Born in Kolkata, Rajnish Gambhir, of “A Passion Beyond Extremes” fame recently published his 2nd novel Honour For A Ransom. He is a Commerce graduate, currently working as a full-time Director with a Corporate House in Kolkata. He also owns a frozen yoghurt store at Forum mall in Kolkata, names “Yoforia“. He loves listening to the lilting melodies of the seventies, with the unique combo of Kishore Kumar, R. D. Burman, and Gulzar, always featuring on his playlist. A splendid writer and a father of three, let’s get to know what ticks Rajnish-
- Tell us something about your recently published book Honour For A Ransom!
The novel narrates heartfelt love stories involving three generations from the early twenties up to the mid-eighties with a very relevant historical backdrop. It exposes the horrifying realities of our rigid caste system, centred around ‘honour killing’. Simran, a twenty year old newly wedded bride is gunned down along with her lower caste husband by her own father Kartar Singh on the dawn of Baisakhi in order to ‘uphold family honour’. The actual mastermind to the ghastly murders is Dilawar Singh, her egocentric and politician grandfather who happens to be a survivor of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre which took place also on the day of Baisakhi. Though sixty years apart, there is an ironic connect to both these incidences which makes my novel stand out uniquely!
Read my review of Rajnish’s book “Honour For A Ransom”
- It does stand out uniquely, no doubt! When did you start writing?
I always had a passion for writing poems and short stories (right through my school and college days) but my work was confined within my personal diary. It was only in 2007 that I took a decisive step forward to start penning my first novel – “A Passion beyond Extremes”.
- What is the purpose of your writing?
To experience that immense satisfaction of following my passion. Writing also immerses me with my ‘larger than life’ characters that I have so fondly created. Honestly, nothing could relax me more!
- What inspired you to bring forth this idea of Honour For A Ransom as a book?
It was during 2009 (when I was midway through my first novel) that I came across a series of horrifying newspaper reports involving young innocent couples being murdered allegedly by their own family members for the sake of upholding family honour. These disturbing reports inspired me to address this barbaric issue of ‘honour killing’ and what better way than through an intriguing novel!
- Is any part of Honour For A Ransom inspired from real life?
It is a work of fiction based on the social evils of our age-old caste system that is prevalent in many parts of our country till today.
- Do you see a movie based on Honour For A Ransom being made?
‘Honour for a Ransom’ is a heartrending love story that is infused with poetry. The protagonist (Kartar Singh) is a literary man who writes soulful romantic poetry! Plus the novel unfolds through significant events of our Indian history such as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the Nationalist movement and partition, avidly capturing the Punjabi culture during the pre and post independent India. Yes – according to me, the book does have great potential and an engaging content for being made into a Bollywood film.
- I second that thought. It’d be lovely to see a movie based on HFAR. What is your idea of love, family and relationships on the whole?
Love is the greatest creation of God – the purest form of emotion that must be treasured, whether in a relationship or within a family or amidst friends. Significantly, my novel explores love in all three spheres but there are obstacles such as ‘family honour’ and other social issues which vitiate the power of true love as the novel progresses. Will love eventually surface above these hindering issues is for the readers to read the book and find out!
- Which of your works have been published so far?
- A Passion beyond Extremes – a Romantic Thriller published by Leadstart in 2012
- Honour for a Ransom – a love story published by Leadstart in 2016.
- So how was this journey of becoming a published author?
Challenging yet fulfilling! Writing a novel is a big challenge in the first place and then finding a publisher is an even bigger one! But nothing is more fulfilling than a reputed publisher accepting your work; it’s like a deserving reward for the hard work that was put in! Plus a great feeling that your creativity has been duly acknowledged! Nothing came easy though – despite being rejected by many publishers, I kept up my nerves before my book was finally accepted for publication by Leadstart.
- What should the beginners do today?
First and foremost one must have a quality story to tell. Next, the characters you create must be well sketched – defined enough to shoulder your story and relatable enough to touch the reader’s heart!
- That is a very valuable piece of advice for the newbies. What is your take on book publishing as you see the current scenario?
Competitive but it is there to stay. I believe in the simple philosophy that ‘knowledge is power’. To gain knowledge there is no better medium than books. And as they say, ‘knowledge is endless’ – there will be continued demand for quality books, ensuring that book publishing forever thrives!
- What are your forthcoming writings?
Besides promoting ‘Honour for a Ransom’, I am working on my third novel which will be a romantic thriller, although it is still in the initial stage.
- Interesting. What are the four top most things you take care of while writing a book?
