Meet the Author
An alumna of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (Journalism), New Delhi, Vaishali Chandorkar Chitale, is a graduate of Eng. (Hons) from Hindu College, Delhi University. She is a freelance journalist, a blogger, a poet and a writer. Her poems and stories have been published on various online platforms and she has won many certificates for the same. Her book, “Whispers of Immortality”, a collection of 100 poems, published in 2022 by Notion Press, has garnered rave reviews on Amazon and by poetry enthusiasts for containing poems on everyday emotions such as love, sorrow, happiness and joy and their instant connect with the reader.
She is a regular contributor for both The Impish Lass Publishing House and Inkfeathers Publications and her stories have been published in more than fifteen of their anthologies. She is also a free-lance editor and has successfully conceptualized and edited anthologies for ILPH – ‘Women vs We Men’ and ‘Second Innings’ and ‘Marital Games’ and ‘Quarantine days’ for Inkfeathers publishing. Her Story ‘Bittersweet Chocolate’ was ranked third in an exclusively for-women-writers contest, held by WriteFluence in 2020, and was published in their book “Out of my BOX”, available on Amazon, in paperback and eBook editions. Her winning story, ‘All That Glitters…’ has been published in Out of my BOX-II, in 2022. She has also won in the contests “High Five” and “Sonnetto” held by WriteFluence for poets. Her winning poems have been published in their books of poems, “Tickled Pink” and “Standstill”. She has also won in story writing contests and has been featured in their books, “Mrs. Rosewood”, “Rubble House”, “A Lie on Her Lips” and “Mr. Rosewood”.
Her co-authored coffee table book on poems, “Poets and Poems-Echoes” has been published recently to rave reviews. Her story, ‘A Road Not Taken’, came 6th amongst more than 500 entries on Story Mirror.com for which she won a certificate and a reward. Her stories, “Ménage-A-Trois” and “Raison D’Etre” have won a medal and a certificate each in the third prize category in the Asian Literary Society’s Annual Wordsmith Award, 2021, Short Story contest. Her winning poems and stories have been published in their Anthology of Stories, 2021 -22. Her poems also feature in the Anthology of Poems, by Asian Literary Society for two consecutive years, 2021 and 2022. She came first in a poetry contest held by Write fluence on World Poetry Day, 2022 and was awarded a trophy for the same. She is a member of Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI)- Maharashtra (Special Needs), for the year 2021-22. She has taught English in many schools and retired from Delhi Public school, Pune in 2004 after a career of over 14 years to pursue her passion for writing. She lives in Mumbai with her family. You can follow her on her blog http://www.anenviablejourney.wordpress.com. She can be reached at email@example.com
Whispers of Immortality is a collection of poems on everyday emotions such as love, sorrow, happiness and joy. Written in simple language, the poet conveys her point through tongue-in-cheek humour, like in ‘Forever Mine’ or the delightful ‘Silver Sixties’. You will find yourself smiling on the lockdown fallout in ‘WFH Woes’. ‘Kidding Around’ will find you in the world of grandchildren. ‘Ethereal Notes’ transports you to the land of Krishna and his flute. ‘Dilwalo ki Dilli’ and ‘A City Blessed’ will make you fall in love again with Delhi and Mumbai respectively. ‘Different Strokes for Different Folks’ will make you ponder on love and sexual preferences. The poems will strike a chord with the readers as they are based on the experiences faced by the poet in her everyday life. It’s a book you want to read with a drink on a quiet evening at home, under mellow light and soft shadows.
We asked Vaishali a few questions and here’s what she says:
What’s your book about?
The book contains 100 poems on everyday emotions like-love, sorrow, happiness and joy. Book is divided into 7 sections: Marital Games, Nature’s Bounty, Of Covid and Lockdown, I am a Woman, Matters of the Heart, Boundless Love, and The Powers Above
What inspired this book?
I love poetry and I know there are many readers who enjoy reading poetry. I write poems on everyday emotions and topical subjects. This book was inspired when I realized that I have written about 100 poems; I wanted readers to read and enjoy my poems as much as I have enjoyed penning them.
What’s your message for aspiring authors?
Writing comes from the heart. So keep it simple. Write short sentences. Write in a language which a reader can understand. Engage the reader early with a great start. Do not be verbose. Keep a small notebook handy to jot any new phrases/idioms/words read; you never know when you may need them. Read, read and read. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of reading for any writer. Reading different genres increases one’s vocabulary which is an essential tool of a writer. Reading widens one’s skill as a writer.
Here’s wishing Vaishali all the very best for her literary journey!
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