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“to keep me occupied she gave me a piece of paper an asked me to write a story.  I wrote one and she loved it a lot. ” – Sai Daksh

 

Today on my blog I have a very young author Sai Daksh, only 13 years old (but a big boy sai-dakshnow). He debuted with The Diamond Heist (A Seven Agent Adventure) in the year 2017. Sai has big dreams and today he is going to share with us his writing journey so far.

  • How does it feel to be called as an author at your age? What do your friends say about your book?

It feels good. My friends say that the book is very interesting and they loved reading it.

  • It is not possible for any of us to inch forward without a support in the family. So who is your pillar of strength in the family?

Although all my family members support me, I feel that I am the Pillar of Strength for myself.

  • How did writing happen to you?

Honestly, I started writing when I was six years old and from then I have been writing

Mom narrates a very interesting anecdote. She says that in my earlier school in Bangalore where I studied only for the first grade, we kids used to be taken to the library for reading books and I believe the librarian once saw me loitering around and asked me why I wasn’t reading. I said that I had read most of the titles that were allowed for my class and just to keep me occupied she gave me a piece of paper an asked me to write a story.  I wrote one and she loved it a lot. She was the one who told my parents that I could write very well. Later I started making small comic strips and giving it to my friends. In my creative writing activity for English language I wold write stories based on prompts and be praised for them. So I then thought I should try and write a bigger story and started writing. I still have two half written stories in my mother’s laptop from even before the Diamond Heist.

·         About your book, The Diamond Heist (A Seven Agent Adventure), tell us about your source of inspiration?

As far as I can recall, I actually never had any source of inspiration for writing The Diamond Heist. The story just came in my dream one night and I decided to pen it down. I also wanted to create a story with my friends as characters in it.

·         Are your writing /planning your next book? What is it all about? How soon is it going to be released?

Yes. I am currently writing my next book but it is not a sequel to The Diamond Heist. It is completely different. It is called “The Death Ray”. It is a Fantasy set in the 31ST Century when the galaxy is run over by a completely different race.  I am 9000 words into it and I have a feeling that I shall complete it in the next 6 months. I want to self publish it on Amazon.

·         Since you are a student, how do you balance your homework and fiction writing?

There is nothing special to balance both. I study and play in the day and at night from 9 or 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm, I do my other extra-curricular activities like writing, gaming and video making.

·         What is your favorite subject in school?

In school, my favorite subjects are Maths and Science but I prefer Science more.

·         Tell us any incident in your school that you have used in your book or planning to?

To be honest, I haven’t used any incidents from real life but only the characters and their personalities are from real life.

·         There are many aspiring writers of your age. What is the message you want to give them?

“Think about your biggest failure or humiliation. It would keep giving you energy to write more and prove to the world that you are the best.”

·         And at last, any message for your readers.

Never Give Up.

Works By Sai Daksh

 

The Diamond Heist

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Genre: Adventure

Available @ Amazon  Flipkart

 

The Sleepover

Genre: A short Story (Horror)

Available @ Juggernaut

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“In India, people want to become engineers, doctors, professors, businessmen, film actors and what not but I haven’t seen people talking about becoming scientists as a career. So I decided to do something different and make a scientist my lead character.” – Rajeev Saxena

 

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Today we have with us Rajeev Saxena author of  Pinto Has An Idea.

Rajeev did his Bachelor of Technology from IIT Kanpur, India in 1994. He currently lives in Dallas, USA. From the days of living on farms in his grandparents’ village, he has been in touch with his roots throughout his life. Charity and voluntary work is also his passion.

The book Pinto Has an Idea is the tale of Dr Pinto, a small-town boy, an IITian and a scientist working in MIT, who suddenly experiences a life-changing revelation in the early days of his research, throwing away his work on theoretical physics and setting out to solve the practical everyday problems of the world he lives in.

Interview with the author

  • Did you always wanted to be a writer?

