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VV Conversation with Sakshi Walia, author - Life in an Oxymoron

VV Conversations – Sakshi Walia author of Life in an Oxymoron

1) What inspired you to write this book?

 Our existence is often found in paradoxes and inconsistency. We are all so lost in contradictions and confusions of life that we fail to appreciate or understand it. The thoughts like these made me feel awful, restless and drove me into a pool of complexities  dominated mainly by the questions about this world, my existence and the meaning of this life. There was so much happening within me that needed to be poured out. So, that is when I decided to vent out all my paradoxes, all my fears, all the bewilderment in the form of verses.

 2) According to you, what is a true oxymoron?

According to me, Oxymoron is bringing the two polar opposites, two completely different concepts together. However, if we base it on real-life I suppose, the meaning changes altogether. Each and every person is a perfect example of a living oxymoron. We make up and combine contradictory features and qualities be it in our thoughts, in our decisions, in our feelings, our emotions, vision and so on and so forth. Thus, I would say that every human who is in flesh and blood is an ideal oxymoron in himself.


3) How readers will connect with it?

Well, I suppose everyone has a time in their life when they start to question everything. Besides, the book touches upon the topics that are too common and thoroughly embedded in our day-to-day life. It is something we witness every day and something we think of every minute. The poems are about themes what each one of us experiences throughout their lifetime. So, that is how I feel the readers would be able to find a part of themselves in each poem penned in the book.

4) Verses are into 4 categories, why is that?

 The entire book is categorised into 4 sections purposely. The first part acts as a prologue for the book. It is basically the words from the author, which explain the process of creation of the poem. Followed by this, there are 3 chapters names of which, if you notice carefully,  are the oxymoron. These oxymoron give a hint about what to expect in the poems mentioned in that particular chapter. They are symbolic and set the tone for what is to come next.

5) Book is completely in free verse. Why did you choose verses as the medium to share your understanding?

The book is not completely in free verse though. But yes, it sure is, dominated by the free verse style. Well, I think free verse or say prosaic poetry style is close to the 21st century. The minds of our times are rebellious, wanting to break all the barriers and bondage imposed on them. They don’t understand limitations, which is why I used the run on poetry to let it flow through their thoughts and be freely felt by their heart. Also, it is important to mention that Indian English poetry has always been a free verse poetry. Consider A.K. Ramanujan, Kamla, Das or Nissim Ezekiel such as. It has forever been close to the hearts of Indians and is thus, all the more relatable.

6) What key takeaways that readers will have from the book?

After reading the book, they shall feel their emotional nerve being hit. It would take them to a state of clarity. It would strike the cord and arouse a sense of empathy and pleasure in the readers. The poems have an implied meaning to them and thus, shall compel the readers to think and analyze the poems in the deepest of ways.

7) You seem to be juggling between college and your book, how did you manage that?

  Oh, it has been too hard for me to manage to write and complete this book with the college. I had to struggle between performing the daily chores and then waiting for an inspiration to write a poem. I had been torn completely by trying to manage the academic pressure as well the book. But you know, poetry has always been my passion. And, I believe no matter how busy you get in life you always figure out ways and make time for what you love, for your passion.

8 ) Poetry is a subtle art of capturing world through life, what you believe that life in an oxymoron is trying to capture?

Life in an oxymoron is trying to capture the moments of conflicts, contradictions, and paradoxes in a person’s lifetime. It is bringing out the complicated feelings the maze of emotions, the flood of thoughts, the complexity of human relationships and intricate designs of understanding of self. It poses a question on everything and leads you on a journey of self-discovery.

9) How to lead a life without oxymoron? Is it possible?

Nehru has talked about how one can live without contradictions in his essay Indian philosophical approach from his book Discovery of India. He says that we have lost a sense of unity and harmony in our personalities that persisted in the people in the earlier eras. And sadly, we haven’t till now been able to find a unity in ourselves in the present era. This, he says, can only be achieved by trusting our instincts, by having and maintaining a social harmony and by understanding the last orderly law of universe with its connection to self. While it is hard to disagree with him, I feel it is impossible to get rid of oxymoron as today we have become the very oxymoron ourselves and we can never be free of something which is nothing else but us alone.

10) This was your début book, how was your experience using Voice Verso ?

Honestly, my experience was outstanding. It was awesome. I had thought of publishing my book for a very long time. But I was always intimidated by the entire process. Then I stumbled upon the voiceverso publishers. Not exaggerating things up but they really made the entire process as smooth as silk. They help at each step throughout the way and the result is this beauty, my début book Life in an oxymoron.

Life in an Oxymoron
Life in an Oxymoron by Sakshi Walia

The Book – Life in an Oxymoron is available on all Global eBook Reading stores.
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