Ms. Meena Mishra- Founder and CEO of The Impish Lass Publishing House interviewed Ratnadip Acharya

Ms. Meena Mishra- Founder and CEO of The Impish Lass Publishing House interviewed Ratnadip Acharya

Ms. Meena Mishra- Founder and CEO of The Impish Lass Publishing House interviewed  Ratnadip Acharya  – the famous author of Paradise Lost and Regained and Life is Always  Aimless. Here are the excerpts…

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Answer: In my early twenties I started feeling thatI could express myself, my innermost thoughts and those of others in an articulate way. In the beginning, I used to spin a tale and narrate it to my friends, claiming that it was a short story by Guy De Maupassent, O Henry, and the likes. I was afraid if I told them that I devised the story they might not have listened to it. If they loved the story, secretly I felt wonderful within. It strengthened my understanding that I could create an interesting plot. And thus this long dateless journey started.  

  • How long does it take you to write a book?

Answer:I am assuming here that by a book you mean a full-fledged novel of say, 70 to 80 thousand words. The first draft takes around six months, and then second and third drafts much lesser time, say one month each. If you are into a process of writing a long novel, please don’t forget to rework on it several times. Believe me, every time it will be a better product and the last draft will be so different from the first one.  

  • What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Answer:Once the first work, the chapters lay-out is done and I have to start writing the book word by word, I prefer writing early in the morning. Usually I write from 4.30 in the morning to 7.30 at a stretch. In these three hours Iused to write between 600 and 700 words (sometime 100 words more or less) and I think it is fairly enough.
 

Author Ratnadip with Ms.Meena Mishra
  • Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Answer:This is an interesting question. When wind blows it carries several seeds from different trees to a far off land. The seeds settle on a new ground and if any of them find the earth at the new place fertile and conducive to grow, it stars growing fearlessly. The fertile ground in this narration is our mind. So many beautiful ideas that can be a great story are floating around. A fertile mind can easily grab a few of them and help them grow with its loving touch, knowledge and candour.

  • When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Answer: The first book I wrote when I was barely 26-year old. It was a collection of 12 short stories, close to 60 thousand words book. I named it Random Thoughts. Most of the stories in the collection were of surprise-ending, a genre of short story that I love the most yet now. Unfortunately, in India short story collections are not published for their discouraging marketability.

  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Answer:I have many other hobbies like I constantly learn and perform new street magic, solve Rubik cubes and Rubiks of different shapes, meditate, and if time permits jog for an hour four to five times a week. Apart from that I read lots of books. Earlier it was mostly fiction but now nonfiction elbowed away fiction works.

  • What does your family think of your writing?

Answer:I stay with my wife and son and both are extremely supportive towards my writing. Chiefly my wife, Sophia, who is an accomplished book editor as well, is my most exacting critique. If she gives an affirmative nod to my story or novel, well, I heave a sigh of relief. 
 

  • What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Answer:Again this is a beautiful question.  Scientists say those who are genius use barely 10% of the entire prowess of their brain and we ordinary mortal beings? May be not more than 2 % of our actual ability. Isn’t it? Whenever you get into a creative work, whether it is composing a poem, writing a large novel, creating a painting, through your artwork you reinvent yourself, you get an opportunity to look into yourself and come across many beautiful dimensions within you that you were not aware of hitherto. It is such a rewarding experience. Probably in this process we use a little larger section of our actual potential and fresh life juice rejuvenates our beings.

  • How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?

Answer:So far two of my novels published and had been accepted very well by the kind readers. But my favourite one would be the novel that is slated to publish soon. It is historical mystery thriller, based on the least known part of the country. I think the readers will find it a great read.   

  

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Answer:Please don’t be in a hurry to write a book, please don’t consider that you are well-quipped to write well after reading a few chick-lits. It might have proved helpful to a few authors to shoot to success but it will not repeat every time. Read good novels, books, authors. Read Tagore, Leo Tolstoy, R. K. Narayan, Dickens, Naipaul to name a few. You will certainly have an enriching experience. And then as you sit to write you will naturally form better sentences, will write more articulately. Probably, that age-old proverb by Henry Ford will always remain true.

There is no substitute for hard work.

Thank you.     


