• What are your interests other than writing?

Chinmaya – as I have mentioned in my bio I am an avid gym enthusiast and I love to travel. I also thoroughly enjoy being a parent to my two children Puneeth & Saanchi.

  • Why the title The Grandmaster?

Primarily I love chess and I have always admired the intelligence and strategic outlook of chess Grandmasters. Grandmaster also means the highest order of a chivalry ( eg Freemasons) and hence the title of Grandmaster. The first story in the book is also called The Grandmaster.

  • What inspires you in life?

Life inspires me in general, especially the complexities and the chaos thag life brings along. How seemingly insignificant things become significant in life. Majority of the human beings think linearly and the outcome usually never turns out as they expect. Most of my stories challenge this linearity of thought. 

  • How often do you write?

Only on weekends. Weekdays I focus on my job.

  • Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?

I write on weekends. My writing is dependant on my schedule and not on any inspiration. 

  • Your favorite stories from the book?

Definitely – The Grandmaster & The Inspiration!

  • Tell us your favorite quote

“Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it”!

page 103 – story: Robin Could 
  • Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?

Yes. My last two stories “The Stroll” and “The Woman in the Yellow Saree” have me as a character and that’s the real me. I am very sarcastic by nature and sometimes very prejudiced and inward looking.

  • If you were to change your genre, which one would you choose?

It will definitely be a thriller.

  • What does literary success look like to you?
Literary success is primarily getting appreciated by all cadres. For my debut novel appreciation from my peers, my seniors, young readers, critics like yourselves, my teachers and friends. 
  • A message for all the aspiring writers 

Publish or Perish. I have put a small authors note on page 87-88 of my book in the story Mother’s Love. In fact I put this story to encourage young writers to publish their thoughts and protect their ideas.