The author/poet whom I am interviewing today is a romantic at heart. He believes in all things mushy and cozy – like candlelight dinner and watching the sunset. And this penchant for love and romance shows in his poems as well. Beach holidays help him relax and rejuvenate. Brilliant colours of the setting sun inspire him to write free-flowing verses. His favourite colours are red and yellow that make things bright and mellow.
Meet the ever charming …Rrohan Kachalia
Rrohan Kachalia (www.rohankachalia.com) is the author of the novel ‘The 23rd Girl’ and has many short stories and poems published in various anthologies. ‘Annoyed thieves amid darkling armies’ is his first poetry book.
You were a published author even before you wrote your book on poetry. Throw some light on your first book ‘The 23rd Girl’.
We all have some superstitions and the book ‘The 23rd Girl’ is about it but in a different way. In the book, the protagonist discovers that a number has been working for him exceedingly well and thus, he decides to play a game of number and fate. But then, life throws a curveball and his number theory comes in danger. To know what happens and how he takes control of his life and his fate you have to now read the book.
How was the experience of writing and publishing a book different this time around?
I have always loved writing poems, but this time around it was special as my poems have much more depth to it and it took me a considerable amount of time penning them. Writing poems and publishing a poetry book gives me the thrill and adrenaline to see and tell things in a different way with a message attached to them.
Do you identify yourself more as a fiction writer or a poet?
Off late, I identify myself as more of a poet than a fiction author, but I intend to dabble more into experimenting with different forms and genres of writing; taking a leaf out of the versatile author Kiran Manral’s writing which inspires me to push my limits.
While most of us chose a theme to keep us focused, you didn’t have a particular theme for your poems. Was there a reason behind not choosing a theme?
There wasn’t a reason as such. I simply went with the flow as I felt that having a theme might restrict me in some way while writing down the poems.
Name 5 e-books written by fellow BlogChatter authors that you enjoyed reading.
Bhumi by Tina Sequeira
Tales With A Twist by Varadharajan Ramesh
Ista Gita by Nupur Maskara
Be Cause Some Had To Say It by Namratha Varadharajan
Dare to Dream by Huma Masood
A lovely list, I must say!
Which poets do you admire and whose works you would recommend?
I admire the writings of the evergreen Gulzar and some of my work is inspired from his poems. For all those who are into poetry, I would recommend them to read the work of Rupi Kaur, Rumi, Pablo Neruda, Kaveh Akbar and Sarah Kay to name a few.
Oh, my my! Rohan, they are some of the greatest and most inspirational!!
Which is one genre that you would like to write on next?
The one genre that I’d like to write first is Romance followed by a Thriller.
My fav genres…what are you waiting for, Rohan! 😉
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Listening to music, reading a poetry book and writing few words daily is enough for me to overcome writer’s block.
What publishing and marketing rules do you follow to promote your ebook.
Ah! I’m not the best person to answer this, but my little experience says that reach out to bloggers and go full throttle when it comes to social media advertising for marketing your book.
Throw some light on how you research while writing.
I usually use Google to research to get the first-hand information. Also, I do a short survey to get answers and insights and even conduct interviews if necessary.
A fresh, light and honest review!! Won’t you say?/
You know what!! Rohan has penned some beautiful lines to describe his book ‘Annoyed thieves amid darkling armies’
Be it any emotion
Joy, Fear, Anger
Towards a path
That leads a change
In the surrounding you live
In the society
These are the words
Fearless, bold, outspoken
To stir something in you
If the blurb is any indication, this book is a winner. Click to grab your copy from Amazon.
Read Huma Masood’s review of the book.
@rohank01, hope you liked the interview!! Peeps, how about you? Do comment and share your thoughts.
Check out other interviews in the series conducted jointly by @Ashwini_Menon, @priyreflects and Yours Truly – of Aesha, Ruchi, Medha, Manas, Mayuri, Preeti, Pragun, Ravish, Balaka, Huma, Shipra, Sonia, Anupriya.