Interview with Satis Shroff

When did you first start writing?
I really started writing when I went to Kathmandu to do my BSc in Zoology and Botany. I used to write articles and stories in The Rising Nepal, an Engish daily. The day Satchmo died I had the urge to write something about this great trumpet player. After college I joined the newspaper and wrote a science column of my own (mostly conservation of wildlife in Nepal) and about cultural events, now and then about a yeti-expedition or about glaciers in the Himalayas.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a memoir about a young writer who goes west to study, meets interesting people, travels to fascinating countries, tries out different cuisine and gets to know about the Germanfolk as a student, as a lecturer, singer in a men's choire. He also visits his former home-country and is interested in the literature of the two countries, as well as English literature. Nepal's lingua franca is Nepali but since his parents sent him to an Irish school his first language remains English. A big tectonic quake causes a lot of suffering in the small mountainous country but the reason why the writer goes to Nepal is to bid farewell to his past for he's incurably ill--he's a tumor patient. On his way back to Nepal he recalls his life in the East and the West.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The lack of time to search for publishers and the easiness with which a book can be published in the e-media.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy is being able to write something that a reader in far-off Australia or the USA finds your poems or other writing interesting and takes the time to comment about your pieces. It gives you the feeling that there is someone out there in the wide world who shares the same thoughts as you and appreciates it. This is the greatest joy of writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are a great source of inspiration, especially fans who care to give feedback, which also mean a lot to the author. There's also the commercial aspect but readers who respond with emotional words because they have been touched by a piece of writing is priceless for a writer's soul.
What are you working on next?
Collected poems with the title 'The Rhododendron Song,' a story about a Nepalese minstrel and other projects.
Published 2015-11-27.
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Books by This Author

Zeitgeistlyrik: Im Schatten des Himalaya
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 19,940. Language: German. Published: June 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In seiner Anthologie von Lyrik geht es zum Teil um politische Lyrik über den Krieg in Nepal, das traurige Schicksal der nepalesischen Bevölkerung, die Wiederentstehung von Neonazismus in Deutschland, Liebe und Frauenleiden. Seine bikulturelle Perspektive bereichern seine Gedichte, die herzzerreissend und traurig sind. Wenn er von ‚Heim’ spricht, kehrt er immer wieder zu seinem Herkunftsland.