Interviewing is such a good thing. I always look for someone who is good enough to interview. And see, i found HIM. After ages, i have interviewed anyone and to my surprise, he is such a good soul and a beautiful friend of mine. Shreyas Bhave hails from Pune ( Marathi Mulga) 😛 😛 ) and is an engineer by profession. But his passion for writing led him towards this industry. Following below are some of the points that we chit chatted. So, have a look and get to know the interesting things about SHREYAS BHAVE, author of ” Prince of Patliputra”.
Q1. Describe Shreyas in five words?
I’m(1) more(2) than(3) five(4) words(5) :p ( Waah, what an answer. Is he insulting me 😛 😛 :O :O )
Q2. You are just 21. At this time people never think about reading a novel and you wrote a book and that too historical fiction. What led your inclination towards writing? How did you discover the writer inside you?
I have wanted to be a writer ever since I was a child. If you visit my place, I could show you many old four lined notebooks filed with half-finished and incomplete stories, some in English, and some in my mother tongue Marathi. I have a whole cupboard full of such notebooks. So I guess it is no wonder I managed to get one out in the market at 21. Actually, I’m ashamed I didn’t manage to do it sooner. ( Ashamed :O :O i am yet to complete the first draft of my book since last year. :O :O :O :O I am such a shameless creature 😛 😛 Khair, bachha, bachpan se hi hoshiyaar tha 😛 😛 )
Q3. Why you chose historical fiction as the main theme of your book? There are many others’.
I have always been fascinated by histo-political dramas, like HBO’s Rome and Boardwalk empire and CTV’s The Borgias. Going gaga over these for some time, I realised that thousands of such dramas are present in our own history. That is why I took on this genre. The prince of Patliputra is not just a Historical fiction. It is a histo-political thriller which will race the reader’s mind just as much as it shall race the reader’s heart.
( chora angrej se bachpan me, tabhi toh yo kaam kia 😛 😛 )
Q4. What difficulties you faced while writing “Prince of Patliputra”?What amount of research you did for your book.
The greatest challenge of course is the plotting of the book. Your book must have a great plot, it must have a great climax, or else, people will not love it. Your chapters must end on anticipation; your plot must be a page turner. Lot of thinking time goes into the plotting of the story and that is what I consider the hardest part. Once the plot is perfectly prepared, everything else flows very smoothly.
I had to go through a lot of ancient documents before beginning to write this book. I read ‘Asokavadana’ which is a Buddhist text on Ashoka’s life. I also read modern books on the subject like the ones by Charles Allen to find out more about the period of that time. I have explained my experiences in a blog post titled: 10 Rules of writing historical fiction
Q5. What do you feel is your style of writing? Would you like to experiment with your writing styles or follow the same pattern?
I feel that writing styles are like signatures. Each one is different, but in the end, they are all the same. I hope that I will evolve and better myself as a writer as the years pass and I write more and more. I have defined a unusual style of writing with the @asokatrilogy as in POV character led chapters with alternating storylines. Let us hope that I’ll be able to change that and not be a stereotypical author in the future.
( My blessings are with you, 😛 😛 )
Q6. According to you, what points should be kept in mind while writing a book to make it a good one?
1] good action
2] good dialogue
3] Good plot
In that order. ( phir hoshiyaari 😛 😛 )
Q7. Why readers’ should buy “Prince of Patliputra”?
Because a discount sale is going on Amazon at the moment :p
( there is also a sale going on to kill you 😛 😛 and in return they are giving me an iPhone 😛 😛 that’s much better deal 😛 😛 )
The Prince of Patliputra is the book 1 of the Asoka trilogy. It is story that begins 272 years Before Christ when Bharathvarsha (India) is in a state of turmoil. Bindusar, the second Samrat of the Maurya dynasty rules over the subcontinent at that time and he is dying, riddled by unknown diseases. His foremost enemy, Avarak the one eyed has used this opportunity to incite the province of Avanti to a rebellion and has captured the city of Ujjain. Asoka is the least favorite son of the Samrat and has been sent to break down this rebellion. The story begins with an assassination attempt on Asoka’s life as he marches against the rebels of Avarak. From them on, it is a speedy thrilling ride which shows how he defeats the rebels, finds his assassins, falls in love and faces betrayals and solves puzzles. The book also has a flashback story, which tells how Asoka’s grandfather, Chandragupta established the Maurya rule in India. More lore of the book is present as The book trailer and a blog post about The Characters of the book.
Q8. In the near future, will you continue writing historical fiction books or you would like to take up a different theme?
I’ll be definitely be taking up new things. Whatever inspires me is what I write about. My next one which comes after the Asoka trilogy is a modern day thriller. Also, I have written a dark fantasy on Wattpad. Also, I like making up koans (Those stories with Zen masters) and poems and love to write songs which we perform with my Southern rock band called ‘Lucid’.
Q9. A note to readers on how they could improve their writing skills?
I don’t think I am experienced enough to write any such note. What I can do is tell my experiences. What I found that reading a lot helped me write well. There are many basic rules to follow like show not tell and do not break the absorption of the reader. But basically, you must let your heart lead and then, get a good editor :p
( i am a great editor 😛 😛 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 )
RAPID FIRE ROUND-
Q1. Shreyas or Ashoka –Shreyas of course :p Asoka is temporary. Shreyas is permanent.
( ignore maaro, marathi hai na kaya kare 😛 😛 No solution 😛 😛 )
Q2. Water or ice– Ice. It should be water, but the rapid fire made me say ice :p ( iske toh marathi me hi keeda hai 😛 )
Q3. Day or night writer– Both Day+Night writer when deadlines are approaching.
Q4. You’re thinking spot– anywhere I can close my eyes. ( Seriously :O 😛 😛 If you know what i mean 😀 😀 )
Q5. Mumbai or Jaipur– to Live: Jaipur :: to work: Mumbai ( thik hai, mujhe jaipur pasand hai toh sabko bhi jaipur hi pasand hai 😛 )
Q6. Are you superstitious-? Nah. I’m also an atheist. ( aaj raat so ke dikhao 😛 😛 )
Q7. If given a chance to borrow a genius brain, whose brain would you like to borrow-? Nikola Tesla I guess. It is said he could visualise whole circuitry in his brain. I would love to be able to do that.
Q8. Which writer you want your biography to be written– Emil Ludwig! My favorite biographer.
Q9. Most expensive thing you’ve got till date– I recently bought a Dilo make Sf6 gas handling plant for my work. That’s the most expensive one until now. Imported it from Germany. ( ye kya hai :O :O :O )
Q10. Silliest question you’ve been asked till date– Is your book in Marathi or English. I mean come on! Isn’t the title enough to pinpoint the language :/ ( sab aapki tarah hoshiyaar nahi hai na isliye 😛 😛 😀 😀 )
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Thank you Shreyas for such good answers and double thank you to me for asking such good questions 😛 😛
I wish you good luck in all your future endeavours.
Stay tuned for the next interview. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Happy Reading 🙂 🙂