Interview with Ankur Mutreja

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Short answer to this question would be Self-Satisfaction. But I don't think I am doing justice to this question by writing such a short answer; so, I would recommend you to visit my blog post "Why I Write" ( at http://shared.ankurmutreja.com/misc/why-i-write/) to get a comprehensive answer to this question.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Recently, I have authored three books almost simuntaneously. In fact, I would be wrong to say I wrote them because all I did was modified my earlier book "Writings @ Ankur Mutreja" and derived three new books from it dealing with three different genres, i.e., Humour, Law-Opinions, and Philosophy, and named them "Sparks", "Flare" and "Light" respectively. The basic idea in all my books is the same; i.e., to present my views in a consolidated form of a book distributed free of cost, which views are anyways in the wild in the form of my blogs accessible from ankurmutreja.com.
What are you working on next?
I have not decided yet, but, yes, I am always writing blogs; so, updates from my blogs in the form of new books would definitely follow (mostly free). I like travelling. If ever I get time, I will do a comprehesive travelogue of selected Indian travel locations -- I think I will have to price it for it will require substantial expense of time and money. I may also author fiction either as a collection of short stories or a novel; but, at present, my mind is blocked towards fiction.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in the year 2003, just after exiting my well paying investment banking job. This is the first thing I thought of, probably because that's what I had been doing the most in my job -- albeit negatively at the end of it, as an exit-interview/feedback against my boss, which incidentally never happened, for my boss pre-empted me by asking for my resignation.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always knew I was selling my books free for the time being, for I am professionally engaged as an advocate in India, where advocates are barred from engaging in other professions without special permissions -- since I am not making any profits from my books, I need not take those stupid permissions. Anyways, even otherwise, I believe in free flow of information and didn't want to put a price tag to my writings, which are anyways available on my blogs free -- OK, I am also immodest enough to think my writings are priceless. So, the choice was easy for me; I don't think any traditional publisher would have been willing to sponsor my books and sell them free of cost on its distribution channel -- Smashwords is doing a great job there.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In fact, most of my time is spent in court rooms making arguments, for I am an advocate by profession and a writer by choice (which choice I exercise best at bed time before and during sleep: I dream a lot). But, let me advise you there is more fiction in court rooms than in Hollywood/Bollywood crime thrillers, so I am well fed with my daily dose of fiction.
Published 2015-08-29.
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Books by This Author

Claims on Privacy: An Essay
Price: Free! Words: 15,380. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2017. Categories: Essay » Legal, Essay » Technology
The "Claims on Privacy" is an essay justifying the categorization of privacy as a generic natural right like the right to life and liberty. An inextricable link has been drawn between dignity and privacy in the essay through the life story of a fictional character XYZ. The author makes no claims to educate. If the readers get entertained, he will accept it gracefully as an accidental gain.
Nine Poems (Volume 2)
Series: Nine Poems Series. Price: Free! Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The Love of the abstract, the animate & the inanimate glitter in my dreams; I am the agent of Love, and my contract is to hack your dreams; Enjoy the Love in this book of poems, where my dreams shall date your dreams!
Kerala Hugged: A Travelogue (Munnar/Kochi/Alleppey/Varkala)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,440. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: February 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
In a borderless world, all would be travelers. India is a mini borderless world, and Kerala lies at its southernmost tip. The author lives near the lovely Kashmir, but does that make Kerala any less lovely! This book is indeed author's baby born out of his love of nature. "Writing books is the closest men ever came to having children" -- Norman Mailer.
Nine Poems (Volume 1)
Series: Nine Poems Series. Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Complex are the ways of life. Difficult it is to describe them in Black & White. Emotions are many; Words are few. And those who know them are far and few Life is a book of poems; And this is mine. Beautiful or ugly, you determine.
Light: Philosophy
Price: Free! Words: 17,720. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Social
What is Philosophy? Does it originate in the minds of professors like a Ganges flowing out from the hair-locks of "Lord" Shiva? Or is it rustic and puerile, evolving into maturity through the experiences of common men. I started writing philosophy without realization. To start with, it was an outlet to project my frustration, but those ramblings matured into Philosophy; & here I share it with you.
Flare: Opinions (Law, Human Rights and Politics)
Price: Free! Words: 22,830. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » General law, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
Opinions are like flare, which can turn either way: they can spread like wild fire or encapsulate themselves within the bounds of personal integrity, and thus illuminate. Recently, I published a comprehensive book of my writings entitled "Writings @ Ankur Mutreja", and the present book is a short selection of my opinions presented therein with emphasis on responsible writing.
Sparks: Satire and Reviews
Price: Free! Words: 16,810. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
This book is an alternative representation of my thoughts, comprising four chapters: Satire, Book Reviews, Travel Locale Reviews, and Movie Reviews & More. The Satire chapter is a humorous take on societal idiosyncrasies and hypocrisies, and the next three chapters on Reviews are some time serious, sometime light; but overall it is indeed a light reading, especially for those who are tight on time
Writings @ Ankur Mutreja: Satire, Reviews, Opinions, Philosophy
Price: Free! Words: 96,630. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » General law, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
The book presents my views on issues ranging from contemporary events to personal philosophy. The book is, in fact, a consolidation of my views concretized on my blogs over years and is divided into four sections: Satire, Reviews, Opinions and Philosophy.