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Candid conversations with writers, storytellers & creators about what writing and creativity means to them, a peek into their life stories & featured narrations of their work.

The Closet Writer Chronicles Sangeetha Menon

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Candid conversations with writers, storytellers & creators about what writing and creativity means to them, a peek into their life stories & featured narrations of their work.

    Prathyush Parasuraman: Making Of A Maverick

    Prathyush Parasuraman: Making Of A Maverick

    It's our mid-season finale and I'm talking to Prathyush Parasuraman! The episode opens with Prathyush talking about what creativity and storytelling means to him. We chat about his career from pursuing a PhD in Economics to a dramatic move to Mumbai to pursue a career in writing. He shares his earliest memories of being creative and his influences. We also talk about books and movies! Later, he talks about his relationship with gender and sexuality. The episode ends with a fun rapid fire and an excerpt from a story written & narrated by Prathyush.



    Prathyush Parasuraman is a culture writer & film critic. He has been published by Film Companion, First Post and The Hindu. He has also assisted with research for the book Queeristan by Parmesh Shahani. He has graduated with a B.A. in Economics and South Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkley and has worked with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). You can find him on Instagram @yush_azure and Twitter @geekoutyush



    Mentions: Shri Krishna, Tamil Nadu, Madurai, Saawariya, Om Shanti Om, Zohra Sehgal, Bangalore Days, Sita Ramam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, The Sense Of An Ending, Julian Barnes, Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, Harry Potter, Roald Dahl, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, In Custody, Fasting Feasting, Parul Sehgal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Jerry Pinto, The Education Of Yuri, Kalank, Film Companion, Queeristan, Parmesh Shahani, Arundathi Roy, To Paradise, Hanya Yanahigara, Liger, Qala, Netflix, Jhumpa Lahiri, Name Place Animal Thing, JCB Prize, Lootera, Monica Oh My Darling, A Suitable Boy, Ali Sethi



    Social Media:

    Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles

    Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh

    Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com



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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Sumanto Chattopadhyay: Living Creatively

    Sumanto Chattopadhyay: Living Creatively

    The episode opens with Sumanto's thoughts on storytelling. He shares how he ended up getting three academic degrees and some really fun anecdotes from his days as a university student. Later we talk about his time in advertising and some of the projects he's worked on. He talks about retirement and how he continues to find things he wants to work on. We chat about his passion project, 'The English Nut', his book and his plans of acting on screen! The episode ends with an excerpt from a short story written & narrated by Sumanto.



    Sumanto Chattopadhyay is a creative consultant and the creator of ‘The English Nut’, a platform that highlights interesting facts about the English language! He is the former chairman & chief creative officer of 82.5 Communications, Ogilvy Group, and he was the executive creative director, of Ogilvy, South Asia. He is also an actor and is currently in the process of writing his first book. He has a Bachelor's in Economics and two Master's degrees - one in applied mathematics and the second being an MBA! You can find him on Instagram @theenglishnut and YouTube @TheEnglishNut



    Mentions: Rabindranath Tagore, Sound Of Music, Sukumar Ray, Abol Tabol, Satyajit Ray, IIM, Emily Wapnick, Raymond’s, Rahul Bose, White Light, IAPA, The Promise by Damon Galgut, Hamnet by Maggie O Farrel, Hamlet by Shakespeare, magic realism, Piyush Pandey, TEDx, Boman Irani, Chaar Adhyay, Is Raat Hi Subah Nahi Hogi, Sudhir Mishra, Buddha, Juhi Chaturvedi, Soojit Sarkar, Mousetrap, Agatha Christie, Berea College, McGill University, Clemson University



    Social Media:

    Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles

    Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh

    Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com



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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Saraswathi Menon (SARAS): Creating Your Own Legacy

    Saraswathi Menon (SARAS): Creating Your Own Legacy

    This week's chronicle is Saraswathi Menon! We talk about how she chose to enter the media industry and talks about misconceptions people have about this space of work. She also shares how family has been influential towards her creative journey. Saras shares her experience on different projects and her current role as a creative producer and an emerging actress. We exchange our views on social media and talk about creative burnout. Later, Saras talks about her relationship with body image. The episode ends with two pieces written and narrated by Saras.



