Q. I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.
I started taking my writing seriously after I turned fifty and had my first short story published in Sulekha.com. They had a review system then; they either accepted or rejected your contribution only after reviewing it. In 2009 I had my collection of short stories published.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?
After 2006 I started writing Absurd verses that I posted regularly on Sulekha.com; it continued for about six months or so till I lost interest in that. I was writing very bad verses; in fact most of them were atrocious; I only continued with it because there was no reviewing system by then. I stopped posting on Sulekha completely and that would have been that if I hadn’t seen a fish in a glass bowl in one of my friend’s house. That fish moving alone in that glass bowl disturbed me for days and I started writing about it as a poem. You can read that poem, “Fish in glass bowl” in this collection. Then slowly, I started writing about other incidents and some of the images I carried with me in verses and that is how this book had happened.
Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
I took almost eight years to write this collection of poems. If you ask me about inspiration I need to remind you that each poem took a long time to materialize and I think only this year I decided to get this published. Well, the inspiration is always there and as a writer I am happy my poems are published. In my case however, it is more like hard work than inspiration. I would say, it is more like a word or a line that falls into your lap when you start thinking of an incident, an image, a situation or a person. You need not even think sometimes; that word or line just follows you and then you start following it till you are finish the poem or story for that matter.
Q. What exactly does your book convey?
I am not trying to convey anything through my book. I only want to tell my readers that this is the way I have seen it; this is how I understand and this is how I want to present it before you. That’s all.
Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?
As I have already said this book took a long time to come and each of my poems are on different issues, concerns. I am willing to concede that certain emotions played a major role in my writing some of the poems but the poems took a lot of time too; I had to write and rewrite many of my poems a number of times so it is difficult to say what was going through my head while writing this book.
Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?
I have already answered this one.
Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?
I tried to back off after writing this book because I thought of not publishing this one. I have acknowledged the persistent persuasions of my dear ones and their efforts to get this book published.
Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?
Good and bad criticism had come my way before also; so I think I’ll be able to handle it sportingly.
Q. How was your experience with the publisher throughout the publishing of the book?
M/s Blue Rose Publishers supported me to the maximum from the beginning and I am greatly indebted to them.
Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?
Ans: I have no claim to fame and I do not think the present day authors need any advice from anyone. I am a budding author myself even though I am a senior citizen.