Meet Aditya Bafna: Student-Musician-Writer, The Young Talent To Watch Out For

Our team-member Prem caught up with Aditya Bafna, one of the earliest and youngest writers we have on YourQuote and unravelled his life story and how languages and music play an important role in his life.

Aditya Bafna (on the right) with his Dad.

Hi Bafna! :) Tell us -YQians-, about yourself in 250 words — Imagine writing a tiny autobiography on YQ.

Born on 14th September 1997, I'm 19 and still young enough to learn and experience more from the people I see and meet. My name 'Aditya' means "rays of the sunlight" and like the rays of sunlight reaches every nook and corner of the world, I want to be known to everyone, not for the money, but for the work I do. I'm a Marwari but I was born in Tenali, raised in Coimbatore and I'm studying B.com at HLIC, Ahmedabad.

My family has always been my support system and my dad has always supported me in everything I wanted to do and he always keeps pushing me by telling me, "until and otherwise if you are not happy with what you do, you can't make your family happy , so first be happy yourself." These words by him inspire me everyday in doing what I want to do and love to do.

Music has played a vital role in my life. I've been learning tabla since 2006. Being from a Marwari family with a long legacy in business since many decades, now I am being looked upon for taking over the legacy forward. But I don't want to do that. I want to do something on my own. I want to re-pay my parents by making them proud for all the sacrifices they made. I'm a language lover, I know roughly about 9 or 10 languages and I love travelling Alone (it's awkward but yes, I need my own time).

What started you with writing?

Interesting. All thanks to my school teachers for making me realize that I could write. As part of the curriculum in 10th standard, there was an activity in English course where there were steps and examples on how to write a poem (every school ignored to have this activity only because it was just of no use to yield marks!). I thank my teacher, Mrs. Sandhya who conducted it and asked everyone to write a poem about anything. My first ever poem was about my dad, my hero. So that's how I started to write. I was appreciated for my first poem everywhere, that motivated me to write on and on, and that's how a writer in me was born.

Who are your major influences?

My grandfather has been one of my greatest influences. He is a man of wit, courage and strength. He used to participate in dramas in his school days (even now he remembers those dialogues). He has written a lot of poetry. Whenever I talk to him, or whosoever talks to him, my grandfather replies in response would be witty and funny poetic lines. I've learnt a lot from him. My mom has also been one of my greatest motivators. Se used to push me to write and she used to give me suggestions on topics to write on. These two people influenced me the most.

What writer do you detest? :P

I don't detest anyone. Every writer has his/her own style of writing. If you still ask me this, it'd be Chetan Bhagat because I don't know why he is still alive! I'm fed up of people buying his shitty love stories and overrating him. There are many writers who write sensible and better things and they are still underrated. This is India, people buy senseless and stupid shit. People entertain love stories and heart breaks more here. In India, you can't compete books on love story with sensible books on start-ups and the likes.

What is the most fulfilling thing about writing? How seriously do you take your writing?

I am able to put down all my thoughts while I write. I'm happy that I'm able to express. My words are a photocopy of my thoughts and that's the most satisfying thing as a writer to me. As a writer, I take my writing seriously irrespective of where I am. Mostly, I write on a bench, with my headphones on, listening to music (mostly Coldplay) and while sipping tea. There were times where I had (happens even now) suddenly woke up in the middle of the night and started writing! No matter where I am or whoever I'm surrounded with, when I feel like writing, I don't pay attention to anything except my writings.

Which books do you read and who are your favorite authors?

I've read many shitty love stories by Chetan Bhagat, Durjoy Dutta etc. But now, the books that I mostly read are about motivation, autobiographies or biographies, stories of successful businessmen; because somewhere down the line in my life I want to enter into Business. So reading love stories and all is just a waste of time. I've read, 'You can win' by Shiv Khera, Business Maharajas by Gita Piramal, Against all Odds by A G Krishnamurthy, The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick, The Game Changers by Yuvnesh Modi, Rahul Kumar and Alok Kothari (written by this trio). I read inspirational books and stories a lot. I have no such writer who I can call favorite. I just read what I find inspirational.

What's the story behind your pen name - The Geeky Pen?

I came up with the Pen name "The Geeky Pen" just like that. Geeky also means obsessed with a hobby or something intellectual, and so I kept it. It defines me perfectly, and hence the pen name.

So we have a musician here! Wow! Whom do you follow? Do you have a band? Do you give concerts?

Yes, I've been connected with music since December 2006. I thank my parents for introducing me to music. My parents could have gifted me a guitar or a keyboard (because that's what catches people's attention more and are more in trend now), but they handed me the tabla. They always wanted me to learn different things and so I started learning tabla. I follow Zakir Hussain. Talking about tabla, he is magical, down to earth. I also follow many bands and singers. I wish I had a band, but until now, I haven't met the perfect people to have a band with, but someday, I will. I don't give concerts, but I have performed on stages many times. I was awarded with 'District no. 3 in percussion instruments' when I was in school. I love performing and I love playing tabla whenever I need inner peace.

And what!? Have I read it right: 9-10 languages!? A polyglot you are! Which all languages do you know? How did you learn, by chance or by choice?

Yes, you heard it right! I'm quite enthusiastic about learning new languages. I know Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Kathiyawadi, Hindi, Marwari (all slangs present), English of course, I've learnt Chinese at my college, I can understand and manage Haryanvi, Punjabi, and a bit of Bengali. I've always wanted to learn as many languages as I can. 50% of languages I know are by chance, the rest are by choice. I love meeting new people and travelling. I have friends from different places with different mother tongues, and that's how I learn languages.

