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 Criticspcae, 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: I’m a 23-year-old novelist with a keen interest in history (particularly Indian history). My novel, The Sunlight Plane, was launched at the Hyderabad Literary Festival in 2019. I am a winner of the Campus Diaries 25 Under 25, a national talent hunt that selected 25 people under the age of 25 in one of four categories: science and technology, design, photography, and writing—for which I was chosen. I have a Master’s degree from the University of Sussex in Migration Studies. Over the last year or so, I’ve taken an active interest in learning art (sketching and watercolour painting), and have recently also taken up the violin. Being actively creative is very important to me, and it’s one of the only ways I think life can be consistently interesting.
I have been featured in The Purple Breakfast Review, a literary journal in the UK, and the Lakeview Journal. My short piece, ‘Aleppo’, was long-listed for the DNA Out Of Print Short Fiction contest. I also actively participate in poetry events across the city. Muse India has published my poems, The Foolish Dreams of Children/The Kite Maker and Coconut Curry in its Jan-Feb 2019 issue. I also mentor young writers with My Captain by the Climber, an organisation that has been recognized by the United Nations SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) as one of the top 50 youth-led solutions in the world.
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: I owe my writing to my parents. I started coming up with stories from the age of 6, and they were always extremely encouraging. Everyone in my family reads, so they were in a position to give me feedback and help me develop my craft.
My book was inspired from an article I read in the BBC when I was in college. Those days, I used to read the news on my phone in the train when I was commuting to class. That’s when I read about Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane that was circumnavigating the earth. I found the image of a real life ‘sunlight plane’ very evocative, and it sparked the idea for this novel.
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: My book is a story about two young boys in a very wealthy neighbourhood in Mumbai. It is a story of child abuse, bullying, and above all, friendship. I’m personally happy with the descriptions of the sky and the weather as metaphors, and I think this is a good book for everyone who likes an emotional story. I’m also extremely proud of the cover art for the book, which was designed for me by my best friend, Nivedita Sekhar.
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: I’ve mentored a lot of new writers and I’ve come to realise that many of them are not active readers. So the most important thing you have to do if you want to write, is to read widely. It is the surest way to improve your craft.
Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.