BBAW Interview Swap: Gautami of Everything Distils Into Reading

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that one of my favorite activities is interviewing other bloggers. For this year’s interview swap as part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gautami of Everything Distils Into Reading.

She and I share a love of writing and reading poetry, and I love to check out her poems from time to time, which she posts online for her readers.  She’s very prolific, and wouldn’t it be grand if another blogger were to publish a poetry book, like Sandra of Fresh Ink Books?

Without further ado, here’s my in-depth interview with Gautami:

1. Everything Distils into Reading is not your first book blog, but why did you decide to keep going and how did you come up with the name for the new incarnation?

I lost my blog, My Own Little Reading Room, to malware in April 2009. It was a very big loss. I kind of felt as if something was cut of from my body. I decided the only option was to keep going. My life revolves around books. I am a teacher, so my work too is reading related. That is how the name of my blog came up.

2. How do you determine which blogs to read on a regular basis and how often do you read them?

I have stuck to the old bloggers. I like to read Crime Fiction, Literary Fiction and poetry. So I kind of only read those blogs and a few others which are mix of all. I read via Google Reader!

3. I know you recently went through a reading slump (and may still be), but could you provide readers and bloggers alike with some tips on how to overcome that slump?

My reading slump persists. I am unable to read novels. But I am reading a lot. Scientific papers. Poetry. Global news. Non-fiction. Short pieces hold my interest. I say, do what works best for you!

4. As a writer of poetry, do you keep writing for yourself? Do you submit to magazines (online or print)? And what keeps you inspired?

I write poetry only for myself. I do have a blog, rooted. I write from writing prompts. Never submitted my poetry any where.

5. If you had to choose one book (of poetry or otherwise) from the 2011 publication year to nominate for the Indie Lit Awards in September, what would it be?

I can’t answer that. Mainly because I have not explored. Being an Indian, all those awards don’t have much meaning for me!

Thanks, Gautami, for sharing a bit of yourself and your blog with us.  Feel free to leave a question for Gautami or myself or leave a link to your BBAW interview swap.

Want to check out Gautami’s interview with me, head on over to her blog.

Today’s giveaway is for Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles. You must be a blogger to enter and you must leave your blog address. Open internationally; deadline ends Sept. 16, 2011, at 11:59PM EST.


  1. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books says

    These interview exchanges are one of my favorite features of BBAW – thanks for helping us to get to know Guatami.

  2. I would love to be entered for this, it sounds great! My blog is: http://emrelove.blogspot.com

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  3. I was wondering why the name Gautami sounded familiar until I remembered that Gautami commented in my BTT meme posts a few times. It’s fun meeting other book bloggers I’ve come across before. 🙂

  4. I love Guatami’s blog. Great questions!

  5. I loved reading Gautami’s answers. And those pictures are lovely! Thank you for sharing!

  6. I admit I haven’t read any poetry since school but I admire those that do! Thanks for letting us get to know more about Gautami

  7. I love that you two poetry mavens got paired up for the interview swap :-). And I remember when the malware ate Gautami’s first blog, which is one reason I do try to remember to back mine up (not often enough, though!). She’s been doing this for so long that I’m glad she didn’t let that stop her!

  8. I loved this interview — great questions, and fabulous answers. I can’t imagine losing a blog — how heartbreaking! I appreciate Gautami’s candor about being in a reading slump — that’s hard and disappointing and tricky (especially when one is a book blogger!) — so I hope it passes soon!

  9. Great interview. I love finding new crime books from Gautami’s blog.

  10. Nice interview. How awful to lose a blog to malware! I’m glad Gautami kept going. It must be hard after something like that. And that’s good advice re: reading slumps. Reading something is better than not reading because you don’t feel like you’re able to read what you’re “supposed” to be reading!

  11. Very well done, Serena. Your questions were perfect to get to know more about Gautami. Just like you, I’m a bit disappointed none of my family is curious to know what I write about on my blogs (the fact that I write them in English make it difficult, since we are Italian), none of my friends or colleagues either. Well, I actually avoid publicizing my online activity too much … however, it’s so rewarding to see that perfect strangers from distant places just drop by by chance and read what I write about. It’s something extraordinary to me! Then, I’ve met so many people to share my passions with! It was so sad I didn’t know anyone who liked what I like in my real life. Best wishes for everything in your life! MG

    • I’m glad that you enjoyed the interview. Its funny how families are about blogs and reading. I often wonder why I read so much when most of my family does not.

  12. I “met” Gautami right before she lost her blog and have enjoyed getting to know her over the years.

  13. Hope your reading slump passes. I hate reading slumps myself.
    No need to enter me in the giveaway.

  14. I have vague recollections of that whole incident, and have to give her so much credit for picking herself back up and starting over again. I back up, but probably not enough. I see Gautami around everywhere, so it is great to get to know her a little better!

  15. I’m so glad Gautami didn’t give up after the loss of her first blog. I think we all learned a lesson from it. I’ve enjoyed reading her poetry over the years, and I really enjoyed reading this interview!

    No need to enter me in the giveaway, but I added it to my sidebar for you.

  16. I do the same as Gautami when I go through a reading slump. Nonfiction and shorter pieces, like poetry, can be a godsend when you want to read something but can’t manage to commit to a novel.

  17. Wow, I remember the whole malware thing like it was yesterday! Time flies when you’re blogging, I guess! :–)

  18. I enjoyed your interview of Gautami very much, Serena! I’ve read several of her poems & they are wonderful. I had no idea she lost her first blog. I cannot begin to imagine how awful that must have been. Thank goodness Gautami decide to continue with a nrw blog – whew! I also love that you posted photos, Serena. I didn’t think about that and will remember for next year.

    Please enter me in your giveaway, too. This book intrigues me & is on my tbr list!


  19. Well, I am ARIES. I don’t give up on anything. EVER! So staring a new book blog was a natural progression for me. My book blogger friends were very supportive of me. They helped me by getting around the word about my new blog. I would say GOOGLE READER rocks! I retrieved all my previous post on that other blog, from there. I am glad I had subscribed my own blog. DO IT, folks!

  20. I remember when she lost her blog to malware and have been trying to keep my blog backed up ever since. I admire her for starting a new blog.

  21. I loved this interview swap with you! And the photo you shared is the one I have always liked on FB!

  22. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I blog at http://sugarpeach.wordpress.com

  23. I remember when Gautami lost her blog! I am not sure I would have started again.

    Thanks so much for the interview. It is always good to meet the person behind the blog.

  24. I enjoyed your questions and Gautami’s answers Serena. Now on to Gautami’s blog to check out your answers.

  25. Thank you for a nice interview and pictures. Always nice to put a face to the name!

    Please also count me in for the giveaway and thanks for sharing.