- Basic plot
I have the first three clearly chalked out before even embarking on the first chapter. I try to ensure that every chapter and the segments there of ends on an inquisitive note – prompting the reader to eagerly seek what’s next. This is important in order to maintain an engaging flow of the story being told.
- I could witness all of this in HFAR
What is your favorite genre and why?
Romance. “A Stone for Danny Fisher” by Harold Robbins is still etched in my mind although I must have read it at least three decades ago! Mystery novels by Agatha Christie featuring Hercule Poirot also are a part of my reading list.
- If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?
Rajesh Khanna as I’ve been his die-hard fan since boyhood. I would love to enact Mere dil mein aaj kya hai from Daag for that treasured day of my life!
- *Laughs* And finally, any message for the readers?
For an author, it is a blessing to see his book in the hands of a reader. I wish to thank all my readers from the bottom of my heart for all their love and support!
So that was Rajnish Gambhir for you, author of “Honour For A Ransom“.
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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RAJNISH GAMBHIR
First of all, I would like to welcome you in the Literary World. Being capable of expressing feelings in the form of words is itself an achievement. Here, at WordCurd we would like you to express your feelings and experience as a writer, reader and as a human.
And now as you have entered this world, how do you feel being a member of it?
Privileged and honoured. It’s overwhelming to receive compliments from so many readers. This feeling is simply indefinable!
What made you think that your book is different from others? What makes your book special that the reader should pick it?
Honour for a Ransom opens with a newly wed bride and her lower caste husband being gunned down by her father at the dawn of Baisaki, in order to ‘uphold family honour’. The bride’s politician grandfather (who has actually manoeuvred the gruesome crime) happens to be a gutsy survivor of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre which incidentally also took place on the day of Baisakhi (Punjabi new year). Though sixty years apart, there is an ironic connect to both these incidents which make my novel unique and heartrending!
While writing this book what were your expectations from the book? Were you sure that this book could give wings to your writing career?
The novel tells heartfelt love stories involving three generations with a very relevant historical backdrop. The foremost expectation from the book was that it should appeal strongly to the lovers of romance and romantic poetry. The protagonist is a brilliant poet who goes on to win the heart of his British girlfriend with his romantic poetry!What do you think of writing as a career? What importance does literature play in your life?
Well I’m still a ‘part-time’ writer with my nine-to-five corporate job on first priority – a combination that I wish to continue. Literature has always been an integral part of me ever since the Enid Blyton days and as I grew older it elevated to the likes of Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean, Fredrick Forsyth, Sidney Sheldon and Harold Robbins to name a few. Since I intend to continue with my writing, Literature will obviously remain embedded in my soul.
What according to you is the best way to connect to the readers? Words shooting from heart, an extraordinary story or something else?
Well…I’d prefer to put it as an extraordinary story told with words shooting from the heart!
Now as your second book arrives in the market, what do you expect from your readers?
I am confident that my readers will find Honour… an engaging read. If I’m able to usher a smile to their lips and simultaneously evolve a tear in their eye, I will consider my work rewarded!
What do you think is the purpose of your writing? What difference does writing make to your life?If not writing, then what?
The main purpose is to experience that immeasurable satisfaction of following my passion. Also writing immerses me with my ‘larger than life’ characters that I have so fondly created…honestly, nothing could relax me more! If not writing, I would be singing. I am extremely fond of (listening to and singing) old Kishore Kumar numbers of the seventies!
At any stage, did you feel like leaving the script halfway? Who would you like to give the credit of being a constant supporter?
So far it’s never occurred that I felt like leaving the script halfway (thank God!). But yes, there have been times when I was faced with a ‘writers block’. Simply refraining from writing during such periods proved the best solution. Not only did it diffuse the agony, the time off also helped generate relevant ideas to carry the plot forward.
What do you usually prefer-pen, typewriter or computer?
I love using my ‘Cross’ fountain pen while making notes on research material. For writing the main novel, I use the computer.
What are the core qualities an author must possess?
A highly imaginative mind to tell a unique story with a perfect command over the language in which it is being told. If one can possess these, there should be no looking back!
Tell us about your latest book.
I firmly believe that ‘love’ is the greatest creation of God and being a treasured possession it is above everything else. It is the purest form of human emotion. It is beyond measure. It is priceless. You need love to enrich a good relationship. You need love to foster a strong family bond. You need love to cherish a lasting friendship. Accordingly my novel, Honour for a Ransom explores love as a relationship, as a family bond and while defining a true friendship. Alongside, the book also projects the obstacles that vitiate the power of love – a newly wed daughter becomes a victim of ‘honour killing’ at the hands of her own father; a dutiful son is unscrupulously blackmailed by his egocentric father, compelling him to cut off ties with a girl whom he sincerely loves just because she is British; a true friend brazenly betrays the trust of another, driven by jealousy and lust. Amidst this unbalanced equation, stands tall one woman (beautiful and determined) who vows to set things straight within this disarrayed Punjabi family. Odds heavily stacked against her and with the time fast running out, will she succeed in her mission?
