Although I studied in Gujarati medium, and English was not used in villages of Gujarat, the language attracted me when I began to learn it in school. Any other student studying in vernacular medium would know that it requirs an effort to learn English. We had no exposure to English movies, books or television programs.
Writing in English started with a poem during high school years. English teacher was encouraging and played an important role in my efforts to move beyond textbooks. During higher secondary years, she gave me some books of English literature. During those days I read ‘Enoch Arden’ of Lord Tennyson, of course, with help of dictionary. It created a deep interest in me to pursue English literature.
During the UPSC preparation years, I wrote a lot in English, in the Educational category. The first book in English was UPSC Main Solved Papers, written in 2006 and then updated every year till very recent time. Now its content is available for free on this blog. Many more books were published for UPSC, some of them were only of current relevance and thus are no more in print.
Currently, writing in English is in the form of articles. One regular column is ‘Living Bridge’ in Asian Voice, UK. It covers positive stories about Indian community, organisations or other relevant issues in UK. Most of its articles are placed in relevant category on this blog.
Some short stories are written and two novels are in progress.