Journey with pen began when I was just 12 years old. Writing or basically poetry began in a way of studying or mugging up things. Then, I often used to search for rhythmic words or phrases rhyming with the syllabus that we had to mug up. Also being an introvert person I found it very difficult to express my feelings. When the night sleeps, I used to scribble unspoken emotions which turned poetry. Thus began my journey with the pen.
1. Where were you born and where do you call home? Or where are you from? What is your profession?
A. Born and brought up in Mumbai, so I call Mumbai as my home. Academically I’am a Chemical Engineer (Diploma + B. Tech) with multiple certifications from NIIT and Oracle and currently pursuing a Cisco Certification course from Bangalore. Professionally iam still a student but have looked after our family business for 3 years.
2. How long have you been writing? How many Poetry book have you Published?
A. Iam Writing since I was twelve years old. Silent Voices, Breaking Silence Series (Series of Four books), these 5 books come under a solo title along with it iam a part of Colours an Anthology with 3 other young and vibrant writers, also iam a part of Project Humming Bird.
3. What kind of writer would you describe yourself as?
A. hmm… A writer that follows his heart only while scribbling notes.
4. Which is the source of your inspiration?
A. Daily Life can be the best phrase that can describe my source of inspiration. Still at times I jot down the unexpressed emotions which lies deep within my heart. Whenever something comes in my mind I make it a point to scribble it somewhere or type it.
5. How do you feel when your name is engraved in the Indian Book of records in 2012? What is it for?
A. That feeling cant be expressed but I was on cloud nine when India Book Of Records took a note of my work. The record being the Most Published Poet in a year with a total 400 poems being published in a series a four books in a year.
6. Murder to Moksha is your first Fiction novel. How did you get an Idea from?
A.. Yes Murdered To Moksha is my first Fiction Novel with Ketki Borgaonkar. Some topics are less spoken about or not spoken at times. Murdered To Moksha is one such novel that deals with one of the most controvertial topics that exists in the world in which we live in. so I decided to have my hands on this topic.
7. What are your future goals with your writing?
A.. Future goals … just write and write more and continue writing as a hobby. I don’t intend to make it as my bread and butter despite the accolades attached with my name in the literary field.
8. What is your genre and are there any other genres that you would like to try?
A. Fiction based on real life is my genre of writing. Other genre I will like to try includes Non Fiction on Social issues on which I have already started my research work and consulting many attornies for the same.
9. Tell me Something about your book and the characters and also about you co-author Ketki Borgaonkar?
A. The book revolves around the Life of Aarav and Esha the Protagonist of the book, dealing with one the most controvertial topics as earlier mentioned Murdered to Moksha is an easy read and everyone will be able to connect to it. Aarav’s Character resembles me to quite an extent but yes there is fiction attached with it. Whereas Esha’s Character can be defined as a subtle lady who knows the value of life.
Ketki Borgaonkar… A mature kid can best describe her. Despite her working hours and studies she has made up to the expectations which I was looking for. The core concept of the book is my idea and majority of the writing work is of Ketki with my inputs as well. We used to sit together over a video conference at night and discuss scenes that had to be incorporated in the book, majority taking instances from our real lives. Ketki is also a very good poet and she writes really good poetry. A very expressive person and can express emotions with a few strokes of pen.
10. Tell me Something about your passion for poetry?
A. It all started when I was twelve years old. I was finding it difficult to study and was losing on grades. Being introvert was the biggest problem; I was not able to convey my difficulties to even my teachers as well. This difficulty of me was noticed by my partner at that time Swayam. So one day he just told me a very simple technique to remember things i.e. to write and practice and try to write in short ways and in rhythmic ways so that it is easy to remember. While doing this once for a chapter in geography, it turned out to be a poem. And it started from there. I began to think if studies can be made in a rhythmic way, why not emotions, so I began to write whatever came in my mind, the messages or emotions that I couldn’t convey were scribbled down.
The hobby of writing was a well kept secret till the time I reached the vacation of my ninth grade. It’s during the vacation of the ninth grade that studies for the tenth grade begin. To improve my English and to clear doubts, rather loads of doubts, I used to go to an English Teacher who stayed in the same complex and our family friend as well. It was once while talking to her it came out of me that I write which was a well kept secret till that time. She asked me to show some of my writing if not all. I selected five poems and took it along with me to her place and she started reading; she was one of the first to encourage me to start writing.
Time passed by very smoothly till the year 2007. It was during this time I had three friends we all used to hang out in malls and in coffee shops... We all four used to sit in a specific coffee shop in crosswords. One day while together I just pointed out the Literature section in that a specific sub section – Poetry. I just told them I will at one point of time have my book here on these shelves. To my utter surprise I was surrounded by laughter. I just looked around and all three were laughing at me and one girl in specific told me who will read your book or in the first place publish it. I felt very bad and was feeling very embarrassed as there were many people sitting around looking at me. I just got up from that table and while going from there I told them I will not forget your laughter and one day atleast one of my books will be here in this shop and in this section. It took me four years to publish my first book.
Now if you see the journey of me in poetry
It all started with a way to remember things for studies . . . scribbling down my unsaid feelings and emotions . . . to the best kept secret . . . to being made fun of, mocked at, and even laughed publically at. . . . And now with the collection of five books on the shelves of many book stores worldwide and a National Record with India Book Of Records and an honorary Doctorate Degree conferred by World Record University
11. What books have influenced your writing?
A. I’am not an avid reader so I cant answer this. Giving a fake answer was easy but I prefer not to be fake.
12. Tell me you have already achieved great heights and won so many awards. How you take this success?
A. Yes… a shelf full of awards and trophies. I should take the awards and success humbly, but I take it with a bit of pride. As a dream which was mocked publically is now a reality.
13. Is it your habit to wait for inspiration or you just get on to writing?
A.. No… whatever come across my mind I just scribble it down. I don’t wait for any inspiration to come across else I would I have just kept waiting and wouldn’t have started writing.
14. How you reach over the reviews you get for your books?
A. I Love my critics, I take them in a very good spirit, after all its for my betterment, betterment for my writing skills, though not a profession but as a hobby.
Finally, Do you have anything specific that you want to say to our readers…
Hmm… I am often mistaken as an arrogant person which I am not, I just say the truth dead blunt on your face which is hard for many to digest. Murdered to Moksha depicts this well in the Character of Aarav. Even before its release M2M has been tagged as an internet hit, looking forward for more showers of love from our readers.
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