A near life experience told me to write... I never stopped.  Thanks to technology, you can constantly reinvent yourself in the space of a lifetime. It's the only way to be. Here are all my roles in this life:

I am the one time-trapped in that sixteen year old rebellious teen I was... But was born old, with an uncomfortable insight through which I purvey the world: I obsess often about why we do the things we do. Perhaps, that is why I created Ruby Iyer - she starts out terrified, but then chooses to live life on her own terms. The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer is out this fall.

I also wrote The Destiny of Shaitan - #1 Bombay Chronicles. It went to #2 on the kindle epic fantasy charts, and won gold at the 2013 global eLit awards.

Obviously selfie obsessed:

I am a marketer: have worked with NBCUniversal & MTV. Yep, seems I can look like that too, all professional.
Can't hide that wide grin even in day job clothes
More likely to be seen like this - a cigar smoking, befuddled writer.

 I also blog for huffingtonpost.co.uk

Really though I just want to be like this #treeoflaxmi: stay the path... 

I help London Indian Film Festival, Europe's #1 Festival for Indian Independent Cinema

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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