Our very first feature for 2016 and our very first writer feature as well! She is creative and conservative, chirpy and moody, extremely serious and definitely light-hearted- say hello to Khyati Nair.
1.Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am from a family that moved around quite a bit. While growing up, making friends came easy because of that. Born in Ahmedabad, studied in Hyderabad, grew up in Bangalore, worked in Mumbai, lived in Dubai and Germany. Now you know why I love people!
2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I happened to bump into writing. It started with writing poems on loved ones and hated ones. Especially when there was no way to express it to them, it was best put into a diary to maintain harmony and peace for all involved! 🙂 That’s how I discovered writing as a way to express.
3.What were you like at school? Were you good at English?
For the longest period, I was miss goody two shoes in school. I was brought up to think marks is all that mattered. And somewhere along, I lost all interest in toeing the line. Yes, I loved English and it was effortless to make stories and gas it through exams.
4.So, what have you written?
Being in advertising, I have been a lazy writer. Therefore, I have been solely and advertising writer, a copywriter. However, I hope to write a book soon.
5. Where do you get your information or ideas?
Travel. Research. I love meeting people from different backgrounds. I have friends from age 2 to age 82. It intrigues me what makes certain people tick the way they do.
6. Which writers inspire you?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Wodehouse. Enid Blyton. Tolkien.
7. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Shop keeper, astronaut, so many things, but never a writer.
8. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My belly needs to feel right about the end product. Till then it’s miserable and restless. I try getting into character of whatever it is I write about, read new things, meet new people, sleep. But ultimately, it’s the tummy that makes the decision that this piece of writing is worth going out.
9. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your work?
I realized that to create a piece of work is not just a happening. It takes some crafting, some toiling, few moody or blank days and then it happens. So the cliché about 1% talent and rest being hard work etc, etc is not just an overused cliché.
10. What does your family think of your writing?
They obviously see it through rose-tinted glasses. My mother has a knack of over exaggerating to just make sure I keep writing and writing way more than I actually do now.
11. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Notebook and then a computer.
12. What is the hardest thing about writing?
Sometimes, whatever you write doesn’t do justice to what you want to express.
13. Do you ever get writer’s Block? Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block? So many times! Just keep writing and eating chocolate (maybe)
14. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love reading. That is an obvious one. I love watching movies. I love to travel. I love to live in various countries, cities and learn new things about cultures. For me travel is not planned and just seeing sights. It is about a whole new way of living and learning what it means to be in someone else’s skin. I love spending time with my family and some close friends. I also enjoy meditating to join the various dots of my life.
15.How do you relax?
I enjoy few minutes to myself in a day. Be it meditating, yoga or just day dreaming. Few minutes to myself is very essential for me. That space makes it easier to move ahead and get back on track.
16.What is your favorite motivational phrase?
“We get from life not all we want but who we are. To have more, we must become more.” Sri Sri
17. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Nothing at all. It was just a perfect ride, even then.
18. Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I told you this was a tough question. I am not a big 5 year planner. One day at a time. One breath at a time. And before you know it, it’s a whole new year. Can I just leave it at that?
19. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
For now, write a book. That would be a great start.
20. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Just write. That’s it.
So on that note, to all doodles out there who’re aspiring writers, now will be a perfect time to make that New Year’s resolution to JUST WRITE! J
You can find more of this amazing Doodle’s work here: https://www.behance.net/khyatin