I am a writer: a kindle bestselling novelist, who relishes flash fiction and an eclectic blogger for huffingtonpost.co.uk

My debut novel, The Destiny of Shaitan - #1 Bombay Chronicles, went to #2 on the kindle epic fantasy charts, and won gold at the 2013 eLit awards.  I am also the creator of Bombay Shorts, the Ruby Iyer series: about an unlikely heroine: a vigilante, who arises from the streets of Bombay. 

A global award winning marketer, I have helped build world-class brands with NBCUniversal & MTV. I also work with the London Indian Film Festival

Reach me @laxmi or on my Facebook page

The Destiny of Shaitan: Excerpts from interview with the Author
Q: Many writers find works of literature can take months or even years to complete. What was the process like for writing The Destiny of Shaitan? What were some of the challenges you faced during the course of developing the manuscript?
A: It is a constant surprise how much I use Indian mythology as a North Star. I had to trace my memory back to when I was very little, about five or younger, and recall my grandmother telling me stories of the Indian gods and goddesses. My subconscious had soaked this up, using it as a springboard in my writing. My grandmother was an amazingly strong woman. She lost her husband early and singlehandedly brought up five children and various assorted nephews and nieces. In writing this book, I have taken great inspiration from her perseverance. A chance encounter with a stranger in Hong Kong triggered off the first words for The Destiny of Shaitan. It was like I had landed on an alien planet with the most bizarre things happening to and around me. That experience inspired the idea of character of Tiina landing on an alien planet of Java.

Q: As an author, what do you hope readers will take away from The Destiny of Shaitan?
A: That the destination is not important:  the journey itself is key. How you go through your life, the adventures you have, what you learn, and how you live in the moment are most important. While we are all influenced by the past and live in the hope of realising our future, it is the realisation that this current moment, the now and what you do with it, holds the key to your happiness. Buddhism also calls this true spirituality:  a big theme in my writing. 

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