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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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……….
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.