Interview: Sachin Babu

Today we’re joined by Sachin Babu. Sachin is a phenomenal author from Southern India. He writes a variety of things including poems, short stories, anecdotes, and quotes. Sachin is also a fellow fan of Edgar Allan Poe (YAY!) as well as a number of other authors. He has a site where he posts a lot of his poetry. It’s clear that Sachin is a dedicated and talented writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I am a writer. I write poems, short stories, quotes,
anecdotes and many more. Writing has always been my passion; it inspires me to
be a better human being than I was yesterday. I usually write stuff I feel at
that particular point of time, for example, if I am feeling happy, I write a
happy poem, if I am feeling sad, I write a sad one. I also love to read stuff
that others have written; it helps me gain a new perspective on that particular
aspect. To be honest I feel my day is incomplete if I don’t write anything at
the end of the day. For me writing is like a drug ecstasy and I am addicted to
it.    

What inspires you?

Basically, my feelings inspire me the most. I am an
introvert and writing is just a way to express what I actually am. In fact, the
randomness of life is what inspires me the most. We all have highs and lows in
the life, happy moments and sad moments, we have days where we are full of
energy and positive aura and few days we just feel tired, what I believe is we
should embrace all of that because that is what makes life adventurous. Finally
I have only one thing to say, embrace your feelings, they will inspire you to
achieve miracles.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

Before writing poetry I used to read a lot of books. Sylvia
Plath, Maya Angelou, Edgar Allan Poe were one of my favorites, they got me
interested in writing poetry. J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King etc
got me interested in writing stories. As a kid I had a very good imagination,
and once I was into my teens I decided to write and since then I never looked
back. I also feel my family and my teachers had a great influence on me. My
family appreciated art since the beginning and my teachers guided me in the
right path.    

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I usually follow a strict rhyme pattern in my poems unlike
the modern poetry where people love free-styling. I also add my name ‘Sachin B’
at the end of poems and stories I write.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

My advice is very simple, ‘go with your gut.’ Nothing and no
one should stop you to do the things you’ve always wanted to do, just believe
yourself, work hard, love what you do and most importantly do not think of the
outcome, everything will fall in its place eventually. Try to live an
adventurous life.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify myself as a demisexual.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I don’t consider it as a prejudice but people are definitely
ignorant about aces in every field. They just don’t seem to accept what we are
for some reason. In my field whenever I have written something about
asexuality, people just take offence, as if it’s some sort of sin but that
didn’t stop me from doing so, I have written a poem on asexuality recently and
I’ll keep writing, no matter what people have to say, I just don’t care, I
ignore them.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Asexuality is no stranger to misconceptions; I’ve
encountered many misconceptions about it. The most common ones are that
asexuality is just a phase or is a sin. People even think that person who identify as asexual can’t be in relationships.
Asexual are prudes and are afraid of sex is one misconception. The funniest one
by far is asexual can reproduce themselves.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

I only say our orientation is valid. Asexuality is not a
phase, not a sin, and you are definitely not confused. Stay true to what you
are, they are many people like you, there’s nothing wrong with it. And most
importantly do not afraid to fall in love, have a relationship, if sex without
love is valid then love without sex is too. Be proud to be an asexual.    

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

You can find out more about my work on Tumblr, I have a blog
where is post almost everything I write. The blog is called at iam-pentastic.

Thank you, Sachin, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.