Partridge India Author| Heramb Sukhathankar, The Last Nomad
Partridge India is very pleased to introduce Heramb Sukhathankar, author of The Last Nomad.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
Born in a “middle class family”, I was another ordinary boy who scored quite well in exams. And as was the trend back then, my family (and obviously some relatives) expected (read as wanted) me to join Computer Engineering or some similar IT career.
Alas! I didn’t succeed in meeting their dreams. Fate had something else in mind.
With my mind attracted and engaged in a number of things- music, graphic designing and animation, computer science, literature, the list is endless and super exciting- I decided to continue with my college education believing it would give me more time to decide “what I really wanted to do in life.”
I submitted my poems to college magazine and articles to some newspapers. Later, I started freelancing for website content and some blogs. I submitted poems to Kritya, an international journal of poetry publishing contemporary Indian & world poetry, some poems to ThreeLinePoetry and of course the most exciting work I got to do was for Success Stories(now BrainPrick). I passed through all my exams with good grades and continued with my post graduation in Computer Science. Presently I work as an Instructional Designer in Mumbai.
Four years back when I started my blog insightstories.in, I never thought someone apart from me will read the posts. There was no definite purpose when the first story was written; only a longing to share whatever I felt like writing. But today I exactly know the purpose why I write: to meet more people and bring forth their story, unbiased.
As I present The Last Nomad to you, I feel obliged to my grandfather, Late M. G. Sukhathankar, who contributed his poems and stories in many Marathi magazines since 1940’s, and in a lighter vein to my great grandmother who wrote pickle and starter recipes in her diary. They started the mischief which I’m continuing. Hope you enjoy it.
Which influences have inspired you, with regard to your writing style and your book itself?
Everything I have seen and been a part of since childhood has inspired the book. In The Last Nomad, I have tried exploring issues we usually publically talk about with great enthusiasm but fail when it’s time to introspect.
As for my writing style, I don’t know, because I have never followed anyone. I personally like the works of R. K. Narayan, P. L. Deshpande, Aravind Adiga and C. T. Khanolkar among others.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
I plan to reach out to more readers through social media campaigns, my blog (insightstories.in) and word of mouth.
What was your favourite part of your publishing experience?
Although the entire journey towards publishing The Last Nomad was smooth, I would like to particularly mention my Publishing Services Associate’s (PSA) patience and promptness right from receiving the first manuscript draft until it was finalised after content evaluation.
What did you think of your Partridge experience?
It was really excellent, thanks to entire team at Partridge. I hope to work with them on my second book.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never let go the stories you feel compelled to tell. These stories don’t come to anyone so easily. Many times it seems it is the stories which choose the authors.
When you aren’t sure about how readers will accept it, just trust your instinct and do the best you can. And this definitely doesn’t mean ignoring writing skills and simply waiting for inspiration to strike.