The Telegraph
Monday , March 10 , 2014
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Techie with the write choice

- Hatia-based NIFFT alumnus pens debut novel

Hundred copies were sold on the day of launch and within 10 days it earned 300 likes on Facebook.

The novelist? Well, he’s a 24-year-old techie, Himanshu Raghuvanshi, who has also cracked CAT with a 98.4 percentile and is appearing for interviews at reputable B-schools such as the IIMs and XLRI.

An alumnus of National Institute of Foundry & Forge Technology (NIFFT) in Hatia, Himanshu’s debut novel I Never Said Bye is earning rave reviews.

Published by Zorba Publishers, I Never Said Bye is priced at Rs 250. If one were to buy online from retail websites like Flipkart, Infibeam, Homeshop18 and Amazon, the 184-page book will be available at a discount (between Rs 188 and Rs 200).

A coming-of-age book, I Never Said Bye was launched during the techno cultural-cum-management fest of NIFFT on February 23.

“I felt really proud when I visited my alma mater last month to release my debut novel. It was a very special moment when all my teachers and friends appreciated by work,” Himanshu, who currently works with Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery and is based in Jamshedpur, said.

“We have received good response and sold 100 hard copies on the day of release. But, we will get to know how many copies were sold only after a couple of months,” he said added.

Speaking about his book, Himanshu said it was based on a middle class youth, his hopes and aspirations.

The protagonist, who happens to be small-town boy, has enjoyed life till he was 10-year-old. But suddenly, everything around him seem to be changing. Thus, he tries to piece his life together.

“While growing up we face a lot of problems, but in most cases youngsters try to escape. The key is to cope,” said the Uttar Pradesh lad who hails from the small town of Renukut in Sonbhadra district. He plans to visit his hometown soon to promote his novel.

An avid reader and music lover, Himanshu also likes playing cricket. But, his love for writing is paramount.

What next? Himanshu is planning to go down the annals of history to write an ambitious novel primarily based on the lifestyle of Mughal emperors. “I have started thinking on this topic,” he said.