Woohoo! I Just Got My First (Mythical) Royalty Check!

Woohoo! My first royalty payment for a short story was just deposited to my bank account! It’s for the first story I ever sold to a major Indian publisher. You can read about it here at Juggernaut!

I know by the size of the check that not many people have read it. It should bother you if your publisher can’t sell your story, or fails to recover the signing amount because people aren’t interested in paying to read it. I am a bit reluctant to the idea of storytellers and artists relying on corporate houses rather than their work/audience/readership… but what do I know?

This is very encouraging for the writer in me, who is damn too self-critical, lazy and skeptical to write or submit anything to major publishers because he thinks why bother, no one’s going to buy or read it, especially here in India. So many thanks to all of my (anonymous) readers who bought and read it. Sometimes it’s nice to be proved wrong!

Well, see, now I know what royalty slips look like, and it feels great, man. I mean I knew writing stories is a way of creating IP, but I thought royalty payments (in India) were stuff of dreams. Yeah, don’t believe it until you see — or better receive — it!

Thank you Indrapramit Das & Chiki Sarkar at Juggernaut Books for giving me a reason to believe!

Maybe I’ll write another one. Soon. 😇  🙏  

Leading By Example

This morning I’m thinking hard about solving the audience-centered design problem for my personal website, and the best way to present my advertising portfolio which isn’t public yet.

I do not want a static profile. I want a two-way reader-friendly, minimalist platform which enables me to share insightful lessons and stories from my life and work, which could be helpful to many creative professionals around the world. I started my publishing journey way back in 2005, and there’s a goldmine of life + business insights there.

I need to sit down and write that content thinking book which I promised to write based on my Content Manifesto for Startups & Brands (2013), and a content + design / marketing blog for global audiences. Basically, there is a lot to figure out while contemplating and writing about designing business and technology solutions to solve difficult, real world problems, persisting and probable.

Science fiction is one of the immediate, effective and intimate modes of identifying, exploring and coming up with possible solutions for present and future problems. The challenge for world leaders and social entrepreneurs is to apply lessons/insights from orderly fiction in the chaotic world. How do I connect these dots of interests and strengths for business and social impact?

“Think in decades,” a business mentor once told me. My wild and roaring twenties are nearly over. It’s time to lay the ground for 30s to come, and try to lead by example.

Thank you for being with me in this exploration of self and the world! <3

New Book: The Story of India’s Partition

On July 8, 1947, Cyril Radcliffe arrived in India for the first time. He had five weeks and four judges to settle the boundary between the newly independent India and a newborn state of Pakistan. After drawing the “ Radcliffe Line,” the British officer burnt his papers, refused his fee, and left the wounded continent never to set foot on it again. Based on W.H. Auden’s famous poem, “Partition,” this is an illustrated account of the man who oversaw the controversial border settlement which left one million dead and twelve million homeless and permanently displaced.

Available to purchase on Apple iTunes Store & Amazon.com.

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Available to purchase on Apple iTunes Store & Amazon.com.