Dr. Nitya Prakash 

Dear Friends, 
 The name Dr. Nitya Prakash needs no introductions. He is an Indian author with 6 published titles, a learning & development professional and is a film writer. He is honoured by Karamveer Chakra award (2016), which is a National People award for Citizen Social justice and action instituted by citizens and people of India. It is my pleasure to interview him. - Dr. Prerna Singla.


Q. Tell me about your literary journey and how with each phase of your life it contributed towards your career? What is your success mantra?
It’s been an incredible journey (and not always an easy one). Allah called my father to rest in peace when I was two years old. I never had any interest in what other boys of my age were into. No cars and no action man figures. It was all about the books for me. At the age of eleven I wrote my first article for The Times of India. After completing my formal education I started my career with MicroSave (A Bill & Melinda Gates foundation company) and then I worked for a couple of years in ICICI Bank as an International Trade Finance Manager. But, I never found myself in the medium; it was too scattered for me. My professional w3riting journey started with writing research papers on microfinance and then Dear, I Hate You. My first novel was a tribute to my girlfriend who passed away in a car accident and it fetched immense love and respect from the readers and critics.

Q. What according to you is more important in a good write; a good expression and emotion or only the language skill? What according to you is a good write?
Good writers often break rules—but they know they’re doing it! Written words have the ability to move us emotionally as much as any other form of self-expression.  Outstanding writing produces a similar emotional response for me as I experience from music or visual arts. Just like a musician isn’t going to create something revolutionary every time they sit down to compose, it’s difficult to produce those results consistently with writing.  Yet some writers and musicians are able to consistently achieve amazing results.  And, the way to achieve this for your own writing is actually simple enough to say in one sentence: If it doesn’t move you emotionally, don’t write it. I know that sounds like I’m oversimplifying it, but the truth is you can’t force writing about something you’re not genuinely interested in and expect it to move others.  But if it’s something you are interested in and invest emotion behind it, you really can’t fail and your writing will show it.

Q. India has a literacy rate of 74.04% (2011 figure), yet it seems to lack quality education and a good knowledge base. Do you feel that various cultural beliefs and the way of living play a dominant factor in the same? What according to you can be done to enrich the quality of education in India?
In Mahabharata, Pandavas and Kauravas went through a mentor-led education. Drona took meticulous care of his students. He not only taught them skillsets, but also provided them opportunities to use the creativity & skills in real life (like fighting a war with Drupada) while doing the studies. The present educational system hampers the creativity of the students by exposing the students to the contents of the lecture and ideas of the other students without giving them any time to think about the topic. Psychology has shown that this produces a bunch of conformists and less number of innovative ideas; the same reason why brainstorming has been proved to be ineffective. I believe we must restart the mentor-led education system.

Q. Tell us something about your upcoming book “The Black Indian”?
The Black Indian is a general fiction and it is the first novel based on Indian Racism. This is my most challenging project as the book demanded research, time and dedication. 

Q. You have been nominated for 2016 Karmaveer Puraskaar.  How do you feel?
It does feel great, especially when you've worked on something for this long a period of time. I keep saying to people, this is not for me but for the mission to teach underprivileged children.

Q. With more emphasis towards the English language, do you feel that the importance of Hindi language is diminishing? Sanskrit is a language not much spoken by the people today. Do you think that Hindi language might also meet the fate someday?
Hindi is part of one of the oldest religious and literary traditions in the world – traditions that have influenced other religions and works of art, whether we realise it or not. As such Hindi is incredibly important in the historic development of the world’s cultures, and well worth not just honouring, but studying. Anyone with an interest in world history or languages would do well to do a little bit of intense reading on the subject of Hindi. Having said that, according to me, all the recognized official languages of India are important and it is the responsibility of the central government, state governments and the people of India to protect and nurture all these languages, respect them and celebrate the diversity of India with respect to languages. Hindi is important for the country. But imposing Hindi on all Indians is not. It already has its place. Maintaining status quo is the way to go!

