“I want to use the pen to structure the true realities of the world,” – Nishtha Shrivastava

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We all have witnessed books and literature portraying the bond between a brother and sister in a beautiful, funny, lively, and sometimes in a heartbreaking way. You can find one such story in the debut book of author Nishtha Shrivastava.

Nishtha Shrivastava is a person of a versatile personality who believes in living life to the fullest. She loves travelling to new places, doing things she loves, making new connections, and inspiring people. 

Interview with Author Nishtha Shrivastava

Read on as author Nishtha Shrivastava talks about her debut book- “Rakshabandhan- The fading bonds of faith”, life as a writer and blogger, favorite authors, characters of the book, inspirations, and much more.

1. Let’s begin with a brief introduction of yours and an overview of your book- Rakshabandhan (The Fading Bonds of Faith).

I am a complete lively person who believes that life is one and we shall do it all. I love painting, singing, and writing (of course), and by the grace of God, these all are in my traits well. For bread and butter, I work for an IT company, but to please my heart, I write.

I come from a traditional Indian family where values are at power and support to children is immense. All the unusual things I do are always well supported by my parents, grandparents, and brother.

I impart sessions to college students who are on the track to mold their lives and I love traveling and adding diverse people to my known list.

“Rakshabandhan- The fading bonds of faith”

Coming on to my book, “Rakshabandhan is a two way clear crystal, where a brother named Hansit stains the beauty of this relationship, little Gourav who couldn’t even speak is the energy source for Nisha”.

The word “relationship” has existed in our lives since forever. When an individual is born, he or she is born with the blessing of bonds and associations, some of them are also added later by our own choice but a lot of them exist already. Rakshabandhan is a critic of the artificial societal frames and sketches, the dark reality that changed the life of a little girl Nisha. 

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Rakshabandhan is the most sacred and valued bond between two individuals of the opposite gender and the expectations that are framed from one another are enormous. This story unfolds the battle of a little one from the modern tantrums of a couple, their hardships of being together and the ignorance that a child faces due to the differences between her parents. 

The expectations that she keeps from a cousin brother and the shivering end that brings peace to everybody else’s life and leaves her in a never ending pain. This is not the story of one girl but of a lot many, but not everyone can dare to recite it as the truth is not always easy to hear.

2. Where did you get the idea behind the story of Rakshabandhan- The Fading Bonds of Faith? Do the characters come from real-life incidents or from your own imaginations?

I am a keen observer of everything that happens around me. This story was a rare one that I had seen around me. This is inspired by true events. But then, there is a lot added to reveal the soul of the story in a better way.

3. Have you always wanted to be a writer or was there a particular moment you thought, ‘I want to do this!’?

To be true I had no plans for this ever. It was by huge fate that I finally found the pace of life that I was always looking for. I tried a lot many not-me things. But, in none I got this zeal of passion, and the day I felt myself going in this track, I was overwhelmed as everything that I had imagined was finally coming in place and my dreams finally got their execution track.

4. Please share with our readers some of your favorite lines from the book.

  • Tears help you in releasing your pain, so it’s better to cry and let it flow out.
  • Music can do wonders and can bring you up from the deepest grave too.
  •  At times I really think how restricted we all are in the ways of society. The prestige and the so-called obligations of society make us so formal that we cannot be ourselves even with our close ones.

There are many such feelings wrapped inside this book of Rakshabandhan. Do read and know all that can thread you.

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5. Are you in connection with other authors? How do they help you improve as a writer?

My love for connecting with people has encouraged me to have a wide range of connections with authors. And, luckily I have that with me by now. Authors are of great help to somebody who is trying to strengthen their roots in the field. The writers help me improve myself by giving me feedback, flaws, ideas related to my write-ups. They also suggest better ideas for an improvised version.

6. Whom do you consider your icons when it comes to writing? Any favorite authors?

Bashir Sahab holds huge respect in my eyes for his contribution to the world of literature.

7. Most of the authors today choose to write love stories and romance. From the author who just started her journey with a story about the bond between brother and sister, I would like to ask what differences have you felt in terms of readers’ choice?

According to me, the real-life stories on social issues are usually best picked by readers who really feel the pain.  I don’t like writing entertainment much. But, I want to make use of my pen to structure the true realities of the world, the hardships of mankind, and the wonders of humans.

Initially, I was not sure whether I would be able to gather readers on a larger scale as I was under the impression that romance sells. However, my belief had flourished and now I know what sells the most. It is the true side of life, relatable things, and an unjust arena that touches the soul of people, and then it comes out to the readers.

8. You also run a blog named People I Met. Please tell our readers about your blog, motives, and how it helps you?

Peopleimet.in is the name with a lot that is running around. This blog is full of real-life stories of superheroes that I have ever met. This blog comprises people, authors, religions from around the world bringing diversity. I take it as my passion to share stories with the world and write all that I have in my heart. It helps me to justify my aspirations as I feel we all have the capability to achieve our dreams..

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9. A quick-fire round (answer in up to 50 words)

– If you could change one thing in the world today, what would it be? 

My monotonous job! Jokes apart, I would change the Virtual world of living to the real world of loving again.

– One habit that you think makes you more productive?

I get mad to accomplish all my wishes. To make my wishes true, I jump out of my comfort zone irrespective of how tough the battle is.

– What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?

I want to narrate stories that stay alive even after I die. More importantly, I want to make the differences that we all complain about but don’t thrive for.

10. What’s next in the roadmap for Nishtha Shrivastava?

I am going to start a free session about the philosophies that I have gained about life. In a few schools and colleges, I have been imparting sessions as a guest lecturer. Now I am going to take it ahead to another level where I get connected to people more and my next books are of all our lives.

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