In Conversation with Harsh Snehanshu: IIT grad, Author, Entrepreneur and Solo Traveller




In Conversation with Harsh Snehanshu: IIT grad, Author, Entrepreneur and Solo Traveller

His first novel “Oops! ‘I’ fell in love!” (2009) has sold over 75000 copies till date and is identified in Nielsen’s pinnacle 250 Indian books by way of sales. His second ebook, first Indian ebook with a crowdsourced name, “Ouch! That ‘hearts’..” which arrived at the stands in Aug, 2011 is a national bestseller. His 1/3 book “She is unmarried, I’m taken… And we’re devoted” came out in mid-Aug 2012, which finished the Kanav-Tanya trilogy and it had garnered favorable evaluations. He has additionally contributed 10 tales to the famous  ‘Chicken Soup series.’

In May 2011, he completed his B.Tech in Engineering Physics from IIT Delhi. He posted a research paper in one of the most prestigious journals of Optics at some point of his internship at the University of Glasgow in UK.

He also co-founded thewittyshit.Com – a innovative networking and crowdsourcing portal – in June 2010, whilst nevertheless in his fourth year at IIT. He changed into enlisted within the Top 10 Hottest Young Entrepreneurs for 2010 by using Businessworld and changed into certainly one of finalists at Global Student Entrepreneur Awards 2011.

He also went on a yearlong solo excursion of India , taking a wreck from the entirety that he became up to with a purpose to discover India as well as himself . It have been his adolescence dream and the instant he were given loose from everything he was up to, he solid beforehand to perform that. He believes that journey makes one wiser, a higher person and a better creator.

His fifth book is based on his solo travel experience. It’s tentatively titled ‘Route to Roots – A Youngster’s Guide to Travel India Solo’. His journey reviews every now and then feature in The Hindu Sunday Magazine.

He is a Royal Enfield fan and has been collecting cash for pretty someday to shop for his first bullet, with which he needs to conquer Himalayas next year, just like this he did in 2012 on a rented Enfield. He is a company believer of writers being doers as opposed to talkers, because he is aware of the manner action can encourage, words can in no way.

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He has a keen hobby in photography, biographies, public speaking and tune, in particular contraptions, a dozen of which he can play obviously.

He has additionally been chosen for the celebrated Young India Fellowship(YIF) and is pursuing a direction in Liberal Arts.

Inc42 had the opportunity to have a dialogue with him. Here are excerpts from the discussion:

1. Who is/are your favored author(s)?

My favourite writer is Khaled Hosseni. I truly loved his e book “The Kite Runner”

2. How many hours do you usually write every day? What technique do you comply with?

My writing hours aren't constant. Sometimes I write up to fourteen-20 hours a day, when I am in the mood. Some days I would possibly write just a few paragraphs as well.

I accumulate my thoughts by means of the use of a pen and paper after which in the long run start writing on my pc/PC.

Three.  Your 4th book “Because Shit Happened” is loosely based totally at the begin-up you co-based. How has your entrepreneurial enjoy changed you?My entrepreneurial revel in has modified me, in the experience that now, I do no longer crave for consolation. I am relaxed everywhere and everywhere. I do not have the concern of uncertainty.

Four. What was your most memorable enjoy while hitchhiking across India on your 5th book “Route to Roots”.

During my travels I as soon as met a beggar at a railway station in Bhubaneshwar. He was seated together with his eyes closed. I requested him “What is really worth seeing in the town?” He opened his eyes, looked at me and stated “Everything”. I realized that he was blind, and to him everything in the city become worth seeing. This incident had a profound effect on me.

I had many other amazing reviews as nicely. I was touring on a shoestring budget, So I got to experience a side of remarkable facet of India, that most of the people are not privy to. I stayed in the houses of my readers and friends when I traveled  Everyone turned into honestly hospitable, many even gave me a excursion of their metropolis

five. What are the most important demanding situations that you have confronted to date to your career?

As an Entrepreneur forming a group became the toughest component.

As a writer, you have to be prepared for complaint on events, additionally on occasion the primary publishing residence you approach might not like your novel for a spread of motives, like: they've stopped publishing that style of books, they perhaps old school and might not have the ability to relate to your work and so forth. My advice is to now not experience disheartened, but approach extra publishers/publishing homes.

6. Do you've got a mentor? What function has he/she played in your fulfillment?

I don’t have a mentor inside the authentic sense of the phrase, but I remember my readers as my mentors. Their remarks facilitates me grow as a creator.

I might additionally like to say my dad and mom who've supported me in the course of my journey and additionally a terrific pal of mine,who facilitates me with editing my books. He is one of the quality grammar Nazis,I have met!

7. What’s the satisfactory element about being an creator?

The first-class issue for me is that, I am in no way lonely. Even if I am by myself in a room, I am continually surrounded via the characters in my e-book.

8. What has been the first-rate compliment you've got got to this point from a critic or reader?

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For me the great praise I even have got thus far is “You have evolved as a writer.”

These sort of compliments praising my evolution as a writer touch me greater than every other phrases of encouragement.

9. You have been raising budget for the rural artisans for Milaap. Can you tell us a little more approximately that?

I came throughout many proficient people all through my travels. I met a sculptor in Jharkand, who could carve outstanding statues of our President Abdu Kalam. Many human beings with precise abilities are pressured to do guide labour or other jobs as their capabilities are not scalable, and they cannot sustain themselves and their own family totally on it.

So Millaap facilitates the ones artisans out with the aid of micro financing. The artisans are given small loans, so we can do what they love to do on a bigger scale and make it worthwhile.

I helped in raising 1 lakh rupees for the artisans.

10. Finally, any phrases of advice to aspiring writers?

For aspiring writers: recognition extra on gaining knowledge of ,as opposed to earning. There isn't any alternative for exercise. Also study a ramification of different books and analyze from the masters.



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