For me, it’s the impact, not the number of pages or the books I publish. What have I written that will live long after I’m gone? – Vaishnav
A short book named ‘Kaveri’, which I read recently and found really inspiring, also posted its review, you can check that out in the review section. Luckily I got a chance to interview the young author of ‘Kaveri’. Read to know what inspires him and what advice he has given to aspiring authors. Here’s a quick word with Vaishnav Shravan. Enjoy!!
•Hi Vaishnav, can you please introduce yourself so that the audience can know you better.
Hey, I’m Vaishnav Shravan. I spend most of my time thinking, reading, or watching stuff around philosophy, science, art, and politics. On successfully connecting a bunch of dots, I express myself in writing. I’ve published two works of fiction: Evolution of Privacy and Kaveri. And I’m working on my first novel, which I hope to publish by end of 2021.
I work as a UX writer at Postman. Previously at Chargebee. Basically I design text elements for applications.
•Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I didn’t. I don’t think myself as a writer even now. I think no artist must be tied to a specific medium. I started with a desire to become a filmmaker. Then I figured I’m in love with the writing part of cinema as the writer is the one who is in control of the story. So I started working on screenplays, which I never thought would be produced by anyone. So I’m just changing all of the stories I have into novels as publication has now been democratized, thanks to tech.
•What inspired you to start writing?
Reality and the desire to materialize my thoughts and ideas, which are purely results of observing reality and my reflecting on it.
•How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
Evolution of Privacy and Kaveri. Kaveri is the closest to my heart.
•What is the significance of the title ‘Kaveri’, of your book?
Kaveri is a river in south of India, for which a couple of states have been in conflict since a long time. The story is a metaphor of this conflict and its impact on the river itself. I simply related real events to a story of young fictional girl called Kaveri who wants to reach her destiny that lies in another state but is being hindered by doing so, by her mother and a neighbour. Read the story to know why. The beauty of the title and the story is that people aware of the river Kaveri’s history can understand the metaphor and the point of the story, while other who aren’t aware still get to interpret a life lesson. This was my strategy for this story. But I hope such readers do go read about the river and the politics around it once they finish reading the book. This would be the success of the story.
•Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I think the process of buying is a personal and subjective experience, just like art. And the cover, which is a part of the book that’s as creative as the story, does affect how a person visualizes the story. It’s an important part of designing a book itself, and like any other design, it has an impact on the buyer. But the ‘impact’ itself is very subjective is my point.
•Tell us about the cover of the book ‘Kaveri’ and how it came about.
As the story is a metaphor of the river Kaveri and a young girl’s destiny, I got the outline of the river from Google Maps and made that into a path of the young girl on Photoshop, with a stop in the middle to represent a roadblock on her path.
•How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the complexity of the story. Evolution of Privacy took me a week. Kaveri took me a month. The novel has taken me 3 years so far, I’m sure it’s gonna take a year and half more.
•Do you write full-time or part-time?
I rarely write. I would like to spend more time on this in the future though. Maybe even become a full time author.
•What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Video games, films, music, trying to understand the cosmos better. Generally trying to expand circle of knowledge, while having fun.
•What are you currently working on? Also, what are you reading at present?
I’m working on my first novel that I hope to publish by end of 2021. I’m reading the Little Book of Philosophy right now.
•Your Favourite book
- Harry Potter series
- A preface to man by Subash Chandran
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
J.K. Rowling and Khaled Hosseini
Most quotes by Carl Sagan, Gandhi, Periyar (E.V Ramaswamy), and Kamal Haasan.
But one of my favourite is some I wrote: “If your creation outlives you, you don’t die until it does.”
•What does your family think of your writing?
Mostly they’re surprised I write as I never used to like studying or academics. They still relate study and reading. But after reading my stories they understood how it’s different.
•Where can readers purchase your book?
It’s available on all popular platforms. You can find the links to them all here: vaishnavshravan.wordpress.com
•Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
I mostly post quotes I write on social media.
Twitter – @iVaishnavShravn
Instagram – @ivaishnavshravan
•What’s your favourite food?
Briyani. Beef and Aapam.
•Your favourite tourist destination?
•Your most cherished memory
Publishing my books. Getting my first salary. Booking my first home.
•If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
- Made of stardust.
- Seeking equilibrium.
- A thinking thing.
- An insignificant being.
•Day or Night
Night. I work with Batman.
•Tea or Coffee
Coffee in the morning. Tea in the evening.
•Movie or Book
•Village or City
Village. It’s something I haven’t experienced yet. So I’d like to.
•Reading or Writing
•Car or Bike
•Paperback or e-book
I don’t have a preference. Ebooks make more sense to me, it’s evolution.
•And lastly, what advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?
While it’s true writing is putting down your story on paper and publishing it, I would think of deciding what’s success for you, for a particular story, so you always know how you measure your writing.
For me, it’s the impact, not the number of pages or the books I publish. What have I written that will live long after I’m gone?
Thank you Vaishnav for giving your time.
All the best for your future projects.