Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Fiona: Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. Where are you from?
Vijaiksharma: Thanks a lot for giving this opportunity of hosting me on this web site. My name is Vijai Kumar Sharma. I am from Jaipur, the Capital city of Rajasthan State, in India. I am delighted and honoured to be a part of the acclaimed “Author Interviews”.
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e. your education, family life, etc. )
Vijaiksharma: For many years, I have been active as a freelance writer, author, book-reviewer, abstract writer, trainer, examiner, assessor, visiting faculty and translator. I have written about 185 scripts published in foreign and Indian publications & 24 radio talks broad cast on All India Radio and received one of the “Writers of the month” for Jan 2007 on www.shvoong.com. The following six books have been written jointly & published in India during 2001-03: (a) Voluntary Organizations & social welfare (b) Man power planning and development© Mathematical Statistics & Econometric models (d) Advanced Mathematical Statistics (e) Statistical concepts for economic development & planning (f) Advanced techniques for economic development & planning. Another jointly written book is under editing. I am a Mechanical engineer from B.H.U., and management professional, Former Addl. General Manager, Former Associate Professor, Received President of India award 1968, Fellowship award 1992, H K Firodia award 1996, Colvin Medal 1957, IIIE Special Award-2017, Life Time Achievement award-2017 from ITSR, Jaipur, besides other appreciation letters. I have been abroad 6 times to USA, Europe, Bulgaria & Egypt and visited 17 countries. Trained in West Germany in 1975 & in Egypt in 1976, Substantial contribution also in academics field & professional organizations.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Vijaiksharma: It was my inner urge, which prompted me to start writing right from my young age, to express my thoughts. I was very keen to see my name in the print, along with my contribution. My first article was for the School magazine, which was followed in college too. Subsequently, my writings continued for various magazines, both technical and general, both in English and Hindi languages and also in various fields. This urge has continued in addition to my full time Engineering –Managerial job.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Vijaiksharma: I still consider myself to be a student in the field of writing. I am a firm believer in the Japanese technique called “Kaizen” [(quote) a Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices, personal efficiency etc. (unquote)] and I try to learn continuously, from various experiences and sources, as far as possible.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book? How did you come up with the title? How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Vijaiksharma: It was a joint decision. I was a part of the group. Since my six books published so far, were jointly written and published, their titles were finalized as a result of discussions amongst the joint authors. These books are generally based on our experiences in the technical fields. These are not novels, hence this question “How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?” is not applicable. I go on writing and writing, edit the same and give finishing touches to get a final script. In the case of my individual scripts I make a final decision, but in case of jointly written books etc., the decision is taken jointly, for finalizing the script. Our seventh jointly written book is under editing and its title and script are also proposed to be decided jointly.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Vijaiksharma: Yes, travelling is very helpful for the purpose of writing, as one meets many people, observes the situations, gets creative ideas for new writings or modifying the earlier writings. I also resorted to travelling for the works related to writing, as well as for my job.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Vijaiksharma: Book covers for all the six books were designed by the cover design specialists and in my opinion, they did an excellent job. But, of course, things can always be improved.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Vijaiksharma: Initially in my life, I was encouraged by my father to write and as I was also keen to write, I continued my writing journey. One of my Professors, who taught me during my college education, was very encouraging of my writing activities. We even prepared a technical book jointly, but it could not be published. But our several jointly written articles have been published. Two other well-known Engineers motivated me to write technical scripts in Hindi language, which I did. Several of these scripts have been published in journals. I also got encouragement from a German organization for my writing activities and some articles were published by them. I even tried for writing poetry, but I was not much successful. Several other persons also helped me in writing. Above all, I received full cooperation and support from my family, all along.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Vijaiksharma: Yes, I do see writing as a career, though not for me at present. Writing gives lot of pleasure, satisfaction, name and fame, though financially it may not be so rewarding, except in the case of some very popular and exceptional writers. Fortunately for me it was not the primary career, but an add-on, to my earning job.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Vijaiksharma: Change is the law of nature. With passage of time, several changes and improvements take place in the subjects and the author(s) also get new ideas themselves. They also get feedback from the readers and reviewers. All this input will definitely make the author(s), wise enough to make appropriate changes. Even otherwise, when a new edition of the book is published, generally the author(s) do take up updating, along with improvements in the book.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Vijaiksharma: Like many other persons I have also faced many adverse situations in my life, in its different aspects. With the grace of God, I have tried to get over them, thinking that all the days will not be same, that better days will definitely emerge and that we must not get disheartened at all. So a writer should write and write, without bothering for the rejection letters of publishers and the editors, adverse comments of readers and reviewers, except that he or she should use this input to improve the scripts. There is no doubt that continuous efforts to write, as well as to effect improvements will yield excellent results, sooner or later.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Vijaiksharma: I desire to tell the readers that every writer works very hard for a book, an article or any other script, makes all possible efforts to make it as excellent as possible and therefore his efforts should be given a fair opportunity for tasting success and things should be seen in a positive manner, instead of finding only the bad or negative points. Nothing is perfect in the world, we are all living in this world and a writer is also a part of this world. His works are also within the limitations and imperfections of the world.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Vijaiksharma: Where the situations/instances are light or comic, these make me laugh, but tragic situations make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Vijaiksharma: I try to keep in contact with many friends, colleagues, relatives and other individuals, in person or through telephone or social media. I believe in maintaining relationships over a long time and try not to give breaks, in spite of adverse situations in the life. There are many persons in my life who have given me help, cooperation, guidance, opportunities and positions at different stages of my life. I would like to continue to meet them all. But, I am unable to imagine a situation, where I should decide to meet one person, past or present.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Vijaiksharma: Writing is and has been one of my important hobbies and interests. Other hobbies include, playing Badminton, collecting postage stamps and also coins, playing mouth organ.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Vijaiksharma: There are several shows in the Indian channels, which I enjoy watching on the TV, in particular Cricket matches. I am also happy to watch Hindi movies along with my family.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Vijaiksharma: My favourite food is pure vegetarian Indian food, favourite colour is pink, favourite music is Bollywood films music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Vijaiksharma: I believe in the saying “When God closes one door, he opens up another door”. Hence it is possible that due to some reasons, someday I am unable to contribute in the field of writing, then I do expect God to open up another avenue, to give expression to my thoughts, creativity and activities.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website; readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Vijaiksharma: The following are the web sites for knowing about the blogs, book-reviews, interview blogs etc. :
(a) www.vijaiksharmaspeaks.blogspot.in (b) www.vijaiksharmawrites.wordpress.com © www.vijaiksharmareviews.blogspot.com (d) www.vijaiksharma.webs.com (e) www.sthavir.blogspot.in Earlier I have posted about 1200 book-reviews, abstracts, etc. on www.shvoong.com/writers/vijaiksharma/ but this web site has been closed some years back. However, at present, I do not have a consolidated website giving updates, events and offers. But I am also active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.