A motivational speaker, leadership coach and behavioral trainer by profession, Mayur’s hobby of writing poetry and prose evolved into a serious and an inspired avocation twelve years ago.
He has written two books of poetry titled, ‘Smile at Stress’ and ‘Rising Waterfall’.
‘Adventures of Poorna’ is his first book of prose.
The evolution from poetry to writing an adventure story happened upon his return from a spiritual sojourn to the Kailas & Manasarovar Lake in the Himalayas, in the year 2001, along with his revered Guru, Swami Sadyojat Shankarashram.
Apart from this Mayur is a passionate painter/artist and has made his mark in the abstract and contemporary genre with art exhibitions in India and Switzerland. An adventurer at heart, Mayur is an avid trekker and rock climber.
However, apart from all this his true passion is imagining, exploring and then articulating new realms of philosophical fiction and spiritualism through writing and painting.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.
Mayur: Aghori – An Untold Story is a vibrantly colored collage of varied experiences that the protagonist, Subraiya or Subbu as he is fondly addressed as goes through. Subbu’s extremely deep and earnest desire to know more about the Aghori Sadhus/ babas becomes the basis of this most unique and indelible journey of adventures and experiences.
The book is not just a story but an opportunity for the reader to experience an exuberant expedition that incorporates different and diverse activities which are spiritual, intriguing, ethereal and at times, frightening!
Aghori-an untold story has been written in an autobiographical form with the intense intent of the author to make the reader feel that he or she is part of all the adventures and experiences. I believe that it is completely up to the reader or a better word would be the ‘viewer’ to infer whether the story of Subbu and his journey with the Aghoris is fiction or reality!
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Mayur: I chose this particular title because there are a lot many aspects about the mystical AGHORIs that I wanted to unravel and unfold through my this book, for my readers and hence the title, AGHORI AN UNTOLD STORY 👍
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer/poet and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Mayur: It was upon my return from the Kailas Mountain and the Manasarovar Lake in the Himalayas that I felt an inner and intense desire to write prose and poetry. Apart from this, my sincere fascination to know and explore more about the Monks and Sadhus from India truly inspired me to eventually end up rising to become an author and poet!
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Mayur: As the years pass on and post ten years I wish to be seen and understood as that author who is different in the subjects he writes on, the simplicity with which he weaves every story of his and the impact every book of his creates upon the readers across the world.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Mayur: I think, every book is an opportunity for a reader to experience something fantastic and it is therefore important that the writer makes all the sensible and sincere efforts to promote his or her book through all the media platforms. I have always felt that the best story should never go unrecognised and deep efforts must be undertaken to ensure that more and more readers get to know if it.
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Mayur: Through my books of prose and poetry my passionate and fervent aim has been to get my reader to feel energized, excited and evolved! I want the readers to feel every book of mine as an exuberant adventure and after reading the book I want them to want more from me as an author. So the message always has been, read and lead!
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Mayur: By profession I’m a corporate trainer and coach. I conduct seminars and workshops for organizations and their employees in India and other countries namely Fiji Islands, Malaysia and Singapore. My main focus is on topics such as Leadership Skills Development, Motivation Management,
Business Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution and a few others related to Networking skills as well. I also am a Personal Wellness Coach for CEOs and Managers.
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Mayur: Whenever I face this situation called the writers block I do a few simple things such as,
I paint, I sketch abstracts, watch documentaries. I also listen to music and even meditate on the sound of OM. Through such activities I truly feel more energized and OPEN to re-start my writing process.
LiFT: What if your story will be adopted as a movie? Whom would you want to work as a director or actors in it?
Mayur: I would love to have Randeep Hooda as the actor to play the role of Subbu, the protagonist in my story AGHORI AN UNTOLD STORY. Adding to this I would love to see Ajay Devgan to play the role of an AGHORI Sadhu as he has that intense personality. Neeraj Pandey is someone I feel can be the apt choice for director.
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Mayur: AANTAREEKSH is my next book. I’m 30 percent in it right now and am looking at 2022 release of the book. To be honest I will not like to reveal much about it but can only say that it’s about a father and daughter SPIRITUAL connection that goes beyond Earth.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Mayur: To all the budding writers and poets, just start actually writing and don’t think about how a reader is going to like or dislike it. Don’t think about the readers and concentrate on your passion to create the story that you want to tell through the book. Also, keep improving your style, your method and also your path of thinking as these will help you to keep getting better as an author or poet. To add to this, embrace errors or mistakes with a smile and learn from them. Finally, just keep writing.