1st April, known world-wide as the ‘April Fool’s Day’!
Now there’s a tradition of executing practical jokes and hoaxes on our friends and family members. It’s a day when we can say anything we want and cover it up with “April Fool”.
It’s quite an interesting way to start a month with fun and pranks. A happy and funny month ahead! But sadly we won’t be able to entertain you or make you happy from now on. You can call it an irony of 1st April or anything else, but The Author’s Blog is near its closing time.
Yes, you heard it right, we won’t be posting short stories, poetry, book reviews or interviews anymore. We tried handling our blog over to someone else but we couldn’t find a suitable person. So, at last, we have decided to shut it down.
Now you can take it as a April Fool joke if it makes you happy. Because that has always been our purpose, to make you happy. But not anymore. We are here to bid our goodbyes.
What’s the big story of this week? No guesses?
Well, hold your breaths for we present to you the ‘Exclusive Interview of Vishwas Mudagal with The Author’s Blog’. Vishwas is the latest best-selling sensation and youth icon in India!
A hot-shot first look at vishwas!
Name : Vishwas Mudagal Book : Losing My Religion Website : www.vishwasmudagal.com Facebook : www.facebook.com/author.vishwasmudagal Lives in : Bangalore
Is Vishwas a competition to Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi, the current kings of Indian publishing industry?? Read it all in this exclusive interview.
Congratulations on becoming on becoming a best-selling author! Did you predict your debut novel would become a sensation?
Thank you! No, I didn’t predict it, and nor did I think of my novel in that direction of success or failure. ‘Losing My Religion’ is my passion, and I believe if you follow your passion, the world will follow yours. I can probably say that this theory of mine has been validated.
Let’s start with a formal introduction for our readers. Tell us something about your daily schedule and the things which define you and your lifestyle.
I am Vishwas Mudagal, an entrepreneur and storyteller. I am a hardcore technology entrepreneur, who runs a unique software product development and innovation firm called GoodWorkLabs.My company helps global MNCs, startups and entrepreneurs conceive, build and launch software products.
We create beautiful and innovative software and mobile products.My schedule is mostly dynamic. But I usually do a 20-minute workout in the morning and then get busy with clients and GoodWorkLabs team.Marketing for ‘Losing My Religion’ is also keeping me busy. I try to catch up on movies every now and then; I am a movie buff.
Storytelling is my passion, and I have embraced it as my parallel career. Whenever I am writing, I usually do it at night, locking myself in a room.
‘Losing My Religion’ is your first novel. Tell us something about it.
‘Losing My Religion’ is essentially the story of a fallen entrepreneur whose life takes an unexpected turn when he meets an American hippie and sets out on an uncharted journey.It’s a rollercoaster ride that brings together adventure, travel, gaming, reality shows, and characters that are real, living, and breathing.
Rishi, a fallen entrepreneur, is the epitome of today’s ambitious youth, and wants to change the world.Alex, a hippie, is the other end of the spectrum—the epitome of human evolution; this is where the human race will one day want to be—free from within.And Kyra, a mysterious gamer, who is the beauty, the passion, and the intellect, which are the core of being today’s woman.
Your novel has a unique story-line. When did the story come to you? Were you confident that your readers will like the story or you had second thoughts about that?
Yes, I had a lot of confidence in my story from the beginning; I believed it was a story that had to be written and it had to be read. However, I wrote the story for myself, not to please anyone else. LMR is my labour of love, an act of pure passion. I was the audience and I was the storyteller. The storyteller in me had to entertain the audience in me, and, trust me, I am a tough audience to please. I never thought about what will people think or will they enjoy it, as long as I loved my story.
It all started five years ago, in 2009, when my Internet start-up went through a rough phase. Although we had managed to get good user traction to our website, we couldn’t monetize it effectively and we had to wind it up. I didn’t know what I should do next…
One of those days, I happened to talk to an ex-colleague, who told me that he was taking a sabbatical and going on a year-long journey on his bike across India. I was left amazed listening to this, and instantly wanted to do that myself . . . go away, kill all the tension inside me, and look at everything else later on.But I couldn’t do that for a host of reasons. One reason was that I became the CEO of a Canadian MNC.
However, a bizarre idea struck me, that of writing a book on the situation I was in. But I decided to make the protagonist of my book go on a journey that I couldn’t in reality. That’s how Losing My Religion started and took a shape of its own later on.
The story of ‘Losing My Religion’ is somewhat about the travel experiences of the protagonist. He travels to Malana Valley, then Om beach of Gokarna, then to the Kumbh. Are you a person who loves to travel? Have you ever visited the places you have described in your book?
