Life In The Sunshine is a pleasing tale of a boy living cricket and loving it immensely only to lose it in the end. The analogy between Cricket and life has been drawn out very well. I loved how the author puts forth his thoughts on living life through the values and lessons juiced out of the legendary cricketers’ lives. Written in the first person, the book is a kind of memoir of a struggling cricket player who aspires to play for team India. Its author T. Sathish is an avid sports fan who writes columns regularly in a sports magazine.
Here we bring to you a sneak peek into his life and views on books and reading.
QUES: Please introduce yourself to our readers.
SATHISH: Hello, my name is T Sathish and I’m an IIM Calcutta alumnus and is a Director in Cognizant Technology Solutions. I’m an avid sports fan, bibliophile and a writer. I write columns in the Cricket section of the www.worldinsport.com, an online sports magazine. Life in the Sunshine is my debut full-length novel. The book was ranked #1Best Seller in Cricket on Amazon. I’ve also published short stories named ‘Am I Free?’ (Showcased on Juggernaut’s home page as a Free Short Story) and ‘Hang in there’ on the Juggernaut publishing’s digital writing platform (www.juggernaut.in).
I’m an avid reader of eclectic topics. PG Wodehouse, RK Narayan, Agatha Christie, Mary Shelly, Bill Bryson, Joseph Heller, Naseem Taleb are some of my favorite authors. I live in Chennai with my extended family.
QUES: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
SATHISH: I used to be a regular blogger on sports, particularly Cricket. I had one of the blog content published on ‘The Hindu’ newspaper as well. Most of my friends used to encourage me to build on my writing skill. But I was too careless about this side of my life and focused mostly on my corporate career. The real spark to write came around 2017 when I wanted to explore my hitherto ignored side of my life that had fitness, writing, etc lying unattended to. I took inspiration from Sherlock Holmes stories, not to become a detective, but to become a Watson, who enjoyed narrating the tales of his beloved friend. So, I started to think of what I can or should write about my beloved sport, Cricket. One fine day, it struck me that I should write about the relationship that young boys have with the sport as they grow up. That is how I became a writer.
QUES: What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
SATHISH: My day to day experiences and characters that I encountered are those who have inspired my book or my short stories. Anything different in a person’s achievement or difficulties one faced to achieve something credible are all my sources of inspiration.
QUES: Tell something in brief about your latest book Life In The Sunshine. How did the idea of coming up with this book strike you?
SATHISH: Life in the Sunshine is a light-hearted popular fiction story that narrates the story of three young boys and their special relationship with Cricket. The book narrates pieces of their lives over a 10 year period that collectively represent what Cricket meant to them and how it shaped their future. When I was thinking of what to write, it struck me that most of the books on Cricket are written about big international stars and their life journey. So, I wanted to write a first-person fictional account of a story of unknown cricketers who had similar aspirations as the big stars. I wanted to narrate how even though they did not achieve their dreams, their relationship with the sport helped them become successful in their lives.
QUES: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
SATHISH: I have a busy corporate career with global responsibilities and a young family to take care of. I try to find time within these lovely constraints to write what I want to. I don’t write sequentially. So, I write chapters randomly and finally put things together like organizing a jigsaw.
QUES: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
SATHISH: I love to read on eclectic topics. I also like to watch sports matches and discuss with like-minded folks on those games
QUES: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
SATHISH: The big surprise was that I could write a big novel with about 55000 words. The bigger surprise was that I could hold the attention of my readers through my writing.
QUES: What do you think makes a good story?
SATHISH: I think the relatability of the character and circumstances makes a good story. The storyline for a regular fiction novel should not be too far removed from reality. Even if it has to, the transition has to be logical and truthful.
QUES: Have you ever gotten a writers’ block?
SATHISH: I am too new to this Writing World to be able to talk about it. However, I think the pressure to write something because others are expecting you to or we think others are expecting us to, is the genesis for such blocks.
QUES: How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
SATHISH: I think with eBooks and eCommerce, access to books has become easy and convenient. However, books have to compete against TV, live streaming videos, etc. to stay relevant for entertainment. People who look at a book as literary pieces will read the book no matter what. However, those who look for entertainment alone, have multiple avenues to derive satisfaction. So, books have to stay relevant to captivate this group, which is the majority out there.
QUES: The Best piece of writing advice you would like to give to the budding writers?
SATHISH: Write honestly. Your words should come from your heart. We as human beings have evolved over centuries perfecting the art of communication. Readers will know if the words in your book are from your heart or you just put something together to get a book out. A truly passionate sentence will connect with like-minded folks. Again, don’t expect everyone to like what you have written. If the written word is honest, passionate it will strike a chord with the segment it is meant for. Otherwise, you will fail everywhere. Better to succeed in your niche!
QUES: Do you read books? If yes, which one is most dear to you?
SATHISH: I read plenty. Reading widely is the manure for growth as a writer. I love the writings of RK Narayan, PG Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and many others. I have named them as I believe that one should learn anything only from the masters.
QUES: Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project that you are working on?
SATHISH: I am sure you will read more from me as long as I am capable of thinking and writing. Currently, I am working on a book which I hope to complete by this year.
*We wish Author Sathish all the best for his future endeavors.*