Q. I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.
I’ve tried my hand at a lot of different things. All my life experiences are what inspired the poems in my book. I worked with Reckitt Benckiser for 37 years. Post retirement, I set up a business of my own, a distribution establishment. It was during this time that I began to ruminate and reminisce my life, which inspired me to write. And here I am!
Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?
I didn’t have to come up with it as such. I loved making rhymes for my grandchildren, I enjoy listening to ghazals. It was sort of natural for me to pen down my thoughts in the form of poems. When I began writing the poems, I received encouraging feedback from my family and relatives. That’s what kept me going. I chose to write in Hindi as those are my roots. It is my mother tongue and I feel very comfortable and confident writing in my native language.
Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
My inspiration came from my life experiences. I’ve been to many a country, many a town, and met many different kinds of people. What better to convey these experiences that through literature? It was my family that encouraged me to publish my work.
Q. What exactly does your book convey?
The message of my book is the message of life. You know there isn’t just one! I’ve written about the different phases and aspects of life as I lived and experienced it. The themes of the poems are something everybody will be able to resonate with – childhood innocence, relatives, the love of a mother, money matters, God, and even cricket!
Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?
I wrote these poems at different times. This book is a compilation of poems I have been writing over the past few years. Every poem had a different thought going on in my head. Every poem is a different life experience, a different thought.
Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?
I have written these poems over the past few years. There was no specified time allocated. I wrote when I felt inspired.
Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?
I started writing poetry for the joy of it. I didn’t write to publish. It so happened, with the encouragement of my family and efforts of my granddaughter, that I published a few of the poems I have written. There was never any backing off, I write for the love of writing and conveying my thoughts.
Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?
Since this is my first ever published work, I consider myself a beginner. I truly believe that it is constructive criticism that takes you forward.
Q. How was your experience with Bluerose throughout the publishing of the book?
My experience with BlueRose has been splendid. It was my granddaughter who coordinated with them throughout the process. They have been helpful, guiding and patient all along. I’m looking forward to work with them again.
Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?
My advice to budding authors is that if you think you have a potent message to convey, something to share, just get started! I’d also like to make a point here and say that young and aspiring authors should embrace their native languages. India is a country rich and throbbing with culture and it is unto us to take this legacy forward. Take pride in your ethnicity and your language, and literature is the best way of immortalization. I’d also like to tell all budding authors that BlueRose makes publishing an extremely smooth and enjoyable process. It’s so simple to publish a book with them that I can’t wait to get my next one out!