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The Closet Writer Chronicles

The Closet Writer Chronicles

By Sangeetha Menon

Candid conversations with writers, storytellers & creators about what writing and creativity means to them, a peek into their life stories & featured narrations of their work.
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Sumanto Chattopadhyay: Living Creatively
Sumanto Chattopadhyay: Living Creatively
The episode opens with Sumanto's thoughts on storytelling. He shares how he ended up getting three academic degrees and some really fun anecdotes from his days as a university student. Later we talk about his time in advertising and some of the projects he's worked on. He talks about retirement and how he continues to find things he wants to work on. We chat about his passion project, 'The English Nut', his book and his plans of acting on screen! The episode ends with an excerpt from a short story written & narrated by Sumanto. Sumanto Chattopadhyay is a creative consultant and the creator of ‘The English Nut’, a platform that highlights interesting facts about the English language! He is the former chairman & chief creative officer of 82.5 Communications, Ogilvy Group, and he was the executive creative director, of Ogilvy, South Asia. He is also an actor and is currently in the process of writing his first book. He has a Bachelor's in Economics and two Master's degrees - one in applied mathematics and the second being an MBA! You can find him on Instagram @theenglishnut and YouTube @TheEnglishNut Mentions: Rabindranath Tagore, Sound Of Music, Sukumar Ray, Abol Tabol, Satyajit Ray, IIM, Emily Wapnick, Raymond’s, Rahul Bose, White Light, IAPA, The Promise by Damon Galgut, Hamnet by Maggie O Farrel, Hamlet by Shakespeare, magic realism, Piyush Pandey, TEDx, Boman Irani, Chaar Adhyay, Is Raat Hi Subah Nahi Hogi, Sudhir Mishra, Buddha, Juhi Chaturvedi, Soojit Sarkar, Mousetrap, Agatha Christie, Berea College, McGill University, Clemson University Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
01:11:04
December 03, 2022
Saraswathi Menon (SARAS): Creating Your Own Legacy
Saraswathi Menon (SARAS): Creating Your Own Legacy
This week's chronicle is Saraswathi Menon! We talk about how she chose to enter the media industry and talks about misconceptions people have about this space of work. She also shares how family has been influential towards her creative journey. Saras shares her experience on different projects and her current role as a creative producer and an emerging actress. We exchange our views on social media and talk about creative burnout. Later, Saras talks about her relationship with body image. The episode ends with two pieces written and narrated by Saras. Saraswathi Menon is a writer, director, actress, dancer & singer! She has been associated with projects like Padmaavat, Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee, Navarasam, Kallapart, Kadhal Kirukkan and others. She currently works as a creative producer at The Viral Fever and is also associated with Mindscreen Film Institute. You can find her on Instagram @sarasmenon Mentions: Bharathanatyam, Last Leaf by O Henry, Minsaru Kanavu, Rajiv Menon, Dil Se, Kannathil Muthamittal, Mindscreen Film Institute, NIFT, Prakriti Foundation, Padmaavat, The Viral Fever, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Promising Young Woman, Coke Studio, Mame Khan, Rohail Hyatt, Carnatic Music, Hindustani Music, Whale Rider, Rabindranath Tagore, The Lover’s Gift, Sukumar Ray, Satyajit Ray, PCOS, Ayurveda, Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
01:25:36
November 27, 2022
Shivangi Patankar: Being Open To The Flow Of Life
Shivangi Patankar: Being Open To The Flow Of Life
The episode opens with Shivangi talking about what writing & creativity mean to her. Shivangi shares her earliest memories of being creative and how travel and listening to stories from her mother influenced her. She shares her journey from being a student of Zoology to working in retail to content writing! Shivangi talks about her life after having moved to U.S.A. and finding solace in learning Spanish. She also talks about her time at Jericho and her current writing project - a picture book for children! Later, she shares some of her favourite stories and writers. The episode ends with a few pieces written & narrated by Shivangi. Shivangi is a writer, having worked in content writing and animation scripting in the edu-tech space. She is currently working on a picture book for children. Before all this, She has been a Spanish instructor, worked in retail and has been a student of Zoology! Mentions: Wildlife Institute of India, Himalayas, Category Management, Six Sigma, Kaizen, Who Moved My Cheese, University Of California, Language Learning, Times Of India, Vedantu, UCSD, ISB, Data Analytics, Jericho Writing UK, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Zoya Akhtar, Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Heidi, Malgudi Days, Dale Carnegie, Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, A Search Into Secret India by Paul Brunton, Katha Sarita Sagara by Somdev, Panchatantra, Granta Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Email - themoodymarshmallow@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
55:41
November 19, 2022
Krishna Trilok: Part 2 - Writing Your Own Story
Krishna Trilok: Part 2 - Writing Your Own Story
In part 2, we continue the conversation on Krishna's career path. He talks about why he decided to go to university in the middle of a thriving career to study and about his unabashed love for fashion! The episode ends with a piece written & narrated by Krishna. Krishna Trilok is a professional writer. He has authored the Indian fantasy novel Sharikrida and the official biography of two-time Oscar winning composer A.R.Rahman. Krishna has also worked as a financial journalist and copywriter. He recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a MFA in Creative Writing. You can find him on Instagram @krishnatrilok Mentions: A.R.Rahman, Keigo Higashino, Khalid Hosseini, The Lion King, Harry Potter, Little Women, Sharikrida, Lord Of The Rings, Notes Of A Dream, 99 Songs, Bhagavad Gita, Asian College of Journalism, Steve Jobs, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Jackson, James Cameron, Penguin Random House, Savanna College Of Art And Design, Vogue, Elle, The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
50:08
November 13, 2022
Krishna Trilok: Part 1 - Writing Your Own Story
Krishna Trilok: Part 1 - Writing Your Own Story