Does anyone else write in your family or anyone who loves books?
My youngest son writes beautiful poetry whereas all my three boys love to read. My wife though is more into reading spiritual books and the ones related to home management and nutrition.
Tell us about the best compliment you’ve ever received and the criticism given to you as an author.
The compliment came from a dear friend. His finishing of my 460-page first novel, A Passion Beyond Extremes at one go was itself a super pat on the back!
How much your stories are influenced from real-life stories?
I have used a couple of real life incidents in the sub-plots of both my novels. I guess it becomes easier (and more interesting) if one can infuse real life events through your characters.
Tell us something about your five year goal. Where do you see yourself as a writer in the next five years?
Probably with a couple more of quality novels to my credit!
If given an opportunity, would you like to be a full-time writer?
A writer can never be ‘given’ an opportunity. It has to be earned with dedicated and quality storytelling. My work must be good enough to attract readers across the globe. Only then will I consider becoming a full time writer.
How much time do you take to complete a novel? Is ‘patience’ the keyword to become a successful author?
Three to four years – which I don’t reckon to be too long, considering I’m a part-time writer. Yes, ‘patience’ definitely is the key word to writing, regardless whether you are a part-time or a full-time writer.
What is the motive of your writing? Does your work fall under some special category?
The sense of satisfaction while creating characters who shoulder the story I always wanted to tell, motivates me to write. I would place my work so far under the category of ‘Romance fiction’.
Last, but most important question readers would want to know- Are you working on another book? If yes, how different is this from your last work?
Yes I’m working on my third novel which is a romantic thriller. The last one would classify under romance.
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Rajnish Gambhir – Author Interview – Family, Writing, Scotch and Golf
Rajnish Gambhir watched first ever film Sound of Music at the age of 5
Rajnish Gambhir is a down to earth guy whose family is his first priority
Rajnish Gambhir’s priorities are in the order – Family, Writing, Scotch, and Golf
He is a down-to-earth guy whose family is his first priority. Then his writing, followed by Scotch and golf! Meet Rajnish Gambhir.
Your real name and pen name? Rajnish GambhirPlease share some of the best memories of your childhood Till the age of 9, I lived in a large joint family in a huge ‘haveli’ (built by my late grandfather). My fondest childhood memories are of the years spent in this ‘haveli’ – be it playing cricket with my cousins, uncles, and friends or going for picnics or participating in festivities together! I also fondly recall watching my first ever film, ( ‘Sound of Music’ ) at the age of 5.About your education? Went to St. Paul’s School (Darjeeling) and La Martiniere for Boys (Kolkata), before graduating in Commerce from St. Xavier’s College (Kolkata).What career did you plan during your education days? I always dreamt of becoming a doctor. Even during childhood, my favorite possession was a ‘Doctors’ set’ (or sets) that my mother would frequently buy me!
What languages you can speak and write? English,Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali (though I cannot write in Gurmukhi).
What is your biggest source of inspiration in life? The loving bond with my wife and children.What hurts you most in this world? Not that I’m easily hurt. But yes, at times when I’m misunderstood by a loved one!If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living dead personality, who would it be and why? Rajesh Khanna (of the early seventies). I’m his huge fan – out of his seventeen consecutive hits of the early seventies, I don’t think I’ve missed watching even a single one. Reason – To relish the fame of receiving letters ‘written in blood’ by beautiful women!! Also to get the opportunity in having myself filmed opposite Sharmila Tagore for the evergreen romantic number, ‘Mere dil mein aaj kya hai’ (Daag).What is your favorite genre and why? Fiction and Biographies.When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing? I ‘casually’ wrote throughout my school and college days (basically poetry) – but all confined to my ‘secret diary’. Post marriage, I would often choose blank cards and script poetic lines before presenting them to my wife! Presently I am more into novels, as writing long stories provides me a platform to share my thoughts with my readers through the characters I have so lovingly created!Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share asynopsis of your work? My debut novel, ‘A Passion Beyond Extremes’ (Leadstart) was published in 2013. The novel is an intriguing love triangle set in Calcutta, Darjeeling and Bombay, shrouded in a well crafted mystery. The second novel, ‘Honour For A Ransom’ has been recently published by Leadstart (March 2016). This is a heartrending love story set in Punjab and England during the pre and post colonial era with ‘honour killing’ as the major theme.
