Eshan's Special Interview Series: Author Arun Prabhu-Aradhya
Arun: I am a mechanical engineer by education, IT person by profession and Author and movie maker by passion. Very passionate about life. A learner and a nomad.
Q2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Arun: The very challenging part of writing is writing. People think writers are actually so full of passion for writing that they spend days and nights writing, writing and writing. Well, that’s not the case with me at least. There are days and months when I think I should write but nothing comes out. And then suddenly I get motivated by an idea and I am transformed into a writer. I go into the “zone” and then I am consumed by writing. So the biggest challenge for me is to get into that zone.
Q3. How long have you been writing?
Arun: I have been writing since childhood. But never had the guts or you may say confidence to get it published. I slowly started to write of FB wall and the encouragement what I got there from my readers motivated me to pen down my first book. I started writing my first book in 2011.
Q4. How long does it take you to write a book?
Arun: It takes 3 months for me to write a book but many many months as I said and sometimes years to get into that zone.
Q5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Arun: Humor, somehow I have developed a knack for seeing the humour in every situation as worse as it can be.
Q6. How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
Arun: Actually, I never wanted to be an author. I always had a dream of expressing my self and creating a change in the society. I never had the confidence to speak as I always had stage fright since childhood. This repressed emotion of not been able to express myself pushed me into writing as that was a safe medium. But then as I said I was not confident so it took me so many years to come out of the shell and go into the public domain.
Arun: I have always been ambitious and would always want to excel. I was always amongst the toppers in school, I was a gold medalist in college, I excelled in a job and at a very young age, I ventured into business. I rose in business as well and success came to me soon. At the time when my friends were struggling to buy a motorcycle I had bought my first car and used to dine in 5-star hotels. But I could not hold my success and soon I went bankrupt. I had a never say die attitude so I started over, again and again, I rose to success but still could not hold myself and went bankrupt again. This made me introspect where I was going wrong. When I was doing everything as per the books why am I failing? And that made me realize certain basic principles which were missing in my life. And I also realized that these principles are not taught in any school, college or so-called “B” Schools. This motivated me to write the book for transferring my experiences to everybody and anybody who wants to live a meaningful life. My dream is to have this book as a mandatory read for all colleges and students.
Q8. Please tell us something more about your upcoming book?
Arun: I have written 2 books as of now. My first book “Count Your Chicken Before You Lay Them” is all about how to find your dream and passion and realize your dreams. My second book “Niharika I want to live again” is a female corporate lady and her relationships. She is a single mom and a very successful corporate lady. This book is all about her relationships with her daughter and her personal life and how she is mentored to sew the pieces of her life back. This book gives insights on how to have better relationships in life. My third book “Akansha Ek Mahatvakansha” is a book about soul journey and this book will surprise you, that’s what I would say right now. It is based on a true story and the reader would just say “does it happen this way????”
Q9. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Arun: Yet to be achieved. As of now I am living and excited about life and I am grateful to God.
Q11. What’s something you are really good at that few people know about?
Arun: Positive attitude whatever may happen. I just bounce back.
Q12. Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?
Arun: www.arunprabhu.com, I am on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and all social media. I have my blog firstname.lastname@example.org
Q13. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Arun: Since it is a true story I cannot manipulate any event and I have to be true in facts.
Q14. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
Arun: Reading and writing have never died. More the population more the readers. More the readers more would there be writers. Only 2 things have changed. 1 the medium of writing. The pen has been replaced by digital writing. Kindle and smartphones are replacing paperbacks and magazines. 2 the content has been changing, for better or for worse the readers are exposed to so many reading materials that it is becoming difficult to push the right things. But then challenges are always there and we need to find a way to overcome that. And that got me motivated to make movies.
Q15. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, wh6t would you do?
Arun: I would not have taken science and would not have joined engineering.
Q16. Let me now ask something about myself, how was the interview?? Something you want to say about me?
Arun: I am surprised by all that you have achieved at such a young age. I am a speaker as well and in one of my speech “Age is just a number” I had mentioned your achievements at a tender age. Little did I knew at that time you would be taking my interview? I wish you all the good luck. The interview was apt and to the point.
Q17. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Arun: Watching meaningful movies, reading and speaking. Cooking is my passion and a stress buster and I love to cook for my loved ones.
Q18. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Arun: I have a big list. Every author writer or speaker or a movie maker teaches us something. What I am today is a result of 1000s of books, movies and seminars which I have read, watched and experienced. I give credit to everyone who has ever crossed my life. Because they have shaped me as I am today.
Q19. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Arun: As I have said it is a journey of souls, a true story and a very fascinating one. It is going make you laugh, smile, mesmerize, sympathies, cry a lot and touch your inner core of your heart and you would say “Aisa Bhi Hota hey???” Wait for the movie first and then the book.
Q20. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
Q21. Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
Arun: I have been asked by so many aspiring writers that they want to write so how should they start. My reply to them is “Start writing.” Too many writers are bogged down by the fact that who will read, who will publish, what if no one reads, will my book be appreciated, how much money will I make?
My advice to them “Writing is not a destination it is a journey. We don’t become experts and then write, we write and write and write and then become experts”
Q22. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Arun: Reading as a habit has never died as many writers say and feel. Rather it has increased. If you see everywhere we see people today glued to smartphones, so obviously, they are reading. The only challenge is most of the stuff we read is crap.
A very successful person said, “I can predict where you would be in 5 years from now by going through what you are reading now.”
The mind is like a computer hard disk. If we put garbage, only garbage will come out. (GIGO) So put something beautiful and worthwhile which will lead you to your dreams.
It was really a privilege interviewing you. Hope you enjoyed the interview. If you have any feedback please let me know. I hope I will get another chance of interviewing you in future.
Thank you so much for the giving me this opportunity. And yes we would soon meet again for 3 reasons 1 I would be interviewing you and 2 you would be interviewing me as a successful movie maker. 3 We will meet in one of the workshops which I conduct.J