Eshan's Special Interview Series: Nikhil Mahajan, Author

Hi Nikhil, Welcome to Writer's Destination! Congratulations for your new book 'White Smoke'

Q1. Please tell us something about yourself?

I am from a small place with a nine to five job like any other guy in the country but my time as a
writer starts after the office from my study table and this is the place from where all these ideas about the book comes from. In 2009 after rejections from all the places and a manuscript in my hand which was actually my life story and zeal to get it published I started believing in luck, when I came in contact with Jayant Da from Srishti Publishers. Getting published for was a dream come true. All these years with my experience now I can say “All you do is your best and leave the rest up to God. Sometimes you win and sometimes you let others win, but nobody ever loses. Everyone is given a fair chance by him.”
Q2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I enjoy writing but I believe I can never be satisfied with what I write. Writing those two hundred pages which turns into manuscript is always the hardest part. Reading the manuscript again and again; and then coming up with something new fruitful is a tiring job but patience is what writing is all about.

Q3. How long have you been writing?

It has been quite a long I am into writing, I started writing when I was in college, though at that age, I used to spend very less time on it and have now turned into a full time writer.  My first book came in 2009 and the journey remains very steady then after with an average of one book each year.

Q4. How long does it take you to write a book?

Depending upon the plot and the amount of research and development required for the book, it takes nearly a year to write a good book. Since, the new book of mine which was from a thriller genre and was something  I never wrote before; so this book took around two years to take the shape but I find this hard work worth with the positive reviews pouring in.

Q5. How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?

It came with my breakup. There was a time when I was very dishearten so writing of book came at that time keeping me away from the negative thoughts and thus I am very thankful to that girl for leaving me in the amidst so that I could ship this journey of life as a writer. All these books have been somehow inspired from life incidents and people around.

Q6. How does an idea for this book come to you?

It was a combined idea of me and Priyanka Dey, that was then when we decided that we should together work upon it. But life has something else in store for us due her busy schedule; she gave the whole plot to me, for which I still owe it to her. And there is another friend of mine Vikram, who was always there for the rescue for the case reports and IPC.

While finishing my book, I was in a constant contact with both of them, so this book is a work of joint efforts by friends together.

Q7. Please tell us something more about your upcoming book?

Well my latest book which is a suspense thriller, titled, White Smoke is set in a boarding school of Shimla where Virat, the protagonist, is trying to fight the pain of his mother’s death and his father’s ignorance. That’s when he finds a girl’s picture in a library book. In trying to find the truth behind the girl, he stumbles upon dirty secrets and a scandal that shocks him. The story is about his Investigation to unravel the mystery.

Q8. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

From nowhere to a published writer is the biggest achievement I feel that I am blessed with. I come from a state where basic education is a priority and we don’t have a large established literary industry. So to get a start from the capital without knowing people there and with no connections was a huge success. This could never have been possible without Jayanta Kumar Bose from Srishti Publishers, who believed in me and my work. He was the one who trusted me for the first book and encouraged me to write more books. He is my mentor and for many other bestseller writers too. He is the one who always believed in budding writers and always accepted them with open arms. 

Q9. What’s something you are really good at that few people know about?

Ever since I have been into writing my life has been an open book. Whatever I do I share with my friends and fans. There is nothing that people don’t know about me.

Q10. Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?

I have just started with the WhatsApp line where I am 24hrs available to my readers and update my work. We together through the messages not only discuss about books but also about different social issues.. Currently we are a family of hundred people but this number is increasing day by day.  

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Q11. What was the hardest part of writing this book?

The hardest part of writing this book – WHITE SMOKE was the technical part where being fictitious I tried to put the exact Indian Penal Codes in the case and the way Investigation officer do the reporting to take the book is written as close to the way it is done in original.

Q12. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?

With the new age of mobiles and tabs, most of the teenagers what actually is the budding age to inculcate the reading or a writing habit; these teenagers have been diverted into socializing; gaming and towards apps but now the publishing industry has also adopted itself to fit itself into new age with the kindle and reading apps. Reading and writing has and will always be very lucrative and blooming field.

Q13. What would you be doing if you weren’t into writing?

If I was not into writing, I would have been doing more in my field of physiotherapy. It's not like I am not into full time physiotherapy, but I have always been more passionate about writing.

Q14. Can you share a little of your current work with us?

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My next book is about women empowerment, and it’s about the journey of every woman who faces every kind of discrimination, both at home and work, and overcomes it bravely. And my story is about three ambitious girls, and how they together overcome the pain and struggle to make a mark for themselves. It adds a moral burden to my shoulders too, because I need to approach each scene and event very responsibly and with a balanced approach. The project is still untitled.

Q15.  Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

Writing is a tough job, and it’s tougher to be published traditionally. There are three stages of writing – from getting your manuscript geared up for submission, editing it wisely and marketing it sensibly. So keep writing, no matter what. Just stay focused.

Q16. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I find friends more than fans and I feel lucky to be surrounded with so many people who care. I would like to thank them for the love they have given me in all these years, showering me with emails. “Just keep loving me and I will keep writing for you.”

It was really a privilege interviewing you. Hope you enjoyed the interview. I hope I will get another chance of interviewing you in future.

Thank you!!
Best of Luck