Sunday, 21 April 2019

A Questionnaire with Deepti Menon

So this month's featuring Author's is 

" Deepti Menon"


Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your profession and
your hobbies!!



One of the advantages of being a writer is that one’s hobbies and profession come together in a harmonious blend. I wrote my first poem when I was ten, and words have always fascinated me. I was an Army brat and later, I married an Army officer. Right through our sojourn in the Army, in the midst of picturesque locales, I continued my writing, and my teaching.


 Questionnaire with Deepti Menon 


1.     How did you first get involved in with writing, are you an imaginative person?
Well, I was ten when I first began writing. Even in school, I loved taking part in literary competitions. I found that I loved to juggle with words. In fact, I used to terrorize my sisters and cousins by narrating scary stories to them in dark rooms.
  As to your second question, I often let my imagination run riot, and there are times when I need to rein in my imagination when it goes way off track. J

2.     What do you find most challenging about your writing?
The biggest challenge when I write is to ensure that I speak to my readers. I write and rewrite, polishing my words till they sparkle and fall into the right spaces. What does not interest me will not interest those who read me. Hence, I find it a constant challenge to keep my words interesting.

3.     What do you do when you are not writing?
I read, I listen to music, I travel and I enjoy life! I also love spending time with my family, especially with my three-year-old granddaughter, Zoya.

4.     Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?
In the next six months, I hope to start the process of bringing out three books, two of which have been sent for approval to a couple of publishers, and the third an anthology of my short stories which I need to send at the end of the month. Fingers crossed with all my literary babies!
Five years down the line? Does anyone know where they will be after five years? I do hope that I will be a well-known writer whose name is on the lips of readers who speak of my writing kindly.

5.     How do you keep coming up with material / content for your story?
As I mentioned earlier, I have an imagination that tends to run riot. I can find material anywhere – while on a walk in the garden, from a snippet of conversation, the movie hall or the newspaper. My friends and family are mortally scared of saying anything to me, for they know that I will put it in my next story. J

6.     Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books?
The one vital tip that I would like to offer to new writers is to keep writing and not be worried about rejection. When writing for a particular magazine or website, take the trouble to do your homework and make yourself familiar with the kind of writing they are looking for. Finally, when you get down to the actual writing, edit and embellish till your article is perfect. Editing is as important as writing... it gives it its lustre. Never let your standard drop.

7.     What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?
If a writer can touch the heart of his or her readers, and capture their attention and imagination, taking their minds away from the stress and strain of their daily lives, that, I believe, would be the best gift.

8.     A lot of people are interested in writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?
There are a number of writers who make loads of money from their books, and these writers are on top of the echelon. However, the same cannot be said for all writers, however good they are. So, if a writer reaches that level, it is wonderful. If not, it is better to be ‘content’ with the fact that one is writing meaningful ‘content’.

9.     What motivates you most in life?
There are many things which motivate me in life... my home library, my job that keeps me young in the company of children, my love of music and theatre and spending time with my family. However, what keeps me most motivated is the realisation that whatever I write has the power to influence my readers, in one way or the other.
10.                        The majority of the readers tend to take sides due religion and such other considerations.
I feel that religion is an intensely personal issue and taking sides in the name of religion is like touching an electric switch with wet hands. Why risk getting electrocuted? I adore Lord Ganesha, but I would not insist that everyone around me does so as well. The motto of my school, Hari Sri Vidya Nidhi, resonates within my heart as well. “Let the Peal of Harmony be the Appeal of all Religions.”

11.     What is the story behind the name of your book?
The title of my book is ‘Shadow in the Mirror’, a book that was brought out by Readomania in 2016. The cover image has the face of a mysterious lady in blue with a striking red bindi. The mirror does not lie and often, esoteric truths lie behind the shadows within mirrors; tales within tales collude and collide, as do the lives of those living within the tales.  

