Kolkata, Jul 23 : Even the downpour could not prevent young author Arpit Vagera's fans from turning up at the launch of his latest book 'I Still Think About You', on Friday evening at the Starmark bookstore in Quest Mall, Kolkata.
Arpit Vagera shot to literary fame with his first novel Chockolate Sauce- Smooth.Dark.Sinful, which was published towards the end of October 2012. After nearly four years, Vagera is back with his second novel, I Still Think About You.
Talking about his writing, Vagera said that he writes around 1500 words a day as a rule. During revision, I may not like what I have written and scrap it. But i never miss the schedule, he said.
His latest book revolves around love, brotherhood, passion, dedication, pain and the depths to which a heart can go to win back lost love. Aamir, Dhruv, Anvi and Vratika are the main characters in I Still Think About You.
Aamir has never met anyone who understands him better than Anvi. But her passion for investigative journalism scares him no end. Dhruv can do anything to please Vratika and they have been going steady for a while. But there is always a chance that one misunderstanding can wreck their relationship. For Aamir, Dhruv is the bet gift life has given him. More than just brothers, they have been companions who have just begun to see happy times after years of pain and struggle.
But one phone call changes their entire life. Aamir and Dhruv are thrown into a vortex of pain, loss and guilt. Dhruv, while in search for redemption, meets Sachi, who understands him and brings him face to face with his real self.
Born and brought up in Indore, Vagera moved to Pune and then to Mumbai, where he currently lives. These cities figure prominently in my stores, said Vagera to IBNS. These are the places I know intimately and I can connect to them, he said.
The terrorist attacks in Mumbai have left a deep impact on his latest novel.
Talking about his inspiration, Vagera said he weaves in personal experiences into his story.
In his advice to aspiring writers, he said, You cannot please everyone. Enjoy your writing. Do not think about marketing while you are writing the book.
He also said, it is very important to get a good publisher. Because it is a good publisher who can get an author visibility.
Vagera, who confessed that he has not seen or experienced Kolkata yet, said he is eager to feature the city in any of his forthcoming novels. I may not base the novel in the city, but incorporate it in my story, he said.
An alumnus of Renaissance College in Indore, Vagera pursued a management degree in IBS-Mumbai. I started my career in banking but soon realised I was not enjoying it, he said. He then worked for the Times of India group for a while. Currently, he writes for a popular digital channel, IIT.
To the delight of his fans, Vagera announced that his next book, based on a love triangle, is scheduled to come out in about six to seven months.
(Reporting by Uttara Gangopadhyay)