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Ila Arora

Can you tell something about yourself?

In one word I can easily define myself as a “multi-tasker”. Born and educated in Allahabad – reading and exploring comes naturally. I am a constant learner and firmly believe that resilience and luck go hand in hand.

How is your book different than others?

My book is a truthful reflection of my own journey. My writing is very raw, I hardly edit the original draft, maintain its authenticity, and I draw everything from life’s experiences, which adds an extra flavour. Each one will definitely resonate with one or the other poetry with their feelings and experience.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I am a keen observer and an avid reader. These 2 aspects open all windows to gain information and get ideas. Some of my favourites are Nida Fazli, Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Dinkar, Faiz and the evergreen Ghalib. I also love reading mythology – The Immortals of Melhua (Hindi version) by Amish Tripathi, Mrityunjay by Shivaji Sawant, Draupadi by Pratibha Ray and Jaya (Hindi version) by Devdutt Patnaik are few of my favourites.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

That you are never satisfied. One always feels that there was scope to do better.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I am an early riser. I prefer to write before my office hours, and early morning serenity helps to compose and create thoughts.

What do you think makes a good story?

Anything that one is able to relate with his or her life leaves a lasting impression. A good story is always a mix of emotions, falling down and rising and ultimately creating a feeling that everything eventually falls into place.

What is your writing process like?

There is no specific process. Ideas just hit me, and wherever I may be, I ensure to write it down instantly, whether it’s on my notes app, a notebook or even a tissue paper. The final touch can wait.

What advice do you have for writers?

Writing is a natural process. The target reader should be able to relate to you. That is the core essence.

How did this story occur to you?

It was always in the process, I have been expressing my experiences in poetic form. More than occurring, I would say that it has always been there and I’m happy that now it’s shared.

What is the book all about?

This is a collection of poetry about relationships, family, life learnings, lockdown, worship, love and an anecdote of our childhood in a huge giant family. It’s a simple expression of my life’s journey, somewhat similar to everyone else’s.

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