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Celebrating Writing Talent – Meet The Top 10 Literary Stars – PENNING BRILLIANCE

Penning Brilliance by Cherry Book Awards is a celebration of global writing talent. Every author, writer, poet, and other literary star has the opportunity to showcase their work to a large number of audiences. The event is powered by Digital Golgappa.

SMRITI MALHOTRA

Ms. Smriti Malhotra works as a Secretary Incharge (Project Monitoring) in a Diplomatic Mission by profession and is a writer by passion. She started writing 20 years ago while she was in school, today she is a compiler, a published author and co-author in multiple anthologies.

Poetry is her first love. She has bagged numerous awards for her valuable contribution to the Literature World. She won the “Best Author” (Poetry category) Award 2021 by Priyasi Publications, Women Achiever Award 2021 by Priyasi Publications, Special Mention Award 2021 by Cherry Book Awards for the category “Best Author – Poetry 2021” and Poetic Caesura Book Awards 2.0 for the category “Poetry”.

As destiny had something else stored for Smriti from poetry her forte changed to blogging. She started blogging – another interesting format of writing on renowned platforms like Youth ki Awaaz and Womensweb. She was an amateur in blogging when she started off in 2022 but today she has gained a lot of recognition on both the platforms. She has been upvoted for many blogs posted on Youth ki Awaaz and several have been editor’s choice too on Womensweb.

She is a warrior, a survivor and a diligent girl, who is working generously towards her dreams. She is associated with poetry communities on Instagram as a Judge and content writer. Owing to her love for writing, she is crazy about collecting pens and stationary items. She believes that writing is powerful and aspires to reach the hearts of millions of people through her writing. When not working, she can be found in mountains or scrolling on Instagram.

ANUPAMA RAVINDRAN MENON

Anupama Ravindran Menon, also known as Anu to near & dear ones, was born and brought up in the humble suburbs of old Seremban town in Malaysia. Being the oldest of her siblings, she was brought up in the warm embrace her humble family who she quotes as the crux of everything she is today. Nurtured & loved by the nucleus of her life,  dad, Mr Ravindran Menon, mom, Madam Prema Nair, grandparents Mr V Krishnan Kutty Menon & Madam Sankari Menon , aunt Mrs Sugunna Krishnan, uncle Mr Sateesh Menon & Mr Nesa , sisters & best friend Anitha Menon, Anisha & Ashwani Nesarajah. Upon being conferred the scholarship of the Malaysian Defense Ministry &  obtaining MBBS from  Manipal University, she started training as an intern & began serving as a doctor in the Malaysian Armed Forces. Her career begun as a junior doctor in a combat training centre situated down south of Peninsular Malaysia.

Setting foot as a doctor & an officer in the military was an experience of its own. She quoted it a privilege to serve under the United Nation’s (UN) flagship in a peacekeeping operation in Lebanon in 2019-2020 (UNIFIL) as a part of an entourage of the Malaysian Battalion 850-7. Joining international exercises provided an arena, pivoting as a melting pot of culture & brains,  enabling the exchange of personal & professional experiences between various cultures & continents.  Apart from being a United Nation’s ambassador & a doctor in field, she was also the Gender Focal Point representative of the nation & become an active part of the COVID-19 crisis team under the tutelage of UNIFIL Medical HQ & WHO. She personally felt that it was a wonderful opportunity to be walking hand in hand with all these beautiful ladies of all walks of life, hearing & experiencing their life first hand. Furthermore, she was the representing speaker for Malaysia, in international virtual symposiums to present regarding the adversities & challenges of COVID-19 in operational areas, namely by Vietnamese Defence & UNDPKO & CUNPKO of India. As much as she loves practicing medicine, she is also in awe of art in its every form. Hence, a doctor in the armed forces , writer & painter, the new kid around the block.

Being the simple, regular girl next door, her likes are very much encompassed by little miracles of life… She is an ardent believer of live, love & laugh trying to find happiness in the tiny, daily forgotten bundles of joy… She loves a morning dew blanketing the sleeping surroundings, a pluviophile who loves raindrops that hit off the barren earth emanating the fragrence of fresh minerals & soil, a combination of helio & opacarophile loving every outburst of sunrays specifically at dusk , which then wraps her up to being an astrophile looking out at the dazzling stars that scatter the inevitable black, dark sky.. Anu finds it addictive diving into books & splashing colors over a blank canvas… She enjoys snapping shots of nature, trying to capture the perfect moment of a heartbeat in a single click of camera lens. Above all, she loves her dad, her family ,  love & loved ones. “Wearing my heart on my sleeve & brain somewhere between my cranium & mouth, is pretty much myself in a nutshell” as she says.

