Hello, let me begin by telling you what a great honor it is for us to be able to interview you today. So let’s begin with a short introduction. Please tell our readers a little about yourself.
I spent the first 25 odd years of my working life as an entrepreneur. When my business suffered owing to several factors, I recognized on hindsight that if I had embraced my colleagues and employees in a more engaging and holistic way, perhaps they would have stood by me as I hacked my way through the forest of loneliness and despondency which my failing business pushed me into. I later pursued my education in the ‘Applied Behavioural’ science area which emphasised working with and through people. At this point of time i straddle two worlds that of consulting and training and also overseeing a commercial organisation. However much of my focus is in consulting and training and the commercial enterprise is largely managed by my partners.
Apart from being a writer what else do you do? and how do you manage these roles altogether?
I work with organisations and people, oversee a commercial enterprise, I am a stage actor and act for the oldest English theatre company in India. I also facilitate conversations among leadership in various fora with the intent of helping them align and build a common vision.
What caused your shift to writing?
I believe i have a lot to contribute by way of thought leadership, owing to my experience across various disciplines from profit organisations, to academic institutions, chiefly schools and consulting and training.
Do you agree that writing is always necessarily drawing from the personal life of the author?
Without doubt, writing that draws from my personal experience and life, engages and excite curiosity and interest in those who read my writing.
Please tell us about your first writing venture (“Your first story or poem”).
When i was fourteen years old, and my father had passed away, my mother being out of the country and I living alone with my grandparent, i was overwhelmed by a deep sense of loneliness and despondency which resulted in my outpouring of my feelings, my thoughts, my anguish and pain. I shared my initial writing which was in rhyme with a few people who i believed cared for and loved me there was appreciation for my writing, the depth of who i was and my honesty. Thus i began my writing through poetry primarily in rhyme and thereafter migrated to prose writing.
Does the blend of being in a multicultural environment find a way into your work in the form of varied perspectives etc?
In some ways yes, yet i cannot claim deep understanding of cultures beyond my shores for i am immersed in my own culture and tradition which pervades my thinking and my writing. Thus sometimes i tend to be unidirectional sharing from my limited understanding of my culture which does not necessarily have to be universal and available to other cultures.
How difficult or easy is it to publish a book in a technology governed world?
I was born in the middle 1950s and spent much of my childhood in an environment that was not as technological as it is today. However my writing and publishing commenced post the 1990s when technology began to play an important part in the society i live in and the world i belong to. Therefore it has been comfortable employing technology and i believe there is no going back.
Would you like to talk about any dream writing projects or any projects you are currently working on?
I am constantly dreaming, sometimes hoping that my dreams will find expression and realisation through my work and life. Thus i allow myself to dwell on all the thoughts and feelings that arise in me, recording much of them in a diary that i write periodically. Though i do not have a concretised dream i believe if i pursue my intent of wanting to make a difference it will fructify in a tangible outcome.
What’s your mantra for tough times?
Do not ask Life what it wants from you, ask yourself what you need to feel alive and then go out and get it, for Life will cradle you and support you if you align and not conflict with her.
Any word of advice for our young and budding writers in the world?
Trust your own goodness and that you are Life’s longing to be lived. Embrace the abundance you have and that which surrounds you. Focus on your strength and not on what you do not have.
What is your take on Writers Block?
It is real and can sometimes frustrate. Falling down is a part of being blocked yet rise we will. When the wheel of life has turned its course it reaches the nadir, which is what a block is, however whichever way you look at it, it can only go up.
What according to you is the most difficult part of writing fiction of any form?
Writing with simplicity in a manner that you are understood the way you wish to be.
Is there anything else that you would like to tell us that I haven’t included above?
Trust your own wisdom and goodness, you are as much God’s child as is anybody else. Thus we do not have to shrink ourselves to make someone else feel special or valued. In allowing myself to grow i also help and assist you to grow too.
We hope you loved reading the interview and we are sure you learned from Mr.Srinath and found enough if inspiration to write your next book. You can reach him on www.ttsrinath.com