Rajesh Rao


I have always had a passion for writing. It all started when i was working with the Maharashtra Amateur Boxing Association as the co-ordinator of the association. While writing letters to different organizations for fund raising and for permissions for various tournaments and championships.

Later, I started writing essays based on my own experiences of life and around my first experiences. though they were never published, I have been told by many who read them that i had the gift to write. Thus, I started working on my first novel which though started in 2005 was not completed till 2008 and finally has been published here on smashwords only this year.

I plan on writing and publishing more novels. I love writing fiction and will also dabble in other genres like horror, crime and romance.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Actually, I have always dreamed of being a writer in the conventional sense of the word. However, after I wrote this novel about five years ago and after approaching some of the well known names in the traditional publishing business, I never got any correspondence from them, no acceptance letter (as expected) but then no rejection letter either (quite unexpected). That is when I started looking at other evnues for being published. I even tried getting published on vanity publishing sites. However, they never take your work seriously and so I finally took the plunge at self publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is in itself a thing of beauty (which as they say is a joy for ever). However, as a writer I find it relaxing and refreshing to tell the various smaller stories that I have been through when I was in different stages in this life. Whether it is from my school days, college life or as a boxing coach I have always had memories that I want to tell whoever is ready to listen.
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Where to find Rajesh Rao online


Champ, A Rags To Riches Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,380. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Among the hundreds of wannabes, it takes a lot of guts and gumption as also strong character to rise above the multitudes and conquer the pinnacle of passion. Be it in a profession or passion. The protagonist in the novel faces not just the opponents in the ring, but also the challenges that come to face him with panache. That is the true hallmark of a champion.

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  • Vassalhood on April 01, 2015

    This is a novel that holds a lot of promise and though it enraptures the reader, they may be forced to think at times as to whether a ten year old can really pull off all the things that Tim Banks has done in the facility. And then what is confusing is that there are many facts that seem to be unexplained at the end of the book and the ending itself is abrupt. That kills the appetite