A Conversation With Narayanan Palani

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BLW: Let’s welcome the sensational techie, Narayanan Palani to Book Lovers World. He is a leading digital technology specialist with considerable years of experience in software testing including research and development. His proven track record of success with seven international research papers and thirteen international certifications from globally acclaimed institutions, such as the British Computer Society, PRINCE2, AXELOS, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Wipro. He has authored three books (Software Automation Testing Secrets Revealed, Mobile Software Testing published by BecomeShakespeare Publishers, Advanced Test Strategy published by Penguin Partridge Publishers) on digital technology which stands as best reviewed books across the globe and Software Automation Testing has been listed as a Best Seller among Computer Science New Releases in Amazon India.

Narayanan Palani: Thanks for such generous introduction! It’s great to be here at Book Lovers World.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the getting published your debut book “Software Automation Testing Secrets Revealed”. Tell us a little about yourself.

Narayanan Palani: As a Test Automation Specialist with MS and Executive MBA masters, I have been working for world leading clients with handful of technologies and also training technical graduates and professionals with few years of experience to acquire good software engineering roles. I have been awarded as an Exceptional Talent of UK by TechCity UK and my books have been referred across famous technical universities for research. My primary ambition is to build strong youths with powerful employability skills. I have sketched my books to work as job vending machines and help enthusiastic younger generation across the globe. I was not a consistent topper in schools and failed in Higher Secondary Board Exams which led me to retake the exams, since then my goals are to help the people who have been struggling come up in life. Recently I trained twenty five professionals and helped them getting well paid test automation roles and most of them are working across leading banks and software companies.

BLW: Tell us about your book Software Automation Testing Secrets Revealed, what it means to you, and how you conceived the idea of writing the first ever book on Software Automation Testing with a complete Automation Project available for book readers? How long did it take to write this book?

Narayanan Palani: Actual plan of writing such a strong book started in the year 2008,since then I have been talking to professionals across United States, UK, India and Australia to get a better view of what exactly required to get a first job in Software Companies. First chapters were getting shaped in the year 2011 with rough ideas. Chapters are completed during 2014 and mid 2015 but the automation code projects extended until end of 2015 to complete without any major defects and then made available in GITHUB to help the book readers. This book has been reviewed for eight months and released finally during Feb 2016 and then listed as a Best Seller of Computer Science New Arrivals in Amazon India till date!

BLW: Software Automation Testing Secrets Revealed is for a technical crowd. We would like to know the homework you did for five years to write this book.

Narayanan Palani: Number of failures I had during the automation test project implementations helped me to understand what not to do! Made eight research papers with various in-depth analysis which includes psychology, machine learning and management implementation over software testing and gave a strong basement over the book making idea! But writing a book need mastery skills hence I have been undertaking and successfully completed twelve international testing certifications that shaped my skill sets consistently. Small Automation Projects made before writing this book has been helped to get an idea of how a complete book should suppose to be! Especially a technical book with exclusive test automation project is a complete solution to any job seeker which is not available in the market until 2015. So I have been reading famous automation testing books and noted the missing elements in them for a entry graduates and job seekers. Thus the book shaped slowly every year with the idea of filling the gaps which are not existing in the libraries hence ‘Software Automation Testing Secrets Revealed’ made with slow and steady home work of market analysis.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

Narayanan Palani: Learning Experiences: It is hard to publish a book and hardest to promote in the present world where no one have time to read a book!; Surprises: Amount of hard-work by book project managers, especially Rinky Gopalani who managed my recent book!

BLW: Did your academic background help you write this book?

Narayanan Palani: MS Software Engineering of BITS Pilani: Tedious project making experience of technical software helped to make easy to understand projects for my book. Full Time Executive MBA from SIMSR Mumbai: Let’s take an example of Book Marketing in publishing process. As a marketing management graduate, I have been successful in getting my books as Best Sellers for the past three years-that too without spending any money on advertisements! This is one of the wonderful learning journey and my management background helps me to understand what exactly required by the readers and how best it has to be delivered!

BLW: What was your biggest learning from writing this book?

Narayanan Palani: Having Ambitions is common; But getting the ambitions working in right direction is exceptional!

BLW: Tell us about your experience working with BecomeShakespeare.com.

Narayanan Palani: They just follow my instructions across the publishing process no matter how hard it is to follow! Also Project Managers bring unforgettable experience of book making skills. For an example, It has been six months I spent exclusively for bringing the book from Final Copy to Printed Book and eBook versions and Rinky (Project Manager of Software Automation Testing Secrets Revealed) have been working non-stop to get the things done by co-ordinating various teams. In fact, she worked in UK hours to match the needs and get the work going on speed!

BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?

Narayanan Palani: At the moment, I have been shaping my thoughts on the next book ‘Software Testing Expert’ which is planned for a 2017 or 2018 release with 600+ pages and 10+ projects which will be targeted for computer science students and job seekers. Since it is a big project, I have planned the writing works across seven stages which would run for two complete years.

Also as a motivational writer, my articles are getting built for my first book on ‘Self Inspiration’ with the title ‘ROAR’. This would be planned to release in the end of 2020 (approximately)

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Narayanan Palani: Books sometimes sleep in libraries. But sometimes change a complete generation!

Thank you so much for your time, Narayanan. It’s our pleasure to chat with you!

A Conversation With Sujit Banerjee

BLW: Let’s welcome the new and sensational Indian author Sujit Banerjee to Book Lovers World. Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, he grew up in Patna where he finished his post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist. He is glad to be in tourism. It had taken him all over the world including places people would have never heard of. We’re sure, have you heard about Tlacotalpan? It is a popular place in Mexico. Destiny had other plans as well for him to become a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today he both heals as well as read Tarot cards. His wife thinks he is mad. His friends think he is weird. He says he is the combination of both. His first story was published in a magazine when he was seventeen. Thereafter he wrote poems in English and Hindi, which he says that’s his personal collection, and will remain personal. Then again he started writing short stories and it’s a collection now – ‘Rukhsat The Departure’ published by Leadstart Publishing, and is among the top selling books on Amazon.

