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An Interesting Interview Of Author Deepak Kripal

Recently we got an opportunity to have a communication session with aspiring Indian author Deepak Kripal. His first book The Devil’s Gate : An Impossible Journey :1 is a treat for readers who love fictions. We have tried avoiding the very basic questions which are already answered by him at various interviews. Here is our conversation.

Deepak Kripal

Dr. Deepak Kripal

We thank you on behalf of Team ThinkerViews to be available for an interview. Hope you are enjoying the moments of success (in terms of critical acclaim) of your book – The Devil’s Gate : An Impossible Journey :1. Accept our congratulations and words of appreciations both.

Thank you so much, and I am totally enjoying the good reviews that are coming. Honestly, I was a bit afraid of the critics, since I didn’t really have the critics in my mind while writing this story. I was rather driven by my love for good stories.The whole idea behind writing the story was to tell a story that I thought was unique, beautiful and different. I was confident that the readers will love the story, but I was skeptical about the response of critics. To say that overwhelming response of the critics has thrilled me will be a gross understatement!

You are a doctor by profession, so what attract you to the literary field?

I always had a thing for stories. As a child, I was brought up on heavy dose of bedtime stories which had a great impact on my imagination and creative orientation. So, I was always into stories. I ventured into writing a bit later, about 10 years ago. For me, writing a book was just a natural progression, and an expression of what I really am.

We often see that a doctor usually try to weave his field experiences into the literature he write (ditto for a person in any profession, for example John Grisham writes legal thrillers, Ravi Subramanian’s books revolves around banking profession, …). What made you to chose a rather different genre?

As I told you, I was into stories since childhood, long before I became a doctor. Surely, it is easier to weave stories around the field which you are familiar with. But, in the end, story is all about a good idea, and a good execution. I may well write a story revolving around medical profession in future if a really thrilling idea comes across, but I will never write it just for the heck of it. I wrote this story because it thrilled my mind no end, and compelled me to pen it down.

Do you see yourself continuing writing in the same genre or do you think you will be writing something different?

I enjoy, write, read and watch all the genres, provided the story is innovative and engaging. I am all game for a good story, genre doesn’t really matter.You will always see me experimenting with genres and stories. I did just that in my first novel itself!

Being a doctor you come across many sad stories while treating patient involving poverty, fatal illnesses, death, etc. Does that have an effect on your writing?

Whatever effects your consciousness will have influence on your thoughts and expressions. I think, yes, in my writing, you will always find sensitivity and human touch. Your personality is a product of your experiences. You can’t really run away from who you are!

It seems you are quite an environmentalist, or may be I should re-word it to say “a nature lover”. You weaved the concept intelligently in the book. Do you think actually human beings neglect nature so much?

Nature lover would be a more correct term, as you rephrased it. Since I come from the state of Uttrakhand, nature is something that I have loved and lived with ever since I was born. Neglect of nature is no secret nowadays. All of us do that all the time. We need to do some serious brainstorming to figure out our priorities, and to secure the future of our race. We are nothing but the product of nature, and by ruining it, we are only cutting our own roots.

It is very hard for humans to “progress” as a race without use of natural resources. In your opinion what should be the balance point between usage of natural resources and destruction of the environment?

As Gandhiji famously said, “nature has enough for our need, but not for our greed“. I think the values of simplicity in living and love for nature need to be inculcated in our children who will be the flag bearer of our progress. Apart from that, legal and regulatory framework need to be tightened and aligned with the need of conservation and replenishment. But, even after that, everything comes down to stringent implementation of laws and policies, and this is one area we have been struggling in. Corruption, corporate culture of profit maximization and short term-ism is eating away the long term future of our race. That is why I think that having the correct set of values in dna is paramount, and the importance of value education, in this context, is second to none.

Why only animals are the characters of your story? Actually there are lot of other such stories (like Harry Potter series, Narnia series, Lord Of the Rings series, and so on… but they have human characters also).

I didn’t plan anything while writing the story. I just went with the flow of my imagination. It is just a product of my subconscious, and I never had an intention to create another Harry Potter!

In our opinion, the readers can relate themselves to the human characters in the books more easily. DO you think the reception of your book would be different if you had any human characters in it?

That is the reason why the animal characters have been humanized in this story, so that we could relate to them. If you read the book, you will never feel like you are reading a story involving animals. I think, in the end, its the story that matters. If it is powerful, and touches the sensitivities of the reader, it stands a winner!

Which other authors you really love to read?

I love to read Oscar Wilde, Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown, Amitav Ghosh, Erich Segal, Ruskin Bond, Arundhati Roy, and the list goes on.

Currently you are reading which book?

I am reading “The Pilgrimage” by Paulo Coelho right now.

What are your hobbies apart from writing (and your profession), and I guess travelling to explore natural beauties?

You couldn’t have guessed it better. I love travelling with my friends. Though, it becomes difficult to get them all together, thanks to the busy lives we all are leading. I also love watching cricket, movies, and cooking in the weekend.

What is the best time you prefer to write? Are you a methodical writer or an impulsive one?

I am an instinctive writer. I am guided by my instincts and there is no method to it as far as my writing is concerned.

It seems that there is a very long story (chronicles) already in your mind, and the book is just a segment of that, that is why the book is named so (having : 1 in the same). How many parts do you think the series can have ( a rough estimate from creator’s point of view – regardless of commercial aspects)? Can you tell us something about the next segment? What reader’s can expect from it?

To be honest, I haven’t really decided anything about the sequel. I have left a trail at the end of story. So, I have left the option of the sequel open. So, if significant number of readers vie for a sequel, you never know!

In addition, is there anything else you would like to share with us and our readers from your side, please do.

Just that I am overwhelmed by the love and support that has been showered upon me, and I shall have the responsibility to return it to you through some innovative, original and inspiring stories.

Hope you have enjoyed the conversation and found some of your questions answered from him 🙂

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