Welcome, Subhash and Sujata...
How do you come up with your story ideas?
I migrated to US from India. I was living a very good and happy life here in US with my wife. Once we had a son, we started to scamper to find our identity, respect our roots, our culture and where in a rush to get those to our son. It’s not easy to be appreciating a different culture and still holding on to your own. And when it comes to teaching those values to your son, you know you got to be serious. Our son pretty much showed us the way when it comes to writing, right from get go he was fond of books a lot. No matter what is going on with him you pull out a book he calms down. So I started to make stories for him and write them for him.
Indian culture is my primary influence. Anything I write is related to what I have learned from my childhood days growing up in the culturally rich and diverse land. My focus is not on major cultural focus like Diwali but more salient customs. For instance my first book Bargad is about a Banyan tree which happens to be national tree of India and in this book there is a reference to a celebration ‘Vat Savitri’ which brings two of the biggest learning respect for women and caring for your environment.
Similarly ‘The Magic of friendship’ references a celebration ‘Kojagiri’, which happens to be in fall, this year it’s on October 7th.
What is the best marketing tool you have utilized to create your author platform?
We always hear of people who come from nowhere and go somewhere that you cannot see. You will appreciate that someone a lot more once you get your feet into this field. This is an ongoing and an uphill battle.
I believe networking is the best way to market you. Being an author is unlike any other industry there are no competitors. Everyone is an ally and you just want to make sure that you have more and more of them. Every author I have met has helped a lot. It’s truly amazing you will not find a community like this in any other field.
About Sujata & Subhash Kommuru:
Subhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself. Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea! These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.
Our goal is to introduce kids to Indian culture one story at a time and along the way have some fun. While stories are primarily written in Hindi they are tastefully being narrated in English as well, while maintaining the essence and moral.
Our promise is to always write sensible story with some moral to them.
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