She is a rebel against social norms, preordained dogmas that dictate life on how it should be. Anu also despises pretense & selfishness, actively disliking hierarchy based context of any daily living practice…

ACHIEVEMENTS of Anupama Ravindran Menon

A.         Awarded the United Nations Peace Keeping Medal & Honorary certificate for contributions as UN ambassador & medical officer in 2020.

B.         Awarded Honorary certificate for being apart of the UNIFIL COVID-19 Crisis team in 2020

C.        Awarded Honorary certificates for being the representing speaker of Malaysia in the International Virtual Symposium of Adversities & Strategies of Handling COVID-19 in area of operation organised by Vietnamese Defence Ministry & UNDPKO & CUNPKO India.

D.        Participating speaker & joint organiser for curbing Malaria outbreak amongst military personnel in collaboration with The Johore State Health Department of Infectious Disease & Entomology in 2018

E.         First prize in Notion Press International Short Stories writing Competition 2018.

F.         Published as joint author along with 19 other authors in Plotpourri, an anthology of short stories by Notion Press in 2018.

G.        Successfully completed first Solo Art Exhibition entitled “Hridhaya : The Language of Heartbeats” in 2019

H.        Published debut novel venture entitled “Dear Manusha” under the publication house of Notion Press in 2019

I.          First runner up in the 7th Indie’s Author Championship by Notion Press in 2023

J.         Awardee of Sheroes Nari Samman 2023 Award by TWIC-PWP

K.         Awardee of Banabhatta Saahityik Puraskaar 2023 Award by Cherrybook Awards & Digital Golgappa

L.         Awardee of Pratibha Samman 2023 Award by SheForward Official

M.        Awardee of Bharat Bhushan Ratna Samman 2023 by PWP.

N.         Awardee for Maharishi Valmiki Bharathiya Samman 2023 Award by Cherrybook Awards

O.       Awardee of Inspiring Indians 2023 by BharatGuild

P.         Nominee of Litfest 2023 & Author of the Year 2023 by Ne8x Litfest

SARAH

SaRah is the author of ‘It Is I’, a psychological thriller based on the concept of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

She has also recently published her solo book of poems titled ‘Underneath The Scars.’

SaRah is an award-winning, published poetess and has been part of more than 20 anthologies as a Co – Author.

Her poetry book ‘Underneath The Scars’ was published recently and is a collection of a few of her dark and happy poems.

From poetry to novel writing, she embraced the author in her by getting her debut novel – ‘It Is I’ published. This novel revolves around the concept of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

She has received multiple awards for her poetry and her contribution to the writing community.

She is the Founder of @vaguesoulsunite, a writing community on Instagram.

A mental health advocate, her poems spread awareness about the importance of mental health. You can read her work @soulresounds.

Her achievements till date include

-Awarded the ‘40 Under 40 Prominent and Inspiring Indian Personalities Glaze Iconic Awards 2023’ by @glazeiconicawards

-Received the ‘TGP Women Choice Award 2023’ by @the_great_podium

-Cover Star for SHEROES – a digital magazine for the upliftment and empowerment of women. An initiative by @theinspiringwomencommunity.

-Awarded the ‘Inspiration Awards 2023’ by HERstory Times.

-‘Under 50 – Global Inspiring Women Awards 2023 – Best Woman Author’ by MTTV Entertainment, a digital media news channel.

-Received ‘The 21st Century Jane Austen Reader’s Award’ from BookLeaf Publishing.

-Featured as the ‘Cover Star’ for Volume 8 Issue 8 of the Glorious India Magazine.

-Top 50 Remarkable Women Awards 2023 – Author 2023’ by @diva_planet_magazine.

