69 AUTHORS INTERVIEW
- Take us through the journey of writing your book.
Answer: I used to write stories since my childhood. But, due to lots of reasons I had left writing since long time. But, I made an accident in 2nd February, 2018. I was selected for an international short-term course in Africa. It was from 16th to 29th April, 2018. I was unable to walk. I was laying on the bed. I was thinking how to pass time on bed and get prepared for my exciting tour to abroad. I was on leave from my organization. One day, I thought to publish something in Africa. I thought and thought. I explored my previous manuscripts starting from field experiences, case studies, research findings etc. But, I wasn’t satisfied with anything. On March 22, 2018 I started thinking to write a short story as writing research article or any other things need more time and in-depth research. I started writing “The Fortunate Love” up to April 10, 2018. I wrote it whole days and nights without caring my health. I passed days and nights without thinking anything. I could write a story and made 10 copies to publish in Africa.
- Tell us something about your book.
Answer: The Fortunate Love is a novel of college love and romance. The novel has strong and valuable messages to the teenagers to lead a happy and meaningful life in right direction. It also reflects about the different socio-cultural barriers in the society, the ways to overcome, support each other and lead a spiritual love-life during the old age. This novel motivates the youth to achieve their goal in life even they are in relationship. At the same time, it has reflected to focus more on career to get out of poverty trap and create better position in the society. The novel tells about the true love and its definition to break societal barriers among the lovers to lead a happy and meaningful life. The novel tries to empower a divorced woman on her own way. Besides, it also explains about the roles and responsibilities of a true ex-lover or a friend. I have preserved the traditional culture and values in writing. I try to bring positive changes through strong and valuable messages to society. “The Fortunate Love” brings the hope among the failures in love to lead a happy and successful life.
- It’s a saying that writers are another creators. Do you agree with it?
Answer: Obviously, I agree that writers are another creators. A writer sees the incident in a different world where readers wish to have during the journey of his/her life. A writer thinks deeply, decorates the incidents with his/her imaginary thoughts and colourful pen. They create their own product for the benefits of the society. Even, my novel might bring a new dimension of love-relationship and change the mindset of the youth in future.
- Your inspiration besides your family?
Answer: This is a great puzzle for me since long time as I started writing without reading much. Even, I read “Na Hinyate” after publication of my novel. I hope Maiyree Devi is my inspiration. Moreover, I also like our famous novelist Prof. Prativa Rao, who has many award winning novels in the national and international level. These two women are my inspiration.
- Tell us something about yourself.
Answer: I am a PhD Scholar who work for the socio-economic development of the poor tribal communities in an NGO based at Madurai. I used to work hard for the organization, for my PhD and spend time in my writings. I am born and brought up from an interior areas of a middle class family. I have struggled lots financially during my school and college days. After completion of Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Management, I got opportunity to work for agriculture development across different states of India. I am also one of the recipients of Netherlands Fellow Programme (NFP) for participating short term course conducted by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation at Mekerere University of Uganda, East Africa. I am also one of the recipient of “100 Inspiring Authors of India Award 2018” which was organized by The Indian Awaz.
- By holding your own book is a special feelings always. For you, how was that feeling?
Answer: I took print out of my novel in the whole night as I had plan to release in Africa. I worked hard to take print of 10 copies and gave for binding in a print press. I was the happiest person in the world who held the novel and flied Africa to release it. While it was released, I was very excited and also participants were around me to take photographs especially from 10 countries. Even, I hope no writer would have this types of environment in his/her releasing ceremony. I feel I am the luckiest person whenever hold my own creation, The Fortunate Love.
- Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?
Answer: My favorite write is Maiyrtee Devi. I had read her novel “Na Hinyate” and it has been my favorite book forever. It has inspired me lots to understand the way of writing a love story which can touch heart of millions.
- Share some memories (good and bad both) of your reader’s response.
Answer: I gave one copy to Dr. Arend Jan van Bodegom, Research Head, Wageningen University of Research, The Netherland to read it before releasing. I hadn’t thought he would have read it within his busy schedule. But, surprisingly he told that he had read whole novel last night as it was interesting. He couldn’t stop reading it. He enjoyed lots. I was totally shocked. It was the best award for me. Anyway, I released it in presence of 29 participants from 10 countries on The World Book Day. Finally, my first novel was released at Essela Hotel in Kampla of Uganda, Africa. I felt very happy. There is no such types of bad memories related to the novel. There is no such bad memories on this novel.
- What are your other hobbies?
Answer: I used to write articles on agriculture issues as well as document case studies from ground. I usually spend time in blogging my learnings and experiences. I listen music and watch Odia movies.
- What is your next plan of writing?
Answer: I am writing my next novel that is somehow related to “The Fortunate Love”. My Next novel will definitely bring “The – Love” in its name and quality. May be it would be “The Immortal Love” but time will suggest for naming it. I also want to explore in writing and publishing poems, of course it will be in Odia as I have lots of written poems which need to be rectify and publish soon. I am not from English literature background and hence afraid of writing English poem but I will definitely write one in future.
- Do you ever feel like writing is tough?
Answer: No, I never feel as I enjoy it. I bring new thoughts and emotions in my writing and mix with my own or others experiences. I write from my soul. It is one type of research and you will find new learning once you are emerged into it.
- When did you first realize that language has some power to bind hearts?
Answer: I wrote the novel from my hearts. The language comes from inner heart with practical experiences and full of emotions are the best language to bind hearts. I wrote a love letter in my novel which has touched to many readers. The word Jaanu and baby has as usual impacts to readers but one Nigeria reader named Sataku asked me the real meaning of “Jaanu” when I released it in Africa. She liked the explanation and recited it many times during our training period.
- Which genre you prefer the most for writing?
Answer: I prefer contemporary romance genre. At this age, I can be reached to many readers through my writings especially on the youth.
- What challenges did you face while writing and getting published ?
Answer: I released the novel without professional editing and process of published in Africa. I came back India and felt lots of pressure while all my friends and relatives asked me to read it. Even, friends from foreign asked me to read it. I struggled to find a publisher. I thought for self-publishing it. I approach notion press. Anyway, it came well. They had asked 40 days but they hadn’t done any work till 40 days. I had an argument with them as there was lots of pressure from readers to read it. They didn’t do edit properly otherwise it could have somehow better in editing process. Anyway, I had a bad experience with notion press publisher.
- Few words for your lovely readers?
Answer: “Love the Love words in my writing and you will fall in love with me.” As we cannot leave without love it may be in any forms, I don’t have existence without your love. Please be the supporter for love and help others to lead a happy life. Our love can be an instrument to cure down fall of the society.