Author Interview – Nishit Parikh
Here is a glimpse of his book, ‘Signboard at Dholavira’ and advice for aspiring writers, facts of Hindu mythology and many more.
1.How did you come up with the plot?
Dholavira is a Harappan site located in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat. And one of the most exciting discoveries at Dholavira is a large wooden “Signboard” excavated there. This is actually one of the longest Indus inscriptions known and however until the Indus script is deciphered, what the sign is saying still remains a mystery. Dholavira’s reputation was equal to Mohenjo-Daro and I just wanted to retain the historical heritage by informing the people in general through the medium of this book that they should visit such a great place and take measures to promote and safeguard the place.
So I decided to link the story of my book with the Signboard. Signboard is the primary theme of the book that gave the story a good plot.
2.What inspired you to write mythological thriller?
Well, I am very deeply attached to the Ancient Indian History and archaeology. Places and stories of historical importance always attract me. Rather I would like to say that I will prefer to spend my holidays at archaeological and historical places instead of spending my buck at hill stations. Since childhood I grew up reading the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and other books of historical importance as also the thrillers and fictions. The messages and incidents therein always fascinated and inspired me. And this reading habit gave a kick to my passion i.e. writing my own book in “Mythology” genre. The rich Indian cultural heritage and the ancient legends along with story associated with each of them inspired me a lot. I am a spiritual kind of person so that spirituality within me motivated me. Again the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and other scriptures are my source of Inspiration.
3.Do you believe in the Secret society of the Nine Unknowns?
Sure as do plenty of others. The ancient mysteries were foundations for countless legends that have survived the centuries. History too records stories of ‘wisdom’ protected by secret guardians like the Templers, the Rosicrucians, the Illuminati, the Alum Brados and our Ashoka’s Secret Society of Nine — the list is endless,”
4.How much part of the Nine scriptures is fiction?
“This is the missing link between modern science and ancient mysticism — the lack of power to control the mind. Though modern science has succeeded in explaining the mind, making man its slave, it hasn’t been able to explain everything. And it is this missing link that is needed to explain these weapons in detail, including their modern scientific properties.
“The key to the secret is hidden in our past.”
“A myth is a self-developed story built up over time by subsequent civilizations, while history is an actual past event which many may believe to be true or false.” I, however, strongly believe that both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are historically real and that the stories woven around Lord Rama or Krishna actually took place, though these may have been distorted somewhat to suit the imagination of the storyteller. “If you agree to the story of the existence of the lost city of Atlantis, then you must also acknowledge the lost city of Dwarka,” or if you believe in the existence of Noah, than you must agree to the existence of Manu and the Matsya Avatar, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.” “In my opinion, we should be giving importance to the object or the essence and not to the subject. “When it comes to testing the authenticity of events, one should read the Vimanika Shastra, a Sanskrit text on aerospace technology that claims that the aerial vehicles described in the Puranic texts are real. This is one of the many texts out there that support the actual occurrence of events.” If those technologies are just a false myth why would have Hitler send his expedition to India and Tibet in search of those technologies? “Remember, spirituality and religion are both based on faith and by their very nature cannot be subjected to scientific scrutiny, otherwise, we run the risk of ‘missing the woods for the trees’. Archaeological evidence, if found is well and good, but faith cannot be based on proof.
5.What problems did you face at the time of publishing your first book? And is there anything that a Debut or Aspiring author should always keep in mind?
It has been a long journey since I started never ever thought that will be able to complete the book. It has been a very tough time during this journey and the utmost difficulty I faced while writing this book is to spare time from my busy work schedule. Being finance professional you have to work for hours completing assignments and ensure compliance by end of various so called “Due Dates”. In between this tight schedule I always find it difficult to devote time for my passion about writing.
Again when you are writing a book that is relating to your history, you have to be precise and have to undertake a vast research which demands a lot of time and visit distant places. My best advice for aspiring writers: Write what you’re passionate about not what’s on trend.
Develop a thick skin. There will be rejections. Those are only a few people’s opinions.
Write not for to earn money but to express your world.
6.What are your suggestions for dealing with writer’s block?
There’s no such thing. We say that we have this thing called “writer’s block” and it’s the reason why we’ll never achieve our dreams. As if it’s a contracted disease. But it doesn’t exist.
7.Please add something from your end.
“Signboard at Dholavira” is an archaeological cum mythological thriller. The adventure and information covered in this work will surely enhance the anxiety of the audience who love to read about Ancient India. Each chapter will grasp them tightly.
The story will uncover the false myths and will present the scientific view. It’s a story of Professor Gaekwad, the protagonist and the legend of Drona Parva Astras. The book is all about his journey from fighting the evil force, to finding ways to deal with the secret and eventually finding safeguard the same.