A renowned blogger and a lover of…words, Kunal Dhabalia is a software professional who enjoys traveling and capturing images for life.
Here’s a quick interview with him.
Where do you draw inspiration from? Any author/book that has had the most impact on your or your writing?
My inspiration for writing can be anybody. Most of my stories have been the result of traffic jams. When ever I’m stuck in crawling traffic, my thoughts would veer to what could be the story of the guy driving the bike next to me. Sometimes I think of the start, at times I think of how the story should end, and from there the complete story develops.
Share your experience of writing “Love All” and getting featured in Urban Shots.
Getting featured in ‘Urban Shots‘ was a scintillating experience. I had been a short story writer for some time, and although I was getting good feedback from the readers I did not have a good reach. That is where Ahmed stepped in and asked me to write a short story for ‘Urban Shots’. Writing “Love All” and “Driving down the Memory Lane” was an interesting experience. I wrote the stories in 3-4 days but the editing took at least double the time. And it is very difficult to edit your own writing. Multiple re-readings and editing sessions later I finally felt that the stories were finished product.
If you had to choose one short story from Urban Shots, which one would it be and why?
‘Stick Figures’ by Vrinda Baliga. It has been told from a kid’s perspective and even then it is a very powerful read which is something quite hard to achieve. Vrinda has captured the emotions flawlessly.
Another anthology of short stories based on school & college life by Grey Oak Publications is already out – ‘Down the Road’. I’ve contributed a short-story in it – ‘The Accidental Author’. Apart from this I’ve been working on few more short stories for further publications. And all other random writings happen on my blog.
Many bloggers nowadays end up sequencing their blogs and getting them published. Or maybe make a full fledged story out of their experiences to get them published. What is your take on this shifting scenario where bloggers are taking their work offline to reach more people?
It is good in a sense – you reach a much wider audience. Although there is a chance, that a few of them would not enjoy the writing at all. The biggest advantage with a blog is that one has a very targeted audience. The blogger has already built a reputation, has a style of writing, the readers expect something of him/her – all of these things go for a toss as soon as the blogger reaches the offline audience. But if the writing is good enough, these things do not matter. What matters is that the writer has made an impression, and expanded his horizons.
Your idea of a vacation would include…?
Some place where I am completely cut off from the world No internet connection, no cell-phone towers – no external factors to distract me from spending a good time with my family.