Recognising Versatile Young Voice: In Conversation with Ayan Sharma

Ayan Sharma is a passionate writer, musician and an MBBS student. An epitome for budding writers, a young author who has authored ten books not only in Literature but in health sciences and music which have been well-received by his national and international readers. His writing career started with his first poetry book Zehan. Out of ten, five books have become Amazon Bestsellers, and are translated into ten languages.

I wish to see a collaborative and supportive writer's world. I firmly believe that platforms like Quillopia have already set the tone, and we are on the right track, he quips.

Can you briefly tell our readers about yourself?

I belong to a small village, a simpleton who tries to live in the present but is enthusiastic about the future. I believe in commitment, perseverance, and resilience. I am passionate about travelling, making friends, and talking to people, which helps me learn and share new things regularly.

How and when did you begin your writing journey?

To be honest, it all began quickly. Though I had been continually writing and sharing with friends and family, never had time to compile and publish them. But during the COVID-19 lockdown, I got this opportunity to spare some time and kick start this journey. My first book got published on March 21st 2020, titled as Zehan. After that, I completed my next book on music The Essentials of Tabla, which became a hit. It gave me a taste of purpose and the ball started rolling.

You have written books in Health Sciences, Music and Literature. What prompts you to write?

I am from a family of writers. The culture of writing and music was inculcated in me by my father, Dr L. Sharma. He has the honour of having a world record of having most published authors (8) in his family. His guidance enabled all my siblings to be health care professionals while pursuing music and writing. Being the youngest sibling amongst five (5), I have had the opportunity of being mentored by all my older family members.

As far as my motivation is concerned, my impatient inquisitiveness pushes me to go into the core of all these three domains. Once I learn new things, I prefer to share it with others so that they don’t have to hustle to access the same depth of information.

You have authored ten books, out of which 5 are the bestsellers, and translated into ten languages. How did it happen? How many languages do you know?

Coming from a scientific background, I believe in carrying out the research before getting into something. I consider each non-literature book as a product. So just like any manufacturer, I also do my market research to explore the gaps in available products (books) and market demand. After the market research, things become simple. Just provide the quality content the market is looking for. For me, quality is the key. I think this is the strategy that has been giving me the bestsellers.

I know Hindi, English, and Bhojpuri. However, if I find through my readers and distributors that translating a book in a particular language would add value to the public and capitalize on the existing book, in that case, I hire professionals and proof-readers to translate it.

Do you hear from your readers much across the world? What kind of response do you get?

Indeed, it is one of the sweet and sour perks, and the authorship comes with. I love to read their experiences on how my books added value to them. Most responses talk about the simplified concepts and simple language I use in the books.

Besides being an author, you are an MBBS student who also has music aspirations, how do you manage everything all together? What is your typical day like?

I don’t particularly manage it. I integrate all these three domains and let it flow, usually work with time-bound targets rather than time-tables. I prioritise studies as it is yet a long journey. Since writing and music are my hobbies and passion, I write and do Riyaz when I am tired of studying.

Tell us about your upcoming book? What are your future visions for the writer’s or poet’s world?

My upcoming book is on spirituality. I am writing with Prof. Krishna N. Sharma – the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University, Uganda; we are going to demystify the life-forces and its modus-operandi when it comes to complex concepts like the religion, law of attraction, and miracles etc.

As far as my future vision is concerned, I wish to see a collaborative and supportive writer's world. I firmly believe that platforms like Quillopia have already set the tone, and we are on the right track.

What piece of advice do you have for budding writers or poets?

Any activity, hobby, or passion has to be sustainable. You can’t spread happiness when you are hungry. So, we need to have clear categories of work when it comes to writing. One category of work to generate revenue, and another category of work to give you intellectual and creative satisfaction.

Interviewed by Yogita Malhotra

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