Lalitha Balasubramanian

I am an author, compulsive traveler, voracious reader, freelance journalist, nature lover, music and fine arts enthusiast, believer of “live life to the full,” and most importantly, Grandmom to 4 adorable kids who just love my story telling sessions.

Sun Sign

Taurus

Three things people don’t know about you?

My tendency to day dream, My love for gardening, My untold attraction towards chocolates and ice creams.

What’s your greatest fear?

Sea water, I don’t know swimming.

What is your greatest achievement?

Still to come.

High point of your life?

Seeing my book in the hands of an unknown fellow traveller and hearing her praise the detailing and writing style without knowing that I was the author.

Low point of your life

When I lost my mother, who was my friend, guide and philosopher.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire my husband, for his wit, generosity and presence of mind.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Krishna, though I don’t think of Krishna as fictional.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Gabbar Singh

Who are your favorite authors?

William Shakespeare, Aurther Hailey, Louisa M.Alcott, Erle Stanley Gardner, P.G Wodehouse, Marie Correlli, Alexandar Dumas, the list is endless.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

I can’t name just 5, as I have too many favourites.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Without doubt the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Can read these epics any number of versions, any number of viewpoints, any number of times without getting bored.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Sholay, Ben Hur, His Highness Abdullah (Malayalam), The Sound of Music, Enter the Dragon.

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

I have lived my life with happiness, fulfillment, giving and receiving love and respect. No regrets.

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 choose India, India, India and India during Rama Rajya.

When and where do you write ?

I write whenever I get the mood at my writing desk at home, though I jot down notes when I travel.

Silence or music?

Music

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

One superstition which I cannot seem to give up, “I never start my manuscript, article or any form of writing during the Rahu Kaal, which is at different times each day of the week.”

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Read more. Write because you want to. Choose your genre carefully before you write. If you are writing non-fiction, research well on the topic in hand. And keep writing whether the piece is accepted or rejected. If you are confident and satisfied about your writing, be sure that you will see it in print.

Lalitha Balasubramanian graduated from Mumbai University and did a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Bhavan's College, Mumbai. She worked in the Editorial department of the Institute for Research in Reproduction (ICMR), Mumbai, before switching to freelance writing. She has published over 200 articles as well as a children's novel, The Twins at the Ancient Villa (2009). She is also interested in the Fine Arts and classical music and has been trained in Carnatic music. A voracious reader, Lalitha is also a keen follower of sports.

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