Interview Session- Aniruddha Pathak

Hello everyone,

Today’s interview is a little special one for me. Aniruddha Pathak is the author of Canvas of a Storyteller and AbstracTales. This guy took my interview two years and now I am interviewing him. See how amazing player this time is.

So here we start…

1. Tell us about yourself.

Hello, this is Aniruddha Pathak. Speaking about me, I am a computer science student; and I indulge into many other interests: including writing, YouTubing, blogging, and most importantly, spreading motivational words. I am an Author of two books, namely Canvas of a Storyteller and AbstracTales, and my unpublished novel—Lily in the Way, is a NaNoWrimo 2016 winner. I take great interest in technological stuffs as well, and am associated with many online forums as well.

I blog at thelifewithani.in

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2. What brought you in this writing world?

I started writing when I was 11. I wrote several poems in Marathi in my earliest days of writing, and slowly moved towards stories. Later when I joined the internet, I began writing in English watching many teenagers writing in their busy schedules. Those people inspired me, and later my readers inspired me to keep on writing.

3. What after writing?

Computers, of course. I am a Computer Science student so my profession would remain the same. Being said that, I would also like to explore other things in book publishing industry—I am never leaving my passion behind; it will always stay with me along with my profession.

4. What made you write Canvas of a Storyteller?

So many factors: including my readers, the people and their stories, and the basic idea of letting the people know other people through one attempt. The thought of Canvas of a Storyteller (abbreviation: CoaSt) struck in April 2016, where my alter ego—Ani is the storyteller and narrator and tells you various stories and makes you familiar with all the human emotions along the way.

CoaSt has significantly been impressively performing on the selling charts, and has received awesome critic reviews as well. I get many messages from my readers where they tell me the number of times they have read Canvas of a Storyteller till date. And that for me is one of the biggest accomplishments.

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 5. What is your next book AbstracTales all about?

With AbstracTales, I am stepping into Horror writing after a gap of a year. The story that I have written is fast paced and ‘Desi’, a type that I have avidly been reading in Marathi literature. The biggest challenge (I was afraid and tensed cause I hadn’t attempted it for a year or so) for me was to maintain the pace and the suspense—till the last moment, and from what I have heard from my readers, I have been successful in doing the same. And I am happy about it.

Being said that, I am happier to work with my co-authors: Ankita Rathour, Kritika Sharma, and Pallavi Sareen who wrote awe-striking stories in AbstracTales. That means the readers get a mastamagorical reading treat, that has all the powerful genres—Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, and Romance.

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6. Tells us a name of the character that resembles you?

The character of Ani in Canvas of a Storyteller, of course! Haha! It’s funny to say that I implemented most of my traits in that character, and made it an essential part of the book.

7. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

For me, Literature comprises of several important factors—words, storytelling, respect towards your craft, emotional connection, observations, and most importantly, it must be treated as a responsibility…for you are offering your powerful words to the world.

8. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I follow a notable number of Authors. Each Author teaches me something valuable.

Ratnakar Matkari, Laxman Londhe and Narayan Dharap are my all time favorites in Marathi literature.

For English, I follow Robin Cook, John Green, Neil D’Silva, Kavipriya Moorthy, Jojo Meyes, Sidney Sheldon, and many more.

9. Anything about your upcoming work?

Currently, I am working on a plot that reflects human psychology and stress. I have been experimenting with many genres lately, and this story struck me out of nowhere one day. I would reveal the details soon.

10. What else after writing?

As I stated above, Computers and Publishing.

11. How can our readers connect with you?

Readers have been my all time inspiration to keep on writing. They can find me at—

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aniruddhabpathak

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aniruddhabpathak

Email: xdaniruddha@hotmail.com

And my books at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15712811.Aniruddha_Pathak

Thank you for conducting this interview. It was wonderful answering the questions!

