Interview with Santosh Bakaya

Which was the first story that you read and how did it impact you?
The first story I read was about a little boy who went to his granny's place and there was offered two muffins, he quickly kept one for his mom.
This had such an impact on me that I could never eat anything without first sharing it.
What inspired you to be a writer?
My father, a professor of English , was very passionate about writing, he would scribble poems and short stories on pieces of paper, and then read them out to us . At lunch and dinner time, he would also read out from the classics, thus igniting the literary spark in me and my siblings.To this day I can never forget the way he recited his own poems and OWL AND THE PUSSY CAT, strumming an imaginary guitar.
Which are your five favourite books and why?
Alice in wonderland with its frothy fun is my favorite fantasy land where I often find myself creeping into and relaxing.
My Family and other animals-I adore this book of Gerald Durrel for its sense of humour , rambunctious spirit and interesting characters.
To kill a mocking bird-this is one book which has always enthralled me , and Atticus Finch with his sense of justice and fair play is my all time favorite fictional character.
I love all novels of Charles Dickens, but David Copperfield and A Tale of Two cities have always enthralled me more than the others, with their unforgettable characters and vivid descriptions of the socio-economic conditions of his time.
have you published any of your works?
I have written a few mystery novels for young adults, some quiz books, a book on Political Theory and my Poetic biography of Mohandas KaramChand Gandhi is soon to be published.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rajasthan, having had my schooling in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Since I hail from Kashmir,India, in all my writings there are references to the spectacular splendour of Kashmir and the breathtaking ambience which I have missed in Rajasthan.
But Rajasthan has its own piquant charms, with its turban clad men, ghagra choli attired women, its folk songs, its majestic camels and elephants.
In all my writings , the influence of Rajasthan and Kashmir can be seen in equal measure.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in school, and encouraged by the praise that I received for my writing skills, I jumped full throttle into the field of writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book is a collection of essays- glimpses into the everyday world undulating around me, it is about the small everyday occurrences which have impacted me in a big way, the ordinary with its extraordinary influence on my life. It is about the myriad hues of nature, about the myriad -hued people which make life colourful and meaningful.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional publishing takes a long time, and sometimes , the manuscripts go unacknowledged, and at times the manuscripts are returned with curt one liners saying that they do not match their publishing profile.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first attempt in the field of getting my book published through Smashwords . If my book is a success here, I hope to get all my books published here.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Despite my busy schedule, writing has always given me immense joy, I have always tried to steal time to weave word patterns and to paint pen portraits .I have found the greatest in writing about the frisky squirrels , the serendipitous joy in the rag picker's eyes, the flitting butterflies and the flying birds , the ripple and roar of the waves,and the majesty of the mountains.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers mean a lot to me, what I am today is due to the appreciation that I have received from them. A few of the essays in this collection have been written because some of my readers wanted me to write on those particular topics. I will eternally remain grateful to my readers.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a novel which is almost near completion, and trying to compile my poems.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The very thought of writing something new,
Published 2014-10-24.
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Books by This Author

Flights From My Terrace
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,690. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Essay » Author profile
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This book is a collection of 58 essays most of which are based on observations from my terrace. Some have been written quashed in ramshackle buses while commuting from home to work place. Still others have been written from the snug confines of a car, watching ordinary life pass by with its extraordinary hues. These myriad hues have coloured my life and enriched it, hope they enrich yours also.