LeMonk & Yashashree Uchil

I am a dreamer and always have been so. Aware that I cannot change many situations, I dream about ideal situations. I believe that we (humans) are exploiting this lovely planet and the tipping point has been crossed. I practice and preach minimalism, love nature and animals. Book and comics have been my companions since childhood. I love cooking and inventing new dishes. I am a strict vegetarian and believe in Ahimsa. I am a big fan of science fiction.

Sun Sign

Aries

What’s your greatest fear?

Not living up to the expectations of my wife and daughters

What is your greatest achievement?

Publishing my first novel.

High point of your life?

Birth of my daughters

Low point of your life

So many that they cannot be enumerated. However, every low point teaches a new lesson.

Which living person do you most admire?

My wife, for she is my strength.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Many characters of X-MEN.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

I cannot remember any right now.

Who are your favorite authors?

J.K. Rowling, Ruskin Bond, James Rollins, Jules Verne, Robin Sharma

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrarri, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Entire Harry Potter Series, The Wishing Chair, The Entire James Rollins Series.

Is there a book you love to reread?

All of them of course.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

I’m For The Hippopotamus, The Fault In Our Stars, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Race To Witch Mountain, Three Idiots.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Prof. Charles Xavier’s powers (X-MEN)

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

I am contented that my little contribution to nature made all the 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 like to live in the wilderness surrounded by nature in an era when the air was pure and people purer.

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

Writing like Ruskin Bond

Which book you wish you had written ?

Harry Potter Series (Alas my talent is not even 1% Of J. K. Rowling’s so let that be a dream)

When and where do you write ?

Usually my bedroom

Silence or music?

Silence

One phrase that you use most often?

In a jiffy

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

None whatsoever

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

None.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Follow your dreams, do your best and forget the rest.

LeMonk, (born 1971), is a professional teacher for over two decades. He started writing as a kid and has written a number of poems and short stories. However, it was his elder daughter Yashashree’s interest in writing that awakened the writer in him and he, once again, attempted to revive the stories and poems written by him. A teacher for the past twenty-two years, his interaction with thousands of children has enabled him to know their minds and psyche. His intention is to make a good impact on their minds and awaken their conscience using these short stories and poems. He is also simultaneously penning down two science fiction novels, both meant for children. Yashashree Uchil, (born 1999), is studying in grade ten in Mumbai. She started exhibiting her talent for writing from the tender age of three when she started twisting nursery rhymes and creating some of her own. Over the years, encouraged by her parents, teachers and school Principal she began to write serious poems on various topics. Some of her poems are way above the level of thinking of a 15-year-old. Her recent poem, “If I were granted one wish . . .” expressing the plight of women in India, in the backdrop of the Delhi event (Nirbhaya case) is one such example. Yashashree won the Hindustan Times Scholarship award in 2013 when she was in grade eight and has been featured in the Hindustan Times. “Yashu,” as she is known to her friends, is passionate about music and began learning music at the tender age of three. She plays four musical instruments. She has passed the All India Gandharva Mahavidyalaya exams (Level 4) in both Harmonium and Vocal and is pursuing her Visharad. She is pursuing guitar and keyboard by qualifying herself in the exams conducted by London School of Music.

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