The short answer is yes. But it took sometime before I got the motivation and inspiration to write this book. The writer in me appeared when I was probably eight and wrote a few short stories. My father was very impressed with it and shared with his friends who also appreciated it. Then I came up with another idea, which was to publish something in a newspaper. Someone told me that it’s much easier to publish your article as ‘Letters to Editor’. The next problem was what to write about. Mostly you’d see letters about political issues and as a kid you don’t understand that well. Back in those days, a TV soap Opera Rajani was very popular and viewers would write a lot about it in the newspapers. I didn’t have TV at home but I prepared my letter to editor about Rajani after reading it on the newspapers only. Really I can’t describe my feeling when I saw my article printed in a newspaper under letters to editor. Later the competition, the social pressure to settle down in your career and then professional engagements never allowed my writing journey to take its full flight. You may also call them excuses. But the bottom line is that I wanted to be a published writer for sure. The journey has started and It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be an eventful and a memorable journey.

  • Tell us something about yourself?

I find this question quite difficult to answer. Everyone (it’s not about me) has so many roles and so many talents but you’d probably want to hear what really matters in this context. I’m a son, a husband, a father and an engineer. In a day I tend to change from one role to the other and I tend to wear them perfectly.

After completing my engineering from IIT, Kanpur I started working in the corporate world and got a chance to visit several places around the world as part of my job. Coming from an educated family, I grew up with books so books are a passion for me. I’m a person who is never satisfied with the present and always think about the future…to do something new. May be this is an abstract introduction about me but that’s how I am and it helps me as a writer.

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  • What or who is your inspiration behind your debut novel, Pinto has an Idea?

The biggest inspiration is Pinto…a character I never met in real life but I’m pretty sure a person like him exists. There are a few other things as well which motivated me to write the novel. In India, people want to become engineers, doctors, professors, businessmen, film actors and what not but I haven’t seen people talking about becoming scientists as a career. So I decided to do something different and make a scientist my lead character. I also found that there are several novels available in the market about romance in engineering colleges. So the challenge was to write something new as well as entertaining, interesting and humorous. Finally,  with so many problems in the world, how can we address them in an entertaining fashion? That was another motivation for me to write and inculcate innovation, humour and romance altogether.

  • How long did it take you to complete your first draft?

I completed the first draft in 6 months but I completely threw it away as there was no story in it. It was a non-fictional book. I got some very constructive feedback that it’s better to write a book which has a story in it, that completely changed the direction of my writing. It took another year to finish the book…then a fiction romance novel was born. The good part was that I literally destroyed the previous draft so that the flow of the story is very natural. When searching for a good publisher I kept on improving the book which became a blessing in disguise and made me work another one year. So it’s hard work of 2.5 years at the very least.

  • Tell us your journey as an author?

Most people never knew me to be a writer so, they couldn’t believe in the beginning that I was planning on writing a book. Even my family in the beginning thought this is yet another idea which will go away after some time. So I had to do a little hard work to convince people that I’m going to be an author. In fact, people in my friend circle knew me as an amateur singer rather than a writer. Then the biggest challenge was to find a publisher. I’ve mentioned in several other interviews that it was the toughest task so far in the book writing process…especially sitting in US and searching for a publisher in India. In fact, I can write a book about the publishing process.

Finally hard work, a bit of luck and a lot of patience paid off. By God’s grace I got one of the most renowned publishers.

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  • What are your expectations from your book?

Just like any other author, my expectation is that readers like my novel, it entertains them and I get inspiration to write another book soon.

Also another item in my wish list is that the book is circulated to as many as cities, book stores, readers, libraries and to every nook and corner. I know it’s not possible for the first book but with the backing of my great publisher I’m confident that the word will spread soon.

So far I’ve gotten a tremendous support from my readers so am really thankful to them. The book was out of stock on Flipkart after a few days.

  • Which is your favorite character from the book and why?

