Dibyendu Choudhury has curated two wonderful books , Be the Leader , Not a Boss and Mystery of Lankeshwari Devi : The Vault of Nagas.
Q1) What inspired you to be an author?
Writing research papers and books is a component of my line of work because I am a teacher. While I was writing books, I considered changing directions and considering writing thrillers as a form of fiction. I read a lot of novels, and I’ve read practically all of the ones in this genre. The combination of fiction, adventure, mystery, and thriller with Indian mythology has long seemed to me to be missing from this genre. Thus, the Mystery of Lankeshwari Devi: The Vault of Nagas from the Nagloka Series was eventually written. The first instalment in that series is this one.
Q2) How did you decide the plot for Be the Leader , Not a Boss ?
Of course, this is nonfiction and was created with the goal of pushing leaders and business owners to achieve excellence. It was written from the standpoint of business/management education. I got lost in reading Indian mythical tales while I was writing MLDVN and came across a number of untold yet excellent tales that I decided to start collecting. Because of the shared theme or source of inspiration from Indian mythology, both books were thus created virtually concurrently. All Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises, particularly the Tourism Sector, were hit by COVID. While conducting research, the thought occurred to me: Beyond COVID, what qualities does the industry value in a leader? I conducted an international internet survey and discovered the top 21 qualities. adapted those qualities and the pertinent, largely untold stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata to fit them. In all instances, Krishna and Ram took on the role of the main characters, respectively. Modern leadership, nevertheless, also develops and fosters other leaders. Thus, a case let of multiple pertinent stories appeared here. The younger generations will also benefit from this book by understanding the value of our culture and prior history. People who have never studied our myths will find it to be an intriguing read as well.
Q3) “Mystery of Lankeshwari Devi”. How did the thought of this book come to your mind and what was the research procedure that went behind it.
The actual location of Lankeshwari Devi Temple is Sonpur, Odisha. Paschima Lanka is the ancient name for that region. There is folklore there that connects to Lanka. When I arrived in Sri Lanka via the Ramayana Trail from the northernmost point of Jaffna, I turned around and saw that the location actually lies on the western side of Lanka. I became captivated and so I began to plan this story. In India, there are a number of unidentified temples, each of which I think has a single tale. We should place the utmost value on them and our heritage. Therefore, everything in this thriller—aside from the characters and the plot—is true. The combination of fiction and reality increased readers’ interest in the book, which has already sold more than 1000 copies in the past few months. Seeing the various evaluations and comments from my readers makes me very happy and motivated. I can tell they want to find out what comes next. From an entrepreneurial standpoint, this was a ground-breaking product that had just hit the market. A product is feasible if it has sparked consumer interest and desire, which is then met by demand.
Q4) Do you thinking writing helps to better your mental health?
Without a doubt, writing helps us realize just how little we actually know. This helps the author to remain modest and grounded. Imagination and creativity generate new brain cells, which ultimately lead to happiness. Any time an author creates a protagonist for a novel, it usually represents a deep desire that has always been a part of him. The protagonist also often accomplishes things that are out of this world, which gives the author and readers a mental boost.
Q5) Nowadays the youth is losing the habit of writing. What is your take on this topic ?
The newer generations have less of a tendency to read books as a habit because everything is now available online in this age of technology when everything was available online. The accessibility of video and audio content online, whether it be for academic purposes or for purposes linked to amusement, is the factor that is most likely responsible for this phenomenon. That means youth is losing the habit of creative writing. Creative writing is all about reflection of mind through words. This doesn’t mean, however, that these younger people are less imaginative than us, rather I would say they’re more imaginative than us because their reflections are coming out through different medium e.g. Animations, Video Games or Digital Modern Arts etc.
At this point, any and every information can be found on the internet, the vast majority of which is also accessible in video format. In contrast to when they read books, people tend to feel calmer when they watch movies. Everything that was formerly only available in printed form is now also accessible via the internet. Books written by earlier authors are known to be enthralling, and readers enjoy reading them very much. However, in today’s society, individuals favour watching its content in video format over reading its books. People prefer to watch these ancient epics on video rather than read them, and the oldest epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharat, have both been compiled into video formats. Due to the fact that most people would rather watch movies than read novels, numerous novels that are popular among readers have been adapted into films.
Q6) You have an interest in mentoring as well. How did you manage time of so many activities.
My job as a professor of marketing management requires that I act as a mentor to my students. As part of this role, I conduct multiple training sessions for my students who are either aspiring entrepreneurs or already operating their own businesses. My past time has always been writing, and it continues to be a pleasure of mine. Additionally, writing and publishing are components of our line of work. Therefore, at any case I had been already into writing and for that I didn’t had to do anything extra. Nevertheless, writing novels, particularly in the “Thriller” genre, is incredibly exciting, and it provides a unique form of gratification that I had not previously attained through the other types of writing that I was interested in.
Q7) What is one advice you want to give to the young authors?
My next book will be titled “Do It By Yourself (DIY) – How to Write Fast Fiction,” and it will be published very soon. There, I’ve written that repeated practice is the key to success. Before going to bed, we should try to write at least one creative stanza each day as practice. This could be taken from the book that we enjoy reading the most or it could be our own words. However, writing in a diary each night is an extremely useful practice that could one day help us become published authors.
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