11 January, 2019

#Interview with Mamta Anand, #Author of Shades of Silence

About the Author:
Dr. Mamta Anand is Assistant Professor in English Language and Literature at Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur. M.P. (Established by MHRD Govt. of India, an Institute of National Importance by an act of the Parliament). As Fulbright Fellow (2008-2009), she did Doctoral research at Harvard University and Colgate University, USA. She bagged an International Research Award from Emerson Society, Washington DC USA in 2006. Alumni of Banasthali University, Rajasthan and English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, she has several awards for creative writing and research papers in journals of repute. Her book on Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India is housed in the Parliament House Library of India. Dr. Anand writes stories and poems. They have been published in esteemed journals like Sahitya Akademi and Muse India, and are taught in the University and Colleges of India.

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An Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I realized, I needed to be a writer at the young age of ten. I was always a day dreamer. The day this world started making sense to me, I imagined a lot, made stories in my mind on social situations. I could imagine scenes of my stories vividly. Added to this, sensitivity to social issues and handling of emotional problems of the people, made me think a lot about life. When thoughts got prepared I HAD TO WRITE! WRITING COMES TO ME AS EVOLUTION

What inspires you to write?
Writing comes to me as a natural urge to reach to myself and others. Yet, what inspires me to weave the words and scenes, is the LOVE to see the life flourish everywhere in the world. I EXPLORE the SPIRITUAL DOMAIN and design the plots to see how spiritual growth gives LIFE TO LIFE!

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
Daily Newspapers, both local and national brought news of abandoning girl children on streets, lanes, platforms or even after the birth in the hospitals that left doctors, nurses and city administration perplexed. It hurt me to imagine the state of the baby and her fate. Gradually, following such reports and their investigations made me understand that a girl child will never be welcomed in the Indian society that has not given her MOTHER, the woman; her due place.
It began to reveal that woman will never find her proper place in life or society if she remains eclipsed in the married state by the name, position and status of her husband and male members in the family and organization.
The story, ‘Shades of Silence’, shows that the way for the evolution of the human race is in the woman realizing the worth of her MIND & HEART

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
There is one in the drawer and in fact many lying somewhere in MY MIND

Tell us about your writing process.
I take months and years to formulate a concept, observe the idea in life. Then, I process my feelings and experiences around the idea, catalyze it by imagination and deliver it through waves if feelings. Thus living my ideas for some time and studying about them makes me finally put the scenes on the paper to find what’s REAL IN THEM.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
Out of several -My most favorite scene in the book, ‘Shades of Silence’, is when the main character ‘Rohini’ begins to live in the company of her unborn child – feeling the presence of the being as the soul without the body been detected in Ultra-sonography. 
I hope the readers would be able to understand through many scenes of the kind in the book on how LOVE GIVES RHYTHM TO THE SOULFUL LIFE!

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
I feel the characters in the book blossomed with LIFE OF THEIR OWN
I may not be able to identify with them.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I hope the readers too enjoy a roller coaster ride on feelings landing them in their IMAGINATION INTO A NEW WORLD- WHICH THEY LOVE

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I read a lot. I read books of Science that are proving spirituality and philosophy to be true. Many of these books are from Neuroscience. I delve deep into Philosophy and try to figure out, how this can help many issues that we read in the newspapers – magazines and also see them creating problems in our lives.
My all time favorite writer is, Rabindranath Tagore. I like reading Ruskin Bond, S. Radhakrishnan, Emerson, Sri Aurobindo, Deepak Chopra, Arundhati Roy, R.K. Narayan, Mahatma Gandhi, J.L. Nehru, Shobha De, Sagarika Ghose – the list is expanding to include many others who have recently entered the field of Creative writing.

I have not picked individually from any one particular writer. Their traits impress me but, when I write my Character guide me.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

What would be the Dream Cast for your book if it was to be turned into a movie?
THE NOVEL SHADES OF SILENCE deserves to be turned into a movie. It shall change the mindset of the country on rapes, female feoticide, manhood and violence etc.
Mr. Amir Khan had picked these themes for his movies which are running into my book, in his highly impressive movies and TV Show- ‘Satya Meva Jayate’. His artistic endeavor concentrates on improving the society. This is what the book seeks.
The film shall have a Female Artist in the lead role- here I see, Ms. Rani Mukherjee doing well. Rest of the artists could be selected on the basis of their chemistry with Ms. Rani Mukherjee

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
1. Classical Bhajans of Pandit Jasraj, Songs of Lata Mangeshkar 
2. Writing Register and Pen.
3. Biography/ Autobiography of a great man- woman or a Movie

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I spend my free time in reading and writing.
My favorite place is visiting Nature parks, Malls and Coffee shops to unwind myself by observing the beauty of nature, watching children play and people enjoying the company of nature and each other.

What do you have in store next for your readers?
I wish to work on several other themes. One that I am currently working on is about a housewife emerging as a role model saving her family from the doom of losing everything to bad relations.
My other two book projects are on non-fiction Academic writing.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
LIVE ABUNDANTLY- Work for others, Enjoy a good company, Reach out to others and help them. Life will come GREETING YOU

About the Book:

Shades of Silence, is a story about the shades of our consciousness lit by the inner light dwelling in us, our soul. It is often in silence that we slip into our consciousness and evolve, a process catalyzed by the tragedies of life. 
Rohini suffers several attacks on her being, by many, who try to enslave her mind. She is turned homeless for refusing to abandon her new born. Loving presence of loved one makes her blossom in the mind and find the Sun of her being, her soul enthroned on the heart. Anguish disappears as she grows founded in the mind tuned to her heart. Rohini emerges victorious fighting the patriarchal bias, bringing the rape and murder mystery to a just end. Her battle to live with the truth and love is the battle of every human soul.

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