Be it her emotive short stories at yourstoryclub or the impassioned poems at IndiBlogger, she has never failed to captivate her readers. Besides, her blog ‘The Girl With Wings‘, with stories trading in pure emotions had already earned her a huge number of readers. Now, that her first book ‘The Wrong Vantage Point‘ has seen the light of the day and within a few days of it’s launch it’s amazon page got flooded with five-star reviews, let us get to know Adwitiya Borah through her own words.
1. In what way has your life changed since the publishing of ‘The Wrong Vantage Point’?
It hasn’t changed much to be honest. I’m still the same old Adwitiya you saw in college. Only now I feel happier about how my life has shaped up. I feel more relaxed. When look back at the entire journey and at the final product that I hold in my hands, I proudly give myself a pat on the back and say, “It paid off, girl. Well done!”
2. How do you keep yourself motivated?
It’s always people who inspire me and motivate me to write. When I look at all the people around me- friends or strangers- I see a beautiful soul with a story. It can be a random child sitting on her mother’s lap or a young man zooming past me to deliver pizza in thirty minutes. Every person is an amazing story waiting to be written down. And then when people tell me that my writings have somehow touched their heart, I’m reminded that that’s what I live for!
Money can never buy you this happiness.
3. When and who helped you discover the writer in you?
I don’t remember really. I was too small when I started writing poems and short stories: 9 or 10 years old maybe. My first ever poem was “Christmas” and it was published in the kid’s section of a local newspaper. At that time, poetry was just a bunch of rhyming words for me.
Growing up, I once wrote a poem for a guy I had a crush on (teenagers, you know!) That little poem was actually a big turning point and even though the affair didn’t quite work out, I never stopped writing after that.
In NIT, my brothers Harsh Agarwal and Shival Gupta were the first persons who pushed me to write a book. The Wrong Vantage Point is a result of that.
4. Which writers inspire you?
Currently, I’m in love with Khaled Hosseini’s works.
5. Which genre does your book belongs to?
It’s a romantic crime thriller. I think I have done a good job on the romance bit. Crime, let’s let the reader decide!
6. What have you learned while writing ‘The Wrong Vantage Point’?
A hell lot! I learned how to write a book to start with. I learned how to not write a book too.
I keep having this feeling that I could have written far better if I had been more patient and planned in the entire process. I hope to not make this mistake in my next books.
7. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Life has changed a great deal after I started working. Before, I used to write whenever I had some free time available: every single minute. In my four years of B.Tech, I did not watch a single TV series and hardly saw some ten to twelve movies maybe, because all I wanted to do with my free time was to write. But now, it’s tough to make time. I cannot bunk office like I used to bunk college! I try to write in the evenings though. Coffee helps!
8. What does it takes to be a writer?
Well, you got to write. And write for the love of writing, not to impress an audience or because it’s cool. Becoming an author is no piece of cake. You have to make time to write no matter how busy your schedule is. You work every day and every night, writing entire chapters after chapters, without any incentive, without even knowing if your work will ever be published or not. And the part after the book is published is still harder. You have to turn yourself into a good salesperson and get people to buy your book. It’s tough.
You need patience (lots of it), dedication to your work and the never-giving-up spirit.
9. What book(s) are you reading at present?
Today, I’m reading “Waiting for the Mahatma” by R.K. Narayan.
10. Do you have anything specific to say to your readers?
First of all, thank you for reading my works till now. Your feedback and honest reviews are something that I always look forward to. In fact, my dear readers, I can truthfully say that I write for you- to help you feel, to help you smile, to inspire you when you’re down, and maybe help you be happier with your life. If I have ever touched your heart in any way, do let me know. I would consider my writing worthwhile.