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1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.
My name is Rahul Gaur, and I am primarily a filmmaker who has made 3 short films and is in the process of writing feature films and TV series on spec now. I have a particular affinity with the written word and have also tried to describe myself in a simple sentence.
“Filmmaker by day, reader by night and poetry happens in between”
The poetry part is what the blog is about. It is a digital archive of all my poems.
2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?
I started this blog on January 12, 2017. Since it is January, I guess you could say it was the air of the start of a new year when you want to strive towards becoming a better version of yourself. My simple aim was to write regularly and seeking clarity of my thoughts when I write (which I talked about in my first blog post. If I satisfy the ignored feelings inside a reader, then all the better.
3. Your poetry is really great- where do you draw inspiration for your poems from?
First comes the first words for me, almost always. It loops in my mind until I accept to put it on paper. Then comes a piece of music to it that holds the rhythm of the words to come. If not this then it’s by listening to music, going on a walk, meditating and following the kick you get from learning new ideas.
4. What inspires you to continue blogging?
If I call myself a writer, I have to write. The other inspiration is gaining knowledge, being in this wonderful community of WordPress and reaching as closer to my higher self as it is possible through writing and thinking.
5. What are some of your long term goals for blogging?
My only long-term goals are to write more than I have written in the past year and read and interact with more poets, writers and other artists.
6. Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so how do you combat it?
More than combatting writer’s block it has been about understanding the source of it. What actually makes me think I can’t write? Is it perfectionism? Is it getting creatively stuck? Or is it an external reason not in my control? Then after accepting these problems, I think and write about them themselves.
Recently I went through an illness that made me sleep throughout the day and made me feel a pain that I have never experienced for such a long time. Instead of not writing because of it, I wrote poems that turned that pain into an understanding of it. How my body is reacting to it, the way the illness is metamorphosing in my body and how my mind feels while battling it. This helped me give the strength to overcome the pain and as well as overcome a potential writer’s block. Here is an example of one poem that talks about it: About Fragility
7. What is your favourite food?
All the things that I can’t and should not eat like, Burgers, Pasta and Gulab Jamuns. Oh, how hard it is to resist a Gulab Jamun! It is a bigger battle than overcoming writer’s block. Maybe it is the reason why I am not a big foodie.
8. What was your favourite cartoon as a child?
I didn’t have a particular favourite cartoon per se. But I had phases of loving cartoons like Oswald, Galactik Football, Ed, Edd & Eddy and Tom & Jerry. I was more into reading Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven and The Famous Five.
9. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
I would like to have the superpower to have multiple versions of me to write more, help more, listen more and sleep more.
10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.
I would like to thank you Pooja for giving me this wonderful opportunity to express myself outside of my poetry. To anyone reading till here, come over to my blog to read my journey of growth and an attempt at understanding the world around me. If you stick by then, I promise you will learn from the articulation of my understandings as I will learn from reading your works as well. Thank you and keep on writing and reading!
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