Q. I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.
Born in Chandigarh and raised in Uttar Pradesh, a post graduate in English and awaiting my result of B.ed. I have worked as a freelancer for Ht city and a few Eng magazines. I have edited school books too. An avid reader, music enthusiast, keen observer, ocean lover and a star gazer.. that’s how I could define myself. Books have shaped my way of thinking, I would have been someone else as a human had I not fed my mind with books. I started with ,’Stardust’ being a movie buff….and my first book was Dale Carnegie’s , ‘ How to stop worrying and start living.’ I underlined and tore pages and pasted on my cupboard to follow all what he preached. My favourite book is ‘message in the bottle’, by Nicholas Sparks. I lost count how many times i read it.The letters in it….i cried reading them behind closed doors.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?
During conversations with friends, relatives , people I discovered people want to read, but lack of time makes it impossible. A long story if left midway loses the charm when picked again. Since people have damn busy schedules and endless responsibilities I deliberately chose a book with few pages, less words but more message so that reading becomes a fad again. Quotes and poems hit at the right place without much effort.
Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
Books have been my best friends. I used to visit library in my town once in a week. Reading for decades had made me choosy. For six months i could not find something that appealed me. And then i came across a quote on Instagram , ‘if you don’t find something worth reading, then this is the time for you to write something worth reading.’ I used to write and post on my fb and insta page. The appreciation by my folks inspired me to publish my book.
Q. What exactly does your book convey?
SIFAR actually has tit bits of a variety of people of all age groups. I have written about stuff that any reader from any sphere of life would at least find something relatable.
Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?
Anxiety….. I have always underestimated myself and that’s the fruit a person gets with this trait….Anxiety. Yes, frankly speaking, a wow also came from inside for my work… A page here …a quote there. A constant war was going on in my head. Shall I get this published? Is it too childish or the content too heavy? Would it be liked or disliked? A volley of questions and sleepless nights.
Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?
I had not assigned any particular time. The ideas always popped when I was busy or devoid of pen n paper. And the best thoughts peeped between 5.a. m to 6p.m.
Q. Did you ever think of giving up on writing the book?
Once I started writing there was no looking back.
Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?
Thankfully i haven’t faced any criticism yet. I am open to it though. Books are for readers…if there is something to improve and it helps me reach more people, i would certainly work on it. I would take criticism in my stride.
Q. How was your experience with the publisher throughout the publishing of the book?
Working with Blue Rose Publication has been a pleasant journey. Friendly, comforting, formalities free and all smiles.
Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?
I have to cross miles to reach that platform. Thank you for that honour. I would simply say stay humble, honest with your feelings and jot down that you have in mind. Anything written with a clean soul touches people for sure. My good luck to all the writers.