Sonu Dabral

Strange how I can write the destinies of my characters but not predict the very next word in the book of my own life!
So in my story, I do an MBA and Bed, a certified course in publishing from NBT, but never get down to using these degrees professionally, instead, I tread into the alien fields of Education (running an Institute), teaching, translation, handling real estate projects, doing interiors and authoring books !!

And now, penning a fresh chapter, I embark upon a unique social entrepreneurship initiative on women empowerment with the theme ‘extraordinary ordinary women’ ,thebitches ( an acronym for Beautiful Intelligent Talented Careerpersons & Homemeakers Empowerment Space) The website thebitches.in is about to go live. All bitches are welcome aboard
An Army Brat, having spent my growing up years in diverse places I carry the culture and flavor of each place within my heart. An Indian is the closest identity I have. The beautiful, culturally vibrant Goa, is my current home.
Forever a storymaker and storyteller I write my story as it goes, as eager as the readers to know, how on life’s choppy waters my boat rows!!

Sun Sign

Gemini

Three things people don’t know about you?

1. That there are two Sonus within Sonu (a one plus one free offer!!) Was it the sane, patient, philosophical, slightly reticent Sonu or the hyperactive, chirpy, restless, lively version that you bumped into? 2. That whenever I meet anyone and introduce myself as Sonu, the next question I’m inevitably asked is “ So what’s your real,official name?” Seeing my arched eyebrows a whisper, “ Sonu must be your pet nickname No?” and this has been a regular feature right from my childhood to this day! People this is the ONLY name I have. I don’t have the luxury of rattling out two names for an introduction. Sonu is the only name,Pet name, nick name, real name, official name I have! And no it has no worthy meaning. Sigh! I had actually worked out an ingenuous way around this name problem. For quite many years I would simply assume a name that I fancied. Whenever I met strangers I would introduce myself thus, ‘ Hi I’m kavita ( for some unfathomable reason I had latched on to this name for a long time) or Tina or Sakshi or any other name I’d come across and liked !” Ah! The thrill of it. The satisfaction. I could be anyone! I even got the name Sneha printed on my wedding card on an impulse and for quite a while my new family thought Sneha was my name ! This love affair with names had to come to a sad end as all my documents got botched up. Once again I was left with just ‘Sonu’. But we’ve both called a truce and made peace now. 3. I carry the guilt of stealing something during my school days. A few of us had stolen dead earthworms from the glass containers in the bio lab. We hurriedly stuffed them into the pockets of our blazers and shirts on the last day of school just before vacations. No we didn’t intend to make wormchillie fries but rather wanted to practice dissection for the upcoming board exams. This is the first time I have owned up to it. May the teachers and the Gods and the departed souls of the earthworms forgive us. Amen.

What’s your greatest fear?

Losing my eyes which I think stems from childhood myopia. I came face to face with my Goliath when I recently contracted conjunctivitis and the infection travelled to my corneas causing temporary loss of sight! I have read somewhere that “ to escape fear you have to go through it ,not around it”, I discovered the truemeaning of this quote when I actually lived through my fear and survived!

What is your greatest achievement?

I think being able to bring up two really sane, caring and wonderful kids. And also being able to touch the lives of so many ‘ extraordinary ordinary’women through my initiative thebitches( an Acronym for Beautiful Intelligent Talented Careerpersons & Homemeakers Empowerment Space), and being able to make a difference in their lives in my own little way.

High point of your life?

My high point as a writer was having the soft launch of my books in the Kool 5 series by my childhood hero, Mr. Ruskin Bond. To this day I pinch myself to believe he actually did the honours . I’ll also have to add the experience of visiting the Raj bhavan at Goa and meetingShri. Bharat Vir Wanchoo,( the ex Governor of Goa) again for the launch of the books as also Smt. Mridula Sinha( the current Governor of Goa) who released the anthology of short stories ‘Coconut Fronds’ ( which featured my story Casa Gloria’). Memories I cherish very close to my heart.

Low point of your life

Can’t single out any instance…either there is none or too many

Which living person do you most admire?

Ashok banker for reintroducing mythology, Deepa malik for her indomitable spirit Sudha Murthi for her simplicity and achievements

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Hercule Pioroit, Wolverine,

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

He who -must not be -named. (voldermont)

Who are your favorite authors?

Ashok Banker, Devdatta patnaik, Arun Shourie, Enid Blyton, Jeffery Archer, Anand Neelakantana and Paul Coelho

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Ramayana series and Ten kings - Ashok Banker, Shantaram- Gregory David Roberts Amish - Shiva triology Does he know a mother’s heart- Arun Shourie Alchemist- Paul Coelho Celestine prophecy- James Reddfield

Is there a book you love to reread?

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, Catch 22, mainly because it’s difficult to grasp the implicit wisdom in one read.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

A Beautiful Mind, Dead Poet’s Society, Inception, Lajja, Three Idiots

One Superpower you wish you had?

I would love to wield the power to make the characters of my fav books/movies come alive. Would be quite interesting to pitch Sabu against the avengers or team up the kool five with Hercule poirot and watch them all in action !

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

“ Story of a face And of fallen grace Of joy and pain and strife She told the tale of life”

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 think the answer would always be the same, India….I think would love to travel to the days of the Freedom Struggle in India and also witness our tryst with destiny first hand on 15th Aug 1947.

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

The talent to be able to use words to influence people enough to see reason to end senseless hatred and wars.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Chronicles of Tantraban ( In case you go on a wild goose chase looking for it’s author on the internet, it’s a book yet to be written by me, I promise it will be an amazing mythical ,magical adventurous thriller with dark shades and I’m dying to complete it and read it too!”)

When and where do you write ?

When the ideas bubbling in the cauldron of my mind start overflowing and spilling out. The where could be anywhere.

Silence or music?

Sometimes silence sometimes music

One phrase that you use most often?

The man on top of the mountain didn’t just fall there!

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

A cuppa tea by my side and beginning the first word with the invoking of Godess Saraswati.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Astrex, Tintin ,Tinkle , Chacha Chaudhry

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Don’t just keep waiting,the time will never be perfectly right ..ever,. To ‘finish’ you must ‘start’ first. Remember you don’t get there by wishing but by working towards your goals.

The adventurous journey of SONU DABRAL's life has taken her through the diverse fields of human resource management, education, translation, and media, to arrive at her desired destination? creative writing. After Sonu graduated with an M.B.A. degree she went on to do B.Ed. However, she has long been a passionate and compulsive storyteller, doling out entertaining treats to her children, family, and friends. She tried her hand at writing exciting stories for children, ranging from an out-and-out Indian mystery series to modern fairy tales, short stories with subtle morals, to spooky stories suitable for young minds. Nevertheless, this is her maiden foray into writing a book for children. Sonu has travelled extensively through India and currently lives in picturesque Goa. This is the second story in the KOOL-5 Mystery Series. The first being The Phantom Of Raymond Villa.

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