1.Tell me about your world beyond literature.
Beyond writing and books, I am a business guy who is busy managing all his retail stores which comprise of consumer electronics and wine and liquor in different parts of Delhi. It does become pretty hectic at times managing the different business activities everyday and that is when I come back to writing which acts as food for my soul.
2.What draws you to become a poet?
Pain, Ignorance, Heartbreaks, Crime, Injustice and Wrong acts
3.When did you start writing the poems compiled in this book and how long it took?
I did take 6 months to complete my first work “Chords of Life” and then another year to compile my collection in the second book “He said,She said”.
4.Do you ever faced writer’s block?
Many-a-times I have faced it. I don’t try too hard to get it off my mind. That is also a part of writing. I welcome it and respect it as nothing is permanent you see.
5.Any tips you want to give as how to get through the dreaded Writer’s block?
Keep patience and feel glad that atleast you got something being a WRITER…..lol.
6.How this name ‘Chords of Life’ came to your mind? Were you sure that the poems compiled in this book would actually strike a chord with the readers?
“Chords of Life” is like my first child. The names, the compilation, the reviews from readers all hold a very special place in my heart. I wanted to keep it simple and at the same time send a message to the readers through the title about the content of the book. That is when I thought about this title “CHORDS OF LIFE” which reflected the different shades of a person’s life.The simplicity of the work and the honesty with which the raw emotions had been converted into words made me really confident that even the non readers would feel a connect with this book. And that is what happened.
7.As poetries in your latest book is divided into 3 sections.Have you thought of it from the very beginning or it just came up?
I had planned it that way because I wanted to reach all the levels of introspection in an individual’s lifetime. The inner-self, the relations and the society all form the core.
8.Some of your poems depict stories.Are those stories actually a part of your life or it just a recipe of your imaginations?
What do you think about that? It really does not matter till the time you felt that you were reading about your own life as you flipped the pages.
9.What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Whether to censor some feelings or let it be raw and honest. I chose the latter.
10. It’s obvious that every work of an artist is favourite to him/her.But I would like to know which is your most favourite poem from this collection?
I would choose “Insecurity in Love”.
11. Anything specific you want to share with the readers or your fellow writers.
Always remember a pen is mightier than the sword. Make use of it and ensure the world is a better place to live in for everybody.
12.Now it’s time for rapid fire questions.You have to give the answers in single word.
Thank you for giving your precious time and wonderful answers.Wishing you a great success.
Interviewer: Shweta Kesari