Nitish Krishna, author of The Mystery of Bila Land, is here with us today to talk about himself and his book. So, let’s hear his talk about his writing journey……
Tell us something about yourself?
I am a Market Research professional currently working in Bangalore. I am originally from Manglore. My passions include collecting old comics, writing stories, reading and travelling. The Mystery of Bila Land is my first book. The story is inspired from a dream I had at the age of twelve. I am currently working on my second book Quest for the Lost Land, which will complete the fascinating journey of Vibhas.
What was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
I still have not realized this as writing is a passion for me and I do not want to put myself under any pressure. I am a happy Market Researcher by the day and a happy writer at night as of now…:).
Could you describe the mundane process of writing? Do you follow a regular routine?
Well! No. There is no routine. I have written in buses, in restaurants, in the mornings, in the afternoons and what not. For me, the story and the characters are always in my mind and I use all my free time in researching and writing.
What would you say is your interesting quirk that only happens when you are writing?
The story starts to flow when I sit down to write. Just flows. The more I think about the plot the more I get confused but all the confusion vanishes when I start writing, and I enter a world of my own.
Is there anything which has influenced your life and writing?
Nothing specific, overall influencers have been many – a few movies, a few books, and a few people.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books?
That it is not as difficult as I always thought it to be. It’s just so easy these days to learn anything provided one shows dedication.
A story that is thrilling and also has a deep meaning.
Are there any occupational hazards of being a writer?
Yes. It’s a competitive market place with thousands of books releasing every year in India. It’s quite difficult to make a mark and win readers in the beginning for a debutant author.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I am either at work or spending time with my family.
Tell us some “Good-to-know” fun-facts about you. What’s the most amusing thing that happened to you?
I love eating. I can go any distance to try different cuisines in town.
Let us turn our focus to your book ‘The Mystery of Bila Land’. What would you like your readers to know about this book in general?
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. The book is currently out of sales channels as I am in the process of incorporating all the feedback I have received from the initial set of readers. The Amazon link through Goodreads.com shows a very high price for the book which is by mistake and would be corrected soon. The book will be released again soon with in a new look.
In fact, there are three. These are Vibhas (the main protagonist of my novel), Shubha and Daruka.
What kind of research you generally do for your books?
I do a lot. I feel research is the most important part of writing. Research through any medium be it books, videos, articles, newspapers or magazines is necessary to build a plot. It is important to walk the trail your characters are walking, feel the pain or happiness they are feeling, feel the whole surroundings they are in. Be it the Himalayas or a desert or any place anywhere in the world, it is important to know every minute details of it. It is not very difficult these days though thanks to the digital medium.
What, according to you, is the hardest part of writing?
Building a character
Which part of writing do you enjoy most?
I love the whole process.
What are your future plans?
Just keep writing and move closer to happiness.
Do you have any suggestion to help others become better writers?
Write your heart out. Get that killer story within you on the paper. If you think the story is good, then it is really good. Don’t care what others say and, yes, do not get bogged down by rejections.
What do you think is the future of writing?
Excellent! In this digital world any one can write their heart out using blogs. It is so easy to reach out to people. So there is great future for writing both domestic and internationally.
Rapid Fire Questions
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite Cusine: Hyderabadi
Favourite Books: The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari, The God of Small Things, Chankya’s Chant, and Jaya: An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata
Favourite Author: AshwinSanghi
Favourite Quote: “Mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master” – Robin Sharma’s The Monk who sold his Ferrari
Favoutrite Movies: Cast Away, The Green Mile, Pursuit of Happiness, Swades, Lakshay, Golmaal (Old 1979), Choti si baat (1975), Chupke Chupke (1975)
Favourite Actors: Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Akshay Kumar, Tom Hanks, Amitabh Bacchan
Favourite Actress: Kajol
Dog or Cats: Both
Light or Dark: Light
Tea or Coffee: Tea
E-Reader or Print book: Print Book
Ball point or Fountain pen: Fountain Pen
Blurb of ‘The Mystery of Bila Land’
“A warrior is meditating at the foot of snow-capped mountains, surrounded by vibrant flowers with a flowing water stream nearby.
A warrior is meditating inside a dark cave with water flowing over his head through a large hole on the roof.
A warrior is 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.”
Video Trailer of ‘The Mystery of Bila Land’