Post Millennial Tales by the twins Bhavya Singh and Navya Singh is a collection of micro tales on a diverse range of subjects concerning our society. The writer-artist duo displayed a mature understanding of their surrounding by bringing up crucial topics through this book.
In a conversation with Bookish Fame, they spoke about their writing and how they look forward to taking it ahead.
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello, we are Navya and Bhavya. 12-year-old twins, Our book – ‘Post Millennial Tales’ is written by Bhavya and illustrated by Navya. We have a YouTube channel – ‘The Inspirers’ where we make videos on social causes. We also have a bookish merchandise shop on Instagram – ‘Reading Magic’ where the amount we receive is donated to charity. We also run a blog called the ‘Thinking Twins’. We study in DPS Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
Coming from a family of literature lovers, I have grown up listening to stories and talking about books. I started writing at the age of 8 and I wrote daily and one day I just knew I wanted to be a writer.
What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
Each and everything around me. Everyone has a story to tell. Everything is attention-worthy if you look closely at it.
Tell something in brief about your book ‘Post Millennial Tales’? How did the idea of coming up with this book strike you?
Post Millennial Tales is a collection of 50 micro-tales on various topics such as women empowerment, mental health and climate change, etc. It has been written by me and illustrated by Navya. I used to write on pieces of paper and Navya used to illustrate beside them and used to store them in a box. One day a writer came to our house and said that you should get this published. We, fortunately, found a publisher who agreed and our book came out.
Do you see books as a carrier of an important message or a medium of entertainment?
Both, actually. There are many books which do both and become our favourites.
Given your age, you have displayed excellent talent at penning down a book. What would be your message for other children?
We want to tell them that they should explore their potential and enjoy every day to the fullest. If anyone does not get good marks, they should not be disappointed and try to do something new.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired? How do you manage writing with your studies?
We just know that we have to write daily. An idea or a thought can strike up at any time so we jot it then and develop it when we sit to write. We usually study first and then sit to write so that both are balanced.
Do you see writing as a career or a full-time profession?
Yes, why not. As you see many other professionals are taking up writing as a career.
How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading in India?
Nowadays, children are not reading much. In fact, no reading at all. They are glued to their phone screens and are not reading absolute treasures of literature. It’s obvious that you have to be a good reader to be a good writer.
How important is marketing a book in the present conditions when every day we see new titles coming up? Any tips to share?
It’s very important to promote books in the right light because in the currents times new talents get undermined due to already hyped books. It’s very important to brand and promote your book correctly.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors? What is your favourite genre?
Yes, we are bibliophiles and we love reading. Books are like our second skin. Our favourite authors are J.K. Rowling, Sudha Murthy and Ruskin Bond. We love reading Shayaris also. Our favourite genre is Non-Fiction.
Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
Yes, Definitely. We have already started working on our second book.
*We wish Navya & Bhavya Singh all the best for their future endeavors.*
Connect with the authors:
Instagram shop: https://instagram.com/reading_magic_
Buy Post Millennial Tales here: https://www.amazon.in/dp/9389647002/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_metnEbD896YA5