Author Interview: Niranjan Navalgund

Author_NiranjanNiranjan Navalgund is a young chess professional who derives great pleasure in learning about life through the game of chess. He is a former National U-17 Chess Champion and a Commonwealth Silver medalist in the U-18 Category He is a lover of words and occasionally tries his hand at writing stories and poems. His latest book ‘The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance’ is published by Readomania. He believes that writing is a wonderful exercise for the soul. Being a bibliophile, he harbors a special interest in the New Age Philosophy. Unusual stories excite him. He hopes to visit the Panda Zoo, someday. Niranjan lives with his family in Belagavi.

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Read about his work right here: Website| Chess-Oriented Blog 


TLL_PosterBUZZ: Hello Niranjan, thank you so much for taking the time out to talk to us. First things first: how did you take up writing?

Niranjan: Thanks to Amma, she made sure I had a lot of pens and blank sheets. I used to write something or the other at the age of 5. Soon, I was able to convert them into poems with the help of my great grandfather. But, I began writing short stories in 2014. Credit to my writing endeavors goes to my family. My parents are writers too! They encouraged me to write. My brother – Chidambar has helped me in carving various stories. His objective insights have helped me in managing my expectations.

B: What was your very first attempt at creative writing?

N: I wrote a four-line poem after the Gujarat Earthquake in 2001. Here it is:
Quick Quick Quick Quick,
So is an earthquake,
With all her moves and shakes
She shook us in flakes

B: Where did you get the ideas for your stories?

N: I believe that I am good with the ideas; pinch of experience and imagination helps me in constructing my stories. In the first story, I explored the concept of anonymous love through ‘Hide & Seek’, published in Chronicles of Urban Nomads by Readomania.

My second story ‘OKAY’ was partly based on my own experience. I was sitting on a bench after a morning walk and a stranger came to me and said ‘I will die today’.

‘Okay’ was all I managed to say and this became a starting point for my story. It is published by Authors Press in their teenage anthology ‘As a Beginner for a Beginning’

In ‘Magic of Mask’, I played with the idea of anonymous love again. I asked myself ‘If I were a magician, what kind of tricks would I perform?’
The thought helped me to stitch all the ideas; A friend of mine noticed that I have used ‘Smriti’ in ‘Magic of Mask’ & ‘Hide & Seek’

Recently, I co-wrote a short story with my friend – Garima Behal. WordWeavers is going to publish it in their anthology in the month of October. It is titled ‘Love & Lolly Pop’. A part of the story is inspired from my real life. (smiles)

In this story, I wrote the beginning and Garima wrote the ending. We also collaborated on a short film B-Tweets. I turned Hide & Seek into a feature film screenplay and wanted to experiment on the theme. So, I picked the essence of Hide & Seek and made it into B-Tweets. It is a story of two book lovers who date on the pages of their favorite books anonymously. I discussed the idea of a love story in a library and we went ahead and plotted the structure. Interesting, isn’t it? I hope my answer gave you an overview on how I come up with ideas.

B: What in particular gave you the idea for The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance?

N: I spent several hours in the library during 2015 as it was a prime location for the shoot of my short film B-Tweets. I conceived the concept of books coming to life during that phase.

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Artwork: Omkar Math

B: Do you have particular schedules or writing routines when it comes to your work?

N: No, I don’t. I write whenever I am inspired to write

B: A lot of authors are taking the indie publishing route. What’s your view about it?

N: I did consider that option, but I realized it takes a lot of time to reach readers. But, I would have self published my book, if there were no takers. I am glad that Readomania accepted my manuscript. The team @ Readomania helped me in making the book better.

B: If your story got turned into a movie, who would you like to see star as leads?

N: My good friend Ayan Pal shared that he would want to see The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance turn into an animated movie. The book has a lot of Indian elements; Indian Directors and Producers, are you listening? 😀

In fact, I wrote a character with Amitabh Bachchan’s voice in mind. The Lively Library boasts of Helmine – the resolute protector, Hiriya Halepu – the oldest book, Kapshi – the book man and several others.

Nayan is the librarian and his role could be played by Irfan Khan
Amitabh Bachchan could voice for Hiriya Halepu and Shraddha Kapoor could be the voice for Helmine! If the film happens in Kannada, then I will certainly vouch for Sudeep’s voice for one of the characters.

B: What are your future plans for writing? Can you give out a teaser or two for your readers?

N: I will be focusing on chess for the next few months. I try funny writing experiments with Shloka Shankar occasionally. Here is a recent one:

I sent the following message to my friends:
1. Pick up a book that’s closest to you. Magazine/novel.
2. Turn to a random page.
3. Choose either the left or right hand sides of the page.
4. Type out the first line.
5. Mention your source (title, author, pg. no.)

You could try this too! 🙂

{Note: If the sentence is incomplete, it’s fine. All I need is the first LINE of your random page. Even if it ends up having just 2 words}

Based on whatever I received, I came up with this poem:

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In a London taxi,
someone over the phone : “I will check the register and let you know if somebody…”

Wish I knew what she wanted;
you spend your whole life learning what!
Late last summer I had the good lyrical harmony
and line
tugging her close.

Heaven and earth together
demonstrated the lacquered brightness of boxes
and the lingering nimbus of God.

“Oh God.”

And yet, she couldn’t deny that she wasn’t entirely fearless,
not when it came to love and relationships.
“Oh No”

You can check the source and the lines I received here:
https://niriwrites.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/give-me-the-first-line/

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B: Do have any particular authors who inspire your work?

N: Richard Bach! He helps me in ways beyond measure.

B: What would your advice be to aspiring authors?

N: I am not sure if I have reached a level where I could advice a fellow writer. But, I believe that one should do what works best for them. I will share Ray Bradbury’s advice: Don’t think. Just write!

B: What would be an ideal gift for you?

N: My family gifted a kindle on my birthday! What more can I ask? Sweets and Bournville chocolates would do.

B: And finally, if there was a book you could turn into a movie, what    would it be and why?

N: Given a chance, I would want to turn Richard Bach’s Illusions into a movie, because I believe that the message in the book needs to reach a lot of souls. 🙂

B: Thank you once again for talking to BUZZ Magazine. I wish you all the best with your current work and future works.

N: Thank you! It was a pleasure answering your questions. May BUZZ bask in glory in all the endeavors!

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tll_coverUnknown to Nayan, the library he inherits from his deceased father, is a mysterious place. Hiriya Halepu, Pu.Nayaka, Kapshi and many others live there. They have a secret world with celebrations, romances, pangs of separation and conflicts. This is the Book-World. As two souls in this world fall in love, they encounter a strange predicament that separates them from each other. Things go from bad to worse when an unknown enemy sends a threat of destruction to this whole mysterious world. They call their resolute protector, Helmine, who unravels many unknown facets of this world, in an attempt to save it from the danger. The lovers struggle to find each other, and Helmine tries hard to decipher the threat messages. But will she be able to save this world from destruction? Will the two souls in love be united? There are no easy answers. Because, this is no ordinary Library, this is the place where books come to life

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