Dhi’s Parables of Divine Transformation by Saudamini Mishra is a collection of short stories that speak of transforming oneself. All of these stories focus on one key idea – one’s flaws could be employed to transform oneself for good.
The author has crafted a beautiful book adorn with equally delightful stories. In a conversation with Bookish Fame, Saudamini Mishra talked about her book, her writing, her thoughts on artistic process, and her future plans.
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi, I am Saudamini Mishra, an internationally exhibiting and award-winning artist and author. You can catch a glimpse of my works at the IGI Airport, T3 as well, to know more about what I have been up to all these years before coming out with my debut book this year, and have even been featured as and received a certificate of excellence for my position in the A-lister in transformation writing by Newsx.
At the end of the day, I am just someone who is doing what she can, to say what she wants to say (that’s my Instagram bio too!)
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was an eight-year-old, maybe even younger! I remember declaring to my childhood friend that my ambition was to help people through my writings! As far as I recall, I had begun writing a little after I became literate, soon after, started reciting my childish poems and quotes.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
People inspire me to write books. Any interesting encounter with a person who has been through a challenge or known life from close quarters catches my attention. I truly believe that every person is a story, just that some are preordained to be penned down.
- Tell me something in brief about your book?
My book is about transformation, a preordained but self-titled divine transformation one goes through, with its genesis in one’s flaws. It’s about using one’s drawbacks to become an entity greater than the sum of its parts, to fulfill one’s divine calling.
- How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
By being aware, sensitive to the world around. One has to look at everything from an analytical point of view. Perhaps, that comes from my background of being a student of history.
- Do you have a set routine or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
When I am penning a book, there is no routine- it’s writing almost the whole day, wherever I am on my phone- in a cafe, traveling, waiting at the airport, in a shop while my friend is in the trial room. I just have to get it out.
- Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Indeed. As I said, I just have to get it out. Where is the force, that conviction, coming from? The source is spiritual. It’s a transcendental process- one’s mind and fingers punching in the letters, divinely coordinating to express something that your soul is pushing you to put out there- akin to a pianist.
- What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
The conception of that conviction that leaves you with no other choice but to begin. To begin is the hardest.
- How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
It’s become so much more experimental, with people willing to explore so much more and accept that which connects with them, regardless of “rules”. I think a lot of this has got to do with social media. For example, 15 years ago, no one could even dream of building a business out of penning original quotes. People are also more inclined towards self-help books now, given the times we live in that coincides with greater awareness.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I used to read a lot more than I do now. My favorite authors are Harold Robbins and Jhumpa Lahiri.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
Have your conviction in place by seeing if what you have to offer is something people are looking for.
- Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
*We wish Author Saudamini Mishra all the best for her future endeavors.*
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