Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Interview: Sundip Gorai

Hi! Today I have on my blog Sundip Gorai, author of Hickory Dickory Shock, a book I reviewed yesterday. Welcome, Sundip! 

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?
My reading interest  -  thrillers, classics,  Victorian   drama and non fiction - risk management, analytics,strategy. I am currently reading Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker winner -"The remains of a day". The books that I have read again and again are the complete works of Oscar Wilde, Tagore, Premchand , R L Stevenson, Wodehouse, and Alexander Dumas.

Above: A glimpse into Sundip's bookshelves. 

2. Tell us something about your work before "Hickory Dickory Shock"?
I used to write poetry and short stories during my college days at IIT, I have one unfinished work on ' Risk Management for Dummies.' I embarked on HDS in 2007 but  it  took longer than expected , mainly because of work constraints. 

3. Did you always want to be a writer? How did you get into writing? What inspired you to write "Hickory Dickory Shock"?
Writing is a pastime. I had an unique story to tell so i wrote this book. Mu main inspiration for writing the book was that I always felt that Indian fiction has a huge vaccum in terms of well plotted dectective/espinoage fiction, and that is the reason I penned this book

4. What kind of people do you think this book will reach out to?
The book is created for a wide range of audience - mystery lovers, thriller readers, workforce of the IT Industry,those who love mathematics, romance or pure burlusque. The reader feedback suggests that it has been appealing to a broad base of readers -http://www.hickorydickoryshock.com/Guestbook.php

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

Books and movies are a great ways of unwinding (I dont watch TV). Spiritual books have made a great impact on me to believe in the path of righteousness.

6. Quick take. Answer the following with the first words/phrase that comes to your mind, in five words or less:

- Codes –  Fascinated by Ciphers 

- Life – Be in the present

- 210 (the character) – hero of my book - named so as he was born at 2:10 AM  

- Innovation –  Believe in Disruptive innovation that breaks all rules of the game.

- Books – only thing that  makes me realise I need a bigger house-:)


  1. another IITian got traped in writing world...lolz

  2. @Mag: Isnt it shocking how often this happens?


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