Sujit Banerjee: Thanks for such generous introduction! It’s great to be here at Book Lovers World.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the getting published your debut book “Rukhsat The Departure”. Tell us a little about yourself.

I love to travel and Himalayas call me over and over again

Sujit Banerjee: You have said it all, already! Well – I just turned 55 and it feels good! It has been a tremendous journey – as a healer, as a tourism professional tour operator and now as a writer. I do believe that I always had the gift of words and initially they wove themselves into poems but now… I love to travel and Himalayas call me over and over again. I love photography and nothing makes me happier than to be on the move with my camera in my hand!

BLW: We know that you are one awesome writer. Tell us about your book Rukhsat The Departure, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing a collection of twenty six short stories alphabetically? How long did it take to write this book?

Sujit Banerjee: Rukhsat just happened; initially I would scribble the outline of a story and take time to flesh the plot out. In general I am a miser with words and hence they started to get over fast with most of them between 3 to 4 pages. Once I had over ten of them in hand I realised it was getting to be a collection and it just struck me – 26 alphabets and 26 stories! Since each story had an independent character – 26 names was the obvious choice. Then started the long and laborious journey of finishing 26 stories which took me over 3 years to complete!

BLW: Rukhsat The Departure is a collection of twenty-six stories… No people, with well-developed characters. We would like to know the homework you did to write this book.

Sujit Banerjee: A lot of it was easy as I had either had experiences that I wanted to write about or I had heard stirring stories of other – those that had engraved themselves on my mind. Yes, still ran short of the magical numbers to few – very few in fact – were created out of thin air – you will recognise them as you go along! Not much homework as you can see but yes – a lot of patience and effort to polish each one into a gem that contained all kind of human emotion and actions you can think of.

BLW: Tell us your favourite protagonist from the book, and do you have any character inspired from your real life?

Sujit Banerjee: There are three actually and even now I cannot make up my mind which one I am closest to. Hemakshi fighting the fact that she will not have a biological child; Yasmeen Bibi dealing with the world of three “talaks” and Zayan – the last one of a condemned man – what goes through his head as he prepares himself for the inevitable.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

Sujit Banerjee: The biggest learning was of how no one wants to touch a new author – specially known brands. I don’t know if they even read a manuscript at all and how one person can decide what the world would like to read. Had it not been for the initiative of Leadstart Publishing the stories would have gone untold. The next thing was the amount of time the process consumes from editing to going for final print. A new author can never imagine what goes behind the whole process. We all (new authors) dream that once they finish a book – it will become a bestseller in a months’ time! How far removed is the truth. Lastly, the realisation that nothing works better than being an active participating in promoting your own book and how social media plays a very big role in the process.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Sujit Banerjee: The powerful stories – real life – that I came across. As I heard them, I lived each one of them in my own mind and a time came when I thought I HAVE to share them to get them off my mind and the best way was writing them and sharing with others. The rest of it you already know.

BLW: Did visiting countries help you write this book?

Sujit Banerjee: Not really unless you count the fact that visiting different societies and experiencing various culture did open up my horizon; was was taboo became a reality; what was unheard of here in India – was common out there. That did make a difference.

BLW: What was your biggest learning from writing this book?

Sujit Banerjee: Patience – the art of letting go and flowing with the tide. Writers’ block is a reality and I guess each author has to go through it and deal with it in their own ways. In my case my friends helped out – holding me back – forcing me to let go and then float with time.

BLW: Rukhsat The Departure is a collection of short stories. Would you be sticking to one preferred style and genre in future?

Sujit Banerjee: Right now I am just soaking it in… who knows what will come out next! Maybe a historical story of a courtesan?!!

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?

Sujit Banerjee: In bed – on my mobile phone!

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Sujit Banerjee: I wanted to be a salesman!!! I wanted to work for an established company and sell soaps, oil etc. all over the country – travelling and visiting places no one even heard of.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Sujit Banerjee: The innate beauty of people around me! How each one has an unique story to tell but they don’t know how and to whom. I was lucky that I could relate to people quickly and give them the confidence to share their experiences.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Sujit Banerjee: Not so much as books as much as writers; the Bengali writer Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay – more popular as Banaphool, O Henry and Jeffery Archer (his Twist in The Tale). Lastly and not the least – Gulzar Saheb has had a tremendous impact on me to the extent that he changed the way I think in life.

BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?

Sujit Banerjee: Maybe a year from now I will start thinking! My wife insists it should be a murder mystery.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Sujit Banerjee: I think the gift of words as the biggest gift I have that even helps me sell my country as a destination to foreigners.

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.

Sujit Banerjee: Absolutely – I have my own library with hundreds of books – almost all read and few waiting for their turn. Angela’s Ashes haunted me; The Little Prince made me dream; The Storytellers Tale introduced me to the world of Dastangoi; In Arabian Nights by Tahir Shah I found my angels and demons. Finally – last but not the least – The Kite Runner that tore me up into bits and pieces.

BLW: What advice would you give to all those aspiring authors who consider you as an ideal?

Sujit Banerjee: Be honest; ask yourself if what you write – others would like to read; avoid heartbreaks by deluding yourself that other must like what you do. Have a good story to tell; don’t just write to publish and become famous. Recognise your weaknesses and strengths; work on the first and use the later to the hilt. Take feedback and don’t get hurt if they don’t match your own expectation. In the world of book you have to be excellent – not just good. And be patient – don’t rush your work – take breaks, enjoy the other things in life, get away from it and come back again. Enjoy what you are writing and leave the rest to God and publishers!

