Eshan's Special Interview Series: Oswald Pereira, Journalist and writer

Talking while Walking Interview Series

Eshan Sharma, Blogger, Writer and a poet with
Mr.Oswald Pereira, Author
He is great writer and a great human being.

Books: The Krishna-Christ Connexion, The Newsroom Mafia, Chaddi Buddies, Revenge of the Naked Princess.  Upcoming books, Golmaal in Goa and Beautiful World.
Hello Sir,
Thank you for giving me some time to ask you some questions.

1.    Where are you from? Please tell me something about your childhood and career?
I hail from Thane, near Mumbai, in Maharashtra. I spent my entire childhood and young adult life in my ancestral home in Thane. I studied in St John the Baptist High School, Thane and completed my graduation in Economics (Honours) from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. I was a journalist for more than 35 years. I worked for newspapers and magazines like The Times of India, Financial Express and Outlook in senior writing and editing positions.

2.    When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I realized that I wanted to be a writer, even before I joined journalism. In fact, my first novel, was liked by an editor of a top publishing house in Mumbai. I was then in my early twenties. But, the editor’s boss rejected the book. Then I joined journalism. The excitement of seeing my name on the front page of the newspaper made me forget about being a writer. This love was buried in the rush of journalism. Then when I quit journalism, I resumed my writing. My first book, The Newsroom Mafia, was published by a top publishing house in December 2011. It became a bestseller.

3.           How much time do you take for writing a book?
The time for writing a book ranges from six months to a year. However, I wrote my latest book, The Krishna-Christ Connexion in 20 days flat. It is a short fiction book. I preferred keeping it short, because I thought that a book of its kind, a religious spiritual fiction-fantasy, would do better if it is short and sweet.

4.           What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I think it’s a carry over my days as a reporter, when we did our reports late in the evening. My best writing time is after 6 PM. I need a few cups of tea to keep me going.

5.           What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book, The Newsroom Mafia, which is about the media-mafia-government nexus, was inspired by my experiences as a hardcore crime reporter.

6.            If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I wouldn’t like to choose a mentor. Writing is in my DNA.

7.            Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Two of my books, a novel titled Golmaal in Goa, and a non-fiction, spiritual book, Beautiful World, are scheduled for publication later this year.

8.            Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
There are so many good authors that it would not be fair to choose favourites.

9.    Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Since I write mostly fiction, there is no travel involved. Everything is imaginary.

10.                       From where do you get ideas for writing books?
My life experiences and fertile imagination give me ideas to write books.

11.                       How do you develop your plots and characters?   
I think of a basic plot and then the story flows as I write. The characters come alive as I write and (maybe I am imagining) dictate their roles in the book. I go with the flow of the story and the characters speak accordingly. A thought or a word gives me a clue for the next chapter.
12.                       What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?

People began taking me more seriously as a writer than they had when I was a journalist.
13.                       Writing can change society. So what aspect of society you want to change through your writings?
I would like people to stop fighting in the name of religion, because we are all connected souls and belong to one Supreme Being, who has no religion, and has given us all the biggest human gift – Love.

14.                       Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
No Eshan, your questions have been good and comprehensive.

15.                       Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing. Write, write and write … never give up.

16.                       Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Please keep buying my books!

Thanks Sir for giving your interview to Writer’s destination!

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