– Well, I always had a skew towards writing, from my schooling days. The written word, in any form, be it poem, story, essay, comic strip, fascinated me. I started by writing essays, then moved onto poems and four-liners. I loved the idea of telling a thing in as less a words as possible. Slowly I graduated into writing short stories. It gave me immense high and I realised I was decent at it. I would definitely like to hone my craft further and I am working on that.
After completing my education and getting into a work life I realised that I could try and give my hobby a much more meaningful shape. That’s where I decided that even if I am half decent as what my friends and family gave me credit for, I could try and get my stories out to the world to read. And that’s how ‘Different Beads of the Same String’ happened. After a bit of hiatus,now I have come up with my new book ‘The Sameness in a Consistent Change’. Hopefully the next one will not take as long as this one took.
– In all fairness, you can call me a brooder, a dreamer, a story-teller, a guy next door, a professional, a husband, a son, a son-in-law, a friend; all rolled into one.Now, professionally I am a Chartered Accountant and also have a degree in law and commerce. I work with Bharti Axa General Insurance Company Limited as a Senior Manager – Underwriting. As I said earlier, I am quite passionate about writing and story-telling and that has prompted me to pursue my interest more seriously. My love for books is not too old but pretty firm, but my love for writing dates back to the time I was in school.I love to be alone at times and at other times I like the company of my loved ones around me. I can be moody but I am quite actively passive that way – active in the mind and passive by appearance. You might feel that I am almost non-reactive by nature but that’s just how I look. I am deeply affected by what goes on around me and I choose to talk about all of that through my stories.
I like to go on long walks, explore paths and books as well. I also love following cricket and table-tennis. Although I don’t play table tennis any more, which I used to do once, it continues to be an integral part me. I have learnt a lot from the sport and I continue to carry the learnings with me. So that, in a nutshell is what I am all about.
– Oh, needless to say that it means a lot to me. I have worked through the nights to get this out. Not to make it sound like a lot of hard work but I enjoyed carving out the story and the characters. To be honest, I tried to challenge myself with ‘The Sameness in a Consistent Change’. I have literally taken the risk and tried to change my writing style and storytelling abilities. I understand that this style may not be relatable to all the readers and some might feel that there may be an issue with the pace of the story. But this was a risk I was willing to take to try and evolve as a writer. I do not know how successful I have been at it, but it sure gives me joy when my readers reach out and tell me that they saw a noticeable change in the manner in which my second book is written and they enjoyed it. And it pleases me, while accepting the fact that this may not please everyone. But as I said it was a risk I was willing to take.It makes me happy to know that readers have felt a more nuanced form of writing where story and characters both have been sketched and brought to life in a different way.This is very close to my heart and I would like to scale upwards for my next one as well. This learning process is intriguing and I love it. And hopefully better myself, in my third one.
– Oh indeed. We are filled with people who know exactly what they want to do and then there are others who are the exact vice versa. In fact so many of them out there cruise through their lives not knowing what they want out of it. And before they realise it, the imminent end is near.
Ramanuj is a confused boy as well. But he is happily confused. He does not know what he wants, is an indifferent hopeless and is not bothered about it. That’s who he is, in essence. And then when a drastic event happens you would think that it would prompt a change just like we have been brought up believing thus. But human nature is a mysterious enigma. A drastic event may suggest a change but may eventually not cause it.Ramanuj deals with the pangs in his own way. Lethargy and slowness is a trait he has imbibed and he deals with the drastic change in his life in his own languid manner. The impact of the grief is uniform across personalities but people have their own way to deal with that. And Ramanuj, the core introvert does it in his own style. He loves, but his love is different. It doesn’t lack the passion and pureness, just the expressiveness. In elation of love and even in heartbreak his outward manifestation is similar. This character is very close to my heart and I just wonder how many of them live their life on their own terms and how many live it because they are dictated by extraneous circumstances.
