London, United Kingdom
I am Indian. I was born in Punjab, India. I went to the U.K. at the age of nine, after having lived in several other countries. I grew up in the U.K.
I have a B.A. (Honours) Degree in English Literature, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Film-Making. I have two yoga teacher training certificates, which I gained in India. I am qualified to teach in the lifelong learning sector.
I have had a somewhat accident-prone life. I have experienced five major accidents, including a severe car crash in Delhi. The worst accident happened in the U.K. when I was twenty-four. At the age of 24 I was in a fire and suffered third degree burns. Extensive skin grafts left most of my body badly scarred. However, I recovered my well-being and mobility. Well, it is said that accidents are no accident, and this is one of the many things I learned during the course of my personal spiritual journey! However, that is another story....
Meanwhile, to continue with this story - I went on to work in many fields. I have even managed to work indoors occasionally as a journalist, an advertising copywriter, an independent theatrical and video producer, a festival organiser, a storyteller, a market researcher, and a customer care representative for a brand of washing powder, during which time I gave penetrating and heartfelt advice on stain removal ... until I was fired....
These days I earn my living as an Author | Teacher | Freelance Copywriter, Copy Editor and Proof-Reader.
I have always wanted to be a writer, and so I spent many years learning my craft and developing my talent. I learned how to write in the old-fashioned way – by living on the poverty line for many years while spending all my time writing. I learned about life, I learned about people, I learned about myself, and I learned how to write. I wrote three novels – the first was so bad I binned it. The second wasn’t much better. The third was good. During this time I also wrote poetry - some of which was published in poetry magazines; I wrote short stories and won a short story prize along the way; I wrote and produced plays and screenplays as well.
In 2006 my fourth novel The Virgin Goddess, which took me five years to research and write, was published by Kennedy & Boyd Ltd. Unfortunately the publisher published my work without incorporating my editorial changes or even editing it himself. So I took my copyright back after a long battle and re-published it myself (edited to my satisfaction).
This is what has been said about it:
“The Virgin Goddess is a meticulously researched story of a girl who was selected as the Royal Kumari of Kathmandu, Nepal at the age of four. A Kumari is a girl who is worshipped as a living goddess. The author reveals a clear-eyed understanding of the deep spiritual knowledge that nourishes this cultural practice. The novel is a powerful meditation on society, culture and identity."
The Virgin Goddess is available on Amazon.com and all the Amazon sites. It can be ordered from all bookshops.
My collection of Short Stories called Some of the Places I Visited in Hell was first published in 2012. It is available on Amazon.com and all the Amazon sites. It can be ordered from all bookshops.
My collection of poetry called Poems about Love and Life and Staring Out of Windows at Trees was first published in August 2012. It is available on Amazon.com and all the Amazon sites. It can be ordered from all bookshops.
My novelette Sleight of Hand was published in 2012. It is available on Amazon.com and all the Amazon sites. It can be ordered from all bookshops.
My novel The Master was published in 2017. It is available on Amazon.com and all the Amazon sites. It can be ordered from all bookshops.
Interests: Walking, reading, yoga, meditation, science, dancing, music, art, Bollywood films, theatre, the world, travelling, people, life....
Published writer: Yes