Hello author, on behalf of all the readers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your book as well. This conversation will help reader to know more about you and your debut book.
Criticspace: Most welcome to Criticspace, Author. We heartily congratulate you for being a published author. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers.
Author: Thank you for providing this opportunity to me. I belong from Korba, Chhattisgarh but I am currently working with Sachhi Saheli, a Delhi-based NGO working on menstrual health and hygiene. I have pursued my post-graduation in Women’s Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Till date, I have published around 60 poems in various International and National Anthologies and magazines including, Muffled Moans, Symphony of Souls, Spirit of India, Remington Review, Ink Drift, The Quiet Letter, Quillopia, ParaSva, Delhi Poetry Slam, Her Tears, Queen, etc. I was conferred with the Poetic Galaxy Award 2018 by the Literati Cosmos Society and was awarded the prestigious Double Cross Gold Medal by the World Union of Poets. One of my research papers on pictorial poetry got published in a famous Italian blog, Verbumlandiart. Currently, I am also volunteering with Teach India, a CSR initiative of the Times of India.
Criticspace: That’s really great; please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author. When you actually started writing and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to write your debut book or was it your childhood hobby of writing?
Author: An author existed within me but I found her when I was 13 years old and explored her when I was in Class 11th. Till class 11th, I wrote quotes. Class 11th was a turning point in my life because I had to live in my school’s hostel without my parents. Thus, I used my writing skill to justify my loneliness and started penning down blank and free verses in my diary. Although, I composed my first poem in Hindi when I was in class 8th but after class 11th, poetry became my support system. It started healing me from bruises which I suffered during childhood as a child sexual abuse victim. My first poem got published in my school magazine in 2012 and it was a tribute to our Indian Army. Title of my first published poem was “Bravery and Its Name”. Well, my book “Poetic Wings” is not just about poetry but it is based on feminist ideology. It is a powerful work which emphasizes on various gender issues. This book is a compilation of poems and is beyond technicality because it has manifested from various inner and outer conflicts like, sexual abuse, social pressure, etc.
Criticspace: Please tell the reader something about your book. What is your message to those readers who have still not read the book? Why they should pick it up for reading?
Author: Interestingly, Poetic Wings is unique because it has a feminist approach and tries to break various social taboos and myths which women and men face due to patriarchal pressure. I would love readers to get messages along with goose bumps while reading this book. Well, it’s time to move beyond our secondary identities like, gender, class, caste, religion, etc. and embrace our primary identity of being a human.
Criticspace: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those new writers who have not yet started their journey of becoming an author? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Author: Writing needs a lot of courage and experience. So, don’t wait for the society to ruin your dream of becoming an author. First objective should be to read and be patient. Second objective should be to write frequently. Third objective should be to be bold and unafraid. Fourth objective is to find a mentor. Fifth objective should be to find the right publisher. If you are able to do this, you will succeed gradually.
Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.