Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a child, I have grown up listening to the amazing stories of the Indian epics like Ramanaya and Mahabharata.
With respect to reading full fledged novels, I can recollect two incidents vividly. When I was around 12 years old, my uncle gifted me a Thesaurus and me a PG Wodehouse novel. I could not understand so many words there and the thesaurus came in handy.
A year later, an aunt asked me to read Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. I was just reading about the 3 dimensions at school and suddenly, Asimov was talking about the fourth dimension and other concepts. I picked up sci-fi again during my engineering days. I did a Humanities course in IIT Madras on "Science Fiction - An Appreciation."
What are your five favorite books, and why?
All of PG Wodehouse books. What a wonderful world he creates.
R.K. Narayan's Malgudi Days - once again, he magically creates a beautiful world, and with such simplicity
The Yes Minister and the Yes Prime Minister books. Such gripping political intrigue and so delightful a characterization of the 3 protagonists.
Asimov's Foundation series and A.C. Clarke's Odyssey books - vivid imagination
What do you read for pleasure?
I browse Bill Waterson's Calvin and Hobbes comics. He is a genius. His thoughts expressed through Calvin is profound and ageless.
When did you first start writing?
My first writing was for a local newspaper in Madras. The paper was called Mambalam Times and I remember having written an article on Rajaji, one of the freedom fighters and statesmen of India.
Then I was editor of IIT Madras campus magazine, Focus. That was a time when I was prolific in writing short stories - writing, conducting and winning creative writing contests:) I have some happy memories of winning at student festivals in India like Mardi Gras and Oasis.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am a first time author and looking to build a base of followers to my work. I leverage the usual social media suspects like Twitter, blog site in Wordpress and LinkedIn.
Recently I got interviewed by a local FM radio station in Bangalore. With the RJ promoting my book, I saw a 35% jump in followers in 1 day (base was small to start with).
What's the story behind your latest book?
How did I come to write this book? I think a start-up mood, an impending mid-life crisis and a benevolent turn of mind, all combined to make it possible. I started my own company a couple of years back. With so much creative stuff happening and the fact that I was rapidly approaching forty, which is, as everyone knows, the new twenty, my right brain must have been activated.
Therefore, I decided to write this book and get one more item off my bucket-list. However, a book needs a cause. This is where the IT professional comes in. He is a much-ridiculed animal and is often pictured as a nerdy software engineer; a socially inept geek who is more comfortable with machines than with people. However, this one-dimensional geeky perception is far from the truth. I know the IT professional because I was one before I crossed over to the dark side. He is a decent chap and I have decided to set his story right.
Thus emerged Decoding Love : It's Tangled
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My periappa, Shri K. Parthasarathy. He is master story-teller and has written over 800 short stories. He encouraged me to write this book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a cleantech entrepreneur and run a company called Innokriti Cleantech that designs water systems for cities and villages in India. I work with technology start-ups and research the history of Indian IT.
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