Interview with Manish Pathania

Tell us about Poems that do not rhyme?
‘Poems that do not rhyme’ is a collection of poems written in the form of free verses which may seem unrelated at the first glance but the poems are arranged in such an order that they traverse through the story of an alcoholic man who accidentally falls in love with a girl who was still in love with her ex-lover.
So, the poems in Poems that do not rhyme are love poems?
Although, the central theme of the book is love but the poems represent the darker side of love and personally, I would classify them as dirty realism than love poems.
What inspired you to be a poet?
Honestly, I am a writer first and then a poet. I have been writing fiction for almost three years but the inception of poetry is recent. I was under the illusion that poetry was about rhyming words and flowery language so, I never tried to write poems. I got a feedback on my first book that I have a poetic way of writing a prose, so, I read my work again and found out that the words I write have a natural rhythm. I think that was the day when I realized that poetry is not about rhyming, poetry is not about meaningless sentences and definitely not about flowery language. Poetry is nothing but words in rhythm. And that’s how, I started writing the poems that do not rhyme.
When did you decide to publish your book only as an e-book?
Truth be told, I was running out of patience. It took Hemmingway 10 years to get his first piece published. It took Bukowski two years to get published for the first time. I have been writing for almost three years now. It took me almost one year to write my first fiction book and I tried getting it published for the next one year but no luck. It took me forty days to write my second fiction book. I didn’t even try to get it published. Then, I heard about Kindle direct publishing. I decided to experiment with the world of non-traditional publishing with the collection of poems that I wrote.
Do you think that e-books are as discoverable as the hard bound copies?
The readership patterns have changed with the arrival of the digital market and the e-books have gained popularity. The world is going digital and working at a work place like Infosys, you are at the center of that transformation. It was the very same thought that encouraged me to experiment with the non-traditional ways of publishing.
The platforms like Kindle Direct publishing and Smashwords help writers with all the resources required to publish, distribute and market the books on the various platforms. Poems that do not rhyme is available on Amazon, Flipkart, Apple i-books and many other platforms for download.
What do you think is the one quality that an aspiring writer should have?
Honesty: The most important quality to be a writer is honesty. When we start writing, we tend to write as per what our reader wants to read or how our favorite writer writes and that is when we start to become pretentious but the libraries of the world are filled with writers like that and the world can live without another writer like that. Be brutally honest about what you write. It will be good.
What are your hobbies apart from writing?
Travelling- I don’t think of travelling as a hobby but a state of being. I take out time from my busy schedule and travel. I don’t like the idea of travelling in groups or going to famous places but I like to travel to lesser known places in humble modes of transports. I love trekking, cycling, mountain biking and trying new adventure sports. I wouldn’t be wrong to call me an adrenaline junkie.
What are you working on next?
I have a lot of things to work on such as getting my two fiction books published via traditional publishing. I am working on a collection of short stories which should be ready to be published soon and as for poetry, I have fallen in love with the idea of writing the poems that do not rhyme and I would continue to work on the same.
Who is your favorite poet?
Bob Dylan. I know most of the people see him as a musician or a songwriter but I see him as the best poets of all times, the simplicity and effortlessness with which he writes poems defines art in the purest form. Charles Bukowski is another one of my favorites. The sheer honesty and courage with which he writes his poems is exemplary.
What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t try.” – Charles Bukowski. This is the inscription in the grave of Charles Bukowski. In these two words he described the philosophy of his life. I think this the message I would want to give everyone who wants to write- “Don’t try.” If you are meant to be a writer then it will flow out of you naturally and if it doesn’t and you have to try, then you are not ready yet.
So that’s all folks! “Don’t try”
Published 2015-07-31.
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Poems That Do Not Rhyme
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,210. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
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‘Poems that do not rhyme’ is a collection of poems written in the form of free verses which may seem unrelated at the first glance but the poems are arranged in such an order that they traverse through the story of an alcoholic man who accidentally falls in love with a girl who was still in love with her ex-lover.The poems revolve around the love, longing and lamentations he has for her.