Monday, April 12, 2010

More than just soup

Raksha Bharadia, author of the Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series, talks about ideas, books and aspiring writers

This is probably the best time for the publishing industry in India and aspiring writers across the country are putting their pen and thoughts to paper. Somewhere along the process, budding writers find themselves battling writer's block. All that's required, in many cases, is a gentle push and encouraging words. Author Raksha Bharadia has been doing that for sometime now, addressing workshops across India. The author of the Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series was in Hyderabad recently to talk to professionals from different industries, bound by a common interest in writing.

“Everyone has stories to share and I try to get the block out of their mind by giving pointers and writing exercises,” says Raksha. The vivacious author is being flooded with mails and texts with people contributing to her Chicken Soup series. “I get novels, poems and short stories. Poems have become a lot popular these days,” she says, pushing back her permed mane. The workshop was organised by Live More, an organisation that facilitates people to get in touch with their creative side.

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