Nilesh Joshi is currently working with Apple as Manager Vendor Operations – India
What inspired you to start writing?
As a child I never aspired to be a writer and writing came to me more as an accident at a much later stage in life. To tell you the whole story, I had a break up at the age of 28, and while I was engrossed with the maladies of my life my mother seemed more aggravated by the thought of me seemingly being too old and potentially remaining single for the rest of my life. In their haste to get me married , my folks asked me to fill a questioner so that they could create a profile for me on one of the online matrimonial websites . Though reluctant, I thought that I might as well go with the flow, however was completely overwhelmed by the first question that I read. The question was “ Describe Yourself ” and at that moment I realized that there was very little that I knew about myself. There was more to me than this body or mind. There was more unknown than known and this set me on the quest to find myself and ultimately start writing.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
While growing up and, like most of my age my go to authors would be Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle . HG Wells and Robert Louis Stevenson.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
The primary challenge that a writer faces is to experience the subject and the topic that they are potentially going to write about. Not only does an author need to research the topics being touched upon in the book but also develop a deep bonding with each character. Most of the time as individuals our perceptions of reality gets rigid over time, the challenge for a writer thus is to constantly change their frame of reference and see the world from the eyes of their characters .
How much research do you do before writing the book?
A Lot !!! During the course of my first book , “Ladakh : Chronicles from the Land of Lamas” I realised that an individual is much more beyond mere flesh, bone and thought. There is a separate dimension, as real as our everyday world that an individual constantly interacts with. The book took almost 10 years to materialize. Not because I was short of words but rather due to the lack of experience on the subject that I was trying to write about. The pursuit of experiencing the subject I had chosen, often required me to forgo logic and stay away from home for long intervals. There were times when I would be staying amidst the ruins of Delhi for weeks and there were months when I was staying in remote caves of Uttarkashi in the Himalayas.
What motivated you to write the book “Beyond The Night…Before The Dawn”?
While writing my first book I realised that there can be no moment more perfect than the current one, because it is only in the current moment that we truly are alive. You will only be able to fully experience that moment if you are truly passionate about what you do. What drives me to find time to write is my thirst to know more and writing helps me to introspect, formalise my thoughts and maybe know myself better. Beyond the Night …Before the Dawn was a part of my soul searching journey, a search for what lies beyond the mundane. The intention of the book is to provoke the reader to look beyond the usual isolated life that we tend to live and slowly be aware of the intricate web which connects us all.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Beyond The Night…Before The Dawn”?
Beyond the Night … Before the Dawn is the story of Mukushu , who after the loss of his wife has questions about his own existence, good and evil , and on the his very purpose of being A lot of us believe that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, there is day beyond the night, however if we look at this concept of darkness and light, the “night and day” we actually will realize that these are two inseparable elements. Just like we will never be able to fathom light or day without a period of darkness, similarly we will never be able to comprehend joy without the “hardships, rigmarole and suffering” of our lives. At the end of the day “Life” in all its splendour is a “fabulous cocktail” of all these “Joys and Sorrows” and thus life is “Beyond the Night … Before the Dawn” While writing, my intention is to have something for everyone, right from someone who is reading the book like an eternal love story to someone who is on their own quest for unravelling the purpose of life.
How did you came up with the idea of writing fiction genre book?
As I mentioned earlier the intention of the book is to make the reader look beyond the mundane. The book touches upon quite a few spiritual concepts and as I wanted t to avoid sounding preachy in my work I chose to write the book in the form of a fictional story of Mumukshu who is himself on a quest to unravel the mysteries of life. I also chose the writing stye of “Twilight Language” in my writing which leaves the final understanding of the narration completely on the reader’s frame of mind.
Who are your favourite authors?
Most of the reading that I do is in the realm of non-fiction, however if I really introspect I have been deeply touched by the poetry of Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
I am not a voracious writer, however once I have decided on a subject then it is almost 3-4 pages in a day till closure.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
I guess the most important aspect for someone to be successful in any field is that you need to be passionate about what you are doing. When you are passionate about something you will be true to the subject, you will do your research and will stay committed, ensuring that the actions that you have set in motion see their full circle.