Hello author, on behalf of all the readers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your book as well. This conversation will help reader to know more about you and your debut book.
Criticspace: Most welcome to Criticspcae, Author. We heartily congratulate you for being a published author. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers.
As the fictional character in my books, I am not tall-dark-handsome. I am a storyteller; this is what I love to be called. I can’t say it to the masses, so I write my heart out.
I live a simple life, I cross the road checking both the sides, I order Mix-Veg and ask for complementary salad in restaurants. I ask people for the address in spite of having a smart-phone. I always wear seat-belt while driving a car.
Born in a small town of Orissa and brought up in another small town near Raipur, Chhattisgarh, I spent one-third of my life living a mediocre life. (Which I am still continuing…)
My handwriting is awful, but I can type 70 words per minute. I completed Engineering in Mechanical in the year 2011 from RCET, Bhilai and went for a decent job to Pune but later I quit it for my own venture.
After all, money is not all you need in life, sometimes you need more money.
Criticspace: That’s really great; please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author. When you actually started writing and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to write your debut book or was it your childhood hobby of writing?
When I was in college, I accidentally turned out to be a writer. Out of the blue, I wrote a small piece for my college-magazine. It was cherished by many. ‘I must turn it into something big,’ I thought, and I approached an English Newspaper. They willingly published my articles, and I got emails from readers from all over the State. I then approached a National Magazine. They loved my stories too, and it gave me a monthly readership of almost 400,000 readers across the Nation.
‘I must turn it into something big,’ I thought again, and hence I got published with my debut novel in the year 2013 called ‘Dear life, get well soon…’ and then the second book ‘Take my heart, forever…’ in the year 2016. It got downloaded for over 1.5 lakhs times from Amazon Kindle and Google Books collectively.
I never planned for this to happen, but it was my destiny. Let’s see what the future unfolds.
When I was working as a Software Engineer with Accenture, Pune I realized that I am not one of those 2.75 Million Software Engineers in our country. The primary goal of my life is, if someone searches my name in Google, it should show the result. And yes, it shows if you search for my books.
I always wanted to become famous. And dear friends, there is nothing evil in wannabe famous if it is for right reasons.
Criticspace: Please tell the reader something about your book. What is your message to those readers who have still not read the book? Why they should pick it up for reading?
In my writing, you can always find ideas, opinions, and diverse aspects of a certain situation. I believe reading a book ought to help us in getting a better individual, so I write the same way. ‘Take my heart, forever… is based upon Mumbai bomb blast. This is a very innovative story of love, hatred and a revolution. Blurb of the book goes this way: –
“Meet Siddhartha, a good lawyer but a bad human.
Meet Rahul, a good human but a bad doctor.
And meet Shuchi, a good human and an exceptionally well doctor.
Shuchi tries to make a good human out of Siddhartha and a good doctor out of Rahul, but a bomb blast transforms their lives.
Read this revolutionary tale to know how Siddhartha will get a unique PIL passed in the courtroom and Rahul will perform a life changing surgery, to save the girl they love.”
Kindle link – https://tinyurl.com/tmhfe
Criticspace: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those new writers who have not yet started their journey of becoming an author? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Never settle after you get success in life, no matter how small or big it is. Like when I wrote a ‘500 words’ article for the college magazine, I could have stopped there, but I caught nature’s clue and started working on it even more. You can get a small success by luck or because of lack of competition, but to make it big is your responsibility. You yourself have to dig out the talent hidden inside you; you can’t hire men for doing that.
Never ever let your dreams die. Trust in yourself, if you won’t, who else will do. The spark in your eyes is what keeps you fresh forever. Suppose you are good at anything like, dancing or singing etc. Try to turn your hobby into your career but get security first. Let me put it in this way, born in an Indian middle class family; we can’t afford to chase our dreams. You have to first get security in life that even if your hobby does not work, you can carry yourself. At the same time not letting your dreams die is essential. Keep your hobby alive inside you, get a secure job and then see up to what level you can go with your hobby.
And if a publisher rejects your manuscript, don’t be sad, it only means that there is a scope of improvement in that and you are lucky that you come to know about it before the book goes to readers. Improve it and approach publishers again. Improvement is always good.
Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.