    Saraswathi Menon is a writer, director, actress, dancer & singer! She has been associated with projects like Padmaavat, Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee, Navarasam, Kallapart, Kadhal Kirukkan and others. She currently works as a creative producer at The Viral Fever and is also associated with Mindscreen Film Institute. You can find her on Instagram @sarasmenon



    Mentions: Bharathanatyam, Last Leaf by O Henry, Minsaru Kanavu, Rajiv Menon, Dil Se, Kannathil Muthamittal, Mindscreen Film Institute, NIFT, Prakriti Foundation, Padmaavat, The Viral Fever, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Promising Young Woman, Coke Studio, Mame Khan, Rohail Hyatt, Carnatic Music, Hindustani Music, Whale Rider, Rabindranath Tagore, The Lover’s Gift, Sukumar Ray, Satyajit Ray, PCOS, Ayurveda, Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim



    Social Media:

    Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles

    Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh

    Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com



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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Shivangi Patankar: Being Open To The Flow Of Life

    Shivangi Patankar: Being Open To The Flow Of Life

    The episode opens with Shivangi talking about what writing & creativity mean to her. Shivangi shares her earliest memories of being creative and how travel and listening to stories from her mother influenced her. She shares her journey from being a student of Zoology to working in retail to content writing! Shivangi talks about her life after having moved to U.S.A. and finding solace in learning Spanish. She also talks about her time at Jericho and her current writing project - a picture book for children! Later, she shares some of her favourite stories and writers. The episode ends with a few pieces written & narrated by Shivangi.

    Shivangi is a writer, having worked in content writing and animation scripting in the edu-tech space. She is currently working on a picture book for children. Before all this, She has been a Spanish instructor, worked in retail and has been a student of Zoology!

    Mentions: Wildlife Institute of India, Himalayas, Category Management, Six Sigma, Kaizen, Who Moved My Cheese, University Of California, Language Learning, Times Of India, Vedantu, UCSD, ISB, Data Analytics, Jericho Writing UK, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Zoya Akhtar, Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Heidi, Malgudi Days, Dale Carnegie, Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, A Search Into Secret India by Paul Brunton, Katha Sarita Sagara by Somdev, Panchatantra, Granta



    Social Media:

    Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles

    Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh

    Email - themoodymarshmallow@gmail.com



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    • 55 min
    Krishna Trilok: Part 2 - Writing Your Own Story

    Krishna Trilok: Part 2 - Writing Your Own Story

    In part 2, we continue the conversation on Krishna's career path. He talks about why he decided to go to university in the middle of a thriving career to study and about his unabashed love for fashion! The episode ends with a piece written & narrated by Krishna.



    Krishna Trilok is a professional writer. He has authored the Indian fantasy novel Sharikrida and the official biography of two-time Oscar winning composer A.R.Rahman. Krishna has also worked as a financial journalist and copywriter. He recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a MFA in Creative Writing. You can find him on Instagram @krishnatrilok

    Mentions: A.R.Rahman, Keigo Higashino, Khalid Hosseini, The Lion King, Harry Potter, Little Women, Sharikrida, Lord Of The Rings, Notes Of A Dream, 99 Songs, Bhagavad Gita, Asian College of Journalism, Steve Jobs, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Jackson, James Cameron, Penguin Random House, Savanna College Of Art And Design, Vogue, Elle, The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep

    Social Media:

    Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles

    Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh

    Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com

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    • 50 min
    Krishna Trilok: Part 1 - Writing Your Own Story

    Krishna Trilok: Part 1 - Writing Your Own Story

    The episode opens with Krishna talking about what writing & storytelling means to him. He shares how he started writing and his relationship with reading. Krishna shares about his two books Sharikrida and Notes of A Dream and we chat about a TED Talk he had done. We also talk about his career trajectory and going with the flow.



    Krishna Trilok is a professional writer. He has authored the Indian fantasy novel Sharikrida and the official biography of two-time Oscar winning composer A.R.Rahman. Krishna has also worked as a financial journalist and copywriter. He recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a MFA in Creative Writing. You can find him on Instagram @krishnatrilok



    Mentions: A.R.Rahman, Keigo Higashino, Khalid Hosseini, The Lion King, Harry Potter, Little Women, Sharikrida, Lord Of The Rings, Notes Of A Dream, 99 Songs, Bhagavad Gita, Asian College of Journalism, Steve Jobs, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Jackson, James Cameron, Penguin Random House, Savanna College Of Art And Design, Vogue, Elle, The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep



    Social Media:

    Instagram - @theclosetwriterchronicles

    Twitter - @TheMoodyMarsh

    Email - theclosetwriterchronicles@gmail.com



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    • 53 min

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