Bijal Talekar is an author & have written two books so far. Due to her long illness, when she was caged by four walls, she decided to fly with her writings. In the year 2016 her novel, Alamana won the Your Story India competition. And in 2018 her first novel, The Dark Dekken got the debut Award of Literary Oscar.
Tell us about your books?
I have written two novels till now. And both of them belong to fiction or mythological fiction genres. By watching different – different kinds of TV shows and reading books, articles etc I came to the conclusion that I should also write this kind of my own stories which belong to our Indian mythology, youth and culture.
I tried to describe two kind of worlds in my novels. Both books are part of two different series. ‘The Dark Dekken’ will take you to the dark side of the life and Indian culture.
Challenges you faced while writing this book and in your life as an author?
My family members were really surprised when I told them that I’m writing a novel. My younger sisters; Kajal, Payal & my cousins became so excited about it. They are really Awesome sisters and very supportive to me.
As an Author I didn’t faced such kind of albatross in my journey. Except that I’m a patient of rheumatoid-arthritis and rheumatoid-fever. That’s why I couldn’t go outside for my research to get published. And therefore, it took much time to get published.
I’m really grateful to those people who guided me in the way I’m. Rafik Sheikh the Reporter in Divyabhaskar, Dr. Bheravi K. Joshi who is great author herself.
What is your life mantra?
Till now I learned in my life that be honest and confident about yourself. And you get that confident by learning and observing the things around you. So I think keeping yourself updated is the great way for progressive life.
What is your writing process like?
I recall that days from this question, when I was writing my first book; ‘The Dark Dekken’. At that time I was totally unaware about writing the book. At that time I was writing in my diary so I have to write the story very carefully. But, then I started writing the story in computer so it became very comfortable and convenient for me.
Whenever I start writing my new book I already keep my blueprint prepared for it including the beginning and climax of the story. And, then I let the story take it’s shape by writing scenes, dialogues and phenomenas in it and get in the flow. After completing the story I check it to do editing for eliminating all errors in it. And, give final shape and perfection to it.
According to you, what are the three qualities an author must have to achieve success?
The most important of all an author or any person in his profession should have a learning positive attitude. An author should have her/his own thinking or point of view and she/he should have skills to express situations or conditions more than explaining it.
What are your plans for next book?
Currently I’m working on second book of ‘The seven shades of dark’s series’. Which will be the second part of ‘The Dark Dekken’. And also trying to getting published my books by traditional publishing house.
What advice do you have for young writers?
Normally I don’t like to give advice or telling things to do. But, I can just say that if you like to do something than you should take a step for fulfill your dream. And if you want to be an author then you should recognize your potential and start working for it. You should develop all required skills by working for it. After all, every Author & Writer has their own special touch in writing. And I believe it.
Share a quote or line that has been your inspiration.
My family is inspiration for me specially my Mom; Anita Talekar. By observing her hard work, conflicts of the life and her point of view of looking at life inspires me for doing something for her. And Whereby the question of quote the only Thing I remember which I read in my schooling days, ‘Koshis karnewalo ki kabhi har nahi hoti.’ It’s my all time favorite and unforgettable line from Dr. Haribansh Rai Bachhan’s amazing poem.