1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.
A. I am Janhavi Joshi, author of Jeevan Sootra, my first book which has been receiving love from so many people and the response is really heartwarming. A Delhi-based girl, I am pursuing my studies as a final-year engineering student right now. Also, a trained Kathak dancer, I have always tried to involve myself in a number of things that I love apart from studies, while managing it all efficiently.
2. How did the idea for your book, come about?
A. Writing for me has always been a solace, as a medium to express my emotions. And Jeevan Sootra is about some of my experiences, observations, and perspective of life. During the pandemic, I realized that there are a lot of people like me, who are struggling to find that solace outside, which was nowhere, but deep inside them. Using the philosophy in a friendly way to reach out to help or teaching how to help is the purpose behind the book.
3. What was the most enjoyable and stressful part about writing this book?
The most enjoyable part was being fully expressive which helped me in knowing about myself better. The more I was writing, the more clarity I got about my emotions and ideologies of life. The most stressful part was the fear of whether the purpose would be able to reach out to the readers exactly how I wanted or not. Every reader has a different understanding level. The write-ups have been a medium of hope for me, and what I feared the most is the fact that whether I will be able to make the readers feel the same for it or not.
4. Who was the first person you asked to read your book after it was ready and why them?
A. I asked my parents to read it first. It was a surprise gift for them on their 25th wedding anniversary, and honestly, they came to know about the book after it got published 😊 Indeed, they loved the gift too much!
5. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?
A. Yes ofcourse. The second part will be out by next year. I am currently working on it. Also, I have some other fiction scripts in mind that I really want to work on. But for the upcoming 6 months, my focus is on my studies.
6. If you could venture into a different genre, which would you choose to write on?
A. I am a die-hard fan of romantic novels, movies and dramas. And I really want to work for that genre.
7. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?
A. Yes. Being a writer has been a part of my bucket list in life. There’s a lot more and I hope I will be able to come up with that soon.
8. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?
A. The first novel that I read (or maybe tried to read) was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which was in 5th standard. It was one of the many books I would steal from my mom’s bookshelf. I really like his work, especially “Like the flowing river”, and tried to write Jeevan Sootra in a similar manner, as a compilation of short chapters.
As a child, I read a lot of stories by Ruskin Bond and always looked up to him. During the JEE days, Durjoy Datta novels have been a solace and really helped me in imagining myself as a writer one day.
9. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?
A. Make sure you take out time to write something or the other. The first important step for being a good writer is having fluid thoughts that can express without any fear. You have to keep taking short steps, that will eventually make you reach where you are destined to be. Just don’t give up.
Jeevan Sootra by Janhavi Joshi is your personal guide to self master the art of living. Through a mixture of poetry and self help wrote ups, the author talks about the everyday occurunces in out life (which include topics like family and relationships) but mainly focuses on the importance of life and having a positive attitude towards it. We’ve grown up thinking that everyone else’s happiness comes before ours, but during a new era where self love and self care are proven to be a necessity, this books shows us that there’s a balance to everything but your well being comes before everyone else’s. It’s important to be humble and caring, but at the same time you shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Self care is only one of the many topics covered in this book, but it was one of the most impactful. We also understand things like the importance of seizing the moment or how mistakes are a part of growing up and it’s the mistakes that help us learn to be better.
A trigger warning, the last chapter in the book is based on suicide. I decided to mention it here because I have different views on suicide so it’s a ‘agree to disagree’ moment for me and I know that there’s always a debate on it.
But, overall I do like the book because it’s structured well and the poems are nice. I would’ve liked a little more elaboration on certain chapters because they felt too rushed and not as helpful or insightful as a few other chapters.
Author’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/poetryforchange_?utm_medium=copy_link