Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Balaka Basu's Debut Author Spotlight Operation Awesome on the #AtoZChallenge Book Tour

#AtoZChallenge 2019 First Book Tour badge Debut Author Spotlight from @JLenniDorner on @OpAwesome6

Golden Rainbow by Balaka Basu

1- What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial Cystitis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the bladder. The symptoms are almost similar to urinary tract infections.

2- Would you please, in 160 characters or less, give a #WriteTip ?

Write from the heart, always do proper editing, be careful with grammar.

3- What ignited your passion for writing?

I have always been fond of writing. I used to write a diary and later on switched to write that diary through my blog and gradually writing became my primary passion.

4- Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was "given life"?

I just wanted to blog regularly and write.

5- What do you love most about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge?

The discipline to write daily makes sense. It literally helps us to push the threshold and keep writing our best.

6- You contribute at Momspresso, BuzzingBubs, and Babychakra. What's your favorite parenting tip?

Don't try to raise a perfect kid rather raise a happy kid. Always respect and listen to your child.

7- Please provide a quote from your book that is shared EXCLUSIVELY to this tour:

‘I was a golden bird inside a golden cage, now I have wings to fly’

8- What most motivates you to read a new book?

The blurb

9- What is your favorite book by someone else, what's the author's Twitter handle, and what do you love most about that book? #FridayReads book recommendation time!

Author name: Haruki Murakami @_harukimurakami
Title: Norwegian Wood
Love because: I almost felt he wrote this story on my life. The character Midori is so similar to me in real life.

10- Who is currently your biggest fan? What does that person love most (or "ship") about your debut novel?

I am not sure who is the biggest but there is a good amount of fan following 😊 Readers loved the real-life stories and many could relate to the characters. They loved the lucidity and emotions expressed in the stories.

11- What emotions do you hope your book will evoke for the reader, and is there a particular scene you hope will resonate with readers?

Readers would get nostalgic, sad, happy and in few stories may even roll out on the floor laughing. There are many scenes difficult to pint out one. As these are real-life stories they should resonate with the readers.

12- What is your favorite place to travel to?

Prague, Czech Republic

13- Why did you start blogging?

To give words to my emotions

14- What is the most memorable trait or visual oddity of one of your characters?

The hunch in a character called Nani.

15- #WeNeedDiverseBooks What's your favorite book with a diverse main character?

Okonkwo from Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe

16- Who is your favorite book review blogger?

Shalini Baisiwala

17- What was the deciding factor in your publication route?


18- Why do you think readers should write book reviews?

It helps the writer improve, it helps the writer understand his/her good and bad points, additionally, it helps other readers to know about the book.

19- What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this interview to answer or remark on in the comments?

How they liked my style of writing.

20- Anything else you would care to share about your book and yourself?

Golden Rainbow is an interesting collection of 26 memoirs written as short stories. These are not heroic tales but ordinary stories of ordinary people; nevertheless, they are thought-provoking. Some of them will make you laugh out loud while others may make you cry. The stories are rich in emotion, empathy and compassion.They are deeply profound. Reading the short stories is like a visit to Kolkata and typical Bengali life. You will connect with so many characters from your own real life but with different names. The anecdotes are not just stories but also a smart commentary on the various aspects of society. Easy to read, they will directly appeal to anyone fond of short stories. This book is not just a one-time read. It gets better with each reading.

Golden Rainbow Balaka Basu's Debut Author Spotlight Operation Awesome on the #AtoZChallenge Book Tour

Golden Rainbow by Balaka Basu


Katherine T. said...

Interstitial Cystitis is not a term I'd heard before. Thanks for teaching me something new!

Susan Thumm Paxton said...

The idea of memoir/short story tied together is really interesting. Also love the author's tips on what to keep in mind while writing.