Talking while Walking Interview Series
Eshan Sharma, Blogger, Writer and a poet with
Mr. Arpit Agrawal, Author
He is National best seller writer and a great human being.
Books: Take my heart forever (a national best seller)
Thank you for giving me some time to ask you some questions.
1. Where are you from? Give us your brief introduction. About your childhood.
Like the fictional characters in my books, I am not tall-dark-handsome, I live a simple life, I cross the road checking both the sides, I order Mix-Veg and ask for complementary salad in restaurants, I ask people for the address in spite of having a smart-phone.
Born in a small town of Orissa and brought up in another small town near Raipur, Chhattisgarh, I spent one-third of his life living a mediocre life. Which I still continue...
Sent by my parents, in four years of exile (also called ‘Engineering’), I studied Mechanical related stuff in a classroom deficient in ‘XX’ chromosomes but ended up working in an IT firm in Pune.
By the third year of Engineering, I never read even a single book out of my curriculum, but then 'Chetan Bhagat' and 'Shidney Sheldon' entered my life and I realized I have to go very far in fiction.
After cultivating my ideas for few hundred days, I published my debut novel ‘Dear life, Get well soon...' in the year 2013 and second novel – ‘Take my heart, forever…’ in the year 2016.
2. Does big ego hurts or help writers?
Having a little ego is very important; it is another form of self-esteem. But as it is said, excess of anything is bad.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In my first year of working as a Software Engineer with Accenture, Pune, I realized that I am not one of those 2.75 Million Software Engineers in our country.
The primary goal of my life is, if someone searches my name in Google, it should show the result. And yes, it shows if you search about my books.
I always wanted to become famous. And dear friends, there is nothing evil in wannabe famous if it is for right reasons.
4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I usually write after 12 PM at night, when everyone at my home is sleeping, I can concentrate in writing.
It isn’t easy to cope time for writing along with other job. There are many nights when I didn’t sleep and continued to write the whole night. There are scenes in my book which I have written at 3-4 AM.
But I enjoy every bit of it. Had I take it as work, I wouldn’t be able to do it. If there is something you adore with all your heart, you can easily take out time for it. It is all about preferences in life.
5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I am a Bollywood freak and Raj Kumar Hirani is my favourite film maker.
There is always a diverse charm in his movies. He entertains us and also gives a strong social message at the same time. (His movies are - Munna Bhai MBBS and 3 idiots, PK etc.)
I also try to write the same way, entertaining and yet so inspiring.
6. What inspired you to write your first book?
When I was in college, out of the blue, I wrote a small piece for my college-magazine. It was cherished by many. ‘I must do big’ I thought and approached an English Newspaper. They willingly published my articles and I got emails of readers from all over the State. I looked into the bigger picture and approached a National Magazine – ‘The Teenager Today’, they loved my stories too and it gave me a monthly readership of almost 4,00,000 readers across the Nation.
‘I must do big’ I thought again and hence, I got published through my debut novel in the year 2013 called ‘Dear life, get well soon…’
Isn’t it a nature’s clue for me to write further? And hence I wrote my second book ‘Take my heart, forever’.
So, the moral is never settle after you get success in life, no matter how small or how big the success is. Like when I wrote a ‘500 words’ article for the college magazine, I could have stopped there, but I caught nature’s clue and started working on it even more.
You can get a small success by luck or because of lack of competition, but to make it large is your responsibility. You yourself have to dig out the talent hidden inside you; you can’t hire men for doing that. And trust me, you definitely have one. (At least one)
7. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Chetan Bhagat. (I wish if someone will answer this question as ‘Arpit Agrawal’ someday.)
My first book is - ‘Dear Life, Get well soon . . .’ (2013). It is a fiction book but the lessons it deals are not factitious at all. It is a pure-veg, hilarious book which you can read with your family members around.
And my second book is – ‘Take my heart, forever…’ (2016) - It is a remarkable story; here the biggest lawyer in the country files a PIL which brings a revolutionary law.
I can promise a lot of goose-bumps, tears, and smiles when you read my books.