-Selected as the winner among 90+ national and international participants for the ‘Best Penman Awards’ by @wc_publication_

-Received the ‘Excellence Award’ and interview featured on @thesuccesstoday

-‘Asia’s Leading Señoras Awards 2022 – Eminent Author of the Year’ by @diva_planet_magazine

-‘Global Digital Diva 2022’ by @the_great_podium

-Awarded ‘Woman Author of the Year 2022: India’s Super Women’ by @femmetimesmedia

-Selected as the winner from Jaipur for the title ‘Multi Talent’ by @fsia_forever

-‘Aspiring Writers Award’ by @sapphire_publications_

-‘Best Debut Author in Thriller Category’ by @gloriousindiamagazine

-‘Modern Literary Star of India, 2022’ by @cherrybookawards

-‘Budding Author of the Year’ by @jec.publication

-Sri Aurobindo Indian Literary Award 2022’ by @cherrybookawards and @digitalgolgappa

-Awarded ‘Promising Author’ by Ms. Tisca Chopra at Super Diva Awards 2022 organised by Social Bytes Events and PR Pvt. Ltd.

-Selected by the Jury Team of Woman Leaders Forum 2022 for ‘Award for Contribution at International Level’.

-‘National Inspiration Award 2022: National Star Achiever in Social Activist of the Year 2022’ by @wcaremedia.

-Featured under the category ‘India 50 Under 50 Inspiring Women 2022’ by Fox Story India.

-Featured under ‘Women On Spotlight’ in the Aspiring Achievers Magazine (May-Aug) edition by @priyaswisdompublication.

-‘Best Communication Specialist 2022’: Powerful Women Awards 2022 – by The Crazy Tales.

-‘Dr. Rajendra Prasad National Excellence Award – Category: Literature’ by @priyaswisdompublication.

-‘She Inspires: Wonder Women Award’ by @theinspiringwomencommunity.

-‘The Literary Champion’ by @cherrybookawards.

-‘The Sylvia Plath Memorial Literary Prize 2022’ by @elitebookawards.

-‘Swami Vivekananda Rashtriya Swarna Samman 2022’ – by @priyaswisdompublication.

-‘Honorary Doctorate in Women Empowerment & Inspiration’ – conferred by Grace Ladies Global Academy.

-‘Tagore Sahitya Samman: A Literary Award’ by @priyaswisdompublication.

-‘Global Iconic Award; Category – Literary Personality’ by @priyaswisdompublication.

-‘Bankim Chandra Chatterjee Kala Samman – Literary Personality Award’ by @cherrybookawards and @priyaswisdompublication.

-‘The Pride Of India’ award by @cherrybookawards.

-‘The Queen’ award by @theeagleeyenetwork.

-‘The Literary Awards 2021’ by Talent Hunt Awards (A Scribbling Inner Voice Unit).

-Winner of the title ‘Best Entry’ and ‘Best Story Teller’ as part of the Literature Festival Anthology – Lavenders – Ambrosia Oeuvre @magazineunicorn.

-‘Golden Arc Awards’  and ‘Inspiro Awards 2021’ by @awardarc.

-‘Fame In Frame’ & ‘The Champions’ award by @priyaswisdompublication.

-Featured as the ‘Crown Jewel’ @grandezacavern for her contribution to the writing community.

MOHAMMED SAIFI

Mohammed Saifi, a Grade 10 student of Hasanat High School (Mumbai) loves to write & recite poetry. He is a lover of English Literature & History. His role model is none other than his own mother who has authored the book titled “Happiness Lies Within”. Mohammed has many awards to his credit:

At the age of 8, he won the title of “India’s Best Googler” by WhizJuniors.

He has won a Bronze medal in SFA Mumbai Olympics for a field event & a Gold medal in Table Tennis.

He has performed outstandingly in National Level Examinations like SPELLBEE & NELTAS & has received medals for the same.

He received the SHINING STAR AWARD 2022 in the “All Rounder” Category. Only 33 students from Maharashtra state received this prestigious award in different categories.

He won the most prestigious “Author Of The Year 2021” award by StoryMirror.

He has won 10 National Awards in the field of WRITING.

He is the Author of the book titled BESTEA and Co-Author of the books SANDCASTLES & PAPER BOATS, TINY LITTLE TALES, FLYING WITHOUT WINGS, CARE COURAGE AND COMMITTMENT and WAVES OF RESONANCE. These books are available on Amazon.

Mohammed’s name has been entered in INDIA PROUD BOOK OF RECORDS (IPBR) for being “India’s Youngest Author To Write Soulful Poetry In His Book Titled BESTEA”. He also received the “India Proud Award 2023” / “Bharat Gaurav Samman 2023” for the same.

