The written word with Rohit Gore
It was a Facebook message which did the trick. After a brief interaction over the social networking site, we meet at a restaurant where I finally interviewed Pune-based Rohit Gore, the author of ‘The Guardian Angels’. His latest offering (fourth to be precise) is, in his words, quite different from his earlier ones – The Circle of Three, Focus, PB Sam and A Darker Dawn. He talks about his book and his opinion on Indian literature with The Punekar. And by the way, this IT professional works as a principal consultant at Fujitsu Consulting.
Describe what the book is all about, in your own words.
I would call The Guardian Angels as my most mainstream novel. The book is about two strong characters and in a span of 20 years, they have a spiritual connection and become guardian angels to each other. When in trouble, they become each other’s saviours. In this book, the canvas is much large, in terms of the time span. If you like David Nicholl’s books, then you will like this one too.
How much has been inspired from your personal life?
Writing actually is a combination of many things, right from the books you read to the movies you watch, travels and so on. All of this gets blended and something else comes out. Inspiration also comes from other stories.
Out of the four books you have written, which has been the toughest to write?
It has to be The Guardian Angels, as I said the canvas is large. I really had to show the metamorphosis happening amongst the two characters, in terms of time and personality. The character’s scope in the novel is large. So the novel was not difficult from the content point of view but from the characters.
A lot of books these days in India are aimed at the young crowd. Who is your book aimed at? Also from a young writer’s point of view, how do you see the Indian English literature scene?
The book is aimed at a wide cross-section of readers, since the focus on the characters start early and the story ends in their late 30s. The main reason for young crowd going for books written by say Chetan Bhagat is because they are easily accessible and the crowd gets a different exposure to books. Indian literary scenario is mirroring the west, as in authors like Bhagat, etc. are focused on churning out accessible stories. I just hope they graduate to higher level. But at least, we are selling huge numbers of books. In India, it is tough to sell books.
For the readers, please tell them why they should buy The Guardian Angels.
If you like strong characters, then you will like this story. You will live your lives through these characters. That’s the attractive factor of this book.