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Chillibreeze Interview with Sukanya Samy
Sukanya is a marketing professional but likes to dabble in a lot of hobbies and interests, some of which include adventure sports, writing, art, crafts and traveling. She loves to read and watching movies is one of her favorite pastimes. She loves animals, especially dogs and cats and thinks they are the most loving creatures.
1. Congratulations! How does it feel to be one of the top 3 winners of the Chillibreeze 2nd Quarter Article Writing Contest? Did you expect this to happen?
2. How did you learn about Chillibreeze? Tell us a bit about the sample article you wrote for us.
I heard about Chillibreeze from a friend and decided to try it as I think I express myself better through writing. The topic I chose was about how Indian fiction writers are not able to make a global mark and what needs to change.
3. What are you currently reading? Any comments on books that you especially remember?
I have been reading Nick Hornby for the last 2 months or so - A long way down, High Fidelity, Fever Pitch, About a boy (the famous Hugh Grant movie as well )and they are absolute page turners. Being a Briton, I think sarcastic humor is inbuilt in him and that shows in his writing as well. He writes about relationships mostly and how there are shades of grey in every relationship that a person has. There are relationships that work and those that don’t - not because of lack of love or money or security but because the human mind over-thinks and is convoluted. Life is not all hunky dory and that’s the reality that comes out in his books - the daily struggles, the spirit of the human soul that fights with whatever situation it is in.
Another book that I read as a young adult and have read many times over is Pappilon by Henry Charrière. It’s a memoir of a convicted felon who escapes from one of the most brutal prisons - it’s a great adventure spanning many years and if one likes to read about prison stories this is a top pick.
4. What do you think of Indian authors and their work?
My opinion on Indian authors is pretty much what I have captured in my article - there are a few innovative writers but too few in a country of a billion people. We need untold stories told in innovative ways and not just run-of-the-mill stories.
5. You like to sketch/paint. What do you potray in your pictures? What medium do you use?
Well I am more of a re-creator than an imaginative amateur artist – I mostly sketch with pencil or coal and do a lot of scenic portrayals.
6. Quilling seems to be a major thing now because of the scope it offers for recycling paper. Can you tell us more about this new hobby that you have started with? Do you have to learn how to do it at a formal class or can it be pursued from home?
Oh it can be learnt at home – the internet is a great place to start. There are so many videos and blogs that tell you how to go about it. You just need to get a kit and get started. One of my friends introduced me to it just about 6-7 months ago and I have been hooked ever since.
7. Can you share a bit about the history of this art form?
It started a few centuries ago when women created this art form. It then spread to America and has taken new forms - 3D quilling etc. It has resurged now as a popular hobby maybe due to its inexpensive nature.
8. Do you quill only with used paper or do you sometimes need fresh paper?
Unfortunately the paper that you get in the market is fresh paper – if you have the patience and the tools, you can buy sheets of recycled paper and cut it into strips to get started.
9. You participate in runs…are these for a purpose or is it just for the love of running? How does it feel to complete a run successfully?
I actually hate running I think it’s the most boring form of exercise. But for me running is about endurance. I couldn’t run even 1 km continuously because of lack of stamina – but with practice and will power I have, and am trying to increase this. I have successfully completed a 5 km run and now I am participating in a 10 km run. These are for causes and not for my love of running!
10. What else do you write about? Do you write for your company?
I like to write about different issues that are prominent today. I wish I could write humor but it is something that very few people can do. I have participated in a few story writing competitions for my company.
11. You have rich experience in dealing with clients and customer profiling. Any tips for our readers on how to deal with clients?
I think it is important to take into account finer details of culture and language. Read about the country, the people and characteristics before starting off. That can take you a long way in making a connection.
12. Anything else you would like to tell us? Something surprising?
Well nothing surprising… I am sure many people have done it. White water rafting and bungee jumping in Rishikesh were the best experiences of my life.
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