An Interview with the Author of “A Girl, A Stolen Camera and a Borrowed Bike” : Nikhil Singh Shaurya

Nikhil Singh Shaurya is a third year medical student and a research scholar. Deeply interested in science, music and travelling, Nikhil has a quest for learning and trying novelties. A Girl, A Stolen Camera and a Borrowed Bike is his debut novel.

In Conversation with the Author

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

My Philosophy in life is to grow a bit everyday, I try keep learning new things, it’s the thrust of learning that I read, I write. Writing has this freedom of no constraints. Like I’m a medical student and my routine is muggling up medical knowledge to pass exams or say to learn how to treat patients but my interest of knowledge isn’t bounded to that, I have keen interest in many other things, writing for me is a power to bring that all in a cocktail of stories.
When I realized myself I already became a published author.

2. How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?

Well, the phenomenon was to observe how hard it used to build up a fair conversation with a stranger.
Now with my book in my hand and I can literally enter any strange group, share my feelings or stories listen to them, have always loved life like this.

3. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
“Centre of gravity” is what the book is about, that’s is what makes it pickable.

4. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book “A Girl, a Stolen Camera and a Borrowed Bike”?
I had zero knowledge about book business, publishing , selling etc. I learned a lot of things and I even help people like me who have no idea about publishing, I have helped 4-5 people to the date , 2 among whom also got their book published.

5. What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

I had no goals, i just wrote a story, tried to create a good story. I understood what people loved which is a goal completed,
I learned what people look for and that is what I achieved.

6. Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?
I think every character has a reflection of its author, obviously they decide the good and bad for them.
I learned this art from Chetan Bhagat sir, all his protagonists in most of his books have names which are synonyms of Krishna and Chetan is also a synonym of Krishna.
Gary is a character of my book who is a real character and a folk musician. I love his exotic music.

7. How liberal are you in term of expressing ideas in your books?
If you are not liberal with your writing don’t write it. No one reads a book to read what they know, book reading is search for an escape so writer should serve the purpose.

8. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Strong emotions helps for a particular genre. With no emotions comes a rare group of people whom I’ll love to read. Infact i love books by psychiatrists and neuroscientists, those books are like reading why and how emotions are responsible for everything that happens in life. So emotions only play a role in genre of book.

9. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I like when people review my book, good or bad doesn’t matter much. There are types of people and they have varied interests, those who fall in my types, love it. Those who don’t, don’t like it much.
And I mean even Arundhati roy is condemned for her writings not because she is wrong. Because she thinks from different frame.

10. What were your greatest failures and what did they teach you?
Regarding publishing, I felt I trusted people easily in this industry, that’s a trap, protect yourself from traps.

11. What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
Research thoroughly before jumping into something you have less or no idea about, talk to people , researching helps you for the best.

12. ‎How can readers discover more about you and you work?
IG is reflection of my life virtually.
And I’m a talkative person, ping me, I’ll be available for quality talks.

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