Vaibhav is a Junior Copywriter working in Contract Advertising India. He is M.A. Economics from Delhi School of Economics. He finished his B.A. Economics from Hindu College; Modern School, Barakhamba.
After a long stint with economics (12 years of trying to add something new to the field), he decided to broaden his perspective to encompass the world as a whole.
That is why he wanted to add something new to the world in any capacity that he could.
He explains about his thoughts in his own words:
The human brain, our thoughts in particular, had been something that had captured my interest when I was younger.
I had seen what great ideas thoughts could create, but few people actually question how thoughts work, what affects them, which I think is a huge lacuna for present day science, given that our thoughts make us happy or sad, they determine our actions, decide the future and are all important in every other way.
All my books are an endeavour to better explore this field.
What inspired you to start writing?
It wasn’t really inspiration, but more like a nagging urge to think of something worth sharing and then making sure that I got the chance to share it. It’s a vicious circle really.
But once you start, it’s like nothing you’ve ever known before. My favourite part is constantly surprising myself with my ideas or plots, not knowing where they will end but still staying confident of getting there.
What did you liked to read when you were a boy?
I started out with the Noddy series, moved on to Enid Blyton, The Hardy Boys, etc. It was in my teens that I forced myself to read something meatier, like an Alistair MacLean. Once I started on him, there was really no looking back.
So the answer to your question would be mostly adventure books.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
The lack of belief that you will succeed, in my opinion. Most people will want to write a book, at least once in their lifetime, but they will keep looking at reasons why such a thing is so hard.
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.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
My method of writing a book is slightly different.
I write on topics that I am already well versed with, things that I have studied in detail as part of my life. The research I need to fill in some of the gaps, I am able to do on the internet, and that hardly takes much time.
What motivated you to write the book “Logicops”?
Now, that’s a long story. I was going through a period of utter confusion in my life. The only thing that saved me was the belief that people could communicate through doors and walls using logic.
For seven long years, out of professional curiosity, I studied the phenomena in detail.
After I received news that my first book, Lines, was being published, I wanted to write another book. And what better topic to write it on, than a phenomena, previously unrecorded, and one I had already studied in great detail.
I decided to add the element of a detective novel and voila, I was ready to go.
Can you tell us more about your latest book, “Logicops”?
Logicops is essentially a journey into the human psyche and how the world around us has shaped it over the period of evolution.
It is also a fast paced, detective novel, bound to give you chills and thrills as you turn from one case to the next.
In my opinion, it is science fiction in its purest form.
The reason I say this is because science fiction is nothing but science we haven’t been able to prove yet. A fine line exists between science fiction and superstition and those who can identify the line, can in my opinion, do great things.
Logicops introduces logical communication as a means of solving crimes of a bizarre nature.
For some laziness isn’t a crime, but pedophilia is. Logiciops equates the two and finds links between various emotions such as jealousy, madness, insecurity, etc. all in the guise of a psychological thriller.
Who are your favourite authors?
I respect Enid Blyton. I adore James Herriot. I am drawn, involuntarily, to J. D. Salinger. I find Jospeh Heller to be the cleverest author I have read. And I find Michael Chrichton to be humongously entertaining.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
I write for at least 25-30 hours a week. On a daily basis that would translate to around 4 hours a day. But all this time is not just spent writing but also includes the pauses to think, wander, reflect and introspect.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
To write because they have to, to force themselves in such a situation where there only option is to write.
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