... Aashish Sehgal
1. Tell me about your book, Think about me- save me from climate change, and where you got your inspiration for it?
I got inspiration from Greta Thunberg to complete this fictional story. I had story in my mind since school days, but I was not able to complete it. I always thought, one day human beings will think of shifting to new planet like Mars. I realised that world war won’t be the reason, instead climate change will result in the migration. The book talks about challenges we would face, most importantly what mistakes are we doing. What are we doing to our planet, questions like these are answered in my book.
I also got inspiration from famous Karma theory, which must persuade all of us to get into action for reversal of climate change phenomenon.
2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?
Yes, I joined lot of climate change forums after I wrote this book. I learnt that people are not taking this threat seriously. I have been criticised a lot on Facebook. Comments like “People like you and Greta are doing fear mongering among children, scaring people, there are no facts to support your cause”. I have replied to them “the latest fact is report from United States which states that global temperatures are expected to rise by 3.2 degrees Celsius even though commitments were made to keep it below 2 degrees under Paris deal.
The disheartening part was people not taking this subject seriously, which is going to affect entire world. I tried to engage people throughout my book, nowhere I have tried to scare them. This generation can’t escape from the menace they have created for upcoming generations. They can’t run away from their duties.
3. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?
I would want my book to be made into a film though I would not like to play the lead. My job is to write and be a part of important stories from behind the screen. This is very intriguing story, it must be made into a film one day.
4. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?
Longest must be two-three months when I used to work for my previous firm where due to work commitments I was not able to write.
5. Which do you use more often, dictionary or thesaurus?
I use dictionary more often.
6. Mountains or the beach?
I love both. It is very difficult question for me to answer. I love nature, content of my book further validates this.
7. How important to you view maintaining your twitter account?
Very important, I regularly use my twitter account. Most of my promotions are done through Twitter only as it reaches to audience who can connect easily with your ideas. It does not violate or occupy space of uninterested users, it aims at hitting right audience.
8. What is your best childhood memory?
When I represented my school for inter-school aptitude test.
9. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I would love to travel across Europe. I believe it is the best place in the world beauty wise and for the fact, Europeans ruled the world. They have been consistently advanced in comparison to other parts of the world. I would also mention that I have seen most of the important places in India , my beautiful country.
10. What was your most defining moment in life?
The most defining moment in my life would be writing my first book – “Royal Descent Vs the Invasive Line” based on real story of partition. I would proudly present this book to my kids when they grow up as story covers my grandfather’s and my Father’s struggle after the announcement of partition by Radcliffe.
I have captured entire story in my book, which will serve as record for coming generations. The story will be kept as record in Partition museum too as my Father was interviewed by “The 1947 partition archive”.
11. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
I would go to Future if I could time travel. I see myself as scriptwriter on Youtube, Indian Television where I would provide comedy punches and bring laughter in people’s life.
12. What motivates you to succeed as a writer?
Fame is certainly one factor, I won’t lie. The other factor is that, it brings out creativity inside me.
13. If you could fight anyone in history, who would it be?
I would fight or argue with Mahatma Gandhi. We lost our land in Pakistan, why did he give the most fertile part of India?
14. Would you rather explore a new planet, or the deepest parts of the ocean? Why?
I would not explore a new planet, all of our time, money should be spent on saving this lovely planet “Earth”.
15. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?
I have written book which has compilation of poems, most of them are humorous. I intend to get it published by mid-2020.
16. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I was asked to withdraw my book, but why would I do so.
I received one nasty comment on Facebook, “People like you and Greta are doing fear mongering among children, scaring people, there are no facts to support your cause. Please withdraw your book immediately”. I believe one thing, when people start criticising you, means you are doing something very significant.
17. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Please read my books and give me your reviews, either good or bad. I feel you must read this book, as content of this book addresses very important issue i.e. human survival/ existence on earth
The Story revolves around five characters, Omkar, Alayla, Wangchuk, Mohammed and Avtar belonging from different parts of the world. These characters meet time and again, hold discussions for problems faced by the world due to drastic changes in our environment. It will make you realise importance of Planet Earth and how badly we are treating it.
Aashish is from Delhi, India and a renowned blogger across the globe. He has written couple of books - Royal Descent Vs the Invasive Line and Think about me -save me from climate change. Both of them are bestsellers in different categories, listed on Amazon.
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