"Being able to help people in distress during the Kerala floods is my biggest achievement&quot


Sunil is a rising unknown in the habitat of Indian writing, waiting for readers to sample his work. His style of using simple language to convey the most complex of ideas, beauty and emotions has the rare quality of being able to tickle your brain and move you at the same time.

An eclectic background consisting of education as an engineer and a postgraduate in forestry followed by a dreary day job in contracts to pay the bills, besides interesting hobbies and a keen eye for beauty residing in the ordinary, serves as fodder for his poetry.

Sunil loves long, silent walks and the company of trees, dogs, birds, spiders and everything wild. He is truly amateur at everything he enjoys, be it birding, driving, photography, reading or writing. He was born by the sea in Kerala and now resides in Delhi.

"What goes into a Butterfly?" , a collection of poems is Sunil's first book. It was included by the Deccan Herald as one of the "Titles to consider" in March 2019. That is a significant achievement and stepping stone, considering that it was the lone poetry work sitting alongside Fiction titles from leading publishers.


Q. Characterize yourself in one word?


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

A celebration and exploration of nature, people and the world around by a normal, everyday person.

Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing before breaking out with this book?

I have been writing poetry for a few years now, but never seriously. In fact, I did not even start saving my work until about 2-3 years ago. My wife and a few friends who knew about it, encouraged me, even pushed me to try and publish. I tried and found how hard it is to get published especially poetry. Was fortunate enough to get a publisher who liked my work and was willing to take a punt on it. As an amateur birder, I write brief birding reports and short stories as well.

Q. What has been your biggest achievement?

Being able to help people in distress during the Kerala floods.

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

Read, read and read still more. Patience and persistence. Writing consistently and writing about what I feel strongly about and love. Trying to improve myself constantly. Not focusing on writing for an audience or to impress anyone or to win contests.

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 started off blind. In fact, I am still pretty much running blind, dependent on my publisher to get my ideas across to the world. As a reticent person, I am not the best at talking about myself or marketing my work. Both of which are crucial in today's world. Sadly, sometimes even more so than the quality of the work itself! I am relying on my book being good enough to gain popularity through word of mouth and exploring some other options like your portal to do so as well. So very much a learning phase for me.

Q. Favorite book?

Difficult to pinpoint just one.

I count works like The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Kazhakinte Ithihasam by OV Vijayan and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller as some of my favourites.

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

I think am too much of an unknown for people to know anything about me. Everything, including the fact that I can write decent poetry, should be a surprise!

Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?

I am new to this kind of portal but understand that it is slowly garnering a wider audience among readers and writers. Does look like this concept has a very robust future.