Sunday, August 17, 2014

Author Interview: Nitish Krishna: The Mystery Of Bila Land: Quest For The Lost Land

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Nitish is a Business and Market Intelligence professional currently working with an MNC. He has an MBA degree from Ohio University with a total experience of 8 years in strategic and business research. His passions include collecting old comics, writing stories, reading and travelling. The Mystery of Bila Land is his first book. The story is inspired from a dream he had at the age of twelve.

Nitish is currently working on his second book, Quest for the lost land, which will complete the fascinating journey of Vibhas.

To know more about Nitish, please visit -www.nitishkrishnathewriter.com
Nitish can be contacted at nitishthestoryteller@gmail.com
Video Link for the Book trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XoNp-Wd0CI

Welcome Nitin!

·         Your real name and pen name?
I am Nitish Krishna

·         Please share some of the best memories of your childhood

It’s very difficult for me to list out one best memory because almost everything I did till the age of 10 remains among the best of memories. To point out a few - staying in the defense quarters, making friends from different cultures and parts of country, cycling to school, playing with friends, vacation in Calcutta.

·         About your education

I studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore for the first twelve years and went on to pursue Engineering from MS Ramaiah Institute of Tech, Bangalore. Then, I chose to pursue MBA in Marketing from Ohio University.

·         What career did you plan during your education days

I wanted to be an Astronomer when I was in school. Then I was put into the rat race of engineering, MBA, Corporate jobs etc. Never had the time to think or plan, was a confused soul all through my education days J

·         What languages you can speak and write?

I speak and write English and Hindi. I also speak (only) Kannada and Tulu.

·         What is your biggest source of inspiration in life

A few books – The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma, Many Lives Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss, Bhagwad Gita.

A few Movies – Pursuit of Happyness, Swades, Lakshya.

Life stories of great leaders, sportsmen, celebrities who made it big by dedication and hard work (Lots of them, cannot name one or two)

·         What hurts you most in this world

Terrorism, Religion and Caste differences

·         If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?

I would want to go back as a King of one of the powerful kingdoms during Satyuga, Tretayuga or Dwapayuga, about six thousand years back and see how people lived in those times.

·         What is your favorite genre and why?

Thriller fiction and Self help. Thriller keeps me gripped and interested in reading, Self-help books from a few authors are really a good source to leading a great life

·         When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?

I started writing in 2009. I was always interested in storytelling and had ideas to share. Even while watching movies, I concentrate more on the screenplay and the way the story has been told from a director’s and writer’s point of view. It was a challenge for someone like me to get it right. The main purpose of my writing was to get over “fear”. Yes, you read it right “fear”. Writing was something I thought was not my cup of tea and needed great skills. I wanted to anyhow get that feeling off me and conquer it. It gave me immense pleasure when I wrote and personal happiness within that just made me a different person altogether in the last five years.

·         Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?

The Mystery of Bila Land, my first book is published and available across all the major online stores. The Mystery of Bila Land is a fast paced journey of a man, Vibhas, who meets his destiny in the land of Bilas somewhere in the midst of the mighty Himalayan belts. Following is a blurb
“A warrior meditating at the foot of snow-capped mountains, surrounded by vibrant flowers with a flowing water stream nearby.
 A warrior meditating inside a dark cave with water flowing over his head through a large hole on the roof.
 A warrior fighting a battle, with chaos all around.”
What do these dreams signify for Vibhas? Why are these visuals hounding him for the past fifteen years? Who is this warrior? What is his dream trying to make him realize?

The key to these questions is found in the midst of a trek to the mighty Himalayas, when Vibhas splits up from his trekking group and enters the gorgeous land of the Bilas, a local tribe belonging to a forest in the Himalayan mountains.
The shocking truth about his dreams is revealed in the Bila Land, which hosts all the places that he has been seeing in his dreams for the past fifteen years.
However, there is more than just the answers to his dreams to be found here. As truth after truth gets unveiled, Vibhas realizes that what Bila Land has to offer him is an experience that no human kind has had in a thousand years or more.

·         What are your forthcoming writings?

I am working on my second book, “The Quest for the lost land”. Even this is a story of Vibhas, the protagonist of “The Mystery of Bila Land”.

·         What are your future plans?

Just keep writing and move closer towards happiness.

·         What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?

First - The story, whatever be it, I would never comprise with my story anytime during writing. If I am stuck, I take a break and get back rather than just filling up something for the sake of it. Second – It should be simple and easy to understand. I would like my story to be widely understood across age groups. Third - the flow of the events should be proper. Fourth – re read-re write, re read-re write and re read-re write until I get to the best possible result.

·         How much real life goes into a fiction writing?

A lot. I guess every story is inspired from some real incident or the other.

·         Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author?

Every job, every business, every sport need somewhat high level of imagination for someone to be successful. For an author, yes, it is very important to be on the highest levels of imagination as many stories may appear to have the similar gist, but the kind of backdrop that an author adds is important for every single story to stand out.

·         Your dream destination on Earth?

Kailash Mansarovar

·         Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed. What best things you liked in these countries around the globe?

I was born in Mangalore. I have travelled to Sri Lanka. I liked the friendly culture and the people of the Island

·         Your favorite time of the day?

Early mornings

·         Your zodiac/ sunsign?

Taurus

·         Your favorite color and why?

Blue. It attracts me.

·         What is the last book you finished reading? What is the current book you are reading?

“The Leader Who Had No Title” by Robin Sharma. I need to start reading the latest book by Ashwin Sanghi called “Private India”

·         Your favorite book and why?

I have a list. “The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari”, “The God of Small Things”, “Sea of Poppies”,”Chankya’s Chant”, “Jaya, An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata”

·         Your favorite movie and why?

Hollywood - Pursuit of Happyness, Forest Gump, Cast Away, Raiders of Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan
Bollywood - Swades, Lakshya, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Golmal (Old, 1970s), Chupke Chupke (Old), Choti Si Baat

·         Your favorite food?

I have Varieties of favourites - Hyderabadi Biryani, Tandoori Chicken, Punjabi Cuisine, Andhra Cuisine, Sea food cuisine from Mangalore and Goa.

·         Some quickies:

Sun or Moon - Moon
Laughter or Smile – Laughter
Morning or Evening – Evening
Coffee or Tea – Tea
Mountain or Sea – Mountain
Long Drive or Short Drive – Long Drive
Silence or Conversation – Silence
Water or Fire – Water
Air or Earth – Earth
Mars or Jupiter – Jupiter
Tulip or Rose – Tulip
Red or Blue – Blue
Left or Right – Right
Glance or Stare – Glance

·         State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote

“Go ahead and chase your dreams”!

·         Links
Twitter - @nitishkrishna
Youtube Video Trailer of the book - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XoNp-Wd0CI







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