Shreyas Mohandas having been an undergraduate has undertaken his teenage love for English literature and has been able to channel his grief, pain and blissfulness of just being. Even though a deep thinker who never let out his thoughts to another was surprised by his first self-expression as of July 16th 2016. Having meditated and been under the grace of his guru Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev has he truly understood words did empower and bring subtle meaning to each moment to have been expressed.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.
Shreyas: The journey was amazing, expressing emotions while dealing with pain or grief of losing a loved one. Creatively finding expression through my soul dealing with unrequited love and the blissfulness of just being, it was a transformative journey discovering my sub conscious mind.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Shreyas: A very special individual was my inspiration and muse for starting to write. It was accidental as i needed to express myself at that very moment as it would have been the last few words exchanged, bringing out something that completely amazed my very own being. This newly discovered talent had me inspired to further discover myself with the help of many situations, leading me to connect with my very soul being bared by my creativity.
LiFT: What do think about the literary world and what are your expectations from it?
Shreyas: There is a certain beauty with reading an old book, the old rustic smell draws you deeper and each word paints a vivid image in your mindseye.
I would like to have one of my books to be recognised as a classic in the future especially when I’m no more in this physical existence of life, where my words and memories are immortalized throughout time through my verses.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Shreyas: The quality of the book makes the very first impression to the reader and marketing leads to more individuals being aware of such a book is available for enriching oneself. Both are very essential to help promote a new book as being my first book not many are aware of it, but i hope it reaches others through the inspiration and view of one who did read my first book.
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Shreyas: I want to inspire people and connect with another soul through my creativity expressed. For in my situations these were the solace of unexpressable emotions that could not have been shared with another, that bought hope and strength giving me a passion to follow and without knowing the destination the journey was empowering.
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Shreyas: I used to practice hatha yoga, but have not been doing it consecutively. My writing drastically improved as of the spiritual inclination of my meditation and the grace of a higher power, which made me a vessel to express my soul for another soul to recognise. I hope now that i can get back to finding the blissfulness and balance by restarting my yogic practices.
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Shreyas: I drank alot of coffee and ate dark chocolate, I don’t know if it actually helped but made me feel great. Taking walks and just watching the sky be it sunrise or sunset, stargazing or admiring the moon, even a butterfly fluttering by was inspiration to get out of my writers block and continue my verses.
LiFT: What if your story will be adopted as a movie? Whom would you want to work as a director or actors in it?
Shreyas: There’s not very much of a storyline in this book as it is a collection of poetry and sonnets. So if each were made in to small stories it would be wonderful to see how it all plays out, no particular favourism here but would love to see how it plays out even if it’s not done by professionals.
LiFT: What are your future plans?
Shreyas: No particular plans as of right now, but i would like to write another book. Currently i have lost my muse and there is nothing consideribly inspiring to write about, so waiting for that spark of inspiration to start something new. Looking to write a novel about my past or a new collection of poetry in the future but as of right now just basking in completion of a dream becoming reality.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers so that they could improve their writing skills?
Shreyas: Keep at what you are doing, regardless of others opinion. The very creation of something is vastly more estatic than any other other materialistic gain, creating ones one world where one can find the self is fantastic. This world can only be shared with ones who value it, so do find what is it that you wish to add onto another prespective of the world, connected by the words expressed by your imagination and creativity. An immemorial value that can be bestowed upon yourself as well as another.