"I drew inspiration from my own experiences and did not limit my imagination" - Sanjana Saksena


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


A literature student, former journalist and current marketing professional, Sanjana is a voracious reader who also loves to write. An LSR graduate, she spent most of her adult life between Delhi and Mumbai switching jobs from media to corporate and is now settled in Bangalore.


INTERVIEW:


Q. Characterize yourself in one word?


Imaginative


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


Sisyphus is Happy is a collection of short poems, in no particular sequence, that revolves around everything from mythology to the mundane. It's a perspective on relevant social themes that I translated to poetry using imagery from ranging epic characters to inanimate objects. It's an easy read and extremely palpable.


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


This is my first book and I happened to write it while I was between jobs and had just relocated to a new city. There was a certain emptiness that came from moving away from my family and friends and I think I channelized that into my writing, which honestly, is something I've been doing since I was a child. Given that I was in a new setting with time on my hands and raw emotions it proved conducive to writing poetry that was publisher worthy.



Q. What has been your biggest achievement?


I think my biggest achievement is yet to come but this book does come close. Being published was on my bucket list and honestly, I didn't think it could happen so soon.


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


I think what was most instrumental in this book coming together was sheer hard work. I spent time thinking of the various themes that the poems are centered on. I drew inspiration from my own experiences and did not limit my imagination. I knew I wanted to speak about socially relevant topics like the perception of women in society, terrorism, philosophy, putting forward points to make readers think, question, debate. Given the reactions I've received, I think I've somewhat managed to initiate these conversations.


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


Not really. I've been using social media, mainly Instagram, for book promotions but most of it has been purely organic. Most of the sales have been through word-of-mouth. I honestly didn't think too much of promotions and sales when the first print was published but the reactions so far have prompted me to think about some relevant and targeted audience marketing.


Q. Favorite book?


I can never really answer this question because there are just too many. All-time favorites would include the Harry Potter series, Catcher In The Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Little Prince, In the Afternoon of Time which is the autobiography of Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh, City of Djinss by William Dalrymple. This could go on forever so I'll just stop here for now.



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


Whenever I'm struggling with writer's block, I order something good to eat. Food really does stir your soul.


Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?


I must congratulate the team of Salismania, it's heartening to see a platform that celebrates books, writers and literary arts. With books becoming more accessible thanks to technology, any digital endeavor is sure to be a huge success.


WHAT TO READ: Sisyphus is Happy and Selected Poems


ABOUT THE BOOK:


The book is a collection of short poems inspired by the stories we've heard growing up and the things we see and hear every day.


Can Sisyphus really be happy? Who is the hero of the Mahabharat? Why are we prisoners and not travellers?


Each poem in this book attempts to address a question or give a lesson. Steeped in themes that resonate with the world we live in today, these 10 poems will make you stop and ponder.


PUBLISHER: Notion Press


PAGES: 56


GENRE: Poetry

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