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Interview with Saudamini Mishra – Author of Oracle of Dhi’s Nine Personas

About The Author

Saudamini Mishra (aka Dhi) is an Indian writer and painter.Saudamini Mishra, Author of three books namely Dhi’s Parables of Divine Transformation, Dhi’s Oracle of Divine Epiphanies and Dhi’s oracle of Numbers for Relationship Guidance. She started writing the book Dhi’s Parables of Divine Transformation in 2016 and finished it in 2017. Dhi’s Parable Of Divine Transformation by Saudamini Mishra is a collection of short stories. In 2021, her second book “Dhi’s Oracle of Divine Epiphanies” was published. All three books became bestsellers.


Q) Tell us about the idea behind the book?

The idea is the same as the one behind the first book, that of ‘Dhi transformations; to
share parables or true stories centred on the birth of wisdom in ordinary people that I have known or interviewed, with ordinary emotions. The intention has always been to help readers discern what NOT to do and take charge of their lives.

Q) How much time did it take in the process of writing?

This one is a picture book, which means I had to write AND paint. So, this was the most challenging one out of all the four books that I have penned. The whole process, including the groundwork, took about five months.

Q) What did the process of writing this book teach you?

That each one of us is a vibrant, living, breathing parable waiting to be heard and validated, just like each of the 9 portraits in the book.

Q) What inspired you to write this book?

I have always maintained that my inspiration is people. I do not get inspired so much by events as personality traits and quirks that spur one’s extraordinary journey. That’s why I specialise in portrait painting and all my parables are character-driven narratives, being named after the protagonist.

Q) Which is your favourite part from the book?

The parables of ‘Janya’ and ‘Aashvi’.

Q) A book that had an impact on you, which helped you in writing this one?

There isn’t a particular book as such, but I have been deeply inspired by fables, like the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’, which we all have been fed in our childhood to structure our value system.

I just change the settings of these fables to the real world, with real people and actual incidents but they are told from the same perspective and with the same aim.

Q) Tell us about your plans? Planning a new book?

Yes, plenty of people to be interviewed, written about and included in the collection of ‘Dhi Transformations’.

Q) How did your life change after the book was published?

My life changed with my first book, both on the professional and personal front. I realised that for an author of non-fiction, everything is secondary to one’s role as a spectator. One can’t afford to be involved beyond a degree. There is a certain clinical detachment every author of non-fiction writing about people must bear in their disposition. At the end of the day, we only live for our calling.

Q) Your favourite quote from the book?

I like all of them! Otherwise, I wouldn’t have penned them or dared to have them published.

Q) Which of your book is close to your heart?

All my books are my children and it will be unfair to discriminate, but every author would tell you that the first book, especially in my case, is closest to one’s heart. Having said that, the recent one, ‘Oracle of Dhi’s Nine Personas’ which amalgamated my painting and writing is special to me from the standpoint of my creative expression.

Q) What is literary success for you?

To change lives, inspire minds and refine life.

A message for all the readers.

That will be a Dhi quote-

It’s the talents you are born with that build you, not your relationships that come and go along the way. The former will strengthen you to the extent that you’d be able to bear the instability of the latter.

Keep loving Dhi.

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