One of India’s best-selling fiction writers Ashwin Sanghi was the star of the 25th edition of An Author’s Afternoon on 2nd September, 2015, at The Taj Bengal, Kolkata. He was in conversation with writer Jash Sen. It was sponsored by Shree Cement and presented by Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Siyahi, t2 and Taj Bengal. Ashwin is the author of three best-selling novels: The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. All his books have been based on historical, theological and mythological themes. He is the winner of Crossword Popular Choice Award. Being from a business-related family he did not have any connection with writing but the ray of light in his life was his grand-uncle from Kanpur who had a large library with some 15-20,000 books.
He said that he had a lot of fun writing a murder mystery. This is a genre that interests him and he would like to alternate between pure and simple mythology and history, and crime. According to him – “Writing is not an art it’s much more a craft. And you learn the craft as you go along. Writing well of course is about telling a story. No matter what words you use, ultimately the story is paramount. But it’s also about getting balance. For example, the balance between research and story. Or balance between surprise and suspense.”
He has also penned a non-fiction titled 13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck. He has been included in Celebrity 100 by Forbes.