Interview with Subhash Kommuru – Writing is About Focus

Subhash & Sujata Kommuru 

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.

About Chatur

Chatur Book Tour  
CHATUR is a hilarious and entertaining picture book written in Hindi (also with Hindi phonetics) for kids.
CHATUR is a wise laundry man. MAND is a loyal, reliable, albeit sluggish, partner in Chatur’s trade. He is a lazy donkey whose mantra is “Na Na Na hum to aaram karenge!”

Chatur’s ambition and Mand’s attitude doesn’t blend well. So Chatur comes up with a wise plan to reverse his fortune. He brings ATAL the elephant to do Mand’s job.The plan starts out well and it did reverse his fortune substantially, but How?

Read Chatur(Hindi) a comical and fun read for kids. It is sure to tickle your funny bones. Bright illustrations are sure to engage readers. Chatur has a humorous theme with a subtle message and young readers not only have a laugh, but towards the end connect with each character and sympathize with them.

The book is written in Hindi script and also in Hindi phonetics to make it easy for everyone to read

Book Excerpt

Yeh kahani hai Chatur dhobhi aur mand gadha ki. Aalsi Mand ka naara hai "NaNa hum to aaram karenge" aur Chatur ki nazar sirf taraki par hai. Jab Mand ka tevar chatur ko khatakne laga, to usne dikhai apni chaturai. Kya chatur ko apni chaturai mehnga padega?

This is a story about Chatur, the Dhobhi and Mand the donkey. Chatur is smart and progressive by nature and his Lazy donkey Mand's answer to any request was "No No No, I gotta take it easy". Chatur realized that his success is limited by Mand's attitude, So Chatur thought of a smart idea, will it work or will it hit him back?

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

A:  Thank for your giving me the opportunity to share my opinion on your distinctive blog and exceptional readers and besides all the other great authors visiting here. I migrated to US from India and brought with me memories of land rich in culture and beliefs. For as long as me and wife were by ourselves we never took a moment to think about our cultural heritage and our values. But once we had Arya, our son, our perspective changed. He was growing up fast and seeing American culture all around him. That’s when we realized that there is a treasure called “India” which he is not exposed to and will never get to know unless we do something about this. Sure we can take him to local gatherings, temples, celebrate one of two festivals but that simply is not enough. Kids learn a lot from many different channels, One of those most effective channel is books. For Arya any time is story time, no matter how sad or how mad he is a book can always come to rescue.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

A:  I adapted to writing for my son. He is my inspiration so I got a head start when it comes to picking a subject. I knew what the focus should be and the quality of content was known to me upfront. I guess that would be my advice to channel your focus in one direction and find out why you want to write about something. If you know the reason for why, then how becomes much easier.
Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

A:  My stories are always related to Indian culture in some shape or form with an end objective or take away for kids. One thing I am not quite getting it right is the timing of my story. My most recent book “Mother’s love can conquer any fear!” should have released closer to mother’s day. The core message celebrates a mother’s love that knows no boundaries. This story is set in a happy chicken farm with Shastriji an old sage chicken being at the center stage. All the other chickens looked up to him for advice and help. He was helpless when it came to Kaalia the vile crow and the problems he brought with him. Shastriji tried everything his wisdom and knowledge taught him but couldn’t rid happy farm from evil. That’s when a mother’s love achieves a feat to defeat tyranny. Despite a vile crow and failing effort of chickens the story is very funny to its core.
Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

A:  Diversity is the core of all my books. Coming from a diverse land myself, I value diversity a lot. I feel like diversity is more than culture; its characteristics, its behavior and how humans interact. It’s an interesting concept. Take ‘The Magic of friendship’ for example, two very diverse character Babbar, the fierce and mean tiger and Hasmukh, the funny and entertaining donkey. What can such diverse character bring in a story? If you read the book you will understand they will not only bring entertainment but it will change their and also your lives forever.
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

A:  For a children’s book author it’s very important to be clear and concise, you cannot assume, everything needs to be explained so it’s best to stick to basics and use that as a launching pad. One thing to remember is the kids pick up on smallest of the details so don’t cut any shortcuts and keep it clean.

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