Priyamvada Dixit interview

“Don’t become an author just to impress people with the author tag,” – Priyamvada Dixit

“Why every love story you write has a happy ending?” the reader enquired.

Because my life didn’t have that”, replied the author.

Priyamvada Dixit

Author Priyamvada Dixit hails from the city of Prayagraj in India. She has written two books till date— ‘Tumahri Priyam’ and ‘Ishq: Out of Budget’. These books are written in Hindi, and people from all around India are loving her stories.

Read on as Priyamvada Dixit talks about her latest book, life as a writer, inspiration, favourite author, future plans, and much more.

1. Let’s begin with a brief introduction of yours and an overview of your latest book—Ishq: Out Of Budget.

I was born in Hathras, a small town near Agra. My childhood is ordinary. I grew up in Allahabad, now known as Prayagraj. Being born into a family full of Advocates, choosing a writing career was not easy. After 12th results, everyone was expecting me to choose law as my career, but life never goes with your plan. I chose to do a bachelor’s in media studies from Allahabad University.

In life, I never thought that I could be a poet, but in 2017 destiny turned me towards the writing and now I am a poet and an author. Apart from writing, photography and reading religious texts acquire my leisure time. At the beginning of my life, my influencers were my parents who never forced me to do anything as I was not a bright student. But they always supported me to do good in life.

Ishq: Out of Budget book is very close to my heart. It’s a true love story based on real life. This story takes place in Allahabad. Few things are always out of budget from your life, and similarly sometimes love is also out of budget, in the parameter of religion, caste, status, life or death.

2. Where do you get the ideas behind your stories? Do the characters come from real-life incidents or from your own imaginations?

When I start penning down my thoughts, I always keep one thing in mind ‘I’m not the writer of this book. Being a reader, do I have the courage to share this work with my younger ones?’

Giving good stuff to read is like feeding the mind of the young ones. In my stories, I try to portray true and respectful love. Some of the characters are from real life.

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3. What was your inspiration behind writing the book?

I am a huge admirer of Munshi Prem Chand. All his stories are about simplicity. You can easily connect with the characters, and the stories are full of emotions which can be easily felt at any stage of life. 

4. Please tell our readers about your debut book—Tumhari Priyam. When did you write it and what sort of reviews you received from the readers?

Tumhari Priyam” is a collection of short stories. This book is a big hit, as it got ranked on #88 on the Amazon Bestseller List (short stories). Also, the audiobook made by PocketFm App has got 7k plays with 4.6 stars review. Around 500 copies of Tumhari Priyam book have sold out.  

Tumhari Priyam book by Priyamvada Dixit

5. Three lessons that you learnt after publishing your first book. How did these help you to craft the second one?

(I) The main selling point of your book is your content. The content of my first book “Tumhari Priyam” is good and people love it. So, it helped me to craft the second book on the same writing pattern.

(II) Don’t become an author just to impress people with the author tag.

(III) Your own efforts matter the most.

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6. You also share your feelings and emotions in the form of short write-ups on Instagram. Would you like to share three of your favourite write-ups with our readers?

“Why every love story you write has a happy ending?” the reader enquired.

Because my life didn’t have that”, replied the author

Priyamvada Dixit

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Why do you still read the books written by him,” her friend asked

His words still speak about me”, she smiled and closed the book.

Priyamvada Dixit

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“Do you still love her?”, his friend asked

“Of course, no,” he lied.

Irony, his recent searches on Instagram never lie.

Priyamvada Dixit

7. It is often said that writers have their hearts broken at some stage of life. Does that remain true for you as well?

Yes. Before 2017, I never thought that I will be a writer or poet someday. I am a poet not by choice, but destiny made me. From 2015 to 2017, I tried very hard to get admission in one of my favourite colleges, but I failed to crack the entrance and because of that I start turning my pain into words.  Slowly things turned me into a writer. My aim is to make poetry and my write-ups readable so that everybody can feel connected.  

8. Whom do you consider your icons when it comes to writing? Any favourite authors?

Munshi Prem Chand is my all-time favourite.

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9. A quick-fire round:

(I) Books that have influenced your life?

Ravinder Singh’s “I too had a love story”.

(II) What are your other passions in life?

Photography and reading religious books.

(III) What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?

I want to give back what I learn and earn from the society.

(IV) Whose advice do you seek when in a dilemma?

Without any shame, I ask for anyone’s advice, no matter how old or young he/she is. 

(V) One song that you always hum?

“Allah ke bande hasde, jo bhi ho kal fir aayega” by Kailash Kher.

10. What’s next in the roadmap for Priyamvada Dixit?

I don’t make plans for the future. I always believe in God and his roadmaps. I just do my work honestly.

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Soul-soothing poems you’ll love:

Happy to be with you

When all this is over, We are gonna fly…

The Goodbye

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