AUTHOR INTERVIEW – VISH DHAMIJA


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He’s the one who lives life to ‘Enjoy’, he’s the one who writes to hook you down with his bestsellers, he’s the one crime writer other crime writers are talking about, he’s the one who according to Ebooks-India comes in the list of 51 Indian Authors who deserve to be followed on facebook; he is none other than Vish Dhamija, author of bestselling books ‘Nothing lasts forever’ and ‘Bhendi Bazaar’.

So here’s the little glimpse of the interaction we had with this ‘awesome’ gentleman.

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  • How would you describe Vish Dhamija?

With words 🙂 LoL.

Spontaneous, witty, fun loving…

  • Why crime thrillers?

Mystery is a great hook. It entices readers into the story because once they begin reading there is always the desire to uncover the unknown. I haven’t seen any stats, but I’m reasonably confident that crime fiction must outsell every other fiction category except, maybe, romance.

  • Tell us about your novel ‘Bhendi Bazaar’. Why so unusual name? We have a similar title in Bollywood as well, is there any similarity in plots, or just a coincidence?

Bhendi Bazaar is serial killer story, but it’s also an anachronous account of two extraordinary women: Viviane Casey and Rita Ferreira. Viviane, a Russian tourist, a victim of human trafficking in Mumbai shackled by destiny, challenges the norms but fails, and becomes just another fatality of history, a mere file in police annals that Deputy Commissioner Rita Ferreira. has to pull out quarter of a century later when Mumbai awakens to the first serial killer within living memory. The account of Rita’s investigation is interspersed with episodic flashbacks of Viviane’s grim life-story as the latter goes through her ordeal.

Bhendi Bazaar is “behind the bazaar”, the bazaar being Crawford Market — the area in Mumbai where top brass of Mumbai Police are headquartered. Some of the story is set in the location, hence the name. There is no similarity with the film.

  • You are settled in London, so was it difficult to connect with the readers of India?

A good story, in my opinion, will always connect with readers. Indian readers read stories by international authors in a foreign land. I’ve actually brought the story home by setting it in Mumbai. And I have had the privilege of living in India so I don’t see that as a challenge at all.

  • How difficult was to write a novel with your current job?

I write over the weekends, on vacations, but at the end of it all it’s a question of time management and self-discipline. If you want something enough, you will find time for it, believe me.

  • Your first novel ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ was a bestseller. Few words on it. Did you expect such response?

No, obviously not. I mean, it was a good story, honestly told, but if you are an unknown author what are the odds? It certainly exceeded my expectations, and encouraged me to write more.

  • You must be working on a new project. Would you like to unveil the mist for your readers?

Déjà Karma: a legal-psychological fiction to be released later this year. I will take you into the courtroom. It’s already with the publisher.

  • We all have heard about ‘Writer’s Block’. Have you ever experienced something like that?

Are you kidding? I get a twitter-block sometimes :). As I mentioned earlier, I normally wake up at 6AM over the weekends to write. Some mornings I’m not able to write a single sentence in three-four hours.

  • What position does writing hold in your life? Is it just a hobby or passion?

Passionate hobby? It takes me a year to write a manuscript. That’s a lot of work to put in if there wasn’t any passion.

  • If one day you wake up and find yourself in a strange hotel room, in a strange city, in a strange country what would be your first reaction?

I just hope my they’ve transported my laptop and some books with me to this strange place, and they have a good wifi for me to listen to my music. If all that is there, I’ll order a good coffee.

  • Would you like to say something to our young and budding writers?

If you are passionate about writing and you have a good story to tell, do not give up your dream.

  • A few words about us, i.e., “The Author’s Blog”.

Amazing initiative. In the world full of distractions — gadgets, games consoles, films, cricket, Internet — it’s quite a remarkable achievement to attract the reading audience, and you guys have done a fantastic job.

Okay now… Let’s have a rapid fire… just for fun.

  • Your favorite hangout place?

Any good barista by the sea.

  • Your first crush?

Classic cars.

  • If you were to write using a pen name, what would it be?

Dracula.

  • One moment that changed the course of your life.

Motorcycle accident that broke my femur. I still carry the steel rod in my leg.

  • Most overrated and underrated book.

Nothing in art is overrated; there’s some audience for it somewhere. Most underrated is Black Dahlia by James Ellroy. You have to read it to appreciate what I mean.

  • An author who inspired you to write.

No one inspired me to start; many have an influence on the writing even now.

  • If you were given chance, whose life would you prefer to live?

My own, and making the same mistakes.

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That’s it for now folks. You can read our review over Bhendi Bazaar by following the link provided. Follow the blog for more interesting stuffs in future.

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