12.      What are your views on increasing plagiarism?
If there is a reprehensible crime in the world of writing and literature, it is that of plagiarism. How can a writer forgive another for robbing him of his greatest wealth – his writing and his ideas? Unfortunately, piracy is also on the rise and many popular authors lose out because their books are sold on pavements at a quarter of their actual prices. Unless the laws on plagiarism and piracy are made stringent, these crimes against authors will continue. 




Thank you so much, Dipali, for these interesting questions. God bless!




Friday, 22 March 2019

Food with lots of love-Premji Rasoi-Hydreabad


One of the many vegetarian restaurants around Abids that serves very good food at a reasonable price. During my visit to Hyderabad, one of my friends suggests this place. So on one of the weekend, we ended up going to the restaurant. The ambience is good to have a quite lunch or dinner. I visited this place along with my friends and ordered monchow soup, salt and pepper corn in starters and paneer masala, butter naan
and handi dal everything was awesome, curry was delicious with butter naan. Prices are reasonable. Dining area is an upscale place on first floor .restaurant offers quick service and nice maintenance.Management is friendly and the food is delicious. I and my friends reached the restaurant in about 45mins we ordered soups, 1 starters, 2
curries, naan and rice. Everything was delicious and liked by all.Overall good place for dinner and if you are looking north Indian food then this hotel you should check out. Nice and good place for family
and friends.

Food : 5/5
Ambiance : 5/5
Service 5/5
Value for money : 5/5












Monday, 11 March 2019

Not Just Pan-Dimmy's Pan





Dimmy's Pan Palace is no more only a pan palace but has turned into a small eatery. Although they are still famous for pan. During my official tour to Hyderabad I went thereafter became a regular visitor. I tries almost all the flavour pans. they have excellent Ice pan which is must try. The chat and snacks are add-ons but this place is known for pans in the city. Ice cream pan is also a good option and one can have the pan after the dinner. if you are in Hyderabad and  want to have lip smacking pan? If yes then this is the place to visit. Prices are pocket friendly and great pan for your palate. The Best thing is here they take cards and paytm payment also. This is a must visit place for all the "pan" fans in city! I have gone with all of my friends over here.And everyone really liked pan over here. They have so many varieties of pan. But, the 'Calcutta Meenakshi Masala' is the best seller and my personal favourite. I have tried the flavoured Meenakshi pans as well (green apple, cranberry etc.) I missed to have chocolate pan as it was not available during my visits.But all and all, it's a must visit place for people who enjoy eating pans.

Food - 5/5
Service -4/5
Ambience -4/5
Value for money -5/5







Sunday, 3 March 2019

Questionnaire with Rubina Ramesh


 So this month's featuring authoress is ' Rubina Ramesh'

    Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your profession and your hobbies!!


First of all Dipali, it’s great to connect with you. I am a housewife – tied to my family through thick or thin you could say. It’s not by choice – far from it. I moved to the USA and found out that as a spouse I had no work permit.  And it was then my long lost love for writing revisited me.

My profession has been very erratic even if I have a MBA degree from Liverpool University. Being a traveller due to my husband’s work, I could never have a career perse. Sometimes a teacher, sometimes a coder and most of the time a dreamer. Not a great career graph as I would have liked to have but travelling compensated that urge to do something in me. I loved going with my hubby wherever his work took us.  From Léon in France to old towns of Netherlands. If life ever gives me a second chance, there is nothing I would like to change at all.

And all through this, the only constant companion I had were books. So it didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I picked up the pen.

Questionnaire with Rubina Ramesh


1.     How did you first get involved in with writing, are you an imaginative person?

Oh yes! My imagination is wild. Often I have to curb it or I might end up in a looney bin. Once I had a fight with my mom. Those teenage kinds of fights you have when you want to wear blue and your mom insists on a red. So in my anger I wrote a story where I had travelled off to Mars and found a new mom. My mom read the story and I saw a tinge of tears in her eyes, even though she loved it. I felt guilty and it took me many days to assure her that she was the best mom a girl can have. But years later that story did get published in an anthology called Writings from The Heart. But whenever I read that story of mine, I still remember my mom’s eyes, full of unspoken accusations. I felt so  guilty for creating a mom in Mars :D




2.     What do you find most challenging about your writing?

I am a romance writer but every time writing about a Boy meeting a Girl and them having an issue and solving that becomes very monotonous for me. So I need something more in my stories. It’s that search for ‘something more’ that makes my life tougher.

