Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Anushree Nande. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
“Man is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honour and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet/writer’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.” —William Faulkner
- Your writing process described as a song:
Even with a writing outline, I rarely work chronologically. My writing process tends to be very fragmented before it all comes together later. One of my professors at university commented that I let myself and the work fall apart so that it could reemerge, greater than the sum of its parts. This process usually involves moments of intense inspiration when everything just flows. Here’s a link to a song that I feel embodies that:
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
“(There is) ultimately only one conflict which constantly reappears under a different guise … to reconcile life with work in the purest sense.” —Rainer Maria Rilke
I read and write because I can’t not; it’s a compulsive need, the only way I know how to communicate. The more I read, the more I learn and the more I want to write and vice-versa. It’s nice to know you can never control certain things, that there are still moments of magic left in the world. That it’s still possible to be moved by a random quote, a paragraph in the newspaper or a book, a scrap of conversation, by music, one single song, one good movie. I’m inspired by the fact that I can reach out to people through my writing, people I’ve never met and probably will never meet, and touch their lives in some small way; that I can share something and be part of a connected community by virtue of words, whether written or spoken.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
My micro-fiction collection, 55 Words, was published in October 2015 by LA-based Underground Voices. It has 46 stories in total, each exactly 55 words.
Mumbai-based Anushree Nande is still figuring out her superpower. Arsenal, perhaps irrationally, dominates many of her waking (and sleeping) hours; the rest she spends freelancing, reading, writing, working through creative demons with sport and asking what Coach Taylor would do. You can read her published work at Thresholds, CommuterLit, Flash Fiction Magazine and more.
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