His name was also entered in INFLUENCER BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS where he became “The World’s Youngest Author To Write Soulful Poetry.”

He has been chosen as “The Youngest Gifted Literary Star of 2023” by Cherry Book Awards.

He has been declared as THE BEST AUTHOR OF THE YEAR by SociallyPoint Foundation for which he received the PRIDE OF INDIA AWARD 2023.

On World Poetry Day (21st March 2023), he received the RASHTRIYA GAURAV RATNA AWARD by India News Index which is a leading news portal.

“During the lockdown, I came across the best Maths teacher in the world – Mrs Geetika Pallan. I met her on 27th October 2020 on an Edtech Platform and I instantly fell in love with her and with the way she taught this subject. I then began to gift her a poem on every occasion. She valued every word and told me that my poems were her greatest treasure. This motivated me to write even more.

My Book titled “BESTEA” is a collection of 21 Poems written for my favourite Geetika mam. She is also my best friend, my inspiration and my role model. I lovingly call her BESTEA.

BESTEA is a short form for BEST TEACHER.

BESTEA is not just a book, it’s an emotion! BESTEA has not only been written from the heart, but also from the soul! I hope and pray that my readers enjoy reading this book, just as much as I enjoyed writing it,” says Mohammed Saifi.

TANU GROVER

Tanu Grover, a poetess, an author, a happiness mentor and also an educator was born on November 27, 1982 to Mrs. Jaswinder Kaur (teacher) and Mr. Gurmeet Singh Pahwa (businessman) in the city of Jalandhar which is situated in Punjab, India. She is currently married to Mr. Ramandeep Singh and is blessed with two children, Karanvir Singh(17) and Banveen Kaur(13). She did her schooling from Montgomery Guru Nanak Public School, Jalandhar and then completed her graduation from Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidalaya, Jalandhar. After that, she attained a post-graduate degree in Education from Government College of Education, Jalandhar. Further, she studied happiness at Happitude and Berkeley Institute of California. She was the favorite of all her teachers, especially English teachers throughout school and college. She bagged many prizes in academics as well as extra-curricular activities especially those which displayed her love for English literature. She regularly participated in dramas, debates, declamations, story writing, plays and poetical recitations though her favorite activity was to sing Shakespearean songs. William Shakespeare, the great Bard of Avon has always been her idol though she loved to read Jane Austen, John Donne, William Wordsworth, Sidney Sheldon and Dale Carneige as well. Her love for literature led her into teaching the same in Cambridge International School, Jalandhar and later on, she even taught in the same school where she once went as a student. After a period of three years, she quit her job to work from home. Her specialization is IELTS though she prepares kids for all English competitions and exams. During the pandemic, she used her time productively to produce a romantic novel named ‘Could Love Be Forever?’ and secondly, ‘Pure Pleasure’ – a collection of one hundred poems which she had written since childhood. As her popularity grew, her inspirational and romantic poems made their way into many anthologies. In a national contest, she was ranked the top 21st poet of India and her novel also won the second award in romantic category of the LiFT awards. Her name has also been engraved among the top five influential women of the era. Due to her firm belief in true love and soul mates, she has also been given the title of ‘the new Goddess of divine love.’ Two of her books will be releasing soon this year, the first being ‘Dil-e-Daastaan’, a book of Hindi love shayari and second, ‘Is Love A Sin?’, a novel based on love, rebirth and karma.

MAYAA SH

Mayaa SH also known as Mayaa Tai, Mayaa Di, Mayaa Audio SH, Pushpa ‘The Fire’ , Padma Of The East, Lady Robin Hood , MS Dhoni Of Writing and Lady Gandhi is a known name in Contemporary Literature .She is a Multi-National Award Winner , a six times a World Record Holder, An Artist, a Podcaster,  a Record Chart Topping International Fastest Anthology Co-Authoress and has been chosen as number 1 The Modern Literary Stars Of India, 2022 by Cherry Book Awards for making valuable contribution to Contemporary Indian Literature. She has Won In Memorable Performance in the category termed as ‘Other than English write ups “ for her appreciation of hard work , creativity and dedication in Grand Christmas Competition 2.0 which has been a world record event of the largest creative event hosted online with more than 1000+participants . Mayaa SH is a Women Empowerment Culturist and a gender equality exponent to position and contextualize her work within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

