Interview with DHANANJAYA PARKHE

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to be a Mentor which I could not get. In my lifetime, I was lucky to have Mentors at different stages and I felt that with the multi-functional, multi-talents and multi-skills that they helped me acquire over the years make me one capable to help C-Level Executives and I began Mentoring C-Suite Executives.
I visited few Universities and incubation centres and some Startup entrepreneurs visited me and I was happy to guide them. An idea germinated - why not publish the experiences and what I have shared with these Startups including my experiences as a failed entrepreneur in the form of an ebook. I found Amazon Kindle Publishing very useful. Not only I found how to publish an ebook but also paperbacks and put it on several publishing websites like Books2Read and Draft2Digital.
I have so far published One Series of Five Parts on Startup Mentoring - now writing the second part of the C-Suite Mentoring and also published my "Corporate Bard Writes" set of poems that I wrote over 25 years.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is in sharing and when one of the Mentee/ Reader comes back and tells me that the knowledge shared was useful.
I believe, this is my personal CSR - Giving back to Society which has given me so much over the years.
What do your fans mean to you?
I do have huge following on Social Media but I don't know if they are fans as we follow each other for the good we see in each other. I interact personally by email, phone, Skype or physical meeting with as many network connections I have on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook etc. This helps me to understand and appreciate them better. It also augments my own learning effort as I believe we can learn from each other and Learning never ends.
What are you working on next?
I shall complete the Series C-Suite Mentor of which Part I is already published. Next - may be a collection of my Amateur Drawings and Paintings in Watercolor.
One of my pet themes is to put these paintings for an Exhibition/Auction some day and donate the proceeds to the two NGOs I support who are doing wonderful work in Eyecare and Diabetic care.
Who are your favorite authors?
My early favorites were Hindi and Marathi authors. I liked spy novels and stories. I also have several management and self-help book authors as my favorites. In the recent years though, I have followed the Mentor - Dr. Marshall Goldsmith more and more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being Healthy and Fresh. I look forward to my morning Long Walks, listening to music on my smartphone, visit to a temple, networking with other walkers - getting inspiration, new ideas, thoughts.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
One of my Gurus of Management told me to pick up a hobby once I retire from Corporate life and I chose Drawing and Painting. It keeps me busy. I also love Cricket, Football, Movies ( I was a Censor Board Advisor!) and TV serials. I love to network and visit all my favorite network websites several times a day for updates.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I subscribe to many newsletters. Bookboon, pdfdrive, get abstract, change this etc. are ones which recommend chapters or full free ebooks for reading or download. Amazon Kindle also send me few tips and suggestions.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was in an Hindi examination wherein I wrote a story about the Rupee and its journey - I wrote about 60 pages ! and was failed by the teacher who did not approve of it.
Another was about a Motorbike Roadie who participated in a World Bike Rally. Never published it.
What is your writing process?
I gather my thoughts on Google Keep, Notes, handwritten notes, diaries, planners and organisers and skim through when I have decided to write. Thus when I wrote the 200 articles on Linkedin Pulse - one almost daily - I was never short of ideas or thoughts.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I still remember the Alligator and Monkey on a Jamun (Black plum/ Blackberry) Tree story wherein both are good friends and share the fruits together till the alligator gets greedy and wants to Eat Monkey's SWEET heart! And how the monkey fools him by saying he hangs his heart at a particular tree so that it remains safe. :)
How do you approach cover design?
Usually, my own or my wife's paintings ( she is a professional artist and does Oil paintings) or the covers which the Createspace, Draft2Digital offer free - sometimes I purchase the cover design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith's books - I learnt and practiced Executive Coaching and Mentoring.
2. Dale Carnegie - How to influence people in business.
3. Robert Heller - Super Managers
4. Philip Kotler - Marketing Management
5. Edward De Bono books on Lateral Thinking and Serious creativity
What do you read for pleasure?
Newspapers, News websites.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Mac or Smart phone. I do have iPad but I find it heavy.
Describe your desk
I sit on the corner towards the wall of a Large Sheesham wood Dining Table and do not like clutter. May have both my mobiles near me a notebook, Pen, Water, Tea mat to keep the tea cup.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I had humble beginnings. My father was in Government service and died when I was 12. My mother raised me- she was a teacher, philanthropist who dedicated her life to tribal children education.
I began part-time work at 12 and did many menial jobs before picking up Selling on Commission to meet my education expenses.
Merit, Merit cum Poverty scholarships and Freeships by Big donors in College helped me complete my education.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first poem when I was 11.
Published 2017-10-24.
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