The episode opens with Krishna talking about what writing & storytelling means to him. He shares how he started writing and his relationship with reading. Krishna shares about his two books Sharikrida and Notes of A Dream and we chat about a TED Talk he had done. We also talk about his career trajectory and going with the flow. Krishna Trilok is a professional writer. He has authored the Indian fantasy novel Sharikrida and the official biography of two-time Oscar winning composer A.R.Rahman. Krishna has also worked as a financial journalist and copywriter. He recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a MFA in Creative Writing. You can find him on Instagram @krishnatrilok Mentions: A.R.Rahman, Keigo Higashino, Khalid Hosseini, The Lion King, Harry Potter, Little Women, Sharikrida, Lord Of The Rings, Notes Of A Dream, 99 Songs, Bhagavad Gita, Asian College of Journalism, Steve Jobs, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Jackson, James Cameron, Penguin Random House, Savanna College Of Art And Design, Vogue, Elle, The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
53:19
November 13, 2022
Vishal Vasanth: The Culture & Politics Of Education
Vishal Vasanth: The Culture & Politics Of Education
The episode opens with Vishal talking about what writing means to him. We talk about how he went from engineering to a career in education, from having a start-up to being a political consultant for the DMK to now setting up Model Schools in Tamil Nadu. He also shares his experience of studying at Harvard and his take on education systems. Vishal talks about a book he's written on how education and culture influence each other along with sharing other projects he's looking to work on - a book on biryani & caste and an essay on moustaches! The episode ends with Vishal reading an excerpt from his book. Vishal currently works with the Madhi Foundation as a Senior Manager, helping the Government of Tamil Nadu implement Model Schools in each District. He is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Masters in International Education Policy and has previously worked as a political consultant for the DMK, helping strategise and design their campaigns for the 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections. Vishal has just finished his first book "The Smart & The Dumb: Stories on the Politics and Purposes of Education in India" which is a collection of narrative non-fiction stories that portray how education affects culture and vice versa. You can find him on Instagram @vishalvasanth Mentions: Perumal Murugan, Jaymohan, Video Mariamman and Other Stories, Samanth Subramanian, Following Fish, Kavitha Rao, Journo Hardy, Onam In A Nightie by Anjana Menon, Shadow City by Taran Khan, Sangam literature, Harvard, Sahitya Akademi, Ramachandra Guha, Janaki Nair Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
01:06:42
October 22, 2022
Yashika Doshi: Seeking Home
Yashika Doshi: Seeking Home
The episode opens with Yashika talking about what writing means to her. She talks about how she started writing and creating her Instagram page. We chat about social media and the different media available for content creation. Yashika talks about how she decided to become an economist and shares some of her favourite writers. We later have a heart to heart on what goes one behind the scenes for us as writers. The episode ends with poetry written and narrated by Yashika. Yashika Doshi is a writer and economist. She recently finished her Msc. Economics degree from the University of Nottingham and works as an associate with Artha Global. She is also a freelance writer with The Remnant Archive and runs a podcast called ‘Confessions from a Poet’s Heart’. You can find her on Instagram @in_the_name_of_writing Mentions: Spoken word, Regional language writing, Remanant Archive, Meraki, Canva, Megha Rao, Joel, Emily Henry, Khalid Hosseini, Chitra Banerjee, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, Sydney Sheldon, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Sudha Murthy, Freakanomics, Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh by Shrayana Bhatacharya, Rupi Kaur, Atticus, Shakespeare, Byron Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
01:11:33
October 08, 2022
Manick Vennimalai (Dr. Maniak): Finding Your Groove
Manick Vennimalai (Dr. Maniak): Finding Your Groove
The episode opens with Manick talking about what music means to him. He talks about his professional journey as an engineer and how he's managed to find a space he wants to explore. We chat about how he started DJing and the origin story of 'Dr. Maniak.' Manick gets into the nitty gritties of being a DJ, what really goes into it and how he's carving a space for himself in this field. He goes on to talk about his future plans. The episode ends with a sample beat created by Manick. Manick Vennimalai is an engineer by education and profession. Graduating with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering Guindy, Chennai, he (like many others) found his path migrating towards the IT field. After a few years of working in the Healthcare IT industry as a software developer, he decided to take the plunge and self-educate himself in the field of Machine Learning (vis-a-vis Artificial Intelligence) subsequently landing a job as a Machine Learning Engineer and working under IIT-Madras professors for 2 years. Manick is now in the process of acquiring two Masters degrees, one based in the US (Georgia Tech) being done remotely, and one based in the UK - (Southampton Uni) that is set to start in September 2022. Manick moonlights as Dr. Maniak, a DJ that aims to serve snappy, uplifting and non-conventional electronic music. You can find him on Instagram @drmaniak Mentions: The Artificial Intelligence Podcast, The Morning Brew, Build For Tomorrow, The Pessimist’s Archive, Vsauce, Mark Rober, DIY Perks, Action Lab, Stuff Made Here, Jazz, R&B, Benny Dayal, Echoes Of Earth, Fur Coat, Solomun, Nina Kraviz, Covelong Festival, Java, Python, Udemy, Coursera, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Atomic Habits by James Clear Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot2
01:11:20
October 01, 2022
Rohini Kejriwal: Creating Sparks Of Joy
Rohini Kejriwal: Creating Sparks Of Joy
