Presently biding my time : Honing my juggling skills.
As I secretly follow my dream of : Conjuring up tales that will tickle you silly. Oh, and break the internet.
As good as : “When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.”
Part of the : Creative Writing Mentorship Program from 24 January – 11 April, 2015
My Website : Things My Kids Say
About being a part of Anita’s Attic Creative Writing program
It began with a disagreement. Me wanting to write short stories and her advising me to write non-fiction humour. I spent a week trying to argue my case. I then decided I would show her how wrong she was. I would let my work speak. Ah, but my work did speak. My short story turned out to be a thinly disguised humorous narrative non-fiction piece. And what it proved was that she understood me and saw that my forte was writing humour, something that I did not completely grasp myself. That’s Anita. Mentor extraordinaire. Thanks to Anita I discovered my voice.
The twelve week program at Anita’s Attic was intensive and invigorating. Week after week, the group exercises and discussions, the individual review and feedback helped me hone my skills. I gradually learnt to the trust my instincts. To be able to draw upon Anita’s wealth of knowledge and personal experiences that she shared so warmly and generously was invaluable.
The program was also an eye opener and reality check of sorts. The exposure to writers of different genres and experts from the publishing industry, helped us understand how the industry works and what to expect going forward.
I will forever be thankful to Anita for her advice, guidance and mentorship and the most incredible twelve weeks of my life.
Sathya Ramaganapathy’s Bio
Sathya Ramaganapathy likes to believe that she is a humorist. Armed with two kids, the ulnar nerve and a long memory, especially for inconsequential things and old grievances, she conjures up what she believes are brilliantly funny and incisive pieces on parenting, kids and life in general. She has very few friends and family left.
Since she learnt juggling as a kid, she pursues both her day job as a Digital Marketer and her night gig as a writer. She has written three children’s books, published by Maya Organic, a Bengaluru based NGO. She copes with raising her daughters by writing a funny parenting blog Things My Kids Say. She is currently working on her narrative non-fiction humour book.
An Excerpt from Sathya Ramaganapathy's latest published work
What’s love got to do with it?
Originally published at The Madras Mag
Fifteen years. That is how long I have been searching. But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. Ok, I have not climbed the highest mountains or scaled the city walls. But I have run and I have crawled. Well, almost. And I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.
Love. Ishq. Pyaar. Kaadal.
I could throw in a few other languages there as well, but that would be showing off. And my mother did not raise me to be like that. But I digress. Love, true love. I know I would recognize it, if I saw it. After all, I’m an expert on love. I’ve devoured every historical, contemporary and anything-in-between romance I could lay my hands on. I’ve watched countless classic, sappy and rom com movies of the Hollywood, Bollywood and Kollywood variety. I know what it would feel like to fall in love, be in love, true love. Your heart in your mouth, your stomach twisted in knots, violins in the background, that strange giddy feeling…
That kind of love. That is what I yearn for.
Read the complete story here.