Interview with Sanjay Bordia

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 WordCurdwe would like you to express your feelings and experience as a writer, reader and as a human.

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  1. And now as you have entered this world, how do you feel being a member of it?
  • The feeling that I have entered this world is yet to sink in.  Truthfully, I find myself nowhere when I compare myself with stalwarts like Chetan Bhagat or Ravi Subramanium. (I don’t compare with Amish or Ashwin because they are writers of different genre)
  1. What made you think that your book is different from others? What makes your book special that reader should pick it?
    My book’s hero is a Chartered Accountant and deals with corporate fraud. I think this is for the first time that a CA is a protagonist.  His two assistants are also CAs.  But at the same time the book is not just for CAs since I have kept the technicalities to the minimum.
  2. While writing this book what were your expectations from the book? Were you sure that this book could give wings to your writing career?
    I was expecting that the book will be liked by the readers. I was thinking that my job will be to bring readers to the book, once they come, it won’t be possible for them to dislike it.
  3. What do you think of writing as a career? What importance does literature plays in your life?
    In India writing as a career is not feasible. The second largest populace nation absolutely lacks readers. I like reading and writing, books are my great friends.
  4. What according to you is the best way to connect to the readers? Words shooting from heart, an extraordinary story or something else?
    The best way to connect to the readers is that the story should be enjoyable in the first place. Reading should not become taxing. Story comes at a later stage, initially readers are hooked by easy and beautiful sentences.
  5. Now as your debut book arrives in the market, what do you expect from your readers?
    Read it in hoards and send me the reviews.
  6. When you were in the initial phase of the writing journey, what obstacles you faced as a debutant author?
    I was a complete novice, didn’t know any professional editor or publisher. It took lot of time to solve these things.
  7. What do you think is the purpose of your writing? What difference does writing makes to your life?
    If not writing, then what?
    I love writing. Like painting or sculpturing, writing is a creation.  My creativity flows through writing
  8. Does at any stage you feel like leaving the script in the halfway. Who would you like to give the credit of being a constant supporter?
  • I never thought of giving up.  However a few of my friends used to talk to me about the book almost daily, which kept me going on.
  1. What do you usually prefer-pen, typewriter or computer?
  • Only and only computer (Laptop)
  1. What are the core qualities an author must possess?
  • An author should have interest in people, places and situations surrounding him.
  1. Every journey teaches us a lesson. What are the lessons you’ve learnt while penning your books?
  • I found that I love writing and I can do it for hours without getting bore.  However a writer needs readers during the writing process.  So one must have a few good reader friends.
  1. Tell us about your latest book.
  • THE CLAIM is my latest and only book till now.  It is the story of an insurance fraud and the protagonist if a CA.  The book is a window for a common man who wants to peek into the corporate world of India.  It will show a small portion of that world.
  1. Does anyone else write in your family or anyone who loves books?
  • Nobody writes but my daughter is interested in books and may develop into a writer in future.  If she becomes a writer, her writing will be entirely different from mine.
  1. Tell us about the best compliment you’ve ever received and the criticism given to you as an author.
  • Best compliment was when one independent blogger called me as ‘Indian John Grisham’.  A hardcore CAs criticized the book saying that you have turned a CA into a detective.
  1. How much your stories are influenced from real-life stories?
  • To a large extent, I write what I see in my daily life.
  1. These days every author wants to come in the list of ‘Best-selling Authors’? What do you think about it?
  • Natural desire, nothing wrong about it.
  1. Tell us something about your five year goal. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?
  • I think there will be couple of more book where hero is CA Mohan Mohanty solving another mystery in a corporate setup.
  1. If given an opportunity, would you like to be a full-time writer?
  • Yes.
  1. How much time do you take to complete a novel? Is ‘patience’ the keyword to become a successful author?
  • My first novel took almost five years.
  1. What is the motive of your writing? Does your work fall under some special category?
  • I enjoy writing and category under which my work falls is ‘Detective Fiction’
  1. 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?
  • Not at the moment.  At present my using all my resources/energies in promoting the first book.

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Interview with Sanjay Bordia- Author of the Claim

Today we have an author who introduced investigative auditing to the Indian readers. Please welcome Sanjay bordia, the author of The Claim.

Hi Sanjay

Welcome to my virtual teté-a-teté
To start with, share your CA journey. A short note on the do’s and don’ts will help the aspiring minds.
I completed my CA course in 1986. I passed all my groups in first attempt though appeared for one group at a time.
CA course requires both intelligence and diligence, one trait will not do.  So I advise all the aspiring CAs to work very hard, don’t rot but understand the concepts thoroughly.  The course is very vast, so one need to be mentally strong to handle so many concepts at a time. But remember, it is not impossible.  Regular and informed study is the requirement.
Best thing about CA is that cost of doing it is very less in comparison to other professional courses.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am from Udaipur-Rajasthan, aged 53 years.  My wife takes care of the house and my daughter is in CA final.  I am working in an Indian MNC.
When did you decide to become a writer?
Since childhood, I was interested in writing. Writing for school magazines and local newspapers were my addiction.  In school days I was known as ‘Aashu Kavi’ or a poet who can write on the spot.
In my half yearly exams of 9th standard I wrote an essay.  The teacher was floored with it and made me recite the essay in 6 classes i.e. two sections each of 9th, 10th and 11th.
In those days I used to write in Hindi. I would like to reveal that I did my graduation in Hindi medium.
Which writers inspire you?
There are many.
In Hindi language my favorite are Shrilal Shukla, Sharad Joshi, Hari Shankar Parsai and a few more.
In English language my favorite are Hanif Mohammad, Frank MacCourt, Nadeem Aslam, Yan Martal, Vinod Mehta, Khalid Hosseni and a few more.
Investigative Auditing is a new genre as far as I am concerned. Can you share your thoughts?
John Grisham, Alexander MacCal Smith, inspires me. These writers use lots of their educational qualification for writing stories.  Since I am a CA, I started observing the things in my office, following these kind of news, discussing with auditors about their experiences.  These all gave me idea to write this book.
Do the auditors actually venture out like investigators? Do you have similar experience?
Yes, many times. In my previous job, I laid my hands on a fraud where ration coal was being sold in black market.
So, What have you written?
I have written stories, participated in competitions like of Unilever and Honda and won first prizes.  I won prizes in writing intra group competitions.  One of my articles published in Reader’s Digest.
Honda’s first prize was a trip for four to Mauritius.  Unilever printed my photo on their tea packets for one month distributed across India.
Where can we buy or see them?
I have copies of all of them but may not be available in public domain now.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

The main character is CA Mohan Mohanty. He is a smart, intelligent, sensitive and academically brilliant person.  I have tried to develop his character as a person who is fond of Epic Mahabharata and treat it as a Management Book.
Mohan doesn’t believe in showing off, he is not very smooth with females.
What are you working on at the minute?
At present my focus is on marketing THE CLAIM. Trying to inform about the book to as many persons as possible via social media, mails and personal contacts.
What genre are your books?
THE CLAIM is a detective fiction
What draws you to this genre?
I think I know this genre, I have read many book in this genre.
How was your publishing experience? You book is an apparent bestseller material. Did you find it difficult to find publishers?
I sent the book to many publishers, being a debut writer nobody gave me any importance. Ultimately Leadstart agreed.
Were you interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
No book launch has taken place yet.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
I am contacting many insurance companies since it the book talks about insurance fraud.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I did it because I enjoy writing. Write, if you love it.
Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Rising literacy level is generating new readers but the same readers are moving to Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter.
If given a chance, will you make any changes to your book?
If the book goes in second edition, I would like to add a few more pictures in it.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
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