Ashish Srivastava calls himself a writer by default. A civil engineer by profession, Ashish is Deputy Director at Indian Engineering Services. Currently, he lives with his family in Lucknow.
His recent book, MAN VS WIFE, is a modern love story revolving around the subjects of marriage and divorce. So, let’s get into the brain behind this book:
QUES: Please introduce yourself to our readers.
A mechanical engineer by qualification, a civil engineer by profession, a non-MBA by choice and a writer by default — is how I like to describe myself. I belong to the 2008 batch Indian Engineering Services.
QUES: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
During the journey of preparing for the Civil Services Examination (IAS), I explored the writer within myself.
QUES: What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
Current social problems and the subjects which haven’t been talked about so far. Even though a few stories have braved to touch upon the mysterious world of married life. In reality, most of them have mainly remained hemmed in and around honeymoon games! The moment the lovers lock their lips on the screen, a curtain drops with the corny tagline — And they lived happily thereafter. As if life after marriage would make no sense!
QUES: Tell something in brief about your latest book MAN VS WIFE. How did the idea of coming up with this book strike you?
So far, most of the narratives in the Indian market have remained focused on life before marriage. I wanted to write something unique. This novel borrows from my personal experiences of 9 years of married life preceded by four years of courtship, which of course none of the books in the market does. That’s why it lies somewhere between a fiction and non-fiction categories. Though, at last, it’s better to be defined as young adult fiction.
QUES: How do you manage your time between writing and work?
Being a public servant, my job requires me to travel a lot, especially to the hinterlands. While traveling or sometimes on the weekends, I somehow steal some hours from my life to give writing a chance.
QUES: What is the greatest achievement of your life to date?
Compliments for my first book which were 5-star reviews- from three TOP AMAZON TOP 50 REVIEWERS, two AMAZON TOP 500 REVIEWERS, two AMAZON TOP 1000 REVIEWERS.
QUES: How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading in India?
As I said, most of the stories have remained hemmed in and around love. But very few of them talk about realities, especially life after marriage.
QUES: When you are not at work and not writing, how do you spend your time?
Travelling and workout are my favorites.
QUES: Which one is your favorite genre?
Young adult fiction
QUES: Best piece of writing advice you would like to give to the budding writers?
Don’t mess up your life by thinking writing can get your daily bread except for occasional peanuts!
QUES: Do you read books? If yes, which one is most dear to you?
So far, I’ve refrained from reading other writers. Reason being, I didn’t want my writing to get inspired by any of them. Of late, I’ve started reading writers like Dan Brown. But honestly, I’m yet to pick up the pace.
QUES: Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project that you are working on?
Yes, right now I’m working on my second book based on ‘Work-Life balance’. I hope readers will appreciate my experience of a private, public, and government sector.
*We wish Ashish all the best for his future endeavors.*