In personal with Rajeev Kumar author of the wonderful book MERI AARSOO
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have been writing from the age of when I was 15years old, gradually I developed a habit of writing short stories, skit and Drama for Schools & Colleges. But after joining the corporate job I couldn’t dedicate time to keep writing, but one fine day I realized that writing is something which gives me happiness and then I was on track and wanted everyone to be able to read my stories, which finally came out in the form of Meri Aarzoo.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends, the conventional writer takes a shorter duration, but unlike the budding writer like me it takes time and patience to ensure the book conveys the message.
How do books get published?
Honestly speaking it wasn’t an easy task, it took me a lot of time and energy to ensure the book came out as a master piece in itself because it was also my first book. Hence didn’t want to take any chances and give the public a memorable experience.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A good book is one which is either relatable to the daily happening or any event of life of the reader, or it makes a reader curious about the sequential events that are going to happen next. Moreover, it should also have a social message which the reader can carry throughout his life. Hence all my ideas and information are built around the same.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I have been writing from the age of 15years .
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Well along with keeping up to my corporate job I do spend some time watching movies, series which are again thriller or spirituality based, also I am a very outgoing person before pandemic I occasionally used to go out having food and trying different cuisine
What does your family think of your writing?
There were mixed feelings which I came across amongst my family & peers, some of them were in absolute shock that I have this talent also, and some who knew from the beginning about my habit of writing felt very happy and proud.
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I have written 2 book , Mere aarzoo and Trishna, Trishna is my favourite, you will love Trishna more than Mere Aarzoo. You have to wait for 2-3 month.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
There are few basic suggestion or advice which I would want to address
a) Don’t think much on what would people judge on your stories, rather follow your inner conscience and keep writing to get the best out of it.
b) Don’t worry much on the language, one should write in whichever language they are comfortable
Do you like to create books for adults?
Thishna is for adults.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story is one which is either relatable to the daily happening or any event of life of the reader, or it makes a reader curious about the sequential events that are going to happen next. Moreover, it should also have a social message which the reader can carry throughout his life.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Being in middle class there are limited options which one can think of either becoming a Doctor or Engineer or join defence, even my childhood went through these struggles.