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Sujit Banerjee: Travelling is the best way to get to know the gift God has given to us as EARTH. The second best way is by reading.

Thank you so much for your time, Sujit. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… We’re super excited! And to the readers stay back for more. We’re going to interview the lead characters of the book Rukhsat The Departure, Meera, Aman and Abhay in a short while. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!

A Conversation With Samir Satam

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian author Samir Satam to Book Lovers World. Samir lives in Bombay where he works as a Software Engineer in one of the multi-national IT companies. He is an avid reader, a serious cinema lover and an individualist by nature. At an early age, he started writing his diary in verses and thus developed his passion for poetry. Postcards from Memory is his first book of poetry, and is among the among the top selling books on Amazon and Flipkart.

Samir Satam: Thank you so much for the introduction. Am glad to be here… (Smiles)

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the getting published your debut book “Postcards From Memory”. Tell us a little about yourself.

Samir Satam: Thanks a lot for the wishes. I am glad that my first book worked out the way it did and I am thankful to all my readers who have made it a success.

About me, that’s one question I will never ever be able to answer… (Smiles)

BLW: We know that you are one awesome poet. Tell us about your book Postcards from Memory, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing it? How long did it take to write this book?

Samir Satam: You flatter me… (smiles)… For me Postcards from Memory is like a dream come true. I always wrote poems for myself and sometimes used them to assassinate my friends. One of my friends got so frustrated that he asked me to get them published so that others get a chance to get slaughtered too… (smiles)…

On a serious note, I am too lazy to approach people in judging positions and convince them about the selling points of my work…. My friends did push me to approach publishers. They thought it would be unfair if my poems don’t reach people who can connect with them. I remember one of my friends saying, you have no right to keep so much beauty hidden in your stupid notepad.

BLW: Postcards from Memory is a bag full of memories and inspiring poems. We would like to know the home work you did to write this book.

Samir Satam: There’s no homework behind my poems. Mostly a poem reflects a poet’s state of mind. I believe it won’t be a poem if we try to write one. As clichéd as it may sound, but I do firmly believe, Poets don’t write poems. On the contrary, poems choose poets to take birth on paper.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Samir Satam: Nothing extraordinary… Just Life… (smiles).

BLW: What was your learning from writing this book?

Samir Satam: Writing helps me know myself better. I have learnt that we think we know ourselves very well but there is so much within us that’s yet unknown to us. Our inner self is a travel destination that we can never explore enough. There are different ways people keep learning about themselves. My way of traveling within is writing and these poems happen to be the postcards I sent back to present while I was on tour.

BLW: Postcards from Memory is poetry book covering different shades of life. Would you be sticking to poetry or would you be writing stories as well in future?

Samir Satam: I cannot stop myself from writing poetry. If I do, I might end up in an asylum. Writing poems is the only way I can keep my sanity. Writing stories is an art that I am still developing. Let’s see how that goes.

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?

Samir Satam: I am lucky in that sense. Inspiration doesn’t wait for my invitation. I write in all sorts of places. Sometimes I even wake up from my sleep with a thought and start keying words in my phone, so that they are not lost. But I enjoy writing the most in hidden coffee shops which don’t have people waiting for table. There’s nothing more exciting than having solitude, a cup of coffee and a head full of thoughts ready to take shape on paper. Other than that, some of my personal favorite poems have happened to me while traveling solo. Those poems give me a different kind of high. It’s as if poems have the power to become places and you can never think of those places without your poem playing on your mind.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Samir Satam: I wanted to be a lot of things…. Some normal, some bizarre… To start with, like any self respecting comic reader, I wanted to grow up to become Superman… Then Peter Pan… Then Dorian Gray… Then an astronaut… A film director… Casanova… Weapons manufacturer… Scientist… Chef… At some point I realized that the most convenient way of being all these things in one life, is to be a writer.

BLW: What are your inspirations?

Samir Satam: My biggest inspiration has always been life as it happens. I think we are all infected by life. I just use that infection to my own advantage.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Samir Satam: There are quite a few… Literary Fiction as a genre attracts me. Non-Fiction books that dig in the psychology of their subjects also interest me. For me, the characters in a book are effective only when I understand how their minds work. So when I come across such books, they make a mark in me for life.

BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?

Samir Satam: I have a poetry book ready, but again I am just being lazy to approach publishers… I am in middle of writing a novel, but it’s too early to say anything about it. I am still too far from deciding the destiny of that story. I have written a few short stories but haven’t thought of publishing them yet.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Samir Satam: If I tell them to you, they won’t remain a secret. (Smiles)… I don’t count it as a skill but I love experimenting with food… Both cooking and eating…

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.

Samir Satam: I couldn’t agree more… Reading is indeed a potent marinade to your own experiences in the recipe that bakes in your mind and comes out on paper… To choose five is a difficult task… My all time favorites include:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Music of Solitude by Krishna Sobti
All poetry books by Gulzar sahaab
Jail Notebook and other Writings by Bhagat Singh
Without Fear by Kuldip Nayar

Somehow each of these books have helped me in looking at life from a different perspective, thus they have been instrumental in shaping me into what I am as a person today. And what I become, I write…

BLW: What advice would you give to all those aspiring authors who consider you as an ideal?

Samir Satam: I don’t think I can advise my peers or aspiring authors. Each writer has his / her own way of writing. I can just share what I believe in. The market should follow an author’s writing styles. Author’s writing style shouldn’t follow the market!

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Samir Satam: As long as there are people who cherish the company of books, the world doesn’t have the right to end… Keep reading, pals…

Thank you so much for your time, Samir. It’s our pleasure to chat with you.

A Conversation With Meera, Aman and Abhay

Have you ever imagined reading the interview of the leading characters from a book? If you haven’t then get ready to meet and greet, Meera, Aman, and Abhay the lead characters of the book Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee.

