Author Article: Shantanu Munshi

Hello author, on behalf of all the readers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your book as well.  This conversation will help reader to know more about you and your debut book.

Criticspace: Most welcome to Criticspcae, Author. We heartily congratulate you for being a published author. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers.

Author: I come from the humble foodie city of Indore where most of my upbringing happened. Central India is a place where life is still very relaxed and I most certainly come from that school of belief-one should have a nice balance between everything life throws at you.

I did my engineering from Medicaps Indore and MBA from IIFT Delhi and am currently working in a pvt bank in the cultural city of Chennai.

I am a creative person by heart. I am more comfortable writing poems, articles and stories than crunching numbers and driving sales. I have started on my journey to become a full time author with this first book of mine and I hope that is the first of many to come.

Apart from writing I relish reading fiction, playing lawn tennis, sketching, playing table and bathroom singing. I belong to a middle class family with values and hard work as the backbone of its ethos. Reading comics was a vital part of my childhood and one of the reasons I got attracted to writing, though I attribute the writing genes to my grandfathers.

Criticspace: That’s really great; please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author. When you actually started writing and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to write your debut book or was it your childhood hobby of writing?

Author: I knew always that I can write. I used to write long answers to short questions in academic examinations and used to read a lot. Though the real journey towards becoming an author/writer began in my late twenties when I started writing articles and poems.

And when I started receiving appreciation from my well-wishers, I knew that I had discovered the writer within.

Criticspace: Please tell the reader something about your book. What is your message to those readers who have still not read the book? Why they should pick it up for reading?

Author: The book is a very light heated yet non-candyfloss book which captures and celebrates the unique characters and situations in a covert comical fashion. The book`s main strength is its characters which are not your everyday run of the mill characters but are unique and ageless, each one with its own eccentricities and preferences. The market I believe is rife with same jounre of books, though there are very few who would touch upon a topic which deals with strangers and their comical interactions.

Coupled with that, the fluid and simple writing makes the book an instant pick up and in my opinion is unputdownable. I believe Indian literary scene is full of pass characters, though I am very sure that the characters (the main protagonists) in my book will be fresh for many years to come.

Criticspace: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those new writers who have not yet started their journey of becoming an author? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.

Author: First part and the most important is-write quality, there is no substitute for it. It’s easy for young writers to get swayed to get their book published quickly without improving their craft.

Secondly all young writers should read a lot, should experiment a lot-Should create your own style and brand of writing. Write for yourself!

Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.

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