We interviewed another young writer who spends most of his time learning about his family business. He wants to pursue an MBA from a reputed university. He is currently studying to become an engineer. He aspires to become a successful combination of an innovator and an entrepreneur.
What inspired you to start writing?
A prolonged discussion over Indian marriage system and Indian youth were my inspirations. I live in family, where marriage, one’s character, status or repo in the society are the most essential things for one. For me, these both topics have always been favorites since my childhood. Neither I nor my parents would hesitate to discuss them openly. That’s what led me to start writing.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
When I was 3 years old, my parents had bought me set of some Hindi story books, they were all about one’s morals in the society. Further on, in the secondary school, I would read any book from a fiction, autobiography to self help, management books. My interest in reading got me an award for the best reader of my school. Surprisingly, my first English book which I read was ‘Mein Kamph’ by Adolf Hitler.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
According to me, it would be earning enough prerequisite knowledge of the subject or theme you are going to write a book on. If you know what and how to write, you are done with almost 90% of your writing. But as you start, sometimes you would feel like quitting or doing nonsense, but there only one needs to keep her/him motivated.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
As I write fictions, before start, I do a small research on dates, Important events of the year in which story would be written. There is/would be always a narrator in my fictions, so I need to delve into the thought process of him/her. I keep talking with people around me which is also a part of my research. I would see a movie or serials, with my notepad to list down whatever I feel like is important. For me research for a book won’t end until it is published. I have 3 titles in my mind, of which one is based on 90’s time, so making a plot, writing things of the time when I wasn’t born would just be done by extensive research on that time, the way people lived, the thought process they shared. So research is must whatever you write.
An obsession of thoughts about girls, love and Indian marriage system was the motivation. Soon after I started writing, I found myself obsessed with thoughts of those things. It wasn’t just about teenager’s attraction or covetousness but a thought process always saying ‘What next?’ At the same time I found myself with people confused concerning their career, society they live in and the girl they would love to marry. Those things made me thought on my mind-set and my belief and so I felt an urge to share these thoughts with anyone who would think about these things once.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Bachelor`$ Marriage”?
It’s a story about what it means to grow up in an orthodox society. The depiction of Sujay, a guy who always have been living his life to extremities gears up the book. He falls in love with Jyoti and Gunjan on around a same time, Bachelor`$ Marriage is journey of him from being a ‘Bachelor’ to a lover, a fiancé of its own kind and finally married. Portrayal of his mom which sometimes sounds like an antagonist to his dreams or his love he shared with Gunjan. His mom would sound like a perfect, ideal, manipulative woman a society needs. Even the title Bachelor`$ Marriage is an outcome of the extremities I live. You would find it the combination of antonyms.
How did you come up with the idea of writing fiction genre book?
It was a striking conversation with my one of the friends. She injected the idea of writing about Indian marriage system and Indian youth. According to her, a fiction would be a perfect way to illustrate these trending topics on a broader level. As well as some incidents in the city of Pune were worth taking to the worldwide level and so the idea came up.
Who are your favorite writers?
I am a compulsive reader of Agatha Christie, to her mysterious, out of box novels. Her writing humors are one of the influential things on my writing. Shashi Tharoor is one of the favorite writers for his brilliant throw of words, Jane Austen for her outstanding and notable works. I like reading mysteries and thrillers so adding Dan Brown, Ashwin Sanghi, John Grisham and Jeffrey Archer to the list is must.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
On a free day, I spend a whole day with a pen, bundle of papers, novels and my laptop. I would seat on my study table for hours writing, reading, scribbling down something and if not then would do surfing on net or chatting with my friends that may bring me an idea about what I want to write. On a fine day I write up to 25 pages otherwise sometimes writing 25 lines seems like a herculean task.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
I would just say ‘Be obsessed with what you like.’ If you are writing on a topic, be obsessed about the subject, theme, delve in to them deeper. See around yourself and seek ideas from whatever surrounds you. Listen to everyone and write on your own.
And for all other people who are reading this I would just say ‘Be Happy, Be Bachelor!’
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