" Being a Writer, Helps Me Make a Difference "- Gauravi Tiwari

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

Well, I come from a background that taught me the importance of faith and hope. I have been raised by a phenomenal woman. My journey has not been all ‘smiles and sunshine’ but I guess that’s when you learn the most beautiful things. 

You learn to fight the good fight; you learn lessons that make you unique. You become the best version of yourself and I can say that from experience.

I remember I was only a kid when I started penning down my thoughts, I’d make my parents read them. So, I believe my journey started from the very day I picked up a pencil and a diary. My journey has taught me to be more empathetic, kind and a better human. The journey is important, you miss a step, you miss a lesson.

Most of the people believe their lives to be a rollercoaster ride but honestly, my life is a total amusement park! And if anything, I love that. Because that is what makes me who I am.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

For the sweet love of Magdalene, that is a question I don't think there is an answer for. Well, I don't think anyone ever has an exact answer for this. You never decide what you want to be. It is the cumulative result of the choices we make all our lives. For instance, what we like, what we read, what inspires us, especially what makes us feel satisfied.

It is important for us to be able to face the person in the mirror and be happy about who that person is. And for me to do that, the only way is to write. 

With time, I met a lot of new people, I still do. When I meet new people, I see not only what they tell me but also what they don’t. I see their emotions, their pain, their joy, their anger, every feeling, and writing is the only way to make sure that the lessons I learnt there are passed on to people who need them. 

Being a writer, helps me make a difference, bring a change, tell stories that’d otherwise remain unheard and help people.

3. Is it a financially stable career?

Is anything financially stable, these days? It is significant to follow what you are, not what satisfy the pockets. I mean no amount of money in the bank can help one cope up with the feeling of void that is bound to happen if one does not become what he or she was really meant to be. There is enough money in every field if you are patient, determined and well good at what you do.

4. Who is your favourite writer and why?

I like different things about different writers but if you’ll ask me to name one, I’d say the man who changed it all- Sir William Shakespeare. He described human emotions in a way that no one ever could. He put lives in the characters. I also like reading the crispy and blunt words of Komal Kapoor.

I really like to read the work of Mahadevi Verma ji too. There is a melody in her words. I also love the work of Dhananjay Awasthi ji; and it had been my pleasure and honour to know that man and learn from his work, he was a brilliant man.

5. Where does your inspiration lie? 

My inspiration lies in Nature and People. Nature is my mojo! The breeze, the water, the green in mountains, keep me going. The view from the top of the hill, the sound from the waterfall, the rustling of leaves, they fill me with hope. The way nature heals itself, it is inspiring and magical.

You can find every human emotion in nature- Joy, grief, anger, love, anything and everything. People are also a great source of inspiration for me. Normal people, the man walking down the street, the kids playing in the park, the woman caressing her child. There is a story in each one of them. I believe, "there's a story that can change the world in every person's life, we just need the right perspective to see it and the right person to narrate it.” 

There is inspiration in an ant’s struggle to survive, there is inspiration in the smile of the street vendor who walks daily in the stroking heat just to get his family proper food.

6. What does your typical day look like?

Fun for people who love to write, read and dwell into the thinking part of the process but could be boring for people who have a rather scheduled way of living. I love to travel but sometimes don’t even step out for days, it’s all related to what I’m writing about or thinking in that particular moment. It’s adventurous and I learn a lot of new things daily.

7. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring writers?

When you write, remember this, "a bunch of words can change someone's life so be careful of what you say and how you say it". Now as for yourself, 'Write!'. Please write. Don't just think of something and then procrastinate when it comes to the writing part. Because unless you write and read it, you won't know where the mistake is or what's missing.

There is a lot of difference in how we think things in our minds and how they actually look like once they are penned down. You won’t learn or progress without actually writing down the entire thoughts and raw words.

In the end, “Write what you think is right, not what you think will sell”. And talking about ‘sell’, my poetry book is to be published this year so in case any of you need to keep yourself updated with that, visit my Instagram page- Heaven_reborn.

8. Which is your favourite book and why?

Well, I don't have any favourites. I do love to read 'Plays' though. 'Julius Caesar' is one of them. I like thrillers. I like books that depict the genius of their characters, the true self of the characters. I love to read poems. So, I don't think I can simply name a book or two. It's the character development and anecdotes that become my favourite.

- Gauravi Tiwari , Writer

- Interviewed by Shilpy Sharan

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