Budding authors are churning real life love stories into novels and debutant author Sandeep Das’s novel ‘Yours Sarcastically’ has a sarcastic take on love and life of 20 somethings from a top MBA institute, that make up modern India.
It all began when his manager called him to his office one day and said, “Your job is to interview 60 size zero South Bombay women over the next few days. Take them out for dinner if you think they are not opening up adequately during your interviews.” He found this exercise so exciting that he thought of writing a book on the same.
Sandeep Das an engineer, finished his MBA from IIM Bangalore and began work with a company selling hair oil. His writing talents were stoked during his less than challenging job. For now he is a management consultant for Accenture.
How did you come up with the title? “I wanted the title of the book to reflect the central theme of the book. Unlike other books, ‘Yours Sarcastically’ is not about a person or a love story or office politics or a journey. The central theme of the book is sarcasm – using a sarcastic lens to look at the world around you. Hence, I titled the book in line with its central theme – ‘Yours Sarcastically’, says Sandeep Das.
According to the author the paperback trend in India represents the youth of this country that wants to read easy-paced, entertaining and well-crafted books.
What is the biggest problem that writers face in the industry? “For a first time author, getting his work published is always very difficult. It takes a lot of time and patience to get your first book see the light of day. Monetarily, the field is not very rewarding in general. Even for an experienced author, it is tough to make a livelihood only by writing,” says he.
He further adds, “It is tough to be an aspiring first time writer in India. Most aspiring writers believe that writing the book is the tough part. Nothing could be further away from the truth as it is the part after finishing the book that is the toughest part. No matter how good a person’s work is, he will have to face rejections from multiple publishers and it takes a lot of time before someone’s work sees the light of day. It is important to be patient and continuously try to improve one’s own quality of work without expecting immediate returns”
Gregory David Roberts is his favorite author and the book Shantaram his favourite till date. In his free time, he likes to travel, read, debate and gossip. He hates waking up early in the morning and absolutely dreads Monday mornings.
– Babita Balan