Old Soul Story is a gorgeous tapestry of delightful beads of poetry on love. Each poem traces the simplicity and profundity of love, expresses its softness and tenderness with wonderfully put words, and makes a way for us to absorb love in its most raw and genuine form. In a candid conversation, we got its author Vishakha Rupawat to talk about her love for writing, her latest release, and a lot more.
Let’s dive in:
Ques: Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi, I am Vishakha Rupawat. I attained my graduation in English literature from Chennai and have recently completed my Masters (also in English literature) from Bhopal. I got my first book (Old soul story) published in April 2019.
Ques: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t think I can point to a certain moment of such realization because honestly there cannot be one flash of a moment. Although I never thought to write a book until a few years ago.
Ques: What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
I wouldn’t say ‘Inspire’ as such but the many stories and books since my childhood till now have contributed a lot to where I am today. I have a keenness to observe; even the things that others find to be trivial. So, a lot has caught my attention and has landed in my mind and also my book finally.
Ques: Tell something in brief about your latest book. How did the idea of coming up with this book strike you?
To brief about my book, I would like to add the detail that I have written for other platforms. It goes like this –
“Old Soul Story is a collection of poems that captures the two sides of love. On one side, it peeks into the love that is not meant for us. It vividly paints the lonely picture of a soul getting lost amidst this vast world and honest exploration of the ‘self’ while you are standing alone. On the other side, we see the arrival at home. You meet a soul that you don’t have to question. The one that is made for you. As you go on and read about soulmates and destiny, you will also fall into REALITY. The little things you see and say every day but which hardly enters into poetry. From meeting this person, falling in love with their tiny details and appreciating the silent moments of love -to- realities of commitment, sharing dreams and loving on days when it gets tough – Old Soul Story is the satisfaction for every reader.”
The idea for this book was from my personal side of the life of course. I wanted to present reality in its most honest form but also with a touch of sparkle. I believe that our everyday life gives us the most thrilling, mysterious but most of all – beautiful moments and I wanted to present them to my readers.
Ques: What is dearer to you – stories or poetry?
It may come as a surprise to many but ‘stories’ are dearer to me. I am first and foremost a story listener, reader, and collector. But for now, I prefer to present my stories in Poetry form. It is the way to present stories in as little words as possible and that excites me the most.
Ques: Which is your favorite book? Any favorite author you religiously follow?
I have never ever answered a ‘favorite’ question. How can you pick someone or something out of the million difficult choices? I do have some books that I love dearly and will always love but to say that it is my favorite is limiting oneself and I don’t like limits when it comes to books and writers.
Ques: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am a person who likes to collect knowledge. I also love history so I usually keep digging. Also, movies are my other go-to.
Ques: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
I learned how little people care about a work of art when they are into publishing. I saw so many people who have written brilliant work and have been rejected. I just don’t understand that kind of misuse of power. If you have the power to bring a piece of work that one has given their whole to, how can you judge it’s not worth it. Most of the people in publishing have not even been on the creative side and yet they take the power to judge and reject, with all the liberty. It surprises me how much they have turned books into a money-making business.
Ques: How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading in India?
I can’t comment on writing because I will have to dive into Indian works and I haven’t gotten to it in recent times much. But I definitely see so many young people like me who take the courage to write their hearts out. Also, the topics that were considered taboo before are now making the headlines which makes me really happy.
About reading, I think it’s a much better time to be in. Social media has contributed a lot in the promotion of reading and its really healthy to see people indulge more and more in it.
Ques: The best piece of advice you would like to give to the budding authors?
I don’t believe in advice when it comes to writing. One’s creative nerve will never match another and it shouldn’t. I think that is how we get the best pieces out. If you take someone’s advice, you will pollute your originality with just a dash of other person’s ideas and that is enough to lead you outside of yourself.
To quote Woolf here – “The only advice, indeed, that one person can give another is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions.”
Ques: Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project that you are working on?
Absolutely! I hope to make more art. I can’t specify when but I can say I am working on it. You see I am always working on it – dreams, observations, moments. It’s constant work and it will come out when it’s ready. This was just a good beginning.
*We wish Author Vishakha Rupawat all the best for her future endeavors.*
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