Aditya Magal is the latest to-be-watched-out-for author on the board. His debut book “How To Become A Billionaire By Selling Nothing” is already tickling the funny bones of many readers across the country and I just laughed and laughed while reading it.
Thanks to his publisher, Random House India for sending me a copy of the book and Aditya who took time out for a short e-mail interview. Read it here.
Ans. The book started to take shape after my meeting with Mr.Rakesh Jhunjhunwala sometime in 2012. I was fiddling with the idea of a humour novel based on my blog and took it from there. As for writing, I have wanted to do nothing else my entire life but write and be involved in putting out literature, so in a sense this book is a dream come true and a beginning of a journey as an author.
Ques. Since when are you using Twitter? And when did the idea of running a parody account of Rakesh Jhujhunwala came into your mind and when did @jhujhunwala account came into existence?
Ans. I started tweeting in mid-2009. I started writing the blog called ‘The Secret Journal of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’ in 2008. The twitter handle is an offshoot of the blog and started a year after I started blogging as ‘Jhunjhunwala’
Ques. Have you ever fallen into trouble because of running a parody account? If yes, share the experience please.
Ans. Not yet! The real Mr.Jhunjhunwala has been very sporting with his attitude thus far. I’ve also sent the book to him. Let us hope he likes it!
Ques. Coming back to the book, who got to read the first draft of your book? And more importantly, what was your reaction when you read the first draft of your book yourself?
Ans. My Editor, Gurveen, read the first draft. As for my first reaction, I thought it was very crude. It needed a bit of rewriting and lots of reworking. I also had to learn a bit about punctuation and narrative structure. Luckily my Editor coached me well and I was able to produce a much better 2nd draft.
Ques. The book is hilarious. Having read it myself and grinning from ear to ear most of the time while reading it, I want to know how tough it is to write humorous stuff? Did you ever feel insecure while writing it that the humour might not work with the readers?
Ans. Thank you! Humour is difficult to write because there’s no grey area – you either make people laugh or you don’t so the pressure to be funny, especially in words is considerably high. I was nervous (I still am) that what I was writing was not funny but I had no choice but to overcome that and just write.
Ques. How tough was it for you to find yourself a publisher?
Ans. I hired an agent to help me find a publisher, as I wanted to take a professional route. He put me in touch with Random House and they’ve been awesome to me. I think more than finding a publisher, finding the right one who will respect your work and back your talent is more important. That’s what I have learnt during this experience.
Ques. Who is Aditya Magal? Most of us know you as the guy who runs the parody account of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala on Twitter. What does Aditya Magal do in his life and free time apart from writing super hilarious stuff on twitter?
Ans. I trade stocks to earn an income. When not working, I’m busy reading, writing, playing videogames and doing plenty of other faltoo stuff!
Ques. What would be your advice to the people who are trying to write their first book?
Ans. I have no advice since I’ve just finished writing my own book. The only thing I can say is perhaps to be serious about it and enjoy it!
Ques. Why should one read your book? Anything that you want to tell a potential reader that the blurb of the book doesn’t tell him?
Ans. People should read my book for a hearty laugh. The sarcasm in the book is an insight into our own lives and how we pursue money and success. It looks at human nature but it does it in a humorous fashion. I hope everyone reads it and gives me their feedback!
So, that was Aditya Magal, extremely to-the-point and articulate with his answers.
Don’t forget to read his book. It is available at all the leading e-commerce portals and bookstores and do connect with him on twitter @Jhujhunwala.