Vaibhav Srivastav

During the day Vaibhav Srivastav sells time to a city that doesn’t have any. On full moon nights and mostly half past ten, he turns into a writer. He likes doubling his happiness and drowning his sorrows in a pond of comic books and novels.

Sun Sign

Sagittarius

Three things people don’t know about you?

Was the lead singer of my college rock band, wrote a play when I was six years old, I dislike sleeping

What’s your greatest fear?

Obscurity

What is your greatest achievement?

Yet to come

High point of your life?

Getting my first book published

Which living person do you most admire?

My parents

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Rorschach

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Vito Corleone

Who are your favorite authors?

Milan Kundera, Salman Rushdie, Satyajit Ray, John Grisham, Stephen King, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, PG Wodehouse

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Midnight’s Children, Laughable Loves, 100 Years of Solitude, Uncle Fred in Springtime, The Dark Knight Returns

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Dark Knight Returns

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Sholay, Lagaan, American Beauty, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Star Wars Original Trilogy

One Superpower you wish you had?

Invisibility

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

I tried to save the world, so that the world would save me.

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?

Jazz Age, Bombay for childhood, 70s Bombay for adult life, 80s Bangalore for silver years

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

Drawing and Painting, so that I could make comic books

Which book you wish you had written ?

100 Years of Solitude

When and where do you write ?

Mostly on a sofa in my house

Silence or music?

Music

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I write without making notes, getting directly into the subject matter

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Hindi pulp fiction

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Persevere, believe in yourself if not your material, and practice is the key, give yourself tasks and deadlines.

Born in a small town of UP called Gonda, Vaibhav Srivastav spent his childhood in small cities like Sonpur, Lucknow and Baroda, studied in Banaras and Delhi, and worked in Bangalore and Mumbai. He has devoured a veritable feast of novels and short stories from an early age. During this journey of living in a wide variety of cities and towns he has collected innumerable experiences, and these experiences have helped him put his stories on paper. Vaibhav presently works as the Area Business Manager of Mumbai for Titan Company Ltd. He has studied management at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi and engineering from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University. He runs a blog on films called Filmistani (www.philmistani.in) and is also a moderator of a popular socio-political humour page on Facebook called Bhak Sala which is currently followed by more than 5 and a half lakh people. The collection deals with tales of magical realism, stories wherein ordinary humans are placed in extraordinary conditions, reflections on mortality, divinity and also certain stories about love, longing and nostalgia.

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