Well, I was out on a expensive shopping trip with my girlfriend (which I had gifted her). While she and her friends were in the trial room (which, usually takes around eternity!), I had nothing else to do rather than guessing the bill. There I saw a lady, old, may be 50, wrinkles on her face guarding the ladies changing room, she was the lady security guard there, for keeping an eye on number of clothes women take inside. I had a very strong urge to go up to her and talk! I spoke to her for five minutes, and my heart melted. She was 51, wearing a pant, shirt and a cap, working as a security guard. Her husband was disabled, her two boys were doing engineering, and she alone earned and provided food, shelter to the family,and education to her kids. I was taken aback by the lady's determination! I asked her, how much did she earn? The reply baffled me! Her one month's salary was my one month's petrol bill. In those five minutes she poured her heart out. I walked away with heavy heart and decided that no matter what, I would write a book, which would contain this lady's and many other inspirational stories of struggle and optimism. This way the idea emerged. I went and interviewed 7 different women, ranging from Manager of a multinational bank, to a lady security guard outside the ladies changing room in a shopping mall. Well, that was long!
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on part-2 of the book "The Poetry Of A Common Indian Female: Real Women, Real Stories of Hope and Optimism!". The second part will contain '11' real inspirational stories of common Indian women. Who knows, I might write a book about women with no nationality barrier! I would love to do that. Because I truly believe that every woman on this planet earth is special, and worthy of being an Inspiration to billions!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Words! They scream loudly inside me, wanting to get out.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I just observe everything. Bit of cricket, music and how can you forget girlfriend? (especially when you are in a relationship for a long time. :))
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through Smashwords. Here in India we have flipkart- largest player in ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a completely fictional story. I still have a 16 page treatment that I had written. I am planning to publish it soon. It's all magic, flying, powers etc. Hold your breath!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Control on what I wanted to write and share with the world. The book which I wrote and published was rejected many times. But, I did not lose hope and self-published. The result and response is phenomenal!
What is your writing process?
Not fixed as such. It usually comes in bursts. I type, I record, I write. My friends hate me when I start writing in the middle of a movie. That works for me. Every author may find a formula that works for them.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not read perhaps, I heard the first and the most influential story from my granny. It was about an orphan boy who was god's child.
How do you approach cover design?
Absolutely essential! You need, need to have a good cover. What's the use if your masterpiece does not look classy?
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that is available!
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Whether a manager of a multinational bank or a lady security guard outside the ladies changing room in any shopping mall- A common Indian woman (in that case, any nationality!) fights all the circumstances with head on attitude! They can go to any limit for looking after their children and family.