Saurabh Ahuja completed his LLB(H) from GGSIPU, Delhi. Currently he is working with Tata Group as In-house counsel.
What inspired you to start writing?
Just like the character in my book, Aryan, my own experiences in life were what inspired me to start writing about them. Like they say, as a writer, the characters you create are, in some form or the other, inspired by your own psyche.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
Mostly, Indian comic books, such as Chacha Chaudhary, Nagraj and Super Commando Dhruv. I wasn’t much into English literary fiction.
What is the greatest Challenge in writing a book?
I come from a very modest educational background and by no means can I boast of being a literary genius. The language I use in my writing is very simple. It is the same garden variety English that I use in everyday conversation with people. Although I believe that this very trait would help me connect with most of my potential readers, I aspired to reach out to everyone, intellectual or not, who would like to read something entertaining and fresh. Thus, for a person like me, who writes for passion and not as a profession, aspiring to maintain the standards of a seasoned literary professional in my writing was a great challenge. I did manage to get by with some assistance on that front. Ultimately the story was more important.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
Since this story revolves around my personal experiences, I didn’t have to do much research, but for my next book, I am doing a lot of research.
What motivated you to write the book “Because I Love you…too”?
Playing with words has always been a unique trait about me. I began to use it to express my emotions in a quirky manner by way of poetry, Very soon, this became a habit and I began to keep a diary, writing about my daily experiences and pen down whatever thoughts that came to my mind. After a while I realised, that there’s a story here. That’s when I was inspired to write this book.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Because I Love you…too”?
Well, in this book, I have tried to redefine love in an unconventional way. It has all the ingredients of a contemporary love story as well as several tales of friendship and adventures that I am very nostalgic about because, as I told you earlier, a part of everything in the book is inspired by my own life experiences. This book is about an aspiring writer, Aryan Arora, who is writing a book on his fairly dysfunctional and hilarious life experience when he comes across an old flame, Shubhra Dutta, the owner of a publication house. The two had a romantic history which did not end well the last time they were together but somehow they end up working together. Old sparks rekindle in the process and several skeletons in the closet are revealed. One night, Aryan introduces Shubhra to his friends at a customary reunion of sorts, where his friends end up telling stories about Aryan’s life, right from his dysfunctional family to all of their quirky tales of romance and friendships, their hilarious and sensational life experiences and their never dying love for each other. Just when you would expect a happy ending, there is a very obvious twist in the tale, for Aryan who is known by his friends as ‘The King of Bad Times’. And the climax to Aryan’s story is yet to come, for this time it’s Shubhra, who has taken the responsibility to doing the ‘final touch up’ to Aryan’s story!
How did you come up with the idea of writing romantic fiction genre book?
By nature, I am romantic person. Love and humour are what define me. Therefore, it was a very organic decision.
Who are your favourite authors?
Sydney Sheldon, Paulo Coelho, Nicholas Sparks and Dan Brown are amongst my favourites. I also liked a few books written by Chetan Bhagat.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
I tend to write whenever I get time from my day job. I usually write at night and on weekends and time and again, I love to write poetry which I share with my friends and other well-wishers who are kind enough to avidly follow my blog.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Writing is an art and every person on Earth is an artist, some big, some small. A good thing about writing fiction is that it is a beautiful form of lie. And beauty means different things to different people. So, just write whatever pleases you, as long as the reader can understand what you have written. The idea is to enjoy and feel it yourself, from the bottom of your heart. If you like it, there will always be people who share your taste and will be interested in your stories. That is how, I believe, one can go about telling stories. Becoming a successful writer is a different story altogether! I am still to gain wisdom on that front before I am in a position to share any.
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