K. V. DOMINIC
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- Mention three fun facts that your fans maybe don’t know about you
I do not feel at home in the company of strangers and prefers to be lonely. 2. I have always been a slow coach in writing the examinations and could not complete answering all questions from the school final exam. till M. Phil. 3. I who am a lover of crows, who feed them every day and have written a poem in praise of it, have been hunted by a particular crow in my outings from home and had to use an umbrella to protect my head.
- When did you know that you wanted to become an author?
In 2004 when I started writing poems one after another and got published in our college teachers’ association’s monthly journal College Teacher.
3. How long have you been writing? And what started it?
I have been writing for 12 years now. The immediate cause was the tragic death of my colleague and the demise of my State’s admirable Chief Minister. I wrote two elegies on them in 2004. They are the first two poems of the book K. V. Dominic Essential Readings and Study Guide.
- Who discovered you? (Did you contact publishing houses? How was the process?)
Mr. Sudarshan Kcherry, the great philosopher cum publisher of the renowned Authorspress, New Delhi motivated me. I sent the first book’s draft to him and he was much impressed. Then one after another five collections of poems came from his publishing house.
5. How many books have you published (so far)? And which genre?
I have published 30 books—seven poetry books (five in English and one each in Hindi and Gujarati), and others research books and edited books.
6. What themes appeal to you as a poet?
Social themes such as religious harmony, poverty, corruption, suffering, human cruelty, mafia crime, old age problem of aloofness, misappropriation of money, haves and have-nots, problems of the handicapped, female foeticide, the evil of dowry, disparity, unemployment and neglect of intellect in India, dignity of labour, service unto God, maternity, beauty, elegies on death of human beings and cats, multiculturalism, child labour, problems of women, transgender, philosophical and metaphysical themes, nature and environment, and several other themes.
- What inspires you to write? Which authors have inspired you? (Music, art, things in life?)
Miseries of poor, marginalized and downtrodden people, exploitations, social evils, environment and nature, philosophic musings etc. inspire me to write. The Romantic and Victorian poets, T. S. Eliot, Nissim Ezekiel, Robert Frost, Tagore, R. K. Narayan, Gandhi, Nehru, Jayanta Mahapatra and several others have inspired me.
8. What is the message of your book? How should the reader interpret it?
Love all creations of God-human beings, non human beings and all lifeless objects of this universe. Do harm to none and try your best to protect them.
9. What are you currently reading?
The Buddha and His teachings by Narada Maha Thera
10. Mention 3 book titles that you wish to recommend
The Mahabharata (many books are there in English), A Critical Survey of Indo-English Poetry by T. V. Reddy (New Delhi: Authorspress, 2016), English Poetry in India: A Comprehensive Survey of Trends and Thought Patterns by PCK Prem (New Delhi: Authorspress, 2011).
11. When is your next book going to be published?
By the middle of the year 2017.