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Interview & Giveaway with Author of Bargad- Subhash Kommuru

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BargadTitle:  Bargad

Author:  Subhash Kommuru

Illustrator: Sujata Kommuru

Published: December 4th, 2013

Publisher:  Kommuru Books

Word Count:  2,000

Genre:  Children’s Book



A tree that has used its branches to keep people safe for many decades now needs help from those same people to save itself. In Hindi, Bargad means Banyan Tree, the national tree of India. Bargad is a compelling story of love, compassion and gratitude that incorporates the Banyan tree as a way to teach children how to care for and respect many things – from family to the environment, in a way that is easy-to-understand. While this wonderful old tree has withstood all the challenges of time, will it now be able to withstand modernization and will any of the people in the small village come to its aid to help save it the way it has helped save them over generations?


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Subhash KommuruAbout the Author:

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.


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Bargad ExcerptGiveaway Details:

There is an International tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • Ebook copy of Bargad

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Subhash Kommuru, Keep Calm and Answer These 8 Questions

1. What do you do when you are not writing? I am an IT consultant by profession and my identity is that of a parent, its that identity that brings a writer in me. My son likes stories, anytime is story time for him. I used to make up lots of stories for him but as he started to grow older he started to remember some of the words that I would use and would insist that I use them again. That forced me to write a story down before reading it to him. So if I am not writing then I am parenting which in turn is driving me towards writing :)

2. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? If you are parent then there is a author in you. All you have to do is focus. If you are multi-tasking with your family then you will not do justice to anyone. If you stay in the moment with your kids you will know what he needs and how to communicate to him/her. I would say broadly speaking There are really three categories of children book authors.  One are the  professionals who naturally love the subject and master the art, be it simplicity or illustrations. Second category is of people like me who are parents. For parents like me, I would say that you need to focus and spend time with your kid. What really matters is Why you want do this once you know that How does not matter. And then third category which comes from all walks of life are those who use greed as their Why and cling to use slangs or bad words to be funny in their books/movies wrapped around racing or such. For those people I would say; just know that Parents like me are coming to stores near you!

3. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? It again goes back to “Why” you want to do this and based on reasoning your answer could flip either ways. In my opinion its immensely powerful tool.

4. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life?When did you first start and when did you finish your book? At this point of time I have had a longer life of not writing so if I were to pose this question to myself looking at my entire life, I would say inspiration. There is a poet in Indian movie industry in his early days he wrote lots of hits movie where central theme has been violence, revenge. In fact he is credited as someone who brought the concept of angry young man as a lead character to indian movies. But after he got married his stance changed completely and he started to write romantic songs. Over they years he has written many romantic songs and they are all very touchy. Lyrics are so rich that you can enjoy them without the music. I want to believe that having a son in Arya, did that to me. It arose a writer in me. I always used to make up and tell stories to him, mostly by observing him and then trying to teach him using stories as mode of communication. But as he started to grow older he would remember not just stories but words and every time I narrate a story he would remind me that my story/dialogues have changed. That forced me to actually write it down and then read those stories to him that way consistency was there.

So now once we have that cat out of the hat, I guess question is how do you stop :)? As of now I do know one thing that I intend to mature content of my story as my son grows.

5. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? Lead character of my book is a banyan tree, so If I were to name a actor that I envision playing that part then I sincerely wish that oscar panel doesn’t look at him/her for any sort of award :)

6. What has been the toughest criticism so far? What has been the best compliment? Criticism, ohhh that simple truth of life and yet so complex to understand and accept. I will be honest with you, I have seen only feedback for my book. I say thank you for words that are bestowed on story and take hints to improve upon writing. Although I would be honest that if a compliment comes your way that puts you up on a 7th heaven especially when your target is kids and parents tell you how much they too enjoyed reading the story to kids. A typical experience of book is that kids flip through pages and get completely immersed in the rich illustrations. After that settles in their mind, they start to anticipate story line and appreciate phrases used in the book. I have read this story so many times to kids and have always seen many different expressions on their faces but a common expression I have seen is that of content!

7. What project are you working on now? I like to use subjects that are real and then make them imaginative, in the sense that play character to its strenghts and weakness rather than give them unnatural power. And another theme I would like to stay focused on is bringing Indian values. With that in mind my next few projects would involve using animals all the way from a lion to even a chicken ranging in topic from strength to love and compassion in a scary to a funny way using kids to mothers emotions…. So please stay connected for lots of fun!

8. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? I will like to take this opportunity to thank you for giving me the pleasure to connect with your readers. I would like to share some thoughts from bottom of my heart and from my own vision of life: Everyone deserves happiness in life, everyone deserves to be loved and be in love, everyone deserves to be a parent and every kid deserves to be read to. I hope Bargad thrills you as much as it has thrilled Arya; and our objective of kids having fun with parents while learning something new is achieved.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and read along

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