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Friday, October 31, 2014

Author Answers by Yamini Vijendran on FULL CIRCLE

In the very special series of author interviews where I get to interact with the immensely talented authors whose books I read; today I present the multi-talented YAMINI VIJENDRAN. She shares with us her thoughts and motivation for writing a love story of a 60 year old lady and why it needed to be told.

She is Yamini Vijendran, An Author, Freelance Writer.
She can be found here.......

I wish more of us hear and read this story so we realise that we turn a deaf ear and blind eye but this angst does exist and it is high time we stop being hypocrites because all of us will grow old, sooner rather than later.

Over to Yamini and  her Malini......

  1.  What has been your motivation for writing this book “Full Circle” and publishing it by Indireads?

When my son was born, my paternal aunt came to live with us, to help me look after the kid. She would tell me a lot of stories from her childhood and youth, of how they went to school, how the boys made passes at them, her first crush etc. There used to be a hint of yearning for something in her voice, which left a deep impression on me. 
There are thousands of Indian women out there, who swallow their dreams, their love, to fall in line with their familial dictum's. They are afraid to stand up to their patriarchs for their love, and silently drink the tears of remembrance of the man they once loved. If their marriages end up successful, the pain of loss is assuaged a little, but If they do not, then the pain keeps pricking them throughout their lives. Full Circle was born out of the lives of these very women.

    2.  The cover is worth a thousand words, how much of the cover did you choose or was it designed by someone else or Indireads?

The cover design was entirely done by the design team at Indireads. When Naheed sent me the cover for the first time, I was simply blown over by how the young Malini looked. She is just as I envisioned her to be and has stayed that way in my eyes ever since.

    3.   Give us three "Good to Know" facts about you. Be creative.
1. I majored in biology in high school, then went on to do engineering, before taking up a career in IT, and finally ended up with what has always beeny first love, writing. In a way, my creative life has come Full Circle too.
2. I learnt bharatanatyam for 5 years. When in school, college and all the companies I worked, no function ever passed without I participating in a dance or any other item in it.
3. I am basically a Maharashtrian, whose ancestors have settled in TamilNadu. So in TamilNadu we are sometimes outsiders because we speak Marathi at home, and when in Maharashtra, we are outsiders because we don't speak Marathi the same way they do.

    4.   What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I read, read, and read some more. I also like listening to music, light or classical, and travel when I can.

   5.  If you could cast your characters in the Bollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Malini – Vaijayanthi Mala
Ranjan – Rajesh Khanna
(I can’t think of any of the current faces who would exactly fit my characters)

   6.   How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names Malini and Ranjan based on liking the way they sound or the meaning of the name? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

Malini is a name that I have loved for long. It kind of rhymes with my name and I like the ring and the music in it. So it came as a natural choice for my heroine. For Ranjan, I had been looking for a name that looked traditional, yet was easy to pronounce for everyone. Most Tamil names are quite long and people have difficulty getting them right. I wanted a name that would stay in mind for long. There was some confusion between Rajan and Ranjan, but Rajan seemed a bit commonplace to me, so Ranjan became my choice.

    7.   What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing Full Circle to life?

My main challenge was to make Ranjan’s and Malini’s coming together for the second time believable and plausible. Also, making their families accept their union needed to be written in a logical way.

    8.   What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

If it were possible, I would sit and finish one full story in one go. Most of my short stories are written that way. With me, I have come to realize that if I leave a short story mid-way, I never end up completing it. Thankfully, it is not possible to write the longer version that way, so I try to end the day’s writing at an interesting point so as to automatically get drawn to it the next day.

Thank you so much for being so candid and forthcoming Yamini. It was indeed a pleasure to have you here on my blog.

Full Circle 
Yamini Vijendran

The Blurb
 Outwardly, Malini is a contented, sixty-something grandmother with a loving family and everything a person could wish for. But Malini has lived her entire life with a secret confined to the deepest recesses of her heart.

Haunted by the past, she travels to Kumbakonam, her native town, which she had left years ago. There, she comes face-to-face with her long-lost love.

After forty years, will Malini be able to reclaim her own life, when love comes knocking at her door once again?

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Meet the Author

Yamini Vijendran (@saimini) is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen. 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Creative Rhythm Of Your Heart

She was so sure her mudras were perfect, her arches just right and the toes pointed perfectly. She had moved from another city to be here with the great dancer and teacher Mrignaini Subalaxmi to hone her craft and to return home as the toast of the town, celebrated, felicitated and famous.

