Q. I would like you to share something about myself with our readers.

I am a cusp of Cancer & Leo hence tend to get very emotional & assertive at times regarding my views & expressions. I am happily married middle aged mother of a handsome college going son, though I would have loved to have a daughter too (which is, no doubt, fulfilled by many of my students). I am a voracious reader and just cannot classify books in any genre as my favourites. I read anything I get hold on right from William Shakespeare, Dan Brown, Paulo Coelho to Chetan Bhagat, Arvind Prashar, Sandeep Sharma, etc. etc. 

Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?

It was an accident for me to decide to go for a book as I was limited to scribbling here and there occasionally. Getting positive feedback from my friends & family initiated my search for a publishing house & may be go for a reality check in the world of printed words.  

Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?

Being very sensitive ( and sometimes sensible too) to almost everything around me, I kept on jotting random thoughts as and when they came to my mind. Inspiration as a word is very tricky as I believe that every breath you take is an inspiration to strive – to live. Expression is the key to survival – be it in any form. 

What exactly does your book convey?

This is a small collection of some 30 odd poems, rhymed and otherwise covering a plethora of themes of our everyday life. Since the poems are in Hindi which nowadays many youngsters are not very interested in, I have also added a bilingual commentary to each poem. This caters to the need of either the theme or the background or the setting of the piece. 

Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?

While I was writing these individual pieces, I was no doubt stirred by a particular emotion of that particular time & space. But while I decided to pen them down as a book, I was sure of a couple of Do’s and Don’ts. I was sure I wanted to keep it as a small collection so as to observe the nerves of the readers and also how was I received by them. Also, I was very sure that I wanted to keep my vocabulary simple & easily understandable as I wanted to not write but converse with them. 

Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?

No set limit but the first poem and the last one spread over a span of not less than 4 years. Sporadic and meagre writer as I was.

Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?

Not exactly as an idea to back off but surely I was a bit concerned and nervous about my decision being the right one or not. Then I decided to give it and myself a chance – an opportunity to try at least once. 

Q. How do handle criticism that comes to you? 

Criticism as far as my writing is concerned I am yet to face because all those who read them were very kind to me. My book’s back cover gives the review of a bestseller writer (Divya Prakash Dubey) which is very motivating and encouraging. As far as criticism in general is concerned I have multiple ways to handle it depending upon the situation or who the critic is. Worth is what matters to me hence if the criticism is well meant and worth it then surely I pay the most sincere heed to it. It not, then I take it in my stride and may even ignore it.

Q. How was your experience with Bluerose throughout the publishing of the book?

My picking up Bluerose publication was a chance decision as I was getting various suggestion from my author friends (perks of being a regular reviewer I guess). Towards the end I picked up Bluerose between the two choices of Notion Press and you. Since then it has been a very smooth journey and constant guidance and support with nothing to complain. I stand by my decision as the right one and will go for my second book also with the same publishers – the manuscript of which I am presently working on.

Q. How would you like to advice the budding authors?

I am myself a bud hence feel it not right to guide budding authors but whatever I have gained through living four odd decades of my life I shall say so. Reading and listening the language you wish to write on is the best way to enrich yourself. Grab every possible chance of reading and listening the language of your choice without any prejudices regarding good or bad literature. Every word which connects with the people is right and worth paying attention to.

Book Review: Ankahi