Juggernaut writing platform’s editor’s pick of the week is ‘Kallu Krishna‘ by Amita Thakur Dogra.
Amita is a Medical Science Graduate. While dissecting all sort of Animal Kingdom, she realized her calling is not in dissection but in unification. After giving brain free time for a few years, she discovered her solace in words. She wrote her first story for a leading film production house. She has authored ‘My Aaradhya’, ‘Me & You’ and a couple of short stories (Top Dog, My First Night, Billori, ईदी). She is also a fellow member of screenwriters association (SWA).
You can read the story here.
Kallu’s love for Krishna and Kallu’s hatred for red! Read Kallu’s mesmerising tale from partition to modern India. How much has changed for him? Or nothing at all?
Your story is Editor’s Pick of the Week. Please tell us more about it and its inspiration.
My heartfelt thank you for selecting Kallu Krishna as Editor’s Pick of the Week. I want to congratulate team Juggernaut for doing a splendid job to encourage new writing and for providing a breathing space to short stories. This story is based on a real-life event inspired by a person whom I met at my ancestral village during a yearly Bhandara festival. I spotted him standing outside the temple, peering inside through the fence. His frail body, puffy, deep brown eyes and the forlorn look on his face intrigued me. As I approached him, he shivered, lowered his eyes, and left. Later, I inquired from the elders in the village about him, and they narrated his unfortunate story. To make it believable and technically correct, I have added elements of fiction. However, often, reality is stranger than fiction!
Do you have any particular rules or rituals you follow as a writer?
I still can’t say if I qualify as a writer or not, but I can place myself in the category of a reasonably good storyteller. Observing real life is one of the best ways to get an idea for a new story. Whether it is an event that has occurred in my personal life, a story I heard from someone or a piece of news; real-life events inspire me to write and provide me with a good foundation for the next story. So whenever I find one, I weave it in my mind until I get a fair idea from the beginning to the end. People say they read a lot to write. I observe a lot with empathy to get an idea.
What got you interested in becoming a writer? Where do you go for inspiration?
As I mentioned above, many real-life experiences triggered a train of thought. To de-clutter my mind, I started to pen them down. That is how I wrote my first story for the leading production house. Moreover, I feel if you have a story within you, then you should chronicle it in some form or other.
What’s that one piece written by you, which is your all-time favorite?
My second romance novel ‘ME & YOU: To The Moon and Back’ is my all-time favorite. It is on Juggernaut’s homepage. Readers have loved it beyond my expectations.
Your bestselling authors and books list. Why do they make it to your list?
ME before YOU by Jojo Moyes is the kind of book you can’t put down. It may not be a novel for the faint of heart, but it is a big-hearted, beautifully written story that teaches us it is never too late to live. The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple is an account of the Indian mutiny such as we have never had before, of the events leading up to it and of its aftermath, seen through the prism of the last Mughal emperor’s life. The Pregnant King by Devdutt Pattanaik is one of my favorites for its unique plot and characterization. Becoming by Michelle Obama is a most candid, straight from the heart memoir. Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris which I recently read, its characters still reverberate in my mind.
All bestselling authors reach that level because of two main reasons: a story with a soul and an exciting or gripping narrative. So a book that can evoke all five senses makes it to my list.
Any writing tips you’d like to share with fellow writers?
Creativity is divine inspiration. So if Almighty has gifted you with the gift to spin stories – SPIN. Writing is cathartic. Writing is therapeutic, even though it’s a lonely journey. If you have soulful stories that can make people laugh, cry, or think – WRITE. Choose archetypes over stereotypes, and someday someone will read it for sure.