– Well, I have seen people being caught in crossfires of what is right and what is perceived to be right. And then just to show this aspect of being right, they have to end up doing, what they would otherwise not do. Perhaps for a year, perhaps for more than that, and perhaps even an entire lifetime! But that doesn’t change the way they look at things. Times change, habits change but internal core comes out as only it should. A fiction is just an extension of reality sometimes, and the story in my book is a classic example.The nostalgia is so inherent that when death is imminent one rushes to whatever he/ she would have rather done the entire lifetime. Isn’t this strange? And isn’tthis true as well. May be that’s why they say that truth is stranger than fiction. And ironically my fictional story is the closer to the truth for some of us.
– That is an interesting question. I wish that it reaches out to the readers and what they can get out of it is what a reader derives from any good book. A character that is relatable, a story that is interesting and finally a reading experience that is worth the reader’s time. As I said earlier, I hope I have honed myself as a writer with this one. I do believe I have, but some of my reader’s may not agree, which is quite acceptable.
But on the whole I am satisfied with what I have done with my second and I would like the process to simply continue. I do hope a lot of readers buy my book and it is worth every penny for them.
– Oh there are so many. I can list down a few
– Not for this one. I used KDP and it worked just fine for me. It was pretty quick and efficient. And I hope I can reach out to maximum readers through this medium.
-I have just started reading Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot collection, which has been on my reading plate for quite a while now. Incidentally my wife gifted this on my birthday. I’ve been through a couple of stories and loving the reading experience thoroughly. There is so much to love about the character called Poirot isn’t it!
-It’s a simple mantra. You have to try and evolve with whatever you are doing. So hone your skills, understand your strengths and work on your weaknesses. But do not be scared to take risks. It may or may not pay you well, but you would have definitely come out enriched.
And keep reading and writing. It will hold you in good stead.
Kevin Missal is a twenty-two year old graduate of St. Stephen’s College. He has previously released the first book of the Kalki Trilogy, Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu, which became a National best-seller and received praise from newspapers such as Millennium Post and Sunday Guardian who have termed it as “2017’s mythological phenomenon”. Kevin loves reading, watching films, and building stories in his mind. He lives in New Delhi.
In modern day America, amidst the contentious presidential election campaign of November 2016, immigrant author Hureen Saghar Gandhi finds that humor is the only way to keep her family and her friends’ spirits high. Living a fast and furious life in Northern Virginia, surrounded by quirky characters, she decides she has no choice but to weave them into her satirical anecdotes in her book: Page 6 And Beyond. This book will have you laughing out loud as she embarks on a spy mission to: bond with long-lost childhood school friends on a sensational WhatsApp column; fulfill her bucket lists; chronicle encounters with her kids, and challengers; relate her childhood escapades; relive her misadventures in the Nordic region; and supply readers with extraordinary stories of her friends living in different continents.
Hureen Saghar Gandhi lives with her husband and their two wonderful daughters in Northern Virginia. She savors her ever-growing collection of memories from her travel escapades and meeting people from all around the world. Her passion lies in capturing the moments (that may get lost in time) through her camera lens. And recently through her writing, she humorously brings to life her fond memories
1)The blurb makes us all curious. Can you tell us a little more about the book what does it include?
The underlying theme of the book is to enjoy living each and every moment in life while keeping one’s sense of humor. The book has me a first-generation immigrant resident of the United States living an ordinary suburban life with my family. In my daily life, I come across various characters with their idiosyncrasies. The book is about how I embrace each of these characters. The dominant framework is my school’s WhatsApp group where my classmate’s unbeknownst to them have become the source of my inspiration for many of the sensational stories.
2)How did you start writing? What does it mean to you?
My funny bone triggered when I had my first born 12 years back, and I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. My writing skills, however, was a discovery. I stumbled upon it only a couple of years ago when I started to write a humorous column “Page 6” on my school WhatsApp group.
I write to make myself and others laugh. It also helps me self-reflect and muse over my fond memories and experiences.
3)Is this your usual genre to write? What else do you write about? Any new works?
Yes, humor is the only genre I have officially published.
New work- I have some ideas penned down. It will just be a matter of time and the right trigger.
4)Your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
I enjoy a wide variety of the genres. My favorite author is Dan Brown. Amongst humor authors, I loved Twinkle Khanna’s Mrs. Funnybone. I borrowed the framework of my book from hers, and am thankful to her to inspire many of my personal accounts that have made it to my book. I also enjoy Anuja Chauhan’s sense of humor.