 

Author Interview- Nitin Kumar

Today we have Nitin Kumar, author of The Way She Loved with us.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I am student of Journalism and mass communication, pursuing my graduation from National institute of mass communication, New Delhi. Being a bonhomie, I am pretty cool creature living under my own conditions. If I talk more about myself, I see myself as a dream chaser. Nevertheless I am not so called ‘ambitious’, however all matters for me, are my dreams.

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  1. What brought you in this writing world?

To be very honest, I was always fascinated about writing and literature. I used to write poetries and short fiction stories since childhood. Moreover, I had a dream of writing my own novel from the schooldays. That’s why certainly, I am here today giving you my interview.

  1. What after writing?

See, I have several dreams that I always keep following. So, my next step would probably be the masters in business administration and after that others goals too. (Of course, keeping my writing parallel with further steps)

  1. What made you write The Way She Loved?

Clearly, there was two genuine reason behind writing down ‘The way she loved’. One is to fulfil my dreams of be an author. Second one is to avoid or can say compensate, the bad happenings of my life. I believe that everything happens for a reason, all we need is to convert it for a good one. So, this one also played very important role. Once you read the novel, you can easily get the reason behind writing ‘The way she loved’.

  1. Tells us a name of the character that resembles you?

Life keeps moving on and people too. So, I won’t like to consider any character as me because everyone has some own unbeatable originality and prospective. However, I see myself in a person (better not to mention the name) to whom I concord at various parameter. So, let the people guess.

  1. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

I think, “Literature” is very ambiguous concept that one can define it either in one line or nevertheless in a book.  If I give you one liner answer, literature is somewhat penning down morality.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

Though I am not bookworm but I usually prefer to read Indian authors like Chetan Bhagat, Sudeep Nagarkar, Durjoy Dutta and Ravinder Singh. Needless to mention here that they mostly write about love, romance and relationship which work in real life sometimes. So, one can get the better understanding of love and can have various phases of love through their novels.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

Ah, yes! I am currently working on the plot of my second novel jointly with my closest one. Probably, readers will able to get it into hands by the end of this year.

  1. What else after writing?

Besides writing, I love to give priority to my close people and doing crazy things for them. Rather than that, I love to paint as well my mood allows to do so or else interacting with the masses.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

Readers can contact me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, mentioning the user ids; nknitin567567, nitin567567 and nknitin567567 respectively. One can mail me either on: nitin567567@gmail.com

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Author Interview- Gautam Dutta (Strangers With Known faces)

Hi friends,

Welcome again. Today we have Gautam Dutta, author of Strangers With Known Faces. Lets interogate him in our today’s session…

1. Tell us about yourself.

I am an academician by profession, and have been associated with various Universities, both in India and abroad. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor in Manipal University, Jaipur. Though I am a faculty at the Department of Electronics and Communications, I am interested in eclectic topics like as Science, Psychology, Philosophy, and International Geopolitics.

2. What brought you in this writing world?

Writing is one of the best ways to express oneself. I am not good in art or music. But I have a good imagination. And I like telling stories. Consequently, writing is a natural choice.

3. What after writing?

I will continue to keep write and tell stories. And I will continue with my academic career simultaneously.

4. What made you write ‘Strangers With Known Faces’?

First of all, I started writing this as a confession- as a release from the mental burden that I had been carrying in my mind. In life, I have done a lot of blunders, taken wrong decisions, and wasted my time over trivialities. In short, I have led a much screwed up life so far. I could not tell my story directly. So I made up a story that is fictional, but where the emotions are real.

As the name of the book suggests, there are many people who were once important in our lives but are now out-of-touch for a very long time. They are practically strangers. What happens when they meet again? I have seen people who called themselves ‘brothers’ or ‘sisters’. Imagine the surprise when six months later they message me and say that they just have no news of each other. And I have seen such ‘friends’ reuniting in strange circumstances, and then splitting up again.

The name of the book also signifies certain aspects of people that are completely hidden from you. You think you know someone- but do you really? What are the dark secrets that person may be hiding? What is the actual definition of the word ‘intimacy’? So who is really a stranger, and who is a friend?

