When words are the remedy

  • Nanki Singh, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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  • Updated: Feb 10, 2014 10:27 IST

Confined to a room at a young age because of severe spondylitis, which cost him his bank job, and losing his mother around the same time — whom he couldn’t even hold in her last moments — author Randeep Wadhera’s life has been an uphill battle, but he refuses to give in to despair at all costs, crediting writing for keeping the gloom at bay. Writing, however, was not his profession of choice, as he believed that during his time, it was not a financially viable option. “It is now an antidote to all the negativity that once surrounded my life,” says he.

An independent columnist, content editor, translator and poet, Wadhera has published two poetry books titled Rhythms of Love, which deals with the antithetical emotions that are love and hate, and My Beautiful World — a collection of illustrated children’s poetry. He is also the author of Walls and Other Stories, a collection of short stories. His inspiration for poetry came through his two nieces who’d use his help for their schoolwork. “I wanted children to be more aware of humanitarian issues in a fun, sensitive manner,” says he, further adding, “My inspiration for Rhythms of Love was that love and hate as emotions have not been demystified, despite the best (or is it the worst) efforts of poets, philosophers, scientists and ordinary folks, and I wanted to explore that myself.”

While both books are available in print in Europe and the US, in India at present, they are available only as e-books.

He is currently working on his new novel, which has been in the works for four years, a satirical look at a despot pretending to be a democrat. Having already destroyed two drafts, he believes humour is a very tough genre to work with. “Sarcasm is easy, but clean humour that isn’t ugly is impossible to write,” he says

He counts famous English novelist PG Wodehouse, who’s known for his humorous work, as his inspiration, besides of course, Salman Rushdie. “In the case of Rushdie though, I feel like I need to revisit his work, as his style of writing confuses me sometimes,” he concludes.

 

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