As I was trying to figure out a post for today, I stumbled upon a prompt to elaborate and explain my love for books and writing. So, today's post is based on that. It follows a series of questions and my replies. Something like an interview. Yay! I am famous (or so I would like think as I am going to write a self-interview here).
So, here you go.
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A lot. Started with children's magazines like Balarama, Poombatta, Chandamama, Champak, ACK series and so on. Then fairy tales, Panchantantra, Jataka Tales, Enid Blyton, Hardy Boys, and many many more.Moved on to RK Narayan, Old English classics, Old hindi and Malayalam, Christie, Gardner, Non-fiction and so on.... . These are a few to name.
For poetry, I think my love dates back to nursery school days as I still do remember a lot of those old rhymes. From Frost to Sumitranandan Panth, to ONV Kurup, poetry from any of these languages was a special thing to read. I always felt that I was having a secret conversation with the poet as I read it. I still do.
2. Do you remember your first original composition ? What was it ? How was it writing it?How did enjoy reading?
I enjoyed writing from a young age and one of the earliest ones I remember is 'The Bridge' probably in my 7th or 8th grade. I can only remember that I was influenced by an article that I read in the newspaper. It was a poem.
3. Did you secret your writing away or did you share it with your family and friends? What about reading?
As journals and diaries have always been a good friend, yes, I did write often. However, I don't remember if I did discuss about my writing with family. Probably I did, or may I didn't.
Reading was always with my best friend and partner : brother. He was the only person who shared my interest in reading and I think I found friends who loved reading only much later in life. Early on, we enjoyed sharing the books we read and suggesting the ones we did.
4. What sort of writing and reading do you enjoy the best?
I enjoy non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and business articles and journal articles (in that order) in terms of reading. This is based on the pattern during the recent decade.
As for writing, I am still an amateur. I love poetry and articles. However, I wish I could write good fiction and non-fiction one day.
5. What are your writerly aspirations?
One day I will write. Write really well.
6. Why do you write and read?
Reading makes me feel that there is a friend for me somewhere. I get to live a million lives and travel to different places. Hence, I read. Writing is more to let out my emotions and it sometimes makes me feel 'free' (should I say, most times?).
7. Do you have a daily writing practice? Tell us about it. What about reading?
Yes, writing practice is there almost everyday as I do this blog challenge of 365 days of writing. I also write a personal journal so, I get to write most days. As for reading, as a grad student, not reading is never possible. However, this year, more effort to reach my personal reading challenge. It is going at a snail's pace :) but I am getting there...