The second day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week is about interviewing other participants. I was matched with Deepika from Worn Corners. I’ve been so happy to get to know Deepika a little bit–her questions for me and her answers here are fascinating and thoughtful.
1. What spurred you to start blogging?
I began blogging in 2008, and wrote about everything under the sun. However, I set up my book-blog on wordpress last year, before quitting my writing job. I was a journalist, but the job crushed my soul. I wanted to write what I felt like writing. I returned to a desk-job, and channeled all my love for writing towards my blog. And, like most other book-bloggers, I wanted to know what everybody’s reading. I also wanted to streamline my thoughts about books I read, and figured out that blogging is the best way.
2. What’s been your favorite part of blogging since you started?
I am in awe of the warmth exuded by bloggers. My love for blogging blossomed only because of bloggers, who encouraged me with their kind comments, and interesting book recommendations.
3. How do you go about blogging? Do you have a favorite spot you like to sit? Do you take notes while you’re reading?
I blog in the wee hours, mostly after 1 am
. I cannot write when my house is noisy. So, I wait for my family to go to bed, and I settle on my bed with my laptop. I listen to instrumental music while writing. Like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTxLIkgYJQg
, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz56XdjfiCI
. To employ some of my favourite passages in my blogs, and to reread them, I highlight quotes, and fold the corners. (I know it’s blasphemous right?) 🙂
4. Who are some of your favorite authors you’ve discovered while blogging?
Ian McEwan, Rainbow Rowell, Nnedi Okorafor, Michael Morpurgo, Stefan Zweig, Fredrik Backman, Patrick Ness, and Shirley Jackson.
5. How do you choose which books you’re going to read? Do you keep a list or rely on your current mood?
Although there is a list, I follow my mood. And, that’s one of the reasons why I am a bad participant when it comes to readalongs. 🙂
6. What are some of your favorite things to do besides reading and blogging?
I love zen-doodling, and riding my bicycle. I also spend some time on adult-colouring books.
7. What are some of the themes and stories you’re drawn to in books?
I love children’s literature, and books that feature animals. I relish books that explore intense moral dilemma, human behaviour and motivation, and feminism. Plots do not contribute to my reading experience. I prefer memorable, inspiring characters to plot-oriented stories.
8. What are your favorite ways to make connections with new bookish people?
Besides making connections in social media, I attend literature festivals, book launches, and fun events. But, rarely.
9. How do you feel your perspective as someone who lives in India affects your interests and voice? (if you do feel that’s true!)
Maybe, I am exaggerating, but I cannot shrug off the fact that reading is still not considered an important part of life in India. When I read at cafes, and restaurants, I barely see people with their faces buried in books. Many of my acquaintances still can’t wrap their minds around why I spend so much time with books. I am almost made to feel guilty for reading a lot. Although I ignore their opinions, I look forward to a day when reading will be celebrated here. And, my colleagues, friends, and acquaintances find my blogs scandalous, because it’s still a taboo here to be vocal about love, sex, marriage, gender equality… They tell me frankly that reading has made me a rebel, and I might end up being lonely, for I would fail to find an interesting companion. Well, I should not be too cynical too. There are some gems, who borrow books from me, return without fail, and share genuine thoughts about the books. Perhaps, I should expend my energy to socialise with such folks. 🙂
10. Finally–what’s your favorite doodle you’ve created after reading a book?
I loved this question. Thank you. 🙂 Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden blew me to smithereens. It’s a book that I fully intend to reread. It took a lot of time for me to start the next book, and to deal with the overwhelming feeling, I did this zen-doodle. https://shortpencils.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/forbidden/