Born January 29, 1986
Place of BirthJaipur
City of residenceJaipur
Mohit Parikh is author of Manan (HarperCollins). He was awarded Toto Awards for Writing 2015. He lives and writes from Jaipur, India.
Fantastic Five – Five of my favourite books
These are five books that shaped me during my college years.
Cosmos – Karl Sagan
The Tao of Physics – Fritjof Capra
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
The Tales of Power – Carlos Castaneda
Einstein: The Life and Times – Ronald William Clark
Tell us about your earliest attempts at writing. When, where and from whom did you learn the nittygritties of writing?
My father gifted me a ‘Gujarati Samaj’ year planner when, I guess, I was 10 years old. I started writing poetry in it. I still write in it sometimes.
Where do the ideas for your books come from?
What does your typical writing day look like?
6 hours of dreaming, 1 hour of writing one para. Unless I am distracted by internet.
What is one habit / trait of yours that makes you effective / productive as an author?
Ability to induce guilt and torture self with the vilest words.
What is the one thing that you recommend every aspiring author should do?
Tell us something about yourself that very few people know?
I love bathing. Once a week.
(but sadly that’s changing now)
Does technology (the Internet, software tools) help you in your writing process? If yes, can you tell us about them?
Mostly, not. I am easily distracted if the internet is on.
Word processors, though, are immense help!
What people have influenced your thinking and might be of interest to others? (include websites, blogs or Twitter profiles, etc).
Some spiritual, science and personal growth writers, when I was in college.
In your book Manan is it you who is introspecting through Manan? or is it a person whom you’ve met in real life. How different is Mohit Parikh from Manan?
It is me. The book is very personal. In fact, my character was named Mohit in the first draft and I came up with ‘Manan’ only after a year into the book.
The end of he book was rather abrupt, with no amicable resolution / denouement. What is your opinion? Is there a possibility of a sequel to Manan?
I think there was resolution – Manan’s personal conflicts get resolved in the penultimate and the last chapters. The adult world was peripheral to Manan’s world and I thought I did not need to decide (as a writer) or know (as a reader) what happens there.
You are a published author, have written for several publications and was also awarded the Toto award for Creative Writing. Has the “burden of expectation” affected you?
I don’t think I am widely read. And there are always ten times more people who know your name or know about you than those who actually read you.
So I wish there was some “burden of expectation”. I wish there were people reading and expecting good writing out of young authors.
Find me at
Blog: Writing Life First Hand
Facebook: Manan The Book
Other forum: porterfolio.net/mohitparikh
PlusMinus’n’More: Thank you Mohit, for being our guest on F-pages and sharing with us your experiences as a writer.