Quick Take with Vish Dhamija

Quick Take with Vish Dhamija

A fun chat with crime fiction writer Vish Dhamij

Vish Dhamija

Born and brought up in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Vish Dhamija is a Commerce graduate with an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from the Manchester Business School in the UK.

A crime fiction writer with seven titles to his credit, he is better-known as the ‘master of crime and courtroom drama’ in India.

His most notable books include Nothing Lasts Forever, Bhendi Bazaar and Deja Karma among others. His latest, The Heist Artist, is about a conman on his final and biggest case.

Vish Dhamija lives in London with wife Nidhi.

Excerpts from an interview:

Why the preference for crime fiction?

Most difficult to write, easiest to read.

What about writing excites you?

My voice travelling across borders.

Your favourite author?

Hergé (Tintin creator)

Your current read...

Michael Robotham’s Life or Death.

Your literary influences...

James Ellroy, Lawrence Sanders…

As a child, which book was your best?

The Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton.

The best place to sit and write...

In our entertainment room, with jazz playing.

If you were an actor, who would you be?

Shah Rukh Khan

You don’t leave home without...

My mobile and Amex.

What do you do to unwind?

Listen to music.

Ideal place to holiday...


What would you change about yourself?


Inspiration for your stories?

Life, as it happens.

Your most cherished dream...

A classic Aston Martin.

Message for aspiring crime-fiction writers...

Read, write, edit, and repeat.

In two words, your life as a crime-fiction writer?

Love it!

You are scared of...


Who would you most like to sit next to at a dinner party?

Jennifer Aniston.

If you could change one thing about this world, what would that be?

Ban all religions.

Your favourite person in the world?

My wife.

You idolise...

Amitabh Bachchan.

Your chosen cuisine?

My mum’s.

Your impression of India...

There’s only one named after a country: Indian Ocean. Doesn’t that say it all?