Ashwini Rudra

Novelist, public speaker, reader, screenplay writer, introvert and a techie.


Sun Sign


Three things people don’t know about you?

I'm a tennis fan. I enjoy listening to Ghazals and Jazz music, and I hate Las Vegas.

What’s your greatest fear?

I'm a little scared of height, but don't read me wrong. I don't have acrophobia. I enjoy roller-coaster rides and hiking mountains. Another fear I have is based on my own prediction. I believe I'm going to die in a car or flight accident. Before boarding a flight, I call or text my family members and loved ones. I have written emails, which I have scheduled for future delivery. If I die, few people will receive it.

What is your greatest achievement?

It is yet to come. But if you relish every big or small moment of life, then passing a board exam, getting the first job, getting married to a girl you love, finding your soulmate, and hugging your newborn child are mentioning achievements or important events of your life.

High point of your life?

Let me think... I don't know if I can tell it publicly. I will keep it a secret.

Low point of your life

Death of my grandfather and a few loved ones with whom I never got a chance to live or know better. There are a few more which I don't want to tell and keep with me.

Which living person do you most admire?

There are many, but first in the list is my father, Shri Laliteshwar Nath Tiwary.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Jay Gatsby.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

One of my friends had introduced me to the world of Oscar Wilde, and I was mesmerized when I read his works. I like grey characters. Situations and circumstances force people to be perceived as a villain. I don't' have any specific choice here. But if I have to name one, I can say Dorian Gray.

Who are your favorite authors?

I try to read different genres. The list includes Mikhail Bulgakov, Ernest Hemingway, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, F. Scott Fitzgerald, P G Wodehouse, Jane Austen, Ruskin Bond, and R K Narayan. Another name I can think of is Amitava Kumar. He is from the same city where I grew up. He is a fantastic writer. The way he mixes facts and fiction is hypnotic. The next name is Chetan Bhagat. He was the first Indian author I read. Few so-called literati may hate him, but they cannot ignore him.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

It depends. If you ask me after a month, the list will be different. The Master and Margarita, Ulysses, Pride and Prejudice, The Guide, Aapka Bunti (Hindi) are five I can think of now.

Is there a book you love to reread?

No. I have a list of 500 books I want to read before I die. So, I don't have time to reread.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Lord of the Rings (series), Ford Vs Ferrari, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, A Night in Paris, Kapoor & Sons.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Rocket-like reading and comprehending speed: 700+ words a minute.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Here's a man who only wished to love.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I would like to go just a decade back in my life to fix a few things. I don't fancy being in a different country or leading a royal life in another period. Furthermore, this question does remind me of the movie, A Midnight in Paris. You should watch it if you are a writer or like writers.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

I would love to serve like Goran Ivanišević in Tennis.

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Great Gatsby.

When and where do you write ?

I don't have any such place or timing. I always take notes on my mobile phone.

Silence or music?

Music ( ghazals) in the silence.

One phrase that you use most often?

To be honest...

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

P G Wodehouse and Indian Hindi comics. Have you heard about Raj, Manoj & Tulsi comics?

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Never show your draft work to Grammar Nazis. They discourage you the most.

Ashwini Rudra was born and raised in Arrah, a small town sixty kilometres from the state capital of Bihar, Patna. He received his elementary education in Arrah and Patna. In 2007 he completed his Engineering Degree from VTU and moved to the U.S. (Groton, Connecticut ) thereafter, to work with a pharmaceutical company to develop applications for life scientists. Living in solitude for more than a year, he started creating and weaving stories for killing time. Later, it became his passion.

Delhi via Lucknow is his debut novel. His first book, a Hindi story collection, Amerikistan, was an Amazon bestseller. Currently, he lives in Matawan, a small town in New Jersey.
He claims to be a simple man with a small-town attitude for life which he intends never to shed.

No media found.

No interviews found.

No videos found.

1942 Amsterdam Ave NY (212) 862-3680
[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
Free shipping
for orders over 50%