Sanjay Pursnani

My name is Sanjay Pursnani. People close to me call me by name Sanju. I have been an educator for past 24 years and have been always motivating my students to make this earth a better place to live in, by living economically and ecologically. I am a great lover of books and like to read poetry, fiction, philosophy, religion. Reading gives me immense pleasure and inner satisfaction. Apart from reading, I like to listen to old Hindi songs and Ghazals. Poetry just happened to me when I was in the college; my first Hindi Poem was published in the college magazine. After that, I wrote in Hindi as well as English and got my poems published in magazines. Apart from poetry, I write short articles also.

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Three things people don’t know about you?

I am great lover of nature. I am very soft-hearted and emotional. I am a great foodie.

What’s your greatest fear?

A painful death

What is your greatest achievement?

Getting my book published

High point of your life?

After living in rented house for more than twenty years, getting our own house and having my personal space in it.

Low point of your life

When someone conspired against me and mentally tortured me to the verge of death.

Which living person do you most admire?

Bill Gates, Ratan Tata, Aishwarya Rai, Arnab Goswami, Deep Trivedi, Shi Cheng Yen

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Antony in Julius Caesar,

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Brutus in Julius Caesar,

Who are your favorite authors?

William Shakespeare, Rabindranath Tagore, Munshi Premchand, Kahlil Gibran, Arthur Conan Doyle, O. Henry, R.K. Narayan

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Secret-by Rhonda Byrnes, The Serene Flame-by Makarand Paranjape, Lover’s Gift- Rabindranath Tagore, The Prophet- Kahlil Gibran, Madhushala- Harivansh Rai Bacchaan

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Serene Flame- Makarand Paranjape, The Prophet- Kahlil Gibran, Love & Meditation- By Osho

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Kagaj Ke Phool- Gurudutt, Bandini- Nutan, Pyasa- Gurudutt, Aanand- Rajesh Khannam, Haqeeqat- Priya Rajvansh, Laila- Majnu- Ranjeeta, Rishi Kapoor

One Superpower you wish you had?

I would like to have a superpower that could help me in establishing peace and harmony in the whole universe.

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

And I still love you… and will carry forward it to my next life.

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?

I would like to be in the period when Lord Krishna lived in Gokul and Vrindavan.

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

I would like to acquire talent of painting/playing musical instrument.

Which book you wish you had written ?

I wish I had written Malgudi Days.

When and where do you write ?

I don’t write with a planning, whenever some thoughts flutter in the mind I write them down and then rewrite/edit them.

Silence or music?

Music

One phrase that you use most often?

This is really superb.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

None

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Reading erotic poems of E.E. Cummings.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Keep on writing contents of your heart.

Sanjay Pursnani is an educator and has been teaching for the last 23 years. He started teaching right after completing his B.Sc. in the year 1992. Later, in 1996, he finished his B.Ed., followed by an M.A. in English Literature. Sanjay has a passion for teaching English and has worked in both Gujarat State Board and CBSE schools. Poetry happened to him in college; his first Hindi poem was published in the college magazine. After that, he continued writing in Hindi as well as in English and his poems appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Popley’s Monthly Magazine from Mumbai, The Teenager, The Times of India [NiE]-School Edition. Apart from poetry, Sanjay has written short opinion pieces on issues of public concern in The Times of India [Ahmedabad Edition]. He has also taken part in poetry recitation at Nirma University for two consecutive years. While writing has become his utmost passion, he continues to teach his students with zeal and vigour.

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