Chaitra KR

My life is filled with experiences, interesting places and people who have come and gone and have impacted me in various ways. My childhood was in Amazing India where I grew up adapting to the rich Indian culture, value systems and way of life which I carried with me when I settled in America with my husband and kids. Since the last decade, I have had challenging opportunities to work in various fortune 500 company as a Business Intelligence Developer/Programmer. Apart from a full-time job and taking care of my family, I enjoy watching Bollywood movies, writing, indulging in music and dance.

Books

Sun Sign

Capricorn

Three things people don’t know about you?

Music, dance, creative writing

What’s your greatest fear?

World War Z could become real!!

What is your greatest achievement?

My family is my greatest achievement

High point of your life?

The here and the now

Low point of your life

When it is not the here and the now

Which living person do you most admire?

The rags to riches story of J. K. Rowling, her life, her passion and her dedicated work on her books is truly an inspiration.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Harry Potter

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Voldermort

Who are your favorite authors?

All time inspiration is J. K. Rowling, her life, her stories, her creation.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling, Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordon, Someone Named Eva by Joan M Wolf, Nicolas Flamel Series by Michael Scott, Life Books by Dale Carnegie

Is there a book you love to reread?

All time favourite is the Harry Potter series

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Harry Potter Series, Star Wars series, High Strung, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, What if?

One Superpower you wish you had?

To be an eternal healer

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

Follow your passion, make a difference

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?

I would love to go to the future to witness what this beautiful earth has evolved into.

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

To play the violin like it is an extension of me.

Which book you wish you had written ?

J. K. Rowling if ever I have her talent to do so

When and where do you write ?

When life is in a chaos, when I am multi-tasking be it sitting with my laptop on the bleachers at my son’s practice, or when I am stressed out with life’s vicissitudes is when I am most creative and that’s when my characters talk to me. I write on my phone, I write on pieces of paper to capture my ideas and thoughts that overflow. At late nights and weekends, I put perspective on the stories, and do due diligence to the art of creative writing.

Silence or music?

There is music in silence

One phrase that you use most often?

Be happy and never hurt others

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

There are stories all around you, in people, in places, at every moment in life waiting to be discovered, find your calling, follow your passion. You will be amazed how capable you are.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Reading and Re-reading the same books over and over again.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

It’s not the end goal of getting a book published that is of prime importance, it’s the enjoyable journey you take and the relationships you develop creating your characters and testing them with what you put forth in your creative writing that is most fulfilling for an author. Write without boundaries, without prejudice, unleash the madness from within and pour your ideas in the blank pages of a book, before it consumes you. Follow your passion! Make a difference!

For the love of reading, writing and sheer appreciation for the craft of creative expression, a mother and her teenage son collaborated to unleash the Secret Mantra. Chaitra and her teenage son Sunjay are avid readers and enjoy embarking upon fun-filled imaginative journeys of the mind inside the core of fantasy books and stories. They found a purpose of collaborating together with ideas of Indian mythology, interwoven with an imaginative story enjoying the experience together in creating the Secret Mantra. There is an age-old adage saying that: There comes a point in time when the avid book reader would become a writer and create a world of fantasy, build characters and test their endurance in a fulfilled mental escape into a supernatural adventure of the legends. We hope you enjoy the journey with us!
Contact Author: thesecretmantra@gmail.com

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Debashis Biswas

With more than 15 years of experience in book sales and distribution, Debashis currently oversees Leadstart’s business activities in eastern India and neighbouring countries. He has previously worked with several leading book publishers and distributors.

Walid Jalal

Walid has 7 years experience in online listing & marketing Working in SEO firm & Publishing sector. He worked in a Restaurant as a Manager in Sharjah for two years. He loves cricket & cooking.

Jayati Sarkar

Jayati has been into literature studies and has pursued her Mphil in Australian Aboriginal Poetry from the University of Calcutta. She is an avid reader and her love for books has brought her to the field of Publishing. For years she has explored the other side of the book as a reader and now she works with Leadstart as the Senior Executive in the Editorial Department. Her work profile includes working closely with Authors, managing the projects from end to end and also working with national and international publishers for management of Secondary Rights.

Ashwini Jadhav

Ashwini has about a decade’s experience in design. She is a Master of Commercial Art, who has worked in the publishing and advertising sectors as a visualiser & designer. She was judged as the third best in the state, when she finished her foundation course in applied art. She is a practicing calligrapher in Modi Lipi (a script in the Marathi language) and is a Rangoli artist who has won several accolades in those domains. During the popular Ganesh Chaturthi festival, several idols of Ganesha in varying sizes get made, one the most important finishing touches to the idol is that of painting the eyes, which Ashwini has practiced to perfection and does it for hundreds of idols every year. In addition to the above, she is also a trained classical dancer, a national level Kabaddi player and loves cooking.

