Talking while Walking Interview Series
Eshan Sharma, Blogger, Writer and a poet with
Mr. Priyank Aryan, great Writer and a fantastic human.
Books: God and his girlfriend, I am Dead But My Heart Beats
1. Where are you from? Give us your brief introduction. About your childhood.
I am from Jamshedpur, popularly known as the steel city. Family’s origin and native place is in Bihar. I spent a major part of my childhood days in a small town called Ghatsila, just few kilometers from Jamshedpur. My initial days of schooling happened there, later I moved to Jamshedpur and then to Dhanbad for my engineering. So, entire childhood was spent in Jharkhand & Bihar only, be it my studies, or staying, travelling, everything happened in the amazing lap of places like Jamshedpur, Ranchi and Dhanbad.
2. Can you tell us about your academic life?
I finished my schooling from Ghatsila and Jamshedpur. Then I moved to B.I.T Sindri (Dhanbad), for my engineering. During my school days I was always focused on studies, with a deep inclination to get into IIT. But it didn’t happen, managed to get calls from Marine engineering colleges like TS Chanakya & others with a lower JEE marks nearing the cut offs. But I got into BIT but later I realized that I badly hated engineering. And by my college’s third year I fixed my strong desire to make a huge turnaround in my professional profile once am out of college. Completed B.Tech with decent enough CGPA and then got into start ups after working with TCS for a brief period.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I never actually wanted to be a writer, it happened by chance. And during my first year at college, I took this decision of writing stories. Objective was never been to be literary, but to put down good, impactful, touching stories to inspire positive changes in society across various ideologies and beliefs.
4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Mostly I write during the late night hours and after completing one book, I take a good 6 to 9 months of break from writing.
5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Stories inspired from real life issues, with a combination of love, nationality and that social stigma that I want to highlight.
6. What inspired you to write your first book?
My late girlfriend’s wish and my strong desire to write on issues that youngsters in love faces, especially when they are about 19 years or so, the challenges at that age and at 25 or above are actually different. So, my late girlfriend, who happened to be my first love, was the major reason that weaved up a story to give a positive ending to my own story and then ofcourse that completed her wish, along with our desire to highlight real life content.
7. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
8. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My latest book, ‘God & his girlfriend’ talks about how one can make his passion into a successful profession, what an ideal person would do when he is facing a situation where he needs to choose either his country or his family. It talks about why a particular religion is in target after any terrorist attack. The book overall is on love, passion, patriotism and highlights a crunch and debatable topic of religion versus terrorism.
9. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Amongst Indians it’s Chetan Bhagat, not because of his writing skill but because of the way he connects a fiction with reality, his themes revolve around modern day Indian context and I like that. Apart from him, I like Nicholas Sparks and Erich Segal’s ‘Love Story’ is my all time favourite.
10. Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Bit of research is required when I put down few pages of real life incidents, but to finish up my plot, travelling isn’t mandatory. Once the book is done I travel a lot for events, talks and storytelling shows. I love travelling and exploring new locations a lot, but not from writing’s perspective, although when you travel, you get to observe numerous things that can aid your work in future.
11. What is your favourite book and why?
Erich Segal’s ‘Love story’ will always be my favourite. Reason being the skill by which story has been narrated; I am yet to see that skill in any other book. Smart fragmentation, ordering, sequencing, game of words, balance of literary elements along with the magic of story appearing before our eyes is what makes that book a complete one. Work of Nicholas Sparks is also amazing but it depicts clear emotions that touch us along with that twists and turns. But that balance of literary devices and picturing the image in real is somewhat better with Erich Segal.
12. Million dollar question, are you working on another book?
Not now on any fiction book, it will happen post November. But yes, am working on my first book in Hindi that happens to be the re-written version of my debut English fiction, ‘I am dead but my heart beats.’
13. Have you written any other books that are not published?
What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
No, whatever I have written has been published. The biggest surprise has been the unexpected love from readers. I never expected this support. I am no big literary author or a gem, I write simple but realistic tales and so the love I have got from readers wasn’t unexpected and has been an unsaid surprised.
14. Where do you see publishing going in the future?It will evolve in future, it needs that transformation. The industry saw changes a decade ago but now again things have gone stagnant once again. So, I feel within next five to ten years it will see some other turnaround to remove this saturation or stagnancy.
15. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
I would like to say that everyone in this entertainment industry, be it books, films, tv, live shows etc, must always keep the essence of some positive change in their work that could help the nation. India is developing, but we are still in turmoil in every sector, we need a change that could produce a chain effect. In small bits we need changes; massive approach isn’t working for long. And for changes in bits, art and entertainment is a very easy source to lure and inspire folks.
16. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you want to write, don’t go by what is currently working in market, because you never know, may be your writing becomes the link to produce another turnaround in industry.
17. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thanks to all my readers for their love and support, most importantly the continued love. And for those who are yet to read my work, am trying my best to reach them gradually, with time, we will build a huge family, just keep showering your love and have faith.
Thanks Priyank for giving your interview to Writer’s destination!