An Interview with Dr. Anurag Shourie – Medico Turned Author

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Half A Shadow is a “Mytho-Medical Thriller”, a book that keeps you glued to its pages till the very end. Musings On Life presents an exclusive interview with Dr. Anurag Shourie, the brain behind this masterpiece of a book.

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  1. Tell us something about your childhood?

Anurag: My childhood was painted with the colours of a rainbow. It was a childhood I wish every child has. I thank my parents for gifting me wonderful memories to cherish. Comic books, cricket fields, lyrical melodies and the creaking stage in the school auditorium – the recollections are vivid.

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  1. What made you take up writing?

Anurag: Writers mostly pick up a pen to express themselves. I always was an extrovert, so I had many avenues to express myself. I was active on stage, participated in sports and had a coterie to hang out with.  Still, there were some deep rooted thoughts and sentiments which I could only share with blank sheets of paper. Poetry was my first love. I was always scribbling sentences which rhymed.

  1. Tell us something about your debut book?

Anurag: Half A Shadow is a ‘Mytho-medical thriller’. As the name suggests, it is a haunting saga of unbridled lust, unrequited love, unprecedented mayhem, and unfinished lives. It traces the journey of Dr. Aditya’s redemption (who is half a soul; half a body; half a man; half a shadow). A ‘medical blunder’ jolts him out of his slumber and he embarks on a journey of self-realization.

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  1. Do you think writing is an inherent trait?

Anurag: I firmly believe so. You can sharpen your writing skills any day but the compulsion to document your feelings is an inborn attribute. You either have it or you don’t.

  1. How did you feel when you saw your first book in print?

Anurag: Five years of sweat and toil- a book is born. It is not akin to bearing a child but it does instill feelings of motherhood in you. It’s your own baby; nurtured by you when it was in your ‘womb’- the computer, the pen drives, the drafts…And when it finally sees the light of the day, you hold your baby in your arms…and admire……….

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  1. Writing is therapeutic. What is your take on this?

Anurag: Every art form is therapeutic. The very process of creating something beautiful- be it a painting, a story, a sculpture or a building is therapeutic. You take out a bit of your soul, your body and put it into each word, each stroke, each stone and each brick.

  1. A doctor and a writer? How did this happen?

Anurag: To quote Anton Chekhov- “Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress.” I became a doctor to fulfill the wishes of my parents. Literature is ‘someone’ that I have been romancing on the sly, since the day my heart started beating.

  1. A writer feels what he writes. Does this happen with you?

Anurag: Sharing a few lines from a poem of mine-

A writer jotting down

A novel, random thought

Calculating the win-loss ratio

Of the countless battles fought.

Singing doleful melodies

With longings that are fraught.

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  1. What is your daily schedule like?

Anurag: Each day, I promise myself that I would be jotting down at least one chapter of my second book. After a nine to five desk job (although I am an anesthesiologist, I am currently employed with a CRO), I drag my jaded body and sleepy eyes to my ‘study’ and try. At the moment, I am finalizing the character sketches of the ‘personae dramatis’ of my next book. My aim is to complete the first draft by the end of this year.

  1. What is your message for aspiring writers?

Anurag: Never, ever give up. There will be times when you see mediocrity receiving adulation. Do not lose heart. Believe me; your time will come- sooner than later. Never stop wielding that quill of yours. Remember- ‘From out of pain, beauty’ (Irving Stone).

Dr. Anurag Shourie comes across as a very warm and friendly person. His debut book is not to be missed. Grab it to read India’s first Mytho-Medico thriller. Musings on Life wishes him success in excess as an author.

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Kavita Panyam is a Counseling Psychologist by profession and a Freelance Writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, Quotes, poetry, captions, Ads as well as many reputed blogger contests. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes soulful poetry, inspirational articles and more on her personal blog https://kavitapanyam.com. She is an author at several well known E-zines, print magazines and is also a guest contributor to various websites.