- When did you discover your love for writing?
It happened when I was 15 years old and was in my 10th standard when the thought of writing occurred to me. I realised that I could write poems and stories way better than I can write my answers. It was hard controlling the urge to write during exams but when they were over, it was then when I actually got into writing.
- What drives you to write or who inspires you?
I usually write in the theme of protest poetry. I always wanted to do something different. Through writing, I believe that I can actually create a difference in the mindset of people. The urge to be a part of a revolution is what drives me to write.
- Do you like reading? If yes, please tell us about your favourite books and authors?
No, I am not much into reading.
- What do you prefer writing – poetry/short stories/prose and why ? I prefer writing short stories. It’s just because of the flow it brings along. It is a genre where you don’t have to pay much attention towards rhyme scheme and the balance of words.
- What’s your thoughts on storytelling platforms or open mic? Have you every participated in them. Those are amazing places to meet like minded people and also at the same time giving voice to your written words. I haven’t participated in any open mics yet.
- Every month there are so many calls for the anthology, how you choose the anthology? I am student I don’t go much for paid anthologies yet I try to choose unique theme.
- Do you have any near plans for writing your full-length novel or poetry book? I have no plans for now.
- Apart from writing, what other things you prefer doing? I really enjoy acting and public speaking.
- Do you have any message for your readers?
The write-ups that you read almost never come out as they are. There is need of much editing of words as well as of emotions. There are various instances where a writer would choose to hide a particular emotion or feeling. If you manage to pick up those backspaced emotions, that is when you understand the true write-up!
- What’s your message to budding/ aspiring writers?
My only message would be to never give up. You will often find people criticising your work. Never take it negatively, instead try to work on it and always try to keep forming a better version of your writer self.
- Lastly, how was your experience working with us?
It has been an amazing experience. The working was very smooth. There were almost no instances for any complaints.
So that was Sarwar Baker. Thank you for taking out time and interacting with us.
Wishing him good luck for future.
— Interviewed by Aditi Srivastava.