Ashwin Sanghi There is a lucky offer at Flipkart where a select number of customers who preorder will get a signed copy (random draw). I shall also be doing book signing events in Mumbai and Delhi. You could always meet me at one of those. During the year I should be at a few Lit Fests too.
Ashwin Sanghi Become active on social media, blog regularly, use every connection and friendship to push another sale. You have to want it badly to make it happen.
Sachin Nirhali Thank you very much for your advice. Not only I have read many of your novels but you are also a source of inspiration for the budding writers who want to achieve something in the field of literature. Sachin Nirhali
Ashwin Sanghi I assume that you are referring to 'The Krishna Key'. The discovery of the underwater ruins of Dwarka have made people like me much more convinced about the fact that Krishna could have been a historical figure in the post-Saraswati era.
Ashwin Sanghi You need more than one voice to create a harmony! My insider’s perspective on India and its culture along with my passion for research and fast-moving plots were complementary to James Patterson’s proven formula for creating larger-than-life characters and building conflict. Multiple voices work well in a choir as long as they sing the right notes. I hope we did!
Ashwin Sanghi Working with James has been a refreshing experience. My focus has always been on research and plot while the Patterson formula is pace and character. This book has given us a chance to combine our respective strengths and present something that represents the best of both.
Ashwin Sanghi I think that I am an ancient soul. I grew up listing to mythological stories from my grandmother, terrifying tales of ghosts/occult from my grandfather. I also was a voracious reader besides being an Amar Chitra Katha addict. Those elements in my growing years developed my fascination for the past and the extraordinary.
Ashwin Sanghi You should consider finding a literary agent. There are several good ones in India. An agent would be able to evaluate your work and decide which publishers are ideally suited for submissions.
Ashwin Sanghi Oh absolutely. I have always viewed myself as work in progress! And yes, there is a dream story. It always tends to be the one that I am working on at that given moment!
Ashwin Sanghi Yes, I did that. But any such author must make sure that he/she does what a traditional publisher would do... engage a professional editor, invest time in typesetting and cover design, and most importantly-- market the book passionately.
Ashwin Sanghi The bestselling authors of our times are not necessarily the best writers, they are simple the most persistent ones. Writing means rejection. Please don't get disheartened. Get up and knock on another door.
Ashwin Sanghi Yes, I was concerned. But given the fact that JP was open to the idea of allowing me to develop the storyline from scratch, it eased my worries.
Ashwin Sanghi I think that we are seeing segmentation in the book industry. Rather than 'polarizing' I believe that multiple genres are complimentary to one another. Each genre has its own place. In the west, Gabriel Garcia Marquez could co-exist with Ian Fleming and Mills & Boons. To each his own, I say. :)
Ashwin Sanghi I am rather pleased by that tag line but I know that it is not true. I see myself as someone who simply has a story to tell. I have no great literary talent, simply a treasure chest of stories that need to be told. I do not benchmark myself against other writers. I am a speck in the ocean.
Ashwin Sanghi I always maintain an 'idea bank'. It could be an interesting conversation, a picture that caught my attention, a newspaper article, an advertisement or a book that I read. I ensure that I make a note of it. As a result, I always have an abundance of ideas that I can pick from.
Ashwin Sanghi It's possible but at this stage I believe that I have many stories that lend themselves to books. I am more likely to involve myself in adapting one or more of my books to screenplays rather than writing a screenplay from scratch.
Ashwin Sanghi Haha! I am scared of writing love stories. I like to write stories about puzzles that need to be solved. Love is a puzzle that can never be solved. How would I ever find a fitting conclusion?
Ashwin Sanghi It came from a literary agent. She told me that my first chapter needed to grab the reader and suck him/her into the story. The next piece of advice came from James Patterson: Less is more. Anything that does not advance the story is fluff. Junk it.
Ashwin Sanghi I am currently discussing movie rights for Chanakya's Chant and TV serialization rights for The Krishna Key. I hope that both these discussions will be fruitful during this year.
Ashwin Sanghi Many thanks for your kind words of appreciation Mamata. I am touched by your comments. It is comments like these that keep me motivated to write! Thanks!
Ashwin Sanghi One of the best questions today. Creative activity keeps me happy. As long as I am working on something new, I stay positive. I am most depressed when I complete a novel because I have to find something new to occupy myself with!
Ashwin Sanghi Paramahansa Yogananda. I realized that there are many things that I cannot explain but the mere absence of explanation does not imply that they are untrue.
Ashwin Sanghi A few simple rules. (1) Read to your kids when they are very young (2) Birthday presents should always be books (3) Get them to read aloud to you and encourage and reward good reading (4) Discuss what they have read recently at the dinner table.
Ashwin Sanghi I was brought up on a diet of commercial fiction and thrillers for most of my growing years: Jeffrey Archer, Sidney Sheldon, Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth, Irving Wallace, Jack Higgins, Tom Clancy, Ayn Rand, Ken Follett, Arthur Hailey. In the past decade, Dan Brown, John Grisham, Stieg Larsson, Ian Rankin and countless others were added to my list of favourites.
Ashwin Sanghi “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez, "Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie, "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda.
Ashwin Sanghi James Patterson? James Patterson is the world’s highest selling author having sold more than 260 million copies of his books worldwide. In recent years his novels have sold more copies than those of Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined.
Ashwin Sanghi James Patterson is the world’s highest selling author having sold more than 260 million copies of his books worldwide. In recent years his novels have sold more copies than those of Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined.
Ashwin Sanghi Indian mythology has been a process of repackaging and interpretation all along. Mahabharata started as Jaya (25,000 verses), developed into Bharata and then evolved into Mahabharata (100,000 verses). There are over 300 versions of the Ramayana, so will we undertake to pinpoint the 299 that do not meet our expectations or sensibilities?
Ashwin Sanghi Thanks! My previous books have been thrillers, but with a historical, theological or mythological backdrop. This collaboration is an extension of what I have already been doing—writing thrillers—but with an entirely modern and contemporary backdrop. This book is a perfect blend of my style with that of Patterson. The DNA of a thriller remains unchanged even though the content may vary.
Ashwin Sanghi There is no ailment that a peg of whiskey cannot cure, just remember that! I never fight writer’s block. Instead I use the time to read more, refine my research notes, tweak my plot outlines etc. By the time that I am done, the block has miraculously vanished.
Ashwin Sanghi Actually there is. But it isn't the core. The mythological angle of the story is a key element in the Private India story. I think that my readers will appreciate the fact that I am experimenting with new formats and genres. Life would be so boring if all the chocolates in a chocolate box were identical!
Ashwin Sanghi I start my day at office rather late by 11 am. It is possible for me to do that because I own the business that I run. I’m usually at work for 6-7 hours but I do not attend office on weekends. I usually write in the mornings from 6am to 9am, which explains why I have to start my day late. My evenings are usually spent reading and researching.