Navin M Karmarkar is best known for his debut novel Corporate Stunts: A Story of My Corporate Life. Navin is an IT graduate from the Mumbai University. He is an IT professional and has held the number of various jobs in the past. He has been working with First Rand Services as a Consultant nowadays. He has given many speeches in the regional language “Marathi” in the school days. In the recent days his interest dawned into sketching Political Cartoons as well. Navin’s second novel Back to School: The First Crush is likely to publish in the month of December, 2015.
What inspired you to start writing?
Well, a tough question to start with. Nothing really inspired me as such, but the world needs good stories and I always wanted to try something different. The true fact is I have never written a single essay during my entire schooling. But I joined Reliance and first time in my life I came across people of different groups, ages and nature; soon I became an integral part of their life. I started sending SMS to my group and they used to reply me without fail. That was the first time I thought I can write. But when I left the organization I started missing the fun, hard work we did altogether. Then I wrote a first chapter of Corporate Stunts and published across my groups and the response I received was unexpectedly enormous. People then started demanding the second chapter of yet unwritten book. That was enough for me to realize I have a potential to write a full-fledged novel.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
Haha. Today, even I, am a boy. I somehow could read the school and college books during my student life and that was all. But yes, I used to grab the children’s story books to get more paintings and sketches to draw. Soon my eyes fell on the very popular comic magazine of those days “Chacha Chaudhary” and I found it interesting. In the college days I used to read “YOU” section of Mumbai Mirror and then some Cricketing articles as well. So there is not any particular genre or subject I used to read.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
To keep excellent correlation between the first and the last page of the book is the toughest challenge. You need to give a spirit to the fictional characters of any story. However, the patience is very important.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
I didn’t read a single complete novel before penning down my own. After finishing the first chapter when readers demanded for more, I started a Google about “How to write?” “What I can write?” “What are the controversial topics I suppose not to write?” Etc. And the very important research was “Can I write?”
What motivated you to write the book “Corporate Stunts: A Story of My Corporate Life”?
Ah. I was very desperate to answer this question. There are many individuals who motivated me to write Corporate Stunts. The initial inspiration was my own life in the corporate and so the people I regularly dealt with in the office.
Though all the characters of my story are fictional; they are actually alive somewhere to be very precise lost in the corporate. They do much effort in the establishment of any MNCs but always remains unnoticed. Yes Corporate Stunts were a small effort and an attempt to bring them in the picture.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Corporate Stunts: A Story of My Corporate Life”?
Corporate Stunts, the story of young and rebellious Nishant Dixit “Nish” who joins an organization called ‘Revenge Industries Limited’, totally unaware of the fact that his co-workers have resigned, leaving behind an enormous workload and a single female colleague for him. Later on, more crisp in the situation added when a married guy joins them.
How did you come up with the idea of writing fiction genre book showcasing corporate life?
Everything was spontaneous. But I found many people in the Information Technology do the hard work. They work in shifts. Sometimes they stretch their shift timings. But all their effort remains unnoticed, always. I always had a desire to loudly tell this world about the actual life in the IT field. And I think I assembled it in the form of this novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Bhaavna Arora, Preeti Shenoy. Amish Tripathy for choosing up a completely different topic. And yes, I don’t want to underestimate myself when it comes to writing 🙂
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
Writing depend all on my mood. Sometimes I keep on writing till it’s midnight or sometimes even I, am free a whole day I can’t write a single line. It depends on thoughts. Whenever they arose in my mind, I write it down.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Do it as a passion. Write whatever you want. Be focused. And the last but not least and very important. Be COMMITED.
BACK TO SCHOOL: The First Crush
BACK TO SCHOOL – a tale of two opposite ends. A nostalgic journey of Neel and Mohini. Neel – a boy full of life, famous amongst his group of back benchers. Mohini – an exceptionally clever and equally sweet girl, are studying in the fourth grade. The fun begins when Neel is asked to leave his life – his ‘back bench’ and is forced to sit with girls. There he met Mohini.
And the journey begins…
The journey full of excitement, confusion, loyalty, friendship, commitment and a fight of choice between childhood-buddies and just-budding-love. Though yet neither Neel nor Mohini are convinced about their feelings for each other, he doesn’t want to lose anyone. What will he choose? FRIENDSHIP or LOVE! What role Backbenchers will play here? Will he remain back bencher’s friend forever? What sin does he commit?
Welcome back to the light-hearted fictional tale, a story about Neel, Mohini and back benchers.
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