Q. I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.
Being a student of political science and later a passionate political observer, journalist and writer, I firmly believe that each and every educated youth of the country must be well-conversant with our political history, our constitutional institutions and political personalities. He or she may belong to any stream of education, but this is the basic information that we must know about our political system and how our Parliament and democracy function. It may seem boring in the beginning, but once you continue with reading books on political science and India’s democratic system, you will definitely eager to know how the Indian political system works.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?
As I said, I have always been an ardent political observer since my college days. First as a student of political science up to graduation level, and then my job of being a journalist required me to know the big political personalities from close, and then write stories on their statements, covering Parliamentary and Assembly elections. Therefore, the subject is not new to me…rather I have deep passion for it. Finally, this passion came in the form of this book.
Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
I have been covering Parliament proceedings for the last many years as a journalist. Having seen the Indian Parliament to function so closely, I thought of digging out information about those previous Parliamentarians, Prime Ministers and Ministers, who used to sit here and make laws for the country. I was also curious to know about how the electoral journey of the country began after independence. There and then I decided to write down a book—covering all major political developments in a chronological order.
Q. What exactly does your book convey?
Basically, this book has tried to give information about functioning of the Parliament, previous Presidents, Vice Presidents, functioning of the Election Commission and its role in holding the first general election in 1951-52. It also talks about political alliances and discords, besides the policies and programmes initiated by different Prime Ministers. In nutshell, this book has been designed to spread political awareness amongst youth and other sections of readers and to let them know how a democratic country like India functions from the corridors of power.
Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?
While writing this book, I just engrossed so much into the political developments post independence, that sometimes I believed, I was living in that era. As if I watched all these events myself. I also visualized the work be a best-seller.
Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?
The completion of book took me nearly 1.5 years. Mostly I used to devote my maximum time on holidays or at night after work.
Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?
Sometimes, I felt that my dream of bringing out this book will not materialize due various routine reasons. However, my son Gaurav continued to inspire me all along. So I could not back out from the project.
Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?
Constructive criticism is always welcome. No one is perfect. There is always a scope for improvements. However, personal comments or criticism is not healthy for further improvement. Therefore, I take healthy criticism for improvement, and brush aside the motivated or frivolous comments.
Q. How was your experience with Bluerose throughout the publishing of the book?
It was a good experience. Since it was my first book, I came to know a lot of new things which will definitely help me in my future endeavors.
Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?
Hard work is the key to success. Budding authors should choose their area of specialization. They should not hide their writing skills and continue to write regularly without hesitation—even if it is not published or acknowledged initially. It takes lot of time and efforts to get oneself acknowledged and accepted among readers. Don’t lose heart unless you firmly believe that you are not cut out for writing.