Roswitha Joshi

Addicted to harmony, yet not shying away from confrontation. Enjoying solitude, yet vivacious in company. Equally prone to silly fun and deep thinking. Keen on inner and outer journeys.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I have no answer, for how do I know what others know about me?

What’s your greatest fear?

To turn into a living dead.

What is your greatest achievement?

To remain true to myself – often against all odds.

High point of your life?

Manifesting my creativity by producing children, a home and a number of books etc.

Low point of your life

Realizing my physical limitations.

Which living person do you most admire?

Not one individual, but ‘dark ‘horses’, who manage to win against predictions of people who think they know it all.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

The slave Taita in Wilbur Smith’s ‘River God’.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Don Corleone in Mario Puzo’s ‘Godfather’.

Who are your favorite authors?

Jeffrey Archer, Shashi Tharoor, Robin Sharma, Gail Sheehy, Pawan Verma, Sudhir Kakar and many more.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Too difficult to answer.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Yes. It is ‘The Right to Write’ by Julia Cameron.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

To difficult to answer.

One Superpower you wish you had?

To prevent individuals or nations to interfere in others affairs either by mental pressure or physical force.

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

After having lived such a life, I deserve to rest in peace.

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?

Any time and place that would give me the opportunity to flourish. India has been a good choice for me.

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

To sing beautifully, instead of howling like a cat, as my elementary teacher opined causing a lasting complex.

Which book you wish you had written ?

That book is yet to appear, hopefully written by me.

When and where do you write ?

Whenever I have an idea I want to build a story around I park myself at a desk, which faces a mango tree with plenty of greenery around.

Silence or music?

Silence or bird-song.

One phrase that you use most often?

I need a drink.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?


What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

None I am aware of.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Just do it, but make sure you can afford it.

Roswitha Joshi was born and brought up in Hamburg/Germany as the daughter of a daring army officer and artistically inclined homemaker. During her studies of Political Science and History at Hamburg University, she tied the knot with a doctoral candidate from India, with whom she settled down in New Delhi. Their union resulted in a colourful life as well as two spirited children. While still serving with the German Embassy in New Delhi, she contributed numerous stories to Indian newspapers and magazines, before embarking on her childhood dream of becoming a full-time writer. She likes to describe her multicultural existence as living her own adventure story with humour, wit and grit as ‘survival tools’.

Her previous works include:

‘Life is Peculiar’ (a collection of anecdotes)

‘On the Rocks and Other Stories’ (a collection of short stories)

‘Once More!’ (a novel)

‘Fool‘s Paradise‘ (a collection of musings and amusings)

‘Indian Dreams’ (a novel)

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