About Priyasha Bansal:
Priyasha Bansal has been an avid reader since childhood and has had an artistic orientation which was manifested in her stage performances of singing and drama. During school days she liked to write poems and short stories. She volunteered as a radio. jockey for a community radio in early college days. After a short stint in corporate world she joined a theatre group as performer. She likes to observe people and environment. These observations become the basis of her writings and theatre performances.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content?
Priyasha: Whistling breeze is a collection of poems on themes touching upon different emotions in various phases of our daily lives. This anthology is for the travellers who want to embark on the journey of beauty, love, heartbreak, bliss, passion, old age and so on.
My journey of writing has been soul nourishing. Each word I was pouring out was satiating my desire to compose something close to to my heart, which I have watched closely or felt sometime.
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Priyasha: The title of the poem is taken from one of the poems of my book, Herald of Morn’ describing the ambience of early morning with breeze blowing through the trees making gentle whistling sound, to welcome the dawn and setting the tone for the day to begin.
For the title, it is used as a metaphor of moving gently through various emotions and states of human mind to create this collection of twenty one poems.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a poet and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Priyasha: I got acquainted with literature during my school days. Since then I wanted to have at least few books penned under my name, if not many. Being a literature student I always had an urge to not only read what others had created but also to create on my own based on my experiences and observations . This inspired me to start on my journey of writing.
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Priyasha: Ten years from now, I am sure I will be writing and hopefully entertaining and making an impact on the lives of my readers. Yes, that is what I am going to do.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Priyasha: I think both are necessary to promote a particular book and to increase it’s readership. However, primary focus should be on the quality of the book in terms of it’s content. Because marketing an ill-written book can survive only for short period of time. But a quality book can thrive on it’s own and can increase it’s readership through marketing.
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Priyasha: Through my writings I urge them to see the beauty around and utilize it’s healing powers. To be grateful to what one has and trust in God’s plan. To find bliss in little and simple things which are often looked at as trivial ones. To stay away from vices such as greed and jealously and last but not the least make it a priority to spend time with oneself.
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Priyasha: I am a theatre enthusiast. And whenever I get a chance, I perform live on stage. Moreover, I run a blog titled Buzzing Spot wherein I share my thought and stories. Anyone can connect with me though it. It is on Instagram as well as Facebook. I also teach.
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Priyasha: Writer’s block is a phenomenon which almost every writer experiences and it is quite frustrating too. It’s frequency may vary among the writers.
Whenever I find myself in it’s grip I distance myself from writing altogether and don’t even think about it. I resort to either music or strolling or drawing or any other recreational activity.
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Priyasha: Currently, I am not working on any book but having lot of ideas in mind about it. My next book might be a collection of short stories or I may come up with the second edition of Whistling Breeze. Lets see, how things turn out.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Priyasha: See, writing is an art. And every art needs practice. Writing everyday polishes the writing skills of a writer.
Secondly, reading daily is also pivotal as it gradually improves the way of putting thoughts into words and enhances expression.
So, my advice to the budding writers/poets – keep reading and keep writing, no matter what!