Chennai: Never in her wildest dreams did Annapurani Vaidyanathan, a class 8 student back then, imagine that her article on A P J Abdul Kalam would be printed on one of India’s newspapers which paved the way for her to get into writing.
Cut to now, a resident of New Colony, Chrompet, she has published seven books on her own. ‘Under the Spell,’ ‘Spell-Bound,’ ‘Casting the Spell’ and ‘Some Sunshine Your Way’ are few of her latest books.
After working as techie for four years, Annapurani took a sabbatical year to pursue her passion and is now a student of journalism in the city. In conversation with ‘News Today,’ Annapurani shares her story of how she became an author.
“Following the newspaper article, I wrote an email to APJ Abdul Kalam, which somehow got his attention and he wrote back to me. That’s the longest memory of me starting to write,” says Annapurani.
The 25-year-old author attributes her success to her father who has written for several leading newspapers in the country.
Talking about the profound impact that her father made, she recalls, “Bursting crackers during Diwali is a tradition that every Indian would hold close to and it was no different at my home until I was in my third grade. I was very scared of crackers. One fine Diwali, my father said I can get things of my choice for the same money. So he took me to book store and that is how I began to read. And it is one of the traditions that I still continue to follow.”
At home, when it’s her father who constantly pushed her to read and write, it was no different in school. “My teachers in school consistently gave me good books to read and encouraged me to contest in debates, extempore, and essay writing events,” she says.
Annapurani has also been one of the hosts for The Hindu’s Lit For Life 2018’s edition and has compered for the events held in school and college.
Failure usually pushes people to become better. It was the same for this author, as well. Annapurani was heartbroken when she heard the news that she had lost in a competition in class 11. It affected her so much that the pent-up emotions came out in the form of poetry.
Soon after her schooling, she decided to take up engineering and pursued electronics and instrumentation at Sri Sairam Engineering College. She continued to write poems after graduation and her poems on gender equality, women empowerment and identity have been selected in various contests across the country.
Moving away from ‘love,’ a much-celebrated topic among writers, Annapurani likes to bring other emotions to the fore.
However, it is not just love that one can write about, she says. “Almost whichever author’s blog I bumped on to, I saw poems only about love. I wanted to bring more emotions into the picture and love is not the only emotion that a writer can write about. There are so many emotions that we undergo every day and I want to write about such often ignored feelings. And I found poetry is the only way that I found I could do justice to myself. It helps me touch lives and make a difference which keeps me going.”
Talking about her books, she goes on to say, “I’m really not happy with the books that were published in the beginning as I was just starting out. I just had informed my relatives and did not publicise about them. For the latest books, I have been receiving positive responses on various platforms.”
Her blog can be accessed at annapurani93.wordpress.com, and she can be reached at [email protected]