Jaydeep is a working professional with a voracious appetite for the written word. He is amoral and agnostic and believes only in simplicity of thinking. He lives by simple maxims and keen observations and often reiterates one of his favourite quotes; “Leave no answer unquestioned”
He understands relationships closely, especially pangs of growing up, as he is still undergoing them, in this confused and over complicated world.
‘Serving you” is a tribute to simplistic thinking, eternal love and creative business thinking.
1) Tell us something about your book.
“Serving You” is a coming of age novel about breaking mental models and accepting life in it’s entirety
2) From the blurb, I can tell that your story is character driven. How did you craft Johnny’s character?
Johnny’s character is shaped on one fundamental premise — “Leave no Answer Unquestioned”.
3) You could say that the book is a journey in character development. How did you plot this journey? Did you go with the flow or was there a specific guideline that you set before starting to write?
As the character progressed in life, he challenged established dogmas in an effort to cut the noise around and get clarity in simplicity.
4) What is that one thing that would attract readers to your story?
Unconventional wisdom. I hope through layers of narrative I am able to kindle conscious living among my readers. I want my readers to find the simplicity of life.
5) Tell us about your publishing journey, where there any hurdles? How did the book finally get published?
I learnt that each rejection is not necessarily a commentary on my talent. Often it did not suit the plans of the publisher. It is the classic “right time, right place” syndrome. I had my fair share of rejections until I finally found Leadstart who were willing to publish my book along with expert advice on cover design, editing, pagination, and printing. From there on it was smooth sailing. However till date marketing and sales remain a huge challenge. I wish publishers would create many platforms for indie authors to sell their works. It kind of keeps us our writing aspirations high.
7) Are you a reader? If yes, which books inspire you?
I am a voracious reader. When I can’t read, especially during travel, I listen to audiobooks. I read almost anything but prefer fiction to other genres. I am biased towards British authors and English as compared to American. Americans murder the beauty of English language and spoil its poetic flow. It’s like shopping at a store versus buying online. No amount of convenience can beat the experience of personal shopping. British English completes that experience.
Some of my favourite books and authors, without any order of preference, are
Mahabharata – a spiritual epic beyond fantasy. , Fountainhead — Ayn Rand, Satyajit Ray — Adventures of Feluda, Apur Panchali, Agantuk and many others. Rabindranath Tagore — almost all stories, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay — creator of Byomkesh, Alfred Hitchcock — Any book, Agatha Christie — Hercule Poirot series, Arthur Conan Doyle — Sherlock Holmes, Victor Hugo and millions of others, The Name of Rose – Umberto Eco, Novels by Murakami – all are lovely, J. K. Rowling — Harry Potter till the Prisoners of Azkaban and many many others
8) Any advice for aspiring writers?
Set aside time everyday and write at least 500 words a day. Don’t edit, don’t re-read, just write. And read good quality literature constantly.
9) How can readers get in touch with you?