In an Interesting conversation with Vibha Ma’am, the author of the book “No Longer Caged”, i discovered much about the book as well as about publishing in today’s world. read on for the whole interview.
About the Book
It was his disability that caged Nakul from within – to voice out the words he longed to express. His self-confidence was severely hurt as he graduated from being a child who stammers, to a youth who fears to express himself. Unfortunately, one after another, Nakul lost his loved ones – the ones who were his universe. Just released from prison; before embarking upon his new life, a nostalgic Nakul decided to pay one last visit to his house which carried fond memories of the bygone days and stumbles upon the last gift that Rishabh had left for him, days before he was murdered. This gift turns out to be “the impulse” that gives Nakul the ability to believe in himself and realize his true potential. Oscillating through the scenes of unconditional love, the matchless bond of friendship and a simplistic, yet soulful connect of love, No Longer Caged, is a beautiful saga of embracing one’s true worth as a human being – liberated, unrestricted and not subjected to the beliefs of the world.
Q1) In India, there are many kids just like the protagonist of the book “No Longer Caged” who are unable to live their life to the fullest because of long lost self-confidence and the result – ‘They Feel Caged’. From where you got this idea which took form of a book?
We live amongst a pool of people – known as “society” that dictates us the terms and conditions on how to live, and while we agree to their entrusted thoughts and grow up, we seldom put a thought to the fact that while doing so, we actually loose our identity. We become something that the others want us to be.
The hardships of life told me that – that’s not “Living” at all. Living is when you do the things that makes you happy, and to keep yourself happy, you got to be choosing your own path, following your own passions – irrespective of what other’s choose to tell you. That’s how the thought of No Longer Caged surfaced my mind.
Q2) While writing this masterpiece, are there any obstacles you faced? How did you overcame those obstacles?
Primarily time constraints. I am a single parent and also a professional. Thus shuffling between being a mother and Manager is at times difficult, but as I keep telling others that if you really have the zeal to fulfill your passion, you ought to find that 25th hour of the day and the 8th day of the week. So, if the passion keeps you alive, you got to breathe it completely. That’s my mantra.
Q3) It is said that ‘every author is an avid reader’. What are the books which inspires you to carry on with your writing?
Yes it’s rightly said. However, in my case it is not confined to books only. I read small proses, poems, inspirational quotes and at times books as well. While reading I am much keen to observe the emotions that are attached with the words and like to derive out the message out of the writings. I, myself like to follow stories that inspire, be it real life or literary. I am much inspired by motivational books like Tuesdays with Morrie, Robin Sharma series and inspirational talks of Prabhu Gaur Gopal Das, that are not just inspirational in literal meaning but also soulful in content. It helps me to keep going.
Q4) In The present era, what we see that after completing the book, the journey of marketing begins. Please enlighten us with the different ways you are opting for your book marketing.
I understand social media is an excellent platform for marketing and I try to make use of the same as much as possible. Going a step forward, I always strive to connect with my readers on a one to one basis, as much as possible. In the same light, while publicizing “No Longer Caged” I sent out a hand written personal letter to my readers. I believe that carries a huge impact on people’s mind when you connect with them at a personal level. Apart from the same, mouth of word helps. Holding discussions over the theme/ book reading with people of different background contributes as well.
Q5) Even after giving your heart, your soul, as well as your valuable time to the book, sometimes the author has to deal with some bad reviews. How do you deal with that?
I believe every coin has two sides to it. So is the case with being an author and dealing with the reviews. I still remember when the book was launched and my daughter asked me “Ma, how does it feel, now that the book lies in your reader’s hands?” I responded, “The feeling is similar to attempting your higher secondary exams, where you write an exam, come out of the Examination Hall happily and your parents ask “How did it go?” and you respond “Superb!” – but, it’s only at the time of result declaration when you find out how much you have scored.” So basis of the marks you understand whether you really did well or you need to put more efforts over it. Reviews, good or bad are learnings that help you to mature in your passion. As I say, you never loose, you only learn and I aspire to be a learner always.
Q6) Last but really not the least – what is your message to the aspiring Authors?
Being an author is a whole lot of responsibility. So, always evaluate the outcome before you put things on paper, because that’s what is going to make an impact on the person who is reading. Cherish the uniqueness in you – how you can beautifully knit the emotions of human kind in your writings. Nonetheless, dream, observe and be passionate of the creativity that God has bestowed upon you.
I pay my heartiest Thanks to the Author for answering all the questions which came into my mind.