Rashmi Narzary

Digs into a black-forest with Abba, Carpenters, Boney & her kids at midnight, dotes on her dogs, calls her home her holiday resort where bureaucrat hubby is 2nd in command to her!

Recognitions
  • Sahitya Akademi Award winning author
Three things people don’t know about you?

A broken coccyx , how good a cook I am(!) and the tomfool I am with my kids, nieces and nephews ;-)

What’s your greatest fear?

Having to use a cockroached, stained and leaky toilet with wet floors

What is your greatest achievement?

Raising 2 lovely kids with Hemant, kids who have stood by me, sat by me, drove me nuts and made me laugh. Kids... of whom I am absolutely proud, kids... who have made me proud of the mommy I am

High point of your life?

The Sahitya Akademi Award for Children’s Literature in English, 2016

Low point of your life

Low point was actually a string of points... adjusting to life after Ma passed away.

Which living person do you most admire?

Many, with my changing attitude to life as I have grown and matured.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Po, the Dragon Warrior from Kungfu Panda

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Villain and favourite?! Now howzzat! Well, adorable villains, yes, quite a few. Gru of ‘Despicable me’/Hagar the Horrible/ Dennis The Menace/Garfield

Who are your favorite authors?

Ruskin Bond (even now it’s like I’m dreaming that I won the same award in 2016 as he did in 2012!), R.K. Narayan, Roald Dahl, Denys Watkins-Pitchford for the Bill Badger books and Rhonda Byrne

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Heidi by Johanna Spyri, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, Laburnum for my Head by Temsula Aao, Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Great Expectations by Charles dickens (Not exactly in this order)

Is there a book you love to reread?

His Share of Sky (because I have seen the protagonist of the book grow from child to youth to man, live and share my life with him, bore and raised my kids with him and seen his share of sky change its hue and yet remain the sky it was when he was ten years old)

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Sound of Music, Up, Mamma Mia!, Kungfu Panda and Marley and Me

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

“Here lies Rashmi the lier, who wrote lies but passed ‘em as fiction, wove tales from lay conversation, none escaped her observation! Beware of her ghost here. Now cooking up underground fiction!!”

Silence or music?

Some of each, depending on my frame of mind

One phrase that you use most often?

‘Be grateful to Providence’

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No writing ritual, no superstition

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Definitely write a book if you have a good concept brewing, but do something besides, to keep you sane and going till your manuscript becomes a book...I raised a home I now hate to stay away from. So then stay happy, guys, write well, read better, and be the best! Much love, Rashmi

Rashmi Narzary is an independent editor and has worked on projects with the UNICEF in India, the Assam government, as well as with private firms. Despite having a background in Economics and Human Resource Management, her creative pursuits within the literary realm have always been her passion. Hailing from the vibrant north-east of India, nature and natural human behaviour find reflection in her writings. Her first book for children, His Share of Sky, was listed for the Crossword Book Awards 2013. Among her translations, the Sahitya Akademi Award winning Shrinkhol, by the eminent fi lm-maker, the Late Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia, remains her most cherished work. Rashmi lives in Guwahati with her husband Hemant, daughter Sandhya (Sandie), son Jairaj (Jerry), and their menagerie of pets. She can be reached at rashmi06narzary@gmail.com

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