Author Article: BiJaya Kumar Natak

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.

Author: Thank you Criticspace!

I was born at Andhia village of Bhadrak District of Odisha, India. I am the youngest son of late Bhikari Charan Nayak and Mrs. Sitasatee Nayak. I completed schooling at the village as well as intermediate at Dharanaidhar (Auto) College, Keonjhar. I completed Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from BJB College, Bhubaneswar. I further studied Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Management with support of two years full fellowship from the Tata-Dhan Academy, Madurai. After completion of my PGDM, I got opportunity to work for agriculture development across India. Moreover I also completed Master Degree in Rural Development and Public Administration from IGNOU, New Delhi. I did M.Phil in Tribal Studies from Council of Analytical Tribal Studies (COATS) under Berhampur University. Currently, I am pursuing Ph.D. at Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (NCDS), Bhubaneswar under Utkal University. Simultaneously, I work for the socio-economic development of the poor tribal communities through one nationalised Non-Government Organization (NGO) named DHAN Foundation. I coordinate various national and international projects on agriculture development from Eastern India. I am also one of the recipients of Netherlands Fellow Programme (NFP) for participating short term course conducted by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation at Mekerere University of Uganda, East Africa.

Besides writing novel, I also conduct many training and capacity building programs especially for youth, farmers and social entrepreneurs across India.  Many of my articles have been published nationally and internationally. I preserves the traditional culture and values in his writing. He tries to bring positive changes through strong and valuable messages to society.

“The Fortunate Love” brings the hope among the failures in love to lead a happy and successful life. It was on top fourth position in “Top 50 Influential Authors 2k18” award which was a survey conducted by The SpiritMania, The Booksclinic Publishing and the Radio Vrishti. The novel won Swami Vivekananda Excellence Award by Seva Youth Guild (An organization affiliated to Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of India). Moreover, I was one of the recipients of “100 Inspiring Authors of India Award 2018” organized by The Indian Awaz. I have also won the India Star Icon -2019 Award.

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?

Author: I used to write stories since my childhood. But, due to lots of reasons I had left writing since long time. But, I made an accident in 2nd February, 2018. I was selected for an international short-term course in Africa. It was from 16th to 29th April, 2018. I was unable to walk. I was laying on the bed. I was thinking how to pass time on bed and get prepared for my exciting tour to abroad. I was on leave for one week from my organization. One day, I thought to publish something in Africa. I thought and thought. I explored my previous manuscripts starting from field experiences, case studies, research findings etc. But, I wasn’t satisfied with anything. On March 22, 2018 I started thinking to write a short story as writing research article or any other things need more time and in-depth research. I started writing “The Fortunate Love” up to April 10, 2018. I wrote it whole days and nights without caring my health also. I passed days and nights without thinking anything. I could write a story and made 10 copies to publish in Africa. Even, it was not professionally published and I did lots of rework after coming from Africa. Two persons from my family have influenced very much to be a writer i.e. my uncle late Laxman Nayak as well as my elder brother who is a famous poet Mr. Sarat Kumar Nayak. Besides, I father always encouraged to write story while I was a child.

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?

Author: Thank you for such a nice question and giving space to share about my novel. The Fortunate Love is a novel of college love and romance. The novel has strong and valuable messages to the teenagers to lead a happy and meaningful life in the right direction. It also reflects about the different socio-cultural barriers in the society, the ways to overcome, support each other and lead a spiritual love-life during the old age. This novel motivates the youth to achieve their goal in life even they are in love-relationship. At the same time, it motivates to focus more on career to get out of poverty trap and create better position in the society. The novel tells about the true love and its definition to break societal barriers among the lovers to lead a happy and meaningful life. The novel tries to empower a divorced woman on her own way. Besides, it also explains about the roles and responsibilities of a true ex-lover or a friend. I have preserved the traditional culture and values in writing. I try to bring positive changes through strong and valuable messages to society. “The Fortunate Love” brings the hope among the failures in love to lead a happy and successful life.

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.

Author: First thing I want to tell not to be hurry in publishing your book and select right publisher. Remember that one quality book can change whole your career. Learn from others how they have struggled to publish a quality book. Write in simple language so that it can be read and understood by large number of readers. Keep originality in your writings so that the work is yours and readers will love you.

Criticspace: That’ s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.

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