And finally, the name of the book means that you are not only a stranger to each other- but to yourself as well. There are so many aspects of your own personality that you are not aware of, but others are. Then you pretend to be someone who you are not in reality- in order to make an impression. The Johari Window comprises of the Arena, the Façade, the Blind Spot and the Unknown Self.

I once went to a bookshop, and found two distinct classes of fictional books in stores. One was books about life in college, life after college, love, romance, etc. The other was conspiracy thrillers. I decided to combine both genres in one story.

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5. Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?

Ranbir Kapoor has perfected the art of playing the confused young man on screen. I am one myself. My life has been as weird and complicated as the characters he plays.

6. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

Any written work can and should be considered literature. There may or may not be creative or artistic merit in them. But that is a subjective definition. In the world of literature, there is a place for everything.

7. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I generally read non-fiction more than fiction, as I like studying books on philosophy and psychology. That helps me in getting more detailed portrayals of my characters. As far as the fictional part goes, I am more inspired by movies than books. I like Action Thrillers as wellas Romantic Dramas. Some of the authors/filmmakers whose works inspired my book are Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, the Walchowiskis, Christopher Nolan, Guru Dutta, Kabir Khan, Imtiaz Ali, and Karan Johar (Yes, that is correct. Read my book, and you will understand why).

8. Anything about your upcoming work?

My second book is also one that spans two decades. It is a story of friendship, love, loss, redemption.  It is aa coming-of-age romantic drama about people who suck in their personal relationships. And true to my storytelling style, it also has action scenes in appropriate places.

9. How can our readers connect with you?

You can connect me through my Facebook page.

And my e-mail ID is gautamdutta5678@gmail.com

10. Any words to newbies?

Write what you want to….but remember that not everybody will be interested in reading what you have written. Accept that. And please please please…….get your manuscript corrected for grammatical errors and typos.

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Author Interview- Devanshi Sharma, Author of No Matter What I Do: I End Up Falling for You

Hello readers,
Today we have an extremely talented young authoress Devanshi Sharma, author of No Matter What I Do: I end up Falling for You with us. So, without wasting more of our time lets start the interview.

1. Tell us about yourself.

Defining yourself is one of the trickiest tasks to do. But, if you ask me, there are three words that more or less speak about Devanshi—workaholic, dreamer and stubborn. I dream, and I try to work as hard as I can to achieve it with a stubborn positive attitude. That’s what’s needed to achieve your aims, isn’t it?

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2. What brought you in this writing world?

Imagination and love for stories. Even as a kid, I loved making up stories and narrating them, I am doing the same, the only difference is that now, they are more realistic!

3. What after writing?

My family is the first priority in my life, after which comes writing and then the list concludes. So, that’s writing in my life.

4. What made you write No Matter What I Do: I end up Falling for You?

No Matter What I Do is a story that narrates four stories knitted in one string. When I was writing it, I simply wanted to make people love tea with salt! In simpler words, I wanted my readers to know about Amaira and her story. The story also talks of Kabir, Suhani and Kushank, who like most of us are struggling to find the right path. It is a story amidst us, I thought why not share it with my readers?

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5. Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?

I think that each person and each character is shaped individualistically and therefore, comparing two individuals is not something I usually prefer. So, I would say I resemble to Devanshi!

6. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

Literature means world. Having been a student of English Literature myself, I feel that literature is one subject that covers all layers of human behavior and society. So, when you want to know everything about human beings, you refer to literature.

7. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I love reading Indian authors, naming a few they are, Ruskin Bond for the reason that how he defines mountains, no one else can. Another writer I love is Manju Kapoor for her realistic and gray characters.

8. Anything about your upcoming work?

Well, it is a novel about characters like us, who make mistakes, who fall down, and who still want to get up and move ahead. No one’s perfect so why not celebrate imperfection? And, why go with wrong when right is an option?

