Featured Interview With Vijaya Gowrisankar
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and brought up in Kolkata. I currently live in Mumbai, India. I don’t have any pets.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was always an avid reader. I remember being surrounded by books, enrolled to the nearest library and reading at least one book a day. I used to read the same book many times, if I loved the book.
I started writing by chance. I don’t remember how it happened. How my scribbling in my notebooks gave birth to writing poetry. I remember being motivated by my teachers to participate in writing competitions and it started from there.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite childhood author was Enid Blyton. I read books of all genres. I return to re-read books that provoke an emotion and leave a niggling feeling of that emotion in me.
I write poetry. The beauty of poetry is that each reader can interpret it in his/her context, based on their experiences and their life. I love the works of William Wordsworth, Rudyard Kipling, Maya Angelou, Ravindranath Tagore, Sarojini Naidu, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, to name a few.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Savour – Art meets Poetry releases on April 30, 2017 for the worldwide audience. It is my fourth book of poems. The first three were Inspire, Reflect and Explore. Savour is a book of ekphrastic poetry. Savour has a combination of art work (paintings/photographs) from 19 different artists 20 poetic forms against the art work and 73 poems. It features 5 MFPA artists (from Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association). It was magical to experience the journey of writing the book. I hope the readers can feel the magic when they read the book.
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