Tanvi Kashyap was born in the city of Chandigarh, India, in a middle-class family, her mother a homemaker and her father, a librarian. As a child, whenever she fell ill, her father would often bring story books for her to read. Hence, her introvert self-found refuge in the shelter of books. Thus, fantasy and imagination never left her side. The stories she loved reading the most were those which were like food for the soul. ‘Chicken soup for the soul’ was her constant companion during the teenage years. She ventured into the world of the Harry Potter series just to get lost in the riveting account of the life of a wizard. Thus, started her journey as a writer, who wanted to express the beauty of the world, touch the hearts of millions of people and transform their lives with the magic of her words.
However, with time and the daily life responsibilities, the passion for writing just faded away. Years later, when she saw this astounding blog ‘WriteFluence’, on Instagram, encouraging amateur writers to follow their passion. She wrote her first short story ‘Memaroma’ which was amongst the top five short stories of an international short story writing contest called PenFluenza, an initiative of WriteFluence, an upcoming platform for budding writers. Writing has become an essential part of her life, a catharsis, an opportunity to express herself to the rest of the world.
I have been writing since…
This was my first writing experience wherein I have shared my writing with the rest of the world. I have been writing my diary since years and books have been my childhood mates. Since my father was a librarian, I have always been surrounded by books.
My favorite author(s) and book(s)?
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
My journey as a writer:
I have been writing diary since years and this was the first time I chose to share my writing with the world. It was no less than a miracle for me as words came from somewhere deep inside me, I created the story with meraki.
Why should we read you?
To fulfill that longing in your soul.
What advice would you give young and aspiring writers?
Use your creativity and imagination in writing enthralling stories rather than killing time or scrolling endlessly on social media.
Here’s an excerpt from Tanvi’s story Memorama from the book Wafting Earthy
I remember reading a story of a mother with one eye. Her son felt embarrassed because of her eye only to realize at the end of her life that she had sacrificed it because he was born with a defective one. It is indeed true, that we realize much later, how unconditional her love is. Right now, standing outside her door, about to ring the bell, I am praying, yearning to let her know what she means to me. The doorbell is answered by Michelle, my mother’s nurse.
“Thank goodness you are here. She has refused to come out of her room and is not eating anything”, said Michelle, trying hard to sound cheerful, but failed to hide her perturbation.
“Let me see”, I replied apprehensively. I stepped inside and walked through the hallway. My heart started beating really fast. It was heartbreaking to see her in that condition.