P.G.Bhaskar is an Author who writes humor but you cannot tell that by looking at him. 'Personality' too can be deceptive is what I learnt when I met him. May be something to do with his long stint in a serious banking career perhaps, I can't say. If you read his humor and satire dipped social media posts you wouldn't think so, but one thing I can definitely say about P.G. after meeting him is that he is a man you can have a serious conversation with. He rarely laughs out loud in person and if you read his work, you can hardly keep a straight face.
Welcome to 'Candid with Deeba' P.G.!
P.G.Bhaskar: Well, firstly Deeba, thank you for referring to me as a ‘thinker’! That is a first for me and makes me feel terribly important! But to answer your question, I was not inspired by Wodehouse to write but yes, I am an ardent admirer of his and have read his books many times over.
P.G.Bhaskar: I am working on two things right now. One is the third in the ‘Jack Patel’ series, after ‘Jack Patel’s Dubai Dreams’ and ‘Jack is Back in Corporate Carnival’. The other is a collection of thoughts, stories and quips on various subjects. Whether these turn into ‘books’ or not, only time will tell. I write for pleasure, though always in hope.
P.G.Bhaskar: You are partly correct. I have actually done three with Harper Collins (India) - ‘Corporate Carnival’, ‘Mad in Heaven’ and most recently ‘Silliest Autobiography .. ’ So it can work that way. But editors and publishers do tend to move from one publishing house to another, so sometimes authors move too. Besides, there could be differences – creative, financial, marketing and any other – so that could also explain a switch. Besides, there is competition pressure between publishing houses as well, which could explain a change to a rival publishing company.
P.G.Bhaskar: Very briefly, in the initial stages. But I have never had an agent, so I don’t really know how it works. I have friends who have worked with literary agents and I have mixed reports from them.
P.G.Bhaskar: I confess I wrote that. I used to be very serious as a child. But somewhere down the line, I started looking at life through a prism of humour. In person, I respond differently to different people. There are some people who find me funny and there are others (who shall not be named) who find me boring and grumpy.
P.G.Bhaskar: This is a little embarrassing. I must admit that I have, over the last few years, not done much reading. A couple of names that do come to mind are Bill Bryson and Chitra Divakaruni
P.G.Bhaskar: I don’t know if I have a process. Only with ‘Mad In Heaven’ did I have a synopsis of some sort before I started writing. With all others, I simply started on them and then let it flow.
P.G.Bhaskar: Well, I haven’t done much writing in the last three years, except little snippets here and there. I’m wondering if that is a block of sorts. But it’s probably just lack of motivation because the publishing process can be tedious.
P.G.Bhaskar: Just the usual stuff. I like to spend time with the family, do some yoga maybe, watch a film … that kind of thing.
P.G.Bhaskar: Whatever works for them. I am not sure if one person’s strategy would work as well for another. But do learn to keep kicking your own butt. Else, it’s all too easy to let things drift.
P.G.Bhaskar: I’m so glad to see something like this. These are things that will contribute to keep youngsters motivated.
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