First of all, tell us a little about yourself!
In fact there is very little about me worth telling; I am a banker by the day and an author, painter by the night (like Batman) and a photographer by the weekends. Perks of being and having all the time to yourself. I studied a little mathematics and a very little business management.
What inspired you to become an author?
After winning a few short story contests I decided to compile them into a book. I was falling short of just about a dozen stories and my friend pushed me to complete the anthology and release the book. So may be I am an accidental author.
What was the main inspiration for your most recent book?
My stories are inspired by true events and real life characters. I have woven my stories around geo-political issues, historic angels & demons like Amon Goethe and Moldof. I have written about things that we see everyday and unfortunately don’t appreciate their presence. I wanted to offer something to my readers that they have never experienced before.. in a literary sense of course.
Who influenced you the most in life?
The greatest influencer in life has been my grandfather Mr Bireshwar Bose who taught me to believe in myself.
What is the kindest thing someone has ever said and or done for you?
The Gurudwara in Kalyan, those guys fed me for the longest time when my relatives refused to. I am forever indebted to them.
Do you have a favourite author? (Or name a few)
I admire Sir Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri and Roald Dahl besides me.
What is the best writing advice you have ever received?
I received an advice recently from Sir Salman Rushdie when I asked him for his secret of writing. He advised me to write with confidence and have patience, because it takes time to produce a masterpiece. Infact he takes about 5 years to complete a book.
Did you always want to be a writer and if not what did was the first thing you wanted to be or do?
In my school days when I used to get and A+ in my history class I used to dream about things I could become which I eventually didn’t. As I said earlier, I am an accidental author.
Do you like to listen to music while you write? If so, who are your favourite artists?
That’s one thing I really like to do while writing; listening to music. I listen to Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and Hans Zimmer.
What helps you write when you're stuck and or have writer's block?
A long walk really helps me overcome writer’s block, sometimes I don’t write for days till I get back into the groove. And during this hibernation phase I only listen to music I stop reading anything else in fear of distraction.
After a long day of writing etc, do you have a favourite tv show you like to watch?
I like watching movies, I have a huge collection of movies I watch whenever I get time from my overworked mind. The only tv series I ever watched is Sherlock Holmes on BBC.
What are you working on currently?
Currently I am working on promoting my book digitally. A lot has to be done by an author I am told by my publisher to publicize a book.
When you're not writing, or working, what do you like to do?
When I am not writing I am either painting or clicking pictures. I am also fond of cooking which usually happens over the weekends.
What are some of your most favourite books of all time?
Shantaram by Robert Gregory Davis
Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Illusions by Richard Bach
Which of your characters do you love the most and why?
I love the character of Maya in the story – The Paying Guest. She portrays the character of a strong woman who knows what she wants and stands against the norms of the society in an era where a woman had no rights.
Which of your books are you most proud of?
Pandora’s Box is my first book and I am yet to be proud of it.
What is the title of the last book you read/was it good or bad?
The last book I read was Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl. It really provides an answer to the ever-haunting question: what provides meaning to a man’s life? It is a must read for every curious soul.
Is there anything specific you'd like to try writing about in the future?
I am planning to write about aliens, that is something I find difficult to write. My next book could be about a consulting investigator who solves mysteries, not just crimes.
What is an interesting or hidden talent you have?
None of my talents are hidden actually, but interestingly I keep my ability to read a person’s handwriting undercover, it helps me read a person secretly while he/she is totally unaware of it. I am not an expert in this field but I am learning and discovering.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why would you choose it?
Well, in that case I would want to be a mentalist. To be able to read people’s mind is such an interesting thing, imagine the kind the perspective it will provide to an author to delve deep into the psyche of humans.
Is there anything else you'd like my readers to know?
An author is like a CEO and his book is the only product he is accountable for. The success and failure of a book is not just a function of its content. My publisher scared me off saying publishes 400 titles in year! Where did all of those authors disappear he asked me. A book you hear about from someone other than the author is already reflecting some silver lining. I only became aware of the popularity of my book when my publisher informed me they are in process of launching an audio book. The sample audio clip of the audio book was the sweetest sound I heard in ages, the first faint ring of success.
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Make sure you check out Tushar's book Pandora's Box!