Author Ashwin Sanghi talks about his favourite literature and on what keeps him grounded
Page turner : The last book I read was Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography Of Cancer by New York-based oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee. Of all the writers I have read, Vladimir Nabokov has made the biggest impression on me because he, despite living through the 1917 February Revolution, forced exile amidst the anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany, the two World Wars and quite a lot of controversy, was an author who never gave up.
Life lessons : I believe that the day one stops being spiritual, one ends up being religious. I live by the adage that the only certainty in life is death. We should, therefore, learn to live for the day and be content.
Writer's formula : Admiration from my readers inspire me and the only 'formula' I believe in towards making a good writer is: 'to thine own self be true!' I remember how a man once got in touch with me to tell me that he was so engrossed in my book that he had to take a day off from work just so that he could finish reading it. Such kind of responses from my readers is extremely endearing and it keeps me going.
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