Friday 7 July 2017


So, for this month  featuring   author is "Ashwina Garg" 

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

I studied to be an accountant but I always liked to write. I am always at a loss when people ask me what my profession is. I think a person's goal in life should be financial independence, intellectual stimulation and happiness and there are many ways to achieve these things. I am grateful that I have found ways to achieve all three in my life.

Questionnaire with Ashwina Garg

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

I am an extremely imaginative person. When I was a kid, I never whined about being bored. I would make up stories in my head to keep myself occupied and my whole family would wonder what I did all by myself all the time. Imagination is very important even in daily life. It's what allows you to rustle up an interesting dinner when you have only 2 tomatoes, 1 potato and assorted spices in your kitchen when you've forgotten to shop.

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

The most challenging thing about writing is my lack of discipline. I am a jack of all trades and at any given day, I don't know if I will be taking a class or attending to some work or just hanging out with friends or my family. I take each day as it comes and sometimes writing just takes a back seat.

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

The older I get the more I want to learn new things so I would say I am a perpetual student. Every day I try to read a lot or meet people who can teach me about my areas of interests like finance, food, technology and spirituality.

4.       How do you keep coming up with material / content for your story?

I don't really know where I'll be 6 months or 5 years down the road. I have learnt to adapt myself to situations and not plan too much. As I said, I am careful about being financially independent and healthy. Everything else is flexible. Hopefully everyone in my family will be healthy and happy in 6 months and 5 years.

I observe people a lot and sometimes a situation will make me think more deeply. My writing starts from there.

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

I don't think I am qualified to comment about what it takes to make it big in writing because I haven't made it big as a writer myself. Writing for me is a need. There are things I want to say to the world and writing is the only acceptable way I know. If I start shouting from the rooftops, someone might admit me into a mental hospital.

6.       What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?
The best thing a writer can give his audience is entertainment. Everything else is optional. It would be nice if a writer can impart some knowledge along with being entertaining. The other way around doesn't work unless you are writing a textbook.

7.       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?

People have specific goals in life when they do something. They want to make money, be famous, acquire social status, exert authority. Writing can give you everything but if you only want to make money, better to study the stock markets.

8.       What motivates you most in life?

My prime motivators are money and happiness. Not always in that order.

9.       The majority of the readers tend to take sides due religion and such other considerations.

I believe religion exists to show us how to lead our lives when situations gets overwhelming. It gives us hope, discipline and patience. A lot of people are using religion to spread negativity. I prefer spirituality to religion.

10.   What is the story behind the name of your book?

My book 'Spicy Bites of Biryani' is about relationships. Sanjay is US returned software millionaire determined to have an arranged marriage after selling his company and breaking up with his girlfriend. Aditi is a commitment phobic writer who can't figure out what her next book is about. Manyank and Jayshree are the perfect couple trying hard to keep their perfect life perfect. The book is based in Hyderabad so my husband suggested the name and I am a very obedient wife.

11.   What are your views on now a days increasing plagiarism?

Increasing plagiarism? Or decreasing? Plagiarism  is not really defined clearly so It's hard to figure out what is plagiarism and what is not. It's, unforunately, very easy to steal ideas because a lot of people can have the same idea. Only word for word plagiarism  can be proved.