Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Gargi Mehra

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In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Gargi Mehra and her story “The Mantoux Test.”



What inspired your story?

A visit to the doctor inspired my story. He evaluated my symptoms and suggested a number of tests – the Mantoux test was one of them.

Can you tell me a little bit about your protagonist?

My protagonist Ravi is a young millennial seemingly down on his luck with a potentially unfaithful wife. He thinks he has the solution to his problem but events that unfold surprise him.

Tell me about the setting you chose and how it influences your work.

Most of my story takes place at the godman’s premises, or the protagonist’s home and office. The main character finds everything somewhat eerie once he embarks on his mission to unearth his wife’s infidelity.

What would you like readers to take away from your story?

The power of magic, and not believing everything you see or hear.

Which phrase are you most proud of in this story?

I liked the ‘stewing in his loneliness’ bit.

If your story was front-page news, what would the headline be?

Man Suspects Wife of Infidelity – But Is She Really the Culprit?




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What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

I attended a workshop in my city held by a published writer, which really opened my eyes to what I was doing wrong and what I could be doing better. I would put that as the best money I ever spent.

If you had to put your name on someone else’s book/story, which would it be and why?

I would love it to be Harry Potter, because I think JK Rowling writes the best descriptions of fantasy I have ever read.

When did you decide to take writing seriously?

I began writing for publication fifteen years ago, but took it much more seriously around five years ago.

 If you could choose a single superpower, what would it be and why?

The power to unleash a witty comeback to an insult at just the right time – this has always eluded me!



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Gargi Mehra is a software professional by day, a writer by night and a mother of two. She writes fiction and humor in an effort to unite the two sides of the brain in cerebral harmony. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines online and in print.



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2 Comments Add yours

  1. The witty come back at silly arguments, I haven’t been able to master them. I like your stories revolving around the commoners Gargi and set in the Godman premise, home and office. Your words always inspire.

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