An Interview with Author Rashika Ranjini – A Talk on ‘Whispers of a Snowfall’

An Interview with Author Rashika Ranjini – A Talk on ‘Whispers of a Snowfall’

“Whispers of Snowfall” is a book of poetry that explores the search for understanding winters in all their glory. The poems in this collection are infused with the crisp, quiet beauty of snowfall and winter, and delve into the depths of the human soul as they search for answers to some of life’s deepest questions.

Filled with imagery of snow-covered landscapes and the introspection of long, cold nights, these poems offer a sense of solitude, solace, and introspection that is perfect for the winter season. Whether you are looking for a way to escape the bustle of the world or simply want to cozy up with a good book, “Whispers of a Snowfall” offers a poignant perspective on the world and is a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration and reflection during the winter months.

About Rashika Ranjini

In a parallel universe, Rashika is sure to be a professional juggler, because in this universe, she certainly aspires to be one. Her mind-bogglingly diverse interests range from wildlife conservation to human rights advocacy, from mental health awareness to physical fortitude building, and from reading voraciously to scribbling incessantly. She dabbles in art, writing, and music when life permits and firmly believes in tenacity and perseverance.

Giving and sharing are very close to Rashika’s heart. She has founded Pari, a handmade decor, crafts, and jewellery brand, that focuses on selling art for charity. Pari has had a successful run thus far, with their creations getting all sold out during recent exhibitions and sale fests. Pari is planned for further expansion as a provider of digital accessible career-focused education and training to under-privileged women who wish to equip themselves with skills for sustainable careers.

Interview with Author Rashika Ranjini

The Literature Times: Congratulations for the launch of the book, Rashika. How did you come up with the idea of writing a poetry collection?

Rashika Ranjini: Thank you so much! I wouldn’t want to claim that this has been dwelling on my mind for months and years and decades. The idea of writing this collection up started from just one poem – and the credit for inspiring that goes to Signorina Winter of course. One poem grew into a collection, and I am so thrilled that I am able to share my words with the world today.

The Literature Times: We found many but would like to know from your point of view, what is the USP of your book?

Rashika Ranjini: As you rightly pointed out, this book does not really have a single rivet point. It’s an effort resulting from a moment of inspiration, that gave rise to several moments. And I am not all that sure if I can dare think of my book even consisting of some USP at all. I honestly believe that the more spontaneous and prompt poetry is, the more endearing it becomes. From that perspective, I can say that “being spontaneously thought provoking, porting the reader into a world of reflective meditation”, is what this book is all about!

The Literature Times: How did you go about the writing process of this book?

Rashika Ranjini: “Process” is too big and daunting a word for me – I am a person who lives in the moment, and I embark on my missions on impulse, many a time. One credit I can give myself is that however flawed such ideas have been, I have done my best to persevere and not give up mid-way, to end up with an imperfect outcome. With this book too, as I mentioned to you before, I started scribbling one poem, and I felt I couldn’t contain all my thoughts into just one. At the same time, I did not want to combine and club all the different enthralling factors of Winter into just one poem. So I started thinking of each segment of Winter that has played a strong part of my childhood, and my memories, and thus was born this collection.

The Literature Times: What is your personal take on winter season?

Rashika Ranjini: As evident from my ranting, Winters have been very special to me right from a very young age. The spirit of giving, the cheer in the air, the echoes of the year that’s ending, the eager and almost impatient anticipation of the new year, and at the same time, the yearning of wanting to hold on to the end of the year a wee bit longer, and the resolutions being made once we step into the new year, and the glee with which we look forward to the first flowers of Spring, all make Winters a glorious time.

The Literature Times: Does writing poetry come to you with ease?

Rashika Ranjini: Not at all – penning thoughts is a meditative process for me, but never easy. I constantly keep correcting myself when writing, as I do when living my life as well. And I am my worst and strictest critic. When writing Whispers of a Snowfall, I had to remind myself all the time to not let myself fall into the trap of seeking betterment with every word, as I that would make me risk not ever finishing the collection. This is a battle I am fighting, and I am trying to get better at striking the balance between bringing the best version of my words on to paper, and feeling fulfilled about being able to express my ideas without too many self-inflicted criticisms.

The Literature Times: What are your upcoming writing projects?

Rashika Ranjini: I am working on two projects at the moment – a fantasy series, from which I am currently writing Book One – The Hymns of Angamoria. I am also working on a non-fiction project, which I am hoping to release later this year – Chartered for Magnificence.

The Literature Times: Who are some poets who have inspired you?

Rashika Ranjini: Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood have been two of my greatest inspirations. I grew up plastering posters of their words on my walls. Emily Dickinson’s poems have figured in my favourites list, as have as have Edgar Allan Poe’s and ST Coleridge’s.  

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