 

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Author interview with Amit Joshi – A corporate trainer

Dear friends, today we have Amit Joshi with us.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Amit Joshi is a Corporate trainer for Behavioral and Leadership skills. He has trained over 3000 participants from more than 35 leading MNCs and the author of the book – Freelance training- How to crack the Freelance Training business in India.

 

When did you start writing?

I started writing almost 8 years ago when I used to occasionally write articles, however started writing seriously just a couple of years ago when I wrote my book.

When did you get published first?

My first book “Freelance Training” got published in August 2017

Describe yourself in day to day life?

My daily life revolves around Business development, Training content development, Training delivery, and writing activities. Things are quite dynamic and I have to adjust my routine as per my training programs for my clients.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Apart from writing I like sports and I like to play badminton when I get a chance. I also play the flute occasionally.

Tell us more about your book?

Before I give information about my book, I would like to set some context. There is an immense scope for Training in India because of the skill gap between the Industry requirements and the skills provided by our educational institutes. There is also an immense need for training the existing workforce to meet the challenges faced by modern day organisations. A lot of companies are now realising this and have increased their focus on Learning and development. The training industry is quite nascent in the country and needs to evolve at a rapid pace to meet this challenge. Companies either have a dedicated training team to up-skill their workforce or tie up with Training partners to achieve this. Thus there is a growing need for trainers specialising in a wide array of subject areas and skills to keep up with the requirements. This need is being addressed either by full time training professionals or through Contract/Freelance Trainers.

Although there is a huge number of Freelance trainers who are either established or aspiring, there is very less visibility in terms of how one navigates his or her way in the Indian Freelance Training business.

About the book:

My book “How to crack the Freelance Training Market in India” aims to address this very challenge. It is the definitive guide for people wanting to make freelance training their career with the knowledge, skills and tips to tap into and sustain in the market. The books contains –

  • A step by step guide to help trainers in their journey in the Freelance Training market

  • Practical tips and insights based on first-hand experience

  • Tools to help them implement and carry on the learning from the book

  • Guidance from the Top trainers in India

  • Ways to get an edge over your competitors in the Training arena

  • Leverage the ideas to add an additional income source along with their regular job

How do you manage your writing time?

Given my schedule, it is difficult to set a fixed time regularly for writing. I find time to write, in chunks i.e. some days I get more time whereas there are days when I do not get time at all. However I make sure that my mind is always working on the concept/subject I want to write on. I then break it into smaller tasks, starting with the broad outline, sub topics in the beginnings. Once the flow and the outline are clear, it becomes easy to elaborate on them when I get some more time. This is how I managed to write my book.

What according to you are best marketing strategies for a young writer?

Firstly, it is important to understand the importance of marketing. If any writer thinks that once I write a good book, it will sell on its own, then it results in their own peril. One has to understand, no matter who has written or what the book is about, it has to be marketed. Once the writer has made a firm decision to market his/her writing, there are ample options both online and offline, for marketing. Offline options include hiring a PR agency to do book launches or reading sessions. Online options include getting the book reviewed by book bloggers, Author interviews and marketing the book on social media.

Which is more important to you Content or marketing ?

Both are equally important. If you understand it deeply enough, your content is driven by your marketing. Marketing involves what your audience would like to read about. Once you have a good understanding of the audience’s requirement, you then develop your content accordingly and again use marketing to spread the word.

Your favourite writer and why?

There are a few favourite authors mostly from the Non-fiction books domain. I am thoroughly impressed by Malcolm Gladwell, Ram Charan, Robert Kiyosaki and Robin Sharma.
All of their writings are based on in depth research, succint writing with a lot of valuable tips to implement the learnings from their writing. I strongly revommend reading their books to whoever is interested in Non-fiction self help, Management and Leadership related books.

What are your upcoming projects?

In the future I am planning to write books on alternative careers for today’s youth and about learning styles and preferences of children.

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Thank you Amit for your wonderful words. I wish you all the very best for your future books. 

If you are interested to publish your interview, please write to me at prabhu@prabhuprasad.in

 

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Author interview with Virag Dhulia

Dear readers, today we have Mr.Virag on board with us. Lets us talk and know about him more. Here is a short description about him.

