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Priyanka Kole


First Language(s): Hindi
Second Language(s): English


Priyanka Kole is an undergraduate medical student from India. She is currently pursuing her MBBS degree from RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. She is a deep thinker, dreamer, and storyteller. These are the roots of her writing motivation. Her work has appeared once in a Kolkata-based magazine, “Shravanika.”


What was your favorite book as a child?

As a child, “ The Jungle Book” was my favorite book. From reading it to watching the cartoon, it became a memorable part of my childhood. Apart from that, some short stories such as “Kabuliwala” and “The Postmaster” by Rabindranath Tagore have impacted me.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I was always a storyteller and an introvert. The desire to be heard made me a writer. Giving shape to my thoughts clears my mind and keeps it sane.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

Being a daughter of an Indian Army soldier. My life was adventurous since childhood. Moving after every two years to different places within my country to changing schools to friends. It was a bittersweet journey. Getting into medical college was another thrilling experience in itself. Studying cadavers (dead bodies) to watching live surgeries, it still shows surprising aspects of it every day. The most recent thrilling experience I had was the spontaneous trip to “Jhargram,” a small hilly village covered in greenery, with my friends before the Pandemic. Planning it in half an hour then being on the road singing and laughing.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I like a silent corner to write and read, but while writing whenever I am stuck on a scene or ending I hear music to clear my mind.


Flash Fiction
Martha's Conversation
Issue Spring '21

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