BLW: Meera can you tell us a little about yourself?

Meera: I am an ordinary girl trying to make a place for myself in this big mad world. Although I lose a lot in the process but somewhere in this, I have found myself.

BLW: Aman can you tell us a little about yourself?

Aman: I don’t know how exactly I can describe myself. But in short, I am a little shy person who wants to keep to himself. Perhaps becasue of my past, I have gone into a shell and afraid of opening up to the world.

BLW: Abhay can you tell us a little about yourself?

Abhay: I am a very regular guy who believes in hard work and making one’s own destiny. My humble background has ensured that I remain grounded whatsoever the situation may be.

BLW: Is this the author’s real life story?

Meera: Not exactly but I did feel that author was trying to find herself in my character. In my pain, in my dilemmas, in my loss and in my triumph against my own demons.

Aman: I would concur with Meera that story is not hers as far as specific events and incidents are concerned but I felt the choices she made, the conviction, the beliefs are definitely hers.

Abhay: Story might not be hers in entirety but her reflection is everywhere. The story had some messages and I believe her plots and characters conveyed were designed to convey what she wanted to.

BLW: Coming back to our interview, we read that this book is against Reservation, what’s your take on this?

Aman: Caste based reservation is a double edged sword that is now unfortunately doing more damage than any good to Indian system. Although orginally it was really needed to neutralize the ill effects of decades of tradition of untouchability and caste based discrimination but now it’s outliving its utility. As rightly put by Jacques Santer, “A quota is always something artificial that can only last for a certain period of time”. And as any expired item that is harmful for use, it’s damaging the health of the country in terms of education and job opportunities for the common people, particularly the youth.

Abhay: Caste based discrimination is one of the most inhuman act that had been practiced in the country till recent history. Coincidently, poverty was almost a synonym with the disadvantaged. Any policy that discourages such act was the need of the hour to stop such reprehensible practices. Furthermore, policies like caste based reservation was needed for a defined period of time to not only nullify but also to compensate for the injustice done in the past. However, any privilege that aims to help people to raise their standards and improve the quality of life eventually produce freeloaders, for people tend to take things for granted leading to complacency. Therefore it’s best to have time limited implementation of these policies so that it should not be self-defeating in the long run

Meera: If reservation at all is given, it should be provided on economic criteria or geographically disadvantaged population. Poverty is never associated with any caste. It doesn’t discriminate. Anyone who doesn’t have enough financial means to study should be provided aid or given advantage of the reservation. Importantly, it should be limited to education and not extended to job sectors

BLW: Meera’s best friend are Priya and Kiran. Are these names real?

Meera: No, these names are not real but yes author seemed to be imagining some of her good friends while writing about them!

BLW: Author has first launched this book in 2013 as an eBook. What’s the difference between First Edition and This Edition?

Aman: Because of author’s inexperience with publishing industry and the way it functions, she had launched it as ebook in little hurried manner without concentarting on promotional and marketing aspects which are the pre-requisitse for e-book sale.Encouraged by good response from reader but not having proper promotion last time, she decided to go ahead with this edition. Besides envisaging better publicity and availibility of books in bookstore, this book has been edited with little modification in story line and also with the eyes on details.

BLW: Meera, you told us that you are a doctor in this book and aspires to do Masters, Seeking Redemption, have you accomplished your dream?

Meera: Yes, I have accomplished my dream but not in India but USA. As story finishes, I am flying out to USA for achieving my dreams of doing masters.

BLW: Aman, you seem to be a mysterious guy with a troubled past. Is this your nature?

Aman: I am a little introvert person by nature but definitely not nysterious. 🙂 However my past has followed me and perhaps it has shaped the way I have become. Sometimes being a mysterious person helps you to deal with your trauma.

BLW: Abhay, you are an IAS by profession and a good person by heart. If this is your nature, what made you think that Meera slept with Aman? Will this single thought tampers your character to the readers?

Abhay: I doubt if my being a good person by heart has anything to do with the thought. This thought can cross anyone’s mind if you know that girl you are interested in, is perhaps already dating other man. I don’t think that a normal human emotions can tamper my character to the reader. Even it’s a fiction, you want to have characters with normal, even at times conflicting emotions to be able to identify with them.

BLW: Meera, whom do you feel attractive and romantic, Aman or Abhay?

Meera: What I am going to say may surprise you but Aman is definitely more attractive and perhaps romantic in his own mysterious ways. But it was understated style of Abhay’s elegance which swept me away in the end.

BLW: The book was released on October 16, is there a special reason behind it?

Aman: Yes, that was the day when I met Meera for the last time.

Meera: Yes, that was the day when I learnt to let go of my past and find myself in the process.

Abhay: Yes, that was the day when Meera perhaps took the first step in the journey towards me.

Thanks for your time Meera, Aman and Abhay. Hope you bring home laurels for the author. And to my dear readers, we’ve something more for you. On December 11, 2015, we will be publishing the first chapter of the book as a PDF, exclusively for our readers!

#25 A Conversation With Madhu Vajpayee

BLW: Let’s welcome the new and sensational Indian author Dr. Madhu Vajpayee to Book Lovers World. The writer was born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture its enigma in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several scientific papers and chapters in books, this book is her first step in literary world. Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post-graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi having been associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn’t pursue earlier because of the demands of medical profession and commitment it requires. When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and travelling.

Her debut novel ‘Seeking Redemption’ published by Half Baked Beans is among the top selling pre-order books on Amazon and Flipkart.

Madhu Vajpayee: Thanks for such generous introduction! It’s great to be here at Book Lovers World. My gratitude for such a warm welcome!!

