A resident of Kesrisenghpur, district Sri Ganganagar Rajasthan, coming from a humble economic background, Ankit Madaan is the writer who completed his first novel- ‘Almost Together’ at the age of twenty three. Being a great literature enthusiast, he has completed his masters degree in English literature and is now working for an educational institute. His love for writing is an inspiration from a special person and he writes with an impeccable simplicity and grace.
- Where do you get your ideas from or what inspires you to write?
Answer: – Honestly, it was a person, my muse who inspired me to write. The arrival of that person, whom I never expected to be in my life, made me realize that I can be pretty expressive through words, by writing poetry and short stories. Earlier I loved to read. Then I started writing as the voice of my muse dictated me.
- What form of writing expresses you the most?
Answer: – I love writing short stories. I love to travel and get ideas from people around me and their mundane activities while travelling. A couple of my short stories have also got published. I get visions when I see people and things around me that I contemplate to produce something worthwhile.
- What are the key elements that lead you into writing- ‘Almost Together’?
Answer: – Well, that’s a tough question. When I started writing this story, I got only one scene in my mind but as soon as I wrote it, characters seemed more familiar to me that I developed and placed them in the plot to form a complete story. I had no idea that my story will turn into a novel itself.
- The title of the book is really intriguing, why did you choose this title?
Answer:- That sounds a revealing question. The title of the book has a connection with the story itself so it is better we leave the title undisclosed.
- What effects does writing have on people?
Answer: – I think people get inspired when they read. Writing moves you in various ways; it has its own influence on different people. Articles, Magazines, Novels, these are not only the form of writing but these have power. People love to read because they get answers for the questions they don’t get from anywhere else.
I also am inspired with reading. I read poems written by literary scholars of all the time. They inspire me to do things in my way. They motivate me to do what I want to do not what I need to.
- What was the hardest, most challenging part of writing, ‘Almost Together’
Answer: – ‘Almost Together’ is written from the feelings of my heart. This is not just a usual story. It will influence people’s thinking over traditional love stories that they generally read and hear about. And the most demanding part of the story was its ending. I wasn’t sure how to end the story so that it would not look like a general one. And it took much time and efforts to write the concluding chapters of the book.
- What do you think most characterizes your writing?
Ans: – As I think, my writing has the observance of reality. ‘Almost together’ is written just like that. I observed people, I observed conditions and situations then I got to know about how to write and what to put into characters and plot so that people could relate to it and it seems like a piece of their own self.
I love to travel. Sometimes I take a decision of travelling such a distance, that people don’t even think of. This practice gives me time to be alone and procure information from the surrounding.
- What makes your book stand out from the crowd? What is the one most unique as well as the one most universal aspect about, ‘Almost Together’?
Ans: – The most unique as well as universal aspect about my story is that it is a love story but what makes it stand out from the crowd is that it doesn’t end the way people assume it to end. Generally, when a love story ends, the hero gets together with the heroine and they live happily ever after. But why not think that what happens after? The rest you will get to know when my story comes out.
- What theme and subject matter you have in mind for your next book?
Ans: – Well I am thinking of writing on some traditional matter. The tradition of Punjab and Rajasthan, the villages, their lifestyle, provides me with the inspirational pull whenever I get a chance to experience it. I get influenced by their attire, their way of living and think how beautiful it would be to live there in such a peaceful environment. I will definitely write some traditional story.
- What is the most difficult thing about writing the characters of the opposite sex?
Ans:- Writing about characters of the opposite sex isn’t quite difficult but maintaining their flow of thinking is. When you are a man you may write some good lines for a character that is from the opposite sex but maintaining that character’s mentality, psyche and way of thinking for one whole chapter and when you have to write the perspective in some conditions when even you don’t know how that person will respond. That is challenging.
- Your all-time favourite quote?
Ans: – My all-time favourite quote is from “Marriage of Heaven & Hell” written by William Blake-
“Excess of Sorrow Laughs, Excess of Joy Weeps.”
- For aspiring writers-
- A Message.
Never lose hope when you don’t have a chance to get published. Write for yourself, to satisfy your needs and write what you like to read not what people would like.
- Best authors to look up to.
Salman Rushdie, Leo Tolstoy (For writing skills), and Ravinder Singh and Chetan Bhagat are to be read for startup. Rama Mehta’s Inside the Haveli is my all-time favourite.
- How to perceive literature.
Literature can only be comprehended if you have a true love for it. Reading novels isn’t enough for you to perceive Literature. You need to love it, read it by your heart and once you do, you will get addicted to it.