Friday, April 8, 2011

Interview: Abhishek Bose

Today I have on my blog Abhishek Bose, author of Legally, Lovingly Yours, that I reviewed just yesterday. Welcome, Abhishek! 

1. I'd like to begin this interview by asking you what kind of books are there on your bookshelf? What books are you reading right now? Which genre of books do you generally read? Which books do you re-read again and again?
I would like to begin by thanking you for reviewing my book and giving me the opportunity to reach out to people. Coming to the question, you’ll generally find fiction and autobiographies on my bookshelf. In addition you may also find books on history, non-fiction, and any book that I find appealing enough to be read.
I am currently reading ‘Trapped Wings Open Sky’ by Nisha Arppit, which will be followed by ‘Avenger’ by Frederick Forsyth and ‘Anything Else But Love’ by Ankita Chadha.
As I have already said above, I like to read fiction and autobiographies, and anything the blurb of which appeals to the eye – it may be non-fiction, history, inspirational, philosophy, romance, etc
Candidly speaking, I haven’t re-read any book, but would like to read ‘Godfather’ by Mario Puzo again.

2. Tell us something about your work before "Legally, Lovingly Yours"?

Well, there’s not much to say about my work before this book. My work before “Legally, Lovingly Yours” comprised of a couple of blogs, where I used to post occasionally. But, after this book I’m planning to blog more frequently.

3. Did you always want to be a writer? How did you get into writing? What inspired you to write "Legally, Lovingly Yours"?

I did not always wanted to be a writer, though I must confess that I liked to write from a very young age. But never wrote anything fearing the outcome, and reaction of the people around me.
My getting into writing was something by chance. It was not planned. I was in Delhi where I was having a conversation with my friend about the increasing number of contemporary Indian writers. I voiced my opinion about the unavailability of a book by a law school student. She said, ‘Tum Likhna’. These two words stuck with me. Maybe you can say that these words inspired me to write, and also see whether I can write or not. And, now I can happily say that the result is in front of you.

4. What kind of people do you think this book will reach out to?

This book, though targeted towards the college going crowd, does not restrict itself to any specific category of college – like Law, Management, etc. I would be happy if people other than college going students also read this. Overall, this book is targeted and should reach out to those people who like a quick, easy, and breezy read. Being not a thick piece of fiction, people picking it up shouldn’t be a problem.

5. What is your favourite thing about books and reading? How have books made an impact on your life?

My favourite thing is that while reading a book you are transported to another world. If I’m getting bored, I pick up a book and I don’t know where time flies. A book keeps a person gripped to it and compels him to keep turning the pages. It’s not a crime to forget about all your worries, and get transported to another world for some time. That is what reading a book does, at least to me.
The biggest impact that books have had on me is that now I don’t want to stop writing, and would also continue reading as reading is something that a writer shouldn’t stop doing.

6. Quick take. Answer the following with the first words/phrase that comes to your mind, in five words or less:
Love – I have never experienced it, but would like to.

Life – You have one life, so live every moment of it. Apna har din aise jeeyo jaise ki aakhri ho.

Law – It’s a profession where you have to study throughout your life.

Lavanya (your character) – She is based on someone whom I would like to meet again, and clear out all the misunderstandings and say sorry to her.

Books – Getting bored, pick up a book, forget about your worries, and get transported into another world.


  1. My interview with Abhishek:


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