I love to travel, visit new places, meet new people, relish different cuisines and rediscover myself through these journeys. They say, not all those who wander are lost, but I believe for the ones who are lost, wandering is the only way to find themselves.Travel is the food for the soul and definitely the inspiration for my storytelling. Anyone and everyone I meet become my inspiration.
I have visited almost all places written in the book, Om beach, Goa, Haridwar, New York, etc. The only place I haven’t visited is Malana, however I have visited Himalayas extensively in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
How did you set the balance between your current job and this book’s work?
It was tough to balance. I took 4 years to write the book and 5 years to bring it out in the market. My passion was the only thing that kept me going and making it a story that I was satisfied with. On the other hand, my family has been really supportive through these years.
I used to write at a stretch for months together and stop for months together. I usually write at nights or during weekends, mostly locking myself in a room.Also, LMR was handwritten. Initially I tried writing it on my laptop but I never got the flow.
My work never suffered. I keep my work away from my writing.
‘Your story motivates the youth for not losing hope’. What’s your view on that?
It’s great to hear you felt it that way! It’s an incredible feeling that my story is motivating the youth. It’s surreal. I actually didn’t realize it when a couple of them told me. But I am overwhelmed by the response from so many readers . . . they tell me they derive inspiration from LMR. They are reaching out to me to express their love for the book and the characters, even telling me their life stories and asking me suggestions and seeking guidance.
I believe the biggest reason for this is my characters are very real. There is Rishi Rai in each one of us. The youth correlates with him instantly, because he is young, cool, ambitious, eager to reach the stars, yet he is vulnerable, gets hurt and falls. Right now, the youth is chasing success and they often forget to enjoy the journey.The message in LMR is simple—follow your passion, and things will eventually fall in place. And this message is delivered in a story that is gripping, entertaining, and in a way that they will never forget.
Your protagonist belongs to the gaming industry. Pretty new thought. So, do you play games often? Are you one of those gaming addicts?
I am not a gaming addict. I do play games sometimes especially on my mobile. Also, my company GoodWorkLabs builds gaming apps on iOS and Android for global clients.
I introduced gaming because it is cool and it’s a rage among the youth; they connect with it easily across the globe.And next, I wanted my story tohave a romance that thrilled me totally and I figured what’s better than a combat gaming championship to bring Kyra and Rishi face-to-face for a fight. I wanted a sizzling chemistry and I made it possible through a kick-ass nail-biting game.
Every theme/topic/issue in LMR is very relevant to today’s world and the youth, and that’s exactly why the youth is connecting with the story.
‘Reading your book is like watching a blockbuster movie.’ Do you have any plans to approach the Bollywood with this story?
Majority of the readers feel that ‘Losing My Religion’ should be made into a Hollywood movie. Surprisingly very few of them mentioned Bollywood till now. Perhaps because the characters are all international, except Rishi.
Even critics and few people from film industry feel it’s perfect for a movie because it’s a complete plot and has everything to become a blockbuster. It’s too early for me to comment on anything. Only time will tell.
Are you currently working on a new project? Would you like to share something about that?
I am not working on any new project actively. Although I am very tempted to tell a story of a man set in the future. This idea is not leaving me in peace. Just like how LMR troubled me to write it. But I am not sure when I will start writing it.
Readers are also asking me to pen a sequel to LMR and even telling me to do it fast.It’s amazing for me as a storyteller that people are so excited to read my next book already. But honestly I do not know what will I write next and when will I write it. I have definitely promised myself that I won’t take another 5 years for the next one.
According to you, what’s the most difficult part about writing?
I would say romance. At least, romance, the way I wanted to write. I struggled with Kyra and Rishi’s love story for a long time. I rewrote that part 8 times. Last week a reader messaged me that I have redefined romance with Kyra and Rishi and all that hard work was paid off in that one message.
Also, characterization is definitely challenging. I researched a lot, worked a lot on different aspects to make the characters real. They now live, breathe and bleed.
Are you into reading? Who’s your favorite author? And your favorite book?
I do read, but not much. My fav author is Ayn Rand. Fountainhead is my fav book.
What’s the importance of writing in your life?
Writing and storytelling are my passion. I will continue to write stories that are meaningful and entertaining, in a trademark style that I have established. My readers will be entertained, always! And I will respect their intellect.
What is your advice for young and budding writers?
Write for yourself, never for a single moment doubt yourself or your story. You are your audience, your critic. The day you finish your book, if you are happy with it, then you are done. If it helps, remember this Rule no. 1 – Believe you are born to do great things, and you will.
Having said all that, please ensure you complete writing the story. I have heard that 99% of the writers don’t finish writing their story.
