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Bihar has suddenly started producing young contemporary English writers, Swati Kumari is one of the rare English authors who graced Bihar recently with her talent. She was born and brought up in Kanpur, lived in different cities across the country and presently lives in Patna with her family. She completed her MBA from the National School of Business- Bengaluru and International Management from ESC Pau- France. She left her corporate life to live her childhood dream of being an author with her debut novel, ‘Without a Goodbye’ which garnered rave reviews from critics and readers. Her Upcoming Project, A Photo Story Book ‘Amayra’ has already started making the buzz as its one of the first and rare work of art. She along with his friend and photographer Saurav Anuraj are working hard to make this unique book a success.
Recently team Gyandarbar had a tête-à-tête with Author Swati, here’s the highlight of the interview.
Q. How is the response of your 1st novel ‘Without a Goodbye’ ? Are you satisfied with it?
Being an author I feel satisfied and honored when my readers message me that “Without A Goodbye” touched their hearts and motivated them. I opted for a genre out of trend, narrating the story of a woman born in the late 70s.
Q. Being an author was your ultimate dream so how it feels now when you actually are one?
Finally, I am living my dream and proved that the struggle never goes in vain. I am satisfied and happy.
Q. What is your quest as an author? Where you want to see yourself in the next 10 years from now?
After 10 years from now, I would be traveling to different continents and writing. I would be an author whose stories and books is read by everyone across the world.
(Cover picture of ‘Amayra’)
Q. Tell us something about your next work, Why a Photo story book and not a novel?
My last novel, Without A Goodbye, was also based on a suicide incident. I found that there are so many people who don’t read a novel. So I came up with a photo-story book that would draw people from different categories to read, feel and experience it through the words and the pictures.
Q. Who came with the idea of making a photo story book? When Saurav Anuraj came into the scene?
After the death of my mom, I was completely shattered. She had committed suicide. Before her death, I have never imagined that such incident could ever happen to my family or friends. But it did happen. It was not easy for me or my entire family to come out of that trauma. I read a lot about suicide related article, research papers, and cases. I found that WHO works with IASP to prevent suicide in the world and there are many NGOs and helpline in the
world working for preventing suicide. Then I searched for such NGOs and helpline in India and found few. I realized that people here are not aware of such help available and then I decided that I have to work on creating awareness about suicide prevention and then I came up with a story that I wanted to illustrate in an interesting and strong way so that people get and understand the message without getting bored. I contacted my friend Saurav the moment this concept struck my mind. I was sure that I want to make it a picture book and no one else can understand what I want to do, other than him. We are working on this book since last November.
Q. Is finding a publisher difficult for a photo storybook as you have started a donation drive for the publication of ‘Amayra’ ?
Yes, finding a publisher for a photo-story book is really difficult. Publishing cost of a photo-story book is too high and very less popular in India. Few of the publishers were ready to publish but wanted me to invest the cost of printing. Then I decided to self-publish it.
Q. Who are your favorite writers?
Since my school days, I have been reading books of the different genre by different authors. In the present list of my favorite authors, there are, Khaled Hosseini because he weaves a story from a deeper place. Nicholas Sparks because he’s capable of creating a dreamland that a girl needs. Other than these I love reading Sudha Murthy, Durjoy Dutta, and Preeti Shenoy.
Q. Who or what is your inspiration to write?
The untold, unseen and unexperienced stories inspire me to write. I write because it is how I express myself. Ever since I was little, I had these crazy ideas rolling around in my head. If I couldn’t put my thoughts to paper (or computer!), I think my head would explode!
We wish Sawti all the best for all her future endeavors, you can also support her and be a part of the photo story book ‘Amayra’. For more Click here.
* Know more about Amayra’s photographer Saurav Anuraj.