KAVITA BHUPTA GHOSH

My life is a mysterious forest where wilderness, danger and beauty live in perfect harmony. Wilderness in my life is the courage to experiment with new ideas and beauty lies in my inexhaustible love for teaching and writing. I am also a whimsy blogger, wary poet and a temperamental artist. And when I am not doing this – I read, do research on the scientific aspect of human behaviour, play the guitar, go walking, biking, rafting and paragliding – I love blind dates with exciting endeavours. I cook out of necessity but eat out of love. I love moonlit nights and sudden showers of rain. I am fearlessly unconventional. I represent all the characteristics of my Sun Sign – one doesn’t mess with a Taurean.

Sun Sign

True Taurus Woman

Three things people don’t know about you?

Pushed beyond limits, I am a charging bull on rampage. My students always come first, my priorities second. My sixth sense is very sharp – I know what’s on your mind. Quirky? Of course, yes.

What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is losing courage in the face of adversities.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is picking myself up after every fall along the path of life.

High point of your life?

Smile on a child’s face.

Low point of your life

Death. I die every time children give up on their lives because they find it difficult to reach the bar of expectation and excellence that we, adults, have set for them.

Which living person do you most admire?

Shri Narendra Modi, our Prime Minister.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Amir Khan

Who are your favorite authors?

Sidney Sheldon, John Grisham, Diana Palmer, Brian Weiss, Danielle Steel

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Promise by Danielle Steel, If Tomorrow comes by Sidney Sheldon, The Partner by John Grisham,Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Promise by Danielle Steel

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Taree Zameen Par, Kuch Kuch hota hai, Cocktail starring Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, and Elisabeth Shue, Sound of Music, Three Idiots

One Superpower you wish you had?

One Superpower I wish I had so that I could bring back to life all the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country.

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

Dear Life, thank you for the highs and lows, troubles and happiness, tears and laughter, and all your nasty tantrums – Checkmate, dear friend.

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?

If I were to acquire any talent, it would be to play the guitar like Jimmy Page – the God of Guitar.

When and where do you write ?

I write whenever I can steal time – early in the morning or middle of the night. I write in the habitat of peace.

Silence or music?

Music in silence.

One phrase that you use most often?

It’s your life, choose - laughter lines or frowns?

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Love stories with happy ending.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write when you really have something to tell the world (be original) and when you start writing, ask yourself why should the world read what you are writing; is it worth a reader’s time and money?

"My first teachers were my parents, who guided my first steps and words. My second teacher was Loreto Day School, where I had my first formal lessons. My third teacher was Loreto Middleton Row College, which provided me with an umbrella for the recurring monsoons of life. My fourth teacher was the enchanting “City of Joy”, where I grew up. It outfitted me with the lessons of life, including those contained in the works of Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray. I learnt to emerge in one piece from crowded buses, trams and the metro, which taught me there is a place for everyone, no matter how congested the opportunities. My fifth teachers were my siblings, whom I attempted to teach from the age of eleven and who gave me my first proletarian teacher’s training. My sixth teacher was my first job, with the Taj Group of Hotels as Graduate Trainee for Hotel Operations. It embellished my poise and personality. My subsequent marriage, my seventh teacher, taught me to bridge illusion with realism. My eighth teacher, my daughter, taught me to reprocess the elemental terminologies of parenting. My ninth teacher was certainly my experience as a teacher in six schools in various parts of India. It taught me that wonderful things in life come in small portions. Finally, my students have been my ultimate teachers. They taught me tolerance, endurance, humility and the joy of unconditional loving."

Kavita Ghosh currently works as an English teacher and German Pasch Project Coordinator with Delhi Public School, Bangalore South. She also writes the widely appreciated blog kavitalistens.wordpress.com and can be reached at kavitalistens@gmail.com.

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