Besides being a businessman, Ashwin manages a parallel career as writer of fiction. Ashwinâ€™s first novel, â€˜The Rozabal Lineâ€™ was originally self-published in 2007 under his anagram-pseudonymâ€”Shawn Haigins. The book was subsequently published by Westland in 2008 and 2010 in India under his own name and went on to become a national bestseller. â€˜Chanakyaâ€™s Chantâ€™ is his second novel in the historical-fiction genre. The book has remained on AC Nielsenâ€™s India Bookscan Top-10 for all of 2011. It won the â€˜2010 Crossword-Vodafone Popular Choice Awardâ€™ in September 2011. UTV has purchased the movie rights to the book and a film based upon the story is expected soon. Dr. Shashi Tharoor released the novel in Mumbai calling it an â€œenthralling, delightfully-interesting and gripping read with historical research that is impressive.â€ The Hindustan Times has called it â€œa cracker of a page-turner.â€ Ashwin is currently working on his third novel, as yet untitled, that explores business strategies in ancient India. Ashwin is also working towards a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Bangor University in Wales. Ashwin lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anushika, and his eight-year old son, Raghuvir.
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