Hello Nivedita, thank you so much for taking the time out to talk to BUZZ Magazine. ☺
First things first: how did you take up writing?
I didn’t take up writing as such. I guess I should say writing itself came into my life. It began quite in the personal realm. I used to write stuff and things that did impact me one way or another. I couldn’t share with people about how I feel or how my mind being messed up, so I just began writing it down.
What was your very first attempt at creative writing?
I don’t exactly remember my very first attempt at creative writing. It began during my school days. I used to write on loose papers here and there. I don’t have any of those papers with me anymore. It was just raw. It was highly abstract as I wanted to keep all that confined to myself. So even if someone could have anyhow found those papers, no one would be able to exactly fathom what was going through my soul.
Where did you get the ideas for your poems?
Ideas for my poems have myriad sources. Things as they happen around me. People with whom I come into contact. Nature as I experience it. Books that I read. Bewilderment that my soul experiences.
What in particular gave you the idea for Songs of Shoreless Winds?
Song of Shoreless Winds contains poems that I wrote over a long span of time. As I said I did never want people to read my stuff. But gradually it happened that I landed on a writing App YourQuote. Thus my poems saw the realm of public platforms. I was still not thinking about having a book published. It too gradually happened. My dada gave me confidence about my writing. Eventually Songs of Shoreless Winds came into being. I was also looking for an avenue to live. I thought a book can be that avenue.
Do you have a favourite piece in this collection or is it hard to choose from?
Frankly speaking I don’t like my poems as such. I mean to say whenever I read something written by me, I always go like no, it’s not that good. Still the poem I have written about my dada is my favorite.
Do you have particular schedules or writing routines when it comes to your work?
I do not have a writing schedule as such. I write whenever my soul urges me to. I don’t force my heart to write. At times too many days pass before I do write anything. I write only when my soul wills to write and is able to find words.
What are your future plans for writing?
I am working on a few things. Let’s see how time shapes them.
Can you give out a teaser or two for your readers?
Here are a few lines
I think color of Silence is Orange
Not pure, mixed with pieces of yellow,
Blue holds and resonate Sounds,
and dark isn’t silence.
It’s annulment of voices.
As Day recedes,
it paints Blue with Orange
for few moments. Shallow sounds
submerged under deeper depths.
Feel the calmness transcending
down through your Soul.
Do you have any particular poets who inspire your work?
I can mention Rumi. His words leave a lot to think. In Hindi, Dharmavir Bharti and Agyeya weave words so beautifully. I love how Rabindranath Tagore writes about nature. I haven’t read much till now in my life. I hold a technical background so life mostly read about science. I am trying to read many things now.
What would your advice be to aspiring poets?
Advice is simple. No matter what, be true to your emotions.
What would be an ideal gift for you?
I like watches and books. Books that do touch some deep aspects of life.
What’s next for you? And when will the next Nivedita book be available in the market?
I am not sure when the next book will be there. In all probability, it would be a collection of hindi poems.