Q. I would like you to tell our readers something about yourself.

My name is Mohd. Raquib and I am an author. I belong from one of the smallest cities of India, located in West Bengal. Since childhood, I have been very fond of writing and that I why I never let that trait go away. At an early age, I started giving tuition and kept my family together. After that, I completed by college from Bihar and then, I completed by B.ed from Kashmir. And, in the meantime, I kept writing so that one day I could fulfil my dream.

Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?

I was 7 or 8 years old when I used to visit others’ homes to watch TV. I loved movies and used to indulge in the story. I tried imagining myself standing in that place. And, as I grew up, I realized that my pen hold importance in my life. Writing is something that gives me satisfaction and my dream is to become a well-known writer in the country.

Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?

Actually I am not a big writer so just wrote what life had taught me till now. The obstacles of the life were my inspiration to write.

Q. What exactly does your book convey?

I have made this statement quite simple. We curse ourselves because of the deficiencies or compromises that we have to make. But, we generally forget our dreams. So, instead of being afraid, we should fight back.

Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?

Since this is my first book, I wanted to make it interesting and readable. There are several people who find books boring and don’t read it because they are thick. I didn’t want that to happen with my book.

Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?

In six months, I had completed this book entirely.

Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?

Yes, there was a time when I gave up the idea of writing. In 2015, I had got a job. But, I was not comfortable with it. So, I left it and continued my writing.

Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?

I have been doing till now what my heart wanted. I have seen the world closely. So, I think, I would be able to handle it better.

Q. How was your experience with Bluerose throughout the publishing of the book?

First of all, I would like to thank the entire team of Bluerose because if they were not there, I wouldn’t have got this identity today. I learnt a lot from them and hopefully I would stay connected with them.

Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?

There are many authors who I follow, like Kiran Desai, Arundhati Roy, Chetan Bhagat, and Rabindra Nath Tagore. I follow them. So, I would suggest the budding authors to follow their mentors and follow your dreams.

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