“Slice Of Life” by Jyoti Saraf

I am Jyoti Saraf. I began my education in a Sanskrit Medium School in Varanasi. Later I shifted to Kolkata, the City of Joy, rich in art and culture. I started to work very hard for learning perfect English. Presently I am an English teacher, besides teaching Hindi and Sanskrit also. Due to my base from such a culturally advanced city, I got interested in many forms of art and I have received many prestigious certificates for acting and flawless Public Speaking. I have enacted many Shakespeare characters, Shylock being the best. I learnt acting from a very renowned Public Speaker, Mr. Barry O’Brien . I started writing to express myself, at a very young age. Presently, I am at a phase where I can express my views through poems, short and long stories, both in English and in Hindi. I have been associated with the Pratilipi App (Bangalore) for over a year, where I have been chosen as the best Fictionwriter and I hold a Golden Badge Award which is the highest form of appreciation in the App. I believe in learning life’s lessons at each stage through my writing. I have no doubt that you’ll enjoy reading and relating to this book. I believe in writing in a straightforward and understandable manner.

Besides following my passion for writing, I learn Bhagwad Geeta from GeetamPariwar, Ayodhya and I am learning Sanskrit from Sanskrit Bharati, Kerala. Let’s dive into the interview with the author to know the journey behind “Slice of life”.

Can you tell us a little about your book?

It’s an Anthology of Poems which includes all phases from youth till the retirement stage. It’s written straight from my heart. I never edited any poem for publishing. The process of writing each poem made me stronger and independent.

What got you writing in the first place?

I always used to write inside my head and later on, gradually I realised that all my thoughts got shaped and sculptured in the form of beautiful poems which needed to be read by everyone.

What was your impression of your first draft when you read it?

Frankly it excited me extremely because it had shaped up beautifully. It looked like an amazing piece of art. Each poem has a sea of emotions and they give us lessons without being preachy.

Which part of your story connects the most with you? Why?

I can connect with each gorgeous poem of mine. I have lived in them. I have literally breathed them.

What makes your book the one to read?

One can understand only when one reads it. There are raw emotions, practicality, festivity, happiness, positivity and even sorrows. Each thought is penned very simply yet in an interesting manner

What was the best advice you got while writing?

The best advices which I got while writing was always being simple, understandable, being genuine and being true to myself.

What was your hardest scene to write?

All the poems I have lived and written in a flow. I guess the toughest one was the “Fight With Might” as when I penned it, I was going through a very roughpatch. I wrote this poem, based on the struggle of my 25-year-old son, whohas been my best friend and the best guide. He had gone through a surgery at 8 pm the previous night. The next morning, when he was still in the aftereffect of general anaesthesia, he got the interview call from his dream company.

Inspite of my advising him not to sit for the interview, he went ahead ahead and gave the most wonderful interview from the hospital bed itself . His interviewers were also stunned at his dedication. As a mother, I was worried but HE FOUGHT WITH MIGHT. Sitting there in the hospital room, I penned it to salute his strength. I am sure all the youth everywhere would definitely relate to this poem.

Who’s your all-time favorite author? Which book of his/hers made you fall in love with them?

In English Literature, I love the poems written by William Wordsworth, especially The Prelude which he started writing at the age of 28 and continued writing till the time he was alive. “ I had melancholy thoughts, a strangeness in my mind, a feeling that I was not for that hour, nor for that place. “

In Hindi Literature it has to be Mahadevi Verma ji. She has elements of mysticism in her poetry. Her poem addressed to her distant lover who always remained concealed. Deepshikha is an inspiration.

Do you have any plot brewing?

Oh yes!! I am greedy. Already writing some lovely short stories, about ,I guess all people and each subject, be it romance, women empowerment or self-help.

It would be a treasure. A collection to achieve and preserve. AMAZON LINK: https://www.amazon.in/dp/9395563001

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