Writer’sBlock

Piyush Jha grew up in Mumbai. After a career in advertising management he switched tracks to direct commercials for some of the country’s biggest brands. His 30-second cinematic stories became feature films (Chalo America, King of Bollywood, Sikandar), but the itch to tell stories didn’t go. This resulted in Mumbaistan: 3 Explosive Crime Thrillers, published by Rupa recently.

  • QDescribe your favourite writing space.

    The dining table in my living room.
  • QDo you have a writing schedule?

    When I am working on a book, it’s 2-6 pm every day.
  • QEver struggled with writer’s block?

    Sometimes. But have always managed to overcome it eventually.
  • QWhat inspires you to write? Do you have a secret trick, or a book/author that helps?

    I read the newspapers. I meet people and I remember most of my experiences. These three things work together inside my head as the springboard for my thoughts.
  • QCoffee/tea/cigarettes — numbers please — while you are writing?

    No cigarettes — I don’t smoke. Approximately four large mugs of tea and two mugs of coffee daily, whether I’m writing or not.
  • QWhich books are you reading at present?

    The Thomas Berryman Number, James Patterson’s first book — it’s a rare find nowadays.
  • QWho are your favourite authors?

    Frederick Forsyth, Jeffrey Archer, Robert Ludlum, Lee Child.
  • QWhich book/author should be banned on grounds of bad taste?

    None. All tastes are welcome. They spice up our lives.
  • QWhich is the most under-rated book?

    The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh.
  • QWhich are your favourite children’s books?

    The William series by Richmal Crompton.

Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.