Nitesh: Avinash Roy is definitely a fictitious character who has the same educational background as mine.
Well, apart from that we do not share any thing in common. While he is portrayed to be a cool customer and likes to spend time in a restaurant all by himself, writing his book and drinking exactly seven cups of coffee, I on the other hand, like to eat and only eat in a restaurant and that too never alone. The more the merrier :) And yes, I consider myself more romantic than him.!!!
Sanchita : Rhonda Byrne's 'The Secret' and Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' inspire you. Why?
Nitesh: Well, I guess The Universal Law of Attraction has made a lot of impact in my life. I read the Alchemist long ago and was deeply inspired by the underlying philosophy it carried. Then sometime in the year 2009, I came across the Secret documentary which made me think a lot and reconsider my belief in human mind and destiny. It was during that phase, that I began to think about studying abroad. Personally, I felt that the law helped me a lot to realize my dream of studying in Switzerland.
It was during my stay in Switzerland, that I considered the idea of writing a book and through it share my experiences with the Law. How it turned out to be an out and out mystery novel, is altogether a different story.
Sanchita: Any particular incident that led you to delve into these esoteric theories, and finally write a thriller based on it?
Nitesh: Well, as the saying goes, 'If I waited till I felt like writing, i'd never write at all', I think there was never a particular incident that prompted me to write. I think it was due a series of events and encouragement of my friends both in Switzerland and in India that inspired me to begin writing my first chapter and continue afterwards. There is an interesting incident about how the female protagonist was named Verona Schmidt. One of the evening during August 2012, we were enjoying a group picnic in Zurich by the lake. During a particular discussion, one of my Romanian friends spoke about her recent family trip to Verona, Italy. The moment I heard the name of the city, it kind of struck a chord. It was that very moment I decided to name my female protagonist-Verona.
Sanchita: How long did it take you to complete the novel? From conceptualizing to finally concluding the 'The Last Chapter'?
Nitesh: I did the writing part during the weekends and thinking part during the weekdays. Typically it took me about a year to finish the writing part.'The Last Chapter' was written at the Zurich Airport during my return journey to India.
Sanchita: When not writing, what do you love doing the most?
Nitesh: I am into teaching profession, so most of my 'free' time is utilized there. Apart from that, I spend time with my family, go for movies, visit restaurants and so on.
Memorable Book: The White Tiger
First Love: Writing
Prized possession: My Family
What's Next: Love Insurance (A Romantic Thriller)
As spoken to Sanchita Sen Das...