A new upsurge in writing- For Tushar writing is more of an expression & a more of a fad.

Tushar Raheja

Just like leadership, writing skills  need vision and mission coupled with  integrity rooted in dedication. These qualities can be ascertained only when a person starts his journey from  ground level.
Tushar Raheja, a former IITian from Delhi, completed his B. Tech. in Industrial and Production Engineering. He possesses an instinctive ability to hold one’s attention with narrative deviations that illuminate disparate subjects ….the charm of campus life, pig-headed Professors, the advantage of sisters, the adventure of train travel in India, the joy of an early winter in Delhi ….What Raheja does is to very cleverly localize the Wooster persona.
Tushar Raheja, who wrote his novel at the age of 22, took three months to write his first novel. The bulk of the book was written during the college summer vacations. Raheja’s debut novel, ‘Anything for You Ma’am’ is a love story of an IITian.
Raheja admits that he is not typical author material. “I have never been a writer. I find it difficult to form flowing sentences. I don’t have a disciplined approach to writing,” says Raheja. But he claims to be a wizard at storytelling. He possesses a sense of humor and a crazy ‘always-up-to-something’ group of friends and prompted Raheja to write a book on his life and friends.
Raheja’s book has been flying off the shelves. 5,000 copies of the book’s first print were sold out in one month. The novel has undergone several reprints. “We get huge orders every day,” confirms J.K. Bose, managing director of the Delhi-based Srishti Publishers and Distributors, publishers of Raheja’s novel.
It’s clearly the age of on-the-fly writing. What were once the essentials of writing like a big idea, literary prowess, time and a dedicated writing space have now become redundant and obsolete. India’s upcoming breed of new authors writes on the move and about nothing in particular.
Raheja talks about an IITian’s quest for love in his cheerful novel, “Anything for you Ma’am”. In the novel, Tejas, an extremely jovial IITian can’t help falling madly in love with his sister’s beautiful best friend Shreya even though she lives at the other end of the nation, in Chennai, and he would do anything for her, even jeopardize his career to travel the length of the country just to meet her. Thus begins Tejas’s extremely eventful and humorous journey where Mr Fate pits him, as only he can, against Professor Sidhu who would do anything to stop him; and conjures a host of interesting characters who travel some part of his journey with him weaving together extremely witty plots, and well, Mr Fate, it seems, has more roles in his ingenious mind for Biobull than just remain a rocking bus.
We’re all mere pawns in the hands of fate and when things go wrong; they will, at any rate; All we can do is, just wait for Mr Fate to become our mate.
The novel also touches on the humorous aspects like, the Bio bull, a revolutionary bus that runs on human discharge and provides a somewhat funny yet, inexhaustible alternate fuel. Raheja’s novel is a racy delightful fictional narrative.
Raheja reflects self knowledge which takes us from activity directed towards the outside world to an exclusive inward contemplativeness as well. In Raheja’s novel the difference lies in the treatment of the subject, the narrative is devoid of lofty idealism; the lingo and its texture is very close to what students use in colleges and it is a good attempt by someone writing only his first novel.
Ever since investment banker Chetan Bhagat pulled off two best sellers (One Night @ the Call Center being one of them), many young Indians are discovering a writer in them. “A new genre of colloquially-written fiction is being explored in India and it is taking the mass market by storm,” says Kapish Mehra, head of the Delhi-based Rupa & Co. publishers.
Star Sports anchor-turn- ed-author Gautam Bhimani wrote his debut book ‘Reverse Sweep’ about the lighter side of cricket. Ira Trivedi, model in her early twenties, wrote her first novel ‘What would you do to save the world in less than a month’.
The typical setting for India’s new-age fiction is the college campus. And all elements of college life, hostel humor, bad food, nicknames are woven into the story. Abhijit Bhaduri’s book ‘Mediocre But Arrogant’ is set in a B-school campus. Bhaduri is clear that he is no Dickens in the making. “My book is written in class notes style. I write like I speak,” he says.
Debutant English authors in India have never had it so good. In monetary terms, the English book reading market in India is pegged at Rs 6,000 crore. “India has the fastest growing English-reading market in the world. It’s growing by a tenth every year,” says Srishti Publisher’s Bose. In the last two years, two international publishing houses ‘Picador’ and ‘Random House’ have set up shop in India. India’s growing English-speaking population is making the country a lucrative business destination for publishers. Also, reading is slowly getting back in fashion in India. Five-star bookstores like Oxford, Crosswords and Landmark have made book buying a style statement. It has added a spin to the market for English books.
Moreover, the growth in the general reading category is coming mostly from younger readers. People who are suddenly discovering that there are books on the shelves that reflect their lives, attitudes and angst; they do not hesitate to buy them. The reading market is now driven by young readers. And they want to read books that they can relate to them.
Another big change in Indian writing is that it is no longer dependent on approval by the West. The new authors talk exclusively to Indian audience. Raheja, whose book has liberal doses of Indian terminology, evinces the fact that the Western audience is not in focus anymore. Indians want to read about themselves and write like they talk.
Raheja writes a touching book about a young lover’s story ….that engrosses the reader, with its high speed rather hilarious turn of events amidst all the chaos are the sweet love moments, be it their date or their telephonic conversation. It is the story of a boy-next-door, which any youngster can relate to. Raheja moves back and forth in time, reminding of ace writers like Virginia Woolf and Amitav Ghosh. Being an IITian, Raheja did not limit himself to studies but experimented with writing as well and his first novel certainly did well as a debutant writer.
“The fire restrained in the tree Fashions flowers”
Similarly a fire in the belly is a must to stand above the rest and cut the clutter for the efforts to be realized and acknowledged.

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