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An interview with debutant novelist Sachinn Garg
'A Sunny Shady Life', a book by the debut novelist Sachinn Garg, an MBA student at Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, has been released recently. The book is already in top ten at Oxford Book Store.
FINALLY THE debut novelist Sachinn Garg is here with his Novel, ’A Sunny Shady Life’, which is already in top ten at Oxford Book Store and is generating interests among readers for its different cover page.
How come this idea of writing a book?
It was serendipity! Sixteen months ago, one fine night the idea of writing a book came to my mind. Thirty seconds later, I was on MS-word and there it goes.
Tell us something about your book ’A Sunny Shady Life’.
It inherently deals with two issues- romance and psychology. The protagonist is Sunny, an engineering student at Delhi College of Engineering. He is not very morally erect and comes up with several plans to fund his internship in Paris.
The second half has an absolute shift in narration style and theme of the book. The second half conveys a message and discusses several events which force Sunny to come back as a changed person. And the response has been awesome.
You just said the book deals with psychology; you must be reading a lot on this subject?
Yes, psychology as a science has always fascinated me and I have deep interest in it. But most of my learning has been inspired by introspection rather than prodigious reading. The final product looks a lot different from how it started and I am not complaining.
Being a management student, how did you manage writing a book with the deadlines always chasing you in a B-school?
Handling everything alongside the workload of a B-school, made the experience all the more excitingly challenging. Unpleasant trade-offs are made every day and you have to accept an unprecedented four pointer on your mark sheet. I have been living on inhumane time schedule. They say a good B-school makes you a ’man of steel’.
That is why this is even more satisfying.
Tell us something about the inspiration behind your novel?
I had just returned to India after my stay in Paris. I had been meeting a plethora of people and I was not doing very well in the campus placement in college. All in all I was feeling very stimulated and needed a vent for my thoughts and ’A Sunny Shady Life’ was born.
How about your peers in B-school, were they supportive enough when you are out on your Herculean task?
Definitely! It would not have been possible without their constant moral support. They all have been really helpful.
How tough was it to get published?
The publishing industry in India has a bad name for no reason at all. If you have the content, then you will find recognition. My manuscript was accepted by several publishing houses. Finally, I signed the contract with Srishti Publications for I found them the best in terms of pricing strategy, distribution network and other such factors. For instance, the book is affordably priced at 100 rupees. Any youngster even with liquidity crunch can afford to buy the original copy and read it.
Any favourite authors?
Ayn Rand is an author who always leaves the reader with a thought or the way I describe it: With a hangover. I love her works for its completeness. The best compliment an author can receive is that the book left the reader with a thought. I myself would love to hear that.
Any future plans to continue writing?
At present I have started working on two manuscripts. But am eagerly waiting for response by the readers. They would influence my future works for sure which is a side effect of MBA I think.
Wish you good luck for your successful journey. Would you like to give any advice to people, who are planning to start writing a book?
I personally know at least twenty people who started writing a book but left in between. All I can say is what Nike has already said: Just do it, be it anything.

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