Ananya Mukherjee

Author, observer, dreamer, rebel and thinker; a juggler of corporate life and performance art. Not necessarily in that order!

Sun Sign

Virgo

Three things people don’t know about you?

That I have claustrophobia, I sleep with my fingers curled and I can’t whistle.

What’s your greatest fear?

To be locked in a closed dark space where I can’t breathe.

What is your greatest achievement?

I have reached every single milestone that I had set myself for, be it personal or professional, independently and without making any compromises on my values and ethics. The contentment is my greatest achievement.

High point of your life?

The release of my first book, Ardh-Satya and other stories.

Low point of your life

There are no low points that I remember.

Which living person do you most admire?

Dalai Lama

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Jonathan Livingstone - Seagull

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Raavan from Ramayana

Who are your favorite authors?

Richard Bach, Khaled Hosseini, Salman Rushdie, Rabindranath Tagore, William Shakespeare, Mirza Ghalib.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Gone With The Wind, The Alchemist, Kite Runner, Midnight’s Children and Gitanjali

Is there a book you love to reread?

Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. It’s my bible.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Sound of music, Ijaazat, all Satyajit Ray films, Suraj Ka Satwa Ghoda, Titanic.

One Superpower you wish you had?

I wish I could fly.

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

I am the evening melody of the temple conch shell, the slice of a crescent moon, the hop skip patterns you suddenly stumble upon on lonesome tiring roadways, the intricate motif on a blue baluchari saree, the flower that adorns your loosely tied bun, the sweet fragrance of the moist earth as rains sweep across your courtyard, the caress of a warm blanket on cold winter nights I am revolution, I am speech, I am my favourite me, I am Ananya, and I am invincible.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

To go back to the apple and cherry orchards, the breath taking backdrop of my childhood in Kashmir.

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

Singing

Which book you wish you had written ?

The one that I am now writing finally.

When and where do you write ?

All the time, everywhere. On my phone book en route the drive to work, in long haul flights 35000 ft above the ground, in kitchen towels as I cook up a weekend meal, in the quiet tranquility of my bedroom late at night.

Silence or music?

Music

One phrase that you use most often?

Tomorrow is another day!

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

None!

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Letters to editors

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Don’t be driven by numbers. Be driven by your passion for writing. Write for the love of writing, not to sell, not to win awards. Pour your soul into your writing and see how beautifully the world will connect to you.

Ananya Mukherjee is a former business journalist and the ex-editor of HRM Asia, a leading business title in the Asia-Pacific region. Ananya is an acclaimed writer with more than 1000 publications to her credit. Before moving to Singapore, she had amassed years of experiences in the Indian print and television media. Her journalistic acumen covers a whole gamut of subjects including politics, lifestyle and business. Born in Jammu, India and having lived in several states in her childhood and youth, she has had very rich cultural experiences through her interaction with the diverse population of her native country. Ananya is a regular columnist with Bkhush.com and her column Shuddh Shakahari Desi is widely read and appreciated by an international audience. Ananya has also recently edited Amazing Africa, a Corporate Journey, a collection of short stories, written by two of her colleagues. A passionate columnist, blogger, poet, theatre artiste and trained dancer, Ananya currently spearheads internal communications in a multi-national company. She lives in Singapore with her husband and daughter.

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