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Stand a chance of winning one of Sashnee’s new books

Dundee author tells us what inspired her to write her first children’s book

When Dundee author Sashnee Singh held her first published book called ‘Slow down little Tortoise or you will miss all the fun,’ in her hand, her mind drifted back to her childhood. Playing with her cousins, she came up with elaborate worlds and lived out amazing adventures through play. It’s not hard to see why she chose her first book to be a children’s story. “My grandfather would sit and listen to us playing, and he always told me that I should become an author one day. Years went by, and I never gave his advice another thought until the day I held my first published book. That was the first time I realised that my grandfather’s words had stayed in the back of my mind all these years.” She chose to publish her books under her maiden name.
She was born and raised in Dundee. Studies and life took her on a journey to Durban before she came right back to her hometown to settle and start a family of her own. “I was like most other young people who leave their small town homes. I believed I would never come back to Dundee. But as fate would have it, I met a wonderful man, Shaiel Chunder, who was studying in Johannesburg while I studied finance in Durban. We grew up almost literally across the road from each other, but our paths never really crossed until we were both adults. When we met, it was love at first sight. His family owns a well-established business in Dundee. So, when his father passed away, he decided to join the family business. I grew up in a loving home in this small town and love brought me back to it when I thought I would forever bid it farewell.”

The Chunder family has two bubbling pre-schoolers, aged five and three. “Parenthood has changed me. It makes you realise what’s important in life. Our lives are so rushed and I found that I do my best parenting at night when it’s story time. I think it’s important for parents to realise that your time is the most valuable thing you can give your children.”
She decided she wanted to spend more time with her own thoughts and imagination as she has so many untold stories in her heart that she wants to share with the world.
“I woke up one day and decided there were so many things I take for granted, things others fought and died for us to have. Years ago, all a woman could be was a wife and a mother. These days you can be anything you want to. The only thing standing in your way is you.”
Sashnee owns the Montagu franchises in Dundee and Newcastle. “Through these businesses, I am committed to serving the community to maintain healthy lifestyles. We are excited to have just launched a new expansion to the business. We cater to the demand for corporate and individual gift boxes.”
Owning multiple businesses, working from home, being a mother and a wife, time is not something she has heaps of. “I wrote this entire book by just setting aside 20 minutes a day. I believe; if you want to write… write.”


She is a self-published author. “I think it is fabulous that we live in a day and age where you can do these things yourself. I started small and printed only 100 copies. I’m very proud of my accomplishment, but I know I’m standing at the foot of a great mountain which I will climb, one step at a time. This is only the beginning. I have another children’s book in the pipeline. But as time goes by, I plan on writing more mature books about travel and adventure. I also have a website where I share my experiences with like-minded people. The address is www.sashnee.com or visit my blog. ”
Travelling is another passion of hers. “My husband and I have travelled abroad many times. Last year we spent quite a bit of time travelling through the United States. The memories you create are just precious. This year we are taking our children to Euro Disney.”
While she loves her hometown and feels fortunate that they can raise their children there, she is unsure of what the future might hold for them. “Our hearts are open to whatever life brings us. I think success waits for those who pour their hearts into everything they do.”

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Sashnee is giving three lucky readers the chance to win one of her new books. To enter, all you have to do is fill in the form bellow:

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The competition runs from 24 March until 21 April 2017.

If you are an employee of Caxton (or of its shareholders, any of their subsidiaries, franchises, dealers or any company affiliated to its shareholders), or a family member or business partner of such a person, you are unfortunately automatically disqualified from this competition.

Entrants must be over 18 and be residents of SA.

A winner will be randomly drawn.
The prize is not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
Winners will be notified via email or phone.

We will treat all personal information obtained through your entry as private and confidential.

 

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