Your view about us, i.e., “The Author’s Blog”.
TAB team, you are doing a great job! Keep up the good work and you will go places!
One final question – Who is Vishwas Mudagal’s competition? Chetan Bhagat or Amish Tripathi? The comparison is natural because all three of you brought a unique concept to the market through the debuts and became bestsellers.
Vishwas Mudagal has no competition. Storytelling is my passion. I don’t think about writing in terms of competition, industry trends or commercial success.
So that was all from Vishwas Mudagal’s side. We hope you enjoyed this amazing interview session as much as we did. Thank you Vishwas sir for this incredible interview with TAB.
‘Losing My Religion‘ is the trending best-seller, grab your copy before it’s out of stock!
At times we come across things that make us laugh and at the same time, set things right. This small incident traces its steps back to a time when things could have gone wrong if not for the frivolous attitude of one of my friends.
Ram was an impulsive fellow. All his decisions were based on his mood and state of mind, then and there. So after having a nasty break-up with his girlfriend around 3rd semester results time, in which he failed, he decided to end his life. But instead, he was seen beating the door of Aryan’s room, cursing and abusing him. As soon as we heard the news we gathered around Aryan’s room and calmed him down. While other were busy talking to Ram as to why he was so angry, I took his phone to get any clue. Soon I found the sms-thread, the root cause of that dramatic scene. Here’s what it looked like –
Ram : I quit!
Aryan : Quit wat? college? grlfrnd? the band? library membershp? or being an asshole? 😛
Ram : I just dropped my bottle of poison… Fuck your timing!!!
Aryan : I have some rat poison… it can help.
Ram : Go to hell!
Aryan : I hav 2 go 2 d gym frst. You go. I will be rite behind u…
Ram : *@#$*@*@*$*&%*#@**&^@
Aryan : Fuk! I knew u wer one of those extra-terrestrial thngs… can u fly?
Ram : RUN
I showed it to the rest of group and we all burst into laughter. Everyone hugged and patted Ram’s back and warned him not do anything like this in future. All the anger on Ram’s face soon drained off. We called out Aryan outside and congratulated him for being an ass; which he actually was. His mischievous attitude served as savior of Ram’s life. Ram beat the shit out him in a play-fight later.
So this was one incident which made us laugh and set things right. Hope you guys enjoyed it too!
Yeah, I was feeling it. That was the best experience I ever had. The warmth of love, passion, care everything was hitting my senses. I closed my eyes. The warm air coming from a certain distance was now getting closer and deeper. I stupidly opened my eyes to sneak a peek of the incredible scene happening in front of me but after realizing it uncouth I immediately closed them without letting the source know about it. I wanted to feel it I wanted to wrap it in between my arms. And I did. I did it. Ha! I did it. A storm of emotions hit my senses as my lips touched the source of that warm air. We remained there of a quite a long time and eventually, satisfied and fulfilled our lips parted away.
As far as vision went, rough and drought affected land was reflecting sepia to the eyes. But, yeah, a giant stage was breaking the continuity of famine affected terra firma. The stage was as big as a huge size pond which would be enough to serve water to the whole town. People had started to gather in front of stage. Their white turbans which had not been washed for last four years had now become pale because of their sweat. Their eyes were half in hope and half in terror. They hadn’t seen this before but if it worked that would be a whole life changing happening. A lot of cacophony was breaking the death silence of wasteland.
The stage was decorated in all white. Three long white curtains were hanging freely and flowing towards backstage due to burning desert breeze. Four men were standing on stage with white guitar in their hands. Eyes closed, calm nerve, numb face…nothing was moving in them. A knee long white jacket was enveloping their emotionless body. A few drummers were also there in same attire and same impassive gesture.
‘Sir, Stage is ready.’ Man in big mustache said looking through the ajar door.
A well built man in his late twenties sitting naked on a couch in a green room, looked up after inhaling weed from the ticklish naval of a girl lying naked on her lap. Giggling uncontrollably. His eyes were red as he saw that man on door. He realized ‘it’s the time’. He threw that girl off of his lap and her golden waistband detached from her belly. He slipped in knee long red jacket and obscured his head with long black hood which was attached to jacket. He then picked his red guitar and moved with that man towards the stage.
As he immersed to the stage, cacophony of crowd again vanished in the deaths of inhospitable surroundings. Every single eye was at the man standing on the stage. He removed hood from his face and his eyes dazzled even in evening light. It took two minutes to recover from glare and he took the hands off from his face. He then removed his jacket and threw it in the crowd. As soon as he exposed naked, a strong thunder lightening almost scared the people around. A sudden wave of squeal pierced the silence of desert. He comprehended the signal of acceptance. He realized that was time. He held his guitar. Drug was already running in his veins and now he was feeling it. He felt very light on his feet as he touched the guitar string. He yanked on the mike and held it tight near his mouth. A turnaround of his faith and simultaneously of town was about to commence.