The episode opens with Rohini talking about what creativity means to her. We talk about her journey with The Alipore Post and the community she has built around it. Rohini talks about some of her projects and collaborations - Hoovu Finds, Dear Jasmine, Chitti Exchange and more! She shares how she deals with creative burnout. Later she talks about her experience with being diagnosed and living with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The episode ends with a poem written & narrated by Rohini. Rohini Kejriwal is an independent writer, poet and artist based out of Bangalore, India. She enjoys flowers, coffee, doodling and hanging out at park. She is the founder of The Alipore Post, a weekly newsletter on art, poetry and creativity. You can find her work in publications like Hyperallergic, Scroll, FirstPost, The Quint, Red Bull India and others. You can follow her on Instagram @woohoochild and @thealiporepost Mentions: Spike Milligan, Oddity and Light, Sarojni Naidu, H.W. Longfellow, Tenneson, Tumblr, Inktober, NaPoWriMo, Notion, Hoovu Finds, Arena, Feegly, Dear Jasmine, Chitti Exchange, Hoovu, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mubi, Niyogi Books, Notion, Buffer Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
01:20:37
September 24, 2022
Curtain Raiser: Musings Of A Moody Marshmallow (Vol.2)
Curtain Raiser: Musings Of A Moody Marshmallow (Vol.2)
BONUS EPISODE: Tune in to hear me answer some questions about the podcast, my journey as a podcaster and Season 2! Nominated for Hubhopper Podcast Awards 2022 for 'Best Interview Podcast'!   VOTE NOW: https://community.hubhopper.com/best-interview Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh E-mail - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By htps://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
38:14
September 08, 2022
Hemangini Mandaliya: The Hedonist Writer
Hemangini Mandaliya: The Hedonist Writer
The episode opens with Hemangini talking about what writing means to her. We chat about her book and podcast, how she deals with creative burnout and her vision as a creator. Hemangini also shares how she came up with the name 'The Hedonist Writer' and the philosophy behind it. We also talk about other challenges she has faced on her journey of being a creator. Hemangini Mandaliya is a jewellery designer, author, Illustrator & podcaster! She’s a gold medalist from NIFT Kangra, has written a poetry book called ‘We Remember’ and runs a podcast called ‘A Poetry Tribute’. You can find her on Instagram @thehedonistwriter Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
38:57
May 14, 2022
Shubh Tripathi (Bawal): The New Gully Boy On The Block
Shubh Tripathi (Bawal): The New Gully Boy On The Block
Note: This episode is in Hinglish. This week I chat with Shubh Tripathi a.k.a. Bawal! The episode opens with what creativity means to Shubh. We chat about how Bawal was born and his journey into rap. We also talk about the growing rap scene in India. Fun Fact: Spitfire introduced Shubh to the world of rap! Shubh later shares his connection and deep love for nature as he talks about his time working at the Indore Aviary. The episode closes with a poem written and narrated by Shubh. Shubh Tripathi is a rapper who goes by the stage name Bawal. He is also a writer and actor and has worked with the Indore Zoo particularly the aviary and the Animal Rehabilitation & Protection Front. Shubh has composed a number of songs and has been featured by Brown Girl magazine and Rolling Stone India. You can find him on Instagram @shutupshubh Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
39:23
May 07, 2022
Dhwani Sabesh: A Family Recipe To Creativity
Dhwani Sabesh: A Family Recipe To Creativity
The episode opens with Dhwani talking about what storytelling means to her. She talks about how family has played a big role in her creative endeavours and how music, dance and theatre have helped shape her. Dhwani also shares some of her favourite books! We talk about her book, Paati's Rasam and the process of writing and publishing it. She shares what is was like to work with her mother (Janaki Sabesh) and her plans of writing more in the future. Dhwani also talks about her experience with vitiligo. The episode ends with a personal food essay written & narrated by Dhwani. Dhwani is a Cloud Kitchen brand creator for a leading food delivery platform in India. A Young India Fellow from Ashoka University, she also studied Media & Culture at SOAS, University of London. In 2021, she turned children's author with 'Paati's Rasam', co-authored with Janaki Sabesh, published by Karadi tales.   She grew up watching her grandmother cook, and is passionate about her cooking, and all things food! She documents her culinary experiments on Instagram from time to time, on her handle @dhwanisabesh Mentions: Masterchef, Sanjeev Kapur, Rakesh Sethi, Tarla Dalal, Masala Lab by Krish Ashok, Nigella Lawson, Young India Fellowship, The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Enid Blyton, Groggy Eyes, Karadi Tales, Tulika Books, The Blue Jackal, Winnie Harlow, Gina Davis, See Jane, Five Morsels of Love, The Tim Ferriss Show, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie, Em and The Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot1
01:12:06
March 27, 2022
Suchin Mehrotra: Becoming The Hero Of Your Own Film
Suchin Mehrotra: Becoming The Hero Of Your Own Film
The episode opens with Suchin talking about what writing & storytelling means to him. He talks about how he decided to leave his banking job to become a film journalist and how he landed at Film Companion. We discuss book to screen adaptations, film remakes and South Indian cinema (specifically Malayalam movies). Suchin also shares some of his life learnings and his views on the future of movies & OTT in India. The episode closes with an article written by Suchin for Firstpost on the 10th anniversary of the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Suchin Mehrotra is a film journalist who reviews the latest streaming releases on YouTube for Film Companion. He also writes and reviews for the Hindustan Times and  Firstpost, among other publications. He’s also worked as a Programme Coordinator at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and as an investment banker before all of that! An unabashed mainstream cinema lover, he sincerely believes that movies and storytelling can change the world. You can find him on Instagram & Twitter @suchin545 Mentions: Haider, Little Women, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, October, Vir Das, Rahul Desai, Baradhawaj Rangan, Anupama Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Mumbai Film Festival Young Critics Lab, Fahad Faasil, Ashiq Abu, Pushpa, Dulquer Salman, Nayattu, Netflix, Drishyam, Minnal Murali, Tovino Thomas, Naaradan, Bhramam, Prithviraj, Andha Dhun, No Entry, Squid Game, Rohit Shetty, Zoya Akhtar, Anubhav Sinha, Vijay Sethupati, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Vijay Devarkonda, Raj & DK, RRR, Sir, Axone, Neeraj Madhav, Koffee With Karan, Rocket Boys Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
