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I try to pen characters with the above and weave a storyline that usually makes my reader ponder! &rdquo;, Ruchira Khanna says as she animatedly tells us about her writing journey. </br></br> Ruchira Khanna studied and practiced biochemistry before choosing to work with words and be a writer. She moved to America, and obtained her Master s degree in Biochemistry from SJSU and a degree in Technical Writing from UC Berkeley. She worked as a biochemist in a Silicon Valley startup until taking up technical writing and gradually transitioning into others forms of writing. </br></br> Ruchira stays connected with her readers through her blog and says, &ldquo;Social Media is an important medium to send out information with regards to your published work since almost every individual starting from ten years old is hooked to the Internet. What better way to send across information&rdquo;. </br></br> </p> <div class="jumbotron col-sm-12 col-md-6 pull-right" style="padding: 0 10px 0 10px; margin: 0 0 16px;"> <h1 style="font-size: 21px;">AUTHOR'S PICKS:</h1> <p style="margin-top: 15px;"> <a href="http://amzn.to/2qoGTBE" style="color: #333; font-size: 17px;"><strong><em>Choices</em></strong> - Ruchira Khanna</a> </br><a href="/b/gbs/CRJsCwAAQBAJ" style="color: #333; font-size: 17px;"><strong><em>Voyagers into the Unknown</em></strong> - Ruchira Khanna</a> </br><a href="/b/gbs/CRJsCwAAQBAJ" style="color: #333; font-size: 17px;"><strong><em>The Adventures of Alex and Angelo</em></strong> - Ruchira Khanna</a> </br><a href="/b/gbs/Dg1sCQAAQBAJ" style="color: #333; font-size: 17px;"><strong><em>When Breath Becomes Air</em></strong> - Paul Kalanithi</a> </br><a href="/b/gbs/-3TLU1yK8V4C" style="color: #333; font-size: 17px;"><strong><em>The Five People You Meet In Heaven</em></strong> - Mitch Albom</a> </p> </div> <p style="margin-top: 0;">Childhood memories and experiences shape us, so when we discussed early reading memories, she said, &ldquo;I loved reading, and I remember whenever my dad would go on a business trip, I would always ask him to get me books! My first memory of a book was reading the Amar Chitra Katha&#39;s&rdquo;. </br></br>&ldquo;Writing and reading is a process just like cooking and eating to me. Sure there are people who survive just eating without going through the pains of chopping and cooking, but in the long term that does not work out to be a good choice. Reading comes with interest, and once that bug is caught, the mind tends to work in a fast gear thus, making way for the fingers to type or write its mind out! As a child, I was an ardent reader thus. Eventually, my mind started to crop up with ideas as awareness instilled in me about topics that needed to be discussed via fiction tales&rdquo;, the author succinctly explains her views on interdependence of writing and reading as forms and habits. </br></br>We are a sum total of all our experiences, in the same manner our writing also has influences, the ones that we have grown with, the ones that make us want to be storytellers as well. Ruchira Khanna counts Agatha Cristie as one of her literary influences, she says, &ldquo;I used to read Agatha Christie as a teen. As the years caught on me, I have read the works of Chitra Banerjee, Arundhati Roy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chetan Bhagat to name a few&rdquo;. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0;"> We played our version of the author rapid fire, and these are the responses: Pick one: </p> </p> <ul style="font-size: 17px;padding-left: 18px;"> <li><strong>Ebooks/Paperback</strong> <em>&#8212; Ebooks</em></li> <li><strong>Movies/Television</strong> <em>&#8212; Movies</em> </li> <li><strong>Backpacking/Staycation</strong> <em>&#8212; Staycation</em></li> <li><strong>Writing on paper/Computer</strong> <em>&#8212; Computer</em></li> <li><strong>Writer&#39;s block - Reality</strong> <em>&#8212; Myth</em></li> </ul> <div class="col-sm-12 col-md-3 pull-right" style="margin: 3% 0 3%;"> <a href="https://www.amazon.in/Breathing-Two-Worlds-Ruchira-Khanna-ebook/dp/B06ZZZLVLF/ref=as_li_ss_il?_encoding=UTF8&keywords=Breathing%20Two%20Worlds&qid=1495741886&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1&linkCode=li3&tag=woodpie-21&linkId=e64e042e4423a386dbcbf1d7cae9b4e5" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//ws-in.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B06ZZZLVLF&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=IN&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=woodpie-21" ></a> <img src="https://ir-in.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=woodpie-21&l=li3&o=31&a=B06ZZZLVLF" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> </div> <p> Ruchira has authored many books  <a href="http://amzn.to/2rEIEOV">The Adventures of Alex and Angelo</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2r1x5yN">Choices</a> , <a href="http://amzn.to/2qln26A">Voyagers into the Unknown</a>. When we let curiosity take over and asked her for a teaser of her latest book, she divulged and told us, &ldquo;My latest book is called <a href="http://amzn.to/2s0TKu9">Breathing Two Worlds</a> where my protagonist is trying to create a balance as she is exposed to two cultures. The story revolves around how she can continue to live life on her grounds rather than get clutched by peer pressure&rdquo;. </br></br>A Para: </br><em>&ldquo;Happy hour was desperately awaited by all including Neena, and soon they were on the Grand Street of Manhattan since the club was a couple of blocks away on Bowery and 2nd Avenue. </br>Just then her phone beeped, she glanced at the text that highlighted on her locked screen </br><strong>Hi Neena, Check out these pictures. Love Mom.