This interview was published @ Isahitya
Vinit K Bansal, a banker by profession is the new writer on the block. Last Year He has come up with a debut novel “I Am Heartless: A Real Confession “ describing few true incidents of his life. He considers it as a real confessin. The book revolves around Viren who is a day dreamer, an egoistic, a hopeless romantic and an attention seeker afflicted with a bizarre madness and arrogance engulfing him.
It is the story of his life which encompasses love, dedication, eccentricity, friendship and overall his discovery of his true love and also the anguish of losing it due to his obstinacy and self-centeredness. It is a repertoire of moments coated with velvetiness of love and bruised by the thorns of betrayal. It highlights the situations which ultimately turns him into a devil, who wants to annihilate the whole world with his impiety, consequences being the least he cares about; and eventually loses his happiness, identity and even himself in this process.
In a conversation with Harshita Srivastava, he talks about his experience on his debut as an author .
(Here’s the interview)
Qus: How does it feel to hold your book in hand?
Vinit – Feels on the top of the world, with my feet still firm on the ground.:-). On a lighter note, it makes me feels royally humble.
Qus: How did writing come into existence in your life?
Vinit: I was into writing poetry and articles since my college days but writing a complete book is what I had never even thought of in my wildest dreams. But then an incident in my life (As mentioned in my book) motivated me to do so.
Qus: Being a debut author, what hardships you had to face while writing as well as getting your book published?
Vinit: I wanted to share the story in its real version only but being a novice it was little difficult for me to manage varying emotions of the characters and adjust its magnitude as per the circumstances occurring in the novel.
While at the time of publishing, I am amongst those lucky writers who didn’t have to move around publishers’ office. This story had been selected by some very well known publishing houses and amongst all of them I chose Mahaveer.
Qus: Tell us something about your book.
Vinit: The book highlights the purest form of human emotions and the small yet intimate moments of love life which usually is evident in almost everyone but they do not get noticed. It portrays height of love and friendship, bizarre madness, internal conflicts, dilemmas and ocean full of sentiments. It touches the heart of every youngster or for that matter anyone who has ever fallen in love.
Qus: This book is inspired by some true incidents in your life. How did you come up with this idea?
Vinit: Yes it is a true story. . When I came to know about it I decided to share it with all, so that no one repeats the same mistake which the protagonist did. In short, the story itself inspired me.
Qus: How did you come up with the title of the book?
Vinit: I had decided the title the moment I heard the story. I somehow felt that the title conveys every emotion the protagonist experienced.
Qus: We’ve heard you are a poet too. When do we get to see your poems in print?
Vinit: Well, I have been writing for the poetry column for “Last Sunday” magazine and literary column for “Indiaa’h” magazine for about one year now. Apart from that I am also planning to publish a book containing my poems. I assure you to find it in your hands very soon.
Qus: Is there any message you would like to give through your novel?
Vinit: Always love the person who loves you.
Qus: Is there any particular age group you are targeting?
Vinit: No, nothing like that. This book is for every age group. It is all about selfless love and true relationships which are the essential to everyone’s life. I believe every reader will relate to it.
Qus: Tell us something about yourself.
Vinit: I am a banker and I work in State Bank of India, New Delhi. Originally I belong to Bathinda (Punjab). I’ve done my masters from Kurukshetra University.. My father is a business man and mother , a home maker. I worked as an investment consultant for over three years before joining SBI.
Qus: What are your future plans?
Vinit: Currently, I am working on Hindi and Punjabi versions of “I am Heartless…”. After their completion I will start working on my second novel which will be a motivational one.
Qus: What kind of reviews have you got for your book till now?
Vinit: I am receiving very good and positive reviews and I’m really very excited about it.
Qus: Who has been your source of inspiration?
Vinit: Paulo Coelho and Ravinder Singh have inspired me to write and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalaam has been by all time idol.
Qus: What are your favourite works?
Vinit: My favourite works are: Eleven Minutes, I too had a love story, A thousand splendid suns and many more.
Qus: And finally, any advice or suggestion you would like to give to aspiring authors?
Vinit: Be true to yourself first and then to others. Just concentrate on the purity of story rather than on other marketing stuff because at the end of the day it is only your hard work and creativity that will take you ahead in this field.
Thank you Sir, it was a pleasure interviewing you