Today we have Niraj Satnalika, author of 8 Days a Week, Published by Half Baked Beans.
- Tell us about yourself.
To earn my living, I am currently employed with a leading investment bank in Bangalore. Previously, I worked with Crisil Ltd in Mumbai. Academically I am nearing completion of PhD from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, I have completed MBA in Finance from IMT Ghaziabad and B.Tech from Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata.
Also, I run a non-profit NGO which helps the underprivileged children get access to education. Being closely attached with education, I also co-founded a start-up, MeTrack, in education space. The product is currently in the beta testing mode and aims to bridge the gap between parents and teachers.
- What brought you in this writing world?
I would say Books are one’s best friend as they don’t have any demands/ expectation. In order to communicate and struggle with zillions of thoughts in my mind, I started penning down.
- What after writing?
Live in the present and enjoy the current moment. I don’t generally plan much for future as whenever I have planned, the opposite has happened. I strongly believe life is too dynamic to be planned before hand.
- What made you write 8 Days a Week?
While I was at B-school, I saw fellow batch-mates chasing grades as if this is the end of the world and probably low grade would not allow them to survive. This made me feel that now people are more concerned for marks and not the practical real world experience. I found people accepting sales profile job with different companies even if they are not interested in the same just to get placed and beat the heat of placements.
Post MBA also, whenever I met people from sales field everyone cribbed and yet continued the bandwagon. This whole world of sales then motivated me to have a closer look and that’s how the product 8 Days a week was born.
- Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?
I would choose Ron as his work shows his passion. Even if he was struggling with targets at the end he loved sales. While switching job also he joined the new organisation in sales profile only.
- According to you what is the real meaning of literature?
Well, literature for me is the best means to put forward one’s thought. I believe it to be a plain vanilla method which helps you in communicating, fighting, learning and doing much more with the outer world. It helps you realise your inner being as well.
- Names of authors you follow. And why?
Devdutt Patnaik. I like his correlation of mythological concept in the field of economics, science etc. He very well brings out mythology in his work which is easy to understand for a layman while ensuring it’s not boring either.
- Anything about your upcoming work?
I am working on two titles. Though the names are not yet finalized, it could be “Escape from Corporate Hell- How I Squirmed Through and Survived?” and other would be “Virginity and Psychology”.
On the timelines, I am not sure by when I will complete these.
- How can our readers connect with you?
Readers can always drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also available on the social networking sites:
- Any words to newbies?
Follow your passion, make it your profession and you will never hate your job. By the end of the day when you look back, while leaving your workplace, and if feel you have contributed (in any manner) for the improvement of the organisation and yourself, think you have utilized your time and made an impact. Impact matters rest everything can wait.