People were becoming restless.
In no time he started singing. The other men were just following his composition. As the song progressed the light breeze started turning into strong, powerful wind. Crowd was finding difficult to stay at their place. They were hiding their eyes and turning their head in the direction of wind. But on contrary the five men on the stage were calm and unaffected, erect and levitating at their position. As levitation started, as their feet untouched the stage, as they ended their song, the sand near the stage began to sink towards the bottom ridge of stage. Crowd standing near the stage backed up in utter disbelief. A formation of chasm had started below the stage. The whole stage was now sinking with the sand to nowhere. But unlike the stage, the five men were still levitated, hanging in air, hooked to nothing. The stage had now entirely submerged in sand and there was no sign of it as if it never had been there. Five men levitated in the air opened their eyes as once again the eerie silence was spreading in the desert. They smiled looking at the desirous faces and dry lips in crowd. They spread their hands upward looking at the sky and in a fraction of a second they were dragged powerfully in the sand which had now turned in water with their jump. The thrust was so powerful that the splashed water sprinkled at each and every person in the crowd. The town was now, after the several years, blessed with a pond. They proclaimed with joy “musical martyrdom has been accepted”.
Been a while since we posted our last interview. A bit busy dealing with the complexities of life. But don’t worry, we are here with of new guest of honor, Mr. Suraj Clark Prasad.
A lil’ about Clark.
Name : Suraj Clark Prasad Book : Baramulla Bomber Website : www.clarkprasad.com Facebook : www.facebook.com/surajprasadk
Enjoy this lil’ interview session with Clark.
‘Baramulla Bomber’ tell us something about it first. How’s the response from the readers? The book is a child of mine. And it will grow and evolve over the years. The response has been pleasant, where some reviews and thoughts from readers made me emotional. While for few I felt I could not satisfy them. The fact is the book is not everyone. It is a Techno Mythology Thriller, meant for a intellectual mind. The book will take time to sink in the minds.
Story-line of your novel seems to be pretty unusual. Was there any kind of doubt that ‘would it work’ or something when you decided to write the novel? When I wrote it, the only thing what on my mind was to write something not experienced in the Indian market before. But when the manuscript started getting rejection, and I had to hear that it will not work, some doubt was there. But I thought “just push on”.
‘Writing’, what is the importance of this word in your life? Immortality and magic. Giving your views which will be read for a hundred, thousand years, till civilization exist. As Carl Sagan put it, ” A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennium, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic”
Do you remember your first creation? What was it about? My first creation was drawing of space-ships and universe. And even Lego rockets and space ships. The truth is out there and I want to believe we are not alone. And I wish I am alive when the first contact happens! (or has it happened?)
How and when did you enter the writer’s world? By chance, By destiny… not sure. I was in search of an identity and thought that why cannot I use my ideas and creativity to create a one of a kind thriller. A thriller which looks how to solve the Kashmir crisis. This would have not been possible if I had not watched Shawshank Redemption in 2009, and post watching it, I felt that I need to be free from my jail. That is how Baramulla Bomber started. The first words… Yaa Allah!
What was your source of inspiration? What inspires you now? Trying to fulfill a promise was my source of inspiration. Fulfilling my parents dream and making a mark in Planet Earth is inspiring me now.
Do you like reading? Who’s your favorite author? Favorite Book? Thrillers, Suspense, Espionage books. Author: Robin Cook, Dan Brown, Mathew Reilly, James Rollins Fav Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
What are your plans for future?(In writing field and in general life) Writing: Complete the trilogy, and write more on few other ideas General : Get married and change the relationship status of FB 🙂
What is the hardest thing about writing? It is a lonely job. A very lonely life while writing. And once you have written something, making someone believe in you to pay a price and read your words.
What is your advice for budding writers? Keep pushing. Do not let environment around you stop your dream coming true. First you need to dream, this dream will turn into a vision and then a vision to reality… so says Mansur Haider in Baramulla Bomber.
Your words for ‘The Author’s Blog’. Keep up the good work. Blogs like yours help the author and readers connect. This is not an easy job. But it is done with passion, and with passion comes sincerity. Best of luck!
So this was it with Mr. Clark. Best wishes from team TAB for his current and the upcoming books. We hope you guys enjoyed this lil’ Chit-Chat session with Mr. Clark. Stay tuned, we’ll be back with some more authors and blogger.
Keep Writing… Keep reading.