Guest Post : Saiswaroopa on Avishi

Guest Post : Saiswaroopa on Avishi

Thank you Saiswaroopa Iyer for writing this guest post and getting me more intrigued to understand the story of Avishi,  the protaganist of her latest novel of the same name.
Saiswaroopa’s response to my query below :

Your novels are based on strong female characters. But, where and how did you find Abhaya and Avishi? How are they similar or different to Wonder Woman or any other super woman of today?

Strong female characters are something I relate to very closely. Perhaps, it was the result of having everyday ‘wonder women’ around me :).  My mother, aunts, grandmothers, each of them left their influence on me in the way they handled tough situations. Each of them had their own unique strengths that made me stop and wonder as a child, as an adolescent and as a woman.

My first brush with strong voiced women in our scriptures was when I chanced to read about the true Shakuntala and Savitri from KM Ganguli’s unabridged Mahabharata. The popular narratives in Cinema as well as reinterpretations had made both these women appear much softer than they actually were! That was when I began to explore the unabridged texts and dwelt more on the feminine side of our ancient past cautiously disregarding the medieval and modern interpretations. These were the women who created history and the more I read, the more I realised that the conventional medieval/modern versions, burdened with eighteenth century baggage did very less justice to what they truly stood for.

Abhaya was a creative character that I imagined as one of the 16,100 women believed to be imprisoned by Narakasura. I could not picture any of them as mute dependants of Lord Krishna. As a result, Abhaya developed as a strong personal mirror image of my own curiosity about the times of Mahabharata. Her adventures and love for Krishna aside, she represented an evolving woman of those times whose world view and ideals shaped up as a result of continuous inquiry and discovery instead of static ideals.

Avishi on the other hand was a discovery I made while trying to work on a minor scene of Abhaya that sought to highlight a female warrior to inspire my protagonist. Vishpala, the Rig Vedic female warrior who was the basis of Avishi opened a more intriguing world of gender parity in my journey. She belonged to an age where gender biases were unheard of and presence of women was pervasive in all spheres of life from combative sciences to contemplative philosophy.

If I were to see the common strengths in both my protagonists as well as in other heroines of our past, their feminine strength was strongly coupled with their larger role. Both believe in going beyond just asking ‘tough questions’ and finding the solution (and thereby starting a new journey of discovery altogether). This rooted inclusivity in their thought process sets them apart from the conventional modern heroines.

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Scorpio Superstar by Sundari Venkatraman

Scorpio Superstar by Sundari Venkatraman

 

Print Length: 150 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: September 16, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited 
Genre: Romance 

 

 

Kollywood superstar Chandrakanth, also known as CK, is a true-blue Scorpio, communicating with his eyes and believing in showing more than telling.

His website and social media consultant Ranjini is a Piscean through and through, fiercely independent, believing in affirmations and declarations.

It is love at first glance for Chandrakanth when he meets Ranjini; so strong are his feelings that he proposes marriage on their second meeting. Ranjini, fascinated by his starry persona, gets swept off her feet. The two get married without much of the world knowing—including CK’s aunt and ex.

The two women set out to settle their scores on Ranjini who suddenly begins to feel a strain in what was a fairy tale wedding.

While passion reigns on the one hand, there’s trouble in paradise on the other. Although CK is by her side, the Scorpio in him expects her to trust him implicitly. But can the Pisces in Ranjini accept him at his word?

Does the tension then get to their relationship? Can love survive without affirmations? Or is declaration the only way to profess one’s love?

 
 
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 22 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
 
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 
 
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 
 
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Sundari Venkatraman is a member of the panel of the #PentoPublish #contest on #AmazonIndia #KDP
 
 
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Heartprints  #WriteBravely

Heartprints #WriteBravely

For this last post in the October #writetribeproblogger challenge,  I stick to the prompt of ‘Heartprints’.  My short story ended in the previous post but I think I can make it a lot more better with some rework.

Thank you everyone who liked, shared and commented on the posts in October.  It has been the wind beneath my wings to attempt a longer form of story writing.  Life in general keeps getting into the way when I have to focus on writing a story. This has kept me from writing to contests or explore different ways of writing.  I was hoping to participate in the Nanowrimo this year.  But again,  some deadlines at the end of November keeps me away. Continue reading

The morning after #writebravely

The morning after #writebravely

Chapter 1 , Chapter 2 , Chapter 3 , Chapter 4 , Chapter 5 , Chapter 6Chapter 7

Neil woke up to the smell of fresh coffee coming from the kitchen.  He took a deep breath,  felt like the good old days.  He could even hear faint radio chatter.  It was later than usual,  but he felt so much better.

He will never forget yesterday night.  It was like he saw the old Shruti again.  The beautiful, carefree Shruti.  He felt guilty that he had ignored Shruti for so long.  He had thought that she was sad and will come out of it.  But,  he never saw the downward spiral she or their relationship was in.

He could hear Arijit Singh crooning away ‘Tum hi ho.. kyonki Tum Hi Ho.. meri Aashiqui bus tum hi ho’.  Maybe, they should go for a movie today, he thought.

But first, he decided to sleep in a bit more,  this time with good memories and beautiful dreams.

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Out of comfort zone #writebravely

Out of comfort zone #writebravely

Chapter 1 , Chapter 2 , Chapter 3 , Chapter 4 , Chapter 5

‘So why do you keep calling Neil’s friends?  Why didn’t you talk to Neil?’ Niti asked.

‘No use.  He just denies it.  Says I am crazy and imagining things’,  she said as she wiped her nose.

‘Since, when do you think he is having an affair?’

‘Past few months.  On and off.  I just don’t know with whom or is it with all’

‘Any proof, signs?’

‘Erm.. No.  But I know.  His clothes smell of feminine perfume, some traces,’ Shruti affirmed.

‘Hmm.. And what is with the house?  It looks like you have not even put a wipe on it for ages,’ Niti said.

‘Why should I do it?  It is his house too.  Let him clean it.  But he is too busy having fun.’

‘Whatever it is.. I cannot think with so much clutter around.  I can give you a hand to help clear it.’  Shruti reluctantly agreed as she knew Didi will not leave her if she didn’t.

After two hours,  both of them sat exhausted with another cup of tea and some cookies to kill their hunger pangs.

‘So,  what do you plan to do?’ Niti asked.

‘I did not think about it.  I am waiting for him to initiate the divorce.  I see no future in this marriage.  I cannot trust him anymore.  With no children,  I think this is the best.  I will go back to stay with Mamma and Papa,  get a job maybe,’  she thought aloud.

‘Do you remember,  how much you had fought with Mamma and Papa to marry Neil?  In fact, both of you fought against your families to get married.  Why are you giving up so easily?’  asked Niti.

‘That was a different time.  Things are different now.  I am in no mood to fight,’ said Shruti resignedly.

‘You choose your courage or you can choose comfort but you cannot have both.’

‘Means?’ asked Shruti.

‘Shruti,  give it your best shot.  You are ready to divorce based on some perfume on his clothes.  Ridiculous.  Find the truth.  Talk to Neil,  not his colleagues,’  she said.

‘B..But’

‘And swallow that inflated ego. No ifs and buts.  You will talk to Neil,’ Niti said firmly.


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