Sudeep Nagarkar is one of the loved authors of India. He is one of the highest selling authors in the Romance genre. He holds a B.Tech in Electronics Engineering apart from being an MBA graduate in Business Management. His first novel “Few Things Left Unsaid” was published in 2011. He is the recipient of Youth Achiever’s Award in 2013. His one of the finest novels, “It Started With A Friend Request” was the most popular fiction book in 2013, according to Amazon India. Till now, he has published nine novels, latest being the “Our Story Needs No Filter” as he announced the book telling his readers, “There will be no filter over the pseudo happenings around us.”
Somewhere we are afraid to open up in society. Even though we consider ourselves modern and liberal, we still consider love marriage a social taboo. Even in metro cities it’s quite difficult to convince our parents for a love marriage, says eminent novelist Sudeep Nagarkar in his interaction with Nitish Raj of The Policy Times.
Q. Do you feel that with the rise of the digital media, book reading habit of people in India is decreasing? Are the authors preparing to overcome that?
Answer: We can’t say that the reading habits are decreasing as the reading pattern might have changed. People from smaller towns are also reading english books. Everyone wants to express their views with the advent of social media. India is the only country where paperback and hardcover books are selling more than any part of the world. According to official reports the readership is increasing even though the pattern has changed.
Q. Romance genre books are widely read all across India. What is the psyche of the Indian readers in terms of genre?
Answer: That’s correct. The main thing is that you also need to be very creative in that genre. The most important thing is that how you connect to the readers and romance is something which every individual goes through in his high-school or college days which also continues in corporate life. That’s why people tend to connect with these books. These books are of just few 100 pages which makes them easy to read either during a flight or a train journey along-with it being cost effective as it normally cost 100-150 bucks which are affordable even for a college student.
Q. Why did you choose writing over a good-secured future in IT?
Answer: I think writing is my passion as even then in the college-days I used to write. Obviously it was not easy for me to convince parents about a full-time writing career after completing your engineering and management. I even though worked in an IT company for 18 months before following my passion, I feel that there is no security even in jobs. I started writing and my first book released in 2011 and the next is my ninth book which is going to release shortly.
Q. How much the present teen romance have distorted the true meaning of love?
Answer: My books are not generally combined with big issues as it is restricted to myself. But I personally feel the essence of relationship is missing these days. In my books I have tried to raise a bar on either love, romance and various other things which will help the youngsters to define the relationship goal. I believe that if even we have few friends, they should be real and shouldn’t be limited to Facebook and Whatsapp. Nowadays the relationship are casual and there is very less seriousness among the relationship. Even if you are in a casual relationship, at a certain point of time you get those emotions and the time you move away from that person these things change your outlook towards the world and that’s why I have personally given emphasis to serious relationship.
Q. Your few novels are based on true story. How much it is justified to bring someone’s personal story into limelight even though the names and places of characters are different?
Answer: Even if you watch a movie or reading a book the story is generally inspired from real life. I feel that while authoring a book the perception of the author in a particular situation reflects. Even at the time, I am writing my story or my friend’s story, the privacy has to be maintained as I am not writing a biography. It’s not like all the things happened in his life are taken but few incidents are picked up and the rest are manipulated in order to keep the flow of the story.
Q. How much the meaning of true love has been a prey of the modern fashion of multiple relationships?
Answer: As I said, the relationships have affected. You can blame social media and television for that. We need to understand the reality. You need to share your emotions with friends without filter and having a mask. We need to understand the importance of real persons in life as even on Facebook we have hundreds of friends and just 15-20 people know us personally whereas the rest of us either know us from our profile name or our DP which is neither important to us nor them.
Q. Why even after modernization love have been still a matter of being in disguise in our society?
Answer: I feel that somewhere we are afraid to open up in society. Even though we consider ourselves modern and liberal, we consider love marriage as a taboo. Even in metro cities its’ quite difficult to convince our parents for a love marriage.
Q. Your characters are mainly with almost same background but in general the love-birds are almost poles apart in background. Is there any specific reason for the depiction of such characters?
Answer: I don’t think so. Though the set-up is one thing but the personalities are different. There is behavioural difference and I believe in creating characters with unique traits rather than different background. If you will create characters in such way; it will relate to the people.
Q. What is the importance of betrayal and revenge in love which unconsciously have been a part of love?
Answer: Revenge and betrayal shouldn’t be even a part of discussion when we talk about love. When we love someone we shouldn’t expect anything from them. Even if you talk about love in general, you shouldn’t expect returns and similar behaviour from whom you love. We need to understand that some people stay in your life and some will go away from your life. If you are in a relationship, take the positive aspects out of them and apply in your life.
Q. Which is your next book and when can readers expect it?
Answer: I am not thinking of the next book now as I have got a story a month before. I have been travelling to different cities and working on a book which talks about these pseudo-nationals and pseudo-seculars who are trying to break universities these days. And we all are aware of the separatist and anti-national activities. So I am working on these ideas and I don’t know what the next book will be.