Our guest today is a writer who loves to writes a lot. A traveller, foodie, hotelier, published travel & leisure writer… he loves to pen down fictional stories through poetry is his new crush… My chat with him was most enjoyable. I am confident you will enjoy it too.
RNG: Good morning Prashantt, it’s great to be chatting with you here, you are an excellent wordsmith and can comfortably write in both Hindi and English languages so when did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
Prashantt: I am still in learning phase of writing though I initiated with writing travelogue & some freelanced assignments related to travel & food experiences as travelling is my other half of life, also being a hotel management grad I am always attracted towards trying different cuisines.
My first published article in a travel magazine was based on my travel experience in Leh Ladakh and was on the cover that tends me towards writing.
I wrote short stories for different mediums but I got first spark on writing after receiving appreciations for short stories on yourstoryclub.com an online platform for writing talents. I love to write stories instead poetries as I never feel poetry as cup of my tea.
RNG: How long does it take you to write a poem/article?
Prashantt: It depends much on availability of time, I never consider myself as a poet and I take maximum of five minutes while weaving my thoughts into words(I never called it as a regular poetry) as I know it needs a lot of dedication to pen a poetic verse whereas article/ short story writing needs a lot of attention on research work also so it will take 2-3 days.
RNG: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Prashantt: I used to write at nights (11 pm- 1 am) as I am engaged with job responsibilities during day time.
RNG: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Prashantt: At times of article writing I try to pay attention on every detail as I write travel related articles only whereas I like to pen on romantic genre so it goes without giving any special message to society through my last two short stories were message oriented of which one is dedicated to selfless love & struggle of women in different phases of life and other story was a satire on Indian weddings.
RNG: What is your motivation factor?
Prashantt: A little piece of appreciation or a valuable feedback motivates me to write better the next time.
RNG: When did you write your first poem/article and how old were you?
Prashantt: Some years back I accidentally found a poet in me and my first poem is moreover a motivational song that I love to recite over strings of a guitar, I was twenty at that time. I used to write freelance travel articles along with short stories by then.
RNG: How many poems/articles have you written till now? Can you share a few links of your favourite articles or a few lines of a poem close to your heart with our readers?
Prashantt: Unfortunately never counted them and all the links are available on my blog page with dedicated tab segments. My favourite article is based on my Leh Ladakh adventure that earlier got published.
“World is a beautiful stage of disguise
Blessed are those
Act arête, wise & survives
Mask over every face
With deep secrets hidden inside
In epitome of illusions & delusions
Impossible to recognise
Beneath soul & heart
What is truth & lie”
RNG: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Prashantt: I am addicted to youtube so you’ll find me watching travel & food shows if not writing.
RNG: Would you like to consider publishing your work in form of a book in the near future?
Prashantt: Yes, I am almost on the verge of completion of my first draft & if everything’s will be in place next year will bring out my first book.
RNG: Do you have any suggestions to help the people reading your interview become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Prashantt: Though I am still on a learning phase but I realise it’s better to write whatever comes to your mind without caring others perception and there is no perfect time or place is meant for writing so try to write when you wanted to write and be selfish while you write because if you like your words and content, others will too.
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