What are your forthcoming writings? I’m working on my 3rd novel which will be a romantic thriller.What genres you write in and why? Romance, Romantic thrillers – because I have grown up reading these genres.What keeps you motivating towards writing? The urge and curiosity to create interesting characters to shoulder the story I always wanted to tell.If Writing a Book is taken as a project, What are the key essentials you
take care of in Project Management? Good editing, a striking cover, an appealing (but concise) back cover blurb and finally an effective book promotion strategy.How do you plan, schedule and monitor your writing commitments? Since I’m not a full time writer, I do not have any fixed schedule for writing. For me, planning a chapter (or a part of it) along with the layout of the episodes and necessary research on essential facts together with jotting down relevant notes is an absolute pre-requisite. Once these are in place, writing becomes easy and then I needn’t have a fixed schedule. It can be early morning or late night or even during office hours (when I’m relatively free!)
What are your future plans? To continue with my corporate job and simultaneously write more novels.What is generally your preference in reading – a paper book or ebook? Andwhy? Paperbook definitely. The feel of a well published paperbook in your hands cannot be compared to any other format! Secondly I have grown up reading paperbacks and hardbacks since in our younger days e-books didn’t exist.What four top most things you take care of while writing a book? Basic plot, characterization, climax and flow. I have the first three clearly chalked out (in detail) before even embarking on the first chapter. I try to ensure that every chapter (or part there of) ends on an inquisitive note, prompting the reader to eagerly seek what’s next. This is important in order to maintain an engaging ‘flow’ of the story being told.How much real life goes into a fiction writing? Quite a bit. I feel what one has actually experienced can be best expressed in words.Is a high level of imagination important to have for an Author? Yes, of course.Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed. Whatbest things you liked in these countries around the globe? Origin of birth – Kolkata. Countries visited / stayed – USA, UK, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines,Taiwan, Dubai. The ‘French Quarters’ of New Orleans for its unique architecture, London for its ‘old world charm’ and Thailand for its mouthwatering local cuisine deserve a special mention.Favorite time of the day? Late evening when I’m relaxed at home after a long day!Your zodiac/ sun sign? Taurus.Your favorite color and why? Blue. I guess it looks good on me.What is the last book you finished reading? What is the current book you are reading? Last book I read was ‘A Prisoner of Birth’ by Jeffery Archer. I am currently reading ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.
Your favorite book and why? Difficult to pick from a) Master of the Game (Sidney Sheldon) – simply loved the character ‘Kate Blackwell’ for her steely determination and ruthless business sense, b) Death on the Nile (Agatha Christie) – such a baffling murder mystery, superbly crafted and c) The Seventh Secret (Irving Wallace) – an incredible plot so skillfully woven by the author. .
Your favorite movie and why? Amongst English – ‘One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ for Jack Nicholson’s amazing performance and a heartrending script. Amongst Hindi – ‘Aandhi’ for award winning performances by Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen coupled with haunting melodies credited to Gulzar (lyrics) and R.D.Burman (music).Your favorite celebrity and why?
Your favorite food? Chinese. Possessed with a ‘sweet tooth’, I am extremely fond of desserts too (Indian and Western), often amenable to second helpings!
Your favorite sports? Golf.What is the force that drives you? I always try and read the word ‘Impossible’ as ‘I am possible’!What comes to your mind when you think of India? Saare jaahan se acchha!Some quickies: Sun or Moon, Laughter or Smile, Morning or Evening, Coffee
or Tea, Mountain or Sea, Long Drive or Short Drive, Silence or
Conversation, Water or Fire, Air or Earth, Mars or Jupiter, Tulip or Rose,
Red or Blue, Left or Right, Glance or Stare, Fame or Money, Boy or Girl,
Day or Night, Tree or Plant, Love or PassionWhat three words come to your mind for each – Technology: essential, growth, employment, Life: precious, beautiful, useful, God: supreme, powerful, feared,
Humanity: essential, charity, care, Terrorism: cowardice, insanity, inhuman, Racism: inhuman, arrogance, stupidity, Childhood Abuse, Love: God, family, friends, Parenting: love, care, education, Old age: respect, care, patience.First thing you do in the morning after waking up? Quietly praise the Lord.The last thing to do before sleep? Have a glass of water.If one fine morning you wake up and find your sex changed to the opposite,what will be your first reaction? Horrified!State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote ’There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts’. (Mahatma Gandhi).The last line of your autobiography would be?I am truly thankful to God Almighty for what I am today.
The title of your autobiography would be? Will decide when I actually plan to write one!!Links & other relevant details:
Publisher:Leadstart Publishing (P) Ltd.
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