                Here she was on the third day of the gruelling 45 day ‘Master’s Module’ and all her conviction and confidence was waning. The great teacher herself had been devoting extra attention to her, but instead of making her popular and polished she was being laughed at by the students.

                 They said she had not got a single movement without Mrignaini pointing her out. Deflated and dejected she thought of her dream of a dance school fading away. Surely if her dance was so flawed she would not survive the 45 days here and going home half way through was not an option for her.

                The angelic looking, enthralling Mrignaini approached all of them yet again and said, “You might be perfect but perfection is not always right. Beauty and balance lies in thinking out of the box. Don’t just dance but move from within your soul. Find your inner creativity and fuse it in your dance. How you perceive your work, your dancing and routine all reflect upon the final product that is showcased on your stage or anywhere else you perform."

                "Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties", I realized and that is what Mrignaini was looking in me. Not my perfect mudras and steps. No flawless performances but expressing my heart and baring my emotions. I needed to forget all that I remembered and learn to listen to my heart. Not perfection but passion. Not to follow the steps but to discover my own. Suddenly I felt light and free as I let go.

                I closed my eyes and with a deep breath and started to sway to my mind’s rhythm.  I smiled as Mrignaini joined me with her moves and steps. It was the same music, different rhythm; both equally beautiful.

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties 
~ Erich Fromm”

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    Rules Of Love AGAINST ALL RULES Book Review

    Against All Rules is of the typical office scenario where the secretary and the boss fall for each other in spite of it being against the rules and  is the premise of this novel. What is different is the handling and the back story of Against All Rules.

    Tahir, the suave boss with his no nonsense manner, curt and of course bossy; he is also just as handsome and he knows it but he sets equally high standards for himself. Feeling inadequate for himself and his self doubt almost costs his true love for him. Yes, I could see Ranbir playing Tahir to perfection.

    Samara is super efficient, sensuous secretary who makes his life easy and difficult at the same time. She comes from a small town and in spite of her unsupportive and shaky back ground manages to make a good life for herself. She is in love with her boss but dare not show her feelings and when Tahir proposes a weekend getaway to solve their desires for each other she is aghast.

    It is not a typical tale of office love but has a healthy doze of jealousy, indecision, confusion, fights, family drama and of course loads of passion. There is the vindictive ex-wife and silly co-workers who try to undermine Samara but she is one resilient girl. Her hardships have made her stronger and she faces life head long on her terms.

    The story progresses along but does seem a bit slow at times and it could do with a tiny bit of tighter editing. I think that Summerita has written a lovely story and we all know that the path of true love is never easy.

    The novel goes perfectly with the free and independent lifestyles of today where we live lives on our own terms. It has all the elements to keep your interest and wishing the two tormented lovers unite as soon as possible.

    This book is full of nice surprises along the way and they last right till the end making it a pleasant read.

    Lots of work and lots of play with fun along the way.


    The efficient PA out of her depth...
    Samara knows getting attracted to Tahir is like asking for trouble. Not only is he her boss but he’s got divorced recently and has sworn off any commitment. Short term is not on her list but temptation has never been stronger.

    The man who doesn’t have faith in rainbows anymore...

    Tahir doesn’t believe in enforcing a code of conduct he cannot follow. But Samara might just make him make an exception! An affair at the office might seem a solution to his troubles but how can he avoid treading uncharted territory…?

    Against All Rules ..…when a fire is set, it’s hard to avoid the blaze…

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    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    #Selfies4School Even A Child Knows.....

    My post for the campaign #Selfies4school at Tell - a- Tale.

    Ghanshyam was a worried man, every time he looked he sighed! He tried to avoid looking but it did not work, what was he to do? Every time he needed something, each time he called out, there it was, staring him in the face.
    He searched and discussed; thought and argued with himself and with his friends but a solution did not present itself. Such a dilemma he faced and he could not imagine how others had agreed to it? It was a fate he would not wish on any one, even those who were in favour of the action.
    There had been only one other man who had stood with him in this dilemma; he had been criticized and ridiculed but he held firm. Ghanshyam did not disagree with the man but he could also not support him. Ghanshyam was a poor man, a farmer and his family would not survive if the village went against him. This man was a craftsman, he always had work.
    Yet again, the village elders were coming to ask him his decision, they said he was already late as his daughter was 13, old enough to be a mother not just a wife! His Geeta? She was just a child, playing, laughing and studying so well.
    He shuddered when he thought of it. He remembered his best friend Uttam whose daughter the whole story at