Secrets from the Lair by Tanjina Ashraf Khan Mou is a collection of poems that remain awe-inspiring that cover varied aspect of life and other random thoughts. A beautiful impactful read awaits your time.
While in conversation with Bookalicious Sapien, Tanjina Ashraf Khan Mou talked about her book, shared snippets from her journey, her thoughts and many more.
Check out the interview here.
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Tanjina Khan and I am a mental health professional, a writer, an entrepreneur and CEO & founder of MentCouch Psychology Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After spending most part of my life being an ideal daughter, ideal student and building a career, I felt it was time for me to shift my focus and energy towards my passion of writing. I simply have a passion for creating beautiful things and expressing my deepest thoughts in creative ways. Poetry and writing is that medium for me.
- When did you start writing?
I started writing at a very young age and it feel that it has been my medium of self-expression since as long as I can remember. Most of the poems in the book “Secrets From The Lair” were written in my early teen years.
- What are the important elements of writing, according to you?
I think the most important element of any good writing is “purpose”. Other than that spelling, grammar, punctuation and word choice are the basics.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to become an author and write a book?
It was only during pandemic and lockdown scenario last year that I sort of wanted to talk about the poems that I had written as a child and finally share it with the world. There were times when I felt really voiceless and powerless as a kid and I felt really isolated even though I had a good number of friends back in school. Eventually I ended finding my power and voice through writing. Then, in 2020, I decided I was going to write a book. So it was very much the combination of my childhood isolation and the pandemic isolation that triggered my to share my poems in the form of a simple book.
- Could you please provide insight into your beautiful book?
It is a small collection of poems that I had written over the years most of them in my teen years. The poems are simple yet they call the readers to dig deeply within the words and Discover a message through them. Stories of life, loss,hope, wonder and freedoms live within menu of my worms contain reference from my life in a hidden form and one needs to Del a little deeper to unlock the secrets within them. I had put a lot of myself into these pieces of literature. The clues are there you need only uncover them.
- Do you read books? If yes, then which genres of books you admire the most? I enjoy reading about science, self-growth and poetry. There are times when I read short romantic novels and a few comics
- What are your favourite authors and poets?
Robert Frost definitely! The poetry of Robert Frost is of immense beauty. Almost all of them are about life and I admire how do you sleep the lines in the nature’s element . Through nature he gives us importing messages about life and the days brilliant!
I also admire Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry. I think the fact that he talks about love in so many different metaphors is so very interesting and also very positive.
It sort of strikes a chord with us readers because we have all loved and lost and loved again. He is clearly intelligent and a wordsmith but uses relatively simple language which makes him somewhat universally accessible.
My all time favourite author would be Charles Dickens, simply because he wrote from the heart.
- Who’s your constant support throughout your writing journey and do you look up to someone?
There is this one special friend in my life that thoroughly enjoys all my writings and is a regular reader of all my blog posts. That friend has been a genuine support throughout.
- How does it feel to see your name on a book?
It feels as if though I have achieved something. It indeed is a moment of little joy, a little pride and a bit of nervousness.
- What’s your take on contemporary writers and their fashion of writing?
Writing in itself has changed over the years, there is more freedom in the sense that you can write about anything now. I am no expert in this filed but I do feel that modern writing seems adamant on challenging that which we call “style” or “fashion” of writing. Every individual follows their own style of writing in today’s world.
- According to you, How much of importance does book promotion hold?
It is quite important since we spend so much time writing and when it comes to familiarizing the world with our work, we do so little. None of this matters though if you don’t put yourself out there. Be available for readings, live talks, features, visits, bookclubs, workshops, and more. Don’t wait for someone to offer you a reading — ask, or contact a local library or coffee house or bar or bookstore and host one yourself. Send out invitations announcing your book launch to everyone in your network. Throw yourself a party. Writing and publishing is hard work. You deserve it!
- How do you manage your personal& professional life along with the writing passion?
I love writing and I write whenever I get the chance to. As a kid, I would spend hours and hours everyday writing my diary, poems, essays, taking quizzes etc. Nowadays, I hardly get the time and lack energy but I still write every week as it is my favourite “me time” activity. Sometimes it’s about taking a break from technology, messages and just “being” and doing what you love doing.
- What’s your thoughts on reading? How much does reading impact your life ?
I have been a steady reader since my childhood. I think that reading a lot have contributed to my overall perception of things, and enabled me great empathy by seeing things from more than one side. At the same time it has helped me clarify what I am about, and who I am. Reading also gives me hope that there is still good in this world just like they say in the books and it gives me hope that there are good people in this world just like the characters in a book. It definitely helps me to strengthen my vocabulary in both Bengali and English and last but not the least, it gives me both knowledge and pleasure.
- What are your future plans? Are there new surprises stored for our readers?
Well, everything in life is writable and I just might write a book again!
//We wish Author Tanjina Ashraf Khan Mou all the best for her future endeavours//
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