The Silent Shot is a contemporary thriller set around three friends, coming from different walks of life, and an arms deal. It is a simple story that puts forth the corruption that goes behind the arms deals. The story further sheds light on the rigmarole of the political system and serves some romance with a tinge of thrill.
In a conversation with Bookish Fame, Harshvardhan Rao talked about his book, his writing, his thoughts on being an author, and his future plans.
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Harsh. I work as a Financial Crime Manager, as a data scientist in a leading bank in UAE. Writing a book was my dream and I did think that one day, I will find myself flogging the quill. I did it with my debut novel “The Silent Shot”. Well, in my spare time, other than writing book I love to travel, hit the asphalt riding my bike, play the guitar, read books which include fiction, inspirational and Indian history. That’s me rocking in my 30’s.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
Last year, when things went into lockdown. I went in search of my Igikai, then I started to pen down my thoughts. Which finally turned out into a book “The Silent Shot.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
Things that happen in your daily life give a lot of inspiration. Things that you see around yourself, news, magazine, in socials are the food for my writing.
- Tell me something in brief about your book? How long did it take you to write it?
Kabir, Madhav, and Lieutenant Colonel Arjun are childhood friends. Lieutenant Colonel Arjun finds an issue with the new assault rifles the army wants to introduce: RMcar. He gets injured by terrorists in an encounter due to the rifle and wants to present a solid case to the higher authorities to stop the RMcar arms deal from going through. Kabir is behind this deal and wants it to happen because a huge incentive is attached to it. After an unfortunate incident, Kabir realises that the deal should be stopped, but he finds himself helpless.
Madhav, who has worked with politicians, comes to know about RMcar. Kabir and Arjun try to convince Madhav to aid them in stopping this deal. Madhav is adamant that he will not help Arjun and Kabir.
Can they come together and stop this deal from happening? Does the army use these weapons and face more causality?
It took me around 2-3 months to write this book.
- What were some of the challenges while writing and publishing your book?
I had a thought that was kicking me to pen it down. But from where to start. It took me a while to pick up that thread and start knitting the story. Then writer’s block is the common symptom everyone goes through. But finally, when I reached the editor it was in my control. There were a couple of rounds of editing and finally the book was out on Vasant Panchami, 16th Feb.
- Do you have a set routine for writing or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
I write at night. When the surrounding is quiet and thoughts are free to roam around. This also doesn’t interfere with my daily routine.
- How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?
It helps a lot to see things differently. And once you have written a book, every unique news, event, or idea gives you the motivation to write something. It also lightens up your mood often.
- What was one of the most surprising and interesting things you learned while creating your book?
Imagination and putting it into words. No matter what happens you write it down. People do appreciate your work.
- Do you read much and if so, who are your favourite authors?
I read often. Especially when I am travelling. My authors are of mixed genre. Right from Jeffrey Archer, Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal), Sidney Sheldon, Ramchandra Guha, Coomi Kapoor, Amish, Robert Ludlum. The latest one is Harshvardhan Rao. Haha!
- According to you, how the landscape of reading changed over the years? Do you think reading books is still in vogue?
It has been changed, especially when the writer like Chetan Bhagat and Amish has revolutionized it. People are eager to read. I still think Paperback can’t be beaten by Kindle. I love to read a paperback. People still vogue reading the books.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
Write it down, don’t worry how it will shape out. As long as you feel the story is right and you are happy with it. Go ahead and publish it.
- Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
Yes, I am working on one another project. You will hear soon about it.
*We wish Author Harshvardhan Rao all the best for his future endeavors.*