Mehul Ahire completed his Engineering in IT from Ratnagiri which is also his home town. He is currently working as a Technical Consultant in IT industry. He was awarded by Konkan Sahitya Mandal for his contribution in literary work from his region. Let us know more about his writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
For “What’s in a kiss?” my strong desire to be listened and empathized by someone, may be even by a one person somewhere, inspired me to pen it down. But when I started writing I fell in love with the concept of telling our thoughts and experiences through the stories and different characters. I thought I had an interesting plot in hand and should try to do full justice to it.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
While growing up, I did not like reading. But I always was fond of visuals and listening to stories my grandma and grandpa told. I started reading in college and never looked back. Today I cannot sleep without reading something.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Writing in itself is a challenge for a person like me. Firstly you have to be more than your moods to sit down and pen down the words. Secondly, after procrastinating so much when you start writing you have to think creatively in writing each n every sentence. Now that’s a tough job and can drain you when you are not getting it right.
Also, while writing a scene ,I find it challenging to guess how much is enough for the readers to visualize it. I believe I will overcome it as I get more experienced.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
I do not follow a specific method for preparing to write. I try to develop an idea of overall plot and mood of the story in my head. Once that is done, I start writing when my characters start talking to me.(Laughs) That’s when I realise I am totally in the story. Believe me, this is what takes time for me because I just cannot write anything that comes in my mind. I should believe what I am writing and it should be a reality for me.
What motivated you to write the book “What’s in a Kiss??”?
Being amongst the toppers in school, I had not seen a failure till the year I was a drop out in my engineering. It was a big blow to my inner image of myself. And after that whenever I looked back in my life that particular year seemed to tarnish the perfect picture of my journey.
So I decided why not try to convert my biggest failure into my success. It was then I started writing “What’s in a Kiss??” and thought why not tell everyone the reason of my failure and what I went through in an entertaining way.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “What’s in a Kiss??”?
In most of the stories, love is always directed to one person. Either a girl loves a boy or boy loves a girl in different settings.
In a love a triangle too, either two boys love one girl or two girls fall for the same guy. But in “What’s in a kiss” a boy (Arjun) feels for both the girls at same time (Meera and Zoya) and then a kiss becomes the turning point in their story.
In their love story, it is impossible for him to love only one of the girls due to some circumstances (you will have to read the book for that).
A quote from the book sums it up beautifully, “Meera was always the love of my life but Zoya was the life of that love!!”
How did you came up with the idea of writing romantic non fiction genre book?
It was not a conscious decision. I was going through my own struggles while I took to write. I was going through such an emotional breakdown that I thought I could only express my anguish by writing it out. I felt no one could understand my feelings and so I needed to vent it out of my system by some way or the other. That’s how I started writing “What’s in a kiss?”
So I didn’t choose the romantic genre, it chose me because the core tussle was in my romantic relationship.
Who are your favourite authors?
Without a doubt Paulo Coelho is my favorite author. His stories are a combination of reality, spirituality, mystery and entertainment.
I also love reading Autobiographies. Recently I finished reading “Losing my Virginity” by Richard Branson. It is a very inspiring book.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
Actually for me it is the other way round, we make time for the things that we love. I try to write or at least think of the book for an hour daily. Otherwise we do not have time to even breath properly these days. We are living in the age of distractions.(grins)
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
There are two things I follow which I would like to share here for anyone wanting to achieve something in life. First is Imagine.Believe.Act and the second is Think big.Start small. Begin Now.
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