Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Ayush: Hello, it is nice to be here. I am Ayush Sinha, belonging to a small Indian city. To me, the age of one’s physical body is not perhaps what matters the most; perhaps both spiritual and physical growth should be taken into consideration.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Ayush: I belong to Patna, a small Indian city, where I have been left to my own self, amidst the aloneness that I consider blessings.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie., your education, family life, etc.).
Ayush: I have been a very dull student. I had never been good at academics, nor did I enjoy studying at school, where I was considered dumb who could not learn anything. Fortunately, I haven’t had much schooling.
There is a world of difference between surviving and living, and that is the only thing I have learned in my life. Indeed! The only thing one needs to learn in life is that nothing is as beautiful as this life; nothing is as beautiful as the moment we wake up in the morning and find our loved ones and ourselves safe, for every day, about 156,000 people lose their lives and millions lose their loved ones. Riddled with illusions of permanence, we have forgotten that the whole of this existence has its roots in duality. If there is permanence, there is impermanence as well; if there is duality, there is non-duality as well. I enjoy both happiness and sadness.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Ayush: Understanding that there are no goals, that there are no destinations, I am living my life to the fullest. I want to make the most of this life, without getting attached to my experiences.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Ayush: Actually, everything happened to me quite early in my life. I lost my father, while I was just eleven. Things that happen to middle-aged men and women came across me when I was just fifteen or sixteen. By and by, I got riddled with the illusions of darkness, the illusions that I enjoyed a lot, finding pleasure in crookedness, but the play of Mother Nature couldn’t let me enjoy that state for too long. I got bored and started wondering if there could be some other form of enjoyment and bliss as well, getting interested in the supernatural, and by and by, the interest turned into a new ray. But that ray didn’t turn me into a writer, nor do I want to become a writer. Is there any bliss in fame? I am a reader, and nothing is, I think, as blissful as being a reader, when you want to become one with silence, when you want to discover your own self, when the subject itself becomes the object.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Ayush: I have not considered myself a writer so far, nor would I like to be a writer. I just want to be a reader, reading Mother Nature. Is there anything as beautiful as that?
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Ayush: I have often seen people worrying about what is not even worth attending to, turning a blind eye to the beauty of Mother Nature. They seem to have forgotten their real selves, in search of the things far away from them. When I learn that my write-ups help others—even a couple of people—they become bliss.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Ayush: Well, even I don’t know about that. Give me some time. I will surely speculate about that.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Ayush: I think that a writer should always write in a way that could be easily understood by others; he should not write with a view to showing his command over his language. Whenever I sit to pen down something, my heart says: “Youare going to pour your heart out to others.”
Have you heard of Jiddu Krishnamurti? He was a great mystic. He said: “If you love doing something, nothing else matters to you. You will care about neither fame, money, nor name.” I breathe for my sake and, in the same way, write for the sake of my own life. Nothing else matters to me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Ayush: That is in itself a relative concept to me. I have, in my book, shared my own experiences. My experiences are true to me; but they won’t seem to be true to others until they themselves realize them.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Ayush: There are no boundaries setting you apart from the outside world. No matter whether you search for truth outside or within, you are going to reach the same destination. However, I turn inwards, searching for truth in my mental ocean.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Ayush: Well, you won’t believe, but it was I who designed the covers. They are not as beautiful as they should be.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Ayush: There is only one message in my novel: “Live your life as long as you are alive.”
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Ayush: There are two authors whose styles I love the most: Subhash Chandra sir and Sandeep Dahiya sir. Their styles are very unique and enchanting. I have indeed got to learn a lot from them. Apart from reading them, there are only few new writers whom I have read so far. The Complete Works of Rabindranath Tagore and The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda have changed my life for good. If I had not gone through them, I would be nothing at this time.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Ayush: My aloneness, or my isolation, is the only entity that occurs to me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Ayush: What I do becomes my life. Writing, to me, is my life. However, one may look upon it as a career, too, of late.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Ayush: No, I would not like to change anything in my book in today’s date. However, I may wish to change something later on.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Ayush: Yes, I learned that one should never stop learning in this life.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Ayush: That sounds odd. I needn’t worry, because none of my works is worth turning into a movie.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Ayush: There is no happiness in fame, but they needn’t suppress their desires at all. On the other hand, if they love what they write, nothing else should bother them.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Ayush: Reading is more important than writing. That is the only reason why I read about twenty books every month. Believe me, there is nothing that seems to me to be as beautiful as meditating and reading. So enjoy reading well-edited works.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Ayush: Faceless Gods, written by Sandeep Dahiya, is the book I am going through at present. It has more than six hundred pages.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Ayush: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Ayush: I don’t believe in hiding anything. I cry when my mother gets sick; and I keep laughing, like lunatics, day in, day out without any worldly reasons.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Ayush: There is no one I would love to meet. I want to meet myself; however, I could only work for that.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Ayush: No, for hobbies are something you attend to when you get time. I do what I love to do all the while, so I have no hobbies.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Ayush: In today’s date, there are no such shows or films I enjoy watching.
Fiona: Favorite food item, colors, music?
Ayush: One of my favourite questions. My favourite food item is Dhokla, a Gujarati food item. I like every colour. When it comes to music, I love listening to Ellie Goulding’s songs.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Ayush: It may indeed seem odd, but I would surely be a sannyasin then.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Ayush: Don’t be dejected, dear
Nothing is eternal over here
Waves are we in this ocean
Bound to subside sooner or later
No longer should you wait
No longer should you wail
Come on! Wipe your tears away
Live this life your way
Believe me, this is your time
You will never get to live again
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Ayush: I pour my heart out at Www.fragranceofwriting.com