Quotation Explorer - 'Ashwin Sanghi'

The first paragraph of my book must get me my reader. The last paragraph of a chapter must compel my reader to turn the page. The last paragraph of my book must ensure that my reader looks out for my next book. - Ashwin Sanghi
My life is ruled by four W’s: my writing, my work, my wife, and my whisky. Not necessarily in that order. - Ashwin Sanghi
Surprise is when a prime minister is assassinated during his speech. Suspense is when an assassin lurks while the prime minister speaks. Balancing surprise and suspense is the job of the thriller writer. - Ashwin Sanghi
Humankind would improve if we concentrated less on being human and more on being kind. - Ashwin Sanghi
Mythology does not interest me. Nor does history. But the possible overlap between history and mythology excites me immensely. - Ashwin Sanghi
Stop worrying whether the grass is greener on the other side. Find out how to own the other side. - Ashwin Sanghi
Little Red Riding Hood was stalked; Cinderella was abused; the Beauty had to live with a hideous Beast; Snow White was poisoned; Hansel and Gretel were meat for a cannibal… and then we wonder why our kids grow up with problems. - Ashwin Sanghi
I was told that Ganesha sat between Lakshmi and Saraswati. My quest to attain the blessings of both goddesses explains my physique. - Ashwin Sanghi
Writing a mystery is like drawing a picture and then cutting it into little pieces that you offer to your readers one piece at a time, thus allowing them the chance to put the jigsaw puzzle together by the end of the book. - Ashwin Sanghi
In Kolkata is a temple where the deity worshipped is Amitabh Bachchan. The daily aarti is performed to the chanting of the Amitabh Chaleesa. And people still ask, Could our mythological heroes be based on actual people who once lived? - Ashwin Sanghi
I was always taught that book-keeping was more relevant than book reading. The only thing worth reading was meant to be a balance sheet. - Ashwin Sanghi
It is the manner of death that reveals the importance of a man. Ordinary people are murdered while extraordinary people are assassinated. - Ashwin Sanghi
The first thriller ever? It was probably one from 1697. It was called Little Red Riding Hood. - Ashwin Sanghi
Would the fish have ever been caught if it had kept it’s mouth shut? - Ashwin Sanghi
My wife is troubled by the things I forget. I am troubled by the things she recollects. - Ashwin Sanghi
Physicists explain creation by telling us that the universe began with the Big Bang, an intense energy singularity that continued expanding. But pray, please do explain who created the singularity? - Ashwin Sanghi
Combine two words, Myth and History. What do you get? Mystery. - Ashwin Sanghi
Mythology is a set of primitive lies that people rarely believe. This is rather different from history, which is a set of lies that people believe. - Ashwin Sanghi
The cleanest book on a dusty bookshelf is usually a dirty one. - Ashwin Sanghi
In India we never distinguished between history and myth. Our Puranas as well as Itihasas contain fantastical tales. They are lies that convey deeper truths. - Ashwin Sanghi
Take the first A out of Abraham and put it at the end. You get Brahama. There’s the ancient connection right there. - Ashwin Sanghi
My greatest qualification for writing fiction was my ability, as a child, to lie with a straight face. - Ashwin Sanghi
Thrills are much more about anticipation than action. An unfired bullet is more dangerous than one that has already met its target. - Ashwin Sanghi
Mythology is like a game of Chinese Whispers. What goes in at one end of the human circle is rarely what emerges at the other end. - Ashwin Sanghi
The average buyer in bookshop spends 8 seconds on the front cover and 15 seconds on the back cover before deciding whether to purchase the book or not. On average, he does not get past page 18. See? The odds are stacked against us writers! - Ashwin Sanghi
Never judge a book by its cover; a movie by its book; or a video game by its movie. - Ashwin Sanghi
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step unless you missed it. - Ashwin Sanghi
I don’t want to be remembered as a writer. I would rather be remembered as a storyteller. - Ashwin Sanghi
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