Himanshu Rai, author of My Mute Girlfriend, in his own words, is a dreamer and a fun-loving person. A typical Gemini whose mind shoots off in different tangents at all times, there are a lot of things that interests him.
“I am a very positive person by nature and I feel that we are made to smile and live our life. This is what we must always do. And that is why I want to do everything that interests me.”
The Whys and Hows of Writing:
Who we are as a person affects our writing. Himanshu Rai believes the same as his dreamer personality translates into his writing and into the reasons he gives as to why he writes stories.
“I write to bring my imagination into the open. Writing helps me paint my dreams into words, something I’ve loved doing ever since I was a kid. I wrote my first novel when I was five years old, something I created using papers and hardboard. The appreciation I received for that creation was the initial boost that every author needs.”
Every author needs a boost, as Himanshu puts it and every author also has their own way and time in which their writing comes out. For Himanshu, it is the night that brings out the creativity.
“I usually write after 11 in the night, which continues up to 2 or 3 AM, depending on what my schedule is for the next day. That is the time I get for my writing.”
My Mute Girlfriend – The Ingredients:
There are two ways you can write a fiction novel. One – use your imagination and write a completely fictional version. Two – use characters and anecdotes inspired from real life to write your novel. The second path is where Himanshu Rai chose to take the story of My Mute Girlfriend on.
“I visited Jabalpur last year for a friend’s wedding. Jabalpur was the city from which I graduated from college. It was years later in this city that I realized I must write a story about how my life in college.”
What Makes ‘My Mute Girlfriend’ Unique:
My Mute Girlfriend is not another story of the workings of an engineering college. The college is just the setting. In fact, this book, as the author puts it, is the story of love without a voice. What makes it more appealing is how its feet are firmly set in reality.
“Most of the characters, incidences, and locations in My Mute Girlfriend are real. You can either identify with the characters mentioned or find them in people around you. Either way, readers can connect with the book on a larger level.”
What Inspires Himanshu Rai, The Writer:
“Everything around me is my inspiration. However, if asked to be specific, I am more inclined to beautiful stories than writers. This way, I admire Ruskin Bond a lot.”
Advice for Aspiring Authors:
“Write from your heart because if there is truth in your writing, nothing else matters.”
Author(s): Himanshu Rai
Publisher: Srishti Publishers
Release: February 2018
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