28 August, 2014

#SpecialFeature :: An #Interview with Author Shubha Vilas

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*** SPECIAL FEATURE - August 2014 ***

The Posts this month:

1st August : Introducing Author Shubha Vilas
8th August : An Excerpt from Rise of the Sun Prince
15th August : Guest Post on Sonic Archery
22nd August : Guest Post on Lord Rama’s Love Marriage

Shubha Vilas author of the book “Ramayana - The Game of Life” published by Jaico, holds a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications. He has also completed L.L.B (Specializing in Intellectual Property Law).
Shubha Vilas began his career with the Tata Group and later joined the international law firm in Bangalore which he quit to serve the society at large by taking charge of a publishing house Tulsi Books which has published over 10 books under his leadership.
Shubha Vilas now counsels and guides students in the area of leadership, overcoming failures, managing stress from various colleges like IISC, Bangalore, BITS Pilani, Goa, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Sydnem College, etc.
His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought- provoking seminars on themes such as ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’, ‘Soul Curry to Stop Worry’ and ‘Work–Life Balance’ to name a few.
Shubha Vilas has also been assisting business leaders as their lifestyle coach, conducting regular classes on Spirituality and Management to help them live a wholesome life.
He also helps individuals apply the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and other dharmic traditions in dealing with modern- day life situations.
This book is the fruit of his deep study and understanding of lessons of Ramayan as it applies to life today.

Contact the Author

What inspires you to write?
Inspiration triggers inspiration. Inspiration comes when I see people inspired by reading what I write. 

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
Ideas are not self generated, or under my control…if they were then couldn't we come up with ideas when we want to? I pray and ideas come! 

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite scene in the book is when Vishwamitra Muni is looking at the face of the sleeping Rama and is wonderstruck with emotions. I like this scene a lot because it is a scene that brings out the softer side of the otherwise hardened austere sage. 
Every person has a soft side to him which he hesitates to express. Until someone comes into their lives who makes them aware that exhibition of their softer side is their strength and not weakness. 

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I have been told that the quotes which appear as footnotes stand out in the writing. So I guess that is it. 

What is your usual writing routine?
I write during my travels in trains and flights and in waiting areas. Basically my writing happens when I cannot do anything else.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
Write whatever you feel like writing, don’t let the editor in your mind edit any idea before it comes to paper. 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Look at me and develop self-confidence. If I can write anyone can. I had never in my life written even an article. The first thing I wrote in my life is this book.

Please tell us something about 'Shattered Dreams', the in-the-pipeline second volume of the 'Ramayana: The Game of Life'.  
‘Shattered Dreams’ is a book that revolves around countless dreams that were destroyed. Based on the Ayodhya Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, ‘Shattered Dreams’ brings forth stories of many characters whose dreams were destroyed by the twist of time factor. But more than that, the book also highlights the myriad reactions of different characters in every situation. 
The helplessness of Dasaratha, the adamancy of Keikeyi, the ambition of Manthara, the anger of Lakshmana, the despair of Kaushalya, the cooperation of Sita, the genuinity of Bharata, the sacrifice of Sumitra and the indifference of Rama point out to some of the colors on the canvas of ‘Shattered Dreams’.

Epics like the Ramayan have been recounted infinite times. Is there a need for another chronicle in the presence of so many? How is this one different? And is it relevant to our ever-changing modern lives? 
Yes there is a need; yes, this is different; and yes it is most relevant! This new series of books, each following one volume of the original Ramayana, decodes the eternal wisdom of that poetic scripture through gripping narrative and thought provoking instruction. In the time-honored custom of spreading wisdom through tales, every fascinating story in the epic is retold here and every character unfolded to captivate your heart and open your mind to life’s deepest questions. 
The narrative closely follows Valmiki’s Ramayana, gently weaving in folk tales as well as the beautiful analogies of the Kamba Ramayana. The first of the six-volume series, Rise of the Sun Prince, takes you through the divine story of Lord Rama from His birth up to His marriage. 
Through these pages are revealed the tales of  Dasaratha’s leadership, Vishwamitra’s quest for power and the intriguing story of a little-known stone maiden. Ramayana – The Game of Life has all this and much more – food for contemporary thought drawn from an enduring masterpiece. 

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1 comment:

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