Interview Of Author PRANJAL VERMA

Author PRANJAL VERMA, who got her Poetry Collection Title, “TRY: THE FATAL WORD” published worldwide by Puffins Publishers Private Limited on 25th of December 2022, has been interviewed by NEEL PREET, who is a Best-Selling Author, Literary Editor, Columnist & a Professional Book Reviewer!

Check out Author PRANJAL VERMA’s illustration based book of teenage poems, ‘TRY: The Fatal Word’ on Amazon (Available with FREE DELIVERY): https://www.amazon.in/dp/8195077862

Author’s Background: Author PRANJAL VERMA, a usual and ordinary teenager putting efforts to ‘exist’ in this world full of chaos, to create some extraordinary work and space for herself. She resides out there very keenly to make the most of her life and have some memorable experiences. Holding up contradictory perception and with an entirely different set of opinions, she is undoubtedly out there to express herself without even the slightest trace of fear holding her back.

Read the Interview from here:

Neel Preet: Firstly, Congratulations on your latest poetry title, “TRY: The Fatal Word” well, you’ve achieved something remarkably huge at a young age! So, what are your expectations from this book of yours? Please share your experience about this book.

Pranjal Verma: Thank you so much! To begin, I would like to keep something forward which has always been on my mind. Age, is just the count of how many years it has been since one stepped into this world and probably a reminder that still one has time to live and make the most of out it. That’s the mantra I follow in my life, for me I have to go on and on, and create a path for myself which provides me the satisfaction I desire. That is nowhere related to my age, as it’s said that age is just a number, I believe it doesn’t have to define me and create a barrier in what I can achieve. The only expectation I have from this book is to reach to the right people, who are suffering, might have suffered before with self-doubt and hating themselves. It has been great experience working on this book, from writing to editing it and creating the final draft with the hope that people connect with this book and understand how important it is to love ourselves.

Neel Preet: I’ve read your book & I genuinely feel that it’s a wonderful collection of ‘Experience Based Emotional Poems’ so my next question to you is that what inspired you to write these poems? What was the impetus behind this work of yours?

Pranjal Verma: The inspiration behindwriting these poems has been me always and the environment where I reside in. Once, even I have been a people pleasing one, that’s a natural thing in human nature that we constantly need appreciation and acceptance from the outsiders instead of our own self. Things start to get messed up when we rely onto it, and it becomes the only source of motivation for us to keep going in our professional and as well as personal lives. When it starts messing with our heads, we need to know that where to stop ourselves from always seeking outsiders’ feedbacks or applauses. What if people, instead of constructive criticism start destructive criticism which puts us down and creates a negative self-image? What if we rely on how people treat us and treat ourselves the same way thinking this is what we deserve? It would all mess up.

The impetus behind is to give a little push to people to love themselves a bit more and avoid people pleasing behaviour. So that they can be content with who they are and not need any confirmation.

Neel Preet: You’ve given an interesting title to your poetry collection, which is undoubtedly very catchy too; so, what made you go for this particular title for your book?

Pranjal Verma: In this book there is a poem, which expresses that why the word “Try” is sometimes fatal. There’s a strong reason for this title. You know the times when we are struggling, people come to us and they be like, “Try to get out of it, try to be happy, try to do this and that,” but what they don’t understand is that we are already trying our best since long and still we feel like giving up. We need not to hear “Try to do xyzzy” at that moment but rather we need to be heard and understood. When someone erases their entity, the word spreads that they should have “tried” to share but what’s the thought, wouldn’t have they already tried to come forward with their struggle and/or abusive relationship that wasn’t paid any heed? Except listening to them people stabbed them with multiple “Try-ies” and that’s how it became ‘Try: The Fatal Word.’           

Neel Preet: While reading your book, I sensed that your poems are conveying some message and if so, then could you please discuss that with your readers.

Pranjal Verma: Love yourself! Do not develop hatred towards yourself, no negative self-image, admire yourself. Set your standards so high, determine your self-worth, know yourself very well that if you ever get with someone who mistreats you or refuses to do the bare minimum you have that courage to walk out happily. Never rely on other people for how you feel, don’t give the control of your life in other people’s hand, apart from being kind this world is a cruel place as well, people will break into pieces, they will split you if you do not know how you should be treated. It will be always you who will be by your side at every single point, in every single situation. So, be happy with who you are, appreciate yourself and love yourself as you would love someone special or better is to just love yourself without comparing yourself to any person.

Neel Preet: These days only a few bold writers like you are coming out with ‘Poetry’, so my next question to you is that why did you choose Poetry to express yourself? And why not Short-Stories when that too could have served the purpose?

Pranjal Verma: Well, there’s a quote which says that “Poetry is converting paininto art” that’s what has always been with me. Undoubtedly this could also have been expressed through short stories but pouring in all the honesty, short-stories aren’t my cup of tea yet. I’d prefer reading them instead of writing my own and poetry has always been something I loved. So, for me, it’s easy to express myself through poetry rather than any other form. It has been a year since I started writing poetry and as for now and always, I have found the utmost comfort in expressing myself through poetry. It flows through my blood; I have surrendered myself to poetry.

Neel Preet: Your poems had some really strong emotions and stories inside them, which had greatly impressed me and thus I would like you to explain the overall theme of your book!

Pranjal Verma: The theme of this book revolves around abusive and toxic relationships significantly. It has been divided into three sections; Suppressed, Scarred and Healed. It enunciates these three phases that one goes through while in some toxic or abusive relationship. Suppressed talks about the thoughts and sensations one has while they continue to go through maltreatment and deal with narcissism, it has all the pain and cruelty involved. Scarred is the phase when realization hits and one tries to cope up with the hurt and thinks to walk off, and the process of loving one’s self all over again. Healed includes when all the medications, pieces of advice and attempts start to work. When everything gets back into place and starts making sense all over again. This is the theme of the book which at the end conveys a simple message that is “Love Yourself.”

Neel Preet: Your writing seemed to be really impeccable and you were bold with your poems in your book, which I really appreciate. Therefore, I want you to tell us about some of those writers, who had inspired you and whom you follow!

Pranjal Verma: Thank you for the appreciation! I think every writer has something unique in them, in their work. Having read over 150+ books in the past 3-4 years, I am inspired with Robert T. Kiyosaki, David Goggins, and Lori Gottlieb whose book ‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone’ has been read by me more than thrice. Also, I am currently obsessing over Colleen Hoover and Ana Huang! 

Neel Preet: Is there any message which you would like to convey to your readers? Or any piece of advice, which you would like to give to the readers out there!

Pranjal Verma: Love yourself, I very well know that I have repeated this all the way long my responses but that really needs to be emphasized! Love yourself, know your worth, be happy with who you are, accept you for being you and be kind towards your own self. You’ll only find yourself accompanying you at the very end so start enjoying the company of yours. You are great as you are and you don’t really need anyone else’s acceptance, appreciation or confirmation to live through it.

Neel Preet: Are there any other books being worked by you? Please let us know about your future projects.

Pranjal Verma: Well, I am currently working on a high school romance with teenage stress, disturbance and dark content involved. The title of the book is ‘Please Don’t Die Replica’ which is an ongoing Wattpad story. I am planning to release it around March-April. Let’s see how it goes! Moreover, I am planning to take up an editing project and explore more in this writing world!

Neel Preet: Thank you so much for answering all my questions. All the very best to you for future and your book too!

Pranjal Verma: Thank you to you as well! It was a great time interacting with you!