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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Author Interview : Nilesh Rathod, author of 'Destiny of Shattered Dreams'
Read up, the Interview with Nilesh Rathod, author of 'Destiny of Shattered Dreams'.
If we give this book its due, we would understand what it is that I
mean by calling it a poetic book because it does have probably a little too many poems :).
This interview consists of how the book actually happened, what the core idea was, which particular character, the author feels most close to, how he relates the book and its characters to day to day lives, the next book he has planned, advice for authors, today and much, much more, Folks...
How did ‘Destiny of Shattered Dreams’ happen?
In one sentence… ‘It was destined’. I had no intention to end up
with a full length novel, when I first started writing this book. It was
like one paints a picture for one self.
happened that when I was finished, I didn't merely
write a story for myself it was a novel worth an audience.
What kind of research did you put into the
writing of this book?
I have a business background. So, researching that
part of the story came easy. The tough bits were
researching mind-sets in broken love, researching human relationships, et
My second book needs some serious research and gives me
goose bumps at times.
What according to you is different about
It came naturally, and I let it be as it was… Being
different was never my goal... I wrote and rewrote
till the story began to overwhelm me...
And when it did I knew it was ready for the road ahead.
How did you come up with the core idea and
I write one line at a time and had only a rough sketch.
But, as I went ahead, two things happened. The
sketch kept reinventing itself, and at no stage, I knew for sure what the next
line would be.
I just kept going, and the book wrote itself... I cannot think
of any other way of writing.
How would you relate the book and its
characters to your day to day lives?
Characters are built on history... The challenge is when you spend too much time building
characters, what happens is unless you can come up with something special you
will bore people with rhetoric.
Therefore, I avoid spending time building characters…
They display themselves with their actions as the story pulls along.
Which particular character did you feel most
close to? Why?
Hands down Qazi... I gave him my
I am sure
he has a role... I am almost ready to take a chance
and work on a sequel with him in the lead… But that's only in the mind.
Could you tell the readers about your
experiences and how it was related to what you wrote?
This is fiction and I would leave the answer to that…
I do not have any significant experiences of writing to share. But editing and bringing it to the bookshelves was one
hell of a job.
is the most fulfilling part of writing this book? And what is
I don't do anything I don't like. The day I feel
writing is a challenge... I would believe it's time to quit.
And loving what you do is the fun of doing anything. I look forward to get to my work as much as I look
forward to get home, when I am done... I pretty much love everything I
What is the next book that you have planned?
‘The Emissary’. It's a historical fiction set in pre-independent
India. The novel is a memoir of a village boy, who
gets thrown into the politics of imperial rule and Anti-Semitic Germany.
I kept wondering what Gandhi would have done if he got a chance
to confront the perpetuators of the Second World War. This book will be an
attempt to answer that question.
Who was it that told you that you could
become the author, you are today?
I knew I could write. The
decision to become one was mine… I seldom had a doubt that if I ever wrote a
novel it wouldn't find a publisher or wouldn't be welcomed.
My concept of a satisfaction in writing is not by the
number of copies sold. If I could influence even
one person with my work, it's a job, well done. I am happy to know my first
attempt has done more than that.
Any advice to writers that would like to be
published today? How tough is it to be published?
Write your best work. Believe in yourself. And keep
trying... It's a tough world... But don't aim for
success, as it's the wrong train to catch. It often frustrates you... Instead
write to satisfy yourself.
The poetry in my first book was written about 20 years
ago. I felt no anxiety for all these years that I
should find a publisher for them. Knowing well, they weren't bad... When the time comes things happen… Just keep at it.
Who are your favourite authors and why?
I haven't read too much fiction really… In the last
year or so I have started on that. But I do love a few already.