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the getting published your debut book “Seeking Redemption”. Tell us a little about yourself.

live my passion in those unwritten words

Madhu Vajpayee: Thank you very much! I am a doctor by profession but a writer by passion. Until Seeking Redemption happened I tried to live my passion in those unwritten words that somewhere got lost in hectic schedule of medical profession. But eventually I realized that I need to write those words that were not letting me at peace. They needed to be expressed. For their sake. For my sake. And that’s when I decided to pour my feelings on a large canvass and give those unsaid words life of their own.

BLW: We know that you are one awesome writer. Tell us about your book Seeking Redemption, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing on the most trending genre? How long did it take to write this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: Seeking Redemption is a story of every youth of the country who is trying to win a losing battle in backdrop of caste based reservation and corruption prevalent in education and medical sector. It’s their effort to seek redemption from the curse that is eating away the inner fabric of such a beautiful country. However love is the most sublime emotion of life and nothing remain can remain untouched by it. I wanted to bring out the struggle at the professional front that young men and women go through while at the same time dealing with their personal battles in life. Love is such a powerful force that can shape all aspects of our lives. The story is weaved around three main characters, Meera, Aman and Abhay who not only go through myriad of emotional roller coaster ride that is a mix of love, trust, unconditional support and deceit but also their struggle with the prevailing system of the country.
It took me almost a year to write as my busy schedule of medicine left little time to write.

BLW: Seeking Redemption is journey from being a simple, medical graduate to the territories of caste-based politics with well-developed characters. We would like to know the homework you did to write this book.

Madhu Vajpayee: To be honest, I didn’t really need to do any homework. I was living in that very atmosphere, day in and out. The book is fictionalized account of the things that I personally experienced in my life as a doctor from a medical graduate to a fully-fledged medical doctor.

BLW: Meera, the protagonist of the story, is also a medical graduate. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

The story of her journey, specific events of her life,
problems faced by her was not exactly mine,
but her principles, belief and faith are mine.

Madhu Vajpayee: The heroine of my book, Dr Meera was born in those very corridors of hospital where I spent best parts of my life. Although the story of her journey, specific events of her life, problems faced by her was not exactly mine but her principles, belief and faith are mine. I saw myself in her dilemmas, in her pain, in her loss, in her triumph against her own demons. Through this book I also tried to highlight the rampant corruption in medical field and how unfortunately, merit doesn’t always stand a chance in front of mediocrity. Justice eluded her as well as Aman, the man whom she loved, in their struggle for achieving the life they dreamt, the life they deserved. But, ironically while Meera rises in such difficult times, Aman falls. She tries to help him in spite of her own dilemmas but he misunderstands her. And there is Abhay, the other man in her life, a friend but who gives her unconditional support through all the ups and down. Through Meera, I was perhaps trying to tell my inner child that life doesn’t always follow your plans. It follows its own path and pace. And instead of resisting it, we must embrace it.

BLW: Starting from self-published book to traditional publishing, what were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

Madhu Vajpayee: This is really interesting question. I really dwell upon it a lot. Believe me, the whole process of publication of a fiction work was an eye opener to me. I found to my utter surprise that it was much easier to be published in medical journals and books as a medical doctor. I worked in the field of HIV/AIDS care and management and I have lot of publications in prestigious national and international journals. However it was much easier to get published there in comparison to publication of fiction books. You have no idea what’s going to click with publishers here. It’s completely uncharted territory where nothing is defined. You just need to keep going with passion and determination in your heart without thinking of any consequences. To survive, you have to let go of failure, learn from it and move forward with enhanced determination. In the end, it’s all about the passion. You do it because you love it irrespective of success or failure.

BLW: What inspired you to write this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: Any crisis in life is also an opportunity to know an indestructible part of you hitherto unknown to you. Incidentally a professional crisis in my life that almost changed the course of my life including my relocation to a foreign land forced me pen down the things that was until now remain buried in life’s ongoing drama. For me, this was one such opportunities. Instead of losing myself in confusion and dilemma, I tried to channelize my energy into something that I always loved but never got enough time to pursue. And the book Seeking Redemption happened.

BLW: Did relocating to Australia helped you write this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: In a sense, yes! I am not working full time now and able to devote lot of time to writing. Although the first draft was written while I was still in India but further modifications, editing and polishing was only done later after my relocation here.

BLW: What was your biggest learning from writing this book?

Madhu Vajpayee: You have to believe in yourself. World can’t do that for you. You have to believe when there is nothing left to believe and keep going. Failure can only be temporary setback but eventually, if you believe in yourself, it can become a stepping stone in your journey. Every day is a new learning experience and we should be ready to learn for coal needs to be polished to become a diamond.

BLW: Seeking Redemption is a romantic – fictional love story. Would you be sticking to one preferred style and genre in future?

Madhu Vajpayee: As I said previously, love is essence of our lives. Nothing can remain untouched by it. I am not sure if I would stick to this particular genre for I like to experiment with different styles but love would certainly remain one of the main ingredient of my stories.

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?

Madhu Vajpayee: No particular time. Whenever my creative instincts push me to play with words and create some magic in the process, I spontaneously start scribbling. When not writing, most of the time, story is going on in my head and I am busy creating and recreating the scenes and dialogues. My favourite place is my study that is located in the upper floor of my home. From here, I get the most beautiful view of picturesque Melbourne that helps me to relax and write.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Madhu Vajpayee: Always, wanted to be a doctor. I always wanted to serve people who are going through difficult times.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Madhu Vajpayee: My elder brother, Vipin who suffered from cerebral palsy and unfortunately who is no more in this world. From him, I learnt how to never to give up in life. He inspired me to give your best whatever may be your limitations. He inspired me to laugh in adversities, spring back after defeats and maintain equanimity in success and failure.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Madhu Vajpayee: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini, Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Exodus by Leon Uris, Fault in our stars by John Green to name few of them.

BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?

