I love interviewing debutant Authors about their books their thoughts and stories, because their advice and path of publications and writing books is a road map for others who seek to get published –
Today we have the pleasure of interviewing with us on ‘A living series talk‘ – Medha Telang,
writer of Police Encounters: Author/Advocate/Poet/Painter, also working towards the cause of adoption.
Medha has written a sequel to Police Encounters, her maiden venture, and has two more books to her credit. Presently, she is leading a quiet and happy life with her five grandchildren. She writes poems and short stories in her spare time, dabbles in Haiku, loves to paint on canvas, travels and listens to soothing music, and also keeps up with her Yoga asanas.
Medha is very passionate in helping persons in distress and the less fortunate and feels for certain issues close to her heart which include saving the life of the girl child in India besides adoption of children. These issues often express themselves in verse of which she has compiled into a collection.
Hi Medha, thank you for agreeing to this interview I’m so very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet you and talk to you.
Welcome to A living series talk.
Let me say that the pleasure is entirely mine. Author interviews help in bringing the writer closer to the reader. So I guess I should thank you.
Pleasure! Medha let’s begin with our introductory segment so our readers are profound to know about their authors, so please tell us about yourself?
I am a BA.(Hons from:- Mumbai University). I completed ISC from Queen Mary’s School, Mumbai and Graduated from St. Xavier’s College in English Literature, French. Thereafter completed my LL.B from Govt. Law College, Mumbai and started practice in the High Court, Mumbai the Original side and City Civil Court, Mumbai. I realised that life is not only about making money but there are greater issues requiring attention. I found my niche in helping disappointed parents to adopt babies, abandoned children to find loving homes and Institutes to legally give such children in adoption. I worked for the cause of adoption and was on the panel of lawyers at several Adoption Institutes. Adoption is still close to my heart and advise prospective parents even to this day.
That sounds great!
I appreciate you for this noble cause of helping children who are already abandoned by life.
Helping with adoption is a great initiative and admire your efforts. Well talking about the passion for writing how does it take you to be writer, social services and painter together it is amazing and completely different. And I’m curious to know more about the Encounter stories from your writing desk.
So, what have you written?
I started writing poetry when young and would put down my thoughts on paper. Thereafter during the course of my practice I got the opportunity to pen incidents and true life stories related to me by Late Inspector Wagle. Crimes so different……experienced by him during his illustrious career. When Inspector Wagle showed willingness to narrate his experiences – joy knew no bounds! A man who was a Hero in the eyes of the public and people of Mumbai, the then Bombay, an idol for many, highly respected both by his superiors and subordinates1 For me that was the turning point which inspired me to start a career in writing and doing justice to this Officer, highly intelligent and charismatic. Inspector Wagle was a terror to desperadoes and bullies and known for his expertise in “Mob Control” and handling explosive situations with a firm hand. I have endeavoured to relate his experiences in a simple manner and have tried to recapture every detail of the varied characters and settings as they were, bringing it to the reader in a simple colloquial, somewhat epigrammatic style, adhering to the plain facts without riding on the wings of fantasy. For this venture I have to primarily thank Mr. Jayant M Wagle without whom this book would not see the light of day.
Each story unfurls a new facet of the Officer, the man and the criminal ! I have written a sequel to Police Encounters entitled Tryst with Death and other stories plus another one entitled Yes Inspector which rests on comic satire and takes you back to the actual making of the Police Officer and his experiences during the British regime. I do write short stories for little ones and write lines of Haiku for my passion too. I do have a collection of poems written through time.
Sounds interesting and challenging Medha, so do you write full-time or part-time?
I write part time taking care of home and other aspects of life, in between trying to make the most of life with my adorable grandchildren.
Busy and multi talented Granny, I’m sure your grandchildren would be so proud of you. Talking about creative writing is there special time to write or how is your day structured?
I like to write when I am not hassled with personal work. My day begins with the daily chores. Now that I am semi retired afternoon and night is relatively free and try to snatch time to put thoughts on paper.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Medha!
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? What is the hardest thing about writing?
Once the idea is concieved then outlining in your head is a good thing. Thereafter I let the ideas flow and carry on… Very often thoughts just spurt in the head and I need to express and put them down instantly before I just lose them!
To capture the very idea or thought in words to convey the picture which is in your mind! It is very much like a painting in motion!
I do agree with you Medha, writing down is expressing your thoughts and certainly we don’t want to lose them before they’re captivated in the form of words.
How long on average does it take you to write a book? If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
I have written my first book and subsequent sequels when I also had my legal practice going. So it was written at convenience and took each book a few months to do so.
The series is a continuation of the true crimes committed by criminals and related to me by Late Inspector Wagle. It has more chilling and strange accounts of some of the crimes committed. You learn of the human traits of both the Police and the criminal. The third book is a comic satire on the system and the actual making of the Cop during the British regime.
I thought that there was so much to be told to the reader but it would not do justice to put the stories in one book. I wanted the reader to go through each story and judge for self. Besides it would make the book cumbersome and unmanageable.. That is when I thought of breaking up the stories into parts and present them as sequels or separate books.
Sounds great! I wish you good luck for all your books coming up in the series. And kindly share with us about reading.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors? For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I always liked the classics from Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Bronte, Harper Lee and so many others but now I veer towards philosophy, Will Durant and spirituality..
I love the paperback version. However in todays world it is sensible to have the digital book which is so convenient to carry. So it all depends who reads, when and where it is
Wow! Great choice and indeed I too prefer paperback. Moving on please share with us about your future projects?
Future projects are to get the other books to the world…and let the world opine – good or bad! Maybe publish my collection of poems and write on a topic close to my heart…which time will tell..
That sounds great Medha,
do publish your compilation of poems and I would be eagerly waiting to read. Writing work involves lots of sitting so how do you work to keep yourself fit and active at this stage of your life. Any special destress technique as writing involves a lot of sitting.
Try to do some yoga asanas, meditation and walks and of course painting! which is like meditation for me.
Thanks Medha again for sharing your thoughts and I wish abundance of success for your future projects.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Here are the links!
Notion press Author page:
Thank you very much Medha, for all the information and taking the time out of your busy schedule and being a part of
‘A living series talk’
I wish you great success and warm regards.
It’s my pleasure talking to you Inderjit. Thank you Inderjit for this wonderful opportunity.
Keep smiling keep shining.
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