"A story is often born, not conceived" - Madhav Thapar

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Madhav is a Logistics Professional and Corporate Executive with over three decades of Senior Management experience in C level positions with leading multi nationals in the field.

Widely travelled and with a keen interest in Sports and Movies, besides being a voracious reader himself, Writing has been a passion with Madhav and he is an active blogger on Social Media. He lives in Mumbai.

A Friend Like Karna is his first novel and the realization of a lifelong dream to be a published author. INTERVIEW: Q. Characterize yourself in one word? I Believe Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence. Friendship or Love, Power or Loyalty-the eternal choices that mankind has faced from the times of the Mahabharata to the present day setting and the modern day Karna (Veer) who is the protagonist of my book. Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book? A story is often born, not conceived. A Friend like Karna is one such story. I had two guiding themes: First, for inspiration the age-old epic of the Mahabharata, and in particular the noble and heroic character of the great Karna. Second, for context, the contemporary world of fast-paced India with its glamour, competitiveness, adrenaline and growing neuroticism. The idea was to tell a tale that embodied eternal values, but yet would be easy for the present generation to relate with and most importantly would capture their interest. So the words are deliberately few, the action hectic, and the events cascade in a significant rush.

Q. What has been your biggest achievement? Writing was my dream and ambition since childhood. The practicalities of Life and the demands of my career took me on a different path. However to be able to come back to my first love, and actually complete and publish a novel which has won the affection of so many of my readers is what I would count as my greatest achievement. Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in? The support and encouragement of my family and a special mention of my younger daughter Aakriti who never allowed me to give up till I completed the novel and got it published. Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership? This is a spontaneous story inspired by my all-time hero Karna and written in a flow. The response that it has received has encouraged me to write more, and I am already working upon my next novel, which will also be built upon significant events that occour over the years in India and shape the destinies of the main characters.

Q. Favorite novel? The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know? That I am always nervous about meeting the expectations of readers. I deeply feel the need for anyone who invests time in my book to have a pleasurable experience. Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes? There is a great need for a forum like this that highlights the work of authors and provides a platform for appreciation of and discussion about good books. Salismania has made a great beginning and with sincere and sustained effort I am sure that there is a great future ahead for your organization.