BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Prakash Guru to Book Lovers World.
Prakash Guru: Thank you for the invitation :) It is a pleasure to be interviewed by book lovers world and I am elated and thankful, that I had the opportunity for being a part of this interview.
BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book "Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time". Tell us a little about yourself.
I am Prakash Guru: a lesser known mortal, from OdishaPrakash Guru: Thank you once again. Well, I am Prakash Guru: a lesser known mortal, from Odisha, a state gold medallist in Masters in Pharmacy and a banker by profession in Canara Bank. An aspiring writer and poet, who needs wings to fly. Well evolution can give wings!! And thus I am trying hard to evolve.
BLW: Tell us about your short story THE PURSUIT, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?
Prakash Guru: The pursuit as the name suggests is definitely a pursuit for friendship. Paulo Coelho in his book Brida writes, “But how will I know who my Soulmate is?”, “By taking risks, she said to Brida. “By risking failure, disappointment, Disillusion, but never ceasing in your search for Love. As long as you keep looking, you will triumph in the end.” I feel the same happens in friendship, not all friends are meant to go the distance, but eventually somebody comes up and stays till the end. The pursuit says the same, but as the story evolves there is a twist in the tail. And it was a yawp from my side as the story got selected.
BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?
Prakash Guru: Amisha and Kritika are two imaginary characters. An aspiring actress and an ailing but famous theatre artist meets to find their ultimate pursuit that being finding a friend.
BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?
Prakash Guru: As I am a Pharmacist, my education inspired me to write this story. It is strange sometimes your education can also give you a plot. I knew about the disease that I have described in the book and that became the backbone of my story. Huntington’s disease is a serious disorder and I had the skill of a Pharmacist to describe it in the best possible way I could.
BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?
Prakash Guru: I would like to dedicate the story to friendship, my best friends, people suffering from this deadly disease and the lonely souls who are in search for a friend, do not give up, somebody is there for you, you just need to pursue him or her.
BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?
Prakash Guru: My first book was with Shades Publications, I was unaware and unknown to such contests. Love stories around us, contest was conducted by Sachin Shresta and thus I came to know about such ventures and platforms. So THANKS to him, my pathfinder and partner in crime. It made me learn several things, my writing and storytelling improved, I found some great friends in the writing industry who are ready to help you and inspire you anywhere and anytime. Surprises, yes I was surprised that I was getting noted and that finally I was a successfully published author.
BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?
Prakash Guru: Yes I blog, my site address is www.tropesofmyimagination.wordpress.com . Yes it helps one to learn the art of short story writing, as you get associated with fellow bloggers and read their blogs, which inspires you to write for yours and eventually without once notice you are going steady and improving.
BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?
Prakash Guru: I write mostly at night, when the world goes into slumber my feelings and imaginations wakes up and my pen/keyboard cuddles them to sleep on a sheet. There is no such favourite place, but yes I do have a small desk where I write mostly. There are no props, but yes recently I have these colourful swelled gelatine balls in an old monk bottle that I keep on my desk, believe me there is no liquor in it :)
P.S: I will miss these things away from home :( but perhaps I will be able to create such an ambience in the new place.
BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Prakash Guru: Cricket Player, that’s what I wanted to be. An opening batsman in the Indian cricket team.
BLW: What are your inspirations in life?
Prakash Guru: As per my profession goes, i.e banker, my cousin Sandhya Guru inspires me a lot. She is an assistant manager in Indian overseas bank and has two beautiful twins (little and teetli). It is amazing to see her managing all the things, a kowtow to her. People who inspire me further are Bikash Guru(chote), Jiten Das, Jayantlal Guru, Asha Rajhans, Manas Nayak, Sachin Shresta, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Pamela Bose, Sanjit Gharai & family, my parents(Maa and Baba love you so much) and last but not the least my amazing readers. Movies, episodes and books are the unending source of inspiration for me.
BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?
Prakash Guru: Like many I was also influenced by Chetan Bhagat’s first four novels and started writing. Gradually, I read other books which gave me my art of storytelling. But learning is a never ending endeavour and I shall keep on learning and with each criticism and mistake I shall keep on improving.
BLW: What other secret skills do you have?
Prakash Guru: Ha ha, I laughed because, my younger brother always used to say, “Jack of all trades, master of none”. I have played district level cricket matches organised by OCA (Odisha Cricket Association) and opened the batting for my district. I have won the tag of, “Special Cricketer” and a trophy for successfully guiding my team to win the finals right from the beginning in my bachelor’s degree. I have won trophies for volleyball, table tennis, carom, essay writing, quiz etc. And obviously gold cannot be ignored; I am a state gold medallist in Master’s in Pharmacy.
BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.
Prakash Guru: I have just started and I am definitely hungry to read more and more books. Well my best five would be, 1. The narrow road to the deep north-Richard Flanagan, 2. The monk who sold his Ferrari-Robin Sharma, 3.You can win-Shiv Khera, 4. Five point someone-Chetan Bhagat, 5. Three mistakes of my life-Chetan Bhagat.
BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!
Prakash Guru: If you are a writer, keep writing, rewriting and one day like Dashrat Manjhi :) you shall achieve the impossible. And readers you all are amazing, and yes I acknowledge that you know better than the writer/author/reviewer and I will hear your criticism and try my level best to improve.
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