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Anuraag Srivastava

Anuraag Srivastava

Anuraag Srivastava

How did you gravitate towards the thriller genre?
I have been an avid reader of the thriller genre and being of an inquisitive mind while trying to understand the ways events turn up in life, I naturally gravitated towards the thriller genre when I thought of penning down a story.
What was the thought process behind the inception of the book?
It was an urge to project my story telling capability on a larger canvas and deliver it to a broader audience. Earlier I had been writing poems and have never been into story telling. But somehow I felt that I can write a story in a much more appealing manner to enchant my readers.
The idea of developing this book came when I witnessed the stock market crash of 2008 and how it affected many individuals of the younger generation. I then developed the plot when one day I was reading in the newspaper about some new hacking techniques.
Do you feel that thriller as a genre could become more popular with a lot of Indian and International content concentrating on the same?
Thriller stories generate a lot of excitement in the otherwise monotonous daily routine of readers; and with many more authors penning stories with thrill and suspense, it is bound to become popular among readers looking for an escape from their mundane lives
Why did you choose siblings as the main protagonists in ‘Twenty Twenty’?
Usually stories revolve around spies or persons involved in love relationships and the family relationships are ignored while generating a plot. Siblings also do have close relationships with each other but try to keep a distance when it comes to their personal matters, all the while remaining protective about each other. This special feature of being close yet distant and protective about each other made me choose a pair of siblings as the main protagonists in the story.
Has any of your characters haunted you well after you are done with the novel?
The character of Abhi has stuck with me for a long time as a character who gets easily trapped in the web spun by others but then learns quickly and not only pulls himself out but also creates an ecosystem where he can benefit from his learning during the roller coaster ride in his life.
Do you feel that the quickly diminishing habit of reading could make a comeback and become a part of our culture in the future?
The diminishing habit of reading is bound to make a comeback. Earlier a person used to read more as he/she had less avenues of entertainment- people used to buy books or magazines while travelling or as a favorite pastime but the addiction to social media has somewhat diminished it; but even on social media there is much to read which keeps alive the reading habit. But the flip side of social media is that it becomes monotonous easily and can be distracting. So people who want solace in their own world will surely gravitate towards reading books.
What are your favourite thriller novels? Some recommendations for our readers please.
I have been reading more of Fredrick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum, Vince Flynn novels and my favorites are – ‘The Fist Of God ’, ‘The Devil’s Alternative’ and ‘The Day of the Jackal’.

About the Interviewee:

Anuraag Srivastava, having done his schooling and college from Lucknow, has been a banker for over eighteen years now. Presently based at Ghaziabad, he has written more than a hundred poems in Hindi and English. A learning guitarist, an amateur photographer, and an avid reader, he is a multi-faceted person. He also runs a blog for sharing his views on spirituality and general philosophy.