Madhu Vajpayee: Thanks for letting me share my dreams! I have already completed ‘I Owe You One’ that’s again a romantic-fictional story where I have tried to focus on Hindu-Muslim harmony as well as the divide in the country. Finger-Crossed, it’s under consideration for publication. The next that I am currently writing is pure romantic story where nothing except love is felt, lived, suffered and eventually conquered. I am really enjoying writing it. To my surprise, most out of all three until now.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Madhu Vajpayee: Nothing special, I am a very regular person who enjoys dressing up, showing up and accepting whatever life offers. One little secret though, learning to cook after moving to Australia as I never got the opportunity to do that in India.

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.

Madhu Vajpayee: 1. Love Story by Erich Segal
2. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
3. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
4. Fountainhead by Ayn Rend
5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

BLW: What advice would you give to all those aspiring authors who consider you as an ideal?

Madhu Vajpayee: Never give up. We are bigger than anything that can happen to us. Write because you love it. Not because you want to become author like everybody else. To get opportunity to be a published author will just be a coincidence and perhaps also your good fortune!

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Madhu Vajpayee: I owe my father for inculcating the habit of reading from my early childhood. I consider it as best possible gift to any child. So all the book lovers in this world, you are so fortunate to be able to enjoy reading for nothing can match the magic of written words that not only transcend us to an amazing world, stimulates our thought processes but also challenges our ideas and beliefs like nothing else.

Thank you so much for your time, Madhu. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… It’s our 25th author interview. We’re super excited! And to the readers stay back for more. We’re going to interview the lead characters of the book Seeking Redemption, Meera, Aman and Abhay in a short while. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!

A Conversation With​ ​Rishabh Patel

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Rishabh Patel to Book Lovers World.

Rishabh Patel: Thank you.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.

Rishabh Patel: Well thank you again but there are others too who contributed in this books so I guess ‘yours’ is a bit too odd…isn’t it? *wink*

You shouldn’t have asked that question…you know what, I look to someone else for writing “author bio”.

I guess I’m nothing who sometimes tries to be something.

BLW: Tell us about your short story SHERLOCK & WATSON, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?

Rishabh Patel: Obviously I felt delighted. And about the story I would say it means a lot because I’m not someone who writes short stories more often. Story is not what you think it is… that’s all I can tell…

BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

Rishabh Patel: No not at all…they’re right from the world of imagination. And they are nothing you see usually in your daily life. But there is one, one who writes the story in the story, Ashvin. He is from real world…and that’s definitely not me.

BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?

Rishabh Patel: We all know them don’t we? Sherlock & Watson. As companions they are marvelous but as friends… we never thought about that, had we? That was the thought which inspired me to write this story. I wanted to write something for them but in a different way.

BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?

Rishabh Patel: This one is for my friends and for everyone who believes in Friendship. This is for Sherlock & Watson.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?

Rishabh Patel: Contest always helps you in sharpening your skills, doesn’t matter online or offline and talking about surprises yes there were… we didn’t have to pay and even after not asking for the contributing fee Sachin decided to share the royalty…hats off to you man for coming up with such an idea. That was something different from the league.

BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?

Rishabh Patel: No I don’t. But if you think you can write and ain’t sure about going for a full-fledged novel than you shall blog. It helps a lot but don’t write for others, never.

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?

Rishabh Patel: When I’m alone…haha… I’m still a student so no office and at home I guess, on the bed.

As they say if you tell someone about your lucky prop the luck fades away… so I think this question is best left unanswered.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Rishabh Patel: If I tell you as a child I wanted to be terrorism, yes terrorism not terrorist, you won’t believe so lawyer.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Rishabh Patel: My writing… just because it sucked a lot when I wrote for the first time and somehow it helps me to write better I guess… but in the end it still sucks.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Rishabh Patel: Comics not books… and specially comics of marvel and dc. They inspire me a lot.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Rishabh Patel: Which one you wanna know about…I have plenty of them.

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.

Rishabh Patel: First one is Song of ice and fire complete series by G R Martin.
Second one Think of a number by John Verdon
Third one I would say Harry Potter series by J K Rowling
Fourth one Misery by Stephen King
And the last but not the least The da Vinci code by Dan Brown.

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Rishabh Patel: I really can’t think of any message. Literally I’m not that kind of who gives message. I’m the one who receives them from the last bench.

Thank you so much for your time, Rishabh. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!

A Conversation With​ ​Shubham Sinha

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author ​​​​​​Shubham Sinha to Book Lovers World.

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: Thanks a lot.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: Thank you once again. I am pursuing Chartered Accountancy as an IPCC student right now. I was born and brought up in a small town Bijuri, which is located on the borders of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. I haven’t achieved anything worth mentioning as of now but strive to do it soon.

BLW: Tell us about your short story THE COLORS OF TESU, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: The Colors of Tesu is a story about 3 friends who happen to be a son, a mother and a grandmother. How they deal with the complexities of life in a positive way and how forgiveness makes you feel so good in your heart. Things become really easy when we try to move on without any grudges. Although it’s easier said than done, but still… Yes, it was a good feeling to see my name on the winner’s list. I texted a few of my friends and informed them about being selected and they were happy just like I was.

BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: It’s just a piece of imagination.

BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: The theme comes from real life. We often see hatred and grudgy feelings people around us hold for different people. I just wanted to write the other way possible. The way people rarely adopt. It’s more of a Utopia, I feel.

BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: As this story involves a mother and a son and I personally hold a very strong and friendly relationship with my mummy so I would like to dedicate this piece of work to my mummy.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: You always get to learn from any sort of contest. You meet people with different ideas and different skills. You get their views on your work and then you learn the areas you need to work harder upon. You are your best critic and so when you see different people’s work, you get to analyse your own work in the light their work.

BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: I don’t have a blog so I don’t have any idea about it. Talking about myself, I get ideas and help from the conversations I have with various people and by observing the life of the people around.

