Youth Icon Kalamkaar from Meerut Talks About His Journey As A Writer
Who are you as a person? What are your likes and dislikes?
As a person, I am honest, simple, and a workaholic. If I do for you anything, I didn't take credit for your hard work. I love the people who are simple and don't play mind games with me. I am very fond of writing nowadays. I am so happy when people appreciate my work and love me unconditionally. I am the kind of person who searches for happiness in little things. I do not wait for big things, but when big things come, I also celebrate. I always dream big and try to make them a reality. I love to spend time with kids. By nature, I m shy I take time to open up to people. I like watches, shoes, clothes. I don't particularly appreciate it when people try to backstab me.
What is Poetry to you?
I write poetry to express myself, not to impress anyone in life.
What are your Achievements? Awards, if any?
I have written in 1300+ anthologies and have received 1500+ certificates in writing. I have done 20+ world record anthologies as a co-author. And three times Hindi judge in a row & Hindi judge in the inter-state championship, Emerging world poet championship, Champions League, and Inter-continental Cup. I was featured in 9 Indian newspapers and once in a US newspaper because of my brother Joe. And three times in Kenya newspaper and one time in Diaspora Global Times news because of brother Den. I was also featured in Indian magazines. And do a radio show called Radio Vrishti. A big thing for me when Rj Ruchi says: "Kalamkaar don't introduce your self, I and all of us know you." It is also my achievement.
Tell us a bit about how much time you spend in a day on writing. Are you a disciplined writer or a spontaneous one?
I write every day. When I want to write, I don't take much time. I write what I feel, or if any subject is in my mind, I write about it. And yes, I m a disciplined writer. I am a busy writer because of anthologies by the grace of Saraswati Maa.
What makes you a Youth Icon?
I m a disciplined writer, and I write every day. And I also write on social issues. These are beyond my comfort zone, but I choose those topics like Rape, etc. Nowadays, people have stopped writing, but I didn't. I have been writing continuously since I started my journey. If I don't get anthologies, I never lose patience and wait for it. One thing that also makes me a youth icon is I go to bed early and wake up early. It keeps my mind fresh for writing. I faced many challenges, and now I am among those few writers in the world who have written in as many as 1300 Anthologies in 1 year and five months and is still writing every day.
People say you have created an impossible record as an international competition judge. Tell us more about it?
The credit goes to Noel Lorenz, who gave me this opportunity and trusted me to judge international competitions. All thanks and credit goes to him.
What made you feel confident as a judge?
As a judge, it's a very big responsibility on my shoulder. By the grace of Maa Saraswati, I did this, and I was fair to each writer whom I judged. I am fair and honest with my work that makes me confident.
What are the challenges you faced while judging competitions where you knew some of the faces already?
My focus is on only participation in communities and not on judging. But when Noel sir gave me this opportunity, I was so overwhelmed. I faced many challenges — I have judged the maximum number of writeups at any given time.
What did you learn from this journey?
As a writer, I love my journey as it's close to my heart. I learned lots of things like never to lose hope. If you are a hardworking person, people will appreciate you and love your work. If you write something, it will be published and won't be wasted. If you believe in yourself and have the potential, you will get a name and fame.
What do you have to say to your critics?
If people criticize me, I don't care because I know I am not wrong and I am on the right path in my journey. I focused on my writing and didn't give importance to them.
What advice do you have for the Youth in the writing industry?
Write daily and do not plagiarize because if you do it, you are not a writer. Read books and other writers. Follow the steps of that person who do something in writing. Talk less, do more. Always believe in your talent and yourself. Ups and downs are a part of life.
A quote that never fails to motivate you.
Success is the actual revenge.
Monomaniacal madness is needed if you want to succeed in your life.
Focus on the goal, not problems.
A literary figure you would love to meet.
My teacher, Mr. Kunal Verma. And lots of people.
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