"My work in the newsroom has been the biggest inspiration for my book" - Ayushman Jamwal



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ayushman Jamwal is a Senior Output Editor at CNN-News18. He completed his graduation and post-graduation in Britain on a full scholarship at the prestigious Cardiff University School of Journalism and was inducted into the University’s Honour Roll.

Ayushman is a columnist for leading online and print titles. He is also a poet. His first poetry collection ‘Chameleon Lights’ was featured in the top 10 poetry bestseller list 2017 on Amazon.com. Ayushman's second poetry collection 'Silent Sun' is out now.

Ayushman also serves as a Board member of the Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust, established to promote and preserve the Dogri language spoken by the Duggar community of the Shivalik foothills. He curates the ‘Cultural Cocktail: Youth For Art’ initiative, a platform for innovation with a focus on convergence of classical, contemporary, regional and global literature and art forms.


INTERVIEW

Q. Characterize yourself in one word?

Curious

Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

We are no longer chained to a struggle for survival, and in that existence, we look for meaning to elevate our lives above a little more than nothing. ‘Silent Sun’ is a celebration of that human spirit.

Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?

My work in the newsroom has been the biggest inspiration for ‘Silent Sun’. The news shows us the best and worst of humanity, highlighting the progress and drawbacks of our evolving society. I write articles and columns on various socio-political issues, but they also boost my creative side. Slowly and steadily, I would write poems on the service of soldiers, the issue of Triple Talaq, women empowerment and the plight of Kashmiri refugees among other issues. Once I had enough poems, I decided to publish my collection.


Q. What has been your biggest achievement?

I have not achieved it yet.

Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?

The most important thing is to have faith in your product. It provides the strongest push to promote, focus your demands from your publisher, and find and innovate ways to reach new readers. Having faith in your product gives you the courage for a lot of trial and error, which helps you understand the reader and the market.

Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?

Poetry does not have a wide readership anymore. My aim is to focus my promotion online to literary groups and students and to evolve my poems into visual products and songs. That’s the best way to reach a bigger audience.

Q. Favorite novel?

Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden

Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

I love songs which are full of pain.

Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?

Bigger. Vibrant. Powerful. The prime platform for Indian writers one day.

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