9. How can our readers connect with you?

I’d be more than glad to connect with my readers on Facebook. They can visit my website, devanshisharma.in to know more about all my books and latest updates.

10. Any words to newbies?

No one’s a newbie and all of us are newbies. What I’d say to my friends who aspire to write is that No Matter What happens, write ad infinitum. I know writing is a journey in itself, with waves of ups and downs but just stick to your story and make it happen, trust me after all the waves, you will never regret the amount of work, effort and emotions that you’ve put in your work! On that note, Keep writing!

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Interview Break- Ankita Rathour (Author of Epiphany: Tales of Revelation)

Hello everyone,
Today we have an amazing and smart poetess Ankita Rathour who launched her book, Epiphany: Tales of Revelation, a few days ago. So let’s see how she responds to my questions.

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  1. Tell us about yourself.

I am a lazy nerd who reads and watches crime series in free time and writes poems. I love F.R.I.E.N.D.S. which is my daily dose of sanity. Teaching is my passion and I am associated with Hindustan Times Learning Centers since 2015 as a subject expert in English. I love long conversations over coffee!

  1. What brought you in this writing world?

Dissatisfaction. There are books everywhere nowadays and most of them are bestsellers but hardly any of them are contributing to the social and cultural fabric at large. I intend to do that through my writing. Moreover, I am disheartened to see the rampant commercialization of writing in which poetry has no place. For me, poetry has always been the most powerful and underrated form of literature that needs to be out so that it can inspire more poets to come out of their shells.

  1. What after writing?

I have been a literature student and still am. I have continued and will continue my research interests. Secondly, I am a teacher so I will be dedicated towards the long-term purpose of making this society and India better.

  1. What made you write Epiphany: Tales of Revelation?

An inspiration. An Epiphany.

The book is a story about and of people. As a writer, I strongly believe in the raw and purest forms of emotions that need to come out on paper because they deliver you the liberation that you have been looking for.

I had been writing poems since long and then I decided upon the right time to get it out in print.

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  1. Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?

Well! It’s quite impossible to associate yourself with one character and being a literature student yourself you would agree with that. A very dear friend of mine once said: “You have multiple personalities in you.”

I feel I am an amalgamation of many. To narrow it down: I associate myself closely with Elizabeth Benett (Pride and Prejudice), Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) and Sindi Oberoi (Foreigner). I think I am witty like Elizabeth, passionate like Heathcliff and detached as Sindi. Many other characters come close to but let’s just end it here.

  1. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

Literature means to connect, relate and grow. What is the most fascinating part about literature is the way different narratives go on being ‘relatable’ through ages. I think literature is the biggest time travel ever possible. Not everything written is literature. So, we need to be very careful about what we read and write.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I am fanatic about Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. I ardently love Austen, Bronte sisters, D.H. Lawrence, Toni Morrison, Samuel Beckett, Paolo Coelho, R.K. Narayan and Arun Joshi. I love the works of Hanif Qureshi and Jhumpa Lahiri. The list goes on.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

I have recently penned down my first crime story which is to be released soon in the anthology titled ‘Abstract Tales’. I will be working on the short story collection of my detective/sleuth after that. I am ready with another collection of poems too but I am waiting for the right time to get it out.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

I write experiences which not only become easily relatable but also give you an insight about yourself. The readers will find that reality and individuality in my work.

  1. Any words to newbies?

Please read literature. Pick up classics and start now! Read what you think you shouldn’t be reading. That helps you grow and mature. Please do not run after the tag of ‘bestseller’. Believe in quality rather than quantity and learn to love solitude- that will make you a great writer.

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Author Interview: Niraj Satnalika

Hello everyone
Today we have Niraj Satnalika, author of 8 Days a Week, Published by Half Baked Beans.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

To earn my living, I am currently employed with a leading investment bank in Bangalore. Previously, I worked with Crisil Ltd in Mumbai. Academically I am nearing completion of PhD from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, I have completed MBA in Finance from IMT Ghaziabad and B.Tech from Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata.

