Subodh kumar is currently a Physics tutor. He completed his graduation from Sikkim University and master degree from Mahatma Gandhi University. He is a new author, mythologist and physicist; whose works are characterized by dark humour and in-your-face realism. Let us know more about his writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
I write because I love books. I have always loved books. I was always a storyteller and I had been writing since the age of ten. I used to write short stories in school and was encouraged by my Hindi Literature teacher to put my mind into it. From the time I remember being aware of words, I have been in love with them. I was writing long essays in school assignments; short stories & non-fiction pieces for publication in newspapers and magazines in school and college. In fact, writing is what we love to do as our passion and our hobby. I decided to listen to the call of my heart. And so began my journey into the world of words… I have always felt that writing is one of the best mediums to express one’s thoughts. When I was young, I used to write poems. Now I am more interested in writing fiction.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
I was fond of graphic novels. Even as a small child, I read lots of comic books. Slowly I began reading Panchatantra, Akbar Birbal, Tenali Raman and Amar Chitra Katha. I read in both the languages Hindi as
well as English.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
I think more than getting published, being read is biggest challenges of our times, especially for debutants. With bookshops closing fast and book-buyers turning to online shopping, it’s getting difficult to
get readers attention these days. The greatest challenge is finishing a work and any novel is ideating or conceiving a unique twist for the climax. However, there were certain points in the story that needed me
to visit a few institutes, look up the internet, speak with the right people etc, and all this only made the journey even more interesting.
As a writer, one puts the same effort in every book but some books connect more with readers than others. Then there is the search to find the right partner, in terms of one’s publisher. That itself takes six months to a year (sometimes more). It is a period where responses are very slow in coming. Once the book is done, another great (perhaps greater challenge looms). That is in marketing the book and getting it spoken about.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
It depends on person to person and also on genre of the book. If its novel, it takes me almost 3 to 5 months to define story line, its framework and characters involved in the fiction before jotting it down. For the entire story a lot of research has to be done for the characters, places and events to look real and tangible.
The quantum of research depends on the genre. Research has always been limited to going to places, checking them out and researching on Internet. Challenge is that reader should not feel that the book has
been stretched, so you have re-work on all the chapters. Once an idea is formed, usually a book flows, but when stuck somewhere, it can make a writer’s life difficult. Also, some subjects require good amount of
research and getting material for them can be challenging at times.
What motivated you to write the book “I Promise Will Meet Again”?
Writers write books for multiple reasons. Some to earn money, some to express their opinions, some to share their happiness. In any fiction novel the greatest research is unearthing the stories people make up
about themselves, as well as others, and the truth behind it. The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that. Well, its really heart breaking to see that youngsters these days have started forgetting the real meaning of love. One-night stands and two-timings have now become a day thing. No one is happy and satisfied with their relationship. In this book, I have tried to explain what actually real love is? The trust value and the respect factor, all of these comprise
together to make a successful relationship.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “I Promise Will Meet Again”?
“Love does not grow on trees or it can not be brought from the market, but if you want to be “LOVED” you must first know how to give unconditional LOVE..”
Nobody can ever say that love happens only once! And this love can happen at any age, anytime. But that story has got nothing do with anything that the modern world celebrates today. Yes!!! Today the so called “Love” has transformed a lot! Eye written statements of those earlier days turned into letters and this current world has got chatting, meeting, dating, pubs, parties, etc. I have written this book to tell the people about real love. And this is one such story! Not exactly a story, it could be like a stolen life of a true love relation. “I promise will meet again) isn’t just a book. It’s about love, family, hope, dreams and most of all morality. If you want to know the answer to it all, read the book.
How did you come up with the idea of writing fiction genre book?
I simply love reading fiction, so I chose to write it. For me books are for entertainment. As I get entertained by reading I also wanted to write books which entertain the readers. I think fiction genre is one of the very effective ways of presenting an issue in the form of a story. I love reading a good story. I say, write what you love to and people will definitely appreciate it. Besides, romance is an all pervasive genre.Fiction gives you a chance to do some tight rope walking—flirt with a rich amalgamation of wild imaginings and contorted realities, and perhaps tie up some loose ends in the best way you can.
Who are your favourite authors?
There are so many of them. I couldn’t name a few and exclude the
others! But I could list the current favorites.
1.Mulk Raj Anand
4.Devdutt Patnaik and
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
I already have a very busy schedule hence the biggest challenge was to give time to writing. Finding an original idea as every other idea is a rehash nowadays. I don’t have a fixed quota and Writing can never be
a forced activity. If I can manage,I write three to five hours a day. I like to write in the early mornings and in the pre-dinner evening hours. This time includes every activity related to writing; research, plotting, writing, editing and knowledge enhancement.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Like in every other field, there are no shortcuts in writing and one should be prepared to work very hard. It is a very competitive field so there are bound to be disappointments. When you write, you think you are doing the most difficult job but after finishing the book you realize that it was the easiest job- the real struggle begins from here. Finding a publisher in current day scenario where hundreds of thousands budding authors are in queue is the most frustrating job.Who you should listen to is learn from your failure and your success, just keep learning and keep observing what you see around. If you can, get them out of your head and write them down, because it might mean, maybe, just maybe, that you want to be a writer. Satisfying the Soul of a writer with food of original thoughts is most important. A writer needs to keep a clear mind to focus on the essential. This kind of negative reinforcement is just not conducive to writing a book.
For a writer, only two things need to matter. Reading and writing. Focus on what you believe in. Because if you are passionate about anything then you produce a masterpiece.
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