Believe in your dreams

When yet another IITian Animesh Verma announced the release of his book, I thought it was time to discover for myself why IITians acquire literary leanings. Prema K explores.
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Updated on Feb 26, 2009 04:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPrema K, Mumbai

I’ve always admired IITians for their super intelligence. Never mind the fact that they are termed ‘nerds’. But the ‘nerd’ bit also changed when Chetan Bhagat arrived on the scene.

I breezed through his bestsellers and even discovered a book written by another Delhi IITian.. and enjoyed it thoroughly.

So when yet another IITian in Mumbai announced the release of his book, I thought it was time to discover for myself why IITians acquire literary leanings.

23-year-old Animesh Verma came to Mumbai from Jamshedpur to pursue his Masters degree in chemistry. He does not seem to be part of the typical Gen-X brigade, but he’s in sync with their trail of thought.

He says, “My generation chases their dreams and also makes efforts to realise them. But they give up their dreams when they go through a low phase. ”

Today’s youth
He attributes this to his first book, Love, Life and Dream On, taking shape. The book has an element of truth with real life characters comprising his friends and classmates, and real incidents.

Love, Life and Dream On has its finger on the pulse of the youth and is an attempt to make youngsters believe in their dreams.

Animesh adds, “The book is about certain details of our lives, which we don’t much care about, but which turn out to be the faded dots on the canvas of our life, and are required to complete the real picture.” He wants to dedicate his book to the youth of today.

Balancing act
Considering the fact that IITians are usually engineers with no background in literature, it’s not surprising that Animesh has never written before.

But he admits to being inspired by Chetan Bhagat, in a way. “Being an IITian, he gave me a sense of direction. At least, I was confident that I could write a book. I have read all his books and enjoyed them.”

This budding chemist sees himself as a hard core writer in the future. He states, “I know I can balance the two. I was working on the book while attending my classes.

The youngster seems to have his future all worked out. Having grown up on Bollywood films, scriptwriting happens to be another one of his long-term goals.

His future
But for now, it looks as if he has to satisfy himself with adapting his book into a film. He’s already received a couple of emails from film producers, expressing an interest in acquiring the right to his book. But he’s waiting for better offers.

Animesh winds up with, “I want to write books with a definite message. My generation is smart and wants to make a difference to the world.”

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