ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Satanik Roy is a student pursuing Mechanical Engineering from SRM University, Chennai, and also holds a diploma degree in Information Technology.
He is the Founder & CEO of a tech venture ‘APPOLYSUS’ and founder & director of an NGO ‘SPORSHO’ working with the prisoners and transgender people.
Apart from poetry he writes novels and short stories and is a lyricist. ‘The Classic Retreat of Anarchy’ is his first published work.
Q. Characterize yourself in one word?
General Electric. If you wonder why lean it's tagline "Imagination at Work" :)
Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.
It's a cruel and random world, but the chaos is all so beautiful, a doorway through which we step into mystery, wildness, and immanence.
Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?
I used to pen poetry right from the time I was a kid, it's a hobby will always be, fortuitously my diary was read by a publisher and then it all happened.
Q. What has been your biggest achievement?
Starting my first startup when I was in the first year of my undergrad, Appolysus - A tech aggregator, successfully exiting it. Working for a couple of startups building from scratch, publishing 'The Classic Retreat of Anarchy' and being the Vice-President of Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metro City. Post engineering pursuing 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship' from The Standford University.
Currently building Yibeal - India's first O2O which will enable to bring the 500 million to 1 billion Indians over the internet affordable. Yibeal have been Honored as 'Outstanding Startup in East by Calcutta Angels Startup East Summit 2016', Declared as 'Top 7 Startups in Start-Up Launchpad 2016' by The Indian Chamber of Commerce. Part of the 6 startups showcased in the prestigious 'Ten Minutes to Millions' at IIT-Mumbai 2016. Part of 'Clarion 2016' Mumbai. Nominated by 'NASSCOM in Product Conclave Bangalore 2016' and 'GMIC Bangalore 2016' and incubated by IIM- Calcutta Innovation Park. Yibeal has also been technological investment through Microsoft's Bizpspark program.
Surviving this roller-coaster journey as a 21-year-old has been my biggest achievement.
Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?
I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.
Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?
I write. Readers have to be sought out and won to the light of the page, poem by poem, one by one by one that is what I believe. For gaining readership there are a lot of platforms I hope they'll take care of me.
Q. Favorite novel?
Ulysses by James Joyce
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I hold a Guinness Mass Participation Record.
Q. What’s next?
I have written the manuscript for a novel, I met the demon - It is a story based on obsession to succeed. It is a thriller with suspense, torture with romance, love and a touch of comedy. The story is based on a successful company executive where everything is fine until interference into the lives of men by the demands of women. When these demands affect the profits, the women disappear -- all that is left is a sick memento -- their wedding finger! The search for the maniac involves a catalogue of misconceptions, unfolding relationships, and emotions before a tense final chase to the "Devil's" den and the depths of his mind. The final question is -- Who is stronger, man or woman?
Would love to learn from the readers of this interview what they think about this novel, over comments/ personal message. Would love gift all as soon as it publishes.
And Yes building Yibeal!
Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?
To make one, there must be two - SALISMANIA.com is being beautifully built by two - Salis Afaque (CEO) and Shafaque Eqbal (Editor-in-Chief). Kudos! All the best. Cheers.