Harsh Snehanshu is an is an IIT Delhi graduate and a Young India Fellow and Sciences Po Alumnus. He is starting up his company.
What inspired you to start writing?
Having grown up listening to stories, I like telling stories. Besides, I love lying. That makes a natural fit.
What did you liked to read when you were a boy?
I read short stories of Panchtantra, Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy and Maxim Gorky. My father has a huge collection of Russian literature at home.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Finding the discipline to sit down and write every day for a few hours.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
For stories that I write, they are either set in imagination or are derived from personal experience. For the novels I have written till now, they were more or less inspired by things and people around me and so didn’t require much research. Research for me means living the character’s life in real so that I could be as honest as possible while writing its story. So if my book is about an entrepreneur, I better become an entrepreneur. If it’s about an artist, I better live the life of an artist and so on. So, in this way, I don’t think i’ll ever be writing a novel about a character I cannot be. I am slightly realistic.
What motivated you to compile the anthology ” Mango Chutney “?
I was free for three months and Rumour Books approached me to compile an anthology. I knew a lot of good writers on the social media and thought it would be a good reading, writing and editing exercise, besides getting a book out for my readers in 2014 when I had such plans.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Green Mango More”?
Green Mango More is a collection of short-stories from childhood. As children, while playing at home, we wouldn’t use swear words and we invented the phrase Green Mango More (hara aam zyada) to call each other without our parents getting to know. The book delves into those years of naughtiness, of the 90s when little things mattered more, when having a car was a luxury and Uncle Scrooge was our favourite Uncle, and Add Gel pens were to be flaunted.
Who are your favourite authors?
Suketu Mehta and Vinod Mehta in Non Fiction.
Romesh Gunesekara and Albert Camus in Fiction.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
As of now, I’m not able to, since I’m starting up a company.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Write for yourself, not others. Honest writing is good writing.
We wish all the best for his upcoming company. Till then buy and read his books: