Anuja Chandramouli

Part-time writer, full-time mommy, eternal dreamer. That’s me!

Sun Sign

Virgo

Three things people don’t know about you?

I would give anything to be able to go back in time and meet Alexander, Julius Caesar, Richard Burton, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie, Mahatma Gandhi… I used to be terrified of dogs but am over it now and currently live with two Labs and a Rottweiler. I can do a head stand!

What’s your greatest fear?

Finding myself trapped in a cage with no way out.

What is your greatest achievement?

Hopefully I achieve something great worth bragging about in the near future

Which living person do you most admire?

Rafael Nadal

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Hercule Poirot

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Count Dracula

Who are your favorite authors?

Agatha Christie, Thomas Hardy, Bill Watterson, Enid Blyton, Veda Vyasa, George RR Martin

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Mahabharatha by Veda Vyasa, A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin and Little Women and Good Wives by Louis May Alcott

Is there a book you love to reread?

I tend to reread Agatha Christie, Wilbur Smith, Jeffrey Archer, and Terry Brooks.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Eat whatever I feel like without burgeoning out of all proportion

Which book you wish you had written ?

I wish to write THE BOOK that wins me the Booker Prize and makes me a shoo in for the Noble Prize for Literature

When and where do you write ?

In a quiet corner in my home.

Silence or music?

Music! I highly recommend Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart, and Ilaiyaraja.

One phrase that you use most often?

Damn it! Jackass!

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Yeah I have my rituals but it is best I leave it at that. Can’t have people knowing I am nuts right?

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Anything with blood, gore, horror and psychopathic serial killers! Bring on the mayhem I say!

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Read as much as you can and make the time to write.

Anuja Chandramouli is a full-time mother of two lovely girls, as well as a part-time writer. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's in English. Having started out as a freelance writer with articles published in Women's Era, Lonely Planet and The Hindu, she currently works as an e-reporter and columnist. Anuja is a self-confessed, big-dreamer, who is driven by an inner passion for contributing her mite to the great pool of human endeavour, thought, and wisdom. An ardent admirer of Veda Vyasa's Mahabharata, Anuja holds the Great Epic to be one of a kind, the Homers and Virgils of the world notwithstanding. Drawing her creative inspiration from the epic's timeless track record of sustenance through centuries of retelling, Anuja chose to debut as a storyteller with the immortal and eternally captivating saga of Arjuna, the non-pareil hero. Putting together episodes from Arjuna's life (some well-known, others relatively obscure), gleaned from years of painstaking research and then presented in a seamless narrative with the uninhibited panache and style of a 21st-century writer, has been an immensely satisfying and self-actualizing endeavour for this New Age Indian classicist.

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