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Author Interview: Mayur Kalbag

Tell us something about yourself.

A motivational speaker, leadership coach and behavioural trainer by profession since the past 20 years I have been conducting International Lectures and Seminars in India, Malaysia and Fiji Islands mainly for the business and manufacturing companies. My hobby of writing poetry and prose evolved into a serious and an inspired avocation twelve years ago. I haves written two books of poetry titled, ‘Smile at Stress’ and ‘Rising Waterfall’.

‘Adventures of Poorna’ is my first book of prose. The evolution from poetry to writing an adventure story happened upon my return from a spiritual sojourn to the Kailas & Manasarovar Lake in the Himalayas, in the year 2001, along with my revered Guru, Swami Sadyojat Shankarashram. Just recently, I have started writing two new books. The first one is titled as ‘AANTAREEKSH’ and the second one which I have simultaneously started writing is the profession I am part of which is Behavioural and Leadership Training and Motivational Speaking and the title of the book is, ‘The CRAZY Trainer’

Apart from this I have always been a passionate painter/artist and has made my mark in the abstract and contemporary genre with art exhibitions in India and Switzerland. An adventurer at heart, I am an avid trekker and rock climber.

When/How did your writing journey start?

My true passion is imagining, exploring and then articulating new realms of philosophical fiction and spiritualism through writing and painting. Adventures of Poorna is a mythical and yet a vibrant voyage interspersed with intense and inspiring escapades and explorations some of which are interstellar. All this happened while I was in the Himalayas with my Guru as we were traversing the Kailas Mountain and the mysteriously divine Lake Manasarovar. In fact, a lot of the story in the book happens in and around the caves and the mountains in theHimalayan region.

How did you get the idea for the story? Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?

More than calling it an ‘idea’, I would like to describe it as in intense inspiration to awaken my imagination and take it beyond certain realms of Spirituality, Occult Science and Interstellar Adventures! Having said this the trigger for this inspiring awakening within me was a result of my own and one of my most amazing spiritual explorations that happened at the Kailas Manasarovar in the year 2001.

Readers’ response to your book has been very warm. How do you feel about it? Is there a special review/comment you would like to share with us?

Presenting a ‘REVIEW’ by a reader. Name: Avitesh Deepak Kumar (Fiji Islands)

The Adventures of Poorna is well crafted and written that engrosses the readers to its depths. The vivid description of events that unfold throughout the narrative makes the reader cling to each and every line and leaves them wanting to find out what transpires in every chapter. Mayur’s talent in engaging the readers all throughout is a testimony to his craft as a great speaker and an articulate writer. I’m sure the readers will be gripped to each line of each chapter as I had been. It is so rare to read works of first-time writers who manages to keep you hooked until the very end and Mayur does that so brilliantly. A must read!

Avitesh Deepak Kumar 

Teacher & Emerging Writer

Fiji Islands 

With the blessings, the book has received a RATING of 4.5/5 from the 94 Amazon reviews and a RATING of 4.7/5 from more than 70 reviews on GOODREADS! Along with this the general feedback I am receiving through emails and personal interaction is that the readers are finding story of Poorna very unique, especially with the coming together of aspects such as Spirituality, Mysticism, Science and Miracles and add to that alien and interstellar encounters! Such observations and feedbacks make me truly humbled and at the same time propels my motivation and determination to continue writing on similar genres.

Adventures of Poorna has also been recently awarded the Best Book (Jury) at the Indian Literary Festival 2020. It also has been selected and featured in the NE8x LitFest 2020 and that for me is truly a proud as well as a humbling moment!

What kind of research went into penning an adventure fantasy? What research methods have been most fruitful for you?

To be very honest, there are three things that catalysed the process of writing the book, ‘Adventures of Poorna’ and these are Imagining, Exploration (which one may perceive as ‘research’), and then Interpreting all that into the writing of the book.

Apart from this, my deep keenness to explore alien and interstellar life and planets, the love for Mother Nature and especially the Himalayan Mountains along with these, the awakening of Spirituality that happened with the love, grace and blessings of my most beloved GURU, Swami Sadyojat Shankarashram, along with my Guru, two other enlightened Yogis, namely Swami Yogananda and Swami Vivekanand have played an important role in the process of my writing of the book.

If a film were made of your book, who would you cast in the leading roles?

There are a few actors that could fit. Having said this there two, who I would like to play the role of Poorna and they are Ayushman Khurana and Vicky Kaushal. But I also wonder, ‘why not the author himself 😊’

Do you have a writing process?

Actually, I do have a process and it is extremely simple and is based upon ‘spontaneity’. Let me explain this process. To begin with, I spend almost 80 percent time in thinking and creating and crafting the ‘story’ and the relevant chapters of that story in my mind. I may be even watching TV but even while that is happening, I am parallelly and intensely thinking about my story and quite vividly picturing it in my mind! It is only when I am thoroughly convinced about my mental story- map that I open my laptop and initiate the writing process. There is one more thing that I have been doing and that is that, after I write I never even read it, not even once. I just don’t like to do that. I like to move forward. I leave the aspects of errors and sentence formations or even the possibilities of re-contextualization of the of that particular for later. Oh yes, there is one thing I do, without fail and that is, after the completion of every chapter I email it to a couple of very close friends and have them read it and share their thoughts.

Apart from this, when I am writing something that is about Spiritualty and Adventure, I make it a point to watch stuff on you-tube videos that are to do with similar topics as it enhances not just my knowledge about these unique realms, but also increase my motivation and drive to write more passionately. For example, while writing the book, Adventures of Poorna, I would watch specific videos on Quantum Physics, Space Science as well as interviews with Tibetan and Himalayan Monks about their perspectives on things such as ‘Siddhis’ or Spiritual Miracles. For me exploring in this way helps me to widen my own scope of imagination.

What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?

I have been influenced by Gyana Yoga and Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekanand; Living with the Himalayan Master by Swami Rama and Apprenticed to the Himalayan Laster by Sri M. I will suggest that these books because I have found them very interesting and intriguingespecially at a spiritual level.

Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

That’s a great question! Yes!!! I have just started writing TWO books. The first one is titled ‘AANTAREEKSHA’. This particular story is a space related adventure which will also bring out certain aspects of human – alien relationships.

The second book that I have started a few days ago is titled The CRAZY Trainer and is based on my 20 years of experience as a and Motivational Corporate Trainer and LeadershipCoach.

Having said this, there are two more books that are ready for publishing for my wonderful readers and these are ‘AGHORI’ and SPHATEEKA– Book of Short Stories.

What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing?

I believe that creativity or innovation of new ideas and thoughts are one of the greatest catalysts for a very interesting book of story. I could say the same for those who wish to explore Poetry as well. It is for this reason I suggest that you keep ‘STRETCHNG YOUR IMGANINATION’ or in short, I call it, ‘SYI’

The best way you can do this is by spending at least 20 minutes every day, preferably morning, to think about something you have not yet thought about. Along with this also do what I used to do and still do, which is start ‘SKETCHING or drawing’ something close to your heart, may be Mountains or a landscape and do this for your yourself and not to show others. Such activities will open your creativity and it will actually inspire your creative writing!

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