Author Himanshu Bhatia- The Journey from IIT To The World Of Literature
Love for literature is something very common to see in people from various fields these days. But a handful of them can pen down beautiful stories that can entertain and amuse book lovers. This time I am glad to introduce one of the debutant authors Himanshu Bhatia whose first novel ” Just Missed” impressed me well. Check out the chit chat session I had with Himanshu.
1) Welcome, Himanshu! It’s a pleasure to have you on this platform of Indiacafe24.com. Our readers would want to have a sneak peek about you … kindly share a brief about you, your education, and your family.
I was born & brought up in New Delhi and did my schooling from there. I went to the northeastern state of Assam for my graduation and received my B.Tech. degree in Mathematics and Computing from IIT Guwahati. I worked for around six years in the corporate world before I took a break for my MBA from IIM Indore. Currently, I am based in New Delhi and work as an Actuary with a life insurance company. I stay with my parents and wife.
2) Which authors and their work inspired you the most?
I take inspiration from everything I read. I last read “Looking for Alaska” by John Green and loved it.
3) Engineering from the prestigious IIT followed by an MBA from ‘the’ IIM … how did the connection with Literature happen?
To be honest, since my childhood days, my heart was close to chess, art & music. My summer vacations spent at Bal Bhavan (New Delhi) encouraged and helped me evolve my creative side.
My literary journey started in 2013 when I moved to the lively city of Mumbai, where the rains & awesome weather inspired me to write poetry. My experiments with poetry and the appreciation from friends & family finally tempted me to pen down my debut novel Just Missed.
4) Tell us more about Just Missed! It’s your debut novel and in the Romance genre … is it a real-life story or completely fictional? ????
I would say it’s broadly fictional though I have taken a little inspiration from my life and the people around me.
5) I have reviewed the book and ‘the best thing about the book is its simple storyline narrated in a simple flowy language that is easy to understand’. How did you develop the plot for Just Missed?
I wanted to write a story that belonged to real people, a story that had relatable characters from and among ourselves, the characters which were imperfect like all of us. These thoughts paved the foundation for the plot of “Just Missed”.
6) Can you recall that moment when you first realized that there is an author within you? Or was it someone else who discovered the author in you?
As shared earlier, my experiments with poetry and the appreciation from friends & family tempted me to pen down my debut novel.
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