This blog used to be views on various things. But in all these years, I find it going a whole new direction.
Something which I have loved all the time. It's BOOKS!! So, presenting a whole new saga, of books and a little about them, whatever I can find, write, visualise and imagine...
Read up, the Interview with Rohan Govenkar (Part 2). In this section, he talks of the most fulfilling
parts in the book, the characters he felt most close to, his next book, and
also his favourite authors, and a lot more, Folks...
What are the most fulfilling parts in your book?
most fulfilling parts about the book to me, as an author, is that I have managed to tell readers a lot of serious stuff
like the little known history, the average Goan’s perspective on Goa’s image
and the tourism scenario, the problems they face, in a very casual style that
blends smoothly and unsuspectingly.
If the plot was not interesting, it could have ended up getting
readers bored, and those specific parts would have remained unread and unknown
to the world.
Which particular character did you feel most close to? Why?
feel closest to Ashwin, naturally, since my book is
written in the first person narrative. And I was compelled to pretend to be
Ashwin, get into his mind, step into his shoes, act and react the way he did, just
so that the character feels real and connects with the readers in an
Who was it that told you that you could become the author, you are
have always been a writer by heart, but never thought I’d author a book,
someday. Then a few years ago, it struck me that I
have a lot of good ideas and stories to share with the world and it would be
such a waste if they remained bottled up inside of me.
No other person influenced that decision, and hence it was
purely my call.
When will you next book be out?
I am currently working on my second book. I try to keep at least
one hour of the day for my writing, and now with the added confidence that
people have reacted well to the first book, a lot of self-doubt has been
eliminated; and the second one might not take as many hours as the first one.
My estimation is that the first draft should be ready by March
2016. Next, it will be followed by a thorough
rewriting. After that, the editing will be repeated a couple of times, until I
am fully satisfied with my work.
Which book are you currently reading?
am currently reading David Baldacci’s ‘Total Control’. I am really enjoying his descriptions and characterizations. The
uniqueness in his writing and plotting styles really inspires me.
They all are great storytellers, and I really love their
originality and lucidity. Originality is something which always fascinates me,
whether it’s a book or a movie.
What else do you do on a daily basis?
major chunk of my average day is dedicated to the
business, I handle. Next in line are family and friends. I don’t get too much
of spare time on a daily basis.
wish there were at least 30 hours in the day so that I could use the extra
hours for all those leisure activities and hobbies.
What advice do you have for the writers, who are starting out today?
advice to writers is – Write. A lot of new writers
ask me queries about the publishing world, the editing and the distribution.
They should be instead writing, and all those questions will be eventually
answered, in a natural way, by the time they have finished the final draft.
things are best learnt by experience, since then the lessons remain in mind
firmly. And yes, read a lot too.
‘The Third Day – Dwapara Yuga’ by Harshita Vallem starts off with the hows and whats of Lord Brahma’s
life, with this book being placed in the Dwapara Yuga. Brahma’s life is equal
to 4.32 billion years, with 71 Divya -Yugas, and every Divya -Yuga, divided
into four Yugas, Satya, Treta, Dwapara, and Kali. Brahma created eleven
Prajapathis and seven Saptarishis, who known as the Manas Putras.
In the first millionth
year, of the Dwapara Yuga – the Tala Pata Grandas or the holy scripts were
opened and they predicted that many an unpleasant thing would happen.
And it moves on to King
Drona and his kingdom, Kanyakumari. It is under attack by people known as the
Dead-Walkers. That is pretty much it. I did not understand this book, nor can I
say that I actually enjoyed it. After Parama, who takes over from Drona and
leads his people on to victory, it got very confusing for me.
Firstly, one cannot put
***** and expect people to understand that, it would be another section, in the
chapter. So, I could see the confusion reigning. It got worse with the *****
Secondly, I have never heard
of the origin of centaurs. Only heard of them in stories of fantasy, but definitely
never, in mythology. And the names were kind of weird too. Not heard of Elkser
and no one known as HE. Also, there seems to be an introduction of a new character,
every now and then, a little too much and too soon in this book.
In fact, I was almost
glad that she gave us a recap towards the end. Otherwise, I do not think, I would
have understood anything. All I can say is, if anyone has the patience to write
a book on mythology, one should manage to place the points, properly and
correctly. Whether, we think that they are true or not would also depend on the
way, in which the author has written them.
I may not be an expert
on mythology, but I think I can at least see a good book and a not so good one.
So, it is with much regret, that I hope that this author’s sequel, manages to
get things right, next time around.
In this one, he tells
us how the book first happened, how Ashwin, the lead character came about, how
he came about with the central idea of the book, before developing it and what
the challenging parts of the book were.
There is much
more to come in the second part of this Interview, Folks…
How did ‘1,000 Kilograms of Goa’ happen? Could you describe the
cannot recollect one, single journey that led to the happening of the book. Different ideas coupled up, from various points in life,
and they finally emerged together to give rise to the idea of writing ‘1,000 Kilograms of Goa’.
It took me two passionate years to get this task completed, and
another year to hunt for a publisher.
How did you bring about each of the characters? How much of it was
true and how much was fictionalised?
have used certain habits and qualities of people
around me to give birth to a few characters. Different characteristics and
reaction styles of certain friends and acquaintances have been merged together
to create those fictional people.
no single character resembles in entirety, any person I know in real life.
Goa is a relevant part of your story. How did the life and the
experiences play an important part in your novel?
have known Goa, its culture and people too well, since I, myself am a part of
it since birth.
So much of the Goan essence; its folklore, the habits, the
lifestyle, and the speech is entwined in the plot that I can be certain, that
it would have been very difficult for another writer from a different place to
include it all with ease.
What kind of research did you put in it?
research I have done is tremendous, in proportion to what I chose to include in
my plot. Even though there are crucial parts, which
involve the history of Goa, it’s still 1% of the relevant matter, I extracted
from reading several books cover to cover.
I visited Divar Island four times and conversed with a lot of
knowledgeable folks in and around the village. From what I learnt, the treasure
of Divar could still be lying under the ground, below a landlord’s house. I
spent some weekends in Morjim to understand the lifestyle of Russian people.
I even visited an offshore casino once, and the bouncers had to
literally ask me to leave because they thought I was a nosy journalist trying
to chat up their staff to make a story out it.
What according to you is different about your book?
about reunions are very common. But this one, is
not a simple reunion spent having fun and reminiscing the college days. This
one is a crackdown of Goa’s largest kept historical secret.
Even people who otherwise hate history have found themselves
interested, because the characters involved are not professional
treasure-hunters with sophisticated equipment and detectors, but normal young
people, you meet in your daily life.
book will make people realize how opportunities can cause regular people, with
normal lives and jobs, to change their lives into an adventurous roller-coaster
How would you relate the lives of characters to the lives today? Any
similarities? What was the most challenging part about writing ‘1,000 Kilograms
characters in this book are as natural as they can be. There’s nothing
extraordinary about them, except for the part that they have found a map to an
While penning the book, I had to
figure out how an average person, in his life’s monotony, would react if he/she
were to get hold of a treasure map and embark on an adventurous journey to
track such a massive fortune.
Keeping the characters real and the story believable was an
important part; very challenging too, especially in such an unconventional