Also, I run a non-profit NGO which helps the underprivileged children get access to education. Being closely attached with education, I also co-founded a start-up, MeTrack, in education space. The product is currently in the beta testing mode and aims to bridge the gap between parents and teachers.

  1. What brought you in this writing world?

I would say Books are one’s best friend as they don’t have any demands/ expectation. In order to communicate and struggle with zillions of thoughts in my mind, I started penning down.

  1. What after writing?

Live in the present and enjoy the current moment. I don’t generally plan much for future as whenever I have planned, the opposite has happened. I strongly believe life is too dynamic to be planned before hand.

  1. What made you write 8 Days a Week?

While I was at B-school, I saw fellow batch-mates chasing grades as if this is the end of the world and probably low grade would not allow them to survive. This made me feel that now people are more concerned for marks and not the practical real world experience. I found people accepting sales profile job with different companies even if they are not interested in the same just to get placed and beat the heat of placements.

Post MBA also, whenever I met people from sales field everyone cribbed and yet continued the bandwagon. This whole world of sales then motivated me to have a closer look and that’s how the product 8 Days a week was born.

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  1. Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?

I would choose Ron as his work shows his passion. Even if he was struggling with targets at the end he loved sales. While switching job also he joined the new organisation in sales profile only.

  1. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

Well, literature for me is the best means to put forward one’s thought. I believe it to be a plain vanilla method which helps you in communicating, fighting, learning and doing much more with the outer world. It helps you realise your inner being as well.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

Devdutt Patnaik. I like his correlation of mythological concept in the field of economics, science etc. He very well brings out mythology in his work which is easy to understand for a layman while ensuring it’s not boring either.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

I am working on two titles. Though the names are not yet finalized, it could be “Escape from Corporate Hell- How I Squirmed Through and Survived?” and other would be “Virginity and Psychology”.

On the timelines, I am not sure by when I will complete these.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

Readers can always drop me a line at nirajsatnalika@gmail.com. I am also available on the social networking sites:

  1. Any words to newbies?

Follow your passion, make it your profession and you will never hate your job. By the end of the day when you look back, while leaving your workplace, and if feel you have contributed (in any manner) for the improvement of the organisation and yourself, think you have utilized your time and made an impact. Impact matters rest everything can wait.

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Interview Session- Varsha Dixit, The Bestselling Author of The Right Wrong Series

Hello friends, so today we have celebrity with us, the author of the famous and bestselling series, The Right Wrong Series, Varsha Dixit.

Varsha Dixit is the bestselling author of contemporary romance. ‘Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’ her latest bookreleased in August 2016. To find out more about Varsha and her books visit her website www.varshadixit.com or her author page on Facebook. Twitter: @Varsha20.

So lets start the session now…

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I’m an author of contemporary romance, a mom and a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light.

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  1. What brought you in this writing world?

A love for the written word, an overactive imagination and a desire to leave some kind of a mark, I feel made me take up writing.

  1. What after writing?

I’m still writing and planning to do for as long as I live so there is no plan for ‘after writing’ J

  1. What made you write Right Wrong Series?

The desire to write a story about women friends and their intertwined lives.

  1. You live in USA then why your books have Hindi dialogues?

For I was born and raised in India. I moved to USA after marriage and in my late twenties. So I’m all Indian thus the Hindi dialogues.

  1. Tells us a name of the character that resembles you?

Not really a character but I would say the friendships they share, specifically Nandini and Sneha, are much like I do with my friends.

  1. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

Something and anything which is inspiring and interesting.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

John Grisham, JhumpaLahiri, James Patterson, Tess Gerrittsen, Michael Connelly to name a few. I like their writing styles, plots and pacing of the story.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

I am working on a few projects and will share when I’m closer to finishing them. However, romance is a thread common to them all.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

They can connect with me on

Twitter  Facebook or My Website 

Her books- 

Only Wheat Not White

Xcess Baggage

Right Fit Wrong Shoe

Wrong Means Right End

Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right