“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
– Charles Dickens
I’ve always had a sort of fascination and affinity for Indian railways, and with trains in general. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I spent most of my early adulthood traveling to and fro via trains between my hometown and the city where I studied and later worked in. Maybe this was the reason I picked Sanjay Chandra’s biography The Life and Times of A Common Man. You see the author happens to be someone who has worked for the Indian railways. Whatever my reason might have been, whether subconscious or otherwise, I’m glad I picked up the book, because it turned out to be quite a pleasant journey, reading and otherwise (pun intended here because this book was also my travel companion for a couple of holidays) In case you’re wondering what my thoughts are on this book, here’s my short review of it.
It just so happens that it wasn’t at all difficult roping in Mr. Sanjay for the #AuthorCollaborative. Because he had already read and liked, Love (Try) Angle, he was totally game for reading my latest Under the Mistletoe & Other Stories, before we could schedule a session. Here’s what he has to say about the book.
Today evening, Sanjay and I had a heartfelt and knowledgeable conversation on Instagram live.
What fascinated me the most about Sanjay’s book was the fact that it did not feel like a nonfiction book at all. It was this that I wanted to understand how he managed. So my questions to him were based on this.
Because Sanjay has read two of my books and more or less understands my style of writing now, his questions were around that too.
After that knowledge-sharing round, we jumped to the more fun and light segment of the rapid-fire round. Here’s what I asked Sanjay in this part of our session.
Sanjay had some very simple questions here as well. But, I had fun answering them because I’ve never done it spontaneously before.
You can listen/have a look at our full conversation in the video below:
Books discussed in the session:
- The Life and Times of a Common Man by Sanjay Chandra
- Under the Mistletoe & Other Stories by Manali Desai
Thank you for reading.