1. What inspired you to start writing?
My loneliness even in crowds. I loved nature and being an introvert could not express myself vocally being brought up in a conservative family, where girls were not allowed to show their emotions or feelings openly . My mother inspired me to write my feelings of a whole day in a diary. She read it when she found time from her household duties. And she predicted that I could be a good writer. Later my English and Hindi teacher encouraged me by motivating me to read or recite in front of the class and on stage.
2. How did you get the idea for Melody of Love?
I wrote many love poems as I was married at the age of 18 and went to UK. Here I saw lovers expressing themselves freely their love for each other in public places. Being a student of literature, I had read the metaphysical poets, romantic poets and many famous love poems which always mesmerized me. The magical expression of intimacy and passions moved me deeply. The question that love was more than just physical yearning; it was an eternal bliss that changed perspective of temporal life by offering eternity. Specially the love of devotees towards God brought transcendence in life. The book is a collection of enlightened love, very much influenced by Sufism, Rumi and Elizabeth Barret Browning romantic poems.
3. What inspired you to write Valley Whispers?
I am a Nature lover from childhood and felt deeply connected to it. Growing in a bungalow in a village surrounded by garden and orchard bonded me to Nature. Watching birds, butterflies, bees and the cattle was my favourite past time. I observed the trees, plants, flowers and the sky for long in different seasons. When I retired and I looked after my grandchildren in adversity, Nature around me was a great solace. I took them in the elemental park close to our house with a river flowing by. The children played and fed the fowls and wild birds around the woods and streams . Sometimes walking in the woods was my favourite past time away from my country and people .This is how the book was born listening to the whispers of the valley.
4. Can you tell us more about Silhouettes of Love?
This book is a collection of poems down the memory lane. When you are at leisure and in a foreign country, you miss home. The nostalgia and the longing for familiarity motivated these poems .It is a path walked upon which is history but guides one to live in the moment with its memory of love . A loving foundation is a strong root to instil confidence in a person and a loving family relationship is the best ground to start your poetic journey. This book is about relationships to cherish and celebrate in life.
5. You have written so many poetry books. How has your experience been so far?
My experience has been very fulfilling; it is as if a story has been told. I have been much appreciated and read and awarded. I love this as it’s the culmination of my observation, association, integration, celebration and proclamation of my thoughts and feelings. I have a great platform to celebrate my spirituality, my global vision and my views on reality that is very grim from my transcendental vision of the world. I live in a beautiful world of my own even in difficult circumstances. My books have been appreciated by the readers internationally. And I have received global awards in return and have been featured in international magazines. I have received far more than I ever dreamed.
6. What has been your biggest challenge in being an author?
I think my biggest challenge has been to begin this journey with uncertainty of what future has in store. But I think creativity has its burden of being untold. And the writer takes a plunge without inhibition of being heard and continues in the journey without the fear of success. It is drive, a compulsion, a flood of water that drowns you and forces you to swim or flounder in its waves of destiny.
7. How much time do you give for writing?
Some days I am writing for four to five hours. Sometimes I don’t write at all. It depends on my muse, which comes from observation or the need to write.
8. How does it feel being a published author?
It feels very good inside. Specially when my six books were published in a traditional manner, it gave me a path to tread on and a new journey to begin.
9. Are you working on a new book? Can you give us a hint on what the theme of the book is?
Yes, I am working on four books, 3 are poetry collections – Whispers of the heart, Garden of Muse, Bliss Beyond. The first is mostly love poems the fourth in a sequel of love poems, second is on Nature; the third in a sequel of Nature poems and the last is fourth book in a sequel of spiritual or soulful poems. I am writing one autobiography in form of novella -Beauty of Scars.
10. Which author/poets did you admire as a child?
All metaphysical and romantic poets. I loved Shakespeare’s sonnets and lyrics of his first four and last four plays. I also loved Hardy’s novels and poetry and Somerset Maugham’s stories. I loved Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Barret Browning poems. I loved Rabindranath Tagore, Sharatchandra, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Maithali Sharan Gupta, Harivansh Rai Bacchan, Premchand, Shivani, Subhadrakumari Chauhan, Mahadevi Verma and Tolstoy. Many more as my father had a library of his own of world famous writers. I loved reading autobiographies of great people.
11. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read as much as you can the books of great writers. Print the poetry conventions, poetry types, and study them. Write continuously, read poetry books. Find your writing style; participate in recitals. Participation develops skills. Choose the genre that you feel comfortable with and practice. If you feel like writing keep writing, do not give up or be discouraged by writers block or other people’s judgement. There will be bad days and there will be good days. And finally keep editing and improving your writing. There are great and legendary writers in this world whose work is still being edited as they have left several versions of their work in their unpublished script. There are many unsuccessful writers and Artist in their own times who became huge success posthumously. So don’t wait for success in this journey, as Emily Dickinson said: – “I could not wait for death “.
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