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My motto in life is to Love, Give and Inspire says Author Abhishek Kothari.
Abhishek Kothari, is an Indian Bestselling writer in the English Language. Abhishek was born in Dehradun, India. After completing his schooling from Raja Ram Mohan Roy Academy, he later shifted to Jalandhar, Punjab to study Engineering at Lovely Professional University. It was his own highs-and-lows in life that inspired him to write. During school days he developed a habit of writing songs and letters, something he never forwarded to the one he had written for. However thinking she’ll be moved, years later, he wrote his first book to show her what love is to him.
Then he wrote his second, also first published novel, A Feeling Beyond Words. The novel was written in the first year of college and published in 2010 by Delhi-based Srishti Publishers. At that time Abhishek was in his second year of Engineering. The novel soon became the Bestseller.
Love & Peace is his second novel, a romantic fiction about a fight of a man to achieve what he had set his heart on and to make it all happen that he truly believed in. Apart from writing, Abhishek has the interest in sketching portraits. Based on the theory by acclaimed psychologist Dr. John Holland, Abhishek has counseled students in Punjab and Uttrakhand to help them in fixing their future courses after intermediate. Also, he has been invited for motivational guest lecturers in various institutions.
Q. How is the response of your latest novel ‘Love and Peace’? Are you satisfied with it?
The response is good. My first book, A Feeling Beyond Words did good in terms of reviews and people loved it. Readers connected all these years are liking this one more for its true essence. However, I would say I am not satisfied, just because the hero of my book says ‘If I’ll be satisfied, my progress will stop!’
Q. Tell us something about your life and journey to be an author, how it feels now?
Life has been harsh, frankly speaking; else I would have never become a writer. Jin logo ko koi purpose nahi milta, woh wajah dhund lete hain jeene k liye! Thought I’ve found a reason, to live a life a purpose is needed.
Q. What is your quest as an author? Where you want to see yourself in 10 years from now?
Like the protagonist of A Feeling Beyond Words, I am a man whose religion is Humanity, the country is Earth and observance is to love and spread the love. The theme of my latest novel is my quest – love and peace – and not only for me, but I want to spread it in the entire universe.
Q. What changes you have noticed in you as a writer when you compare your first book ‘A Feeling Beyond Words’ with the latest one?
While writing A Feeling Beyond Words I didn’t write words, I just took out my heart and placed it on paper. This time I have used the experience of six years with words too.
Q. In an interview you were quite open about your failed love life, does that still bother you six years down the lane?
Probably it will till my last breath. It’s not easy to live with unrequited love. It has given me a reason to write is a different thing, but it does … still! Maybe the more pain I go through the more reasons I get.
Q. Is finding a publisher was a challenge? How is your experience of working with Srishti, will you continue to collaborate with them in future?
Of course yes! finding a traditional publisher, that too a good one, like Srishti, is a Herculean task in itself. Had not been Srishti, you were not asking me questions. I shall always be indebted to its core team. And about collaborating … the past has very well proved that five among top ten writers in India come from Srishti. Remaining five writers come from other hundred publishers. No doubt I have long term plans with them.
Q. The character of your new novel which is closest to your heart and why?
Sanjay, for he is intelligent yet dumb. People consider him a fool but he is a man of wisdom. The way he transforms over years, and the hidden wisdom he has, every person in this twenty-first century needs to understand it.
Q. Why readers should read ‘Love and Peace’? What makes it different from others?
If you believe life comes once and it should be lived to the fullest, then this book is for you, for it helps a reader to understand the true meaning of life. One of my readers has written an Amazon review that it is an ocean of love and peace. After all, we don’t want sex and money, but love and peace.
Q. What else you are doing apart from writing these days?
I sketch portraits when I wish. Earlier I used to draw pencil sketches; recently I have started trying with pencil colors too … hoping colors will shadow in my life as well. And I take classes in schools and colleges, inspiring students to listen to their hearts and follow their dreams.
(Picture Source : Srishti Publishers)
Q. Who are your favorite writers and also tell us about your favorite books?
Among living, I love Paulo Coelho and, in dead, I like Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, and Rabindranath Tagore. My favorite book is The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo. Also, I’d like to tell you my favorite character, Briony, from Atonement by Ian McEwan.
Q. Given the divine essence of your books, we want to ask what life is for you.
Like chillers make money and a man spends, life is a collection of moments, which people spend as per their wisdom. Wise spends wisely. Happening spends happily. Artist spends in dreams. At times we take life too seriously. Better we take it sincerely. As far as my life is concerned, my motto is: ‘Love. Give. Inspire.’
Q. Any message from you for your readers and the budding writers?
To readers, “I love you all, so a small suggestion: you become what you read so be selective to direct your life.” And to budding writers, “Always remember stories with same concepts and same themes are written again and again and so they all work, not because the reader is a fool, but just because the way one writes differs for every individual. So never be a trend follower. Don’t write words. Write your heart. Only then can you become a trendsetter.”