Q. Tell us how it is to be an author, a screenwriter and an entrepreneur?
I’ve always been a dreamer, imagining a life that defied norms. At the same time, I always did as I was supposed to instead of pursuing those dreams. I became an author by chance and because of my books I became a screenwriter. When most people think of working in movies, they picture the red carpet, the glitz and glamour, flashbulbs going off like fireworks on Diwali. Well, working in movies as a screenwriter is just like that but without the red carpet, the glitz and the flashbulbs. It is a grueling assault on your mind and body. It is a high-pressure, six-days-a-week war that will test your limits and still demand more. A few weeks into a shoot you forget the rest of the world even exists – it’s simply you and whatever it is that you were told to do. On the other hand running a business is exciting and challenging. With customers to deal with, clients contacting you at any hour of the day, products to maintain and possibly even staff to manage, operating a business is very intensive. You may be technically minded, but running a profitable business is a different thing altogether. We reached our breakeven point after two weeks of its inception. But yes the experience is terrific as I am learning new things every day.

Q. You master the skills of finance. What one advice on handling finances would you like to give to everyone irrespective of their income?
Take Control of Your Own Financial Future. If you don't learn to manage your own money, other people will find ways to (mis)manage it for you. Some of these people may be ill-intentioned, like unscrupulous commission-based financial planners. Others may be well-meaning, but may not know what they're doing, like your grandmother who really wants you to buy a house even though you can only afford a rented property. Instead of relying on others for advice, take charge and read a few basic books on personal finance. Once you're armed with personal finance knowledge, don't let anyone catch you off guard. Understanding how money works is the first step toward making your money work for you.

Q. Who would you give credit of your success?
Everyone – my family, my teachers, my friends and my readers. Today, we are in constant contact with our fans and they are as much a part of my family as my family is. Just like with any friend, we share laughter and tears and encourage each other. They touch me deep in my heart and I adore all the smiles they give me. There’s not a day that goes by I don’t choke up from their thoughtfulness. It can be a simple statement of, “Love your books” or the photo of someone with a tattoo of my books, a quote from the series or a photo of my books sitting on your shelves. I love the glimpses into their lives. I cherish every one and they all inspire me to write.

Q. There are certain life time experiences in everyone’s life that alter a person’s life, experiences that constitute the most of what he/she becomes, experiences that change you forever. Please share with us some of your experiences with life?
The real world is complicated. Don’t seek simple answers. Seek instead complete answers. Don’t be satisfied with what people tell you. Always look for the full picture, and discard everything that does not meet the test of logic and reason. Always strive towards a greater understanding of the world, without settling for dogma or over-simplicity. Every action has a consequence. And always remember that you are free – and with this freedom comes the necessity, burden and power of choice.

Dr. Nitya with Passion, his loving pet.

Q. What are your future plans?
Even I don’t know! I believe that success is a never ending journey so no ultimate ambition but yet I aspire to be a statesman in the future.

Q. If you get a chance to be re-born as Nitya Prakash, would you like to change something in your life?

Q. What advice would you give to our readers who wish to pursue writing as their career?
Yes, I would just forward what I was advised by an eminent person, the first and the foremost is that first read a hundred books before writing a book. Reading good authors gives an insight to the essence of writing. Today, with 3 novels and 6 text-books under my belt, I think writing is really tough and I have a deep appreciation for those who choose to do it as a full-time job. It’s amazing how much goes on behind the scenes when publishing a book. The number of people who are there to tear your work apart and build it back up into something even better is amazing. It’s a tough process, but I encourage everyone to give it a try…at least once.

Q. What do you think about Hall of Poets International ezine and what message would you give to our readers?
A truly brilliant initiative! It was a joy to discover 'Hall of Poets'. A great way to include poetry in the life of people. My only message to your readers is "Read widely in the genre you’re writing in. And go easy on yourself. Everyone has their own pace.  Persistence is as important as productivity."

Dr. Prerna Singla 
Chief- Editor 
Hall of Poets 

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