‘Many of the readers and even a few reviewers have compared ‘The Tree with a Thousand Apples’ with the ‘Kite Runner’, it makes me happy’ Sanchit
In an exclusive interview with Bookaholicanonymous, author, screenplay writer, brand manager, Sanchit Gupta, talks about his debut novel ‘The Tree with a Thousand Apples’
Born and brought up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, Sanchit Gupta began his career as a part-time copywriter with an advertising agency in Mumbai. He went on to co-found his own theater group, worked as a freelance film screenwriter and as executive producer fiction for a leading television network. His short stories have been published in several esteemed publications and literary journals, and have won acclaim in leading literary festivals and online forums. One of his film scripts (fiction) has been long-listed in a globally reputed screenwriters’ lab. He has worked with All India Radio as a talk show host and regularly features in poetry recitals at Prithvi Cafe, Mumbai. This is his debut novel. Apart from being a writer, he is a brand management professional with a wide range of brand building and communication development experience across FMCG, automobile and media industries. His works explore his fascination for global cultures, societal structures, vagaries of the world and the human mind.
Who is your inspiration behind your debut novel ‘The Tree with a Thousand Apples’?
I lived in Kashmir in 2009 and saw a 12 year old Kashmiri Muslim boy sit beside a 20 year old Indian Army soldier sipping cups of Kahwa together. My very good friend and roommate in college was a Kashmiri Pandit. I have heard stories from all of them, and I have seen that they are all right in their own world, yet wrong in each other’s. I just wanted to tell their story as honestly as I could.
How has the response been to your novel so far?
Good. What I have liked the most is that the book is making people come out of their own definitions of good and bad and making them think, which was the primary objective behind writing it. Many of the readers and even a few reviewers have compared it with the /‘Kite Runner/’, it makes me happy.
Which writers/authors have been your favourite? What do you like about them?
Ernest Hemingway, Khushwant Singh, Khaled Hosseini and Neil Gaiman have been key influencers. That is essentially because their books are a combination of empathy and wonder, which I believe is the key to good fiction.
You are a screenplay writer as well right. Which movies?
Yes. My first movie was the recently released Rajkummar Rao starrer ‘Behen Hogi Teri’. One of my upcoming movies is Emraan Hashmi starrer ‘Captain Nawab’ while couple others are in the pipeline.
Have you planned your next book?
Yes, I have already written my next book and we shall plan to release it somewhere during the next year.
Bookaholicanonymous wishes him ‘Good Luck’ for all his future endeavours!
He welcomes interaction @sanchit421. Find out more about the author and his work at www.sanchitgupta.in
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