I am currently reading three books depending on my mood and my geographical location. At home I am reading Jeffrey Archer’s “Tell Tale,” and Rhonda Byrne’s “How Secret Changed My Life,” while in between waiting for my girl’s after-school activities to get over, I am reading kindle version of Anuja Chauhan’s “The Zoya Factor.”
5) Any tips for our writers and readers?
You are never too old to pursue your dreams. Don’t let age and experience stop you from doing anything you wish to do in your life. It’s passion, hard work, and perseverance that will lead you where you want to see yourself.
Tip for writers – Make your first draft free-flowing, unobstructed, devoid of any self-criticism.
Tip for readers – Page 6 And Beyond is a light read. Although the events in the book are connected, you can still open any chapter of the book and read it on its own. In addition, watch out for the intricate illustrations done to support the narration. To understand some of them, you have to read the complete chapter and come back again to admire the idea and work done in illustrations.
Politics is a war on an everyday basis. No one knows what will happen in the next moment, who will lose is uncertain, today’s hero may be found villain tomorrow. However, everyone proclaims himself a winner in politics; everyone lives his or her pound of life with dignity irrespective of his or her achievement towards nation building.
The fable of Rama Rajya that is in every Indian mind is not only about building a Madir or Masjid. Then what was that Rama Rajya? No one has ever seen it. Only a presumption, assumption and imaginary world revolves in every Indian mind, where the outcome is a life of love, passion, growth, fearless life, and most importantly, a prosperous kingdom, where justice prevails, is executed promptly and is the same for all.
The past has gone. But how would you like to see your country and yourself after ten years, twenty years or thereafter? What we have been practicing until now is a company rule termed ‘democracy’.The people’s democracy has not yet come.
Find out how the new India with political entrepreneurship will be. How the so-called Rama Rajya would be. The twist in this tale is who killed the Prime Minister when everything was going fine.
Pradipta Panda was born in 1976. He is an author, thinker and entrepreneur who simply portrays lively characters among us in the story. His previous successes are Under One Roof, In God’s Wishlist and CoWife.
He did his post-graduation in Journalism and MBA in HR. He currently works in Bank of India. Your valuable comments will certainly help the think tank to tell the tales of more lively characters among us.Feel free to write him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
Amit Joshi is a successful trainer with 13+ years of experience in Language and Soft Skills Training, Profit Centre Operations, and Accounts Management, who has coached clients from various industries through diverse trainings.
1) Tell us a little about yourself and how your journey has been through as a freelance trainer?
I am a Corporate trainer for Behavioral and Leadership skills. I have trained over 3000 participants from more than 40 leading MNCs and the author of the book – Freelance training- How to crack the Freelance Training business in India. I am also a trained trainer from The British council and Instructional design from TISS. I have recently started my own company for Corporate training.
My journey as a Freelance trainer has been very exciting, learning and growing every day. The initial days were quite difficult, as I tried to acquire new clients and get training assignments. However after the first year, have been growing consistently thus making the journey very fulfilling and rewarding.
2) Why did you choose this topic?
When I first made a switch from a full time job to freelance training, back in 2013, there was no visibility in the market on how one can navigate in the arena of Freelance training. I had to make my way through trial and error. Later on, when I got reasonably established as a Trainer, I thought of sharing my learning with aspiring trainers and that’s when I thought of writing my book.
3) Does this book have any personal incidents?
Yes, the book has several personal incidents and experiences. I added them to give the readers a vivid perspective of the Freelance training profession.
4) As this book is about freelancing. How many freelancing jobs did you do?some incident ( could be funny/ motivational)that really left an impact over you?
As mentioned earlier, as a Freelance trainer, I have trained more than 3000 participants from over 40 leading companies. One incident which is quite memorable happened during my initial days as a Freelancer. I got called for an interview for a training assignment as a voice coach for a BPO. It was actually a teach-back, i.e. a demo training session. That was my first interview as a trainer and I was fairly confident about my knowledge and training ability, However when the demo started, the panel started asking questions about English grammar and some technical details about Voice and accent training. I was totally stumped by some of the questions and my hands were literally trembling. I was rejected as expected however, once I came home, I did extensive research on the internet and watched several videos on Youtube related to the topic and later on I did quite well in the other interviews on that subject. That was a great learning experience for me and will remember it for a long time to come.
