Shashi Kadapa

Shashi Kadapa

I am the managing editor of ActiveMuse (, a Pune, India based no-fee journal of literature, poetry, and art. We have hosted writers from across the world, and have published three collections of short stories and poetry. I write fiction/ business management case studies, and take up IT work. I have a Bachelors in Engineering and an MBA and worked with a few manufacturing, sales, and IT firms, before I decided to take up writing as a full time profession. I also joined the dotcom bust of 2000 (lost heavily), took a few hard knocks, and thanked life when it gave me a chance again. Casagrande Press published one of my short stories 'The Gowda and his Bicycle' in their short story collection 'Cycling's Greatest Misadventures'. My work is published in other publications. My stories are based in India, have strong rustic/ urban theme, and speak about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of common people. I guess some of my stories will make you laugh, smile, and cry...I am working on bigger works, which I hope will find a publisher (and land me a fat fee). Until then, I keep hoping and praying...My genre is 'humor, satire, social drama, women's themes, horror, occult, and science fiction'.


Shashi Kadapa in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

2000 In my college days for the college mag.

What do you love about Short Stories?

They do not drag, meander, keep the reader engaged, and have a freshness

Do you write in other forms?


What distracts you from writing?

Mostly my work

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Music, travelling

What is your favourite book?

Cry the Beloved Country, Malgudi Days

Who are your favourite writers?

PG Wodehouse series, Munroe, Enid Blyton, Ayan Rand, Chase, KR Narayanan and Jeffrey Archer

Where is your dream location?

A nice island, plenty of water, mountains, with streams running into rivers

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Editors who reject my work ( I will need a very, very large hall)

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Follow the advice you give to others

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