Criticspace: First thing we would like to know about your basic information as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers
Author: Hello readers I am Dr. Monika Sharma. I’m a vet by profession and a poet by heart. I am a postgraduate in Veterinary Sciences and Animal husbandry. As a person, I’m very imaginative and love to imagine stories in my surroundings. My daily life is very hectic as I have a family with two kids to take care, along with a job that is also very demanding and generally not time bound. My public dealing job as a Veterinary officer generally has extended time duties. But from the day when I started keeping a record of my thoughts, whenever something strikes me, I want to have a pen and paper and just want to concentrate myself to pin down the flow of feelings or emotions or whatever strikes me. I love my career as a vet and I have given around 50 radio talks on various issues of animal husbandry for the benefit of the farmers. I have also published a few technical papers in journals discussing various methods of treating some well-known ailments. I love to dance and listen to music I love to draw and paint. Some of my sketches also appear in my debut book ‘Kuch Kehna hai Mujhe’. But as a poet or a writer, I’m quite new to the field. As a debut writer, I really require you an appreciation to move forward.
Criticspace: 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: Because of my oratory skills, I usually anchored the professional and other programs, and for those, I used to write a few lines or a poem or something to narrate, but as I never considered myself to be something like a poet or a writer so never thought of keeping a record all of all that I wrote but one of my teachers Dr. Suresh Arya motivated me to write. But in February 2017, I met a girl on the way and she introduced me to your quote writing the app. I wrote two quotes and later I changed my Mobile and forgot to download the app. In September 2017, one day I recalled your quote app and started writing again. Along with that I also started attending the open mics organized under the banner of your quote. In a wish to connect to people with writing abilities, I went far and wide to attend the open mics before I myself thought of organizing one at Bareilly. After that my pen and open mics became a part of my life. I organized many open mics at Bareilly, Almora, Rampur and on the way met many like-minded people.
But what changed my life, was open mic which I attended at Allahabad (Prayagraj) on 3rd December 2017, where I met people from the publication who loved my poems and came forward to publish my book. I also found a doctorate in Hindi Dr. Vinay Kumar Srivastava as a mentor to my Hindi poetry, which led me to my journey as published poet leading to my debut book ‘Kuch Kehna Hai Mujhe’. Some other people who influenced my writings are my husband Dr. Mukesh and my kids Lalit and Anant.
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 full of poems with a wide range of emotions and situations. If you have not read it, then I want to tell you that the book is going through an awesome journey and is loved by all who picked it up. My book was published in June 2018 and the book launch function was held at Bhopal. The panel at the book launch including included the well-known epic writer PadamShri Narendra Kohli ji and Padma Shri Gyaan Chaturvedi ji. Just after 15 days of the book launch, a wide book review discussion was held at Allahabad which included veteran and renowned poets and writers of Allahabad and around. The book was very well appreciated in the panel and widely covered in the media. The publication claimed it to be the best seller, as the first edition was sold out in just four months and in October 2018, the second edition was printed. The book launch of the second edition was honored by The Honorable governor of Uttar Pradesh Shri Ram Nayek ji. And what added another feather to the cap was that the book won the prestigious Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan award from the government of Uttar Pradesh. So I think it is a book worth to be read by all Hindi poetry lovers as the book has lots of diversity and I think it won’t disappoint its readers. the book is available on Amazon.
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 think, if anyone wants to write and become a published author, the first thing is, Be pure to your feelings. Don’t be afraid to write what you think should be written. Don’t think, what others would think about you after reading your poems or text.
I think using proper words to express is also very important, as only the right words would convey the right message. I think keeping your language simple, might make you more clear to the readers, as straight language can be understood by all.
Last but not least, don’t lose heart. Where there is a will, there’s a way. Destiny took me five hundred kilometres to recite a poem at Allahabad Open Mic. It was not just a recitation, it was God’s way to take me to the next step, to meet my mentor, my publisher and many more who helped me to sharpen my pen. So just thank God for your ability to play with words as you are different than rest of the world because you have a pen in your hand and as the saying goes ‘pen is mightier than the sword’, So take your pen and change the world in your own small way.