Rochelle Potkar


Rochelle Potkar's short stories have appeared in Far Enough East, Sein und Werden, The Medulla Review, The Nassau Review, Women Writers, Writer's Hub, Bewildering Stories, Cantaraville, Muse India, The Bangalore Review, Revenge Ink, Nivasini, Unisun, Triangulation, and Lame Goat Publications, Annapurna magazine, Rollick Magazine, The Freshwater Review.

She narrated two true-life tales at Tall Tales, Studio X, Kitab Mahal, where her content and performance were lauded. She completed an Advanced Fiction Seminar offered by University of Iowa's International Writing Program via distance learning, 2013.

Her poems have appeared in The Brown Boat, The Finger Magazine, Haibun Today, The Bamboo Hut, A Hundred Gourds, and Poems for the Road podcast.

Her poem, 'Knotted inside me' was shortlisted for The RaedLeaf Poetry India Award 2013. Her poem 'Swing' won the second prize at The Wordweaver's contest, 2014.

She has read her poetry at100Thousand Poets for Change, Kitabkhana, Godrej India Culture Lab, PEN@Prithvi, The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, American Library-Chennai, and Out Loud & Fringe Club, Hong Kong. She was an invited poet at Poetry with Prakriti, Prakriti Foundation, Chennai, December 2014.

Her first book of short stories, 'The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories' was shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year Award 2014, by Publishing Next, Goa. Her next book, 'Dreams of Déjà vu' is a speculative novel.

She forms the core team of Cappuccino Readings at cafes in Mumbai and is the co-editor of Neesah Magazine.

Born in small town Kalyan, Rochelle craved big city only to realize that Bombay was a small town in a large world.

Her video poems and haibun may be found at: Her Amazon author page: Her twitter handle: @rochellepotkar. Her facebook page:

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Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first story, 'Tropical Estuary' in 2005 as part of a 2-day writing workshop at an Art Festival.
I had been to Surat, a place in Gujarat, India for the turn of the year and as a part of sightseeing had landed in front of an estuary. While observing it, I wondered how the merging of river and sea could be so silent, compared to the noise of sea and river separately.

I came home and wrote out this story. When it got selected at Sein und Werden, not a word was replaced or edited. That gave me some confidence.

This story, though written first, wasn't the first to get published.
How do you approach cover design?
This is a zero-capital project and I did know a bit of Photoshop. Visualization too is not very difficult for any human on this planet, and so I did this cover design myself.

Hundreds of thoughts have been expended on how cover design is important. I like what somebody said: a cover design should transmute the whole feeling of your book.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Rochelle Potkar online


The Arithmetic Of Breasts And Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,220. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year 2014 Award by Publishing Next. This cluster of 7½ literary short stories presents to you the romantic-sexual facets of its people in their settings.

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