Two interviews and a confession

Last week, two interviews came out one after the other in the web for Cult of Chaos. One was over at a new website,, where Saurabh, a novelist himself, is collating gyan for newbie writers. The other came over at the b00kr3vi3ws blog, where Deb,  other than the usual stuff, asked me one question that was new and surprising.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.

Fun? Writers? Are you serious? So I did what I do best: made stuff up. Here are the three I told him.

  • I am slightly schizophrenic and can have a conversation with Anantya on Twitter, using two separate devices.
  • I am a movie junkie and can watch five to six movies in a row
  • I love making up stories about facts and confusing children. Nephews and nieces have many times been left with a frown on their forehead.

The first thing I confessed to, is true. I have tried it. When I am writing from Anantya’s handle (@anantyatantrist), she speaks. When I use mine (@shwetawrites), I talk. It’s weird but true. Vidya, an avid blogger who invited me to guest blog on procrastination in writing, is currently reading Cult of Chaos right about now and confessed over email that she keeps confusing me and tries to call me ‘Anantya’. Well, I always wished Anantya became stronger in people’s head than me. I am boring. I sit all day long clanking on keys. Whereas Anantya is just so cool! See:

Anantya Tantrist on Twitter_ _sorry @DalrympleWill tantrism doesn't have sweet tasting stuff. Best of it smells of piss but works hellish

For the complete interviews, head to b00kr3vi3ws or



Diwali and book reviews

Ahh that time of the year again when one feels that she has just been churned out in a mixie and then put into a washing machine without washing powder. The only thing that was keeping me sane was that I was in the mountains. When I got down into the plains, these lovely reviews awaited me. The grins are on! Happy Diwali dear readers!

“Packed with equal amounts of humour and adventure, Shweta Taneja’s debut children’s novel makes for an entertaining read.” – Time Out Bengaluru 

“While the adults in this story play crucial roles, it’s the kids who carry the plot forward and that should appeal to the young readers.” –

“It was an entertaining and well paced book, keeping the reader engaged as the plot thickens and the mystery slowly unravels.” –