Author Interview | Swarnalata Patel | The Literature TodayDecember 10, 2020
Swapna Peri: Congratulations on your book ‘Wo Sham’. How are you enjoying the success.
Author: Success of this book surely depends upon readers. I feel delighted seeing reaction of readers after going through it. Further, I am being congratulated by everyone, my own society and relationships, this gives me pleasure. I am being encouraged by elders to pursue my passion ahead. I feel blessed by the love and support I am getting by everyone.
Swapna Peri: The title is soulful and emotional. Did you name it after you wrote the story or vice versa?
Author: You’re right! I wrote full story first and then thought of title. The title actually resembles the dusk of life, the down moments in life. And then courage of a person who believe that dawn will surely come after dusk, and that give him power to fight through crucial hard time. The title is also used at such various moments inside the story.
Swapna Peri: Why did you choose a love story? Is there any special reason for it?
Author: Yes! It is because in today’s era, mankind has misinterpreted the word ‘Love’. Simple attraction towards anyone is considered love. But through this story I wanted to convey the true sense of love and devotion.
Swapna Peri: The characters of Shaurya and Nandini are very realistic. Are they inspired from anyone who know?
Author: Not actually ! It is just a story that resemble with one’s life who is strictly committed to his/her partner and even death of one can’t separate their emotions and love.
Swapna Peri: How did the idea of writing a character ‘ Baby ‘ devlop? Because it is an unique attempt, I would like to know.
Author: Baby is a character who acts as a link between Shourya and Nandini. You’ve gone through the story and might’ve noticed that almost everytime, she’s the cause of their meeting. And that gives a unique feature to this story, that an innocent little girl who doesn’t know anything is somehow becoming a medium of attraction for the two’s.
Swapna Peri: There are some real and silhouette pictures at the end of each chapter. What is the idea behind it?
Author: Whenever we go through any creation, there’s always an image in our mind through which we imagine like it is happening actually, The idea behind putting pictures was this. Readers, while going through the book must be able to connect the story with their imagination.
Swapna Peri: In the prologue you have mentioend about your love and dedication towards story writing. How do you see today’s writing? What change did you find from olden days’ books and present days’ books?
Author: Writing has always been the printed form of thoughts and imagination of mankind. In older days, books were the only medium of conveying thoughts. And that’s why all kind of imagination a person can have was depicted through them. But in today’s world, the art of expression is leaning towards electronic media. So, present day books are mostly based on perspective of people towards their own life and relations. People often search for some kind of motivation and learning from books to implement in their lives.
Swapna Peri: You have mentioned about your uncle ( father’s elder brother ) in the foreword. Can you please give us more details on how he inspired you?
Author: From childhood, I used to write poems and recite them in front of my uncle. When I was 15, my uncle gifted me the book ‘Wings of fire’. As I’ve mentioned earlier too that this book was really a source of inspiration for me. I was inspired by him to carry forward my hobby of writing and then I began writing folk songs and stories. That’s why I’ve mentioned him in the prolouge.
Swapna Peri: How is Swarnalata as a person? What are her hobbies and other favorite activities?
Author: A cool Mechanical Engineer by profession and poetess and writer by passion. I am fond of reading hindi and urdu literature and am fascinated by the beautiful creations of our legend writers. Apart from writing, I am a social worker too. I always try to uplift women in rural areas and make them aware about their capabilities. I believe that every women should be made strong enough so that she does not need to depend on others. I like working for girls education in rural areas and making women power aware through my poetries too.
Swapna Peri: What are the best books you read in 2020?
Author: I read many books but the one I liked most is ‘Rashmirathi’. This book is completely in poetry format written by Shri Ramdhari Singh Dinkar. I really loved the way it is written and compliled. Apart from this, I also liked a book named ‘Maun Muskan ki Maar’. A beautiful satirical creation by Shri Ashutosh Rana.
Swapna Peri: What is that one thing you wish to do if you are given magical powers?
Author: I would like to visit the whole world, different cultures, various topographies and I’d like to go through various epics in their original format. I’d love doing this.
Swapna Peri: As we reach towards the end of this weird year 2020, is there any message you wish to share to the world?
Author: I want to say that, it might be the year looking so weird. But actually it made us think that we’ve come so far considering ourselves developed, but we’re far behind when it comes to provide fundamental needs to everyone. We’re investing in weapons and spending billions every year for finding life in space, but lacking to save lives on earth. So we need to rethink, Are we getting actually developed? We should stick to our moral values and rich cultures that refine our character.