I am a computer engineer by profession, worked in the software industry for almost 10 years before I quit my job to pursue my passion of writing and filmmaking. As of now, I run 2 YouTube channels – “Chai Pakoda” and “The Hu-Man” alongside writing stories, scripts and poems.

  1. Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Answer: I started by writing articles on social issues. My first book was a 2-book series titled “The Secrets of Manhood” which focused on problems faced by men. After that I wrote a political thriller, a fiction novel titled “Chess without a Queen”, in the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh. This novel encapsulates a lot of references from real life in highlighting various aspects of politics, governance, corporate affairs, media, bureaucracy, police, law and order in today’s turbulent times. And it also raises a question about redemption. Occasionally I also write movie reviews, short film reviews, lyrics.

  1. When did you start writing?

Answer: I wrote my first poem when I was in class 10, about 16 years of age. After that I continued writing poems for some years, until, in 2007, I started writing articles and blogs which continued into me writing fiction from 2016 onwards.

  1. When you published first?

Answer: My first book “The Secrets of Manhood, Part 1” was published on 25th May 2013.

  1. Describe yourself in day to day life?

Answer: I am a night person, so I get up late in the morning and too lazy to go and have a bath till my mother pushes me to go for it. Currently, I am focusing on developing a few stories at a very high level which are based on various themes like revenge, betrayal, choices in life, linguistic diversity in India, international espionage. I have yet not decided which one of them would be developed on a full-fledged basis. Most of my time is devoted to thinking and writing apart from developing a web series for “Chai Pakoda” which requires me to go out and at times, making videos for “The Hu-Man” channel.

  1. What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Answer: My hobbies include traveling, reading about science and technological developments, dancing and choreographing, watching movies and sometimes, I just prefer lazying around, maybe sleep and do nothing.

  1. Tell us more about your book?

Answer: My novel, “Chess without a Queen” is essentially the story of two rival political parties in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India and the story begins with the elections due in a couple of months. Up until the elections, the 2 parties play a lot of games upon each other and the elections (which happen somewhere midway) lead to the formulation of another conspiracy which traps the new young CM in a crime he did not commit. The rest of the story is his fight against it and the discoveries he makes in the process. The characters are mostly inspired from real life and the story has elements of planning, conspiring, revenge, betrayal, friendship, camaraderie, love, understanding, empathy along with a lot of aspects of politics, governance, bureaucracy, media, police, law and order, legal system of India, the challenges of poor people and much more.

  1. How do you manage your writing time?

It’s tough to say that, as I do not have any specific time allocated for writing. But I think a lot, in fact, the thinking is constantly on, even when I am doing something else and then I need about 2-3 hours of time to pen down my thoughts. That is mostly in the quiet of night. Naturally, as I start writing, more thoughts develop with the flow but I cannot start writing without an initial thought. Sometimes, I encounter a writer’s block. I usually take a break and do something I haven’t done in a while. It may be going for a long drive or a solo trip also.

  1. What do you think of modern day relationships?

Answer: Modern day relationships aren’t much different from their older counterparts. Even today, the expectations for loyalty, fidelity and honesty in a relationship remain pretty much the same, except for the fact that modern day relationships are fast paced (mostly owing to technological advances and ease of remote communication). So, in earlier times, by the time a partner started feeling a tear in the relationship, they would have been so deeply bonded that it was tough to contemplate a split. But these days, owing to fast pace, most relationships reach their saturation so fast that we have started witnessing break-ups, hook-ups and two-timing all the more making us feel that quality of relationships may have decreased but at its core essence it still remains the same, except for the pace.

  1. What do you think about cheating in relationships?

Answer: I think we have attached a little more importance to fidelity in relationships and the sanctity around it. It may not always be cheating as an over-possessive partner can also precipitate cheating. Absurd as it may sound, I have come across numerous relationships wherein a partner went on a fling to either ignite some jealousy or just to make a point that they still have options. Either ways, the need to do so arises from the insecurity that we see is building around us about cheating partners. It is happening for sure, but I think it is much ado about nothing. A little acceptance about the natural philandering ways of the human nature might also go a long way.

