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Author Interview : Nikhil Ramteke

About The Author : Nikhil Ramteke

Our Today’s Guest for Interview is the Author of  “The 365 Days”, Nikhil Ramteke. Nikhil Ramteke is an M-Tech in Chemical Technology. He is currently working as a Production Manager in a leading multinational FMCG giant -IFFCO, since 8 years. Born & brought up in Nagpur Maharashtra, he currently stays in Sharjah, UAE. Apart from his passion of writing, he is a qualified painter, nominated photographer & an avid traveller. Intrigued by Indian labor’s situation in gulf, he narrates a heartbreaking story & his experience in UAE. The 365 days is his debut novel.

His Notable Works:

365

The 365 days

Interview

Being an author is an uphill task. What is the most tiresome and complex task you went through while publishing for the first time?

The most complex task was to digest the rejection which I got through publishers. It happens almost with everyone. After a certain point of time I stopped bothering about that also. I thought that may be people are not ready to read something which belongs to our society, our problems etc. Moreover according to current genre publishing trend I thought that I will never be able to get published.

What kept you going during that point of time?

My fear kept pushing me.

Is there any kind of writing which you despise?

From last one decade Indian writing has become cliché (except traditional & few contemporary authors who still believe in literature).The new generation authors are only writing about their romantic encounters & to certain extent mythology & thriller. (No hard feelings). This has made us to forget the taste of real literature. Most of the debutant writers have grown up reading this kind of stuff and so reproducing the same in the name of literature. The writing is pathetic with no touch of literature & content.

Bringing out a never explored storyline is equally challenging and risky. But I believe there are still people out there who always look forward towards a good literature.

When did you decide that you want to write? One of the first novels that you read which inspired you to write?

The story is inspired by millions of expatriates who leave their home and family in the quest of fortune and end up as puppet in the hands of agents & employers.

I used to write poems for my school magazine. But in the course of making career and financial stability I just sidelined my passion of writing. When I found myself in a comfortable position –I looked back. A lot of water had passed below the bridge .I thought I will end my life running between the bracket of 9 am  to 6 pm.It was my fear which inspired me & re-discovered the writer within me.

It was R.K Narayan novels which inspired me to write.

When did the story weave itself in your mind? Any specific incidents? 

It has been almost a decade that I am working in UAE. It’s like a second home for me. My workplace allows me to deal with all kinds of expatriates like Whites, Indians, Bangladeshi, Pakistani & Sri-Lankan’s. While doing so I came to know about how they landed in Gulf. The situation back home and the pathetic living & working conditions shocked me. That was the time when the story started weaving in my mind. It was something which I wanted the world to know about-Kerala Gulf Diaspora. Very less people know about this particular social issue of the struggles faced by Indian labors in Gulf.

It was the sufferings of all those people which engulfed me. More than a motive I felt like a moral responsibility of mine to highlight the things in a respectable manner

Many people think that Life of Authors is exciting and rewarding (after the release of Movie Baghban). What are your views?

After a certain point of time nothing is exciting. But yes its rewarding when you are a bestseller.

What is the most content feeling you have ever felt and when?

When my debut novel got published. I felt that I had done justice somewhere to  my life which I was living until now.

Any word of advice for authors and bibliophiles out there?

I still don’t have any footmarks. I have a long way to go.

I would like you to share something about yourself with the readers. Something that does not go in the ‘about the author’ section, something that is the real you.

I am a very emotional person.

What’s more important to you as an author, sales or satisfaction?

I guess both are directly proportional.

 

Thank you for sharing your valuable time with us and our readers. We hope your book “The 365 days” touches the strings well with the readers.

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