Interview with An orthopaedic surgeon Dr.Shankar Kashyap

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Interview with An orthopaedic surgeon Dr.Shankar Kashyap

Hello Readers,

Today, we have Shankar Kashyap with us on board. He has expressed his views. Let’s together read the same.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am a full time orthopaedic surgeon practicing in the UK with deep interest in writing.  I have published numerous scientific articles in peer reviewed journals.

When did you start writing?

I started writing about ten eight years ago when my life was turned upside down by some uncouth individuals and a corrupt bureaucracy.  I started writing my experience with the episode to purge myself of the enormous stress the episode caused.

When you published first?

The outcome of that was “A Kangaroo Court: A triumph of Mediocrity” published in 2011.

Describe Shankar in day to day life?

I am a full time consultant orthopaedic surgeon with specialist interest in Hip and Knee replacements.  I am a family man with three grown up children.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

My hobbies are water colour painting and wood working.  I still play summer cricket and enjoy skiing in the Italian alps.

 

Tell us more about your book ?

My current books are historical fiction based on Harappan civilisation and Rigveda.  The premise of the books is that the Harappans composed Rigveda.  I have used the events and characters within the huge Rigvedic corpus and reproduced the stories in the Harappan settlements.  I have used extensive archaeological evidence and literature evidence to create a story line which is easily readable.  My aim is to bring the ancient Indian civilisation and culture to the masses and make it as familiar as the ancient history of Rome, Greece or Mespotamian.  It is a series of six books

How do you manage your writing time?

I dedicate a set amount of time every night for my books – which could be just some research or actual writing.

Your favorite writer and why?

I have several favourite authors. I particularly liked Christian Jacque who has brought Egyptian civilisation to life and in Kannada, Ta Ra Su who has brought out our history to the masses.

What are your upcoming projects ?

Harappa is a series of six books and first three have been published so far – The Lure of Soma, The Fall of Shuruppak and Dasharajna (The Battle of ten kings).  The fourth book, Zarathustra:The battle of Varsagiras is the fourth one and based on the events in Books 1 and 10 of Rigveda.  I have recently completed a crime thriller, The Retribution and should be out within the next few months.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

My tips to any budding authors out there – there is a book to be written within everyone.  You only have let your imagination run riot and put it down on paper.  Publishing books is extremely difficult, but not impossible.  Read your work again and again and let someone else read and criticise too.

Shankar  in one sentence.

Shankar is a simple man with raging imagination. 

Additional info about my books:

Harappa: The Lure of Soma’ was published by Palimpsest Publishers and launched on 19th October, 2013 in Delhi.   It is the first of a series of historical fiction, based on Indus Valley Civilization in the third millennium BCE.  It is available on Amazon right now!!  Read the Five star reviews on Amazon!!

Second book of the series, ‘Harappa2: The Fall of Shuruppak’ was released on 20th September 2014, by Alchemy Publishers India.  It deals with the trading links between Harappan and Mesopotamian civilisations and based on the famous epic of Gilgamesh.

This is a story never been told on screen before!!  The next book of the Harappa series – ‘Harappa3 Dasharajna: The Battle of Ten Kings’ was released on 25th October 2015.  Kannada translation of the first book of the Harappa series was also released on the same date – “Kalpatharu Soma”!!

All the books are now available worldwide on Amazon.  They are also available on Amazon Kindle to download to your Kindle/Ipad/Tablet/Laptop/PC/Smartphone!!!

Discussions are taking place with a leading production company to bring the Harappa series onto the screen!!  Watch this space for more information.

Read some of the reviews at:

http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/355993/The-New-Indian-Express-Bangalore/14-October-2014?show=touch#page/21/1

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bangalore/Historical-Tales-From-Harappa/2014/10/07/article2464937.ece

http://epaper.deccanchronicle.com/articledetailpage.aspx?id=1319947

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/entertainment/11649769.Bringing_history_to_life/

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/learning-from-history/article6979526.ece

http://www.consumerpsyche.com/2015/09/book-review-fall-of-shuruppak.html

http://www.writerstory.com/shankar-kashyap-interview-harappa-2-book/

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/Civilisation-Story-Out-in-Novel-Form/2015/10/27/article3098768.ece

http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/743477/The-New-Indian-Express-Bangalore/09-March-2016#page/21/1

https://www.harappa.com/content/dasharajna-battle-ten-kings-harappa-book-3

 

Watch the book trailer on Youtube at – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPTxavH4PHE

 

BLOGS: www.Harappaseries.wordpress.com, www.shankarkashyap.com

 

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Interview with Maneesha Agrawal

Hello Readers,

I am back with a new interview. Today, I talk to a recently published writer Maneesha ji. Let us have a brief talk about her books and life.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

I am MVG (Maneesha Agrawal) author of the Book “From Zero to One – The story of Manu”.

When did you start writing?

I started writing probably at the age of 11years, when I wrote a hindi poem for a children’s weekly called Baalmanch. I was invited to write for this publication which was a venture of the famous Nehru Baal Samiti.

When you published first?

My travelogues started getting published firstly with a magazine subscription called Travel Links. It was in 1999. But as the editor and Co-author, I got my first book titled “Corporate Failures of India” written by Sh Narendra Kumbhat published by Revti Publications, launched in March 2015.

Describe Maneesha in day to day life?

My day begins with a schedule that my work decides. If I have none, I like to spend my time at my favourite library, Rabindra Bhavan, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I like to sketch in my leisure time apart from reading. I also like travelling to different and obscure places within my homeland….knowing the history attached to it or to the people there, is something that I always find myself involved in.

Tell us more about your book ?

