Today we have an amazing and smart poetess Ankita Rathour who launched her book, Epiphany: Tales of Revelation, a few days ago. So let’s see how she responds to my questions.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a lazy nerd who reads and watches crime series in free time and writes poems. I love F.R.I.E.N.D.S. which is my daily dose of sanity. Teaching is my passion and I am associated with Hindustan Times Learning Centers since 2015 as a subject expert in English. I love long conversations over coffee!
What brought you in this writing world?
Dissatisfaction. There are books everywhere nowadays and most of them are bestsellers but hardly any of them are contributing to the social and cultural fabric at large. I intend to do that through my writing. Moreover, I am disheartened to see the rampant commercialization of writing in which poetry has no place. For me, poetry has always been the most powerful and underrated form of literature that needs to be out so that it can inspire more poets to come out of their shells.
What after writing?
I have been a literature student and still am. I have continued and will continue my research interests. Secondly, I am a teacher so I will be dedicated towards the long-term purpose of making this society and India better.
What made you write Epiphany: Tales of Revelation?
An inspiration. An Epiphany.
The book is a story about and of people. As a writer, I strongly believe in the raw and purest forms of emotions that need to come out on paper because they deliver you the liberation that you have been looking for.
I had been writing poems since long and then I decided upon the right time to get it out in print.
Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?
Well! It’s quite impossible to associate yourself with one character and being a literature student yourself you would agree with that. A very dear friend of mine once said: “You have multiple personalities in you.”
I feel I am an amalgamation of many. To narrow it down: I associate myself closely with Elizabeth Benett (Pride and Prejudice), Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) and Sindi Oberoi (Foreigner). I think I am witty like Elizabeth, passionate like Heathcliff and detached as Sindi. Many other characters come close to but let’s just end it here.
According to you what is the real meaning of literature?
Literature means to connect, relate and grow. What is the most fascinating part about literature is the way different narratives go on being ‘relatable’ through ages. I think literature is the biggest time travel ever possible. Not everything written is literature. So, we need to be very careful about what we read and write.
Names of authors you follow. And why?
I am fanatic about Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. I ardently love Austen, Bronte sisters, D.H. Lawrence, Toni Morrison, Samuel Beckett, Paolo Coelho, R.K. Narayan and Arun Joshi. I love the works of Hanif Qureshi and Jhumpa Lahiri. The list goes on.
Anything about your upcoming work?
I have recently penned down my first crime story which is to be released soon in the anthology titled ‘Abstract Tales’. I will be working on the short story collection of my detective/sleuth after that. I am ready with another collection of poems too but I am waiting for the right time to get it out.
How can our readers connect with you?
I write experiences which not only become easily relatable but also give you an insight about yourself. The readers will find that reality and individuality in my work.
Any words to newbies?
Please read literature. Pick up classics and start now! Read what you think you shouldn’t be reading. That helps you grow and mature. Please do not run after the tag of ‘bestseller’. Believe in quality rather than quantity and learn to love solitude- that will make you a great writer.