Interview with Sachin Gupta

What are you working on next?
I am working on different short stories involving social issues. Through humorous stories, I want to sensitize and educate readers about neglected social issues. My stories depict contemporary India. In certain stories, I use history to drive a point. In short, 'Factition' is the genre which I am going to focus on where facts are discussed through fiction.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am impressed with Alice Munro, Murakami and John Cheever's work. Amongst the Indian authors, I like Jhumpa Lahiri
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Alarm of my phone, if I may put it humorously. Most of my idea generation happens when I am sleeping. The excitement to pen it down is what gets me out of the bed
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing then I would be doing any of the four works mentioned below
1. Working in Indian capital market
2. Spending time with my family which often gives me new ideas to write
3. Reading different types of books
4. Travelling and meeting new people
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am still old type and learning to use the technology. Most of my reading online happens through reference
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, Shoes and Tie is the first story that I wrote in 1998. My mother discovered that and took away the diary in which I had penned it down. My parents thought that I plan to starve them when they grow old since the perception in India was that artist die of hunger. After 16 years, some how that diary came back to me. I took it as God's signal and re-wrote the story and got it published.
What is your writing process?
To be honest, I don't have any writing process. I would be keen to learn if anyone can teach me some process of creative writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that I read and still remember was a travelogue by Rahul Sankratyayan on his journey to North East India when it was hit and ravaged by flooding of river Brahmaputra. It introduced me to the world of books. I followed it up with his journey to Egypt in treasure hunt. Next was social stories by Munshi Premchand. I still remember poems of Rabindra Nath Tagore.
How do you approach cover design?
This is one aspect I still need to learn. I am improving day by day.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't follow a particular genre. I read books on different topics. 60% of my reading is non fiction while rest is fiction of different genre.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born poor. My childhood was spent in a quasi slum in Kolkata. That gave me a lot of opportunity to see poverty, mix up with different type of people and gave me deep understanding of social issues. My neighbors included Tailor, taxi driver, mason, vegetable vendor and carpenter. My education of chartered accountancy and MBA exposed me to different type of world. My stint with HSBC as investment banker was enriching in terms of understanding the intricacies of finance world. All of these are integral part of my writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was egged on by two facts
1. Indian authors are currently focusing on youth issues but none are writing on social issues.
2. As Mahatma Gandhi said, if you want the world to change, be the change.
Published 2014-10-10.
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Books by This Author

Message in the Bottle
Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Genie opens the bottle that he had found on the beach. He fancies a she-genie and plans family. But, it carries a message from a four year old girl who wishes for a clean city. Genie's efforts create a mass cleanliness movement in India.
Bitcoin, The Tughluqi Money
Price: Free! Words: 6,180. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: October 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
KK, the bank recovery agent, hits the jackpot when he discovers bitcoin in his computer. However, his happiness is ruined when bitcoin prices crash. His wife leaves him. He is about to kill himself. Set in Gurgaon, India, the funny drama captures the light moments between father and son and their quest to bring smile on each other's face.
Michael Porters Strategy for Begging
Price: Free! Words: 1,180. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: October 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Satire on how we judge and give alms to beggars which is often reflection of ourselves.
Shoes and Tie
Price: Free! Words: 2,010. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
The story is a funny take on ordeal of an Indian government employee to stay honest. The story is based in Kolkata, India and depicts setting of 1990's