Akshay Chitre was educated at the prestigious Bombay Scottish School. A Commerce Graduate, he received his MBA from Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Instead of joining the corporate world,he decided to venture on his own and started his own restaurant at the age of 23. Success was imminent, he subsequently featured on various shows of Network 18 & CNBC TV as a successful Young Entrepreneur.
He has a passion for food & flare for social observations, he enjoys making conversation with people from all walks of life to get an insight into the real world. Just 25 now,he is a die hard romantic & movie buff, he wishes to tell stories which make us think.
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An Interview with the Author:
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
Well, since childhood I thought I would be a good boyfriend, in future if I get married I think I would be a good husband, I imagined my future all the time and I thought my life would be simple, as I reached adulthood I realized that people change, dynamics change, even when two people are in love one cannot expect the other to cross mountains, I understood that it does not mean the other person loves you any less it's just that the situation is not right at the moment , after observing a series of relationships around me I realized humans are situation driven and I thought that I should write a book with no right or wrong person just people in pickle and it is up to my readers to love them or hate them.
What inspires you to write?
As I said earlier, I am a people person, if I feel that my words can make someone's day or even make them smile for a moment I would continue to write, people's reaction to my writing inspires me alot.
How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
My first book, Urban Love Give a Chance to Life is based on three female protagonist having radically different perspective on life and relationships, I read other Indian authors and realized not many write through the minds of a woman, thus this book my attempt to do something different, people who have read it even guys for that matter tell me that they actually feel they are women and women who have read it find it difficult to believe that a man has written it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I operate a restaurant in Bandra East called Zenzi Mumbai, since restaurant industry is a time driven place, I do most of my writing on Monday and Tuesday when business is slow, to tell you something interesting, I wrote my entire first draft on Note Pad of my HTC phone.
What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
I got a couple of favorite scenes in the book to point out a couple I like the Goa scenes and the intertwined relationships of the girls at later stage.
What is your usual writing routine?
I am waiting for a thought to occur for my next book but when I write it's usually on the less crowded days at restaurant when I get the free time.
What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
I have not got any advices from anyone directly but one thing I have learned,that to feel the emotions of your character you have to feel it too else your story would be far away from reality.
What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
If my book is ever made into a Bollywood movie I would love to see Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra and Shraddha Kapoor as my dream cast.
If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
Not three but the only thing would be my mobile ( I can't live without it) as all my activities happen on the same be it reading, writing, news , social networking everything.
About the Book:
In the seductive city of Mumbai, three young girls bond over sangria and their ideas of life. They have three radically different perspectives on love and relationships. When life throws at them curveballs in the form of infidelity, sex, longing and heartbreak, not only is their friendship tested but also their faith in love. Will they be able to give love another chance? And another chance to life?
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