A journalist, a TEDx speaker, an entrepreneur, a researcher, an environmental activist – the feathers are unending on Kiran Manral’s cap. Ahead of Prime Day, we sat down with Ms. Manral for a heart to heart on many of her upcoming projects.
As a recipient of several awards such as the Women Achievers Award by Young Environmentalists Association and the recognition from Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, GoI, for excellence in the field of writing, Ms. Manral is no stranger to the spotlight. So when the spotlight was on her ahead of Prime Day, she chose to raise her voice for an issue that is critical to our entire generation.
Ms. Manral’s upcoming project revolves around climate change and pollution, which are two pressing issues of the modern day world and also happen to be her interest areas. As scientists estimate our inevitable doom inching closer day by day, we are now more than ever required to dwell on the impact we have in our daily lives on the environment. Ms. Manral says that she has written a few dystopian short fiction pieces which are based on the climate crisis, along with a series of reports on how pollution is impacting our health.
I worry about us, on this planet. I can see, year on year, how things are changing, how we are slowly tipping over. And I worry for our children.
An ardent lover of fiction, Ms. Manral says that “reading fiction helps you develop imagination, empathy, allows you to time travel, and live other lives”. She also dwells on the importance of non-fiction reading, which helps one widen their knowledge and assists in developing analytical skills. But above all, Ms. Manral takes joy in how “reading gives you words to put your thoughts into even when you speak or write”.
An award-winning writer herself, Ms Manral outlines the editor’s role in making sense of her ramblings and says how she is thankful to editors for deriving coherent sense out of long pieces at times. We are happy to have Ms. Manral’s writing as part of the Prime Reading program, and would recommend our readers to read her work Raising Kids with Hope and Wonder in Times of a Pandemic and Climate Change.
Thanks to the offspring for all his questions during the pandemic which led to this e-book. Gratitude to my fab editors at Westland Books, Karthik Venkatesh and Deepthi Talwar for seeing this one through. On @amazonIN Prime Day on @KindleIndia.
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Thanks Yuktie Jhangiani for the mention.
A very useful article on how to make money as an author.
Delighted to be mentioned here in stellar company of authors I look up to and some dear friends.
“Some of the most prominent authors in India are not full-time career writers. Twinkle Khanna is a successful interior designer apart from being a best-selling writer. Chitra Divakaruni Banerjee and Elif Shafak teach creative writing at leading universities while continuing to conjure heart-warming stories. Sudha Murthy is an engineering teacher along with being the chairperson for Infosys Foundation. Kiran Manral was a journalist previously and is now an independent research and media consultant. While Anita Desai is the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, another prominent author who shares her name, Anita Nair, hosts an annual writing workshop at the famous “Anita’s Attic” in Bengaluru. See our list of writing workshops in India to know more.”
Read the entire article here
Nano review of The Face At The Window by Saumya Kulshreshtha
The Face at the Window by Kiran Manral
The book was a companion on my metro rides for three days, and I was kind of sad it ended because I couldn’t have Mrs. McNally and Dr. Sanyal for company anymore. They had been alternately giving me chills and relief in this wonderfully penned psychological thriller by Kiran Manral – the first I have read from her corpus. Other than the generous sprinkling of drama and horror, reading the beautifully flowing language was a treat. Kiran constructed mansions of lucid imagination, shifting easily between two time frames and fleshing out multiple characters, even those which were mere ghost presence.
Should you read it? Yes.(Bought from the World Book Fair 2019.)
Read her entire wonderful list of reads here
In The New Indian Express today. Thanks Ornella D’Souza for this.
I was really very annoyed with those social media posts that went something on the lines of if you don’t come out of this pandemic without learning a new skill, you lack discipline or you’re lazy or something to that effect. We are all struggling. There’s the anxiety about the situation, the mental health impact of isolation, the reality of being locked 24 x 7 with an abuser for some. There’s the doubling of work for those of us who don’t have full time live in help, there is the uncertainty of the job market, pay cuts, job losses for those in affected industries, there is the worry about the health of immunocompromised loved ones, there is the sheer difficulty of surviving for some. I say, take this as time out from the rat race, allow yourself to do nothing. There is pleasure in not rushing to ‘improve’ yourself all the time, any chance you get. And by letting yourself be, you accept that you are indeed good enough. This is self acceptance we all need.
‘You are enough’
“If I can survive and keep my family fed and watered, for me, that is enough. The rest is just pressure from popular culture that makes everyone seem accomplished, poly glossed, polymaths…,” says author Kiran Manral, who adds that whenever feelings of inadequacy arise, “I tell myself ‘you are enough’ and that has helped me.” Any form of self-improvement, she says, should not stem from FOMO as the initial euphoria can fade if you are not intrinsically driven. “But, if these activities make you feel in control, then wonderful,” she adds.