Alka Dimri Saklani

Author, Poet, Reader, Blogger, mom to 2 naughty kids


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Three things people don’t know about you?

My first dream was to become a basketball player. I loved acting and participated in a lot of dramas in school and college. When something hurts me I don’t cry, but when I see the same emotion on TV or read about the same feelings I cry a lot.

What is your greatest achievement?

My debut novel “45 Days in a Cancer Hospital” was longlisted for Crossword Book Award 2013.

High point of your life?

When I saw my son for the first time. It was the first and only time I smiled and cried at the same time.

Who are your favorite authors?

Khalid Hosseini, Kristin Hannah, Colleen Hoover, Agatha Christie

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Kite Runner, Night Road, It Ends with Us, A Thousand Splendid Suns, For the Love of a Son

Is there a book you love to reread?

Kite Runner

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Shawshank Redemption, Do aankhein barah haath, the pursuit of happiness, Jab we met, Tamashaa

One Superpower you wish you had?

Traveling through time

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Somebody asked me if could erase any one moment of my life what it would be. None – I said. Dark or bright, I am a painting of those moments. Erasing any moment will erase a part of me too.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?


When and where do you write ?

I write on my laptop whenever possible. I have no writing schedule.

Silence or music?

Any of them depending on situation.

One phrase that you use most often?


Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Read more books, take online tutorials for writing, be ready for criticism, set a timeline to complete the book.

The author was born and brought up in Vadodara, a city in Gujarat, with her roots hailing from Dev Bhumi Uttarakhand. She has done MBA with specialisation in HR from South Gujarat University and Bachelors in Instrumentation from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Currently she is working as a Corporate Recruiter in a reputed RPO in Vadodara. She displayed her flair for writing since childhood and has a few published articles and poems in her kitty. She bagged the semi-finalist position in international UK song writing contest for her two poems in 2008. Apart from writing her hobbies include reading, travelling and listening to music.

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