Rushank Mishra, an architect by profession and a poet by passion, is one of the talented young poets of this era. In a recent conversation, he shared some insights of his life. Let’s have a read:
Q. I Would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.
A. Well, I don’t know how to share something about me. I am a seeker who is looking for stories out there in life. I am an Architect by profession and running a practice in Delhi but I love writing especially poetry and fiction stories. I think life itself is a poetry; it’s up to us what kind of poetry we write for ourselves. I belong to a family where a habit of reading and writing comes from generations. My father and my Taiji used to write poetry. So, I am an ordinary guy walking with dreams on the street.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing a poetry book?
A. No idea, it happened on its own. I wrote my first poetry in class 4th when I was in school. I have no idea about it, how do I write, what I write and how this all is happening. The fact is, it’s happening and I am the medium. Sometimes I thought about it but never able to figure it out. Honestly, there are some poems which I wrote and I left wondering how I wrote them. Poetry happens to me and when it happens, I have no clue what is happening with me. I just enjoy that moment, it’s so joyful to pen down those random thoughts in a musical string. It’s all about balance I guess.
Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
A. Inspiration is everywhere, in rain, in a storm. But particularly in this book, it’s a long story. This book has layers of many- many years. Moreover, it’s about finding the self. There are some incidents in my life which I am not able to explain in my words, they come in poetry. There are many questions which I asked myself, never find any answer, they come in poetry. I am a person, who is not very vocal. I used to be silent and in those moments of silence many times I lost in some dashes, or you can say the voids where you are not thinking anything. That void, that silence, that moment of not thinking anything, they come in poetry. I think I have countless inspirations for this book. When you read it, you know it.
Q. What exactly does your book convey?
A. This book is a song of joy and celebration of life. This book makes a conversation with you, tell you about dreams, journeys, life, and death. It conveys a message of growth and love. If this inspires readers to follow their path and dreams, then that would be the most amazing moment of my life. Or else, read it and be the flow of that book itself.
Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?
A. Nothing. I certainly have no idea as this book is a collection of my poems over 15 years and with different phases of life, comes a different story. But there is an event because of which I decided to publish these poems. Once a friend of mine came to me and said thank you, I asked him why. He said, last night he decided not to submit his portfolio and sit online on Facebook where he found some of my poetry and got so much inspired that he made his submission and now he is going for a viva. I was surprised that day. After that, I decided that one day I will make these poems public so that some of the people get to know the way I look at life or perhaps these become a source of motivation for some people like me.
Q. How much time you committed to this book?
A. Approximately 15 – 18 years.
Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?
A. Never. There are more concepts in my mind as well, soon I will reveal them.
Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?
A. Never gave it a thought, but everyone has a certain viewpoint about different things. They all are right because we see things from our own perspective. I think the criticism is a food for growth; it helps you to improve your work. So I will certainly learn many things for my future through criticism.
Q. How was your experience with Bluerose throughout the publishing of the book?
A. The experience was good. Bluerose team is very supportive. They give the shape to my dream. This book has my soul, but the body is provided by Bluerose team. I really like the cover design on the very first Blink which is designed by Anjali Plaka, I really thank her for understanding the essence and give it the face. I also thank Tushar and Ruchika for managing and designing the book layout. I would also like to thank Arshad for his vision. It was amazing to join the team. I hope for a long relationship with them.
Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?
A. I am still a budding author, so I am not the right one to give advice, but yes, I would say the same thing which everyone else says, just keep on working and never lose your hope. And whatever is the cost, never ever compromise a dream as nothing is permanent here, one day it is all going to end.