And miles to go before I sleep

1. Please provide a brief overview of your book.

My debutant book “Abhivyanjana”-an anthology of 40 poems in Hindi was a precious tribute originating from my heart to my mother who left me 11 years back. My poems aren’t mere poems but the picks of life from my surroundings-some poems are result of personal experiences and some come from the different people I know. The book douches the readers in oceanic depths of emotions that flow in our blood stream.

2. Why you wrote on this topic and what is your inspiration for writing?

Being a language teacher I have learnt and taught knitting yarns from fibers of words and expressions. Sensitivity and love for poems   which I inherited from my mother besides the extreme moments of happiness or sorrow often led me to pour out my feelings in form of poems. Nature inspires me immensely …and yes my practical source of inspiration is my father whose tiny remark in my personal diary in adolescence “Keep Writing” carved the road leading to the world of poetry.

3. What is your life’s philosophy?

I follow no midway ….either this or that.

4. What was the most challenging part of your journey as an author?

Whether or not my first creation be accepted by readers? How would the launch go? Will my first book lay the foundation for my childhood dream of being an established writer? Would I be a drop in the ocean of great  and illustrious writers ?

5. How was your experience with your publisher, Onlinegatha?

Don’t ask me….! It was as though my dream hibernating since my childhood coming true with only complacence and firming self esteem germinated out of latent seeds. I had never felt like this ever…..My Publisher…..Synonym for one of my life’s biggest joys and the understanding team ever ready to support and encourage made things less challenging and cumbersome.

6. What was the most challenging part as an author?

Will I be able to justice with Hindi language and content after being only living professionally with English language for years?  Besides completing the project in stipulated time with hordes of obligations of work place, home, time ….challenges of squeezing out ideal hours for writing always stood in front.

7. How did you overcome those challenges?

Nothing …….just managed by stealing time in between sometimes in minutes, half an hour and if lucky 3-4 hours and wrote .Most of the time burnt midnight oil.  Moreover support from spouse needs special mention without which the book wouldn’t have reached completion.

8. Have you ever faced writer’s block?

No….Never! Shortage of Ideas had never been a problem.

9. If yes, how did you overcome it?

There wasn’t any need. This aspect has always been sans shortcomings.

10. Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.

When I am happy thoughts rush in torrents and when I am sad thoughts Ooze out spontaneously and richness….these two emotions are my reservoir of productivity.

11. Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.

Over sensitivity that drowns me down there in the deepest deeps of Aches. …I certainly want to change into a tougher being.

12. One tip you want to give the beginners of writing area.

Remember that writing isn’t a job or profession It’s a magical expression to make your heart throb to the rhythm of life.

13. Share one of the best memories while writing this book.

The unimaginable Launch and the honor and attention I got then. The way the August assembly of guests appreciated, went into its depth and recited beautifully all my poems.

14. What will be your next concept?

My autobiographical book on my experiences with my students especially those pearls whose sheen I still have harbored in my heart and who gave me beautiful lessons of life.

15. What are your top three getaway destinations?

Spain, Austria and North –East in India

16. Share a quote that inspires you the most.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

: Robert Frost