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Author Interview: Amol Redij
Edited By: Akshita Jain on February 9, 2012
What prompted you to be an author or you always wanted to be one?
Yes I think I always wanted to be one. I don’t remember of having ever said I want to be a doctor or engineer or a police inspector like most of my age said then. To be candid, I always wanted to be a filmmaker for I could narrate stories effortlessly. All I understood at that age was to tell people interesting things and even enact those to them.
Apart from envisioning the aesthetics of story telling, I think a writer (author) resides inherently in a filmmaker. I have written essays, poems, skits since school and that has continued ever since till this day when I am published author/poet.
How did you choose the genre and also the name?
I love poetry for its compactness and aesthetic beauty. I was deeply in love with the works of Eliot, Wordsworth, Keats, Neruda, etc. Though not academically I studied them with help from my mentor Divakar Kambli (a very senior person with vast experience in literature).
For quite a few years, the poems I wrote silently resided in the pages of my diary. It was only when I shared some of my poems with Divakar Kambli (DK), I encountered a realization that my work is a publishable content. With help of DK, I compiled 66 poems for my first book Silent Moments of Melancholy.
It was a tough and risky decision to debut with a poetry book for a general assumption is that the poetry books don’t sell. The statistical surveys on the web substantiate that. It’s a bit depressing situation.
Why still poetry then? Constant nourishment from DK who infused doses of confidence and faith in me. Here DK stood.
Sorrow is immortal; it is soaked into your blood, unlike happiness which is transient. My poems follow melancholic theme, dark poems portraying betrayal, distress, and agony. After compiling the poems, we wrote the blurb for the book. And the line, “The poems, the absurd, night mares of the present will make you moan silently with the frozen echo within you” made us hit upon the title for the book – Silent Moments of Melancholy.
Any future projects that you are working on right now?
Right now I am looking to get a producer for my Marathi drama script. I am ready with the full length script as well as a censor clearance certificate from the Marathi Rangbhoomi.
I am finishing 2 novels, one of which is tentatively titled “Headburst”. I havent thought of a name for the second one.
I am working on the screenplay of a Marathi film (experimental) with a friend. The film is titled “10, Manohar Niwas”.
Poetry writing will always be with me, and I am almost ready to get my second collection published.
What should an author keep in mind while writing down a novel?
The reader. As an author you are half way through. The circle is complete when you find a reader. It of course, does not mean write to please the reader.
Regarding the story telling, don’t get prejudiced with anything. It’s your creation, deliver it as you want it to be.
Any advice for budding Author?
Sincerity and determination. This includes voracious reading. Read great works of great writers to understand what made them so great. Check what interests you, which genre fascinates you, it is a great learning mechanism and a good practice for continuous self improvement.
Most importantly, write because you are passionate about it and not because you are seeking glamour. It is okay if you have a small reader base.
Your favorite book that you have read?
The Stranger by Albert Camus.
And I am a great fan of Kiran Nagarkar.
Your inspiration behind writing?
Divakar Kambli of course. You can prove your mettle in distressful condition only, he told me with metallic hardness. Balzac is always on his priority list. He narrated and asked me to go through a few anecdotes of Balzac’s life.
I was born in an area of textile mills, where more than clear blue skies I could see thick black smoke clouds coming out of the textile mill chimneys.
I live in an area crushed under three IT campuses. Many of us meet every day. I mean the people coming from different regions and strata of our country. They are urbane as well as from rustic surrounding who knew nothing about metropolis in their primary school days. They have studied in the lantern light and have entered into the field hitherto as distant as horizon sheer by their talent. I can empathize with them. I was born in a city and brought up in paced life of Mumbai. Divakar Kambli (DK) once told me to juxtapose the lifestyles of this perpetually-assaulting-your-emotions city and almost standstill life of the youth in the mofussil. Melancholy was surprisingly at par, I found, only difference being that in the polished manners and the costumes.
Leo Tolstoy, in his Anna Karenina found: “Happy families are all alike: every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I felt exactly different. This is my perspective. May be an effect of changed lifestyles from feudalistic to democratic. I am not a student of literature though I had read a lot.
The result, whatever, is in front of you.
How are critics important?
Check posts are important to avoid errant trespassing. No matter how good your work appears to you and your closed ones, there is often some space for improvement. People who can point this out are the ones we refer to as critics. Having critical review of your work is of utmost importance as it highlights several factors that could otherwise be fatal for your work.