- Feb. 3, 2019
-- Granny Tales: Stories For Generations (Vol I &II) By Anjali Mohapatra. An authentic interview: a journey into the Author's Memory Lane. After doing dual review for her twin anthology Granny's Tales: Stories For Generations (Vol 1) & Granny's Tales: All The World Is A Story (Volume 2) Published last year Available at Kindle Unlimited Amazon, I reached out to her for her candid reaction and feedback soon afterward in a lazy weekend summarized below. Intrigued by her Forewords/Prefaces which picked my interest to peek into a creative mind with a purely Binary background as an eminent Math & Science teacher in her decades-long self made educationist career. Where do the numbers and letters meet in that brain coherence to create such linguistically absorbing tales and stories for such a young audience? It is a misnomer to put her audience into any group or section because it appeals to a broader crowd of both young minds & adults sensibilities. There is an esemplastic relationship in many of her plots and characters interwoven delicately. Each story event has its own twists and turns, some with metaphysical implications. Abstract subjects with spiritual implications tinge some tales-almost allegorical unbelievably simplified with mundane expressions. Universal concepts of Life & Death have been introduced via simple contexts in easy simple and effortless settings-a reading pleasure to peruse. In my direct query to a reflective story titled, "My Amazing Letter to Me" (Vol 1), at first, she parries to parse it (most reclusive maestros do) then recounts it as a dialog between mental stipulations and conscience in a First person milieu. Why write a letter to one's own self unless affected by Narcissism. She dispels this by attributing to natural human evolution of discriminating finer intellect, spiritual underpinnings, and morality. A handful of stories also are like true tales are stranger than fiction, "A Thrilling Moment of My Life! (read all her other short stories-based on real encounters) She enigmatically confesses she has penned stories from One-Liners to enormous ones. I'm taken aback at her experimentation as it defies convention. How radical and diabolical could it be that in a span of five years she has written and blogged no less than fifty stories. I'm intrigued she whispered me to look at two special ones, "Trapped" and "Faith". What amount of discipline, perseverance, and dedication is needed to accomplish that magnificence I wonder? She quizzes me to test if I really get the gist and essence of some outstanding pieces to which I reply to my helplessness as a shallow reader and reviewer. Who other than the creator herself can comprehend and elucidate the full significance I say peevishly. In her genuinely affable politeness, she suggests me to read a couple more latest stories to be in tune with her genre. I humbly submit. We briefly touch on digital publishing, need for promotion and advertisement even for one of a kind unique writings in the age of digital commercial proliferation. Again she is extraordinarily submissive to the fact that English being her acquired medium of writing (Foreign 2nd Language-1st Vernacular is Oriya-native to Subcontinental Indian East Coast-she was born and raised in a family of prima Donna Publishers-Book Sellers, "Cuttack Students Store") It is hilarious to hear her say how she sometimes feels inadequate mastering nuances, as archaic the Queen's imperial English language is in its multiple variations all over the globe even to-date. Even spoken language differs from writing-luckily most Commonwealth countries are able to recognize commonality due to Colonial past however painful memories linger uniting a large span of English speaking global populace. I can sense she feels much better to be contributing in her own way to such a larger audience. Lastly, when asked what is more to be expected from her in this New Year 2019, she briefly pauses politely then observes that, because of her discerning young readers, listeners and their parents, perhaps she will try diligently to meet and exceed their expectations as best as it could be. I bid adieu to her, grateful she granted this interview for me to gain a tad insights into an enigmatic late-blooming writer, a star in her own rights in the realm of global Children Storytelling Literature.