We spoke to Ayush, an avid reader.
Describe your journey as a reader.
I used to read a great deal of children’s literature. In fact, I was gifted books for any achievements I made at school or at home. So because of this encouragement, reading became a staple in my life. I spent a great deal of time during my formative years in the library reading different genres. It was when I started reading literary fiction that I realized that I could partake of a huge palate of ideas. I write and my inspiration has always been fiction.
Your favorite genre.
I have a soft spot for crime fiction. And I am guilty of reading cheap romantic literature.
Why is it bad to read romantic literature?
Well, the stories have no realistic premise whatsoever.
eBook or Paperback?
I don’t mind either though the benefit of reading a paperback is that you can gift it to someone once you read it!
Favorite literary fiction author?
Undoubtedly, Virginia Woolf. I love her writing- In her book To the Lighthouse, she describes transitions. I still get the chills thinking about it. She is relevant even today, particularly her feminist work. Another writer I admire is Amitav Ghosh.
Erratic. Luckily I get a chance to read a great deal even at the workplace. So I juggle reading multiple books and multiple genres at a time on my Kindle and paperbacks.
Do you finish the books you start?
Even if the books are bad?
Particularly if they are bad. I can’t start a new book until I finish the ones I started.
Haven’t tried them yet although my friends have recommended the audiobook experience.
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barret Browning
Thanks, Ayush! Was really great talking to you.