we are building a platform to increase the interaction and reachability between authors and readers. We have designed voiceverso.com in such a way that post signing up, any user can create his/her “Voice Verso Profile”. The user can set a profile picture, cover image and follow various other authors and readers.

Your Voice Verso profile will look something like this…

Keeping it minimalistic.
Keeping it minimalistic.

Add a bit about yourself in the “Bio” section of your profile.

Add a bit about yourself
So that people can know you better.

My Books Section- For the author in you…

For the author in you
Because we believe that everyone has a story to share

My Reads- For the bibliophile in you!

For the bibliophile in you

Currently, under construction, my reads section will be coming soon. As of now, we are distributing our published books on various eBook stores like Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Book Bub.

Followers and Following option- So that you don’t miss any update!

Follow your favorites
Follow your favorites

Another interesting option at Voice Verso is that you stay updated with the latest published books, reads and what the person you are following is working on. This gives an opportunity to the readers and authors to bond even more.

Further to take Social Networking experience for readers and authors to the next level, we are building a news feed that will add the extra bling to the Voice Verso Community!

Can’t wait and want to start writing with us?

Get started and request your invitation from here.

Want to buy our published books?

Click on them to buy:
Becoming Assiya
Ink – The River of Sorrows
The Next Sky
Serpentine Cliffhangers
Iना – A Women’s Day Anthology