Featured Interview With Gargi Shukla
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Gargi Shukla belongs to Ayodhya and is a Psychology student. She released her first anthology “ Sunsets and Flames” as a compiler and later debuted with poetry collection “ Thoughts of A Sugary Leaf” as author. Her association with various publications houses like Notion Press, The Alcoves and Young Moves led her to open her own line of publication house series Raisin Publications. A rare combination of bubbly and calm tornado, you can be sure to find her sitting under a tree situated on top of a mountain peak, as she sips on her coffee, watching the beautiful sunset while reading her favourite classics. Confined into simplicity that ranges between shades of white and black, a few unexpectedly colourful surprises are always in her store which is more of what defines her experiences as a writer and poet.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Publishing a book was the last thought I had when I wrote my first poetry 11 years ago. It had tiny words arranged along with broken grammar with abrupt punctuations. Unsure and ashamed of the rhymes I used to make, I preferred them as scribblings inside an old leather diary. I was an avid reader since ever and loved reading books.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I think my basic inspiration in my poems is John Keats because I think my initial journey with reading poetry began with his classic masterpiece “Autumn”. The imagery in words of William Wordsworth and simple writing style of Amish Tripathi are key elements that I try to incorporate in my writings.Ashish Baghrecha and Rupi Kaur are beautiful writers and the way their poetries are so relatable and simple are worth mentioning.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
“ Thoughts of A Sugary Leaf” is a collection of poems published by Notion Press. It has poetry that talks about nature and minute observations and thoughts that run behind it. A few poems are written with symbolic contrast that has a very unique style of itself. Various seasons are represented with profound imagery and simple language making it a beautiful yet easy read.
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