Interview with Kulpreet Yadav

Natasha Stagg: How long have you been writing?

Kulpreet Yadav: Eight years, in a serious way. Earlier I was just jotting random thoughts; and it could include anything of general interest. But now I am more planned, better focused and have developed an ability to take it forward where I left, much in the same tone. In short, I am able to sustain my thoughts, over a period of time.

NS: Do you write every day?

KY: Yes, on most days. I would reckon about eighty percent of days. The days I don’t write, I feel uncomfortable.

NS: What are your thoughts on “writing on writing?” Ever read the advice other authors give?

KY: I don’t know, frankly. It can work both ways: sure it is always a good thing to know what others think about your writing, but negative feedback can sometimes puncture the spirit of writing itself. To answer the second part, yes, I have read views of some people. In fact, I am at Zoetrope Virtual Studio, where fellow writers review other’s work.

NS: Do you have some advice to give?

KY: Just one thing: Writing allows you to reach areas and places you otherwise can’t. So, go ahead, write about your world, your ideas, your pains and pleasures. Reviewers may like the work, or may not, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is something that you thought worth sharing has been shared.

NS: Who is your favorite author of the moment, and what should we read by them?

KY: Anne Enright’s The Gathering, Rana Dasgupta’s Solo and Roald Dahl’s short stories. I am afraid I don’t have one favorite author.

NS: What is a book that kind of blew your mind, that we’d be surprised by?

KY: Tough one! As a kid, I was smitten by all the books written by Rene Brabazon Raymond. By the time I was eighteen, I had read almost all of his works. Indira Sinha’s The Death of Mr. Love and Upamanyu Chaterjee’s English August are two books I can say which really blew my mind.

Links to recent works:

Salt River Review

Leaning House Press


Yadav’s Blog

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