Asha Shankardass

My life’s journey – from Rawalpindi to free India; love of books, drama, music, travel; professional (Co. Secy.); now into Vipassana meditation and writing children’s books.


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What is your greatest achievement?

Getting through professional studies 15 years after graduation with two young children and going into practice as a company secretary.

High point of your life?

Discovering Europe on my own at the age of 21, living with families of different countries, working a while in Switzerland - fabulous experience!

Low point of your life

Losing my daughter

Which living person do you most admire?

Barack Obama

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Eliza Doolitle in Pygmalion (My Fair Lady)

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Captain Hook in Peter Pan

Who are your favorite authors?

Jane Austen, Bernard Shaw, Enid Blyton, Neale Donald Walsch, Sharat Chander Bose (Bengali – Hindi)

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Gone with the Wind, Pygmalion, Pride & Prejudice, Conversations with God, Discovery of India

Is there a book you love to reread?

Conversations with God

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Gone with the Wind, Avtar, Sound of Music, Dangal, Lagaan

One Superpower you wish you had?

To be able to go back to some previous lives and find the karmic connections with the current one

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

She looked back, and smiled, as if, to say, “Its only the end of this Chapter - there are many more to come ……….

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?

Rawalpindi (pre partition) where I was born (childhood), Bombay (as it used to be) (adolescent), Switzerland (adult life), Mussuorie nestled in the Himalayas (silver years)

Which book you wish you had written ?

The stories of the partition – the challenges faced and how they were surmounted, to rise once again.

When and where do you write ?

In my office and at home in the night

Silence or music?


Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No, I write when the urge is there

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Enjoy all reading without any guilt

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Let your writing flow, follow your imagination and heart, especially when writing fiction.

Asha Shankardass is a practising company secretary by profession and a children's writer by inclination. Her family hailed from Rawalpindi and left their roots behind during the Partition, to make a new beginning in India. Today, she is the grandmother of two sets of twins and says her books originated from the inevitable grandmother's role of being a storyteller, to keep her grandchildren amused. Her books bind the different generations together, grandparents, parents and children, in a wonderful web of love and learning while sharing the little and large lessons of life with each other.

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