01:16:27
March 19, 2022
Roshni Raju Palepu: When Medicine Met Creative Thinking
Roshni Raju Palepu: When Medicine Met Creative Thinking
This week's chronicle is Roshni Raju Palepu. The episode opens with Roshni talking about what writing means to her. She talks about how she wanted to be a YouTube creator and ended up founding Med-Bites! Roshni talks about her creative influences and how music and dance have helped her with her business. She also shares her experience about becoming a mother during the pandemic and how she's been balancing work and home. The episode closes with a poem on motherhood written & narrated by Roshni. Roshni Raju, the founder of MED-bites Pvt. Ltd., has a Bachelors in Human Health Sciences from Manipal University & American University of Antigua, and a Masters in Sonology from Crescent University. As a performing dancer and an artist, Roshni found her passion in simplifying medical content and presenting it in a creative medium. With a certification in Neuroscience in Marketing from IIM Ahmedabad, Roshni started MED-bites as a content production company focused on the medical and healthcare market. You can find Med-Bites on Instagram @medbites_official Mentions: Dr Seuss, Osmosis Jones, Disney, The Magic School Bus, Bill Nye The Science Guy, M.A.D by Rob, Pogo, Minute Physics, ASAP Science, Sunny Bee, Surya Giri, Earth Sense Farms, YPO, Puffalope, Kuchipudi Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
40:57
March 04, 2022
Saoirse: Lost In Translation
Saoirse: Lost In Translation
This week's chronicle is Saoirse. The episode opens with Saoirse sharing their thoughts on creativity. We talk about their journey with writing and how they decided and managed to make writing & editing their profession. They share their studies on colonisation and the English language and we also talk about how effective translation is in publishing. We talk about social media poetry, writer's block and things writers should keep in mind while building their craft. Saoirse also talks about their journey on identifying as non-binary. The episode ends with two poems written & narrated by Saoirse along with an excerpt from a piece they have edited. Saoirse's name and passion are the same: freedom. As an exophonic writer, their academic interests revolve around linguistic power dynamics, especially in connection to the land. They are also a freelance editor and are currently associated with Oyster River Pages and The Winnow Magazine. You can find the on Twitter and Instagram @saoirseedits Mentions: Doctor Who, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Gulzar, Archie’s, Booker Prize, Chetan Bhagat, Fatima Asgar, Khushwant Singh, Emily Wilson, Homer, Odyssey, Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky, Judith Butler, Ismat Chughtai, Devdutt Pattnaik Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
01:15:41
February 26, 2022
Akshat Rajan: Part 2 - Stories Connect Everyone & Everything
Akshat Rajan: Part 2 - Stories Connect Everyone & Everything
This week's chronicle is Akshat Rajan. We have a heart to heart conversation about identity and the importance of understanding yourself. Akshat also shares some really cool resources that he derives inspiration from. Later we chat about social media and Akshat's relationship with it. He then shares about future projects he's working on. The episode ends with Akshat sharing quotes from speeches by speakers he has coached. Akshat Rajan is a Storytelling Coach & Creative Consultant who has been involved in event curation & community development for about a decade. He has coached CEO’s, creatives & professors for speeches given at TED, TEDx, United Nations, Forbes, YPO, Toastmasters and many more organisations! He is currently working with his family group of construction & infrastructure companies – Gammon India. He is also an Investor, Writer and Influencer! You can find him on Instagram @akshatrajan Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
54:29
February 19, 2022
Akshat Rajan: Part 1 - Coaching People Into Storytellers
Akshat Rajan: Part 1 - Coaching People Into Storytellers
This week's chronicle is Akshat Rajan. The episode opens with Akshat talking about what storytelling means to him. We chat about how he became a storytelling coach, his association with TED and what his future as a coach looks like. Akshat also shares his process for coaching speakers. Later we discuss qualities that make a good storyteller.  You can listen to the rest of this conversation on Part 2 which is out now! Akshat Rajan is a Storytelling Coach & Creative Consultant who has been involved in event curation & community development for about a decade. He has coached CEO’s, creatives & professors for speeches given at TED, TEDx, United Nations, Forbes, YPO, Toastmasters and many more organisations! He is currently working with his family group of construction & infrastructure companies – Gammon India. He is also an Investor, Writer and Influencer! You can find him on Instagram @akshatrajan Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
35:53
February 19, 2022
Lakshya Datta: The Story Behind The Voice Of Romance
Lakshya Datta: The Story Behind The Voice Of Romance
This week's chronicle is Lakshya Datta. The episode opens with Lakshya talking about what storytelling means to him. We chat about how he started writing and what led him to found Launchora. He shares his journey as a podcaster and also talks about things creators should keep in mind while making content. Lakshya shares some of his inspirations, what he loves about love stories and talks about a novel he's been writing and what he plans to do with it. We finish with a fun rapid fire round and the episode ends with an excerpt from an audio show written & produced by Lakshya. Lakshya Datta is the Founder & CEO of Launchora, a storytelling community & narrative podcast company. Launchora is home to over 240K storytellers and over 14 million readers! Before that, he used to work with M&A Advisory firms and was a Lecturer of Finance! Today, Lakshya is best know for his Hindi language fiction podcasts around romance and has been featured on top podcasts lists by Jio Saavn and GQ! You can find him on Instagram @lakshya.d Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music for The Closet Writer Chronicles: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot Note: Part 1 of One More Night with Meera has been written and produced by Lakshya Datta who has allowed it to be a part of this episode of The Closet Writer Chronicles.