5) Who are your role models?
Some of my role models are Tony Buzan, Anthony Robbins, Stephen Covey, Malcolm Gladwell and Chetan Bhagat
6) Your favourite authors? What do you really love about them?
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, succinct writing with a lot of valuable tips to implement the learnings from their writing. I strongly recommend reading their books to whoever is interested in Non-fiction self help, Management and Leadership related books.
7) Can you give a little brief about the book and what it means to you and giving out a part of what you do out to so many people?
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 –
8) As most of the millennials like us are confused with what to do in life what do you think that Freelancing will turn out to be the major developing field in the future times? Will this book guide us with the whole process?
Full time corporate jobs are becoming extremely dynamic and stressful day by day. No job or industry promises a long term safe secure career. The key is to constantly learn, unlearn and grow. Also, the current generation is very ambitious and not afraid to explore novel paths. Owing to these reasons, Freelancing will surely be a viable option and will grow in several fields. My book specifically deals with Freelance training profession however it can also provide some general guidance for freelancing overall.
9)Since how long were you articulating this book?
It took me about 6 months to write my book.
10) If it could be rewritten which author would you like it to rewrite?
I would like it to be written by some popular author like Chetan Bhagat so that it can reach out to a vast audience.
11) How 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.
12) What does writing mean to you?
Writing is a means for expressing and gaining clarity for my own ideas. I also view it as a way to help other people. Personally, it can help to establish a brand for myself and establish my credentials.
13) Did any special research/ incident happen in putting up this book?
The book is based mostly on my first- hand experience in the Freelance training world and I believe that would add a lot of value for the readers who are considering this career option.
14) Any future publications/ previous publications?
In the future I am planning to write books on alternative careers for today’s youth and about learning styles and preferences of children.
16) what is your usual process in writing?
Do you write in a stretch or throughout in between chores?
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 beginning. 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.
17)How do you get rid of writer’s block?
Haven’t really experienced a block so don’t know how to overcome it. The only challenge I face is to manage time.
Based on a tip from another author, one thing I can suggest for Non-fiction writers is to get ideas about questions people might have related to the subject from Quora. Once you know what questions people are asking, you can guide your thoughts towards answering them.
18) What troubles did you face during publishing the book. What changes do you want out in the whole process?
Since I had no knowledge about the publishing world earlier, I had to do a lot of searching on the internet to find out the publishers and know who would be interested in publishing my work. Once identified, the other challenge was to pitch for the book by sending the proposal in their formats and convincing them about the potential of my book.
19) Some writing tips for our writers/bloggers/ freelancers?
Read like there is no tomorrow and be hungry to learn new things. If you follow these tips, writing will come automatically.
20) Something for our readers?
Read like there is no tomorrow.
Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi has been known all his life by family, friends and peers for being absentminded, impulsive and for making mistakes, failing and causing blunders. Despite this, at the age of 33, he is a well-to-do Ear Nose Throat surgeon and medical device innovator with 18 inventions to date. He was recognized as one of the 35 innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2016.
He is a well-known stand-up comedian, actor and an author of the best-selling book on medical devices called Inventing Medical Devices: A Perspective from India.
ABOUT THE BOOK :
BLURB OF THE BOOK –
In this book, Dr. Chaturvedi shares ten personal anecdotes of mistakes and failures and gives a perspective of his interpretation, where he positions failures as a part of the process rather than a definitive outcome. Explaining with humorous caricatures and situations, he demonstrates numerous benefits that arise from such mistakes, why they are important and how they have helped him shape his career.
Even though the mistakes and failures made by Dr. Chaturvedi may appear trivial and in-significant when compared to those faced by many others in the general population, they highlight the principles of a very unique and positive perspective that may be applied in mistakes and failures of greater magnitudes as well. This book may serve to be food for thought for many who believe that failures are detrimental and that they should be aggressively avoided and not embraced. It may change their minds to think about failures as steps towards success, by showing how key insights from these failures can be used to empower new skills and opportunities.
Now that you know all of this. here we bombard the author with questions and get an insight more about the interesting book.