It’s Yamini’s father who instilled a love for reading and the world of books in her. Most of her earliest birthday presents were a range of storybooks. “After reading each book he would insist that I write a review on it, and thus my tryst with writing began. I would often write sequels to my favourite books too,” says 16-year-old Yamini.
Her fourth book, ‘Beyond the Sunshine is an anthology comprising 54 poems that she has written over the past few years. The book has been divided into six themes, some of them being: optimism, hope, nature, fear, and reality.
“The book not only explores sides of my personality that haven’t been visible before but is also my debut in the world of poems. My previous three books were works of fiction in prose form,” mentions Yamini about her book published by Authorspress India.
Talking about inspiration, the class 12 student of Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mylapore, says, “Poetry is something that comes to me much more readily when compared to any other style of writing. The inspiration for these poemscame from my own personal life and experiences I’ve had (on a day-to-day basis, or even while travelling); and observations I’ve managed to make about the world around me. I did not actively or consciously choose these topics, though. It so happens, that most of my best work revolved around them, possibly due to my personal connection with them.
On several occasions, I wrote these poems in order to cope with my own emotions, or rather as an outlet.” Her writing process is very different from what she has been told is the norm. “I do not have a specific time frame within which I write each day, nor am I regular.
I find that I do my best work when left to my own devices, and I write whenever I feel as though I have something to say, which, lucky for me, is quite often. Every time I have an idea, I just pull up my yellow book or my laptop and begin writing the poem, with no idea of how it’s going to end, and somehow, so far I’ve never been at a loss for words,” she says.
She says that writing hasn’t interfered with her school work so far and it has been a brilliant stress-buster and coping mechanism for her to express feelings in a productive and responsible way. “My friends and teachers at the school have always been incredibly supportive of anything that I’ve done.
In fact, my friends helped me organise my first book launch, and have been at every single one since then.” She has several favourite authors and no list could do justice to them. “Some of them, however, are Enid Blyton (I owe her my entire childhood), Ruskin Bond, J K Rowling, Dan Brown, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Shakespeare and Eva Ibbotson. I don’t follow a particular writing style, but some of my themes for my earlier books were Ruskin Bond and Enid Blyton inspired,” sums up the young author.