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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.


  • 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?


  • 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.


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.



This is our latest guest post written and submitted by Shwetal Gajbhiye. This is a very lovely short story to read. You will definitely fall in love with this.
Enjoy the love.

This was the date which i would never ever forget in my life. Something happened on this date. Something i would never forget.. I didn’t know how to react to this. I was speechless. I didn’t know what was going t happen next. All i knew was it has happened at that moment. You guys want to know what happened ?

Let me go back, 16th April 2001, it was the time when I had joined my first job and had completed two years with the company . Working with a institution having a global presence was a proud feeling. A year back when I got this job whoever heard this name said “Working with this company right after your college is a matter of pride”. And that always made my parents feel proud. I had enjoyed my work like anything. We had employee exchange programs where employees used to get opportunity to work abroad for a longer duration which gave them exposure to the global markets. Summer had already started in India.

As usual this morning I got ready to go to work. Since summers had already started in India it was really terrible to walk on streets after 10 AM. Since it was Friday I was happy going to work since weekend was here and most I don’t have to wear those formal looking clothes, shirt, tie and trousers. I kind of found them horrible but over the period of time as I matured in my role I started liking them.

I was perusing my weekend MBA program as well and my dream was to major finance and this dream was going to come true as it was my last semester

And the day arrived when the classes were going to start. I got ready in my denims and t-shirt. Got my college bag with my laptop and a bottle of water. I was planning to eat outside that day so didn’t bother mom for lunch. And after 20 mins i reached the institute. Curiously waiting for my batch mates. I Love meeting new people. Always making new friends. And suddenly my eyes went to a room where i had filled my enrollment form for the MBA program. And i was stunned for that moment. There was this lady whom i had given the enrollment form and sitting in front of her was an angel. Yes she was an angel when i looked at her for the first time. She had innocent looks, hairs tied around with a pin. I said to myself. How can someone be so beautiful? Is it really possible, or am i a dreaming. I pinched myself to reconfirm. “Ouch “. And i was not dreaming. I got this confirmed i was attracted to her. I was on a course of attraction.  Funny isn’t it.

We all sat together it was our first lecture. The lecture began with a brief introduction of the faculty. And then later each one of us introduced ourselves. So here was the chance i got to know her name what she was doing and where she lived. Gosh! I was getting this information readily available. Her name was Supriya and guess what she lived in an apartment very near to mine. I told myself “You stupid where were you looking all these days, were you blind.” Was i falling for her? I don’t know.

The answer was yes but i don’t know why i was not accepting it. Ok so finally the lecture began on the basics and some important concepts. After 2 hours we got a break. Although i was completely concentrating in the lecture i still wanted to talk to her.

Once we went on a break, i went to her and said “Hi this is Raj “. She replied with a smile “Supriya here.”   I wanted to die for that smile. But no i want to live with the feeling of always getting to see that smile.

“So what do you do?” asked Supriya. “I am working and parallel perusing this weekend MBA program. I live in an apartment very near to your house”. I really don’t know what made me say that. Why did i suddenly tell her about my apartment? How stupid i was.

“So how come you joined our program in last semester, I never saw earlier” I asked out of curiosity. I had never seen her in past in our classes.

“Oh actually I work with a research firm here and I had to fly to London for official work so I requested a break from this program and asked them fit me in along with your batch.” She said.

“Ok that’s nice. What kind of research you do.” I asked her. “I work with a pharmaceutical company here in India and we test chemical that are used for making medicines its composition and if there is anything weird that we find we take steps.”

“Can we go out for lunch?” I said with a hesitation. “Ok” She said. I was damn excited. Sam you have hit 2 goals in first half. That’s amazing. We went to McDonald which was just around the corner. So i decided to treat her. Was that going to be a third goal? My mind said go for it Raj. Don’t stop yourself.

“So what do you want to have” I asked her as if I was ready to buy her anything in this world. “A chicken burger with cheese and fries.” She said. We took our order and took a comfortable seat. All this time we simply kept talking about ourselves. A hobby, likes dislikes, those typical questions that always come.

I was enjoying watching her eat. It was a great feeling that there is someone who is always there to accompany me. After the lecture we left for our home. She had some work so she left for the market place. I wanted to accompany her. One thing i liked about her was she was very bubbly in nature. I mean she was so much fun that i would always loved to have her company always.

The next day in the lecture there was another guy who was kind of getting closer to her. I felt like smashing his face. I was for the first time jealous. Lecture went by and we as always were talking the way we always did. I had taken down her number and she also took mine. So our conversation continued even after we were done with our lectures. It was one of the most wonderful times i was having with her. I loved talking to her.

Over the period of time we got along quite well and I can say that we were very good friends. But i had thought of something more than that. The sense of being with her was wonderful. I always enjoyed her company.

