Author Interview with “An Indian”

I first met the author, “An Indian,” through GoodReads’ Indian Readers’ group.  He quickly became a terrific sounding board for all things related to publishing and promoting my book in India. He’s been a real godsend.

Now, I’ve invited him as a guest on my blog because he is an author of a fascinating novel about India culture and history. I hope you are as inspired to read his book as I am! So, here he is…”An Indian!” 

Q: Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I was born and brought up in Mumbai (named Bombay earlier), India. I moved to the US in 1989. Now I live in California with my family.

Why did you move to the U.S.?
I had an opportunity to come here as a computer programmer. The company that employed me came to India to hire programmers. I was one of the candidates selected. Remember, this was in 1989, way before the .COM boom.
Did you bring family with you?
No, I came alone. My wife followed me after a month or so. Both of my kids were born here.
What was the hardest thing about moving here?
There is not one hard thing that I can pinpoint. There were so many, but I am no exception. Everyone who has migrated here – not only from India, but any other country – has found things quite challenging.
What do you like/dislike?
There are so many things I like and dislike about this country…just like there are so many things I like and dislike about India. I really don’t think one [country] is better than the other…just different.
If you could pick one piece of advice to someone moving here, what would it be?
If you are a single male coming here, make sure that you learn how to cook. Indian palates are very different than the US cuisine. I remember when I moved here, everything looked very attractive and tasty, but didn’t taste very good to me initially. There most definitely was an adjustment.
Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
No, I am not a writer. I am a web developer.
Please tell us about your current book.
Here is a brief synopsis:
…Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.
He was in South India and she was in North India…
Have you ever imagined India being divided into two countries? What happens to the millions of Indians who are from South India but are now residing in North India? Kaahi & Jai were two such people who got trapped in this situation. Everything was going smoothly for them and suddenly, their world turned upside down.
How will they get together? Will India become one again?
Take an exciting journey with them from their college days in Mumbai to their life in the U.S. and back to India when they find out that India is divided.
What inspired you to write this book?
Writing has never been my passion. I had an idea for a story that I wanted to tell. The idea had been floating around in my mind for a while. I finally decided to write it down in early 2010. It took me less than a week to pour out my initial thoughts, and over a year to expand on them.
Where can someone find more information about your writing?
Website: India Was One