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Prachi Prangya Agasti

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Author Interview

A 25 years old B-tech graduate currently pursuing her MBA-HRM at XIMB, Prachi Prangya Agasti was introduced to the enchanting world of literature and art by her family since her early days.

She took a step for the first time in 2015 and came up with ‘Just Once’ and certainly her foray into writing didn’t just end with her debut novel. She has also been a part of anthology on friendship, a collection of short stories by Shades publications, ‘Friendship-bonds beyond time’. Subsequently she also published a collection of 14 short stories, ‘White Night Moonbeams’ based on the multiple shades of human emotions. Published by Authorspress, India this collection was followed by another collection of short stories and poems named ‘Freefall’. She has also recently published her fourth, a novel named ‘Dance with me’, an intense love story between two estranged lovers who cannot let go of their emotions even after separation. She has debuted with her collection in poetry, ‘Empty Roads and Broken Words’ by Authorspress, New Delhi in 2018.

Dearest Love is her latest collection of poems released in May 2020.

Half Papyrus is honoured to have her on board to satisfy the curiosity of our readers!

How would you describe your literary endeavours in a nutshell?

Something that I have never given up on. Literature has enlightened me with a voice to connect with people and inspire them. I believe when you are able to do so, that's an accomplishment. I have always tried to learn more through readings, feedback on my writings and I believe our works or pieces that we create grow with time, perspective, and maturity. So, here I am breathing words and living my passion.

Your writing is an inspiration. Where did you get the idea of writing such beautiful full-length novels instead of short stories?

Novels are difficult to create yes, because it needs your focus, detailing, a flow which connects to the readers with each chapter. I think the moments you experience in life, may it be through your own or people around you, that sets up the flair for any writing. For my first novel, I created characters whose personalities I related in my everyday life. The touch of reality is necessary I believe, that's what breathes life into the story. When there is a story on your mind, it nags you until you pen it down. you create a world of your own and you imagine how things will play out.

Are there any easter eggs in your books that only a few people will find?

Yeah, there is. Signs exist for people who know where to find them. as for me, I hide them inside the pages of my book. The people who can read between the lines will know what it means.

There are so many unique characters in your books. What is the most difficult thing about writing characters for the opposite sex?

The most difficult thing is giving a voice. You try to keep yourself in his shoes and write and sometimes its really hard to give justice also. But the more you justify the thoughts in that character and draw out properly in your book, you are good to go.

Some instances in the books are thoughtful and very emotional, which could actually leave the readers with an afterthought. What is the first book that made you cry?

Choices by Nicholas Sparks, it was a book I read in school and it really made me cry. All the books by Nicholas Sparks harbor an emotional aspect but this was one of the books, that really made me think and contemplate what would I have done in that character's place.

"Never try to limit yourself thinking maybe you are not ready to express what you have." - Prachi Prangya Agasti

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Panther for passion, companionship, loyalty and strength.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers the most?

Behind the scenes, I like to stay busy, doing some or other work. I read or paint and also spend time with my friends. I love to travel. I explore as much as I can with my college and other works.

Being the successful writer that you are, you must have experienced peaks and valleys in your writing career. What advice do you have for budding writers?

I would like to advise is to create a reader base who look up to your words an anticipate for more. Never try to limit yourself thinking maybe you are not ready to express what you have. Participate in every small thing you can and share your writings with people who read and give honest feedback.

Your work would definitely pamper our readers with intricacies of complex relationships and mind numbing thoughts. Any last thoughts for our readers?

You can never have enough words, enough stories, and imaginations. Someway or the other there is a scarcity when it comes to expressing them. When you do, never hide them in the pages of your diary. Let the world know, maybe someone, a seeker like me would be inspired and fall in love with your words.

How can the readers reach out to you?

E-Mail or Instagram