Having found out a creative side of myself pretty late, I keep exploring a few mediums like pencil, pen, watercolour, acrylic and fabric.
One fine morning I saw a personal message from Dola Basu Singh( an excellent writer as well as an active member of the group) asking that they were looking for someone who can design the book cover of the anthology – VENGEANCE (Please check the details of the book as you scroll down). The name was not decided yet by then, I guess. It was an instant yes from my end. Being a member and having known the group leader Sonia Rao and the writers of NaNoWriMo for more than two years it was a great pleasure working on the project.
We as a team began with a virtual meeting which asked for many more to follow.
Our leader Sonia Rao was definite about the background right from the beginning. After 3 – 4 discussions and a few rough sketches of the design ‘Eureka’ this scorpion flashed. Everyone involved in the project gave a thumbs up and a Hi five to it.
And that is when I came up with the question who is going to do the computerized version of it? Aww – Not you??? Raised eyebrows (I guess) and a puzzled silence for a while…………..silence…….that is when Dola and Rubina came up to offer help but suggested to begin the sketch work.
Yeah, the scorpions came crawling from many places into my sketchbook, some came handicapped, some facing their back but we all ended up loving this particular one. In the mean time, I kept hopping and jumping over videos for using photoshop. All thanks to Googleshwar which fetched a wonderful help. In the meantime, Dola (a computer educator by profession) and Rubina (a master of many things) kept sending me correlated links. Not to forget they are all writers of a remarkably high eminence.
After trying a few backgrounds and different sizes of the squares this one in ‘white and red’ appealed the entire team’s eyes.
The toughest phase was when the scorpion made its way to my laptop. Digitalizing it was quite a task with my little knowledge of digital work. But with numerous mistakes in the process the final outcome of the conceived design was quite decent to the eyes of many.
It was the great pleasure making this serious cover design, with such a committed group. I thank each one of the team for considering me for the project and cooperating me. I can never forget the amount of encouragement they all kept giving me whenever I felt stuck.
Best wishes to all of you.
I post a few of my work in my blog and the FB as well.
Vengeance –A Sting in Every Tale
A WRIMO INDIA anthology
Disclaimer : Every Cent from this novel goes to NaNoWriMo India to encourage all future aspiring writers.
|Designed by Sujata Patnaik
A reply to a perceived injustice can take many forms one of which is vengeance. An eye for an eye can only end up making the whole world blind, is what Mahatma Gandhi once said. And it seems to be coming quite true, if latest events world-wide are an indication.
Is there any hope or are we hurtling towards extinction?
Hopefully, the stories will explore some of these questions. But that is on the macro level. It might be easy to look at things objectively, in black and white, when it is other nations involved. Or even other people. We are able to be more forgiving of transgressions when they don’t involve us personally.
But how would one react if they found themselves in the maelstrom of situations that do fall somewhere in the grey area of life? With no definite black and white answers?
How would a jilted lover react in face of infidelity? Or how would a friend avenge the murder of her best friend? Or, is it fair to be punished for a crime that you were not brave enough to prevent?
These and many more questions connected to vengeance have been grappled with in this
Bus number 131 whirred away, pulling its own weight unwillingly. It was one of the many buses to pass through the Relief road, a busy road in the old part of Ahmedabad. Shazia had an option, the crowed 88 or the overcrowded 131. She preferred to be 30 minutes before time to board 131. Her choice was motivated by her love for the palindromic 1-3-1. Her undying infatuation with prime numbers was inexplicable.
Nineteen year old Shazia loved numbers, and to be more precise, she adored Mathematics in all its form. She also loved the rules, the principles, the working theorems, the equations which tried to ke sense of the majestic menagerie of numbers. She was fascinated even by the mere shape of numbers. She did not remember when or even how her romance with Maths began. But in her earliest memories, she preferred practicing her numbers over the alphabet, she remembered that she recited tables better than her nursery rhymes. She was short and a bit stocky. Also, a couple of shades darker than was acceptable in the marriage market. However, her looks never bothered her, nor did she ever yearn for fairer skin, or thinner body. What she craved was a disheveled mass of hair, for some uncanny resemblance to Einstein, the only pop icon modern science managed to have produced. But her mother plaited her hair, dashing her hopes to ground. She also longed for a pair of spectacles with glasses so thick that it blurred her eyeballs, indicating the wearer’s brilliance. But she, despite getting checked for vision from her mother’s ophthalmologist, was denied the hallowed implement. Thrice. Shazia valued her bus ride a lot. She had to convince Papa to allow her to commute to her college on her own. She had concealed her indignation about needing her father’s permission for every little trifle, even after being categorised as an adult by the Government of India. Papa consented only after he was told that Noor too would start using the bus if Shazia were to give her company.
ABOUT THE EDITOR SONIA RAO
The editor of the Anthology, Sonia Rao (writer-editor-awardwinningblogger) is the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for All-India region. The stories which are part of the anthology are written by Wrimos homed in to Asia::India region. Most of them are also published writers of short fiction and novels.She
blogs @ https://soniaraowrites.wordpress.com/
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