My book is a perception….of a calamity mentioned in nearly all the major ancient texts of the world, that saw greater part of the human civilization washed away from the planet thousands of years ago. My protagonist Manu struggles to raise a fresh habitat on the banks of river Beas, which we now know as Manali (which actually derives its current name from Manu – namely Manu’s Sthali – the land of Manu).”

How he finds his way against the odds, and meeting his soulmate kamayani there, how he justifies his being the progenitor of a new race known after him (us Manavas literally meaning the followers of Manu) yet at the same time being the first human being in love makes the rest part of the chronicle.

How do you manage your writing time?

Maybe I can not answer as to what I usually do to manage my writing time. It’s so because I do not write as per a formal schedule. Sometimes it is in the morning, or often at night. Or it can go on for the whole day…. extending to very late hours at night! To say the fact I, do not write when I want to….I write when I have to

Your favorite writer and why?

My favorite writer(s) is essentially a list. Starting from Jaishanker Prasad and Hazariprasad in hindi, extending to Anthony Chekhov, Tolstoy, Maxim Gorki and Oscar Wilde, and the likes of Dickens, Austen and Ruskin Bond in English. I also like reading Rabindranath, Bankimchandra and Saratchandra. I find their work promote a transcendent sanctity into the human sensitivity that gets transferred onto the reader’s psyche while reading them. As per me, this should be the reason for any author to write a book.

 

What are your upcoming projects?

My next book is going to be an extension to the story of Manu. It’s an interesting research on the famous Caucasius mountain range, linking it to the plane of the Vedic era clans exhibited in my first book. It’s slated for a June 2017 launch, so it’s quite early to talk about it right now.

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

I want to say just a word of advice for this already much creative upcoming generation of young writers “Read good quality literature first, before you decide to write”.

 

Maneesha in one sentence.

“I believe in what I write… And I take my honesty very seriously”. I think this is just the description of the person that I am.

 

Thank you Maneesha Ji for your time. I wish you all the best for your future endeavors.

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Interview with Arun Prabhu

Dear readers,

Today, we have Mr.Arun Prabhu with us. Let us talk about his recently published book and his interests in the field of literature.

Question: Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Arun: Hello friends, I am a nomad trying to search a meaning for life and in the process became a writer.

Question: When did you start writing?

Arun: I used to write since childhood but never had the confidence to show it to someone and getting published was a far cry. Took up writing as a passion in 2010

Question: When you published first?

Arun: 2012. I self-published my first book as no publisher would entertain my book

Question: Describe Arun in day to day life?

Arun: Happy go lucky guy. Passionate about everything I do … Rather I do only where my passion takes me

Question: What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Arun: Cooking, sketching, listening to music, traveling, photography, public speaking

Question: Tell us more about your book?

Arun: My second book Niharika is all about a corporate lady who is professionally very successful but her personal life is in a mess. She has a daughter and she fears her personal life is affecting her daughter’s life as well. The novel is all about her struggles. It delves into the matters of marriage, divorce and relationships and how they can be solved in a very practical manner. There is no age to start all over again.

Question: How do you manage your writing time?

Arun: I believe if we are passionate we can find time. I made a point to get up half an hour early and that adds 180+ hours an year. That is sufficient to write one novel.

Question: Your favorite writer and why?

Arun: I have lot of favorite writers because every writer has given me something… to name a few would be injustice but still I would like to name .. Napolean Hill, Florence Litteur, Sydney Sheldon, Chetan Bhagat, Deepak Chopra, Robert Kiyosaki and many more..

Question: What are your upcoming projects?

Arun: Akansha Ek Mahatvakansha and a biography of a famous personality.

Question: Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

Arun: Find your passion and follow it. Make career a way to find your passion and do not get sold out on your career

Question: Arun in one sentence.

Arun: I love myself unconditionally….

Connect with him:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arunprabhuans

Website www.arunprabhu.com

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/author-arun-prabhu-aradhya-21a54613?trk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/auth_arunprabhu

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Interview with Surbhi Thukral.

Hello Friends,

Today, we have Surbhi Thukral with us for the interview. She is well known writer and a poet. Let us talk to Surbhi.

Question: Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

Surbhi: Hey Guys, this is Surbhi Thukral. I am a published author and poet with various national and international magazines, journals and anthologies. I write mostly on different shades of love.

Question: When did you start writing?

Surbhi: I started writing in 2011.

Question: When you published first?

Surbhi: It was in 2011 when I embarked on a new journey of my life.

Question: Describe Surbhi in day to day life?

Surbhi: Surbhi holds many roles in her day to day life. She is a mother. She is a homemaker. She is a writer. She is a fitness fanatic.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Surbhi: I love to work out.

Question: How do you manage your writing time?

Surbhi: I manage my writing time as per my son’s schedule. I write after he sleeps and the house is quite.

Question: Your favorite writer and why?

Surbhi: Khaled Hosseini is one of my favorite writers.I am particularly fond of his writing style. He has a unique gift of portraying the realities in a touching way.

Question: What are your upcoming projects?

Surbhi: I am currently working for a few online portals, anthologies, etc. One of my anthologies is scheduled to be released in March.

 

 

 

Question: Any tips to the upcoming young generation ?

Surbhi: Just follow your dreams. It might be tough in beginning, but success comes to those who believe in it.

Question: Surbhi in one sentence.

Surbhi: A woman with golden dreams in her brown eyes.

A few of anthologies that have published my work are available online at:

1. Minds@work 4
2. Arranged to Love
3. Her Story
Thank you Surbhi for taking your time and talking to us. Hope your story will inspire many people to write further.
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