The Tale Teller

After having authored two romantic bestsellers, 19-year-old Sumrit Shahi, will be breaking away from the mould with his next venture

While most youngsters his age are engaged in regular teenage activities, 19-year-old Sumrit Shahi has broken the mould by choosing to write novels. What is even more interesting is the fact that both his books A Lot like Love..a L'il like chocolate and Just Friends have turned out to be national bestsellers. Shahi who has dabbled with romance in the two books, will now be shifting gears and in his own words, will be working on something more 'experimental'

"The two books that I wrote were born out of scribbling my thoughts randomly and there was no conscious decision to write a novel as such," he says. Shahi wrote his first novel Just Friends at the age of 17 and currently is pursuing media and business studies at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts.

Speaking more about his upcoming book he says, "Romantic thrillers are good but this time its going to be different. The story is a road trip that a boy and girl undertake. The story develops as other characters and sub plots progress." As an afterthought he adds, "Both of them have nothing in common and have everything to learn from each other and no they dont fall in love in the end."

The sales figures for his previous novel have been impressive. His first novel Just Friends has gone on to sell over one lakh copies and is in the process of a reprint. "They are launching a special 'Friendship's Day' edition. There is a Hindi version of the book too, which has sold more than 10,000 copies. A lot like love.. A lil like chocolate has also sold more than 50,000 copies in the 8 months of its release.

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