We are in conversation with V. T. Rakesh, the best-selling author of The Thorough Check where he talks about the whole thought process behind his book The Thorough Check. He also shares with us his views on the way the concept of secularism and reservations in the name of secularism which is been practiced here in India. Have a look.
- Let’s Talk
Team WordBite (TWB):Welcome Rakesh, first of all tell us the whole thought process behind your book The Thorough Check.
V. T. Rakesh (VTR): From my little experience in life, I have somehow inferred that generalization is the root cause of all “-schism” and related violence in the society. We categorize that “those” people are all bad, based on somebody’s skin color, religion, caste, language or even food habits. In reality, two brothers despite being come out from the same womb, one can be good and the other evil. So how can we generalize an opinion about a set of people? There are good and bad everywhere, in all sects. I wanted to carry my thinking across to the hardliners, especially at this crucial phase of our great nation.
TWB: The Thorough Check elegantly narrated a story with terrorism in the centerline, when and why did you decide to really sit yourself down and start writing?
VTR: I was really disturbed to see the attack on Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, a slap on our nation’s face. Many altruistic security commandoes and policemen died. The terrorists must have got support from within our country, which really perturbed my mind. I just tried to explore the genesis of terrorism, and started writing, distantly hoping that, one day, we Indians will rise above our differences as a single society to fight the evil of terrorism.
TWB:Tell us something about your early life in Kerala and your subsequent migration to Gujarat.
VTR: I spent my childhood and education in a picturesque place in Kerala’s Trissur district, full of paddy fields, Sarpakavu (Snake temples), footballers and a scent of Che Guera. My DonBosco School stood like Cambridge amongst the Malayalam medium schools around, giving us the aura of a stiff upper lip, and pushed us into the big bad world of English speakers. I wish I had studied in a Malayalam medium school which would have given me the contentment of being a village-officer somewhere. Carrying an Engineering degree in a state which has no industries is really a burden. Fortunately, Gujarat, which was shining in all its glamour, in the post-liberalization India, came calling in 1994. And I never thought of leaving this wonderful place of entrepreneurs, falling in love with its air of business and festivals.
TWB:It has been said by many that it’s hard to get published, why is it so?
VTR: Publishing is still in a very nascent state in India. We are yet to have a culture of literary agents. And given the plethora of submissions the publishers must be receiving, and considering the very small market of English book readers, getting published is like hitting the jackpot. The solution is to increase the market size by bringing back the fashion of reading books.
TWB:We have read this book and it is truly intriguing and beautiful. How do you feel when you get to know that a certain section of the society reads and praises your book? Are you content with the response your book has generated until now?
VTR: It is a great feeling of fulfillment to get acknowledgement from the readers. I am aware that the book appeals only to right-thinking and level-headed people, and within that, the applause has been encouraging. I look forward to a greater response since it is only a few months now.
TWB: What are your views on the way the concept of secularism and reservations in the name of secularism is been practiced here in India?
VTR: India has an immature democracy, so is its secularism. The concept of vote banks is so narrow-minded and selfish. We have to come out of that and focus more on human rights, than on minority or majority rights. For that matter 50% of the population, the women, live the most repressed lives in this country. Nobody speaks up for them. Let us have the full freedom to follow our respective religions, but at the same time have equal respect for others’ beliefs as well.
TWB:What research work have you done for writing this book?
VTR: I have closely watched the fishing industry in Veraval, interacting with some of them. The Whale-shark conservation is effectively taken up there. I studied it from close quarters. I had also referred some forensic science books to gain knowledge on explosives.
TWB:Give us a little sneak peak of your upcoming books.
VTR: I am presently doing the finishing touch-ups for my second book – “Deliverance of Sarpameru”. It is a futuristic crime-thriller, which also ends with a social message.
TWB: How has been your journey till now in this industry?
VTR: I’m that proverbial boy playing on the sea-shore or even lesser than that, when it comes to this industry. Like any other industry, here also, it is the big brand names that work. Goes without saying that for a new comer, surmounting this entry-barrier is the key.
TWB:When was the last time you did something for the first time? And what was it?
VTR: I finally said No, when it came to bribing a Railway TC or a Traffic Policeman, instead asking for a full receipt paying more money, and by even travelling in a general compartment.
- Rapid Fire
TWB: Your favorite Book(s)
VTR: Love in the Time of Cholera, Where Eagles Dare
TWB: Your favorite Author(s)
VTR: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alistair Maclean
TWB: Describe yourself in three words
VTR: Forthright, emotional and just.
TWB:Thank you V. T. Rakesh for this interview, we wish you a great life ahead. J
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