Published: 21st April 2017
Broken heart and happy endings: Anuj Tiwari's journey from being an introvert to a bestselling author
Love has scarred Anuj Tiwari once. Life wasn't fair to him ever. But he rose like a phoenix penning tales of love
Six years ago, he was just a small-town lad who barely spoke good English, in the big city of Mumbai. Straight out of college, this introvert knew that he has what it takes to inspire others and tell the story of his broken heart. Fast forward a year and a half later and there's Anuj Tiwari, publishing his first book about his first love. Today, he is the author of three bestsellers — Journey of Two Hearts, It's Not Right...But It's Okay and It Had To Be You.
Romance enthusiasts, it’s time to rejoice, because the 26-year-old is all set to release his fourth book, which is also based on a real-life story. "The new book is a happy love story, just like my third one," says an excited Anuj, adding, "It’s slated to release in the first week of September. The name of the book will be finalised in the next couple of weeks.” Well, it looks like the author has mended his broken heart. Now, all Anuj can think about are the new happy beginnings in his life.
When the heart broke: Anuj wrote his first book following a heartbreak
Growing up in Bareilly, Anuj recalls his childhood, where all he heard were words of discouragement. "I grew up in a family where I never had the chance to read English books. No one knew me all my life and I was always discouraged," he says. For someone who was always taunted and judged for attending a Hindi-medium school unlike his neighbours, books were a medium to express himself. "Things weren't working in my favour at all, even though I was good at studies. There was no encouragement from anywhere. Writing was a medium for me to express my feelings," says the author.
After penning down the characters that he's crossed paths with in real life, Anuj slowly realised that people appreciated his true feelings. "I always believed that my story is different from others'. People are able to relate to it. I'm happy as long as they inspire people. That makes me feel good," says Anuj, also revealing that mythology is a genre that he hopes to try his hand at, deviating from his path of romance.
I love mythology. I was always surrounded by people who'd tell me mythological stories. I'm not a master at it, but I know that I can do well there too
Anuj Tiwari, Author
Writing, again, wasn't a walk in the park for Anuj. He recalls how his first book sold more than 24,000 copies with grammatical errors. "I asked the publisher if I could rework the book and thankfully they accepted. For my second book, I got a new publisher and things started looking up for me," he says.