BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Kalyani Yadav to Book Lovers World.
Kalyani Yadav: Thanks, it’s certainly my privilege to be part of this book.
BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.
Kalyani Yadav: I am a third year B.A, L.L.B student pursuing it from one of the famous women university, Banasthali Vidyapeeth, I am a firm believer in friendship and I believe that every relationship that we have is having the roots in friendship and I have few of my friends which are most special to me, be it a little number of my school friends or a few number of people in the university.
BLW: Tell us about your short story FRIENDSHIP IS THE CURE OF EVERY THING, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?
Kalyani Yadav: Friendship is the cure of everything this story revolves around a completely different kind of friendship bond between a girl and a boy which is the most disputed topic around the world, but my story has just presented one different kind of view.
I was really overwhelmed, because this was a different kind of a story and I wanted it to be in front of the people, and being a part of such a great anthology was just a privilege.
BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?
Kalyani Yadav: The characters in my story are partial fiction, I have come across people like that but it has not been completely picked up from one story it is a mixture of all of them.
BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?
Kalyani Yadav: The bond between a girl and a boy is mostly misunderstood, I wanted to remove this misconception, there is always a different side to a story and we must be well versed with that part of the society too, to accept that in our society, this was just to bring a change in that way only.
BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?
Kalyani Yadav: This is to all those friends that I have in my life, be it Akshat my never ending support or Vipak, Bhuvi, and Bharti, my best friends who are forever with me or the little list of friends I have in Banasthali, my roommates,Harshita, Shalini, Nupoor and Agya. They’re the KALOLIANS.
BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?
Kalyani Yadav: When I participated, the best thing I learnt about it is that you have to present a story in completely your way, no terms and conditions, just write the way you like and be free to it, this is what helps a writer to writer freely, and online competitions helped me in that and what more is that you get to show your talent and make some amazing new friends.
BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?
Kalyani Yadav: Yes, I used to blog, but now due to some issues I have taken a break, the blog made me realise, that what the actual audience wanted, and also helped in making my skills a lot and a lot better.And what more was that when I used to blog, A bunch of bloggers made a group and we are known as KALOLIANS and we are still together in spite of various differences.I love the friends I came across while blogging
BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?
Kalyani Yadav: No specific place, It can be in between the lecture, or when I am talking to somebody, It can be when I am completely free or when I am having a tightly packed schedule, It all depends upon my mood.
BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Kalyani Yadav: I wanted to be an IAS officer and I still aspire for the same.
BLW: What are your inspirations in life?
Kalyani Yadav: A.P.J Abdul Kalam is that person in my life, whom I have completely believed as to be my idol.
BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?
Kalyani Yadav: Books by Sidney Sheldon, Agatha Christie, Be it the fifty shades Trilogy, or the lovey dovey Durjoy Dutta books, be it Ravinder Singh’s I too had a love story or different people’s autobiography, I love books, and each book influences me in some or the other way or just makes it better in some way.
BLW: What other secret skills do you have?
Kalyani Yadav: Painting, I love that and I think that is the only additional skill I am having other than writing.
BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.
Kalyani Yadav: It’s really very tough to list five books, but there are a few books that I can read and re-read infinite times. They are… If tomorrow comes by Sidney Sheldon, I too had a love story by Ravinder Singh, Of Shit I am single and so is my girlfriend by Durjoy Dutta, Love Story by Eric Sehgal, and The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.
BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!
Kalyani Yadav: If there is something that will be with you is the books and trust me the book you hated on your last read, will be the book you will remember forever.
Thank you so much for your time, Kalyani. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!