"My first novel had over fifty rejection slips before it was published and went on to be a nati



Mainak Dhar is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and has spent more than two decades in the corporate sector. After fifteen years abroad, he moved back to India in 2014 as the Managing Director & CEO of the India operations of a leading multinational firm. A self-described cubicle dweller by day and writer by night, Mainak is also the author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad including the bestselling Alice in Deadland series and 03:02. His books have been translated into Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, German and Portuguese, reaching millions of readers worldwide.



Q. Characterize yourself in one word?


Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

Former disgraced soldier finds redemption when he is caught in a terror attack and those he cares about are threatened.

Q. Briefly, what led up to this book?

Thinking about how in the world we live in things are seldom how they seem- the ‘bad guys’ are not always the ones carrying the guns, but the ones pulling the strings in the background. So I wanted to bring together two strong characters who are opposed to each other, literally trying to kill each other, but thrown together and forced to question what it is they are fighting for and who the ‘good guys’ are. At a time when we are quick to draw battle lines on many bases- nationality, religion, caste- it's important to remember that those battles are often instigated by those driving their own agendas. As the book’s blurb says, we live in an age where the young and poor fight and die in wars started by the rich and old.


Q. What has been your biggest achievement?

Having an amazing family. My most important job is to try and be the best possible husband and father.

Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?

Keep writing. Getting your first book published can be tough. My first novel, The Funda of Mix-ology had over fifty rejection slips before it was published and went on to be a national bestseller. So an author needs to have the tenacity to keep going and to keep writing and feeling the joy of connecting with readers. If it becomes a chore, then you’ll never really become an author who’s there for the long haul. Now, eighteen books later, every time a book is published, I still feel that same level of excitement and anticipation.

Q. Favorite novel?

Lord of the Rings.

Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

My first ‘published’ work was when I was 11 years old. I read an interview by Stephen King where he said that you were a published author the moment anyone paid you for your writing. I had some poems I had written and I stapled them with solutions to the next term’s Maths textbook and sold them to my classmates for 50 cents a copy (we were living in Canada at that time). My first ‘royalties’ were $12.50 which I spent on ice cream and comics.

Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?

Bright! Keep connecting youth and importantly, in a world where things change so fast, keep them grounded in the things that should not change- the power of ideas, values, and how we can build a better world if we find more common ground versus finding differences.


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