ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Chartered Accountant coupled with a degree in law and commerce, Sujay Malik hails from a family of legal professionals. With a passion for writing, his interest lies in short stories, couplets, four-liners, and poems. From time to time, he also dabbles with poems and verses in Hindi.
He believes that stories are nothing but a reflection of the lives and times we live in. Not surprisingly, his stories portray the human character with all its conditioning, strengths and frailties. The subjects range from purely psychological perspectives to ironies of life.
He is the author of Different Beads Of The Same String.
Q. Characterize yourself in one word? Ans - Restless
Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence. Ans - The book is a reflection into the realms of various human emotions; emotions that you and I feel every day, every hour, possibly every minute.
Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book? Ans – Well, that’s something difficult to pinpoint. But to be honest I had a sequence of fragmented writings before I decided to give it some direction. Somewhere I was quietly confident about the quality of my work. It may not have been perfect but I was quietly confident that it certainly had an edge and I could ascertain it from the reactions that I got. It started off with writing four liners and poems both in English and Hindi, before moving onto short stories. I like to write about things that affect us, the normal human beings, the usual you and me, the unravelled emotions embedded deep within and surfacing sometimes. If you look at all the stories; as different as they may be from each other, there is an underlying essence embedded in each of them which you may feel connected to. I have always believed that stories are nothing but a reflection of the times that we live in. Hence you will see that in 'Different Beads of the Same String' each story is telling you something, something about our society, about the ethos, about the values and about how we look at people and things around us. Inspiration for the book came from all that I saw around me. And as I said earlier I didn't want to rant about it relentlessly. The interesting way to do it was through stories and I love the idea of short stories to say what I have to. I have tried to ensure that ‘Different Beads of the Same String’ tells you something without raving about it. At least that the inspiration and endeavour behind it.
Q. What has been your biggest achievement? Ans – That is an interesting question and a tough one to answer as well. I guess it would be fair to say that my biggest achievement hasn’t come yet. I am a laid back character but also pretty aspiring and motivated at the same time. I cleared my CA exams which is a hard nut to crack anyway. I also won medals in a sport which was and continues to remain a passion, i.e. table-tennis. And mind you I did all this with a lot of challenges on my hand and some trying moments personally. And now I am determined enough to pursue, what I love doing, along with my work, i.e. writing. But if you push me to the wall and ask me to point out that achievement, I would say that I have been able to achieve these things without any references or affirmations or influences. In fact, my parents are pretty highly pedigreed people in the law will vouch for this fact. They are always happy that I could carve out my own way. Of course, this isn’t anything to boast about but it gives me a sense of belonging in my own eyes. Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in? Ans – Well, practically we all need to do the same things. Write, read, learn and repeat. Write, write and keep writing. But what is important is to understand that you need to take that first step. The real test does not lie in the talent that you possess but the confidence that you can use that talent to pursue your passion. Of course, I was riddled with self-doubts, but I guess what I did right, at least so far, is that I tried to look for solutions, not problems. And very often you get pushed back only because you do not will yourself to take that first step. So I guess what I did right was to not succumb to taking the easy route and quitting but giving myself confidence that I would be able to crusade through and I guess that got me going. Today whenever I feel like giving up, I sit in front of a blank word document and think about why I started in the first place. It doesn’t fill the word document immediately but it definitely becomes a catalyst to help fill it very soon. I love challenging myself and carving out something new.
Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership? Ans – Well, to be honest, I had no idea who my readers would be, but I was sure of one thing, which was that if I dish out quality stuff, sooner or later I would have genuine readers interested to hunt me out. This, however, is only partially true. I have understood that no magic wand is waved and out pop readers. You must create an awareness about your work, and if you can cut the ice propelled by genuine quality work, sooner than later you are bound to get noticed. And I believe in my work, my book and I consequently find myself balancing these aspects of books.
Q. Favorite novel? Ans – There are so many. It is difficult to point out in all fairness. But I would say I loved Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. So many others too. Maybe if you ask me this question next time I might say different names. That’s just the nature of this question I guess.
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know? Ans – I love being with people but there are phases when I need to only be with myself. It embalms and rejuvenates me. I don’t make friends easily but when I do I can really stretch my limits for them.
Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes? Ans – Oh definitely bright and blossoming! I have got a chance to see the kind of work that SALISMANIA.com is doing and I am convinced it will stand the test of time. It is here to stay. To have a magazine dedicated to writing and authors is indeed marvellous. I foresee some lovely times ahead with SALISMANIA.com.