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Takes more than just writing for books to turn bestseller:

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

There's more than just writing that goes into making any book a bestseller, believes popular comedian and Sorabh Pant, who is out with his third novel, a science fiction and

Pant's latest novel "Pawan The Flying Accountant", is about a character who is an by day and a demigod by night.

But he'd rather care about the Goods and Service (GST) than his superpowerseven less so about life himself.

started off as an with "Wednesday Soul The Afterlife with Sunglasses" in 2011 and followed it with "Under Delhi" in 2015.

While the former was a pure fantasy, the latter had a more linear plot with a more realistic story about a girl fighting rapists in


Talking about his writing process, said during his first book it struck to him as an one doesn't realise that there is a certain "marketing aspect" of any novel and back then (2011), he had no idea how to do it.

"So that (marketing) is something that has definitely evolved, where I have understood that a book doesn't become a (on its own), you need to make it one, push it, especially if you are writing something which is unique from everything else," he told

"Pawan", he said, combines both the reality and elements of his previous books to create a character who is believable despite "crazy amounts" of around him.

"He (the main character) is a super human who is invincible but also suicidal, and there are species of him who are assigned to protect The story combines fantasy, sci-fi, mythology and all this in the backdrop of a battle between and set in the Northeast," revealed Pant, who wrote for television before venturing into stand-up comedy.

also noted that there was very little work available in in the fantasy and sci-fi genre.

"If you think, only a few names, like Samit Basu, pop up. But there is a lot of mythological fantasy, which is slightly different from what I am attempting to do."

"The reason we have so less work in fantasy and sci-fi is that our mythology is so rich. There are so many stories from there to take and we are so fascinated by them because those stories are the archetype for so many others (new stories) that are being used in say, Bollywood," he said.

The novel, he said, is targeted primarily at people in the 15-24 age group the group that "consumes" his comedy -- but is pretty much for everyone.

Published by Rupa, the 281 page-book is now available for Rs 295.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 17:35 IST
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