with Akhila Ek:
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Akhila: I’m not sure where it all started exactly. When I was a kid my parents used to get me a lot of books. And I happily buried myself in books. Maybe my initial passion for writing stemmed from growing up with books. And later on writing became a kind of unpaid mental therapy for me.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
Akhila: I cannot name just a single person. But my passion for writing is deeply influenced by WordPress platform where I started blogging (wordsandnotion) since 2013. Likewise the Writing community of twitter.
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art? Have any travels away from home influenced work/describe?
Akhila: I believe in those conspiracies of the world where in pen moving across the paper, leaving ink on the palette, thoughts evolving themselves and words writing me, even when not knowing where I’m going to go. These mystical experiences might have rooted from the spiritual dimensions of Indian culture, my home country where I’m living with my family.
Q4: What do you consider the most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far?
Akhila: Well, meaningful or not I really enjoy whatever I pen. And I must confess that the level of enjoyments keeps on changing with every reread. So just to add a piece here, I am taking this article Did you ever feel so good on waking upto a rejection mail?, hoping there might be some who could relate to this.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer/poet?
Akhila: I don’t claim to be a poet. My interests vary from ‘A rose in the garden’ to ‘Out of Body Experiences’, from Data analysis to Quantum physics and so on. All I have is a wandering mind traveling even to the black hole and bleeding out the intoxicated me though the undying love for words. My weirdness is totally aligned with my real life stories and thought experiments. Some of my scribbles take birth even before I realize what I am gonna scribble. And at times it comes true so weirdly as if the words are flying in and evolving themselves. Having said all these, Poetry is not just an art but a science for me and I’m constantly learning it.
Q6: Favorite activities to relax?
Akhila: I love time spend with my family, nature and books. Happiness lies in that balance between the ups and downs of life, balance between the fun and struggles, balance between the relaxation and constant alertness.
Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?
Akhila: Time rolls quickly. We think that we have time and there will be another chance to appreciate the love, the time, the care and so on. But just think ‘If today were the last day of my life and I have no other choice than to leave this mortal world, am I ready to exit the game board with less chaos left behind?’. What if I die at this moment? – this free course at Udemy will let you think on how to make every day fulfilled as it being the last day. Through this course you will also unravel how this concept “What if I die at this moment?” is driving you to live in the moment and make your days more and more fulfilling while providing the psychic assurance at emotional level for the dependents. It’s a 35 minutes free course. Do you mind enrolling for this course and leave me a rating?
Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem of yours or others?
“silence is worth chasing”, ethereal murmurings of a whirling fog at midnight blanketing a starlit sky”
As I mentioned earlier, this is also one of my random scribbles wherein the words evolved themselves discerning the quantum code of my soul.
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
Akhila: It’s my family. And I do believe in signs from the universe.
I’m thankful to the imperfect pieces of my soul which show me what I’m made of. And being featured on magazines or poetry blogs like Fevers of The Mind is truly an honored feel!!