</strong> </br>Bundled in their coats to beat the cold wave in October that was setting in, the six of them walked with quick steps in spite of them having a long day earlier. Aha! The magic of Friday as it casts a spell on every individual and it starts off with a casual wear for all. </br>As the FH Inc. team was treading along the old bricked path they noticed many restaurants old and new that were already at full capacity since celebration and work went hand in hand for the New Yorkers. Working mindlessly from Monday to Friday until the clock struck 5 pm&rdquo;.</em> </p> <p> The author states that she likes books with a message and lists Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho, Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult as some of her favourite authors; when asked about what she thinks of a platform such as Woodpie, the author says, &ldquo;I think Woodpie is creating an incredible platform for readers in the comforts of their homes. I personally love getting such recommendations since all I have to do is: go to Amazon click and get the ebook&rdquo;. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.woodpie.com/user/679289/Ruchira-Khanna" style="text-align: center;">Connect with Ruchira Khanna on Woodpie</a> </br> <a href="http://www.ruchirakhanna.com" style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">Read more about Ruchira Khanna</a> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix"></div> <!--Previous Interview 1--> <div class="col-sm-8 col-sm-offset-2 pick-main" style="background: #ffffff;margin-bottom: 20px; padding-bottom: 30px;"> <div class="page-header" style="margin-top: 10px;border: 0;"> <a href="/misc;jsessionid=84C26FA3F8AE178BB973CE4D48C6216D?action=latestWoodpieInterview&author=divya-dubey"> <img class="img-responsive" src="/woodpie_images/author_interviews/divya_prakash_cover.jpg"> </a> <h3 class="center-block" style="font-size: 2.3em; font-weight: bold; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.85);line-height: 1.4em;">Behind the Books with Divya Prakash Dubey, <em>Best Selling</em> Author</h3> <div class="caption col-md-12 "> <p style="margin-top: 0;border-bottom: 1px solid rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.15); padding-top: 15px;padding-bottom: 25px;margin-bottom: 5px;"> As the first person to give a TedX talk in Hindi, <strong>Divya Prakash Dubey</strong> is making significant inroads in the popular Hindi writing genre. </p> <span class="text-muted"><em>By Kinnari</em></span> <p> For anyone who can speak multiple languages frequently, knows that we carry culture that is associated and built through those languages, dialects, lilts, and words. <strong>Divya Prakash Dubey</strong> is an author who strongly identifies with it and writes in the popular Indian language - Hindi, through which he expresses and narrates eloquently. </p> <p style="margin-top: 5px;"> <a href="/misc;jsessionid=84C26FA3F8AE178BB973CE4D48C6216D?action=latestWoodpieInterview&author=divya_dubey" style="color: #D2262B;" class="pull-right"> read more...</a></p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <!-- /container --> <div class="footer" id="footer-div"> <div class="container text-center"> <ul class="list-inline text-muted social-link"> <li><a href="http://www.facebook.com/woodpiefeeds" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-facebook-square"></i></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/woodpietweets/" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-twitter-square"></i></a></li> <li><a href="https://plus.google.com/+Woodpie" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-google-plus-square"></i></a></li> </ul> <p class="text-muted caption"><em>It's handmade with Love</em></p> <ul class="list-inline text-muted footer-text"> <li>Woodpie &copy; 2016</li> <li>&middot;</li> <li><a href="mailto:info@woodpie.com" target="_blank">Contact</a></li> <li>&middot;</li> <li><a href="http://blog.woodpie.com" target="_blank">Blog</a></li> <li>&middot;</li> <li><a href="/privacy">Privacy</a></li> </ul> </div> <script type="text/javascript"> setTimeout(function(){var a=document.createElement("script"); var b=document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; a.src=document.location.protocol+"//script.crazyegg.com/pages/scripts/0027/9392.js?"+Math.floor(new Date().getTime()/3600000); a.async=true;a.type="text/javascript";b.parentNode.insertBefore(a,b)}, 1); </script> </div> <script type="text/javascript"> $(document).ready(function () { $('.pick-left a').click(function(event){ event.preventDefault(); var thisLink = $(this); var page = $(this).attr('href'); $.post( "/misc?action=woodpiePick&pick_no="+page, function( data ) { $( ".pick-main").empty().append( data ); thisLink.hide(); thisLink.closest('.caption').append(thisLink); thisLink.siblings().show(); }); }); }); SocialShareKit.init({ url: 'https://goo.gl/MFU3St', text: 'Bestselling author Ruchira Khanna joins Woodpie. 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