First Language(s): Hindi
Second Language(s): English
Samiksha Tulika Ransom is an Indian poet who believes that more than anything else, writing is exploration. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Colorism Healing Writing Contest 2020 anthology, Tint Journal, Verse of Silence, The Open Culture Collective and The Woman Inc. Samiksha is the Managing Editor for All Ears magazine. She is on Instagram as @samiksha_ransom.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I had so many favorite books as a kid that it’s now hard to pick a single one! But I guess, the Nancy Drew series ghostwritten by the pseudonymous Carolyn Keene was definitely my all-time favorite as an adolescent and teenager. Nancy being the smart, intelligent girl that she was, I was very inspired by her.
Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
I was always fond of reading and that spurred me to try my hand at writing stories and novels, even as a kid. After finishing school, I started writing poetry casually, just to express myself and find a safe place. But I guess, the water-shed in my writing journey happened about 7 months back, when I started to explore and hone the craft. Today, writing is that place where I do not have to be anybody else other than my rawest self, whether good, bad or ugly. When I’m writing, I’m just a writer. I don’t have to answer to anybody or prove anything. I can have fun, make mistakes as well as explore whatever is in my head consciously or subconsciously. I can make discoveries, play with words, form stories; basically, do anything.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
I get my adrenaline rush from writing because it is an act of creation. The art of using words skillfully and the impact that they can have, fascinates me. Oh and, getting published at Tint Journal was also pretty thrilling!
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
Listening to music while I’m reading or writing is not an absolute necessity for me because music does not really impact my writing or inspire it. But yes, I have a playlist that I listen to sometimes. I mostly go for instrumental music (violin or piano, specifically) because I find it relaxing and there aren’t any words, which helps me think and focus on my writing or reading better.
For such a time as this
Issue Fall '21
A World of One’s Own: A Review of Yiyun Li’s "The Book of Goose"
January 8th, 2024