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We're launching the Book Tour for UNDER THE SHADE OF THE BANYAN TREE by Simi K. Rao! #BTPrism

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Author Interview

What inspired you to write Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree

Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree is a compilation of poems and short stories. The poems were written over several years. A friend recommended I publish them. Subsequently, I was advised that a book of poems is not necessarily palatable to a lot of people. Hence the idea of adding the short stories to reach more readers. 

If you could sum the book up in one sentence, what would you say? 

Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree is a collection of blissful moments; deep, invisible wounds; cries for help; declarations of defiance and philosophical observations which elucidate the different phases of the human condition. 

What challenged you about writing this collection? 

What I found most challenging is trying to put the collection together as it is so varied, and the pieces have been written over several years. Still, I think I’ve made a decent attempt. 

Which piece in the collection do you most relate to and why? 

That is a difficult question to answer as I relate to all the pieces in the collection. There is a piece that fits my every mood. 

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it? 

I hope readers will be able to relate to the book and find a part of themselves in this collection. 

What is something about you that is unique or we may not know? 

I did not start out as a writer nor did I ever intend to become one. I started writing as a stress buster and as a form of self-therapy. I never thought it will become a habit and a vital part of my life. 

Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree:
Poems, Rants, and Short Stories
By Simi K. Rao
Poetry, Short Stories
Paperback & ebook, 144 Pages
November 22, 2019

Life is not about achieving perfection, it's about reconciling with your imperfections.

Poems are fragments of life. In Simi K. Rao’s unique poetry collection for women, there are blissful moments; deep, invisible wounds; cries for help; declarations of defiance and philosophical observations. The poems and prose pieces compiling the collection are fragments of life elucidating the different phases of the human condition. Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree will leave readers wanting for more and have a deep impact on women of all ages. 

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About the Author

Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. The inspiration for her books, and other projects, comes from her work and experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles, and familial relationships. Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian American women face in real life. She is a practicing physician, and much of her down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction and poetry, and photography. She is also an avid reader and traveler and has visited many locations around the world. She has written four novels. Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree is her first collection of poems and short stories. She is currently working on a new novel. She lives in Denver with her family. To learn more about Simi or her books, visit or find her on Facebook.

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Two winners will each receive an ebook of Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree by Simi K. Rao (US only)

Ends August 5, 2020

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