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, Saurabh. 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.
Saurabh: Thank you very much for inviting me to Criticspace. I am delighted to join you on this platform.
I am a technical writer and manager with nearly 20 years of professional experience with multinational companies. I have been managing global teams and providing overall program management and technical leadership to design and deliver innovative content solutions. Currently, I am working in an exciting role of Director Learning Experience based in Bangalore.
I have done my MS in Software Systems from BITS Pilani, and I am an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, Symbiosis Pune, and Bhopal University.
I love to engage with and learn about new ideas, new skills, and new thinking. I am passionate about traveling and exploring new places and have an adventurous spirit (I nearly broke my ankle while learning to Paraglide :-))
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?
Saurabh: I was always fascinated by the art of writing and the ever-lasting impression it has on the readers. While ‘Aahvan’ is my debut fictional mythological thriller book series, I have been contributing articles to National and International publications since 1999 on subjects related to technology, spirituality, and Vedic research. I am so fond of writing that sometimes I write on another subject just to give myself a break from writing on one subject.
It was my deep curiosity about the Mahabharata that triggered the whole idea of my debut book in 2003. It took me another 15 years to research the subject, collect the scattered pieces of history, and integrate them into a coherent story. It was a challenging task to dig out facts from tons and tons of literature/research works and connect the dots for my story, while taking care of my regular job. Sometimes even a small missing piece of information had enough importance to put my entire writing on hold for months. For instance, the carefully planned diplomatic and military offensive strategy used by Yadavas against Nagas in the story and the related war scene was a result of a thoughtful process that continued for over a year before finally being transformed into words. ‘Aahvan’ is filled with several such breathtaking and vivid scenarios, precise facts, and references, which may astonish you and put you in the spot right where the action is.
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?
Saurabh: The history as we know is a filtered version of someone else’s version of reality. It is not the full reality as it we expect it to be. It can never be. When we forget this basic notion, we are left with multiple fragmented versions of the history. While history can be supressed, truth continues to elude the barrier of time and generation and surface when we least expect it to.
‘Aahvan’ is an untold ageless story of the history presented in a form that mesmerize you as it unfolds. The story starts with a mysterious will that appears out of nowhere after the tragic death of Rohan and his son in an accident. When Rohan’s friend Inspector Jayant starts investigating Rohan’s will with Rohan’s family, a series of strange incident force him to believe that the truth of Rohan’s will is far deeper and mysterious than he could ever imagine. On digging deeper, both Jayant and Rohan’s family started facing the brutal truth of these mysteries and soon left with the realization that history is not as convincing as it appears and the hidden truths of history are far frightening than the fiction and reality combined together.
If you are excited about exploring the unexplored and challenging myths with facts and truth, ‘Aahvan’ is just the right book for you. ‘Aahvan’ is a fast-paced action thriller that intrigues you with past and present, truth and fiction, myth and reality, while still leaving room for your imagination. ‘Aahvan’ keeps you spellbound and yearning for more with a great balance of facts, history, and mythology. It includes more than 230 references from Vedic literatures and contemporary research to provide a rich blend of reality and fiction in an unprecedented manner.
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.
Saurabh: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Taking that first step is the most difficult task. The next big challenge is to keep going once you start your journey. I consider writing as a journey and an experience that is yours to cherish forever. If you have decided to take on this journey, make sure to complete it.
I took a lot of time doing research and formulating the big picture of the story before writing even a single word. That helped me immensely in shaping my ideas, finding gaps in my logics, and most importantly establishing deep connections with the characters and storyline. Sometimes more than the circumstances, the interplay of characters establish an everlasting impression on reader’s mind. Achieving this feat is impossible unless you know your characters, their background, and the circumstances that is driving their behaviour. No wonders, you will find a perfect amalgamation of multiple genres in my book with proper importance given to each.
Another important point is to remain consistent with your pace. Some great stories were completed in a day, some took years to complete. Don’t compare your progress with that of other writers. Pick your own pace and continue your journey. It is also perfectly normal to remain off-track for a while. For instance, some of the sharp turns in ‘Aahvan’ were actually formulated when I was focusing on a different subject.
Whatever your case may be, remember, this is your journey. Enjoy it to the fullest!
Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.
Saurabh: Thank you for your wishes. It was a pleasure to have this discussion with you.
I wish CriticSpace and its readers all the success for all the good work they are doing or planning to do. I hope you will enjoy reading ‘Aahvan’ like many other readers. Here’s a nice video trailer summarizing the book theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7i-v19wwwQ
You can order hardcopy or Kindle edition of ‘Aahvan’ from Amazon at https://www.amazon.in/Part-Aahvan-Hidden-Truth-Remain/dp/1684666473
If you are on Facebook, you are most welcome to visit my page and engage in discussion about the book: https://www.facebook.com/AahvanBookSeries/