Today the spotlight is on the daring writer Arkaprava De , author of Joys and Woes are Woven Fine … lets hear from him …
- How will you describe yourself? Your name is eccentric, What does it mean?
‘Arkaprava’ has been coined using two words – ‘Arka’ meaning sun and ‘Prava’ meaning light.
That’s how my name, ‘Arkaprava’, unitedly meaning sunlight, originated.
- What motivated you to come up with “Joys and Woes are Woven Fine”?
“Joys and Woes are Woven Fine” has been a terrific journey altogether. To be honest with you, this is not entirely a fictional story. The protagonist did exist in real and by stroke of luck, I managed interacting with her. She was definitely the sole motivation behind penning down the story, however, my love for literature and writing also shares a small share certainly.
- What challenges did you face from conceiving this idea to getting it published?
I would like you to refer to the book’s ‘Author’s Note’ and ‘Acknowledgement’ sections for getting a better insight into your question. This is a dark story, something totally realistic, at times brutal and possessing a hinge of despondency all through the read. Publishers and Readers going with lovey-dovey stories and economically beneficial scripts had said an outright ‘No’. I thus got it published from Author’s Ink, for my motto was to help ‘Ketaki’ reach out to the world and not really earn a name for myself or fill my empty pockets.
- What was the major problem you faced in writing and how did you overcome it?
‘Writing’ is the easiest part of the journey, the real problems crop up soon after.I faced challenges with editing and finding a publisher. Rest all was buttery smooth.
- What do you intend to convoy with this book?
Truth – that’s what I intend to convey. Some harsh realities, some tragic incidents and the saddening state of our country. What I have mentioned in the book is indeed presented as a fictional read, but most of it is sadly true. It’s not late; we can surely fight out all the existing evils and demons from our beloved country.
- What is your view on Feminism in India and newly emerged term Feminazis?
Feminism in India is definitely emerging and it promises our country’s betterment in near future.
I would answer the second question on a slightly different note – My share about an ideal ‘Feminazi’ is a rational feminist rather than a radical feminist. I wish several ‘such’ Feminazis come into real existence soon.
- Which is your favorite character from real life/stories/movies that you would like be?
My real life inspiration was my grandfather – a man who possessed outstanding literal excellence. He was the one who inspired me to write and I dedicate my success ( laughs, if you call this, so) to him.
Talking of novelists, Taslima Nasrin, Arundhati Roy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Bharati Ray and Amitav Ghosh have been my Indian favorites.
- What change would you like to see in our society?
The issue is we all want to see a change, but nobody wants to participate, involve and bring around the change. I want to see ‘this’ very situation change – People from various communities, ethnicities, backgrounds must come together, join hands and carve a better society altogether where caste, creed and religious diversities would simply fail to blossom.
- What are your upcoming ventures?
My next manuscript is in the final rounds of evaluation with several eminent houses besides being already offered a contract with some other ones. It has been closely worked upon by me and my editor, Neil(author of MNH Series) and shall be up for a grab soon.
To give you a small insight, this novel chiefly deals about a schizophrenic patient who claims to have seen God and ends up writing his own biography before committing suicide. Also, several societal issues have been addressed by means of several small stories.
- What is your advice to budding writers?
Write, write more and write a little more. Believe in yourself, love rejections and always remember – We are born to write. Not everyone is blessed enough to tell stories and thus we should always keep doing so.
Keep struggling initially…. Success will have to embrace you finally.
Our review on Joys and Woes Are Woven Fine : https://togusto.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/joys-and-woes-are-woven-fine-arkaprava-de-book-review/
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