A curious one, what drives you to be on your own when you have your family business at hand?

This is the question that everyone asks me when I tell that I don't want to sit idle and carry on the legacy and the name of my family's firm that my grandfather, father and my uncle strive hard to build. I want to make my own identity among people, mostly I only care about the happiness that I wish to give to my parents if I am successful enough to do what I love. I want to struggle, fight, and stand up and build my family's name. As I said, my parents support me in doing what I love. Money is secondary for them, how rich you are in terms of happiness is all what they care about. And that is why, I want to be on my own, and not live a lazy life.

How did you come to know about YourQuote?

YourQuote has been a blessing to me. I came to know about when Harsh posted about it on his FB wall. As soon as I saw his post, I joined YourQuote, the very first day it was live - 29th August 2016. I know Harsh from Whereabout, which I downloaded from PlayStore, just to see what it was about.

What hooks you to YourQuote?

People here are like family, and they don't judge me on whatever I write. I pour all my feelings in the posts I write on YourQuote. The idea behind YourQuote is beautiful and being a part of this is amazing. The wallpapers on YQ are amazing. People here are so encouraging and my day is almost occupied in reading and writing on YQ now.

How different do you find YourQuote from any other writing platform?

As I said, people don't judge you here for what you are and that's why YourQuote is different from other writing applications. I don't write anywhere else now, because I find YourQuote the best place to express one feelings.

Tell us the most amazing story of your life.

The most amazing story of my life has been my travelling in the summer of 2015, where I traveled to almost 6 states and 15 different places. I didn't care about the people, I just lived in the moment. I just wanted some time off people and the wicked society and discover myself and discover the place where I want to be. My trip to Camp splendor (an hour or 2 away from Coimbatore) was amazing. At this time, I realized how silent, beautiful, vast, this world and its beauty is. I loved being there and enjoy the nature. In fact, I've learnt many things in its silence. I've learnt so much from people I came across in my life. I'd call my life as the best story I've ever had till now. I've had highs, I've had lows, but nothing to complain and regret about, I love what I am. I love helping people, I have a soft corner for disabled people. I teach poor kids in the evening hours of my day. We call it, 'The Evening Gurukul'. It is on pause since few months because of exams, and everyone being busy with their own lives. I'm glad that Shashank (the guy who started this school) let me join in the initial days of TEG (thank you for this amazing feeling).

If there is a novel based on your life, what would it be called?

If there is a novel based on my life, it would be called as "The quirky human" just because I'm different, peculiar, and विचित्र :D or "The Clinomaniac" because I'm obsessed with sleeping :P

Who are your favorite writers on YourQuote?

My favourite writers on YQ, the list is quite long - Harsh Snehanshu, Vaishnavi Ghongade, Sourabh (Agyani baba), Parag Khara, Prem Kumar Chanda, Sneha Dewani, Tanisha Rajput, Anuup ji (A.AG), Pritesh Sharma, Supriya Mishra, Oindrila Majumdar, Ayushi Sonkar, Saachi Hedge, Nikitha Pandey, Mayanka Dadu, Shubhi Khare, Satish Chandra, Prasoon Vyas, Jehan, Richa Chaturvedi and Aishwarya (Shourya).

How has your study impacted your writing style?

I mostly get inspired by nature, people and my real life incidents for writing. So my studies have not impacted much on my writing style.

Where do you get your story ideas from?

They are just real life experiences that I present in the way I love, or I would say, it is just my thoughts that I pour. There are people who have always inspired me by their words and their deeds. My Business Mathematics teacher - Mr. Chandru has been one of the inspirations because the way he played with words was so amazing that I always was surprised. My dad, my Hindi teacher (Mrs. Banumathi), my mom, there are too many to mention.

What is the most important thing for you in a story?

A story is like presenting yourself in words. So for me, the most important thing is to be myself and not to fake my thoughts. Unless one understands the importance of being oneself, they cannot master the art of writing. The way a writer presents his story is also very important, not just the usage of high vocabulary. I believe that if a story is simple and to the point, it connects everyone. I try to connect everyone with as simple as I can get with words. Imagination and the power of thinking also plays an important role to have a story well written.

Which book do you wish you had written?

I wish I had written the book - "You can win" by Shiv Khera". The book is so motivating. I wish I could have motivated people like Mr. Khera does in that book.

If there's one thing that you'd want to change about your writing, what would it be?

I'd not change anything in my writing. Whatever I'm known for is for what I've written. I'm happy with whatever I have. I'd though wish to get as simple as I can so that I can reach out to as many people as I can.

What has been the greatest personal discovery for you?

My greatest personal discovery has been when I found my ability to write and also when I found how much I love travelling solo. So one day I'm going to pack my bags and disconnect myself from the civilization for a year or two and just discover myself and come back again, stronger and the best story I can write on and the best story everyone can read about - because there is nothing less than best about travelling and peace.

What is your favorite possession? Share a picture and add 3-4 lines.

Tabla has been one of my most important and favorite possessions. It has been with me in times of depression, happiness, and all my journey with music.

Here are some of Aditya’s best quotes. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Read more quotes by Aditya here: http://yourquote.in/aditya-bafna-b85/quotes/

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