  1. How important physical intimacy is in a relationship?

Answer: In a word, very important. Having said that, it does not preclude the significance of emotional intimacy. Often, physical intimacy has been looked down upon in a relationship. But for a relationship that is emotionally intense, if physical intimacy is missing, that relationship will die soon. The human touch has its own way of communicating many unsaid feelings which words can never express. But, that does not pave the way for the hook-up culture and the one night stands because it takes time, patience and perseverance to develop an emotional bond with someone. However, for any relationship to prosper, both physical and emotional intimacy are essential. One does not survive without the other.

  1. What according to you are best marketing strategies for a young writer?

Answer: A young writer faces many challenges. Getting your work published is a very small part of it, even though, in the draft stage, that looks as a very daunting task. But, in today’s times, it is far easier to get a book published than to sell it. A young writer should have a multipronged approach wherein they should focus not only on increasing the market footprint of their work, but also on building their personal brand as an author. The usual tools of paid marketing, or a professional publicist are not within the ambit of every young writer. And therefore, social media comes to the succor for them. However, building a brand on social media is a long, tedious practice requiring a lot of patience and perseverance. Young writers can increase their social media presence by writing on topics that are relevant to their work, occasionally giving out small snippets of the work already written. Most importantly, they should focus on getting their work reviewed by a variety of readers and having those reviews on your Amazon account can go a long way into getting the fame that they crave for. Lastly, they should be shameless in promoting themselves.

  1. Which is more important to you Content or marketing?

Answer: In a single word – both. One cannot survive without the other. Macabre marketing is no way to make a crappy content popular. Sooner or later, the truth will be out. Similarly, just good content does not guarantee automatic sales. You have to market yourself and the work in order to get into your reader’s attention span. Focus on each aspect as and when required. When you are writing the content, focus on it. Once done, plan your marketing. Talk to experts, the been-there-done-that folks but at the end of the day, your marketing strategy shall be yours because you have to execute it.

  1. Your favorite writer and why?

Answer: There are a lot of wonderful writers available and it is really a tough choice to pick up one. But when I read Anand Neelakantan’s Ajaya (1 & 2), I have not been able to get over with him. We have grown up reading stories of villains destroying the lives of people and heroes vanquishing them in the end to emerge victorious. All these stories give us a hope that doing good harbingers good in turn. But that is a very idealistic child’s view of the world. In real life, heroes and villains aren’t segregated by black and white lines. Hero and villain reside in the same person. Anand’s approach to tell the story of the Mahabharata from Duryodhan’s (actually Suyodhan, which was his real name) perspective gives us a peep into the mind of the “villain”. His approach challenges our thought process, social structures and beliefs. And this is what makes Anand my favorite writer. I am currently reading his next work Asura: Tale of the Vanquished which is Raavan’s story.

  1. What are your upcoming projects?

Answer: I am currently working on a lot of different themes as I have yet not decided about my next book. But, as mentioned before, some of the themes I am considering revolve around revenge, betrayal, choices in life, linguistic diversity in India, international espionage. Apart from that I am also writing a new web series titled “Jai Ram Ji Ki Neta Ji” for my YouTube channel – Chai Pakoda. This series is a political satire and reflects on the equations existing between the politicians and bureaucrats.

  1. Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Answer: I think today’s young generation is very dynamic and vulnerable at the same time. Dynamic, because we are seeing a lot of child prodigies coming out with flying colors. Even the average child of today is smarter and more knowledgeable than most adults. I myself dread, at times, talking with teenagers. Jokes apart, all that glitters is not gold. Today’s young generation is smart, cool, informative, focused and along with many things, it is vulnerable as well. I have been to the school in the late eighty’s and the early ninety’s and I hail from a very humble middle class background. So, I did not have too much exposure in my childhood. But, now I think, it was a blessing in disguise because the human brain can process only so much information. And when a young impressionable mind is exposed to a deluge of information (most of which is irrelevant to the child, at that point of time), it can also have a negative impact on the child without proper channeling and parenting. And that’s why today’s young generation, though dynamic and brilliant, is also easily confused and offended. It has too much on its plate and it can only eat so much. Today’s children need their parents in their life all the more than we did.

  1. Describe yourself in one sentence.

Answer: Positive Attitude in Negative Situations (pains).

Thank you Virag for your honest and inspiring answers. I will sure that someday you are going to change the world. All the very best for your future.

Dear friend, if you are interested to publish your interview please drop me a mail at prabhu@prabhuprasad.in

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