Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Aman Misra. See his interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a weekly interview with everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
I like to consider myself as a writer and a sport junkie. I’m currently in graduate school, studying journalism at Symbiosis Pune.
My side projects include a bunch of writing gigs at various sport verticals, a blog that I hardly update, and a book.
2. As a writer, what is the message you want to share with the world? What do you hope to accomplish in the next few years?
That stories don’t end. I think it was Stanley Kubrick who said that the very meaninglessness of life forces us to create our own meaning.
The history of human civilization wouldn’t be what it is if isn’t for stories. It’s probably because of a story that I’m here today working to become a full time writer. Which is what I’d like to eventually become in the next few years. Sure, everyone wants to travel the world – but I’d like to stop, pause and reflect on life every now and then too.
At the end of it all, if I have to say what I want to do in a few years from now – I don’t want to give you a fixed answer. The only constant life really offers to you is to get used to change. For example, for a long time I hated the rain, but spending time with an ex-lover who would always smile when it rained changed that perspective. Now she isn’t around, but the rain is. Life is like that, the ever changing rain.
3. You mentioned that you’re studying journalism. What got you into that, and how has your experience been so far at your college?
Aww shucks, this one is about a girl (aren’t they all?) Back in the early half of 2012, I was just rumbling. College was spread out over 2000 hours, three years. Most of my time was spent either sleeping, playing sport or going out on dates and getting so wasted that you couldn’t remember a thing. No direction was not something any parent would tolerate, so the push was to become a Chartered Accountant like Pops is.
I resisted, fell in love along the way, and tried a million different things. Like the time when I tried the accountancy exams. Or when I tried applying to Australia to study Sports Management.
Most of my time was spent either sleeping, playing sport or going out on dates and getting so wasted that you couldn’t remember a thing.
Then, this flame departs my life leaving me puzzled. I follow her back to her college city. Now what do I do for a living that I’m here? A gig as an intern with a reputed cricketing platform. Three months is enough time. We didn’t speak after the first. It was really a different time, fun. Like Elton John sang – “I never really knew me a better time, and I guess I never will.”
When I was back, I made up my mind that I’d like to write. Ever since then I’d like to think I’ve made some progress in that direction – admission followed, some bylines and the lot.
Now for experience in college – its been great. Apart from a regular habit of writing everyday, its an introduction to the finances and intent of media makers, and eventually the subconscious of society – see where this is going?
4. This one is a three-fer. Since you write everyday, how is your book coming along? What are the doubts you have to fight off? And finally, what advice do you have for other young writers who might read this?
At first, I was pretty clued onto writing non-fiction, like a history of Indian Golf. That would mean traveling 31 states looking for every inkling of a golf property and [its own] stories. It would be awesome, just not viable given my current occupation and responsibilities. At the same time, I’d like to get started with writing some semblance of a book as soon as possible. Hence, this book is basically a figment of my imagination.
Weak details could be true in the story and character but the plot is based in Calcutta when it’s raining a lot. Sound familiar?
Self doubt stinks. It’s something I had to work myself out of. The one doubt I have to fight off is procrastination, but wouldn’t we call it an occupational hazard? Advice to young writers – read and write everyday. Stare long and hard at those walls, they speak the truth.
5. Great. Finally, do you have anything you’d like the audience to explore? It can be a business or movement, or it could be anything from a video to an idea.
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