Author Highlight: Rohit Narang Discusses his Debut Book ‘Gift of Confidence’ and Stories from his Life
We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Rohit – the author of ‘Gift of Confidence’. In this interview, Rohit talks about his writing aspirations, the route to getting his book published, and CA exam preparation for students. Stay on...while we chat with him.
You hail from Taxation and CA background, well then what drove you to write a motivational book that too for students?
Teaching was my first love as a profession but in India most of the times you have to give up on your love owing to family and society pressures. I couldn’t become a full time teacher but you know love never ends. So I started accepting invitations for guest lecturer in different institutions. I started sharing my story with the students. Later many of them told that it had transformational effect on their lives. So, I took it as my duty to write and share the story with the masses.
So far, how’s the response of this book?
By God’s grace, people of different age group, both book readers and even non-readers are showering their love. On Amazon India, in teaching and education category it’s constantly around Top ten and all the shared reviews have been positive.
Do you read books, if yes, then what are some of your favourite novels and authors?
I am a fan of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. Gitanjali and Chokhrbali hold special place in my heart. Khushwant Singh comes next in the list. His novel company of woman is my favourite. However, I have refrained myself from reading since I started to write this book.
How do you manage the battle between CA career and as a rising author?
God is great. I have been multitasking since childhood you can say. I started working when I was 16 along with my studies. When I was in graduation, I used to leave my home around 6:45 AM and returned around 10:30 PM. I am used to the hectic schedules and multiple challenges.
Do you need a secluded and serene place to write? Or do you go to some specific place, like beachside or into the hills?
Yes, I need that kind of atmosphere to write. More than seventy percent of the book was written in an Ashram in Rishikesh. In between the morning and evening Yoga sessions, I used to write for about 5-6 hours.
What inspired you to write this book in particular? Any tales to tell…
As told earlier, as more and more people validated my story by telling me its positive impact on their life, I became duty bound to write this book.
What was your biggest learning experience throughout the CA exam preparation?
Don’t ever believe something is difficult just because someone else found it so. When people fail, they have excuses and they make you believe it was tough, which usually is not the case.
Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as an author?
I have been a teacher who teaches through stories and this factor made it easy for me to write my first book.
Any best piece of writing advice from your side that we haven’t discussed?
Simple, write the story that you would love to tell and write it in your own way, don’t try to copy someone else.
Tips for students from your book – Gift of Confidence.
Always study to learn and not just to clear an exam. This shift in attitude makes things a lot easier.
Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
Though I have written a motivational book as my first published work, but I am a hard core romantic person. I have seen Serendipity around ten times. I also write romantic couplets quite often.
Any future books that you would like to discuss now?
I am working on my next book which will be a love story. The story has been close to my heart and would love to share it with the world.
Connect with Rohit Narang:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/rohitnarangauthor