Amana J Kumar Talks About Her Book “World Amidst the Words”

Amana J Kumar Talks About Her Book “World Amidst the Words”

Amana, when she was 12 years old, studying in 6th standard, Bishop Cotton Girls School, Bangalore, she started writing poems i.e., on 4th April 2020. Lockdown boredom inspired her to pen 200 + soulful poems in English as well as in Hindi. Her first book “Echoes of Soulful poems”, foreword was written by Padma Sri, Moon Man of India Dr.M.Annadurai. The book got released by Mr. R Suresh Kumar, Hon’ble Education Minister, Govt.of Karnataka and Padma Shree awardee poet and writer Mr. Dodda Rangegowda. Her First Anthology consisted of tranquil poems, based on fond memories, incidents and keen observations about the society with versatile topics and flamboyant illustrations.

The Literature Times: Welcome to The Literature Times, author. Congratulations on the release of your book. What responses are you getting from your readers? Please share your experience with this book.

Amana:  Thank you. As the bookh as been just released , there is time for extravagant reviews but my folks and friends who have already got their hands on a copy of it seem to love it. This book was fun to write as it had wider themes than my previous one and each topic was so meaningful ,  it took time as well as patietce to create this wonderful piece of my heart.

The Literature Times: What encourages you to become an Author?

Amana: Ah ! I have always wanted to be one eversince I can remember inspired by some of the greatest authors and their books . Given my intrest in reading and my love for books this felt obvious to happen but trust me to actually be an author feels surreal and also grateful for the encouragement of my  mom for getting me started on this.

The Literature Times: What are your favorite topics of writing? Please tell us something about your interest areas in the literature.

Amana: Topics fade after a point I mean how many topics can a poet find it just condenses into experiences and personal thoughts which you think resonates with your readers or sometimes I feel my most favourite as you put it or the most go to theme is my ponderings of this big world and its little things . In literature I prefer novels to poetic works ,  I like stories or tales that are raw , pure and real so yes non fiction seems intresting to me in literature.

The Literature Times: We were hoping you could tell us about some of those writers who had inspired you and whom you follow!

Amana: Yes , there are a lot more, I started writing inspired by the ok Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murthy but I am currently fond of John Green, John Boyne, RJ Palacio , Benjamin alire saeinz, Sayantani das gupta , Preeti shenoy , Sara Barard and others

The Literature Times: The titles seem different and catchy; how you decided it? Please let us know the story behind it.

Amana: It was spontenious , as you know poetry is a clever play of words as you weave themes into words or letter they create a world of their own . So in World Amidst the Words” not only the title is catchy and trendy but it also summarizes the book in just a phrase , in short its just a utopia manifested with words .

The Literature Times: What are your achievements so far? Tell us something about your writing career.

Amana: My writing started when I was in 6th Std, 11 years old,  this is my 2nd book officially published there are more poems both in Hindi and English ready to publish. There are lot more to write and work on as far as my achievements are concerned I have been awarded with the “India Book Records” as the youngest Poetess of the Year,  The Grandmaster by “Asia Book of Records” for writing poems in such a young age, Noble Book of World Records – “Most Prolific Poet”: writing 337 poems between April 2020 to November 2021 and Kautily Award for the Youngest Poetess of the Year award presented by His Excellencey Governor of Goa during September 2021. His Excellancy Governor Karnataka also appreciated my work and bestowed his message for my 2nd book.  Bhartha Ratna Peof. CNR Rao sir appreciated my poems.  

The Literature Times: What is your current goal in writing a career? How do you see your future in writing?

Amana: As I mentioned earlier its to soon to call it a carrier and plus this is just my passion so literature and writing will be on throughout my life that apart my career is totally different but nothing is decided yet I have let it take its course

The Literature Times: Are there any other books being worked by you? Please let us know about your future projects.

Amana: There are quite a bunch of them I have been writing in hindi so I guess if all materializes pretty soon that too will be out , have been trying my hand in fiction based verses too for a change and few others they are all in the half complete stage so yes it’s a considerable wait till those too arrive on the shelves.              

The Literature Times: How you see Indian writing in the 21st century? What changes do you see in the modern way of writing? Do you feel it has been changed by the time?

Amana: Indian writing has not only evolved but also transitioned in a great way . The narrative now not only focuses on the story it analyses the characters each one of them their complexities , their layers , their dilemma, their flaws , their judgement and their thinking its not a mere king and queen or a girl meets a boy cliché storylines. Writers have accepted the changing preference of the readers its not hocus pocus even fantasy nowadays seems so convinving and true that the line blurs between the real and the unreal ,authors everywhere are trying to make their work relevant . What I have also observed that ends always make the difference few of the books say the classics end on trajedy but now its not how the storyteller wants to climax it it is what the story demands , people crave for a logical or say human end to it . So leaving it in a mystery always leaves scope for a sequel while some just end it in jiffy leaving us ponder over them in our human mind as we sooth ourselves with our endless possitiblities . Change is ineveitable so yes as content consumers change the content creators transition too simply as the reader craves so the writer writes .

The Literature Times: How easy/ difficult it was for you to publish your book? What message would you like to give to budding authors?

Amana: Honestly it was a roller coaster ride trust me its not how easy it looks but ofcourse nothing comes easy it took a year to get my first book published as new to these stuff e were things turned a bit complicated because of lack of expertise in this field but again this might not hold true for everyone , destination is the same the roads and journey our different your path maybe a little better so I myself being a budding author all I have to say too ones like me is be resilent , get used to rejections and be consistent as my mother says out of sight out of mind even a sabbatical can make your readers loose touch with you work and lastly don’t expect success overnight be patient and dedicated it will be yours someday. Chase your dreams don’t let anyone Persuade you to leave your passion and probably this dedication may be worth it as they say love what you do , do what you loves .

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