Rachna is a poet and writer. Shehas completed her B.A Honors, C.I.D.T.T (Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers), C.T.E (Certificate in the Teaching of English), T.K.T (Teaching Knowledge Test), DAPR (Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations). She is currently working as a Trainer and a freelance content writer.
What inspired you to start writing?
I was inspired by everything around me – the meandering river that flowed close to my house, the mango and betel nut trees in the garden, the tea bushes, the cows that the house owner had, the washerman, the mashis (maids here) who helped my mother bring us up, the teacher’s mannerisms, the picket fences around my house (just like in Enid Blyton’s books), the rickshaw pullers, my friends, my family…Everything in my little town spoke to me in a language only I could understand and that is the reason I began to write about them!
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
I love reading and even as a child I would spend hours with my favorite books, which included: Tinkle comics, Tintin, Asterix, Books by Enid Blyton – (The Magic Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Tree, The Secret Seven series and The Famous Five series), Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
The greatest challenge for me is striking the right balance between revealing too much and saying too little about my feelings and emotions.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
Since I write poems, there is no research involved. Having said that, I would like to add that writing poems involves a lot of introspection; it’s like looking into your soul and finding out what makes you who you are!
What motivated you to write the book “Kaleidoscope”?
The monsoons had just begun; the rains fell and covered the Earth with water. Everything glistened and the aroma of wet mud filled the air. I was intoxicated by the rainbow, the raindrops, the waterfalls, the mountains, the meandering roads and the people I saw. I needed to write about them; to keep the moments, the feelings, the scenes frozen in the pages of a book that would be read now and in the future!
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Kaleidoscope”?
Kaleidoscope – The changing colors of Love, is my second book. Unlike the first, Myriad Hues which talks about things around me, Kaleidoscope focuses on love. The 37 poems in the book are divided into three sections – Togetherness, separation and reunion. Most of the moments in the book talk about my favorite season, the monsoons! The first few poems focuses on being together and wanting to spend every moment in each other’s company… as the poems progress there appears a thread of doubt, of self-pity, distress, pain, heartache and loneliness. Since I am one of those people who believe in love and togetherness I have ended the book on a happy note – Reunion 🙂
How did you come up with the idea of writing collection of poems genre book?
Love is the best feeling in the world. It’s the only emotion that is made up of all the right adjectives :-). The idea of creating a collection of Love poems appealed to me during my favorite season and once the idea germinated in my mind the poems just began flowing.
Who are your favourite authors?
My all-time favourite author is Robin Cook. I also like books by Jeffery Archer, Kunal Basu, Ken Follett, Sarah Kay, Rumi and Gulzar.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
Honestly saying I am not a dedicated writer and am unable to set a routine for myself. Though I do wish I was able to! I write whenever I have free time and most of the work is done on my phone…..technology does simplify life!
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
“Write for yourself!”
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