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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anuraag Srivastava is the author of Twenty Twenty: A Race Against Time. Having done his schooling and college from Lucknow has been a banker for over eighteen years now. Presently based in Ghaziabad, he has written more than hundred poems in Hindi and English. A learning guitarist, an amateur photographer, and an avid reader, he is a multi-faceted person. He also runs a blog for sharing his views on spirituality and general philosophy. INTERVIEW: Q. Characterize yourself in one word? Composed. Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence. It's a story about ambitions of the young generation and their struggles to achieve them. Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book? It was an urge to project my story telling capability on a larger canvas and deliver it to a broader audience. Earlier I have been writing poems and have never been into story telling but somehow it felt that I can write a story in a much more detailed way to enchant my readers. The book idea came since I am in the financial field and have seen the stock market crash of 2008 and its affects on many individuals of the young generation and then developed the plot while one day when I was reading the newspaper detailing about some new hacking techniques. Q. What has been your biggest achievement? My biggest achievement has been to be able to continue my journey in arts and literature despite being a science student and then later getting involved in a highly strenuous banking job. I have been writing poems since the age of 11 years and it has been a great achievement to be able to pursue a childhood dream. Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in? Despite being in a job with high-stress levels and finding less time to focus on the story and poem writing, I still continued with my passion for writing and reading in a continuous way with whatever time I could find in whatever bits and pieces. I never allowed a writer's block to haunt me as I used my otherwise unproductive time, like during driving for long hours being stuck in traffic jams or during walking or taking food, in developing the plot further and that helped me to complete the novel. Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership? No, this being my debut novel I didn't have any platform already in place. To build a platform I am usually depended on social media promotions and word to mouth publicity. I believe the social media platforms are the best means to reach out to potential readers. I have my facebook page @authoranuraag to reach out to my readers and remain in touch with them. Q. Favorite novel? Usually, novels of Fredrick Forsyth and in specific a nonfiction book "The Road Less Travelled" by M Scott Peck. Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know? I am more of a spiritual reader rather than a fiction reader.Q. What’s next?Working on one fiction and some nonfiction spiritual writings. Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes? In the world where readers are more and more using online portals and getting hooked to social media for their own personal advice, I think SALISMANIA.com will be able to help establish a connection between writers and readers working as a bridge between them and fulfilling their respective needs of promotion and useful advice on what to read. I wish the very best to SALISMANIA.com for their future endeavors.