Of Myriad Paths (Author Interview)

Of Myriad Paths looks like a fantastic collection of poems to help people through hard times. How long did it take you to write it?   

Thank you for your compliments. I wrote those poems over the past 3 years. It took me about 18 months to write those poems and another 12 months to edit them and finally about 6 months to shape them in a book format.
As a full-time doctor, I couldn’t do it faster even though I had wanted to.

What will readers get out of your book?   
There is enough in this book for everyone to relate to. The book touches upon a variety of human conditions that we as humans are at risk of or facing already. The challenges range from trauma, old age, addiction, accidents, isolation, human traffic, hate, poverty and racism. The book raises awareness and brings empathy in people to create a sense of shared destiny and common humanity. The characters are strong and one would think of late autumn leaves clinging to the rare branches in spite of all odds against their survival.

What inspired you when writing Of Myriad Paths?   
The poems are all based on real cases I have come across personally in my practice of medicine or my travels across the world. I have tried my best to give depth and dimension to the characters. My poems have been complemented by the beautiful illustrations by my illustrator. If you open the book, you will not let it down until you’ve seen the portraits of all these hard and resolute characters.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I have been writing poems from a very early age in Urdu/Hindi language since my mother was a poet and lyricist as well as a vocalist. I began experimenting in writing in the English language in my late teens and early 20s. I am most happy when I am writing so it was not a career decision for me. I am a doctor for my patients and that will never change. At the same time writing gives me a sense of deep satisfaction and opportunity to share that meaning with people.

When writing Of Myriad Paths did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

The biggest challenge was for me to capture the pace of drama in these poems. Poetry has rules that one needs to follow even though the field has evolved over time, it is challenging. The poetry in Urdu that I was accustomed to writing in, has several different sets of rules. Nonetheless, it came out beautifully in the end. The other challenge was to get the illustrations to depict the right emotions so they evoke expected feelings from the readers. I think my illustrator Antonija Marinic understood my directions well and did a fabulous job.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Like I said earlier, my work as a doctor is quite consuming for me and any time left between writing and doctoring is due to my daughters, my wife and my aging parents. My poem ‘headphones’ is based on the dementia symptoms of my mother.

Where can readers learn more about you and your books?

I do write blogs on goodreads.com under Saal’s corner in my author’s page

You can visit me on facebook author’s page

You can also visit me at Amazon Author Central

You can get my book at kindle store ebooks or paperback at

And of course my email exclusive for my readers is:

Are you planning on writing any more books?

Absolutely! Stay tuned for more. Although I must warn the readers that the genre may change. For the foreseeable future I will continue to write poetry.