3.     What do you do when you are not writing?

I love marketing. And it’s a very evolving line. I don’t market only my books but also that of my peers. It’s almost meditative for me to create webpages, images for the books and other graphic works. Sometimes I feel I have a soul of a trapped painter in me who was guillotined for making some horrendous paintings. :D See, this is what you get for asking me if I am imaginative. Haahahahah…

4.     Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

Hopefully writing. But people like me live at this moment. I don’t know what I will do tomorrow so how can I plan my next 5 years. Life has taught me never to plan because planning means taking other peoples’ likes and dislikes and their need into consideration and that I have found is never static.

5.     How do you keep coming up with material / content for your story?
From life itself. And then adding the heavy dose of my imagination. For eg. In my book Finding the Angel, the story came from a newspaper article of stolen faberge egg. After that it was all my imagination. My romances come from my life – nope not from multitude affairs :D but how I met my hubby or some small incident that took place during our courtship. For eg. Once I wore a rather short dress and one of his relatives saw me. They made a comment which made me write the story of Lolita where the backless girl on the cover is not about nudity but about how clothes don’t make a woman and you can’t judge a person with the habits they have.

6.     Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books?

By writing good books? Is there any other way? Having said that I often see young authors going for buy backs and all that craziness. I have only one principle which I follow while I write as an indie author – my dashboard should speak of profit. So expenditure should always be less than my income. If they can do that, then they will be motivated to write more or their expenditure will make them a one book wonder.

7.     What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

Honesty. Your writing should reflect your honesty. It can’t be taken from here and there and copy pasted as your own writing. Writing comes from your heart. If that is compromised, then you are a business person and your agenda is not about writing.


8.     A lot of people are interested in writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

I love this question. When I see youngsters coming to this world they are shocked at the money they make (or lack of it) I will speak about self-published authors, since that’s what I am. We hardly make money in our first book but with the publishing of consecutive books, we do make money if we know how to promote ourselves. Each of us earns in different slabs depending on the number of words we write and the genre we write in.


9.     What motivates you most in life?

Waking up every morning with a smile. Knowing I have a story to tell. And most of all when my kiddos go to school and tell their friends – My mom is an author. That does something to my heart. It’s my moment of feeling different from others. Special.


10.                        What are your views on increasing plagiarism?
Plagiarism is like a virus that is spreading its tentacles in our writing world. And it’s a two way street. Sometimes plagiarism really happens and other times, it’s a tool used to promote your books. But when a writer does plagiarise others, she might not be ever caught but deep inside she will always know that she is no more a writer. That itself is punishing enough for a writer and after that the humiliation of the world knowing what you did follows. So here a writer has to make a deliberate choice if she wants to go down this particular path.





Thank you Dipali for these interesting questions. Looking forward to reading your website for many more interesting posts.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

House of Waffles - Waffle House- Hyderabad

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Great place to have some amazing waffles. They not only serve sweet waffles but also have some vegetable options. Waffles are Large and has the perfect amount of crunch on the surface. The Blueberry topping used are of higher quality as compared ​​to other places that seem to use some blueberry jam. The Strawberry waffles use fresh fruits and loaded with strawberries, and is the best one with Chocolate Waffles and Chocolate chip Waffles you can never go wrong with chocolate.Hands down the best waffle place in town.It's cozy place in the right area. The street across this place is quite and so it is inside the restaurant. Seating is very comfortable. It's a perfect place in the area if you want to spend a peaceful break over a coffee or may be some waffles. I liked the ambience. It's urban. Menu is very interesting. If you happen to visit this place, don't order any regular stuff like sandwiches or quesadillas but go for waffles. You'll love it. Recommend having with double scoop of ice cream. Relaxed seating and ambience. A bit slow service.

Food - 5/5

Ambience - 4.5

Service - 4/5

Value for money - 4/5