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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

                                                                                        – William Wordsworth

As beautifully stated by William Wordsworth, writers need to focus on writing intrinsically. Write as they walk, as they talk, as they move and as they breathe; as it’s not only about making money and being famous. It is ultimately being able to pass through the lives of people who will read your work while in turn enriching your own life as well. Certainly, this is what the following authors would have believed, or so does their writing journey speak out.

Savi Sharma

The journey of the new writing sensation Savi Sharma is nothing but inspiring for all the aspiring writers. Savi hails from Surat, who left her CA studies in between to pursue her passion in the world of books. She has successfully set her triumphant mark with her books, ‘Everyone Has a Story’ published in 2016 and ‘This is Not Your Story’ published in 2017. Her first book sold more than 5000 copies in one month on the top retailing website Amazon and with that Savi became India’s first self-published successful female author.

Anees Salim

Persistence is the key, this was the mantra followed by Anees, as he faced one failure after another from publishers. He just kept pushing himself for more; Anees Salim wrote consistently more books to beat defeat. But, after years of denunciation during which he was rejected 25 times, Salim finally marked his beginning as an author in the year 2012. He has been honored with Crossword Book Award (for The Blind Lady’s Descendants), The Hindu Literary Prize (for Vanity Bagh) and Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award (Fiction), Bangalore Atta Galatta Literature Book Festival’s Best Fiction (English) and The Hindu Prize shortlist for The Small-Town Sea.

Mitali Meelan

With her first debut Novel – “The Guest”, published in 2016, followed by a collection of modern poems, quotes, conversations and musings titled ‘Coffee and Ordinary Life’, that was released in the following year, Mitali is gradually making her mark. She has worked in a magazine as an editorial coordinator and in a publishing house before making writing her full-time career. She got featured in Vogue (July 2017 issue) for being one of the ten inspiring young Indian girls chasing their dreams.

Diksha Basu

Having graduated from Cornell University with a double major in Economics & French, along with MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, New York City- Diksha Basu has made her writing debut with ‘Opening Night’, which reads like a (highly personalized, but non-autobiographical) work of literary fiction on Bollywood. Diksha believes that writing has given her freedom and wings to soar high.

Karan Mahajan

Karan is an Indian-American novelist, essayist, and critic. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. His first novel, “Family Planning” (2008), won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award and was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize.

His second one brilliantly captures the violence in the Middle East and South Asia. What a terrorist goes through, his family problems, his personal issues. We are never intrigued with his dreams — his fear and hurt and longing.

Rakesh Satyal

An American novelist, best known for his Lambda Literary Award-winning debut novel Blue Boy, that won the 2009 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies, Rakesh Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He is currently working as a senior editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster and lives in Brooklyn.

Rumaan Alam

Just two books old, Rumaan Alam has become one of the biggest literary sensations. “Rich and Pretty” in 2016 and “That Kind of Mother” in 2018, Rumaan has proved his mettle in writing with his unerring eye for nuance and unsparing sense of irony.

Meghna Pant

Meghna Pant is an Indian author, journalist, feminist, and speaker. Claimed by two columnists to be among India’s best female writers, her books have been critically and commercially successful. Born in Shimla, she is the elder sister of known stand-up comedian – Sorabh Pant. She has a long list of honors and awards, listed as winner of FON (Fellows of Nature) South Asia Short Story Award (2016), Bharat Nirman Award (2017), Muse India Young Writer Award (2013).

Kanishk Tharoor

Although no points for guessing on his lineage, Kanishk Tharoor credits his mother (professor in literature) for acting as a strong influence in his writing. Kanishk, being son of Shashi Tharoor mentions there was nothing but books that he has seen since childhood. In his words “We saw our parents discussing the books they were reading, wrestling with the books they were reading, so that sort of a thing leaves an impact”. He is a writer based in New York City and the author of Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories, a collection of short fiction, published in 2016. His stories and essays have appeared in publications in India, the US, the UK, and the Middle East. He has been nominated for the National Magazine Award.

Divya Garg

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