Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Inviting Stories: Chicken Soup for the Indian Romantic Soul

Anybody who has had a sip of this Chicken Soup knows how good it is for health…it makes you smile, reminisce and even shed some tears…it warms the heart, which cannot but be good for the soul.

And many of us know that the India specific Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series was launched last year…titles out or set to be out so far are Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul, Chicken Soup for the Indian Teenage Soul and Chicken Soup for the Indian Armed Forces Soul. And the series promises another round of beautiful and touching soul curry.

The next in line in the series is Chicken Soup for the Indian Romantic Soul. And stories are invited for this compilation which is sure to be a delight. Do take this opportunity and tell the world your story…let’s talk about love.

Here is the brief of the author Raksha Bharadia who is working on the Chicken Soup compilation –

This is Raksha Bharadia. I am the author of:


  1. 'Me' – A Handbook for Life (Rupa & Co)
  2. 'Roots and Wings' - A Handbook for Parents (Rupa & Co).
  3. Chicken soup for the Indian Soul (Westland).

The current assignment undertaken by me is compilation of individual experiences for the 'Chicken Soup for the Indian Romantic Soul' for Westland publishing house.

The write-ups will carry the contributors' name. Westland pays Rs 1000 per story and two copies of the book. We carry a 3-4 line profile on all contributing authors. We accept blogged and published work too. The copyright of the stories stay with the author.

Please send your stories to: rakshabharadia@gmail.com before 30th September 2009

Recipe for A Winning Chicken Soup for the Soul Story

A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. They are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people.

Chicken Soup for the Soul stories have a beginning, middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating emotion rather than simply talking about it.

The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.

Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul Story

1. Tell an exciting, sad or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Make sure that you introduce the character(s).

2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh or get goose bumps (the good kind!) Don’t leave anything out — how did you feel?

3. The story should start with action; it should include a problem, issue or situation. It should include dialogue and the character should express their feelings though the conflict or situation. It should end in a result, such as a lesson learned, a positive change or pay-off.

What a Chicken Soup for the Soul story IS NOT:

1. A sermon, an essay or eulogy.

2. A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.

3. About politics or controversial issues.

4. A biography or testimonial.

Story Specifications:

1. Stories and poems should be non-fiction, ranging in length between 300-1200 words.

Feel free to submit more than one story or poem.

The Sections:

Finding True Love

Love and Romance

Romantic moments

Romance and Marriage

Memories of Love

Lessons in Love

For Better or for Worse

The Flame still Burns

6 Thinkers Pondered:

Priya Iyer said...

sounds interesting!!! :)

btw, do u write fiction? just curious...

VisH said...

Hey its sound goooooooood......keep doing tht kind or different kind of article....nice blog yaar

Jai Ho mangalmay Ho

abdul hai said...

intresting

Anupama said...

Hey Priya!

Go for it if it interests you...will be nice to read a sweet story from you in the book...

I have made a few feeble attempts at fiction but no, I mostly write about what has transpired in my life :)

Hey VisH,

Welcome to the blog...thanks for the kind words :)

Hey Abdul,

Thanks for the comment and welcome to the blog :)

Arun Nair said...

Find my story in "Chicken Soup for the Indian Romantic Soul" :). Btw, I blog at www.indianeye.org

Anupama said...

Hi Arun,

Welcome to the space and thank you so much for the comment :)

Kudos to the interesting content on your blog...I'll catch up on it as I go...also, looking forward to reading your story in the Chicken Soup For The Indian Romantic Soul...find mine in there too :)