Q&A with Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

vc34Having attained an M.B.B.S. from MGM Medical College, Indore, Sandeep went on to secure a job in medicine and now works at the Government Hospital Sarangpur District Rajgarh.
He has an amazing imagination and spends much of his free time dreaming up stories. He has been writing since 2006 and has completed two novels. The first has yet to be published, but his second one, entitled Second Chance, is an exciting and moralistic tale of how one man comes to realise the error of his greed.
In his free time, Sandeep likes to relax and spend time with his family and friends. He is also a food lover and enjoys trying new and exciting dishes.
Sandeep’s most urgent wish is to be able to educate children who work in the street and have little opportunity to make something good from their lives. He believes that everyone’s childhood should be awesome, and not struggle.

It was great fun interviewing Dr. Sandeep Jatwa, author of Second Chance, his debut novel. To be honest, I was a little jittery about the Q&A, but he was real chilled out and upfront with his response. Here’s my review of the book.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am Dr. Sandeep Jatwa, doctor by profession and writer by heart. I am big foodie and I love dreaming up stories.

What inspired you to write this book?

When I’m doing nothing, I am dreaming up stories and this inspires me to write. I feel bad when I see insensitive people, so felt I should write something that inspires people to become more sensitive.

Do any of the characters in the book resemble real people?

No. All the characters in the book are fictitious.

How did you craft the character of Shekhar Kapoor and what made you delve into the realm of the After-life?

I wanted someone who is not a good man and who is unaware of his deeds in his arrogance, and this gave birth to Shekhar Kapoor. Near Death Experience is a real phenomenon and it is believed that it might a door to other world. So I thought to write about the after-life.

Apart from reading and cooking, do you have any other hobbies?

I love listening to songs and making toys and crafts with my nephews.

What is the main thing you want your readers to take away from this book?

I want them to take away the Love from the book. Don’t waste your life in hatred and live life with love, it is the only way to a good life.

Your all time favourite book that you want to share with your readers.

Sidney Sheldon’s Master of the Game, especially the inspiring story of Jamie MacGregor. I love it. It teaches is – never to give up.

Any writing rituals you’d like to share with us?

No, I don’t have. I write when I have time and  I feel like to write.

If your novel was to be made into a movie, whom would you cast in the lead roles?

Shekhar Kapoor – Aamir Khan, Mr. Perfectionist (my favourite actor).
Unnati Sharma – Nidhi Agrawal
Kailash – Anupam Kher
Manohar – Anu Kapoor
Ashutosh Upadhyay – Neil Nitin Mukesh
Manish Kshirsagar – Mohnish Bahl
The bookkeeper – Rana Daggubati

A word of advice to the budding authors out there?

I am no one to give them advice. But if I have to, I would say — Stay consistent and the result will follow.

 


Do check out Dr. Sandeep Jatwa’s social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Note: The author bio is borrowed from Goodreads.

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BOOK REVIEW: Second Chance by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

secondchancePublication date: April 10th, 2017
Publisher: Educreation
Pages: 190, Paperback
Links: Goodreads | Amazon India
Stars: 3/5
Source: Review copy

 Shekhar Kapoor is a successful businessman who has never done a decent thing in his entire life. For him, it is all about what he can get and how fast he can get it. He goes through life cheating and insulting people, even after he receives a mysterious telephone call from what is called the City of Justice.  
Ignoring the cryptic warnings, Shekhar continues to live his life as he pleases, until one day, shortly after insulting a beggar in the street, Shekhar crashes his car and is killed.  
And it is only when he is standing before the Bookkeeper, and being shown where his life had gone wrong, that Shekhar finally understands what life is all about.  
But is it too late for him? Can he be given another chance, undo all the wrongs he has done? Or is there a chance that Shekhar Kapoor can find redemption where there had previously been no hope?  

 

“No money can give you contentment and happiness. Do what your heart wants and what you will get would be priceless.”

 

I cannot remember the last time I reviewed a book and it sure as hell feels like eons ago. Forgive me if my book-blogging skills are a bit rusty but I can assure you that it will be an honest and upfront review. So, you can imagine my excitement when vinfluencers  linked me up with Sandeep Jatwa’s Second Chance. Let’s jump right into it then (cracking knuckles).

Second Chance is the tale of a narcissistic business tycoon – Shekhar Kapoor. His blood is laced with arrogance and sexually objectifying women is his forte. From abusing elderly beggars to illegally usurping his rivals’ companies, he has done it all. The protagonist lives his life on his own terms with no shred of humanity left in his body, until one day, he receives a mystical call from the City of Justice.
Dismissing all warnings, he continues to be brash with his life decisions and snubs people with this egomaniacal nature.
After insulting a beggar on the street one day, Shekhar crashes his car and is killed in the process.
Summoned before the bookkeeper who plays out his nastiest deeds on a smokescreen, he realizes where he gone wrong in life and how. With little to no good deeds to defend his karma, will Shekhar walk the path of redemption or resort to his smutty old ways?

The story picked up the pace from the second half onwards and I found myself enjoying it immensely. Although the path carved out was a little predictable, the writing style seemed to take a different direction with respect to character emotions and scene descriptions.

The base of the plot appears to be inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I couldn’t help but draw parallels between the warnings Shekhar receives and the Ghosts of Christmas visiting Scrooge in the middle of the night. The common theme is that they appeal to the protagonist’s humanity and urge them to do the right thing. Rectifying the wrongs of the past and struggling to secure a possibly positive future of the character were some of the similarities. Especially when the projected fate of Kailash and Tiny Tim can be compared in both the stories.

