Samiksha Rungta

Author, Studying Fashion at LCF (London), Artist, Dancer, Painter, Dog Lover, Vivid Reader

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Sun Sign

Scorpio

Three things people don’t know about you?

I am scared of cats, I don't know how to make tea, I want to colour my hair lilac

What’s your greatest fear?

I have a fear of heights and a fear of losing people from my life.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is the fact that from studying in a boarding school (Welham Girls' School) to going to college at London College of Fashion, I have achieved both these big milestones that I had planned for myself and now the book as well.

High point of your life?

The high point in my life was when I got accepted to London College of Fashion which is currently the the No 1 in best fashion schools of the world. It had always been my dream college and getting accepted in it gave me immense happiness.

Low point of your life

The lowest point in my life was when I discovered that I was suffering from severe anxiety issues and I had a lot of trouble trying to cope with them which used to stress me out from time to time but writing has been a great help.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Billie Eilish and Barack Obama a lot.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

My favourite fictional hero is Spiderman.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

My favourite fictional villain is Joker.

Who are your favorite authors?

My favourite authors are- Khalid Hosseini, Christopher Poindexter Rupi Kaur, Paulo Coelho, Roald Dahl, Megha Rao, R. M. Drake, Tyler Knott Gregson.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khalid Hosseini); Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur); The Fault in Our Stars (John Green); Girl, Interrupted (Susanna Kaysen); Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie).

Is there a book you love to reread?

Empty Bottles Full of Stories by R. M. Drake; The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Shutter Island; Love, Simon; 3 Idiots; Gully Boy; Dunkirk

One Superpower you wish you had?

I wish I had the superpower to read minds

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

"Love with your eyes open, heart full and mind closed. Grieve with your eyes closed, heart empty and mind open."

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

If I had a time machine to go back in time, I would go back to the 19th Century, which was the post-impressionalist period and I would go back to Paris, Venice or Vienna. I would choose this because it would be beautiful to see the birth of Renaissance, painters like Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and my personal favourite Vincent Van Gogh make beautiful art works and I would learn so much.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

One talent that I have always wanted to acquire and still want to is to know how to sing and the second one is to know how to do the dance form Bachata.

Which book you wish you had written ?

One book that I wish I had written is 'A Walk to Remember' by Nicholas Sparks.

When and where do you write ?

I write in a couple of places. I love to write on my desk, or while lying down on my bed and sometimes in the sunlight in the balcony. I write when I am feeling very heavy and anxious and I need my emotions to stop overpowering me. Writing gives them a passage out of my mind, easing it a lot.

Silence or music?

Music

One phrase that you use most often?

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore, is winged Cupid painted blind. - William Shakespeare

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I don't really have a writing superstition but I do have a writing ritual. I cannot write without listening to some music in the background. I listen to the kind of music that reflects my mood at that time and that greatly helps and impacts my writing in a very positive way.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

My guilty pleasure would be reading romantic-comedies which have a gripping plot and emotional turnovers but a happy ending.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

"The only advice I would like to give is the one I followed when I started writing- Never stop believing in what you write. If you have faith in what you have written, then every power on this earth will go on to show how beautiful your writing is. If you have faith in it, every person will love and appreciate it just as much."

I, Samiksha Rungta, am 19 years old and live in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. I am currently a student at the London College of Fashion (UAL) and aspire to become a successful part of the Fashion Industry in the Business Sector someday. I acquired my previous academic qualifications from Welham Girls' School in Dehradun. I love doing art. I love sketching, drawing and painting a lot. My interest in art led me to discover my love for writing in the process of describing my artwork. When I am not spending time playing with my Golden Retriever, Gucci or any other dog, I write poetry. Though I love dancing and listening to music just as much as I enjoy writing. 'Somewhere I Talk to The Moon' is my debut book of poetry.

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