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?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: I mostly write on notepad. I make a lot of mistakes while writing so it looks a bit ugly on the paper. Hence, I prefer notepad. And as far as the place is concerned, I can write anywhere if provided peace. Yeah, my hands and mind are my lucky props. I doubt if I could have ever written all this without them.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: I have had many dreams and they kept fluctuating with the fluctuations in my age. Being an ardent cricket fan, I fantasized donning on that blue jersey and representing the country on the cricket field. Then I wanted to be a Doctor, I don’t even remember why. Then as I grew up I started gaining interest in politics and administration of the country, how they are so essential for a country and I still aspire to be an IAS officer. And then last but not the least, I want to be a writer. Someone whose words would change the lives of many.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: My mummy is my biggest source of inspiration. And then the good people who do their bit of kind job by either by feeding a starving kid or by teaching a beggar the alphabets of English. They all inspire me to write.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: I am more inclined towards books showing the practical aspects of life. The book that has highly impacted my writing is Two Virgins written by Kamala Markandaya.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: I like getting into conversations with people. To feel what they are feeling, especially when they are low. Apart from that, I can sing, draw, paint and dance but all these qualities are so deeply hidden within that even I fail to find them. On a serious note, I play cricket and volleyball too and was a part of the school team too.

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.

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: Well, I agree with that statement of yours but I have read a total of 5 books till today, the ones noteworthy of which, are:
1. Two Virgins
2. Guardian Angels
3. Revolution 2020

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

​​​​​​Shubham Sinha: The message could only be to be more expressive towards the quality of the books you read. Review them on public platforms so that the bestsellers’ chart doesn’t get decided only by the sales of a book. The good writers who bring in fresh themes and stories should be acknowledged so that they continue their passion for writing.

Thank you so much for your time, ​​​​​​Shubham. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!

A Conversation With​ ​Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra to Book Lovers World.

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: I’m honoured, humbled and obliged beyond measure to be a part of this interview. The same goes for this beautiful anthology depicted to Friendship, one of the most sacred bonds present. The book contains 25 stories on friendship and my story SPARKO is a part of this awesome anthology.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra, 22 years of age has freshly graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Haldia Institute of Technology, Haldia. He also has a passion for writing poetry, short stories, novellas and plays and has published his works in various national and international magazines, books and journals. Biswadeep believes he is a simple guy in a complicated world.

Introvert, dreamer, pre-occupied, fighter, poet, are the adjectives that you might use to describe him!!! He has his short story in the upcoming books-

1) Case Files of the Dead by Author’s Ink India
2) Turning Point of Life by Author’s Ink India
3) Album of Heart-an anthology by Moments Publishers
4) Love Stories Around Us by Shades-different colors of young minds
5) Anecdotes of Love by Airavat Publishing
6) Lovingly Yours by Sanmati Publishers
7) Accidental Anthology by AuthorsInkIndia
8) Collapsed Lexicon by Kool Kids Press
9) Purple Hues by Sanmati Publishers
10) Lyrical Rebellions by Sanmati Publishers (Soon to be released)
11) Melody of Life by AuthorsInkIndia (Soon to be released)
12) Friendship-Bonds Beyond Time by Shades Publications

He can be reached at-
Facebook: – https://www.facebook.com/biswadeep.g.hazra
Google+: – https://plus.google.com/u/0/101590768358006561705
Email: – biswadeep93@gmail.com
Phone: – +91-9051-707-408

BLW: Tell us about your short story SPARKO, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: I was absolutely elated, needless to say. I am a hard-core dog lover and instantly bond really well with dogs. Sadly I have allergies from their beautiful fur which prevents me from having them as a friend. Sparko is the story of how dogs help us in ways more than one. Needless to say, having contributed in several anthologies, the joy of being selected never dulls or fades. I was exhilarated and elated beyond measure.

BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Sparko as well as all characters are just a figment of my imagination, an extension of me.

BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: My cousin sister as well as several close relatives of mine had dogs and I bonded with really well. They were an integral part of my life and I was kept occupied by them on more than one occasions.

BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: One of them was ‘Jimmy’ a bitch, with whom I grew up. She was extremely protective of me and we shared an amazing relationship. This story is a tribute to her.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra:

BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Yes, I do have a blog. I blog at https://thepretentiouspandabiswadeep.wordpress.com/ where I pen down stuff to keep my sanity intact. Without writing, I’d definitely go crazy.

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?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: I am going to join a software company (training) soon. Due to pressure, my writing would be somewhat restricted but it would never stop. Up until now, I’ve been comfortable writing anywhere on anything be it on paper or virtually on my mobile/laptop. I am not a superstitious bunch and therefore I don’t keep any props with me.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: As children we have had our own fantasies about growing up. I wanted to be so many things, a magician, a conductor (true!), a detective and so much more. Only when i grew up did I realized the absurdity.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: I may sound odd, but I have no role models. Not at the moment at least.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: H.G Wells’s The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Agatha Christie’s books the list is endless.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: None that I can recall of. I am mostly bad at everything including writing.

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.

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, The Digital Fortress by Dan Brown.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collis.
The Alchemist, The Zahir and The Devil and miss Prym by Paulo Coelho.
The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga to name a few.

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Keep on reading and posting your true feelings. There is nothing more helpful to a writer than true constructive criticism.

Thank you so much for your time, Biswadeep. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!

A Conversation With Tapobrata Kumar

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Tapobrata Kumar to Book Lovers World.

Tapobrata Kumar: Thanks a ton. It is wonderful to be associated with a project that deals with one of the most valued terms of my life “Friendship”.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.

Tapobrata Kumar: Well if I have to describe myself I would say: Proud Indian, Compulsive Dreamer, Accidental Banker and Aspiring writer, and in that order. In other times, I am foodie, movie-buff and ever playing the role of a friend.

