A fun journey that was a compulsion but became a revelation – #CabbingAllTheWay is a fun take on travel and relationships. Please welcome Jatin as he shares about his writing journey and his many hidden talents.
It a pleasure to have you here on Eloquent Articulation, welcome.
1. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?
Writing comes naturally to me. Observation is my habit and all that I write/tell are based on real observations. As a Kid, I used to create a lot of imaginary stories about animals, plants and how they would transform into creatures etc.
It happened once in my school, I used to take part in essay writing contests all the time but, given my bad handwriting, no one read it…but that time, one of my teachers actually read it. He did not understand what I’ve written and so he called me up to read it for him. After he knew my thoughts, he complemented me: ‘you have the gift of writing’. That is all I remember and then I did not write for a long time.
then, once at a birthday party, I was made in charge to look after a group of kids. I did not know how to control them and so, I started with a story.
It started with a magical house and ended inside an earthen pot! I was baffled at my own imagination! if that was for starters, another one happened in my college…boring lecture on civics made me peep through a window and there is found a gardener working in the blazing sun. he inspired me and I wrote a story about him. I read it to my friends, they liked it and maybe that is how I ‘rediscovered’ writing.
“I write to express myself”- NO! that is not just why I write. I write because ‘I think’ that I think differently. I think, I can perceive an undercurrent out of a seemingly simple situation. I have varied (sometimes strange) perspectives to things and I want to put forward these perspectives in front of the world.
2. Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative.
I am a 100% hyderabadi. I love everything about the city, so much that it also reflects in my writings. Be it the Irani chai, the dum biryani (veg variant) the ‘Kirrak’ language or the ‘chindiya’ mannerism.
I am the guy next door, a hard core Harry Potter fan and a movie buff. I live every movie, I have strong opinions about its content and I hate it when a movie based on an interesting concept is messed up for the sake of commercial value. I enjoy watching cartoon shows (Doraemon, Dora, and Chota Bheem) with my son. I never get bored of listening to the endless chatter of my wife. When I’m not writing, I make toys for children.
I pretend to be a software engineer until the writer or the toymaker in me wakes up.
3. What has been your motivation for writing this book, “Cabbing All The Way”?
I am a writer who steals hidden inspirations from real life. At a certain point in our ‘real’ cab journey, I realised that this story of daily urban struggle for survival, in the wrap of humour, need to be told to the world. That is when I started thinking seriously about taking up this story as my next book.
4. The cover is worth a thousand words, how much of the cover designs for the books did you choose or were they designed by someone else?
My dear friend and cartoonist Yogish Shettigar designed the cover cartoon. he is an ex-employee at our office and he knew all the people who came along with me in the cab. When I gave him the idea, he drew the cartoon with REAL faces on it…later I had it changed and only my face still remains…
5. How important are names of the characters in your books? Do you choose the names etc based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
“Naam may kya rakha hai!” (What’s in a name?)
In my current book, the names are closer to their real names… for example ‘Raghav’ can be Raghu or Ragavender or anything else.
I did not face any dilemma with choosing names to my characters yet…generally, I etch my characters around a real life person. So why just only his features, I can also take his name!! 😀
6. What can your readers look forward to next? Share some details about your WIP?
I am working on 2 more books. One is a historical/mythical/reality fiction which is like, 80% complete and the other one is something that I consider to be my life’s best work so far. This one is still cooking in my creative kitchen.
I keep writing short stories (as and when life inspires me) and stack them under various titles, not sure if I will publish them soon…
7. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I am still a debutant in the field of writing. I am being taught and I am learning…
I read my reviews and take them seriously. A review is a perspective of a reader and it is important for me to know how different people think about my work.
A bad review can be hurting, but it only does good for a writer like me who is here to make some decent space in the bookshelves.
I do respond to reviews; most of the time with just a thanks and sometimes with a little explanation about my perspective.
8. How do you think you have evolved creatively? If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
The biggest boon for a creative person is his ever changing (and evolving) POV. As a writer, I think, I evolve every day, with every page I write, with every thought I think…yes, I love to be different.
I never thought of originally writing a book that is already written but, I am an ardent devotee of R.K Narayan. I read him like I am reading the Gita! I find so much nativity in his style and I like everything that is Indian.
9. Where do you see publishing going in the future? How do you think we can promote and increase diversity within the literary industry?
The space in the book shelves is shrinking and the information cloud is expanding. 10 years from now, only coffee table books will be print-published and the rest all will be epubs, that is what I see. It saddens me that not many youngsters now-a-days are interested in befriending a book. The smart screen addiction has taken over.
Publishing in Indian scenario is just like our bollywood movies. Movies with substance are seldom a hit and a mediocre with a super star collects millions…
In order to promote literature in India, and it is amongst my best thoughts, I feel that education ministry must promote ‘1 book per year policy’ instead of a non-detail for languages. Students can pick a book of their choice and submit a review as an assignment!!
10. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
They can connect to me on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jatin.kuberker
Or can mail me at Jatin.email@example.com
Thank you, Jatin. I enjoyed learning about your writing process and all the fun you had living the book. My best wishes for many more fun and intresting books to you. Keep Writing.
Take an ounce full of imagination and a scoop of humour. Mix them well. Now put a few teaspoons of feelings and emotions and simmer until it smells good. Add spices for taste. Put the mixture on the platter of dreams and garnish it with a few peanuts of desires and some herbs of passion – that’s all it takes to be JatinKuberkar. Jatin is a software engineer by day and a passionate writer by night. When not tangled in software codes, Jatin likes to express his inspirations in the form of poetry, short stories, novels and essays.
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