Interviews of Arti Honrao

Interview by Privy Trifles

Behind the Book : Arti Honrao 

Being a blogger and a book reviewer is a lot of fun. You get to not only review some amazing books but also get to interact with some amazing authors and maybe get a chance to befriend them. Over the last few years of blogging I have managed to meet some wonderful people and learn a lot from them. One of them whom I can proudly call my friend is Arti Honrao who blogs at Straight from the heart and is also an author. You can read my reviews on her books HERE

 Apart from being a wonderful writer she is also an amazing friend, mentor, guide, teacher and a lot more than words can define. In conversation with someone who is more than an inspiration for me:  

1. Straight from the heart – how did it all start? The name, the idea, the concept. From there to here. For a long time all my writings were offline, written in pen and paper style. I had just started compiling my work in documents and I was searching for online websites where I could share my writings with people. As most of us do, I searched Google and that’s how/where I was introduced to blogs. I had to read a couple of blogs to actually understand the whole concept of blogging. As far as the title is concerned, I did not have to think much about it because that’s how I write “Straight from my heart”. During the earlier stages, SFTH was not just about poems/stories. It is over a period of time that I stopped writing non-fiction personal stuff on SFTH and dedicated the blog entirely to Literature. 




Interview by Jaideep Khanduja


Arti Honrao is author of books titled My Life-story (Fiction) and Is This Love & Autumn - The Last Leaf and Novel - Resemblance - The Journey of a Doppelgänger and writes poems and short stories based mainly on Relationships. She writes at Straight From The Heart.

Most of her writings depict human feelings and emotions, which she tries to bring out onto the page and into the minds of the reader. She believes that essence of writing lies in not only entertaining the reader, but speaking to them through words. Her style of writing makes it easier for the readers to visualize the story unfolding around them. She is of the opinion that being good at writing a story is not about the story being unpredictable, it is about the way you narrate the predictable story and still keep the reader interested.

Interview:

Hello Arti! Your real name and pen name?

Real Name: Arti Honrao. During the early days I used to write on a poetry site as “Akansha” however, now, I prefer to use my real name for all my writings.

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood

I would like to share one memory in particular about which I have also written on my blog. I remember going on a trip to Matheran with my parents. One late afternoon, I had a severe headache and decided to rest in the hotel room but my dad dragged me out for a walk. I was reluctant and too tired to go and I told my dad that I am not in the mood to go. But he insisted. You can read more about it here.

About your education

Studied Medicine but have now dedicated myself completely to writing.

What career did you plan during your education days

My mind was always set on becoming a doctor (a doctor who also writes)

What languages you can speak and write?

English, Hindi and Marathi.

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?

I believe in myself and my faith in God inspires me to do what I am doing and live each day as it comes. I am a firm believer of Saibaba.

What hurts you most in this world

It really hurts to see how manipulation and pretention has become a way of living for most of the people. Honesty is being lost somewhere amidst the race for survival. What hurts the most is that manipulation and pretention are also affecting human relationships.

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Arti Honrao author of ‘My Life-story’ and ‘Is This Love & Autumn – The Last Leaf’ and Novel ‘Resemblance – The Journey of a Doppelganger’, affirms that books sometimes mean a gateway to a life beyond real world and sometimes a way to dig deeper into it. “ Book, sometimes even fiction teaches me a lot of things. When I put myself into the shoes of a fictional characters, I go through the emotions of that person. I feel I face and deal with their fears and obstacles. Coming back to reality, it fills me with hope for my own life. This sound weird but its true” adds Arti. She advised bookworms to keep themselves sane amidst all the chaos and ordeal that life throws, one needs to read more and more books.

~ The Insight.


Interview by The Author's Blog:

Q. Let’s start with a formal introduction. Tell us something about your daily schedule and the things which define you and your lifestyle.

A. My daily schedule? Well, I am single and I stay with my parents, I do the daily chores like every woman does. I spend time playing with my nephew. I read and I write. I do not like being ‘defined’ by anything in particular, so I will skip that question. My lifestyle can be summed up in one word – simple.

Q. Tell us about novel ‘Resemblance- Journey of a doppelganger’. How you get the idea of writing such a different kind of a story.

A. The plot/idea had been there at the back of my mind for months, I just could not find time to put it on paper. Whenever I closed my eyes, I would visualize these characters. The first hospital scene kept replaying in my mind for weeks before I thought about what would happen next. When I finally thought about the meeting outside the hospital building where the protagonists talk to each another in a park that is when I started writing the story. Even then, I did not know how I would end the story. I just went on writing. This story was published on my blog (http://www.artihonrao.net) as and when it was written. I completed the entire story in about a month.



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Tell us about your world beyond literature.

I am single and live with my parents, three brothers, bhabhi and nephew. I have studied medicine. I lead a normal life, following a daily routine. I love spending time on the terrace of my flat, observing nature and enjoy clicking some wonderful pictures. I love playing with my nephew. I listen to music when and wherever possible. On the music system in my room, on my ipod while doing chores.

It’s obvious that every work of an artist is near to his/her heart.But ,I would like to know that among the three of your books,which one resides nearest?

The book of two short stories: Is This Love and Autumn -The Last Leaf. Both these stories I had posted on my blog and had not considered getting them published. Many of my readers wrote to me saying that I should. A few male friends told me how they could relate to the male protagonist in the first short story. A good friend of mine wanted to gift this book to his girl friend. It took a while, but I finally got it published. I gave away approximately 60 free copies of the book as promised to my readers.

As all of your books speak of relationship.What made you to write on this very subject?

It was not a decision to make. It just happens that I am good with understanding relationships. One of the reasons why people write to me about their relationships, seeking advice. Hence the whispered words section on my blog. I did try writing on different genres, however, I turned back to relationships because I am good at it.

What importance does relationship has in life and what are relationships to you?

Relationships are important. I am talking of ‘all’ the relationships in our life and not just about romantic relationship. Relationships in my life mean a lot to me. If you allow, I would like to share links of few of my articles on Relationships



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Goodreads to-read

Charlie St. Cloud
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
26: 26 Stories. 26 Colours. 26 Emotions.
The Surgeon
What Alice Forgot
The Silver Linings Playbook
The Auschwitz Escape
All the Light We Cannot See
The Fountainhead
Sing You Home
The Madras Mangler
Jack & Master -A Tale of Friendship, Passion and Glory
Leaving Time
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Purgatory: Gun of God
Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within
My Name is Abu Salem
The Dante Club
Heat Wave
Stories for your Valentine


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