Q. I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.
I was born to a professor couple in Delhi, and I am an Engineer and MBA. I have almost two decades of rich experience in Corporate Finance and Projects. I like travelling, and writing is my passion. “India – My Heavenly Abode” is my first published work of interesting Non-Fiction.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?
The first time I travelled to Dubai, I was awestruck by the magnificence and cleanliness of the city, apart from the organised and systematic way in which everything was done. I had the same experience travelling to various destinations abroad, making me think why India is not moving fast on the road to development, and how we can make things move in the right direction.
Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
I have been reading newspaper articles and books about the problems in our country, and I took inspiration from a burning desire within myself to put across my thoughts to general public. For long, I had been thinking about a lot of issues and a better way of handling various things, which I thought of penning down in an interesting and absorbing manner.
Q. What exactly does your book convey?
Out of a long list, I have hand-picked 16 issues affecting contemporary India, and suggested plausible solutions. I have highlighted the hard-hitting reality of some pertinent problems plaguing our motherland, and questioned why we cannot change, if we want India to develop.
Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?
Firstly, I wanted this book to be interesting enough to read – the book is not a documentary at all. It is all practical stuff which everybody can relate to, and I have tried my best to make it as gripping as possible in this genre.
Secondly, I have suggested solutions as well, since just complaining about a problem is futile at best. For the solutions to be effective, more and more people need to read the book, as it contains plenty of good values and practical solutions. If most Indians can read this book, India can steamroll ahead of a lot of developed nations very soon.
Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?
I started writing this book in May 2017 and it took me almost a year to complete it. As much as I tried, I could not devote time to writing every day. But whenever I could, I wrote for at least three to four hours a day.
Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?
I didn’t quite back off, but there were periods where I could not write a single word. These were mostly due to other commitments, overpowering priorities or illnesses, or even travelling.
Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?
Haven’t yet faced any criticism as such, but I believe every individual has a different thought process and everybody has a right to express his or her feelings. I would take it in my stride as it comes, and treat it as a feedback which would only help me in improvising further.
Q. How was your experience with Bluerose throughout the publishing of the book?
I was pretty impressed with Bluerose and their systems. They have an excellent team of young talent, and everybody kept working on their designated tasks professionally. The process was smooth and my book got published within 45 days of contacting Bluerose. They can, however, improve further on their post-production efforts – speeding up delivery and physical distribution, marketing efforts, etc.
Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?
Keep writing and don’t give up in between. Don’t think whether the book would sell or not. Pursue it as a passion, not as a means of living. Book-writing is not a money-making proposition but a form of art, whereby one does achieve a sense of creative satisfaction. All the best!