I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.
So it starts with the toughest question one can ever face i.e. Describe yourself. I’d describe myself as a very curious, observant, optimistic guy. Curious in the sense that, I like to learn and know about new things as much as I could. Observant means I like to observe and analyse things in my own way, whether it comes to relationships or life goals. It helps me grow my own scale and attitude towards life. I’m a very optimistic guy, I never quit, I won’t quit till a small ray of hope is there. I believe in hard work and sincerity which should be backed by a good character and discipline, which are necessary to anyone to achieve his/her goals and I feel I have all these qualities. I believe a person should be honest and loyal towards his relationship and dedicated to his profession, only then he’ll be called as a genuine and honest human being.
Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?
The book is a romantic fiction. It traces the journey of the lead couple Arav and Pakhi, from their childhood friendship to adulthood romance and what challenges they face during the ride and how they overcome them. I never thought of writing anything else apart from romance, as it’s the most explored genre when it comes to fiction literature. Even in our country, most of the novels come from this genre and most of the movies are made on this subject. There is so much to write and explore in this particular category. My book basically deals with the old school romance. I’m a middle class 90’s kid, where we didn’t have cell phones, social media, the internet etc. at that time. So we had to do a lot of hard work even for the small things. Today everything is just a click away. I want this new age generation to know the concept of love during that time, how it used to be when WhatsApp, twitter, face book were not there. It was a time where couples used to write love letters, they used to call through landlines hiding from everyone’s eyes etc. This book will take you to that kind of old school romance. It has all the ups and downs which a couple faces in our society, which considers loving someone outside our communities a taboo. It deals with a very sensitive subject of casteism, which still prevails in our society and has its roots still dug deep inside us. It’s a story about love, friendship, heartbreak, betrayal, and so many other ingredients.
Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?
I don’t have any favourites because I do not read that often. I don’t get enough time due to my profession, though I read my own professional books. But whenever I get time, I do read. I liked books of Khalid Hosseini, Salman Rushdie, Paulo Coelho, J.K Rowling of course. Among Indian writers, I like Chetan Bhagat’s novels, Ravinder Singh’s style of narration. I also like Durjoy Datta’s books, though I’ve read only a few of them, he writes many books within a single calendar year, that is commendable and admiring. I’m a huge fan of Amish’s imagination, his Shiva trilogy is a masterpiece. And much more, the list is quite big.
What challenges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?
The first challenge was writing itself. When I started writing only then I realised how much time, dedication, imagination, hard work is required to write something. We used to write exams during our school and college, where you can mug up and write it on the next day. But here you can’t mug up things, you have to imagine everything on your own, from every perspective, you’re the hero, heroine, villain, you’re everything and you have to write according to the character outlines and write them according to the storyline, that’s the biggest challenge you face. But I had only one thing in my mind that I have to write and I have to tell this story to the whole world and that’s what kept me going. The second challenge which I faced was that I come from a very small town and a middle-class family. We are not allowed to pursue our passion or hobbies and transform them into our profession. I used to think that what people will say when it comes out, what would be their reaction, response towards it. So when I started writing I didn’t tell anyone, not even my family members because I could not imagine what was going to be their reaction. So I kept it close and did my work in complete silence. And somehow during the course of writing, it helped me to overcome these roadblocks and evolve as a person too. Lastly, I’m a doctor, and no one expects a doctor to turn out to be a writer. I knew I’m trying my hands at something which could burn my own hands. I knew it’d draw a lot of rejection from my own doctor’s community, but still, some of my friends were very supportive, they inspired and encouraged me to write this novel. And when I completed this book I shared it with my siblings and they were very supportive and helped me with everything.
What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?
I can’t say which one was the best because everyone analysed the book through their own perspective. I was overwhelmed with the reviews I got for it. One of my friends called it a complete package of a love story. She said it has all the ups and downs, through which a couple goes through. One of the readers called it addictive and was very impressed with my style of narration. My siblings called it amazing and were very impressed with my style of writing. The other one compared it with bestselling authors. I’m highly grateful to all of them who are comparing it with established and supremely talented writers. It feels good but I know I’m nowhere near to them, but still, I take all of it as a huge compliment.
How was your experience with Blue Rose Publishers?
When I decided to publish my work, I didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t have the courage to approach traditional publishers as I thought my book is not of that level which could be taken up by them. So without even approaching those publishers, I decided to self-publish it. I went through a lot of self-publication houses but sometimes it was not getting in my budget or sometimes I was not satisfied with the term and conditions. Lastly, I got to know about Blue Rose publishers and everything suited my requirements and I signed a deal with them within a few days. My publishing manager helped me with every process of publishing, I gave a very tough time to my cover designers, who relentlessly tried to make it better. The IT department went through all my demands and made everything including my website, according to it. Overall it was a very nice and fruitful experience of working with a publication house like Blue Rose and I’d like to thank all of them associated with it, for making my dream come true.
How you keep yourself motivated to write more?
First of all, I never thought, even in my wildest dreams that someday I’d become a writer. But that is the beauty of life, unpredictability, you never know what future holds in there for you. When I wrote the first draft I showed it to one of my friends and my sister and they liked it a lot, and that’s what pushed me to write more and complete it in the first place. Now, as the book is published and I’m getting a positive response from the majority of the readers, so it’s my responsibility to not let them down whenever I come out with my next book. This thought keeps me going and to write more and more but better at the same time when it comes to the content, characters, narration, everything. I can’t let them down because when a reader buys something, he/she is trusting you with his/her money that you will give them what they are looking for and it is solely my responsibility to give them what they want and that’s what keeps me motivated to write a good and strong content for them.
Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?
I started writing this book when I was in my final year. When most of the people were busy mugging up large textbooks I was busy writing a love story for the whole world. I wrote around 150 pages at that time. During my internship phase I wrote merely 25 pages but after completing my internship I started writing again and finished it by March 2017. It took me around 3 years to complete it and I kept on improving the manuscript till the last phase of publishing.
How has Blue Rose helped you in growing as an author?
When I saw the first edit of the book, I was very impressed with my editor as I never thought it could turn out to be like that. They gave a lot of inputs on my manuscript and helped me improve day by day. I’m highly thankful to Blue Rose publishers for their continuous attempts to make the book better and helping me in growing as an author too.
What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?
I’m not that big as a person to advice something but still, I’d like to tell them that if you want to write something then don’t think much about the rest. Don’t think what people will say, how they will judge you and what could be the outcome of it. You don’t have to think about it all. If you think you can and you want to write, just take a pen and a paper, or a laptop or typewriter and start writing. Whatever you want to write, whatever your heart says, the first thought which comes to your mind, just write it down. And don’t think of yourself as an amateur because of everyone, even the greatest were amateur when they started. They become great with consistent learning and efforts. So just start with whatever you got and give it a shot with whole heart because magic happens when you don’t give up, even though you want to because the universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.
Thank you, Chanakya for the hearty conversation!
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