“As long as I am writing, I am on the verge of a homecoming” – Ashutosh Gupta

"As long as I am writing, I am on the verge of a homecoming" - Ashutosh Gupta

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I come from a very protective and cohesive family, which makes it susceptible to orthodoxy and unreceptive to rebellious expressions. So, during my adolescent days, any kind of self-expression never really flourished. There was no exposure to literature or a cinematic brilliance to take me beyond the walls of orthodoxy, and it had to do with my ignorance more than anything else.\n\nBeing an introvertish rebel , it didn t help my cause either. As far as I remember, playing intensive cricket, mimicry, and imitating musical tunes on an old keyboard of mine were my sources to experience an emotional stimulation, and the rest of my time was consumed being a uni-dimensional academic chap. My college life was a rather beautiful convergence of eccentric personalities. I got thoroughly exposed to classic American Cinema, and it was extremely cathartic for me. Movies like Serpico, Taxi Driver, and Schindler s list vindicated the rebellious streak and compassion that I withheld for a long time.\n\n

My foray into writing

\n\nJust like any other budding writer or thinker, in its infancy, my writing revolved only around metaphors and being overly creative. I didn t focus much on the evolution of my thought process and my spectrum was limited, until I came across the work of Franz Kafka. The beauty he extracted from melancholy opened the floodgates within me, and I embraced my own melancholy. This changed me as a person and as a writer.\n\nI realized that writing is not about scribbling just for the sake of it, but there is a whole personality type which one has to live with, having its own merits and demerits. Writing sustains the hope of universe to realize the magical chemistry of intellect, imagination, and emotions, without any favoritism for one in particular.\n\nI feel that timeless writing must make way for the sustenance of a gentle arrogance. As far as I am concerned, both my dynamism and stagnancy rest in writing and so is the freedom and patience that comes respectively with these states. I believe writing is not as natural as people think it is, and it s more than spilling one s raw emotions. I let my expressions pass through filters and try to sculpt them so that my subsequent expressions enchant each other. For me, conceiving a new idea is like playing a new character in a play. I have a stack of emotions, and I pick one particular emotion which is blended with the memories pertaining to the subject I want to talk about.\n\n

I would advise the budding authors and writers to converge their efforts to pay tribute to the sanctity of this craft and not fall for the temptations of an ephemeral fame

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