01:13:51
February 12, 2022
Michelle D'Costa: From Corporate To Creative & Everything In Between
Michelle D'Costa: From Corporate To Creative & Everything In Between
The episode opens with Michelle talking about writing and creativity. She shares how she got into reading and how that inspired her to start writing. We chat about how she decided to take the plunge from a corporate career to a creative one and discuss her journey with identity. Michelle shares some of her favourite books and authors and also talks about points that writers should keep in mind while building their craft. We also talk about rejection and the allure to portray a perfect life on social media. The episode closes with an excerpt from a short story written & narrated by Michelle. Michelle D'costa is a writer and editor from Mumbai. She was born and raised in Bahrain. Gulf (Yavanika Press, 2021) is her debut poetry chapbook. She is currently the Managing Editor at Bound and co-hosts the author interview podcast Books and Beyond With Bound.  Her fiction and poetry can be found in several journals like Litro UK, Berfrois, Out Of Print, The Bombay Literary Magazine and many more. Her poetry was longlisted for the TOTO Award For Creative Writing (2021). She loves teaching and mentoring writers. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @michellewdcosta Mentions: The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante, Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, Anjum Hasan, Jahnavi Barua, Janice Pariat, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Kazuo Ishiguro Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
59:09
February 05, 2022
Samyuktha Vibhu: Finding The Intersection Of Finance & Creativity
Samyuktha Vibhu: Finding The Intersection Of Finance & Creativity
The episode opens with Samyuktha talking about what writing and storytelling mean to her. Samyuktha talks about journaling and how that encouraged her to start writing. We exchange about books, films and different resources regarding creativity. Samyuktha talks about how she got into finance and her time at the YIF program. We chat about financial literacy and various misconceptions around it. Samyuktha shares some resources that anyone starting out can refer to understand financial jargon and concepts better. The episode closes with a story written and narrated by Samyuktha. Samyuktha is a Financial Planner and Advisor at iThough Advisory and she’s previously been associated with Goldman Sachs. She is also an avid reader and writer who occasionally blogs and has written articles for independent publications. She is currently pursuing the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University. Mentions: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, Bullet Journaling, The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott, The Prestige, The Illusionist, The Wandering by Intan Paramaditha, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, A Series Of Unfortunate Events By Lemony Snickets, Goldman Sachs, Financial Literacy, Let’s Talk Money by Monika Halan, The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel, Money Stuff by Matt Levine, Substack Go, Young India Fellowship, Askoka University Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
59:32
January 29, 2022
Rahul Roy: Storytelling For Change
Rahul Roy: Storytelling For Change
This week's chronicle is Rahul Roy. The episode opens with Rahul talking about what creativity means to him and the work he does at Humans of Kerala and Yellow Club. We talk about the history of both these organisations and Rahul's vision for them. He shares how filmmaking has helped him select stories and shares his belief that stories can be leveraged to understand society and to make social change. We also talk about the importance of representation in media and why he insists on talking about issues through a cultural lens. We also chat about our cultural identity of being 'Malayali' and how that fits into storytelling. Rahul goes on to talk about his passion for filmmaking and also shares his favourite movies and directors. The episode closes with a poem from Yellow Club's magazine Agnosthesia. Rahul is the founder of Humans Of Kerala and Yellow Club. He is a passionate story teller and a social entrepreneur who likes to create organization structures that can enable real change in society. His interests are predominantly in films and photography. Rahul has made 15 short films during his time as a student at St Stephens, Delhi with one of those films winning a national award for social impact. You can find him on Instagram @rahul_roe Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
59:04
January 22, 2022
Interlude Party: Musings Of A Moody Marshmallow
Interlude Party: Musings Of A Moody Marshmallow
It's our mid-season finale and I'm being interviewed this week! I chat with Megha Vasudevan who also happens to one of our most streamed guest episodes on the podcast. I talk about how The Closet Writer Chronicles came to be and how I approach guests for the show. I also share the conversation that's inspired me the most till now! Later, Megha and I chat about my journey with writing and what it does for me. We talk about the relevance of social media and if fame is really a necessity for a creative career? We also come up with an idea for a possible future start-up. Tune into to listen to the full episode! New episodes will be out in January 2022! Hey! I'm Sangeetha a.k.a. The Moody Marshmallow (TMM). I started out in corporate with work experience in shipping & logistics, consulting, NGO's and legal work. I was looking to study law when the pandemic hit and I stumbled my way into writing. TMM is a blog I started in 2017 and that's remained my pen name since. My work has been published by Platform For Artists, Scholastic-QuillClub Writers & The Alipore Post. I've worked with Bound on their podcast 'The Book People' which trended at #2 on Apple Podcasts in India & the UK as well as contributed to a research report on the Indian Publishing Industry. I'm currently associated with Yellow Club and Carve Magazine and I take up freelance work. I'm also working on some personal projects - a book, a movie script (which I got to pitch to Guneet Monga :') and this podcast that's being created as a part of Anchor X IFP Podcast Lab! Get in touch if you'd like to collaborate or just chat about any mutual interests :) You can find me on Instagram @marshmallow.musings Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