“Never forget that the cause of second chance is your mother’s endless love for you. If you ever get an opportunity then, try to be worthy of her love.”

Despite my extreme hatred towards the central character, I could easily put myself in his shoes when he faced his sentence (which came as no surprise btw). Also, he was doomed from the day he received that phone call and the sadist in me relished his fear and abandonment. Am I crazy to admit that I was grinning like a fool when the bookkeeper read out a bomb drop of punishments lined up for him?!

Anyhow, the theme of the book certainly appeals to the core of humanity, raises questions regarding self-awareness and the repercussions of one’s actions. There was clarity in the description of the protagonist and his response to the incidents in the City of Justice was empathetic. The depiction of the After-Life was intriguing and the author had come up with cleverly colourful punishments to the corresponding sins of Shekhar Kapoor.

If you’re looking for a quick read and a comfortable language structure, this book is the right option! It is piquant, thought-provoking, and humane.

 


Check out the author’s profile here and do express your reviews and comments on the goodreads and amazon pages. Cheers! 

Note: I received a paperback copy from the author and my review is honest and unprejudiced.

#LoveJatao – Happy Grandparents Day!

Grandparents,  
beacons who  
light up  
disturbing days and  
nights, 
 
Witness
Limitless  
Plates of biriyani 
licked off 
Sliding fingers sticky 
With aromatic masala, 
 
Saffron smeared  
badam halwa 
Scooped out of  
crystal bowls, 
 
A game of monopoly? 
Staggering wads 
Of rainbow cash, 
What’s the balance – banker? 
Ears pinched crimson, 
I’m so bad at math!

Grandparents – Creatures of habit who love to sleep on time and whose one goal is to see you beaming like bugs bunny spotting a bag of carrots. Your tummy is a slave to your grandmother or just a trash can where you dump the contents of her lavishly stocked refrigerator.

Ever recall those nights you could break curfew and stay up watching movies, munching on popcorn? The summer was just an excuse to sprint to Gram’s place and lie on inviting plush red couch. Plus, the academic year was always a traumatizing episode and Grandma’s head massage was the ultimate solution.

Honestly, it’s time we pamper them for change. Let us clasp that golden ticket and make this grandparents day a memorable event. Below is a list of activities that I have planned for tomorrow:

1. Buy freshly caught fish from the beach and make fish curry 

One of Granma’s fondest dishes is fish curry prepared from freshly caught fish sold at the shores of Marina beach. I nicked a smooth recipe from my mother in law and it works every time like a charm! Granma, brace yourself because the fish curry will be a blast of flavours, lingering in your mouth.

2. Play a game of monopoly with the grandparents 

Summer vacations at grans were incomplete without playing a game of monopoly. I was once a proud owner of the original editions of the nostalgic board game set and my grandparents would play until they fell asleep. So, I want to revisit that beautiful memory and aggravate grandma through the purchase of heavy rent paying properties. That immediately frazzles her patience and it is fun to watch!

3. Give Grandpa a head massage 

As a child, my baby brother had the habit of plucking my grandpa’s hair, in the name of giving him a massage. It was agonizing to watch him squirm and withstand the pain out of love for his grandson. I will breathe down my brother’s neck the entire day if I have to force him to give grandpa the head massage that he deserves. Maybe this time, with a bottle of Parachute Advansed coconut oil and get it right.

4. Order fried chicken and pizza from Pitstop

Even though Grandma’s Ninja cooking skills skyrocket through the roof, sometimes, she loves to order her favourite fried chicken and grandpa’s weakness – pizza from a restaurant called Pitstop. Despite their best efforts to place an order through a phone call, they always mess up something which awakens the Kraken in grandpa. So, the fried chicken and pizza are a given because I don’t want her to slave away in the kitchen.

5. Plan a movie night with Amazon Prime 

What’s a fam-jam without a movie night? The last step is to lure the whole family into the living area with large bowls of buttered popcorn and badam halwa. Even though Grandpa might end up snoring on the burgundy La-Z-Boy, it would still be a day worth reminiscing.

Granma old photo1

I have my docket of activities planned and ready to be set in motion for the big day, how about you? You know you can do the same, clear your schedule, plan a date, and #lovejatao to the oldest members of your family. Get to know their present fetishes and hang out with them, you never know what might surprise you.

I look forward to hear from you how would you celebrate Grandparents Day. Do share a selfie with your grandparents on Sept. 10, 2017 on Twitter or Facebook with #LoveJatao & tag @blogadda to win a goodie from Parachute Advansed.


This post is also a part of  #4 Tuesday’s Writings with the prompts: traumatized, witnessed, and disturbing.

Out for Blood

Chalk-dust assault
raw paws scratch claws,

garble gauche games
mavericks salvage many,

say that fate thanks
martyr masks mate,

master impanel slaves
crazed craters rave,

gators gamble graves
laughter ramble paves,

snakes wait farther east
lakes baiting salty sands,

tarry about fairer faces
scary as asphalt races,

stakes may harden brains
pray spare raging manes.


The writing prompts for #3 Tantalizing Tuesday Tete-Tete’s are: martyr, garble, and impanel.

Foul Play

Cremating beacons,
inextricable pain,
fabulous lies.


The writing prompts for #2 Tantalizing Tuesday Tete-Tete’s are: Beacons, Inextricable, and Fabulous.