BLW: Tell us about your short story SOUL-MATES, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?

Tapobrata Kumar: Well I will be honest and hope it doesn’t sound overconfident, but somehow deep within I had a belief that my story would be selected. That’s because the story is close to my heart. Which brings back to me your first question : Soul-Mates is about best friends : friends who knows each other inside out, friends who will stand for each other no matter what and most importantly friends who don’t need to speak always to communicate, they just know. It might sound a bit cinematic but trust me its real.

BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

Tapobrata Kumar: There are essentially two characters in the story – Meha and Arjun, who were best friends but have moved on with life and how a situation brings them back together. The plot is purely fictional however characters are inspired from real life specially the bond between the two.

BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?

Tapobrata Kumar: Incidentally this is the first story I ever wrote and waited for a right moment to narrate it to the world. My real life bond with my friends is what transpired into this story.

BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?

Tapobrata Kumar: I would like dedicate this work to my family, my cousins and my friends, who always inspired me to write, encouraged me and that is why I never gave up my dreams, despite being fully engrossed in an alternate full time career.

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?

Tapobrata Kumar: Well, not only me but a lot of blogger friends/writers have experienced a lot of unprofessionalism in this field. Writing scene in India is still evolving so it’s a learning curve for all. The biggest learning is choose wisely while you participate.

BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?

Tapobrata Kumar: Yes I blog at www.mymagicslate.blogspot.com . Well I don’t know if blogging helped in short stories or vice versa as I started blogging with short stories and then moved to other topics.

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?

Tapobrata Kumar: There is no fixed time but mostly on weekends when I get time. Writing is like Yoga – whenever your mind is free of stress, heart feels positive and body bubbling with energy, it’s time for thoughts to flow. It’s my home sweet home that I do my form of Yoga.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Tapobrata Kumar: I wanted to be a star, whom everybody knew and everybody loved to death.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Tapobrata Kumar: My parents, my family, my friends and Sachin Tendulkar.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Tapobrata Kumar: None. Real life incidents and personal experiences have inspired me to be a writer. Yes there is one poetry – Road Not Taken by Robert Frost and the short story The Last Leaf by O Henry really influenced me.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Tapobrata Kumar: Let them be secret only. Lol !!!

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.

Tapobrata Kumar: Alchemist. Feluda stories by Satyajit Ray. Ignited Mind by APJ Abdul Kalam. Tintin Comics. The Arms and the Man by Bernard Shaw. These are the book which are vivid in my memory and hence probably the best I would have ever read.

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Tapobrata Kumar: You love the best thing in the world : Books. Keep growing your community and spread the seeds of love and knowledge.

Thank you so much for your time, Tapobrata. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!

A Conversation With Abhipsa Mohanty

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BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Abhipsa Mohanty to Book Lovers World.

Abhipsa Mohanty: Thank you very much. Its a pleasure.

BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.

Abhipsa Mohanty: Well, creative writing has been one of my favourite hobbies. Initially I started off with writing poems, which used to be appreciated by friends. Then encouraged, I started writing fictions. I aim at inspiring people through my works.

BLW: Tell us about your short story A Visit To The Dead, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?

Abhipsa Mohanty: This is one of the first stories I wrote. It is special to me because it can be said that this was the story which actually made me a recognized writer at school. I am a newbie in this field and it is my first published work. So naturally, I was very much elated to see my name in the list of winners.

BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?

Abhipsa Mohanty: The story is purely based on imagination and doesn’t have any resemblance of any kind with my real life. So are the characters. The narrator of the story is a young girl who learns a valuable lesson in her life about friendship. She learns its importance and preciousness.

BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?

Abhipsa Mohanty: Nothing actually inspired me. I just got the idea of a plot, started writing it down and finally developed it into a complete story.

BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?

Abhipsa Mohanty: No, I always write for myself. Writing gives me pleasure and comfort. So in particular I would not dedicate it to anyone. But it is dedicated to anyone who appreciates it. 

BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?

Abhipsa Mohanty: I don’t think there is any experience at all. One has to just take care that whatever one sends in such competitions should be relevant and admirable.

BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?

Abhipsa Mohanty: I don’t blog at present. But have a plan of creating my own blog after I finish with my studies.

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?

Abhipsa Mohanty: First of all there is not any particular time when I write the most. Whenever I feel like and have good ideas coming to me, I sit down and pen them. But yes, I try finding out inspiring places to write at. Sitting on the terrace and writing is very delightful for me. And there are no props either. But I like to write in my journal the most.

BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Abhipsa Mohanty: I wanted to and still want to be the author of a solo novel, which is appreciated by a lot of people and inspires them.

BLW: What are your inspirations in life?

Abhipsa Mohanty: I can’t think of any right now.

BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?

Abhipsa Mohanty: There are many. But mostly, it has been J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

BLW: What other secret skills do you have?

Abhipsa Mohanty: There are no secret skills :). I am considered good at painting and sketching, that’s all.

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.

Abhipsa Mohanty: Well, there are a huge number of books which I love. But now that you ask me to choose the best five, its a difficult job. So I will try to pick out some which I have always enjoyed. They are – The Harry Potter series, Agatha Christie’s novels, The secret seven series (when I was a child), Jane Eyre and Far From the Madding Crowd.

BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!

Abhipsa Mohanty: I have seen that now-a-days the love of reading has shifted in another direction- online reading and e-books. People have forgotten the pleasure of reading from a real book. It is amazing-the feel of the pages, the comfort it gives. One has just no time to visit the book fair or a good bookshop and select from the shelves. So all I want to say to all the book lovers is moving ahead with technology is all very good, but sometimes going traditional and discovering its beauty is better. Thank you. 🙂

Thank you so much for your time, Abhipsa Mohanty. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!