49:20
December 22, 2021
Ashna Lulla: A Marriage Between Architecture & Writing
Ashna Lulla: A Marriage Between Architecture & Writing
This week's chronicle is Ashna Lulla. The episode opens with Ashna talking about how she got into reading and how words have influenced her creativity. We chat about her journey from architecture to writing and how she's slowly but surely finding her calling. She talks about how she felt a bit lost and unsure and how she managed to find her way with her upcoming debut book - with love, Madras! We talk about the journey of her book and what she hopes to achieve through it. Ashna also talks about architects and design organisations she loves whilst also sharing some writers & books she's enjoyed reading. She also talks about how therapy helped her learn more about herself and talks about gratitude for her life partner whose supported her journey with her book. The episode closes with an excerpt from with love, Madras written & narrated by Ashna. Ashna Lulla is an architect and interior designer who grew up in Chennai. She has an eye for detail, and her aesthetics are driven by traditional yet modern designs. She has worked at reputed practices across India while being an aspiring writer, and she is now foraying into architectural journalism. She is currently preparing to come out with her debut book -With Love, Madras. You can find more about her book on Instagram @withlovemadras Mentions: Design Matters by Debbie Milman, Anne Of Green Gables, 74 short essays on design by Michael Beirut, Pentagram, Park Hyatt Chennai, The Flying Elephant, Avroco, Carnegie Mellon, Antwerp Port House, Zaha Hadid, Elle Decor, Conde Nast Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
54:32
December 11, 2021
Saahil Bhargava: Storytelling Through Animation & Music
Saahil Bhargava: Storytelling Through Animation & Music
This week's chronicle is Saahil Bhargava. The episode opens with Saahil talking about what writing and creativity means to him. We then chat about how Saahil got into writing and his journey in animation. We exchange about anime/ animated content we've both enjoyed watching and talk about common misconceptions people have about anime. Saahil goes on to talk about music and songwriting and talks about how his debut EP Ronin came about. He also shares some future projects he's working on and what he hopes to accomplish in his career. The episode closes with Saahil talking about his song Mama from his EP Ronin. Saahil Bhargava is a singer, songwriter, writer and animation producer. Born in NY and currently based in LA, he has been releasing music and working on animated films/shows for the last few years. Most notably, his debut EP titled Ronin was released in August 2021, while his single “Kohima” was nominated for several film festivals including the LA Shorts International Film Fest. He is also the creative producer on the upcoming Young Captain Nemo franchise, with more animated and live action projects to be announced in 2021. You can find him on Instagram @saahilbhargava Mentions: Lion King, Akira, Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul, Fruits Basket, Miyazaki, Into The Spiderverse, Tokyo Godfathers, Makato Shinkai, Your Name, Demon Slayer, League Of Legends, Arcane, Marvel, Avatar The last Airbender, Steins Gate, Fruits Basket, Tantei Gakuen Q, Cardcaptors, Yu Yu Hakusho, Animax, Fullmetal Alchemist, Death Note, Jujutsu Kaisen, Teen Titans, Iron Man, Spider Man, Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Deadpool, Horizon Zero Dawn, Attack On Titan, Shinki, Linkin Park, School of Rock, Umbra, Karnivool, Cinematic Rock, Ronin, Plug In Baby by Muse, Rush, Orpheus, Young Captain Nemo Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
52:24
December 04, 2021
Indira Reddy: An Insight To Reading, Creativity & Education
Indira Reddy: An Insight To Reading, Creativity & Education
This week's chronicle is Indira Reddy. The episode opens with Indira talking about what words and writing means to her. We chat about how she got into reading and started her bookstagram page! Indira talks about her work with setting up a school that focuses on holistic education and changes she hopes to see in existing education systems. We also exchange some books and authors we've loved and chat about book to screen adaptations. The episode closes with a blog piece that's been written and narrated by Indira. With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, Indira has always been passionate about learning and teaching. She is also committed towards helping and raising awareness for the differently abled community. She is a co-founder at Kai Rassi, a non-profit that focuses on empowering differently abled individuals through art as a vocation and also the co-founder of The Riverbend School, an upcoming project which aims at reshaping education as we know it by focusing on holistic development. Riverbend has been featured by the World Economic Forum, Business Insider, Now This & more! Indira is also an educator and trainer at TREE Learning. You can follow her on Instagram @indi_reads Mentions: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Tintin by Herge, Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan, Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus, Sapiens Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
46:41
November 26, 2021
Shiva Chandrika (Rave): So, What Is The Rave About?
Shiva Chandrika (Rave): So, What Is The Rave About?
