14 December 2016

Interview with Jatin Kuberkar

About the Book:

Twelve people agree to an idea of running a shared transport service from a common residential locality to their out-of-civilization office campus. Twelve different minds with equally diverse personalities gel with each other to fulfil a common need. At first, the members collide on mutual interests, timings, priorities and personal discipline, but in the course of their journey, they become best friends, make long-lasting relationships, mentor and help each other on various mundane matters. The journey goes on fine until one day some members try to dictate terms over the group. The rift widens with each passing day, the tension surmounts and finally all hell breaks loose... Will the journey continue? Fasten your seat belts for the journey is about to begin...

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1. When did you decide to become a writer?

In many cases, I do not decide anything in my life; it just happens. Same with writing. Rather, I’d say, there were influencing factors that made me write. Factors as in Real life situations that inspire you to act or so something, tell it to people, convey the message they hold. 
My first book, while I was waiting was a collection of short stories that happened to me when I was waiting at different situations. My latest book, Cabbing All the Way, is also a Novel based on my real experiences of travelling in a shared cab.

2. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I want to tell relatable stories which can be comfortably called ‘Reality-fiction’. My aim is not to become a ‘Super Author’ as in a super star, but I want to leave a mark on the reader’s mind and make decent space for me in a bookshelf! 

3. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Well, my current book has twelve characters in it but, there is no central character so to say. I do not believe in a hero or a villain, it is just the situations. In a given instance, one can perform a heroic act and in the next he would be just a spectator or worst, not even in the frame! 

It is the same with our lives, is it not? That is what reality fiction is all about! 

4. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

No, I do not have a routine or a fixed time to write. 
I am a IT professional and the week often makes me feel too ‘weak’ to follow a daily routine.
But, I do a lot of thinking…I create stories and actually write them in my mind, and when time permits, I type and start editing them.

5. Where do the ideas come from?

An idea is something that is instigated by a spec of inspiration…
Ideas come from inspirations and I always find them walking around me in real life. Inspirations come to me wearing different masks, they are of strange types, they speak human language but of a superior kind, they are often struck in various situations, finding answers for questions that are right or wrong…
Sometimes, gazing into the mirror can also be the source of an Idea! 

6. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

It depends on what I am planning to write and it is a complicated process. The first draft is often a rambling of thoughts – flying on the wings of ideas, then as a second phase I try to give it a structure, give it proper start and end, divide it into chunks or chapters, remove unnecessary parts. I do not give much importance to ‘well-formedness’ at this stage. When I am convinced that the ‘Concept’ is well developed, only then I look at the language.

7. Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

I feel, I am a soft target of Writer’s block. 
When I seem to have a writer’s block, I watch nonsense, utter flop movies!!! Bollywood is full of them. 
If you are a writer, then you must try this…it works like a charm for me 

8. What can we expect from you down the line?

I am working on a socio-mythological-reality fiction that is almost complete and is in for a Beta read. The other one is, what I consider, my life’s best work, is still cooking in my mind’s creative kitchen!
And when not doing anything else, I keep writing short stories under different titles. When I feel that I have written enough under a title, I look out for a publisher. 
‘Here and Now’ is one such short story collection that has tales picked up from everyday life. 

About the Author:

For the mortal world, I pretend to be a Software Engineer who works hard (or hardly?) in the hours of a day. I am the guy next door, a hard core Harry Potter fan and a movie buff. I literally ‘live’ every movie, I have strong opinions about its content and I hate it when a movie based on an interesting concept is messed up for the sake of commercial value. I enjoy watching cartoon shows (doremon, dora and Choota Bheem) with my son. I never get bored of listen to the endless chatter of my wife. When I’m not writing, I make toys for children.

But beyond the boundaries of this ‘cholesterol rich’ coil, I am a rider of rapturous thoughts. I am a thinker, a philosopher, a seeker, a story-teller, a writer, a wanderer and every other thing that a thought can be. At times some of these figments fire out of my thoughtful bowl and command me to write, muse, create, recreate, destroy…EXPRESS!

Who Am I? I have been asking this question to myself since 33 years, and I got a different answer always. Sometimes I get confused and think, am I asking the right question to seek the correct answer? Or may be that am I missing the whole fantastic universal drama around me while I am busy finding an answer to an irrelevant question?

Does the answer even matter?