This is the blurb of “Take my heart, forever…”
"Meet Siddhartha, a good lawyer but a bad human.
Meet Rahul, a good human but a bad doctor.
And meet Shuchi, a good human and an exceptionally well doctor.
Shuchi tries to make a good human out of Siddhartha and a good doctor out of Rahul, but a bomb blast transforms their lives.
Read this revolutionary tale to know how Siddhartha will get a unique PIL passed in the courtroom and Rahul will perform a life changing surgery, to save the girl they love.”
9. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Chetan Bhagat is my favorite author. I love his clarity in thoughts.
There are many other authors whose language and literature is far better than Chetan Bhagat, I read them too, but I find CB’s work more entertaining.
10. Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I wish if I could, but I can’t get enough time to do so. Actually I am also running a start-up company which needs my daily attention.
11. What is your favorite book and why?
My favourite book is Revolution 2020, because of the storyline.
12. So your book ‘Take my heart forever’ is a big hit, are you working on another book?
I am working on a romantic comedy for my next book.
It is the story of a rape victim girl and his boyfriend who proves that all Men are not dogs, all Men are not the same and Men don’t think of the same thing all the time.
13. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
There is a funny incident, once a girl gifted me a pen and a diary, when I asked why, she said because I am a writer.
I said, ‘I always write in a computer, why don’t you gift me a computer too!’
14. Writing can change the society. So what aspect of the society you want to change through your writings?
Once I wrote an article for a newspaper with the message that we should not elope with our lovers, we should peacefully convince our parents for marriage instead.
I got email from a girl saying, she was planning to elope with her boyfriend, but she changed her mind after reading my article published in the Newspaper.
Once a school student wrote me how he dropped his plan of suicide after reading my article on suicide attempts of students who flunk in examinations.
These incidents are my biggest accomplishment.
I am blessed that I am able to do good to the society with my pen.
I wish hundreds of more books should be published every year and everybody should have a personal library at their home.
We have a living room, a bed-room, a worship-room then why don’t everybody have a reading-room too.
16. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?Yes, these are few links which readers can visit: -
Take my heart, forever - http://tinyurl.com/tmhfeorder
Both the books Combo - http://tinyurl.com/arpitagrawal
Dear life, get well soon - http://tinyurl.com/dlgwsbook
Ø Amazon order link - http://tinyurl.com/hwsme2o
Ø Paytm Order link - http://tinyurl.com/tmhfepaytm
Ø Youtube Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LABPt-fRws
Ø Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/arpit194
Ø Flipkart order link - http://tinyurl.com/tmhfeflipkart
Read it for free with these links:-
Google Play: - (FREE)
17. Do you have any advice for other writers?
My suggestion is, to accept the fact that rejection is just a part of life, not the whole of it.
If you write a manuscript and a publisher rejects it, it means that there is a scope of improvement in it.
And you are lucky that you come to know about it before the book goes to actual readers.
For my first book ‘Dear life, get well soon…’ I had to approach ten different publishers before it published.
Write what you actually want to read. Be obsessed with your work; don’t take feedback from lots of people. Trust yourself. Be crazy about your idea.
Don’t wonder why people go crazy. Wonder why they don’t...
18. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, I would like to say, try to turn your hobby into your career but get security first.
Let me put it in this way, if you are born in an Indian middle class family; you can’t afford to chase your dreams.
You have to first get security in life that even if your hobby does not work, you can carry yourself. At the same time not letting your dreams die is essential. Keep your hobby alive inside you, get a secure job and then see up to what level you can go with your hobby.
Never kick any opportunity that comes to your doorsteps. For example, if you are good in writing and you have decided to become a full time writer. And at the same time there is campus placement at your college.
Don’t say that you don’t want a job because your ultimate goal is to be a writer. Take the job; get security in life, at least for your parents (You have to live your parent’s dreams too, as living only your dreams is just too selfish. Your parents always want you to be secured) and then chase your dreams.
In that way even if you don’t get immediate success, you will have time and money for your hobby.
Thanks Arpit for giving your interview to Writer’s destination!
Thanks Eshan for such a wonderful conversation! All the best for your literary journey. ~Arpit