Vijay Medtia

Author, short story writer, entrepreneur, hoping my novels are made into films.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I'm a fan of Satyajit Ray films, Samurai and westerns. I can ride a horse. I practice meditation.

What’s your greatest fear?

Being stuck in a lift with a boring person and heights, not too fond of snakes either.

What is your greatest achievement?

They are to come in the future, hopefully.

High point of your life?

"Becoming published and being short-listed for the Glenn Dimplex Literary prize, Dublin, for my debut novel ‘The House of Subadar."

Low point of your life

"The struggles you face to become a writer; the rejections, living on fresh air and people’s assumptions that being a writer is a walk in the park."

Which living person do you most admire?

"No individual comes to mind, but any good person who helps the less fortunate. Bill Gates and Azim Premji are doing good charitable work."

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Michael Corleone. Philip Marlowe a close second, because Chandler always makes me smile.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Pran and Prem Chopra, in their many film roles.

Who are your favorite authors?

Balzac,Tolstoy, Chekhov, John Steinbeck, Premchand, Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, R.K. Narayana, V.S. Naipaul and Elmore Leonard.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Anna Karenin, Gone with the Wind, East of Eden, The Guide, The Godfather.

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Guide by R.K Narayana. He made writing look so effortless.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Rama aur Shyama, Guide, The Good, Bad and Ugly, Godfather 1 & 2, Deewar.

One Superpower you wish you had?

The ability to write great novels and make money.

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

"A play on Julius Caesar’s famous line - I came, I saw, I conquered. Mine would be - I came, I saw, I wrote!"

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?

In the time of Mahabharat. It would have been amazing to see, live and meet so many great personalities.

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

The ability to write great novels and make money.

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Godfather.

When and where do you write ?

"Mornings, Library. Now during this Covid pandemic, at home."

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

Some swear words come to mind, but mostly, I’m fine.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I write my first two drafts with a pen.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Pulp fiction detective novels.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Follow your dream, try to enjoy your writing and don’t quit.

Vijay Medtia is a short story writer and novelist. Arcadia Books, London, published his debut novel, ‘The House of Subadar.’ It was short-listed for the Glen Dimplex Literary prize for new writers in Dublin, 2008. He has had several short stories appear in anthologies and has been published in Indian e-literary magazines. His short story, ‘English Babu’ was set as an exam question for secondary pupils in Denmark. Crocus Books, UK, published his crime novel ‘The Missing Husband’ in 2019. He was invited to read at the Manchester Book Festival. His third novel, The Lost Woman of Santacruz, will be published in India by Leadstart in 2021.

He is a British Indian writer living in the U.K. and makes regular trips to India for inspiration. He likes John Steinbeck’s quote, ‘The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a stolid, stable business.’

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