An Interview Session With Author Ishan Dafira

“In the end all of us are twisted to a certain extent. We find the less ones boring and the more ones weird. But we are all the same.” 
                                                                  – Ishan Dafaria

So, it’s 7th of February, 2016 and time to meet author A dream and a contributing author in Love And Other Enchantments, Ishan Dafaria.

Well i know this person a little, but as much i know he is very interesting. A smart and intellectual guy with a talent of writing. I have seen this guy taking work, and when he takes the work, he also takes the whole responsibility upon him.

Now it’s time to ask Ishan few questions.

1. Tell us something about yourself.

I am 21 years old, and been living in Dubai for almost 4 years now. I am about to finish my graduation in engineering and will start working soon.

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2. What is writing for you?

Like an escape from reality… a distraction… Helps me calm my nerves.

3. Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes. And I still want to be a writer. I am not one yet.

The reason I say this s because a writer is not one that just writes something on a piece of paper or on a word document. A writer is someone who influences lives, who touches someone’ souls, who connects to the reader at a level which a normal person can’t… take up any “writer”, from Jane Austen to Dan Brown, from J K Rowling to Amish Tripathi, when a reader reads their books, they don’t just read a good story, they experience a different level of reality that helps the reader grow, both at an emotional level and knowledge level.

Until someone can’t achieve that, I don’t believe they should be called writers.

4. Who is your biggest influence?

“Life”

There’s no better a teacher than life itself. A great writer is always influenced by the ups and downs in his//her life.

5. So tell us how did “Love and Other Enchantments” happen?12659783_852325174889455_1869205552_n

Pretty much like love itself. Unexpected but beautiful in its own way.

I never wanted to write love stories. I always believed logic and rationalism is more important than important than emotion. But in the end, all of us experience love, and love CAN be the most beautiful thing in someone’s life.

6. Would you like to share something about your debut novel “The Dream”?

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I believe A Dream is something that everyone should read at least once. I don’t say that because I am overconfident as a storyteller or a novelist, neither do I say that because I believe it’s a great work of fiction. But I say that because it is something the today’s youth can connect to. It’s something that each one of us goes through at a certain point in life, and we are torn apart between our passion and our duties towards our family and/or society.

As I said earlier, a writer is someone who touches lives. I intended to do that with A Dream. We are all after money, and we chase money because even though we believe that money can’t buy happiness, it can buy us the things that will make us happy, and though in part that’s true, money alone can’t give you the satisfaction. You need money, but you also need your passion.

7. What are your views about the Indian politics of today’s time?

I was flying to Delhi recently, and I met an old man on the way, he had a political background but he looked extremely simple. As we got talking, he mentioned, and I quote,

“Politics is not a profession, it’s public service.”

Even I believe more or less the same. It’s a place for extremely intellectual and mature people. Unfortunately, the scenario today is extremely different because of a handful people, who used their intellects for their own service instead of the public… But there’s always a hope for a better tomorrow.

8. What are your other interests besides writing?

Music. I love listening to music almost all the time, whatever I am doing, be it travelling or studying or writing or working or cooking. I sometimes sleep with the music on the whole night.

I love cooking. Unfortunately cooking doesn’t love me. So I generally assist someone instead of taking it up all by myself.

9. Tell us about your upcoming work.

It’s trilogy. Based on conspiracy theories, a pure work of fiction, covering the organized criminal underworld which is planning a world war in 2020s.

10. How can our readers connect with you?

I have a page on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Ishan-Dafaria-768055559906512/?fref=ts

Links to my book, Love And Other Enchantments-

Goodreads-

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27255337-love-and-other-enchantments

Facebook-

https://www.facebook.com/Love-and-Other-Enchantments-1680260488927112/

Ebay-

http://www.ebay.in/itm/Love-and-Other-Enchantments-/111803796035?hash=item1a08068a43:g:Gl8AAOSw9mFWKLIv

Shopclues-

http://www.shopclues.com/love-and-other-enchantments.html

Links to A Dream-

http://www.amazon.in/A-Dream-Ishan-Dafaria-ebook/dp/B00KPLKSVA

http://www.amazon.com/A-Dream-Ishan-Dafaria-ebook/dp/B00KPLKSVA

LOVE and other enchantments ~ Review

This is Review #008 by Anmol Sing…

Arudhaa ~ The Rising One...

12659783_852325174889455_1869205552_nLove and other enchantment as its name suggests will give you 15 hues of love from the hands of 5 brilliant writers. I don’t think it is giving you tales but incidents and scenes of life which will prompt reader to weave the story of love in its essential shade! The ride with the book was a wave with its ups and down, stumbles and surprises. Each story will take you to a land of love of its kind! It’s a mixed collection which will please all types of readers.

Tanima Kedar : I consider this writer’s work to be the best way to start the book; her quote on love ‘As complex as the universe as deep as the sea, love is like a maze, getting lost, is the key’ gives the best impression and elegant kickoff to her section

Till death do us part depicting the emotional…

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Love And Other Enchantments – The Dream Ship

Maliny Mohan


In one of my previous posts, I had mentioned about a short story anthology, titledLove and other enchantments which has been sailing, albeit along crests and troughs, for a few months now. Two days back we received the design of our book’s front cover.The publishers had asked us if we had any particular suggestion regarding the diagrammatic representation of our collection, and we had conveyed the theme that was brewing in our minds. The theme was solely love and its essence, although a bit skewed towards the poignant nature of it, more than the picture of mushiness that most people tend to associate love stories with. And this is owing to the fact that each story in the anthology is soulful, portraying the sheer intensity of the varied shades of love, rather than focussing merely on the exhilarating nature of it.

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Love and other enchantments – Book Review

Review by Kavipriya Moorthy on my book Love And Other Enchantments…

 

 

Kavipriya Moorthy

Surprisingly, an anthology that is worth reading. I was surprised to see great reviews from known honest reviewers and the ratings which kindled my interest on this book when Anuj approached.
Genre – As the title says! All about Love
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First Impression – I had no clue until I scrolled to the first story. All I knew was ‘anthology of love stories’ and this is in fact 3 best stories based on Love and emotions that rule Love by 5 awesome writers.
Overall Impression – The stories are twinned with emotions such that it makes you read every line rather than skimming through. Especially, the first three stories by Tanima Kedar exceeded my expectations by multifolds.
The stories are not new but the way it is penned is fresh and flavored with beautiful words. The Emotions that every phrase and word carries is beyond compare. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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