Obviously it is Dr. Pinto. Pinto gave up his shining career to change the society through his innovations. He is intelligent, passionate and has a very special characteristic in his personality i.e. he can convert his laziness to opportunities. One can understand that point only after reading the book. Also he is not a perfect man. At times he ignores his family and gives more preference to his work without understanding that he is Dr. Pinto just because of his family.  Lavanya’s character is equally important. She is a lady of courage, firm determination and a person who likes to do what she feels right without thinking about consequences. India is not a great country for divorced people especially for ladies. It’s very inspiring to see how Lavanya, a divorcee, faces the world and still achieves things a normal person could not.

  • A message you would like to share with the readers.

Every one of us has a Pinto and a Lavanya in them. I’m just trying to awaken that spirit. You just need to think a little bit out of the box and you can change the world.

Now even if you don’t want to do that, just enjoy Pinto’s and Lavanya’s journey through this book. One of my readers rightly said that ‘Pinto Has An Idea cannot be bound to a genre.’ I’ve tried to make sure that the book is for all, so no matter what age group you are in (as long as you are 16), what background you have, whether you are looking for a casual read or an intellectual interaction this book is for you.

Please shower your love.

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About the book

 

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Title :                  Pinto Has an Idea

Publisher :       Bloomsbury India

The Story :

Young Pinto has from his childhood been an out-of-the box thinker, finding solutions in his everyday surroundings to a myriad ancient global problems. A certain machine he invents in his childhood makes him a hero in his village but it’s not sufficient to change the mindset of naysayers for Pinto to pursue his career in hardcore science.

Pinto Has an Idea is the tale of Dr Pinto, a small-town boy, an IITian and a scientist working in MIT, who suddenly experiences a life-changing revelation in the early days of his research, throwing away his work on theoretical physics and setting out to solve the practical everyday problems of the world he lives in.

Returning to his native India, he finds his noble quest beset by unexpected adversaries, obstacles and trials, but emerges triumphant from each battle.

Pinto does not like to appear a romantic person, and keeps women at bay. But when Lavanya returns to haunt his life, and eventually shoe-horns him into marriage, he obligingly falls in love. Because Lavanya is not just a pretty face, she’s his partner in research. And Pinto, a newbie in romance, discovers a whole new craze.
But life takes directions never aimed for. Pinto is on the road to becoming rich and famous. He invents a mechanism to eradicate corruption in the land, and in that process moves towards politics. That impinges on the couple’s relationship so severely that Lavanya disappears suddenly without telling Pinto. Why does she leave their child with Pinto? Will he lose his greatest ‘idea’, Lavanya, and thereby, himself? Sure, Pinto’s ideas bring dramatic changes to society. But how much romance can a scientist handle as well?

Rajeev Saxena, in his debut novel, shows you just how much.

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  “I was never a book reader, just how we have acquired taste, reading became an accidental hobby when I used to travel for almost an hour in Mumbai locals”

– Kaushal Mahesh Gupta

In the last “Chat n Coffee” session of the year 2016 we have with us one of the top book reviewers in Goodreads and an eminent book blogger Kaushal Mahesh Gupta whose blog Errors and Kaushal has been home to many books both from newbie and renowned authors.

Today he is going to share with us his journey and tips as a book reviewer.

  • Tell us about yourself
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    Kaushal Mahesh Gupta

    I like to call myself a biodegradable human, who doesn’t believe in being pollution in some other human’s life. My bread & butter, when not on a diet, comes from being a digital marketing professional. I am an I.T graduate, like many others who followed the herd and like many others; I am a Cricket & Bollywood fan too.

  • What is your take on books/ movies/music? Any favorites?

