- Posted December 30, 2013 by
In Coversation with an upcoming Author Chetan Jaiman
How did it all began ?
Well, I think this question is making me a bit nostalgic. I still remember some glimpse of those days when I used to write some silly poems having ‘ab’ab’ rhyming scheme in my school days. Gradually my inclination towards writing became more intense as I moved up. I didn’t even realize my transition from those childish poems to vote of thanks, debates and speeches…
It was my second year of engineering when I decided to focus on writing more seriously rather than pursuing it just as a hobby. Apart from this there is one more interesting thing which motivated me to write more each day… that was my love towards ‘WORDS’. I love reading, learning and grasping new words. It was this fascination towards words which compelled me to read (though I am not a voracious reader) areas of my interest and pick up new words form that. I don’t remember any instance where I have made any special effort to learn words. If I like some word no matter where it comes across, it just gets embedded. As a corollary I enjoyed writing because it always gave me opportunity to use those embedded words. In my 2nd year of graduation I started writing a novel, which is still incomplete.
Short stories Why?
As I just mentioned, there is a novel which I started in my graduation but I was not able to finish it. During this course my graduations were over and I landed in Delhi to pursue my post graduations. I think I have failed infinite times to complete my first novel, because of the busy schedule. Also, I was new to the hostel environment and there were many other reasons out of which I was not able to give proper attention to writing, which was something immensely close to my heart. In some time this imbalance in life started frustrating me and I wanted some platform to express my feelings and my emotions. At this point of time I again started blogging which was also one my practice before coming to Delhi. But, it was not which I actually wanted, I did enough blogging previously and wanted to push myself to another level. This is how I took up short stories; somehow I managed to steal time from that hectic and tiring schedule and started penning down different stories. Initially it seemed very easy but gradually that big question again banged me ‘WHAT’S NEXT?’ I think whenever I write; first I write it for myself, then for others, and I am a difficult person when it comes on impressing. I keep on pushing myself until I feel ‘yes this is something which I wanted to come out’, In short stories you are dealing with different ideas, different plots and different narration depending upon the ‘BIG IDEA’, and certainly this quest made my whole experience of writing fiction for me, the most challenging... Now, I love and enjoy writing short stories more than anything under the Sun.
Did you pitch in for many publishers?
I think ‘pitch’ is a stronger word to use here, but I did send my manuscript which included three of my best short stories to around 19 publishers. I think I have never used ‘Google’ so much for anything, but to find every space and platform available online for publishing. It was a tiring and as well as disappointing experience at the same time, getting ‘no response’ form any publisher was like a question mark on all the efforts which you have put till now.
How is your the response that you have received by far before the launch?
I think I am overwhelmed with the response we have got on the Facebook page. In one month we have got more than 350 likes which only includes 160 of my friends listed in my profile, this is something really good. I wish and hope the same kind of response at the time of the launch and also with the android app of the book.
What was the process of getting published, as you being a new writer you might have found it difficult to get published? Kindly brief us with your experience?
It was one fine day, and I received a mail from ‘First Step Publishing’ asking for the rest of the stories and also talking about the contract. I refreshed the page three times, read that mail more than five times… It was unbelievable. From the last one and half year, I was getting nothing but disappointments. There was also a time when I felt there is something missing in my stories and I need to take some different approach. But those feelings of losing hope were always ephemeral; and I am really thankful to God for giving me that courage of believing in me and the stories which I wrote, despite of all the odds.
So how do you feel with the author tagged with your name?
Well obviously it feels wonderful and I am happy to see it, it’s a dream come true for me which I nurtured for years with lots perseverance, consistency and a hope to see this ‘coveted’ tag with my name. But frankly speaking it was never the sole objective when I started writing rather it was passion to articulate. It feels great when somebody introduce me as an ‘Author’
Tell us something more about yourself ?
I think this is again a difficult question to answer as I am tired of saying good things about myself. I belong to ‘Alwar’ which is a small town in Rajasthan and I love this place madly not just because it’s my hometown but because of the beauty and peace it offers. Well I am a simple person who loves many things around him especially family, friends and food. I am also a keen observer; I love to notice people and life around me. How we react, behave and respond in certain set of circumstances? How life is different for us and to the people sleeping on footpath? What is life for a small kid who begs on traffic signals when its 44 degrees outside and we just sit inside our AC car totally engaged in reading some magazine or news paper. These are some of the likes which influence me deeply and I feel sad sometimes, thinking I wish I would have been able to do more for some people rather than just empathizing with them. Besides writing there is one thing which has fascinated me to the core and that is ‘Indian Astrology’. I am a keen learner of Indian Astrology and some people also believe that I am a good astrologer, but I doubt they are correct on this. I totally believe in the concept of ‘Karma’ i.e. ‘what goes around… comes around’.
Tell us something about your book?
‘Meet The Strings’ is a collection of nine short stories based on different topics and theme. In most of the stories the protagonist is a ‘woman’, and even I was not aware about this coincidence, initially. It was one of my friends who asked me one day “Why always woman is in the central character in most of your stories?” I never plan my next story or do any sort of preparation, for me it’s the matter of feelings. If something around me happens or I see something happening in our society which compels me to think and I question myself about it, that’s the very moment that ‘BIG IDEA’ strikes and then I develop it gradually. In this book almost all the stories revolves around some of the universal emotions such as love, sorrow, guilt and fear. My stories have some message in most of the cases and some are based completely on imagination, something which has never happened…
Getting published with First Step Publishing and its experience as they are one of the steady and fast growing publishing firms in India?
I will always be grateful to ‘First Step Publishing’ and to their team. It’s them who have realized some worth in me and in my stories. Their one decision has changed my life and it’s a great motivation for me, I wish and hope I will able to live up to their belief with my book. I am with them now from the last two months and I think they are a great support. We work as a team and share a very healthy relationship. Apart from this, I think they have a great designing team. I was under so much of speculation until the cover page of my book was designed, but I think they did a fabulous job. The cover page is eye candy and it has that magnet to stop the eye balls at least for once, if someone is visiti