Nistaar literally means to set free, to release, to disengage from the entanglement. Nistaar by Nidhi Paralikar is an attempt to free oneself from the overpowering pain and claim one’s true ‘self.’
In a conversation with Bookish Fame, Nidhi Paralikar has a lot to talk about her book, her writing, her thoughts on artistic process, and her upcoming works.
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hey guys, my name is Nidhi Paralikar. I am a freelance content writer and editor based in Pune. I hold my Master’s degree in English literature and am a huge theatre nerd. I have explored art forms like film making and theatre direction for a very long time but lacked the courage to enter the world of literature as anything other than a reader. With ‘Nistaar’ I am finally taking the first step.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I am not sure I can give a singular answer to this question. I started writing when I was 12, and soon realized that I did not want to stop. And I cannot deny the fact that my family, especially my elder brother, is a blessing. Growing up in a household that has a deep appreciation for arts, I had the luxury of choice- both about my education and my career.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
There are those tiny grey areas, those fine lines drawn that are not to be crossed, emotions that aren’t supposed to be expressed- they are the ones that specifically catch my attention. In these awkward silences, I find my inspirations.
- Tell me something in brief about your book?
Nistaar means liberation. Except for three poems in this book (I am not going to disclose which three), all the others are written for one specific person. A muse whose existence has haunted me for almost 3 years now. This book is my honest attempt to liberate my muse from my words and my art from this muse.
- How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
For me, it is very easy to get lost in what I am writing, rather than the other way round. But if there is one thing about the organization that I can tell you- it’s sticky notes. My desk, my books, and sometimes even my walls are full of sticky notes.
- How did you approach the writing process this time around? Do you have a set routine or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
I wrote the poems in Nistaar over the span of two years. They were mostly written during an emotionally turbulent period of my life. It was only after I visited them again and decided to rework on them, the process truly began. As for a routine, my content writing projects and research takes up most of my day. Being an insomniac, I find it easier to focus on writing during night-time.
- Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
For me writing is cathartic. It is a process of carefully picking out parts of chaos in my mind and putting them down on paper. I see it more as therapeutic than spiritual.
- What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I think it’s the editing process. Navigating through a certain article and poem, and asking yourself again and again if this is absolutely necessary for the plot/poem.
- How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
I like that we as readers have evolved a lot and are giving more and more chance to experimental literature and new authors. That is the only motivation writers need to go out there and explore their art to its full potential.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I started reading at a very young age and tend to revisit literature written by some authors time and again. Some books feel like visiting your childhood home. For me, that would be works of Pu La Deshpande, Va Pu Kale, Chitra Banerjee, and Jane Austen. I am currently in the process of exploring contemporary authors.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
You are only responsible for your work. Have faith in your work and yourself. Don’t worry about people liking or not. You will, eventually, find your audience.
- Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
Hahaha! Soon, I hope! There is something I have started working on. It will take some time, but yes!
*We wish Author Nidhi Paralikar all the best for her future endeavors.*