Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Newbie Corner: Interview with Swati Sarangi

Today on 'Newbie Corner', we have Swati Sarangi, a young Electrical engineer, and a promising poet. Swati says she inherited her creative genes as there are many published writers in the paternal and maternal sides of her family. 

Welcome to Newbie Corner, Swati. 

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you begin writing?

First of all, thank you, Preethi Venugopala ma’am, for this opportunity. I’ve been following this blog for many years and always appreciate your efforts towards creativity by balancing personal and professional lives very well.

I’m currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. I’ve completed my B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indira Gandhi Institute Technology, Sarang, Odisha. I have my roots from Odisha. I’ve always been very inclined towards reading and writing since my childhood. I was always so fascinated by the way my father composed poems and essays for us to present in various competition. I remember to have composed my first poem about “Mother” when I was in standard 6th to fulfill my desire to compose. That’s where and how my journey of writing began. 

What is your favourite genre of writing?

AddiQtd book of poetry 

My favourite genre of writing is poetry. I always feel fascinated to express my feelings with a limited set of words.

Who inspires you the most and to whom would you dedicate your creative growth?

As per the famous saying, 'charity begins at home'. I received my inspiration to write from my father who used to compose poems and articles for us (me and my sister) to recite in various competitions. Influenced by his writing style, I started to weave a dream to write. My reticence nature adds to the list of reasons for expressing myself through written words. Later on, the inspiration to write came from the appreciation from teachers, friends, and family. Slowly and steadily it became an intense passion for me. Many members from my paternal and maternal side have been published writers even though they have not taken up writing as a full-fledged career option. So, needless to say, writing is in my blood!

What kind of a writer are you? Do you plot the entire novel/story or make it up as you write?

I generally compose poems, articles, essays, non-fiction. I’ve written two-three pieces of fiction till now, to be frank. If I get a chance, I will surely design a plot of my own.

Do you have a favorite place to write or a scheduled time to write every day?

I’ve not confined my writing to anything or any place. I let my ideas flow freely over the pieces of paper. I have even composed poems during some of the uninteresting lectures or labs during my school and college days. Digital era has made my work even simpler by providing different apps for writing and sharing one’s creative work. I’ve been successful enough to grab many words of appreciation for my works in an app (in google play store) called Mirakee where I write under a profile name of swati7writes. I’ve been maintaining a very strict schedule of writing a diary since last 7 years. It has proved to be the best method of stress buster.

Who are your favorite authors and what is the genre that you like reading most?

I have a deep respect for writers and poets across the globe. This list includes Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, Munshi Premchand, Robin Sharma, R K Narayan, Shakespeare, Ruskin Bond, Kiran Desai, R L Stine etc. I prefer non-fiction and short stories the most as concentration on novels require a hell lot of patience.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
In 10 years hence, I see myself working in a reputed organization in a respectable post. It’s difficult to guess the place and position where I would be, but I can definitely rely on the driver of my life, Almighty to carry me to the destination. On the personal front, I see myself more matured, confident and experienced in the field of my expertise and learning new thing to add to my list. I can visualize myself growing and enriching experiences of my life through various constructive hobbies that I’ll still be nurturing them.  

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I would never like to write about something that is hateful and against anybody or religion or promoting violence in any form. I would never write anything which has the power to incite the mass in a negative way.  I am appreciable about the constructive power of writing.

How much important do you think marketing is to the success of a book?

Marketing is very very important to present your work to the world. It’s one of the methods to reach the readers otherwise the works become obsolete with the passage of time. Feedback and words of appreciation from the readers for one’s work always function as catalysts in the process of creation. No growth is ever possible without it. Today’s digital era of social media has completely revolutionized the concept of marketing and promoting and made it less sophisticated. Reaching a wide range of readers of different age group and taste has become very easy. It has also opened up the gate of improvement for the writes. 

What is the message that you want to convey to the readers through your writing?

There are several ways to express one’s thoughts and opinions. Writing is one those media to be used for the purpose. Remember! passion is something that always stays alive even in the darkest hours even when there’s little chance for its survival. I try to put my deepest feelings into producing something which is beneficial to the world. If my writing motivates my readers in any way, I shall feel very obliged! 

Here are the links to some of Swati's works. Do check them out and encourage this newbie.

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  1. Lovely to read about the author. I love this section where we get to know authors better.I will surely pick up the book soon.