Here we are with our today’s guests. Meet Saswati Rath and Maniswini Dwibedi, who pen down their first book, An Ode of Twin Souls, which is a collection of poems.
Saswati Rath, a strong believer, and keen observer, age 17 years is a native to Odisha, India. She believes in a power not just to dream but to accomplish every dream once dreamed of. She has the power to infuse emotions in words. Apart from writing, this teenager has a great passion for painting, she strives with the ambition of standing among the eminent artists.
Manaswini Dwibedi, a seventeen-year-old dreamer emanating from Odisha, aspires to be a prolific writer and educationist. She is keen on studying English literature after her intermediate and claims that the segment of the book that belongs to her is the rawest version of her pen. She is a good learner and along with that, holds a national scholarship in Odissi dance. She loves debates and hosting various programs and along with her passions, she is a fashion freak and loves lip colors.
Amit: Let’s start with a formal introduction. Tell us something about yourself and the things that define you and your lifestyle.
If something I would like to pick that suits me the best will be “weird and clueless”. And most of the writers will relate. I am a very kiddish person with family and friends but can manage to sound very precocious and sensible and mark! I can only manage to sound. My lifestyle has always been about art. Sometimes its music and classical dance and most of the times its English literature. All my life I have preached Oscar Wilde and I can sound really really low when Shakespearean dramas end on a tragedy. Saswati is a mystery. Like the old man in Don Quixote story we read in 6th grade. She is a great painter. You will never find her turning you down.
Ayush: How beautiful your book is. It shows your wisdom. It shows the bond that beautifies this short life. Tell us something about your book. For we would love to hear you speak on your own book.
This is our debut book. And we decided to make this a few pages dipped in emotions. This book is a word to every unheard voice. This is on love, on the community, on death and most importantly on life. This is on every issue that we deal with and are not able to express. Maybe, this is why writers exist. Honestly, poetry is something I would do all my life. I can forget those humongous novels of Jerome K Jerome and drown myself into Wordsworth and Blake. We do this for hours. Our teacher told us that poetry is what we govern. This book is what we compiled out of love.
Ayush: This life is too short and full of uncertainties. How do you take it? What are your conceptions?
Life, if not uncertain, is not a life at all. We cannot alter this fact but we can change the direction of storms. With good thoughts, good vibes we should be living it. And that’s only done when we do something that the deepest corner of our heart prefers to do. I have been in an atmosphere where money is preferred over desires. It’s a biased society that has always kept art as a passion. I am making this a profession and I think nobody can be happier than me at this point. Life is all about choices. Choose wise.
Amit: How was your experience with your very first publisher?
This is our debut book. As we said, we are still experiencing it. Our publishers are so kind to have encouraged the youngest children writing books and we are infinitely grateful.
Ayush: Which life do you enjoy most? The life of a student or the life of a writer?
That’s obviously the life of a writer. Very few of us can master it. We think writing is godly art. It is induced. It is not practiced. It just comes out of nowhere and makes you a soul out of mortality. This is our personal experience. I don’t know what others do think, but to us, this form of art is a source of immense joy we are very lucky to have got. It’s like every time we pen something down, we feel complete, and when we don’t, the day is not over yet.
Amit: What is your favorite genre? Name a title you wish you had penned down.
My favourite genre is ‘Lost love’. It’s one beautiful theme. A lover is a blend of emotions. You can find anger, you can find sorrow, and you can find thrill. It’s a perfect way to pen down every emotion of the world through one single way and that’s through a ‘lost love’.
Maybe, I would like to pen down something on pain. Pain is a depth that very few of us will be able to express, though all of us feel. Pain has got very few words.
Saswati loves nature and penning down about the sketches she does. I think she has tried everything she needs to grow in romanticism.
Amit: Tell us something about your other hobbies we have heard of that may motivate others.
My other hobbies are dance and public speaking. Its very important to be confident before the public. I have faced this acute shame of stage fright. Its pathetic. Speaking is a must to every human. If you don’t speak, you don’t exist.
My (Saswati) hobby is painting of course.
I would say art is the best way to get insipred. It’s something that captivates our soul.
Ayush: How would you like to advise new-comers?
I am a new comer myself. But yes, one thing I would say is read. Reading is like drinking Gatorade. The more you drink, the better you perform. Reading will bring you peace and performance both. Before you write one, you read hundred. That lifts you up from being a novice.
Ayush: What are you working on at present?
We are now working on our 12th boards to get a good college. But a few years; hence, we would like to go for one more masterpiece which will touch spirits.
Ayush: What are the writing tips, to which one must attend while writing, you would like to give?
Write with depth. Follow the literary devices, metaphors, and iambic form of poetry. It’s important. And, of course, reading is must.
Amit: How do you take the usage of adverbs while writing?
Usage of adverbs is a simple grammar. You know where to place and when to place. But that part of writing is more nourished with good vocabulary. Adverbs of manner, if placed very cleverly, sounds good.
Amit: To what extent do mechanics matter while writing?
Mechanics are the essence. A write up with bad grammar, banal words, and predictable occurrences is a doldrum. I think one can only perfect writing with good mechanics. If you know it, rest shall follow.
Amit: What is the most important thing which is required to make a bestseller?
We are on terms of our debut book, so we can say absolutely nothing about it. But, of course, a good content is a primary requisite.
Amit: And the last one, something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I( Manaswini) have got a twin sister who is elder by 12 minutes and she doesn’t look like me. She doesn’t fall sick when I do. She doesn’t feel the pain when my mother beats me up. Rather she is the reason. I think that will surprise because most of the people here do get astonished. (laughs). I (Saswati) have got nothing much surprising, but yes, I have got an annoying little sister too.
We thank you both for being with us.