While most of us sit and watch things happening, there are a few people who hustle and believe in taking action! Simran Keshwani, a twenty year old vibrant girl from LSR, DU is one such person who not only is an entrepreneur to watch out for but the author of a meaningful novel as well!
Campus Drift interviewed this youth inspiration recently and here are the excerpts:
- If you were to describe yourself in a word, what would that be? Also tell us something about you.
Ambivert. To surmise myself in a few lines would be full of contradictions. I’m a normal 20 year old, with my fifty thousand shades of dark red and black and blue and everything in between.
- What essentially is the plot of your book?
Becoming Assiya is the story of a misplaced Syrian refugee and her life in the Post-war world. I’ve essentially tried to capture the hurt and wounds liberation leaves open, and how some fractures never heal, and to tread down those paths, is a complex method of swallowing acid. Does one expect to stay alive and Vibrant after dealing with death so close?
- What inspired you to pen down such an emotionally charged novel?
Emotionally charged is a loaded word. I think what I’ve tried to do is just represent a lot of anecdotes. I never started out with the aim of writing a book, it just fell in place as I went on through life and listening to people’s experiences from war torn areas. It is very difficult to capture the horrendous details of the thin crevices that life is limited to in some areas around the world and Words are our only reminders of a collective tragedy. I think it is this reminder of a distant past that gets hardwired in our DNA and that we have to learn and unlearn from.
- Were you always intereted in creative writing even as a child or is it an interest you developed through the course of your life?
I was always a very sensitive child. Writing eloped with me when I were on the threshold of childhood. It just held my hand, we left, and we never returned.
- What makes you tick?
A lot of things. But foremost, human Apathy. Secondly, inactivity and denial. When we see things happen and people die and refuse to act, and go about our lives as normal people with 9 to 5 jobs, making loads of money to fund global terrorism and industry, that must anger all of us, shouldn’t it? But it doesn’t. Because we don’t think that far.
- Who are your favorite authors? Has your work been influenced by any of these authors?
Nadine Gordimer. Hands down. One woman who single handedly taught me Sermons were Stones too. My work has been heavily influenced by her thoughts on the Pain of Struggle, and the Pain of Liberation that follows.
- What does your future endeavour entail? Do you plan on writing another book?
I haven’t planned anything. As of now, I’m extremely busy dealing with the marketing aspect of Becoming Assiya. To write the story down is just 50% of the job. There’s halfway more you need to walk as a writer to become an author. There could be a prequel coming in some months, depending on how the story is received.
- What is your favorite scene from the novel?
The ending scene. You have to read to find out!
- How long did it take for you to finish writing the book?
One year. It didn’t happen in linear scales. I had a lot of paper and pen with me, wherever I went. I used to keep writing, and then, looking back, the plot fit like a glove. It could be part autobiographical.
- Did wiriting this book change your perspective on life?
In unfathomable ways. I found out a lot about myself and my patience limits (which I thought did not exist previously..)
- Writing an entire book, is a daunting task. What were the obstacles faced by you during this process?
Writers have to creep and crawl through the unknown terriers of the mind, not in the hope of finding hidden treasures, but simply because there’s no alternative. A story wouldn’t come to you out of thin air, you have to struggle for it and put yourself at the helm of destructive and recuperative energies and be true to your art.
- How do you want your readers to interpret your debut novel?
However they wish to. I think the aim of good writing is to invite you to think.
We, as a youth organisation promote and support Simran to the core and we hope that she goes on to become one of the most celebrated authors of all times!
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