She has depicted gender inclusivity and equality through her certifications from the United Nations and powerful writings on Feminism, Gender Equality, Transforming Vision Into Action: Transmogrification on Transgender Community and Mental Health Awareness Topics. Her work depicts the identity, economic and social freedom of many . She has co-authored more than hundred and fifty plus anthologies with seven solo books and has been aligned with more than 80 publication houses. She has been featured in several magazines and women oriented like Tejaswi -The Imperishable on Women Power and Honour including few international magazines. Her first poem “The Candle In The Wind” made her win an Award at the National Level. She navigates many women through stress by deploying talking as a medium to combat stress and fear. She is a six times World Record holder and for one of her books for penning down quotes to essay women through their tough times and Top 8 Exceptional Women Of India and is certified under Poshan Abhiyan ICMR- National Institute Of Nutrition, Department Of Health Research, Ministry Of Health And Family Welfare, Government Of India, Hyderabad, Telangana and Ministry Of Women And Child Development, India.

MANISHA JAISWAL

Manisha Jaiswal, a World Record Holder belongs from West Bengal. She is an emerging author who dreams to make a change in socity with the power of words. Recently received the title of Best Poetess of Year 2022. She is working for a Pvt organization by profession, apart from this she loves to read and in her spare time she loves to resolve the questioner that emerges in her mind.

She has bagged the awards of ‘Multiple World Record Holder in writing 14line poem’,  “India’s Top 7 Iconic Personalities of 2023”  ‘Best solo book Writer Award’, ‘India’s Top 20 Prestigious Artist Award’, ‘Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Azad National Excellence Award’, ‘India’s Top 30 Achievers Award , Rabindranath Tagore Literature Award and Nazrul Sahitya Samman Award  and Naari Samman Sheroes Award , TGP Women Choice Award 2023 , Banabhatta Sahitya Purushkar , Valmiki Gaurav Samman 2023 , Bharat Bhusan Award , Atal Swarna Samman and lastly Top 50 literacy Award 2023 for her contribution towards literature’. Her article was also published in Awaaz News, Hindustan Janta News , Sanskar News , Janmat Today Newspaper  etc not only that she also has been co-authored in more than 50 books. She is a regular writer in Namya Magazine. She has written her own solo book named “Tonic of Love & Heartbreak” and also Compiled “The Dynamic Love World” book. Recently She has compiler a book The Adduce Date… Based on Love Life.

Even she is the cover face of Namya  March Magazine, Sheroes Volume IV and The Face of The Great Podium Publication.

Whenever people ask about her inspiration, they always get a simple reply that her inspiration is her parents, her father Mr. Manoj Jaiswal and her mother Mrs. Asha Jaiswal. Both of them inspires and motivates her in achieving

her goals and her friends also always supports her.

Along with this she is holding the position of ‘Magazine Director’ in Drop of Change Publication.

TUSHAR KIRAN MOODGAL

Tushar Kiran Moodgal is a poet, sports journalist and writer hailing from a small town of Shahdara in East Delhi. His previously published works include multiple poetry anthologies. He is currently working on his first poetry book. Growing up, his father introduced him to the works of some of English poetry’s greatest stalwarts and instilled in him a love for literature and written word. It ultimately inspired him to pick up a pen and pour out his emotions on a sheet of paper.

He has a passion for Philosophy, History and study of political behaviour in societies and how it affects culture, which led him to pursue a master’s degree in Political Science and International relations. He also studied Japanese language at St. Stephens’s College, Delhi University.

He frequently shares his poetic musings and contemplations on his instagram account @cryptic_dissonance.

ROOPAL ARORA

She is Roopal Arora.She has done engineering in Information Technology.She has done Masters in Business Administration in Information Technology.She is OCP and SAP professional.She has done two courses from British Council.She is Microsoft educator,buncee educator and wakelet educator.She is a brainmaths professional.She has 6 years experience in big IT firms like Wipro and CNEB network as IT professional.She is remotely working for Marucom private firm as Manager Technical.She is a content writer with many writing firms.She has been part of thirty Anthologies.She got featured in many magazines.

POOJA PANDEY

Pooja Pandey is a poet, activist, and social worker from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. She is known for her intricate associations with the female wings of several social groups including Mahila Mandals. As an active cow cuddling activist, her contributions to Gau Raksha have been appreciated by the State Government. She has won several awards for her outstanding Hindi poetry and aspires to publish a series of poetry books in 2023.

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