She is a girl of many abilities and hobbies, however her inventive energies principally discover expression by way of her writing. She is Malvika Dekhane, the creator of 40+ kids’s books, of which many have received prestigious awards.
Although her forte is fiction, by way of her deep insights she is ready to write about all kinds of topics together with journey, science, and the surroundings. As an creator, it’s her dream to supply content material that’s enriching and intriguing.
Her books will not be only a supply of nice leisure but in addition good values, inspiration, environmental concern, and private excellence. Over years, lots of her books have been transformed into audiobook format, whereas some can be found in Braille as nicely.
However books will not be the one issues Malvika writes. A full-time freelance author, and M.Sc. Residence Science postgraduate, she has over 25+ years of instructing expertise and has additionally authored 350+ brief tales and articles.
Now retired from service, the creator dedicates her time to freelance writing and the craft she loves essentially the most – i.e., fiction writing for children.
She lives in Nagpur alongside together with her husband and her mom together with her kids dwelling and dealing in several cities of India.
When not writing, she loves to interact her time in different inventive and mental pursuits similar to studying, gardening, travelling, studying new issues, and attending literary applications and worldwide movie festivals.
Her favorite e-book is the Mahabharata, for she finds one thing new to study each time she re-reads it. As an creator, it’s her objective to have not less than one among her books function on each youngster’s bookshelf.
Malvika might be reached on LinkedIn, Fb, Twitter, and Instagram or on her web site malvikadekhane.com.
We at bookGeeks bought a fortunate likelihood to have a candid dialog with the creator. Here’s what she has to say about her love for books, studying, writing, and literature, and about her latest book, Isha and the Hedgerow-Folk.
|Who’s Ms. Malvika as an individual? What are her likes and dislikes?|
|I’m an upright, hardworking, organized [well mostly], centered, and eco-conscious individual. ‘Reside and let stay’ is my motto. I really feel one ought to continue learning new abilities and issues. I really feel time, vitality and sources are valuable, don’t waste them. I really feel unhappy for individuals who waste them. I dislike dishonest folks. With others, I get alongside simply.
I’m conscious of my shortcomings and am engaged on them.
I like studying, writing, gardening, travelling, and watching good worldwide films.
I learn all sorts of books, all genres, proper from historical past to thriller; horror to humour; DIY to fairy tales, classics to comics, philosophy to politics; newspapers to magazines. It might sound humorous however I used to halt and look at bits of paper mendacity on the highway. It was my mad-reader section. I used to buy books from the cash acquired as a present and my scholarship cash.
I like to journey particularly to locations with a non secular, historical, and archaeological background. Proper from Dwarka to Damascus; Hampi to Hadrian’s Wall; Pyramids to Pompei; varied forts and museums. I’ve my listing of must-visit locations and international locations.
I prefer to learn literature from completely different international locations (translated to English).
Gardening is my interest. Crops are soothing. I additionally watch the wildlife in our little backyard.
I attend Literature and Movie festivals when organized in Nagpur. I’m additionally a member of literature teams in Nagpur.
|Inform us one thing about your skilled life.|
|I taught Lodge Administration topics at +2 stage in vocational programs for 25 years. As the themes ranged from Textiles to Upkeep, Bakery to Housekeeping, my horizon widened. The programs had been connected to a college.
So, I had the chance to be with and observe children between the ages of 4-15 years. After I write literature for teenagers, this expertise is of nice assist.
|Let’s speak about your newest e-book Isha and the Hedgerow-People. What’s the e-book all about and who would you advocate it to?|
|Isha and the Hedgerow-People is about love, empathy, and friendship between Isha and the little animals present in and across the Hedgerows and within the backyard. These embody – mongoose, hedgehogs, rats and mice, crows, bulbuls, sparrows, chameleons, and squirrels. Polly the parrot can also be an necessary character and she or he expresses displeasure at being caged. She is intelligent sufficient to cut price for her freedom.