This week's chronicle is Shiva Chandrika a.k.a. Rave. The episode opens with Rave talking about what writing means to her. We then chat about her journey in writing and how she found her calling in creativity. Rave also shares the mystery behind her name and we exchange about some of our favourite films. She talks about how she got into script writing and what kind of films she wants to make. Rave also talks about a graphic novel she's ghostwritten, that had Shah Rukh Khan as the face of it! We also talk about online plagiarism and Rave's experience with the same. The episode closes with two pieces of poetry written and narrated by her. Shiva Chandrika / Rave is a Visual Communications graduate who went on to study for the Civil Services and now works as a Content Writer and Script Writer! She’s worked on films like Vadacurry and Bigil. She’s also written a graphic novel that’s slated to release soon and she runs a poetry page on Instagram! You can find her on Instagram @whatistheraveabout Mentions: Shah Rukh Khan, Atharva by Ramesh Thamilmani, Citizen Kane, 12 Angry Men, Home, The Devil Wears Prada, Django, Mani Ratnam, Bigil, Vadacurry Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
52:35
November 18, 2021
Rajarajeshwari Mahitha: Stories & Sprinklings Of Magic
Rajarajeshwari Mahitha: Stories & Sprinklings Of Magic
This week's chronicle is Mahitha. We chat about her journey from theatre to the screen and how she got to telling stories about Indian Mythology! Fun Fact: She's appeared in Sacred Games and Masaba Masaba on Netflix! Mahitha talks about taking chances and how she's managed find purpose in her life. She talks about how she decides to tell stories from mythology and takes us through excerpts from some of her retellings of mythological stories. We chat about what makes a good storyteller, some of her favourite tellers and her journey on becoming one!  Rajarajeshwari Mahitha is a trained theatre professional from Drama School Mumbai and the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. She is an actor, writer, storyteller, and diehard romantic, obsessed with Indian mythology! Inspired by the books she read, and stories from ancient Indian texts she heard while growing up, she retells these for an audience young adult and older, presenting the ageless in fresh, contemporary ways. She has been featured by creative communities like Kommune India and Tape A Tale. As an actor, Mahitha has appeared in Netflix series like Masaba Masaba and Sacred Games. Her first love though is the stage, and she's been part of several productions with The Madras Players, CreaShakthi, and other theatre groups in Chennai.  You can find her on: Instagram - @storiesandmagic YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC85wrZFRQNNC-jMori1HMPw/featured Mentions: Devdutt Pattanaik, Janaki Sabesh, Geeta Ramanujam, Seema Anand, Raman Iyer, Sacred Games, Masaba Masaba, Netflix, BBC, Amar Chitra Katha, Spoken Fest, Kommune, Tape A Tale Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
51:48
November 05, 2021
Dia Rekhi: Part 2 - What Drives You Kuku About Bollywood?
Dia Rekhi: Part 2 - What Drives You Kuku About Bollywood?
This week's chronicle is Dia Rekhi. The episode opens with a poem by Dia on the tropes and culture of Bollywood. We chat about our favourite films and how we miss movies from the 90's even if they didn't age very well. We also chat about the ongoing craze for Hindi serials and where television could really improve. Dia and I also chat about how OTT platforms and shows have really changed the landscape for viewers and chat about maybe writing our own shows some day. Dia plans to write a crime thriller book and a web show! Dia also talks about what she's looking forward to and shares a lesson she's learned, which changed her view on life and opportunities. P.S. - We have some great recommendations for movies and web shows on this episode! Tune into Part 1 of this conversation to listen to Dia's journey on being a journalist. Dia Rekhi is a journalist and she currently works with a leading business daily and covers busines, tech & political developments in Tamil Nadu. She has also been dabbling in formats like news-based podcasts and even started a small lockdown experiment called ‘What Drives You Kuku’. You can find her on Instagram @whatdrivesyoukuku and Twitter @diarekhiET Mentions: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Dharma, Fawad Khan, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Befikre, Anupama Chopra, I Hate Luv Storys, Zindagi Gulzar Hai, Humsafar, Dil Mil Gayye, Miley Jab Hum Tum, House Of Secrets: The Burari Deaths, Little Things, Dhruv Sehgal, Mithila Palkar, Dil Chahta Hai, Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Naagin Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
37:04
October 29, 2021
Dia Rekhi: Part 1 - What Drives You Kuku About Journalism?
Dia Rekhi: Part 1 - What Drives You Kuku About Journalism?
