Pavithra Ramesh is a graduate from Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru, looking ahead to pursue her MBA in International Business and Finance. While based in Dubai, she has written many articles for a Sharjah daily newspaper. She has also participated in National Level Business Fests. She now ventures with her first book ‘No Time to Pause’. She believes that desire is the best driving force to success and trusts her instincts to find her goals and aspirations. Let us know more about her writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
Inspiration is something you believe you can build on. My inspiration to start writing began when I wrote articles for a newspaper in Sharjah. I never knew these articles would help me achieve something huge, but gained appreciation on my writing style. I realised that I could do something on a bigger platform with better efforts. Moreover, I had a story to be told. So this is how my journey began.
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
I loved reading Enid Blyton and Charles Dickens as a young girl. The kind of picture they create in one’s mind is remarkable. I grew up with that kind of imagination.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Well, the selection of right words and finding a route to keep the audience engaged in your story without losing interest is the greatest challenge in writing. After all, only the words mirror one’s thoughts and speak for itself. This is a challenge any author would face.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
Research involves getting to know about details like the genre of the book, the word limit requirements and a check on the publishers. These become all the more important to a debutant author like me. I did my homework, got my facts clear and noted down key points as it came across. When you have a clear path, the journey gets easy.
What motivated you to write the book “No Time to Pause”?
The fact that I had a different story to be revealed motivated me to write and bring my thoughts to light. The novel focuses on young adults and I knew a large crowd could easily connect to the narration.
I wanted to enlighten the youth about the fast changing dynamics which leaves one with no time to rewind and regret. The past may have been tense, but the goal is to make the future perfect.
A novel is always a portrayal of the thoughts of the author and the book carries my perceptions to a great extent.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “No Time to Pause”?
It is something when a young girl decides to stay miles away from her family to pursue her dreams and education. The debut novel ‘No time to Pause‘ is an inspiration to all the young adults out there to follow their heart, never to stop or regret the crucial decisions of life and always keep moving on with complete inspiration and confidence.
‘No time to Pause’ is a narration of a typical college student who decides to move to Bangalore (now Bengaluru), India away from her family who lived back in Dubai. She wants to pursue her dream course and decides things would be perfect staying alone and having complete privacy.
She shifts into a Paying Guest (PG) accommodation where she encounters a girl with peculiar thoughts and actions tinged by her past. She had strong opinions on ways of living and a very different approach to life issues. On trying to dig what exactly made her what she was, the story of her past relationship, which did not turn up as good as expected and the experience she confronted during those days are revealed.
Learning from the new acquaintance on how to cope with issues, the girl realises that she has matured from the days of running 100 metres at the sight of a cockroach to facing the brutal situations that life puts one under certain circumstances.
With the college term ending, she leaves the institution not only as an academic achiever, but also a strong woman ready to face the rough world out there. She realises that life keeps moving on and there is no time to look back or regret.
How did you come up with the idea of writing fiction genre book?
My book is partly autobiographical but the crux is fiction. While I wondered how to go about the book, I developed a very unique story yet one very relevant to the current scenario. I knew this could send out a message that the readers can carry on how to move on in life with a positive mind frame. Above all, I love reading fiction and it gets simpler to work on something one enjoys.
Who are your favourite authors?
I like Preeti Shenoy. I find it easy to connect to what she writes. I also read books of Paulo Coelho.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
I never have a fixed time. Writing should be a passion that comes with the right mind-set. When I know I can give it my best shot, I write then.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
The message I pass on is something I strongly believe in. Follow your heart. No decision is a wrong decision and intuition never betrays. We write to be read and feel good, not always to be published. Never give up on it.
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