The story is about serving to one another in disaster. It’s also about preserving nature and its small-sized components. Every component is sort of a hyperlink in a protracted chain, that’s nature. Break one hyperlink and the chain is broken.
The novella is for teenagers aged 8-12 yrs. Dad and mom will adore it too. It may be a great read-aloud e-book.
|Why did you select a lady youngster because the central protagonist? And the way did you give you the character of Isha?|
|My tales and novellas have each boy and lady protagonists. This storyline and the age group demanded a girl-child protagonist.
Women naturally are inclined to gel with and bind issues collectively, particularly on the home entrance. Typically, their mindset is extra household oriented. Additionally, at this age, they’re sharper. So, it needed to be Isha.
|You have got penned 40 books for kids up to now. Inform us about your journey as a kids’s author.|
|My journey as a printed author began once I was 16. I wrote my first article and it bought revealed within the newspaper. This was adopted by 4-5 articles.
Thereafter, I wrote solely when some problem disturbed me. Later, I began writing articles and brief tales for grown-ups and youngsters. They bought revealed in main newspapers and magazines (Femina, Lady’s Period, Gokulam, Indian Categorical, Hitavada, and main Marathi magazines and Newspapers).
Slowly I spotted I had a aptitude for writing kids’s literature. Native e-book publishers favored my kid-lit and revealed my books. In addition they recommended new topics. Thus started my journey as a kids’s author. Though I nonetheless write articles and tales for all age teams. I’ve received a number of prestigious awards for my books and tales.
Whereas writing for kids, my novellas and tales (except they’re fairy tales or myths, people tales within the retold class, dream-incidence, and so on.) have a powerful base of info, logic, and age-appropriateness.
The adventures should be real looking. I name it fact-o-fiction. In Isha, solely these animals which might modulate voice and have are available contact with Polly the home parrot can discuss to her in ‘her type of language’.
|Which amongst your books is your favorite and why?|
|All my books are pricey to me. I write provided that I really feel strongly about that matter. Two characters are very near my coronary heart.
One e-book Sagarikampache wager in Marathi, meaning- Sea-quake Island has a personality, Physician Khare. I’ve primarily based it on my father who I misplaced very early. One other character Ramaji in my memoir, ‘When Mala was a Child,’ relies on our home assist Ramaji.
|In accordance with you, what ought to be performed to inculcate studying as a behavior in younger children?|
|Begin younger. Happily, immediately so many books can be found for kids in all age teams. There are libraries in every space. We’ve on-line services additionally. We even have old-book bazaars. So, begin early. Let books be part of a baby’s each day routine. Let a baby maintain and really feel books. Bedtime tales are a handy means.
Youngsters emulate mother and father. So, the ball is within the mother and father’ court docket. That is tried and examined methodology. My kids are avid readers and now my grandchildren too take pleasure in books.
Colleges have well-equipped libraries too. They will have read-aloud classes in school rooms. Encourage children to write down or communicate in regards to the e-book in short.
|What are a few of the distinctive challenges whereas penning kids’s fiction?|
|The youngsters immediately are very good and vocal. They query you, problem you. You could have some concept about their thought course of. So, writing a brand new story is difficult.|
|Any upcoming writing endeavors that you’re presently engaged on?|
|My childhood memoir ‘WHEN MALA WAS A KID’ is simply out available on the market. My Marathi novel ‘CHAKWA’ is now on the bookshelves. It’s primarily based on Anorexia nervosa- a tragic, perplexing, psychological situation that impacts the individual. The novel is the primary of its sort in Marathi. I’ve personified Anorexia as Chakwa.
Chakwa is meant to be a mischievous spirit that makes you overlook your path and objective and maintain wandering. Anorexia typically does the identical factor to an individual. The simile ends right here.
I’m engaged on a two-part journey novella for kids within the age-group ten to 14 yrs. It has shades of historical past, thriller, environmental safety, and temple structure. it additionally focuses on the conservation of our wealthy heritage.
|What different genres of writing curiosity you?|
|I wish to strive my hand at image books.|
|A couple of phrases for bookGeeks.|
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