Always fun discovering another Alice. Thanks Indireads.

Do you know why this blog is called Alice Wandering… I met someone 5 years ago and in order to be mysterious, we picked pseudonyms. Mine was Alice, actually inspired by Natalie Portman in Closer at the time. 2 years later, 3 years ago, when I created this blog, I was more than the pseudonym, secretly I was Alice. An Alice who was wandering through Wonderland. The more I tumbled down the rabbit hole, the more I discovered about myself. Accelerated by the impending doom of marriage. My adventures had to be shared. Thus, we had the name Alice Wandering… Plus, it had a nice ring to it.

A Newlywed's Adventures in Married Land
A Newlywed’s Adventures in Married Land

Last week, I was contacted by someone at Indireads. Some email exchanges and a phone conversation later, I was introduced to the website and a novella to start off with – A Newlywed’s Adventures In Wonderland


Between the blue shores of the Indian Ocean and the white tips of the Himalayas is a land crowded with the rich history and cultures of many peoples. Tapping into the region’s diverse cultures, languages, religions and traditions, Indireads weaves an intricate tapestry of fresh writing voices from the sub-continent, evoking the ethos of the region.

For those who love to read, there are few choices to read light, engaging and fun stories based in South Asia. There is a strong literary tradition, but when it comes to genres like romance, suspense, sci-fi and others, the choices are very limited. Indireads brings the pleasure-reading experience to South Asia.

Conversely, for those who love to write and dream of being a published author, it is difficult to survive in a world of hostility to unsolicited manuscripts and slick-talking newbie publishers promising the world but never being able to get the published work to market. Indireads breaks the model of the traditional publisher to provide the new, upstart writer with a channel where they can push their novellas to the world.

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Seventeen and Done! Alice chats with author Vibha Batra

Seventeen and Done
Seventeen and Done

It’s a funny story of how Vibha and I got in touch. But read about the book and our chat here:

What’s Seventeen and Done about?

Rinki and her wolf pack (that’s how she thinks of Robin and Sudha) are back in action! And they have company. In the form of Google (Mr. Know It All. ‘If I don’t know something, chances are neither does the search engine’) and Adit (Mr. Goody Two Shoes. ‘Life is short. Study hard’). At last, Rinki has her wish. She has two boys fighting over her, er, mostly with her.

Meanwhile, Rinki’s brand new grandmother, Mausiji, is raising hell at home. Her Dad, lucky fellow, is away in Coimbatore. And it’s all up to Rinki to cool tempers down. Mom and Mausiji are always on each other’s throat. And so are Google and Adit. Aiyyo aiyyo.

At school, things are no better. Board Exams are looking large and the Princy is making her feel smaller than ever. Her grades are shrinking and her waistline is growing. Tuition classes are keeping her up at unearthly hours and the syllabus is putting her to sleep. Her gym routine is like her love life. Non-existent. For the very same reason. With all the madness, where’s the time?

School life is about to get over. But not before things get a lot more crazy. Read the next installment in the Rinki series and discover why turning seventeen is no walk in the park!

Penguin Inked
Penguin Inked

Seventeen and Done has been published under the Penguin Inked arm:

Inked is a hip new imprint from Penguin Books India with a focus on the best writing for teens and young adults.

Who is Vibha Batra?

Movies (the soppier the better). Meals (think unlimited South Indian thaalis). Mad sitcoms (compulsive viewing, season 1-100). Just a few things that make Vibha happy. In addition to mails (the gushing kinds) from readers, of course. She wants to keep writing till her last breath (or carpal tunnel sets in, whichever comes first). She wants to win an Oscar for Best Original Song. (Best Adapted Screenplay for any of her books will do just fine too). She was last sighted at a quaint café in Chennai, hunched over the laptop, writing away like a woman possessed.

Vibha Batra
Vibha Batra

Alice’s conversation with Vibha:

Dhruvi Shah: Even from your bio and what little I’ve read of the book, you’re largely influenced by pop culture. I believe we all are to a certain extent. How do you incorporate that in your writing?

Vibha Batra: Hey, I’m trying to have fun with it. Keeping an eye out, ear to the ground, tongue firmly in cheek. I suppose it’s a case of ‘If you can’t run away, run with it’.

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