Author Interview : Arnab Ray

Author Interview : Arnab Ray

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Quirky, peppy and crisp – that’s Arnab Ray for you, on Yatrik and much more. In a chat with our melonite PRB.�

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Q. Let us begin with the most predictable question � Yatrik is your third book. Do you like it more than the other two you�ve written?

\nI would like to believe it�s better-written. If I don�t improve with every book, where is my own personal �Yatra�?\n\nQ. You own one of the best and oldest blogs as an Indian. Did you want to be a fiction writer ever?\n\nAll the time. The blog was merely a beginning, a �May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss� to the world. It was my blog that got me my first book deal. So purpose served.\n

Q. Your first book was non-fiction, a compilation of your blog posts (May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss). How did the journey towards fiction begin? How did you conceive and write The Mine?\n\nAlways wanted to write fiction. I would have made �The Mine� my first book but I knew it was a commercially risky book, way out of my comfort zone as well as of Indian readers. Hence went with the safer option of MIHYAP. �The Mine� was conceived backwards, first the climax then follow back. Same as Yatrik. I prefer conceptualizing that way.\n\nQ. Why Yatrik? You�ve dabbled with satire in your blog, psychological horror in your second book, and now a generous dose of philosophy and introspection in Yatrik. \n\nI wanted to write a book for my daughter. Something that captures what I believe about life. The Mine was too extreme and violent and I dont want her to read that before she is eighty years old. :-)\n\nQ. How was your experience writing Yatrik? Has it changed your life in any way, made you more introspective, may be? \n\nRather I would say that a change in my life (becoming father) made me write Yatrik. I dont think some of the emotions expressed there would have come out the way it did had I not been a father.\n\nQ. Your message for budding writers. \n\nWrite a lot. Read more. Don�t write what everyone is writing. You are unique. Bring your unique voice on to paper.

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The book is available at :�Amazon�and�Flipkart�.

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