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Punekar in Focus – Ameya Kale | Author of 'Sacrifice'


Another author from Pune I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with through my Instagram (now you know why it’s my favourite app!), Ameya Kale is a Punekar, currently studying in New York. He recently sent over his book for me to read (THANK YOU!) and I intend to drown myself in it soon! Here’s a quick chat we had over the weekend, along with a link to his book at the end, so you guys can get acquainted with him, get your copy, and drown with me.

Tell me about Sacrifice and your inspiration behind writing it.
So my inspiration for Sacrifice began with a lot of things happening simultaneously. I was reading books on very diverse topics at the same time and had just watched Matthew McConaughey deliver an epic performance in True Detective. I was amazed at everything that I was reading at that time and it was about Nihilism, the theory about parallel worlds, quantum mechanics and the one puzzle that has always intrigued every human on the planet: the origin of human species on Earth.
And thus one night, while I was completing my engineering assignments and devouring coffee, a thought experiment occurred to me and I tried to blend it with everything that I had read up until that point. And I was amazed about how everything just fell into place with my little theory! As I kept progressing with the story and the characters, I found out tons of things that I could include to increase the effect. So all those ideas snowballed together and ‘Sacrifice’ was born on those “engineering-submission” nights!
How long did the work take?
Writing it was a challenge for me; until then I had read about three hundred books and I was well versed with multiple writing styles. But that initial writer’s block struck me. I had a lot to write down, but no idea where to begin! So I began planning it in detail and that took about 3-4 months. The first draft took about a month. Every day, I was going at it with all my focus.
Which is the last book you read that you thought was pretty bad?
Ah, a sly question. Actually, none of the books that I have read so far were bad at all. I have had the fortune of navigating through the great works that mankind has produced, mostly fiction and a little bit of non-fiction.
Pick three of your favorite authors.
Another question that really needs thinking. There are so many! Murakami, Keigo Higashino, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ayn Rand, Paolo Coelho, Steve Berry, James Rollins, and so many more. To pick just three would be unfair, but I’d go with Haruki Murakami, Keigo Higashino and Ayn Rand.
Are you going to write another one?
Yes, I am definitely going to write another one! Going at a slow pace right now, it’s a conspiracy thriller. I have a highly explosive plot with me and I plan to make it a bestseller, if I may say so myself!
What’re you currently reading?
Currently, I am reading five different books. Again, quite diverse. ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand, ‘Dream Psychology’ by Sigmund Freud, ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce, and ‘1Q84’ by Haruki Murakami.
Name one author you’d kill to have dinner with and why.
An author that I would kill to have dinner with? The late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam ji. That is the most selfish a man can get, to kill for a dinner with such a personality that has helped transform India exponentially. He is one of my idols and his life has been a huge inspiration for me.
Three things you immensely miss about Pune. Also, what’re you doing in New York?
Well, it has been about a month since I shifted to St, James, New York. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University. It has been a good month so far, but I miss Pune terribly.
The three things I miss the most are my home, playing badminton every evening and my college. Truly remarkable memories that I have left behind, and these seem to be reaching towards me, and I can’t help but smile whenever I think back upon them 🙂
You can purchase a copy of Ameya’s book ‘Sacrifice’ here