I am of the opinion that every single book, every single movie and every single piece of music has something valuable that can add to our lives. They are not only a form of entertainment, but also a form of realization. A book can take you on a journey that you may never be able to be a part in your entire life. A movie can make you love and live the characters on screen, understand them and the humans, I never leave my logic and brain behind while watching a movie. Music, what do I tell! In my viewpoint they are best pill against a headache. It would be difficult to name only a few favourites, but biographies and autobiographies are my favourite in books, “Anurag Kashyap” is one of my favourite genres and I like every form of music, but I am trying to understand EDM.

  • Given a chance what one thing would you like to change in your life?

Nothing. If I would have had anything different in my life, maybe I would not have been answering this set of questions here. Whatever happens, happens for good. It’s only one life that we have, so we should live it the way it comes, unless one believes in reincarnation.

  • You have been reviewing books. What kind of books you usually love to read?

Yes, I am reviewing books actively for more than a year now, but I think I write more about the book instead of being a tough critic and getting into the nitty-gritty of the story. I prefer to read non-fiction, autobiographies and mythological fiction. Also, if you have a look at Errors And Kaushal, my book review blog, you will notice that I have read a lot of debut Indian authors and that’s because we should promote their work unlike popular authors who get backed by the publishing house in their marketing and advertisement efforts.

  • Indian book bloggers have made a very important presence in the publishing industry. Did you always wanted to be one of them?

    Yes, the book review bloggers are making the presence felt now and that’s all because of the ease of creating a blog/website and then reaching out to the blog readers. No, I never wanted to be a book blogger, it happened by chance when I first wrote about my experience of reading Raghu Ram’s debut Book, Raghu picked that up and shared with his followers and this kind of got me excited.

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P.S:  I was never a book reader, just how we have acquired taste, reading became an accidental hobby when I used to travel for almost an hour in Mumbai locals, and I had nothing to do.

  • What was your feeling when you were first approached by an author or publisher as a book reviewer?

When I was first approached by an author, I had written only about two books on my blog. I was amazed at this incident of being asked to write about a book by the author and also excited to receive the book directly from the author.

  • As a book reviewer, what are the things that you consider while writing a review ?

I personally believe that no story is a bad story, and should be read for a perspective on living the characters and their lives. I look at the overall attempt of the writer in keeping me engaged with the story at some level or the other. It is all about the narration and the choice of words for me, and if the book is with minimum predictability than the author has won the reader in me.

  • What is your opinion on rating a book on a scale of five?

Ideally, the book should not be rated because for us it’s just another book, but for the author it was almost everything. Today, with the kind of book review mechanism and portals that have come up, the ratings have become an integral part of the review system. I rate them only when it is mandatory on platforms like Goodreads or Amazon, but I don’t rate a book on my book review blog, Errors And Kaushal.

  • Reviewing a book is a very critical task since it helps a reader to decide whether to read the particular book or not. Many book lovers are nowadays turning into book reviewers. What message would you like to give them?

Yes, it’s a very critical task because it is almost the make or break for the book. My message to fellow book bloggers would be, “We should appreciate the story and writing more than the author or publication house it comes from as there are many self published authors who are writing great stuff but are away from the readers world because they don’t have enough marketing or advertising budgets. If possible, do help them in creating awareness about their debut books.”

  • With so many books publishing every day, what do you expect from an author or a publisher regarding reviewing books?

I expect them to be more organized and when I say more organized, what I mean is that they should handpick book bloggers who write more often about the genre of their book. They should be open to honest reviews and should not ask for a positive review right away, because the book goes out to the book blogger for free. Remember a book blogger also puts in equal efforts to read the book and then write about it so no unjust expectations like the review should be made live within 3 days, no negative comment, mandatory post on Amazon, etc… As most of the book bloggers themselves understand the importance of a review on Goodreads and E-Com sites.

  • And now in the end, how can the readers and others contact you.

I am just a tweet away; I can be reached at @gupta_kaushal. I am active on all social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Goodreads. The readers can connect with me via my Book Review Blog, Errors And Kaushal at guptakaushal.in.

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