March 15, 2012, Pune, India: BookChums recently interviewed debutant author Prionka Ray, the author of Sia, a work of fiction that is based on themes such as family, shifting cities and lifestyles. In the interview, the author shares how she uses drama as a tool to make children more confident and what made her stall writing Sia for four years before she once again embarked on the journey to complete the story.
During the interview Ray, this educator, counselor, novelist and blogger shared her vision of harnessing drama for better speech. “A bit of dramatisation can lower people's defenses, a bit of structured playacting can help bring hidden insecurities to the surface and a bit of shared fun can make a friend. Drama in a structured and subtle form can become an effective teaching tool, especially to help the shy and the inhibited,” explained the visionary.
On her blog, Ray puts up several posts on stories of courage, hope and motivation. She says,“I believe that all of us are stronger than we think and whatever be the trouble, we have the capacity to bounce back.”
Ray speaks volumes in admiration of biographies she has come across. “Biographies are real and you know that they happened to someone, somewhere, so you end up believing the most bizarre of the situations and the most remote of possibilities. If the same had happened in a fiction, you would take it with a pinch of salt. The point is- true stories make a believer out of you!” mentions Ray who has especially liked biographies by Aung San Suu Kyi and Richard Branson.
Towards the end of the interview, Ray advices amateur writers, “Write what crosses your mind and don't brood on a thought for too long. If it has flashed in your mind, it needs to be captured. You can change, polish and improve later on,” signs off this positive person.
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