Today’s AMA is with Rahul Shaw, he’s a relatively new friend of mine and a colorful personality who just won’t shut up. Don’t get him wrong, he’s a soft spoken person, but isn’t afraid to take a stand. This trait of complaining and wanting the world just right is what intrigued me to take a deeper look into Rahul and probe around his way of life.
Q. Since poetry is on my mind, I want to know when and where did your poetry writing begin?
First of all thanks for having this AMA session with me. Feel really important and happy to be part of this. So I first started writing in 2010 after getting job. I was placed in Bangalore, far from my native Kolkata. I used to get up early and when everything was so silent, I used to get different ideas and feeling, which I started expressing in words. So that is when I started writing poems.
Q. You’ve actually published only after you started working, is it because you have more mental and financial means once you have a job or is there any other reason why you published your work after getting a job?
Well when I started writing, I never thought that I would be publishing a book. But after it had been a while and I had written more than 50 poems, I thought why not publish a book. It was a very personal decision and I did not think about making money. It was more of a personal achievement for me. Down the line, when I look back, I am pretty sure it will make me smile.
Q. That’s a really nice back story, I’m sure there are lots of people among us who might find themselves in similar positions and may have the gift of writing, do you have any personal suggestions to them to take it to the next level? And can you also take some names of publishers or agents who can help us publish our first book?
Yes, I feel any kind of productive work is beneficial for the person or the society. And as we all know “Pen is mightier than the sword__Rabindranath Tagore”, we can use it to change our society and bring relevant situations or topics in front of everyone. Publishing books is definitely one of them. I had published my Book with Partridge, but I have heard about other Publishers also, but am not sure if its good.
Q. Are you working on anything new currently? Can we expect another book to come out soon?
Yes I am writing new poems, but am not sure when I can publish a new Book. Previously I used to write often, but now I don’t get sufficient time to write, so I will definitely take some time for me to publish my next book.
Q.You told me you’ve been doing some astrology, is this out of self interest of do you want to venture to build something monetizable?
Astrology is something I was interested since my childhood. I started with palmistry, when I was in 8th or 9th standard and then slowly as time went by, I became interested in Astrology. Once again after starting my professional career, I started getting involved more in Astrology. I started learning palmistry and astrology because I was interested in knowing my future, which most of us are, but then slowly I gained some knowledge to start predicting for others. But I feel its a gift from God, that I am able to predict the future, so I don’t charge money from anyone, but I take my time and the situation of the person and his behavior, before doing these analysis.
Q. Where can we find your book? online or any libraries in town?
You can find my book “Whisperings of a Common Man” in amazon.in, amazon.com, Google Books. You can also find them in Atta Galata in Koramangala and Just Books Library. I would recommend reading the hard copy as the feel and design will give a much better experience than an ebook
Last question: Kya Aap Aam Khate ho?
Sorry, bad joke, because I’ve only been asking questions to make you look good, it felt I should ask you about the aam.
Q. When someone has a hobby for a long time, people say that in course of time they will have some achievements.. do you think this is essential? to have some measurable achievements attached to your hobbies?
Well yes, its true. To be honest, during my MBA interview when I was asked about my hobbies, I could tell about my book, astrology and playing in different TT tournaments and I cleared the interview. So yes any productive activity will result in positive outcome if the proper path is followed and if we can continue with it for a considerable amount of time
Q. Just a small follow up.. do you think these achievements are required? can someone not paint just for their joy and leave it at that?
Yes why not?? I used to write for myself and never knew that I would publish. So people can definitely do things which make them happy and give them a breather from their daily mundane tasks.
Rahul’s book is available on Amazon.in and at popular libraries in town. He is also a guest author on this site and posts poetry from time to time.