Trigger Warning: This episode contains disturbing content and has mentions of death, assault, abuse, black magic and crime. This week's chronicle is Dia Rekhi. The episode opens with Dia talking about what writing means to her and her love affair with words. We then chat about how she became a journalist and what her journey's been like thus far. Dia shares anecdotes of covering news during the pandemic and also having to cover the Tamil Nadu elections in early 2021 - where she got to interview Kamal Hassan and Kanimozhi Karunanidhi. She also talks about her experience of having been a crime journalist while sharing her experiences of having covered some really disturbing stories - she covered a story about bodies being smuggled from a cemetery! We also chat about how covering news affects her Mental Health and what she does to cope. We end the episode by talking about her initiative Quiz For A Cause where she conducts Bollywood quizzes and raises funds for people affected by the pandemic. Tune in to Part 2 to hear the rest of the conversation! Dia Rekhi is a journalist and she currently works with a leading business daily where she covers business, tech & political developments in Tamil Nadu. She has also been dabbling in formats like news-based podcasts and even started a small lockdown experiment called ‘What Drives You Kuku’. You can find Dia on Instagram @whatdrivesyoukuku and Twitter @diarekhiET Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
48:08
October 29, 2021
Ashwin Chhabria: A Riff On Reading, Writing & The Things That Matter
Ashwin Chhabria: A Riff On Reading, Writing & The Things That Matter
This week's chronicle is Ashwin Chhabria. The episode opens with him talking about what writing means to him and how it's helped him with being more disciplined. Ashwin talks about his journey with reading and writing - how he started, challenges he's faced, writer's block v/s burnout and more! We also chat about Ashwin's tryst with podcasting and share our opinions on being vulnerable on the internet. He talks about challenges he faced in his personal life and how the abundance mindset was a game changer for him. Ashwin also drops some amazing book recommendations, which are definitely worth adding to your TBR list! The episode closes with a blog piece, written and narrated by Ashwin. Ashwin Chhabria currently works at Microsoft Canada. He’s previously worked with organizations like Goldman Sachs, Deloitte and McKinsey & Company, and has also been an entrepreneur! He’s also a blogger and podcaster – having produced & hosted podcasts like ‘News On The Go’ and ‘In Conversation With Ashwin’. Fun Fact: One of his podcasts has 15,000+ downloads!  You can find him here: Website - http://www.ashwinchhabria.com/about-me/ Instagram - @ashwin.chhabria Mentions: Deep Work by Cal Newport, Seth Godin, Theodore Roosevelt, Steven Pressfield, Seth Rogen, Illusions by Richard Bach, Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett, Anxious People by Fredrik Backman Subscribe to my newsletter - https://moodymail.substack.com/welcome Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh E-Mail - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
01:03:32
October 23, 2021
Samay Soni: Master Of Dungeons, Dragons & Engineering
Samay Soni: Master Of Dungeons, Dragons & Engineering
This week's chronicle is Samay Soni. He opens with a snippet of how a game of Dungeons & Dragons begins followed by what the game means to him. We then chat about what D&D really is and what the community around this game is like. Samay and I also exchange about our experiences around anxiety and how he has managed to incorporate Mental Health in his D&D games! We also chat about Samay's journey with engineering and the curious case of the Indian Engineer who seems to do everything else but engineering. Additionally, we talk about poetry as a craft and the ever growing community of Instagram poets! The episode ends with a message from Samay and an open invite for D&D for those who wish to explore the game and the community. Samay has a background in Mechanical Engineering and has gone on to work with companies like Tech Mahindra, KPMG & PwC. He is currently pursuing his MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. Samay is also an ardent fan of poetry, psychology & the fantasy table-top game - Dungeons & Dragons! You can find him on Instagram @sonisamay  Mentions: Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, Ekta Kapoor, Stranger Things, The Big Bang Theory Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh E-Mail - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat provided by https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
46:44
October 16, 2021
Sudeeksha Somani: Let's Talk Mental Health
Sudeeksha Somani: Let's Talk Mental Health
This week's chronicle is Sudeeksha Somani. Sudeeksha opens with how writing and creativity can be powerful tools to convey messages for social good. We talk about stories that have moved her and delve into the journey of her creation - Body Talk - a platform that breaks stigmas on mental health and redefines body image through conversations, shared experiences and creativity! Sudeeksha shares an anecdote around Mental Health that irked her and the lack of awareness that lead her to found Body Talk. She also talks about how she managed to get contributors from over 15 countries for the first issue of the zine! The episode ends with Sudeeksha narrating two excerpts from the first issue of Body Talk. Sudeeksha Somani is a graphic designer who uses conceptual design as the base of her projects. She’s a curious human who enjoys  experimenting and learning new techniques for creative expression and communication. She graduated from Central Saint Martins, UAL in 2020, and launched a magazine under Body Talk which is a global collaboration with creatives to shed light on how mental health and body image is something experienced by most people and should be seen that way. You can get your copy on Amazon or here: https://bodytalkpublication.com/products/body-talk-zine-issue-1?variant=40339114393760  Follow her on Instagram @lets.bodytalk Mentions: Rihanna, Deepika Padukone, Live Love Laugh Foundation, Central Saint Martins, Body Talk Magazine Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh E-Mail - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
42:52
October 09, 2021
Megha Vasudevan: Rainbow Raven
Megha Vasudevan: Rainbow Raven
This week's chronicle is Megha Vasudevan. She opens with how she relates writing to a raven's desk from the Mad Hatter's riddle in 'Alice in Wonderland'. Megha and Sangeetha (the host) talk about stories that the former loves, their shared nostalgia for Tinkle comics, growth as a writer and Megha's upcoming brand focusing on storytelling and merchandising. They also talk about creative burnout, especially when you do what you love as a profession. Megha goes on to share her journey as identifying as pansexual and coming out during pride month in 2020. The episode ends with poetry written and narrated by Megha. Originally from India, Megha is a creative consultant with a background in Electronic Media and Design. She’s previously worked as a copywriter and a social media manager. Today, she’s pursuing a Masters in Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney and she’s working on building her own brand! Follow her on Instagram @acloudcollective Mentions: Dracula by Bram Stoker, Stephen King, Keshvi Lovecraft, Zombieland (film series), Archie comics, Tinkle comics, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Goosebumps by R.L. Stine Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh E-Mail - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
43:44
September 27, 2021
Trailer
Trailer
Who is a ‘Closet Writer’? Anyone who scribbles in chits & notebooks, binges spoken word videos and thinks of performing or quietly blogs in a corner of the internet hoping to write a book someday… Every writer starts out as a ‘Closet Writer’. ‘When’ it is that they decide to put their work out and come out of that closet is their choice. There is an abundance of talent around us and we are rather unaware of it. The aim of this series is to feature work and stories of various writers, storytellers and creators – the known, unknown and the ones in between – the ones who pursue creativity as a purpose and the ones who have a ‘9 to 5’ job but create for the pure joy of it. So, are you ready to come out of the closet yet? The world is waiting! Social Media: Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh Music: Beat Provided By https://freebeats.io Produced By White Hot
00:58
September 25, 2021