BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Shubham Sinha to Book Lovers World.
Shubham Sinha: Thanks a lot.
BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book "Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time". Tell us a little about yourself.
Shubham Sinha: Thank you once again. I am pursuing Chartered Accountancy as an IPCC student right now. I was born and brought up in a small town Bijuri, which is located on the borders of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. I haven't achieved anything worth mentioning as of now but strive to do it soon.
BLW: Tell us about your short story THE COLORS OF TESU, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?
Shubham Sinha: The Colors of Tesu is a story about 3 friends who happen to be a son, a mother and a grandmother. How they deal with the complexities of life in a positive way and how forgiveness makes you feel so good in your heart. Things become really easy when we try to move on without any grudges. Although it's easier said than done, but still... Yes, it was a good feeling to see my name on the winner's list. I texted a few of my friends and informed them about being selected and they were happy just like I was.
BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?
Shubham Sinha: It's just a piece of imagination.
BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?
Shubham Sinha: The theme comes from real life. We often see hatred and grudgy feelings people around us hold for different people. I just wanted to write the other way possible. The way people rarely adopt. It's more of a Utopia, I feel.
BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?
Shubham Sinha: As this story involves a mother and a son and I personally hold a very strong and friendly relationship with my mummy so I would like to dedicate this piece of work to my mummy.
BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?
Shubham Sinha: You always get to learn from any sort of contest. You meet people with different ideas and different skills. You get their views on your work and then you learn the areas you need to work harder upon. You are your best critic and so when you see different people's work, you get to analyse your own work in the light their work.
BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?
Shubham Sinha: I don't have a blog so I don't have any idea about it. Talking about myself, I get ideas and help from the conversations I have with various people and by observing the life of the people around.
BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?
Shubham Sinha: I mostly write on notepad. I make a lot of mistakes while writing so it looks a bit ugly on the paper. Hence, I prefer notepad. And as far as the place is concerned, I can write anywhere if provided peace. Yeah, my hands and mind are my lucky props. I doubt if I could have ever written all this without them.
BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Shubham Sinha: I have had many dreams and they kept fluctuating with the fluctuations in my age. Being an ardent cricket fan, I fantasized donning on that blue jersey and representing the country on the cricket field. Then I wanted to be a Doctor, I don't even remember why. Then as I grew up I started gaining interest in politics and administration of the country, how they are so essential for a country and I still aspire to be an IAS officer. And then last but not the least, I want to be a writer. Someone whose words would change the lives of many.
BLW: What are your inspirations in life?
Shubham Sinha: My mummy is my biggest source of inspiration. And then the good people who do their bit of kind job by either by feeding a starving kid or by teaching a beggar the alphabets of English. They all inspire me to write.
BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?
Shubham Sinha: I am more inclined towards books showing the practical aspects of life. The book that has highly impacted my writing is Two Virgins written by Kamala Markandaya.
BLW: What other secret skills do you have?
Shubham Sinha: I like getting into conversations with people. To feel what they are feeling, especially when they are low. Apart from that, I can sing, draw, paint and dance but all these qualities are so deeply hidden within that even I fail to find them. On a serious note, I play cricket and volleyball too and was a part of the school team too.
BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.
Shubham Sinha: Well, I agree with that statement of yours but I have read a total of 5 books till today, the ones noteworthy of which, are:
1. Two Virgins
2. Guardian Angels
3. Revolution 2020
BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!
Shubham Sinha: The message could only be to be more expressive towards the quality of the books you read. Review them on public platforms so that the bestsellers' chart doesn't get decided only by the sales of a book. The good writers who bring in fresh themes and stories should be acknowledged so that they continue their passion for writing.
Thank you so much for your time, Shubham. It's our pleasure to chat with you... And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we're interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!