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Interview with 21 year old Delhi Based Writer Paras Joshi
"Dreaming is easy but living it in realm thats what I call success in true words", with same thought Paras Joshi took his first step toward literary world. He grows his interest in writing at the age of 16 and by the age of 21 he got his first book published i.e Equilibrium (First Edition in the Aavaasya Triology). It is quite surprising that he made his first debute in literature without facing any of hardship during the time. This Delhi based writer presently studying law from University School of Law and Legal Studies. But rather dreaming to be a lawyer he is looking forward to opt writing as a profession.

Inspired by Bhagvad Gita, Paras Joshi is currently working on  the second edition of his earlier book Equilibrium. Excerpts of an interview with him.

You have started writing at the age of 16. Who inspired you to take your first step in literary world?

Paras Joshi (PJ):Writing is my passion and I was always into writing, if not articles then short stories. When I was in school I used to write for the school magazines. And writing for school magazines inspired me to go beyond this and take it up more seriously. I think it was a pretty natural progression from there to writing a novel.

In present time it is not easy to get your work published as each publishing house focuses more on the accountability and credibility of the written work. Did you have to struggle too as a newbie writer?

PJ: I think I have been rather lucky on that front, in the sense I never had to struggle really. I was always guided by my agent. I was always on the right track and never got diverted from my aim as my agent handled it all firmly. It has been a breeze for me, with the only difficult period being the time when I had to wait a long time for the novel to actually get published. But then, even during that phase, I did learn a lot.

You are presently pursuing law and simultaneously working on your book too. Which profession will you choose for yourself, a writer or a lawyer?

PJ: As I told you before, my passion for writing is prior than my interest in law. Actually I am not studying law to be a lawyer but all I want to understand the depth of law. But yes, writing over law any day is on the card.

Which author and genre you admire the most?

PJ: This is a difficult question to answer as my taste keeps changing. I developed my interest in reading detective stories during my school days. Then I moved to fantasy before picking up sci-fi, then onto thriller and now a days, it is GRR Martin's 'Song of Ice and Fire'.

Tell us about your first book Equilibrium.

PJ: Equilibrium ? The Aavaasya Triology is a sci fiction fantasy set in the dyspotian world of Sealand where mankind has reached the zenith of development. The book focuses on two distinct templates- that good and evil are the flip sides of the same coin and that time runs in a cycle. What goes around comes around. It's a one boy's race against time to set right what he has unwilling set wrong and make sure others don't have to pay a heavy price for his choices.

In recent published interview you said that you are highly inspired by Mahabharat and the Ramayan and prefer to take the concept of good vs evil. Any plans to write a novel related to the same theme?

Perhaps once I'm done with the Avaasya Trilogy I'll think about it. 

Have you ever thought about  writing a book on societal issues?

PJ: No, I haven't yet thought about to writing something on social issues. I have just taken a step into the literary world and its my early days still, so, right now I am more focused on what I am working with. But lets see how things pan out.

Recently, we have seen you in HT Sunday magazine Brunch cover page. Please share your first experience of being in limelight.

It was a dream which came true and I was so excited about it too. And I am still basking in the glory though. After my interview got published in HT Sunday magazine Brunch people started recognizing me. Even a couple of them have actually come up to me and congratulated me, telling me how they found the interview inspiring. I think that's what matters. If you can inspire others, it's something really great.

Tell us about your further plans.

PJ: I believe in taking one step at a time. So, right now I am more focused on completing studies and the trilogy, I am working on.

Being a youth of this nation, what message will you give to other aspiring writers?

PJ: Being a youth of this nation I would like to ask others to 'Dream'. Your dreams are only one to persuade you to achieve the aim of your life. One should never stop dreaming. And even never stop till you achieve your dream. And trust me, Magic happens, do believe in it.  

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