As every weekend  it used to happen i came to the lecture. It hadn’t started at that time. So i kept waiting for Supriya. The faculty arrived, my other friends arrived, but she didn’t come. My heart beats went up. I don’t know why, i was very anxious. Mobile phones were a trend those days. But i didn’t have one. Of course i was not a earning member of my family. I didn’t want to put extra expense on my parents. This thing frustrated me further as i couldn’t even call her.

“Damn it!” I said to myself and decided to concentrate on the lecture. I kept listening to the concept as they were important. But her absence was still running in background i really was not able to control my anxiety. And suddenly the door opened. It was her.  I couldn’t control the happiness that came on my face.

I was equally angry at her as well because it was like she made me wait for a long time.  Was it love? Love at first sight? I don’t know i said this to myself. I just left it with time. It was just a start to my career and i don’t know if it was the right thing to do. But liking someone is not bad. It’s not a crime at least:-p.

I wanted to ask her if she was single.  I didn’t know how to ask. My immaturity was showing up on me. I just didn’t know where i was heading but i was going out of control. Not at all concentrating on my goals simply getting distracted. Probably there was learning inside this but i was not able to get it. The attraction to her was something i was not able to stop at all. Each time used to get inside the books i could see her face. It was just she was not going away from me. I felt crazy

One fine day after the lecture we decided to walk as we both had some work. Our destinations luckily were the same. As i was walking with her. I finally asked her “Are you single? “.

Paused for a moment she said ” No i have a boyfriend and we plan to marry very soon.”

After hearing that one statement, i completely felt devastated. I just didn’t react any which ways. I felt everything was finished. Just did not know what to do. That day i finished my work and got back home. I was not doing great. And everyone could observe it. Just that i did not say anything. All i decided that i will not speak to her ever. I wouldn’t call her. I wouldn’t talk to her. In fact i felt a bit sick that day and decided to skip the lecture.

I just picked up my phone and called the faculty “Sir i am not feeling well and i wouldn’t be able to make it for lecture.”  . “Ok no worries, just take rest and we will see how we can cover the back log.” He said and i hung up.

That day in evening my phone rang again and i picked it up “Hello Sam! “. It was her how can i forget her voice. ” . I just wanted to avoid her. Why did she call me? I asked myself i wanted to get away from her. And she was coming near me. “Hey Hi!” I said. “What’s wrong you not sounding good today? Is everything ok?” I said “I am not good i think i have some fever and would not come to lecture tomorrow.”

“Take a crocin rest for the night and let me know your status tomorrow, but do come “She said. I asked myself when i am getting away from something why i am coming back to the same thing. It was just becoming circle of life. I decided to tell her everything. What i thought about her. At least this way my anxiety would get over. And my mind would be monkey.

The next day i made it to the lecture somehow. I was still not good thought. Not the usual me. The way i used to be. And every one observed. My Faculty was quite surprised seeing me. “Sam i thought you were well. You should have taken some rest and get back. ” . ” I am fine. I took some rest last night and since i was better this morning i came.”I said.

“Ok. If you feel you are not doing well do let me know.” He said. Supriya was sitting across me with a smile she waved hand towards me and said i slowly. With hand indications she asked “How are you doing? “. I just showed thumbs up and indicated i am good. It was break and i came to her and told her “Supriya i would like to talk to you about something.” She said “ok i think the break is a bit short so we can talk post lecture.” I said “Fine “.

After the lecture got over we remain seated for sometime in the classroom as they don’t close the rooms so soon. I said ” Listen what i am about to tell you its quite likely that you might not like it. However this is how i feel about you. When i saw for the first time in the classroom i fell for you. I know it might sound crazy but this is how it is.”

“I loved spending time with you. I liked your company and nature always. But the day you told me that you are not single i was kind of devastated and that’s the reason i was avoiding you. But since i didn’t want to hurt you i didn’t tell you all this. After this it’s up to you to decide whether you want to talk to me or not.”

The moment was over. I had said it. I felt so light at that time that i couldn’t even feel myself. But it was very good feeling. My head was not heavy any more with fever.

She waited for a moment, and then came near me. I was actually ready for slap to be honest but she came near me and kissed me on my cheeks and said “Sam you are so sweet. And you have been very honest with your words and this is what I like about you. And by the way you don’t need to be devastated because you haven’t lost me. We have been good friends and we will always remain good friends. You are wonderful person. Though i am not single but you will get a better girl than me.  And let me tell u you are my best friend “.

This gave me the feeling of being the most wonderful person in the word. My course of attraction was over. I found the best friend in a person whom i loved. So what if i could be with her always but she is always going to be my best friend.

