Wednesday 9 December 2020

Questionairre with Dr. Tejaswini Patil

 So this month's featured author is 'DTejaswini Patil' 

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your profession and your hobbies!!


 I am Dr. Tejaswini Patil, Ph.D. working as an Assistant Professor in Kasegaon Education Society’s Smt. Kusumatai Rajarambapu Patil Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Islampur, Dist. Sangli, Maharashtra and Founder Director, Innsæi International Journal of Creative Literature for Peace and Humanity; an academician, poet and social worker; write about Nature, social issues, feminist sensibilities and my experiences. Four collections of poetry are to my credit. Editor, Tunisian Asian Anthology, Mystical Voices. Thrice selected for prestigious Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, Texas, USA. Included in 25 Women of Virtue. The Awards bestowed on me- State Level Mahila Samajratna Lifetime Achievement Award and ‘Master of Creative Impulse’ by World Poetry Conference, Bathinda, Punjab. 


Poetry- writing, reciting and performing on them; listening to Classical Music; painting and handicrafts are some of my hobbies. I feel social work as my responsibility; to repay the debt of our mother land.

Questionairre with Dr. Tejaswini Patil


1.       How did you first get involved in with writing, are you an imaginative person?

I am thankful to my parents who made me involved in reading since childhood and the lack of technology also proved to be helpful in engaging me with the world of imagination... I wrote my first poem at the age of 13-14. It was a result of beautiful description of a panther in a novel... The poem in Marathi, Chitta was written for the first time. As I used to be involved in my own world, my friends and others teased me. Books played their inevitable role in creating a separate world of imagination. 

2. What do you find most challenging about your writing?

For me, it's always challenging to capture the perfect nerve of the creative pulse. Sometimes, it flashes before the inner eye and is lost. It's required to give time to her, the poem, instantly. And if you are stuck elsewhere, you can't chase it. I feel very guilty, if it's lost.

3.What do you do when you are not writing?


 I listen to Classical music, water plants or read old diaries. I get much energy through the past. I am involved in social work, so, I prefer to plan various activities for the future with my students, colleagues.


4. Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

I think myself as a Founder Director of two-three more journals in next 6 months. I'm working on them. And after 5 years, I think of myself busy with service to society, literature, poetry, organizing various festivals, and at the midst of thousands of literary pilgrims. I wish I get thousands of the followers, friends to work on the service to Peace and Humanity.

5. How do you keep coming up with material / content for your story? 

Since childhood, I've been a keen observer of surrounding. Many characters in my poems or stories are those, I have met in life. On bus stop, or railway station, airport or vegetable Market, my antennas are alert. I come across the mysterious aspects of human life... I write about them. I like to indulge in the psychological development of the characters.

6.Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books? 

Of course...

I would like to tell them that 

1. Remain positive in all situations. It may be a story you're living for your future writing. 

2. Be honest to your feelings while expressing in your oeuvre. It can change one's life. 

3. Be correct in the use of language and spellings... 

I hope they can survive at least, with these.

7. What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

With my experience as a reader, I would say, Literature gives the reader an imaginary experience of many situations in life which may not be practically possible. Literature gives us the power of decision. You know about the concepts of Right and Wrong. I would like to exemplify this with the Hindi novel, Chitralekha, by Hajariprasad Dviwedi. It can also provide us with the Aesthetic Pleasure which is not possible in real life. 

8. A lot of people are interested in writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

Writing is an auspicious profession that makes you earn very slow. In my opinion, the books which lead you to the Truth, are purchased by readers. May it be Alchemist by Paulo Coelho or The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin or The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway which have influenced me are the books that talk of the Truths in life. If you want to make money through writing, you need to be loyal to yourself, life and the readers. Your language should be either powerful or full of emotions that touch the chords of one's heart. In the post-modern era, technology has opened up new vistas in writing such as Content writer, Ghostwriter, etc. through which you can earn. Still, you are expected to prove the power of your pen and imagination. 

9. What motivates you most in life?

The Beauty and the Pain are the two aspects of life that inspire me to write. Most of the times, beauty has the gleaming edge of tears and some tears are beautiful with sublimity.

10. The majority of the readers tend to take sides due to religion and such other considerations.

It's up to the writer to present an impartial view of life. I think Humanity to be the world's religion... all the religions are there to guide us in our walks of life... The ultimate goal of all of them is to spread Love, Compassion and Humanity. The classical literature speaks of universal religions. 

11. What is the story behind the name of your book?

The first 'Talons and Nets' is about how the talons of a woman are entangled in nets of social customs which restrict her from soaring.

'Verses of Silence' is an effort to capture the Silence which becomes productive many times.

'A Glass of Time' relates to the fact of life that everything comes to us at a particular time and we are bound to enjoy it though momentary. 

The Hindi collection is 'Kainaat' which means Cosmos. It's about my expressions regarding my own sky, horizon and cosmos. It takes a long time to decide the 'Title' of the collection. 


12. What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

Since Genesis, there are false practices in this world. Plagiarism can give one a momentary joy of victory but can't win lifelong satisfaction. The joy of Creativity is far more important than stealing it. I prefer to be a bee whose creativity is unique.