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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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Omg, I am so thrilled to find a mention here. Thank you so much, Veena. I’m so happy to be connected with you all and to receive support from this wonderful community. This is what motivates me to push my limits higher. It’s wonderful reading your interview. Congrats for being the featured Author of the Month.
“I Write To Articulate My Thoughts To Myself”: Nayantara Mallya, Author Of The Month, January 2018
“Writing, For Me… A Never Ending Journey Of Self-Discovery” Kalpana Manivannan, Author Of The Month, February 2018
“I Write Therefore I Am” Rwituja Gomes Mookherjee, Author Of The Month, February 2018
“If I Find Nothing Else, I Will End Up Reading Paper Bags”: Shakhi, Author Of The Month, May 2018
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