Ananya Subramanian

Graduation in journalism and love for books, led Ananya to take up a career in publishing. With her experience in the field, she has come to believe more and more in the power of stories and the people who tell them. She is a vegan and an animal-lover; and loves to dance, tend to her pet plants and often find solace in solo travelling.

T. Vijay Kumar

Vijay has over a decade’s experience in supply chain management working in India and the Middle East. He heads the production, supply chain and receivables management for Leadstart. Prior to his current role at Leadstart, Vijay worked in inventory management for five years, in Abu Dhabi.

Iftikar Shaikh

Iftikar has a decade & half years of experience across publishing and the banking sectors in the finance domain. He enjoys working on numbers and loves uncovering stories that the numbers tell. A fitness enthusiast, he loves trekking and travelling.

Maneesha Arun

Maneesha has an experience of over two decades in the content industry spanning over publishing, media and secondary rights business domains. She has a deep interest in psychology.

Mahendra Rawat

With more than a decade’s experience in book sales and distribution, Mahendra comes from a family immersed in the book trade. He worked with several book distributors and publishers before his current assignment with Leadstart.

RAJESH KRISHNAN

With more than 15 years of experience in book sales and distribution, Debashis currently oversees Leadstart’s business activities in eastern India and neighbouring countries. He has previously worked with several leading book publishers and distributors.

Rajesh Krishnan

Rajesh comes with over 3 decades of experience spread over various business domains. He oversees Leadstart’s business development & sales across southern & western India, Sri Lanka and Middle-East. His hobbies include dancing, trekking and travelling

Pooja Dutt

Pooja has over a decade’s experience in operations, sales and people management in various business domains. She loves to interact with authors and helps them meet their publishing goals. She is fond of travelling & cooking.

Bhavika Bharambe

After completing her MBA in marketing, Bhavika has focused on roles that helped her to become an experienced marketing professional today. She has worked for brands from various industries; Educational, Tourism, Retail, Entertainment, Airlines, Banking and more. She loves to spend her time by reading books and listening to music.

Naina Solanki

Naina leads the project management and author support functions at Leadstart Publishing. She is fond of being abreast of the latest developments in technology and is a keen learner of the six sigma methodology. She loves reading and travelling.

Preeti Chib

Preeti has a decade’s experience in brand and communication management with most influential and innovative media companies. She is passionate about building brands by translating consumer insights into product innovations and campaigns. She is a compulsive reader and considers a day gone without some bit of reading a day wasted. She loves reading stories to her children every night. A lover of visual art, to delve a bit deeper into the same, she took up formal training for design as well.

Malini Nair

Malini is passionate about Literature and Business Management. After her MBA (Marketing) from St. Xavier’s, she took up roles that involved sales, marketing, costing, MIS etc. in multiple sectors like Banking, Insurance, E-broking, and even the Steel industry. Eventually, her passion for languages and books compelled her to re-route her career to literature. This led to a career break and a Masters Degree in English Literature; post which she took up a role at Wordit CDE & Leadstart, enabling her to work towards both her passions.

Chandralekha Maitra

With two decades of experience as a book publishing professional, Chandralekha began her career as a features writer and columnist, working with publications across India, before moving into book publishing full time, with India Book House. She received her training in editorial title management from Book House, London. Over the years she has worked with some of the finest publishing houses in India and overseas, and across genres and markets. She has also worked with Osian’s-Connoisseurs of Art, India’s first auction house, gaining in-depth exposure to research and publishing in the fine arts-antiquities-cultural heritage genres. Additionally she has had a parallel, specialist career in Human Resources, working at Group HR, Tata Group, among others. She continues to write, train and mentor in this domain as her publishing commitments allow.

Raj Supe

Aka Kinkar Vishwashreyananda, Raj Supe is a poet, storyteller and novelist, as well as a seeker and devotee of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath. An MBA by education, his career spanned advertising, research and creative consulting, before devoting his time to literature and spirituality. His works include Three No Trumps (novel), Sagarika Anusagarika [Echoes of Nine Rivers] (poetry), Pilgrim of the Sky (spiritual memoir), and translations of religious texts such as Cloudburst of A Thousand Suns and Jai Jai Ram Krishna Hari. He has also worked on film scripts with Ram Gopal Verma and Ashutosh Gowariker, and on plays with Makarand Deshpande.

Dr. Rabindra Kumar Nanda

An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Stanford University, Dr Nanda is also a National Science Talent Search Scholar. He holds five Patents and is a published author of 50 national and 52 international research papers.

Swarup Nanda

Swarup has over a decade and half’s experience in multiple business domains related to content. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, he has worked with a couple of MNCs in the media space. His passion for literature and books is his motivation for building Leadstart.