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A lover of poetry and a poet herself, Veena Shankar Kunnath wields her words as a weapon to prise open the unsaid things and reveal the hurts within.
Every month, we recognise 3 among 2500+ contributors, as featured Author of the Month – for their writing that keeps readers engrossed and makes us all think afresh. This month, Veena Shankar Kunnath is one of our 3 featured authors. Veena is a versatile writer interested in both poetry and prose. You can find her writing on Women’s Web here and at her own blog.
Authors are often asked this question, but everyone has their own reasons, very personal to them. So, why do you write?
Writing is my way of venting out my frustrations when I am angry and putting out my point of view about things that need to be spoken about , but are never – because they get lost somewhere among shallow, everyday conversations.
Discussing about these things would really make our lives a lot more easier.
What do you enjoy reading? Does any of it help your writing?
I love reading poetry – particularly Sir Alfred Tennyson , Lord Byron and Pablo Neruda. Khaled Housseini, Han Kang, J D Sallinger and Harper Lee are other writers I enjoy. Harry Potter, however is one book I think I will never get over and never get tired of re-reading!
Yes…books pick me up when I am at my lowest of lows. They help me stay in one piece and hence help me write .
When it comes to writing on/for/about women, what questions and issues drive you the most?
As women in India, inequality plagues you at every age. This inequality makes both men and women suffer. The fight was never between men and women. The fight is between equality and inequality.
Could you narrate an issue or incident in your life which you think was gender related, and you handled it in a way that has made you proud.
Walking away from people who do not respect me for what I am and what I believe in .
Name 3 other writers or bloggers on Women’s Web whose writing you enjoy reading.
I love the works of Tanvi Sinha, Kashmira Lad and Anne John!
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If her MIL had accepted her with some affection, wouldn't they have built a mutually happier relationship by now?
The incident took place ten years ago.
Smita could visit her mother only in summers when her daughter had school holidays. Her daughter also enjoyed meeting her Nani, and both of them had done their reservations for a week. A month before their visit, her husband told her, “My mom is coming for 4-5 months!”
Smita shuddered. She knew the repercussions. She would have to hear sarcastic comments from her mother-in-law for visiting her mother. She may make these comments directly only a bit, but her servants would be flooded with the words, “How horrible she is! She leaves me and goes!”
Maybe Animal is going to make Ranbir the superstar he yearns to be, but is this the kind of legacy his grandfather and granduncles would wish for?
I have no intention of watching Animal. I have heard it’s acting like a small baby screaming and yelling for attention. However, I read some interesting reviews which gave away the original, brilliant and awe-inspiring plot (was that sarcastic enough?), and I don’t really need to go watch it to have an informed opinion.
A little boy craves for his father’s love but doesn’t get it so uses it as an excuse to kill a whole bunch of people when he grows up. Poor paapa (baby) what else could he do?
I was wondering; if any woman director gets inspired by this movie and replicates this with a female protagonist, what would happen?. Oh wait, that’s the story of so many women in this world. Forget about not giving them love, you have fathers who try to kill their daughters or sell them off or do other equally despicable things.
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