ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Virag R Dhulia is an author, independent short filmmaker and a social entrepreneur. He runs a YouTube channel – Chai Pakoda wherein short films written and directed by him are featured. These short films are mostly comedy videos based on varied topics from everyday life. His debut novel titled "Chess without a Queen" is available online and in stores. He has also authored a book titled, 'The Secrets of Manhood', available on Amazon.
Q. Characterize yourself in one word?
Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.
“Chess Without a Queen” is a story based on the theme of redemption and is a tale of the power struggle between two political parties and the games that they play upon each other.
Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?
This is my first fiction novel. I wasn’t writing anything in fiction before it. I have been writing articles on various socio-political issues for the past 10 years on my website and various platforms. But one fine day, a story was born in my mind with a few characters. I believe my life’s experiences led me to that. So I wrote down the story and then worked on it to give the shape of the novel.
Q. What has been your biggest achievement?
In September 2011, I was invited by the Parliamentary Standing Committee at the Rajya Sabha Secretariat to present my views on the then-impending bill on “Sexual Harassment at Workplace” and I made a case that men also need the protection and a gender-neutral bill should be passed. Basis my presentation, a clause was introduced in the bill which provided for a punishment for filing a false complaint. I believe this has been my greatest achievement because this was the first time, a gender-based law was formed with such a provision.
Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?
Always looking for positivity in life and accepting life at face value. The constant quest for positivity has also kept me optimistic and hopeful about the future which forms my motivation to take on new challenges in life.
Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?
I have a certain audience reading my articles but the platform is still building. I keep on writing on various current and relevant topics and offering my analysis of the current situation, the role that each one of us can play in it.
Q. Favorite novel?
My favorite novel is Da Vinci Code.
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I have a fun side many people don’t know it exists.
Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?
I wish to see Salimania.com become the number one preferred platform for great books and wonderful authors to promote their work.