This week the Editors’ pick from the writer’s platform was A Pregnant Pause by Paroma. The author looks forward to writing in her leisure time because it combines her passion for reading and travelling and allows her to imagine different people in familiar settings. Juggernaut did a special interview with the writer to know more about the process and the person behind the story.
Could you inform the readers more about you work?
A Pregnant Pause is a story about family dynamics and relationships. It is influenced by contemporary debates around us.
Please tell us something about your early years and major influences on you. What inspired you to work on this story?
I am an avid reader and read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. And I find writing helpful in expressing my opinion on contemporary issues. I had been toying with the idea for this piece for a while and finally decided to develop it into a short story.
How much is your plot influenced by real-life stories?
The plot is not based on any specific incident but has emerged out of contemporary discussions on gender. At the end of the day, it is a story about relationships and families.
Please tell us what books have influenced your life most.
The major literary influences that I can think of immediately are Kenize Mourad’s Farewell Princess, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City, Gregory David Robert’s Shantaram, Jaishree Misra’s Ancient Promises and Rani, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Oleander Girl and The Palace of Illusions, Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy, Orhan Pamuk’s Snow, Jean Sasson’s Princess series, Fatima Bhutto’s Songs of Blood and Sword among others. I have also enjoyed reading the short stories written by O Henry, Saki, Saadat Hasan Manto, Gulzar and Jhumpa Lahiri.
What difference does writing make to your life?
I find writing therapeutic because it helps me make sense of what’s happening around me. And it also acts as a great stress buster.
Did you face any challenge while writing this piece?
I find it particularly challenging to develop and provide depth to the characters in the short story format. And in that sense, A Pregnant Pause was no different. Also, suspense is an important element of this piece and I had to be careful about maintaining it till the end.
How was your experience with the Juggernaut Writer’s Platform?
The Juggernaut writing platform is extremely user-friendly. It’s a simple, easy and quick process and then your work is available on the platform.