The thing that I learnt was we have a soul mate made for us. But it should naturally get attracted to us rather than us forcing things. When we force things we end up having accidents in our lives. A natural progression towards a relation creates a successful relationship.  And that’s what we need to always look at.

After all the lovely conversation we shared with each other she gave me a bad news “Raj, I wanted to tell you that, I am taking a break from this program. I got a very good opportunity to work in Singapore” I was like how is that possible. I mean not that I was still attracted to her but as a friend I was going to lose her company.

“But is it not possible for you to continue the course as it is going to finish anyways soon?” I said.

“That would be something not possible Raj, I would love to do that. But it seems the situation demands something else. I am going to miss you.” She said with perseverance.

It was quite disappointing for me. “You anyways have my number and email address, so we can always stay in touch and meet whenever we want to.  Nobody stops us” Said Supriya.

I was quite satisfied with this statement. There were not too many sessions left. I had a lot to do. So many things. A successful career was waiting for me in the future.

People do come and go in your lives but it is important that we stay on course in terms of what we want to achieve. After 4 months time my first year examinations were due. So at any cost would have not messed with it. I knew I was on a journey, just that I had to successfully reach my destination.

2 months passed, Supriya was already in Singapore we kept in touch for a long time. It was a Saturday evening and my phone rang, and it was her

“Hi Raj.” Said Supriya

“Hey Hi Supriya!  What a pleasant surprise it’s been quite some time didn’t hear from you.” I had a vibrant glare on my face while saying this. “My Exams were over so thought would call you. It’s been quite some time we talked.”

“Yes so what are you up to these days?” I asked. “Work is going good and I am missing India and the typical Indian food. You don’t get authentic Indian food here in Singapore. Hey I am coming down to India for few days”

I was quite excited hearing this. “Are you excited?” She asked. I was like shocked. Was she reading my mind? “Yes” was my answer to her.

“Yes because I would see you after a long time. She said “I want to see you once I am in India.”

“Ok why not” I said positively.  We had become great friends in short span of time. I still found her very beautiful. Though we were only friends and that was the best part of our relationship.

“So why not next Sunday are you going to be in India by then?” She asked me in excitement. I said “Yes let’s meet up at McDonalds joint where we always met”.

“Done Deal!” that was a yes from her.

Sunday had arrived; it was the day I was eagerly waiting for I was going to see her after a long time.

It was 6 PM and I was waiting for her to arrive. And there she was the same dress she wore when I had seen her for the first time with hairs tied around with a pin. And with a cute smile she always had on her face, I still wanted to die for this smile.  Was I still on the course of attraction? I smiled and let that thought go away.

“Hi! How are doing” Said Supriya with a smile. “I am good. So did u miss me?”  I said. While she greeted me we exchanged a tight hug and didn’t leave each other at all. It was one of the most wonderful moments of my life. I felt time should remain still until eternity.

“I don’t think so you need to even ask me this question. Actually I wanted to catch up with all my friends. And since you were my special friend I didn’t wanted to miss you. So I met you first” hearing this I was definitely feeling special in my life that day.

“I have got a great opportunity, my company is relocating me to London, for a research project and it’s a wonderful city. It’s an opportunity of my lifetime.” She said.

“I was kind of disappointed that I am not going to see her for a long time.

“So you are going to miss me huh?” She asked.

“Do you think you need to ask this question?”  I said. We both knew the answer to this question. I wanted this meet to get over soon; else my thoughts would change for her.

“Ok Raj I think I need to go because there is a lot to do. I am going to miss you very much. Remember we are always going to be friends and you will always remain special to me. Remember if at any point of time you need me anywhere in this world I will be there for you.” She said.

As we stood up she turned back to leave. But suddenly I saw her turning back to me. She came near me kissed my cheeks and left.  I knew what it was.  Smiling at each other we waved good bye.

I was feeling very lucky that day to have a friend like her.

We kept in touch on emails phones and even video conference on Google after that forever. Although the frequency was less but our relationship had the same vibrations which we shared when we first met.

I was sitting in my living room, while suddenly my cell phone rang. It was Supriya from London.

“Hey Hi!, How are you ?” I said without even taking her name as I knew it was her. In whole of the London city the only person whom I knew was her. “Hey Hi! Raj, how are you? You know what I am going to share wonderful news with you.. They have made me a permanent employee here in London.”

“That’s wonderful Supriya! I am really happy for you.” I said rejoicing as I was happy from my heart for her. “Hey I want you to come to London someday it’s a wonderful city. I will send you my details as to where I am going to be in London, so when you visit London we can meet anytime.” I was actually able to feel next to me. She was so happy and loud as if it seems her excitement was going to be out of control.

“Sure thing the day I arrive London, I know there someone who is always going to be there for me”. I said.

“Bye Raj” She said and the line was dead on the other end.

I wish someday I would go to London. That’s my dream destination.