“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.
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?
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?
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”?
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.
Links to my book, Love And Other Enchantments-