Today, we have a guest with us here at Tech.Cloud. Let me introduce you to Mr. Amrit Sinha, the debut author of the upcoming novel ‘Beginning with a comma’.
Amrit Sinha is an upcoming author having penned a few short stories that are now available in most of the bookstores. His debut novel would be out any moment now and he also has a few book contracts in his kitty to take him through 2016.
He hails from Ranchi and is a diehard Sachin Tendulkar fan. Cricket to him is now played on YouTube where he watches the reruns of old matches that Sachin graced with his presence.
With my persistent request, Amrit agreed to have a short interview with Tech. Cloud. Here is how it went.
ME: Amrit, first of all thank you for accepting my proposal for the interview. At anytime if you get bored or want to take a break, I have my Xbox at your disposal.
AS: (Laughs) Thank you for the generous offer Arpit. I am glad that we are having this conversation and I am sure that you will keep it interesting. I hope the Xbox offer would stay post the interview too.
ME: Most certainly, Amrit. Please walk us through the process of gunning down such a fetching title?
AS: Comma in ‘Beginning with a Comma’ is the hiccup, not only a pause. One can never imagine where a breath pauses, where adolescence can get acquainted with adulthood, its shadow lines, blurred realities which make the appearance and likeliness a mere binary to each other! I have tried to capture that, therefore, I call it a hiccup, an ‘uncomfortable’ pause- one that either continues till you gulp down something else or vanishes forever, miraculous!
I begin with the comma that remains never to end in a period.
ME: Is the plot of ‘Beginning with a Comma’ inspired by life events?
AS: Often we write about things we see around us. I wouldn’t call it autobiographical in nature, but having said that, you cannot also segregate the imprints the society has had on you from your writing. Myth, mystery, spirituality, love and religion sensitive topics within and outside media till date constitute the plot. My relationships as portrayed have been secular, so has the context, the setting, the theme and the mood.
ME: Please provide us a little glimpse of what ‘Beginning With a Comma’ is all about ?
AS: It is the story of the struggle of a 21-year-old boy. His boy to man journey. There is myth and mythology. There is religion and spirituality, futility of one and the utility of another. It is a story of metamorphosis. All that forms the cocoon is the story.
ME: Do you have a writing regime?
AS: Yes. Writing happens to be the only constant in my otherwise erratic routine. I make sure that the ink keeps flowing. I write articles for newspapers, write blogs and have also contributed to satire columns such as ‘Faking News’.
ME: That’s wonderful. Any tips on how to get through the writer’s block?
AS: Keep your eyes and ears open. I may only be beginning this journey and I fear I may sound overreaching, but there is a story in everything around us. There is Signal and Noise everywhere. Noise for you could be news for me and vice versa. Often in my other interviews I have pointed out that I only write when I want to write, I do not set deadlines, I do not force myself to write and I do not intend to achieve anything but pleasure while I write.
ME: Excellent thought ! Let’s talk about the hurdles you faced in getting the book published, if any ?
AS: The biggest hurdle was more personal. I had a manuscript with me which I had penned only to make my 4 years of Engineering more fulfilling. I did not know if this was share-worthy, publishing-worthy or if it would have any takers. I took a leap of faith and reached out to a few publishers. Pustak Mahal responded after about 16 weeks. I was pretty excited as they are the oldest indigenous publishers in India. Rest they say is history.
ME: Do you see a bright future for the Indian publishing industry?
AS: Internationally, I was particularly happy with the merger of Random House and Penguin as that will now ensure Publishing industry has someone to present a formidable challenge to the ever-growing power of digital distributors such as Amazon and Apple. Indian Inc is a work in progress.
ME: What is your take on social media platforms and technology blogs such as Tech.Cloud for marketing ?
AS: It connected the two of us. It must be powerful. Personally I am planning a startup of my own along with a friend of mine, Saurin. It would again be a social media platform. So you exactly know how I feel about social media platforms and technology blogs.
ME: Do you, someday, plan on being a full-time writer or you would pursue your own startup ?
AS: It would depend on multiple factors. It would depend on my life experiences, on how the publishing industry evolves in the coming few years among others. If the universe were my canvas and I had to paint it, the startup would bring together the entrepreneur and the writer inside me.
ME: Any words of inspiration for upcoming writers?
AS: Never do things in half measures. Be self driven and motivated. Go the full length, do what it takes, do not discount research as you have the power to influence the minds of others. Write to heal the scars of the society, not for fame or money as that may lead you to write things which may weaken the social fabric. Be responsible writers, be responsible citizens.
ME: Tell me something interesting that people don’t know about you.
AS: That I am extremely sensitive and a cry baby.
ME: Do you have a website/blog or social media presence where fans can connect with you ?
AS: Yup! I have a couple of blogs where I pen my thoughts:
I can be reached out directly on Facebook as well. You just have to shoot a message or post on the page.
ME: Thank you once again Amrit for having this wonderful conversation with us. Tech.Cloud wishes you all the very best for your future and we sincerely hope that ‘Beginning with a comma’ will be a huge success. And next time when you come over to Tech.Cloud you shall not require an introduction.
AS: (Smiles) Thanks Arpit for the kind words. Really had a good time talking with you.
‘Beginning with a comma’ will be out soon and will be available in all the leading e-commerce stores.
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