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May 10, 2013 at 04:27pm IST

Champions are not made in gyms: Dr R Durgadoss

A terrorist group strikes the world by planting viruses into global computer systems From a satellite orbiting the earth. This act of cyber terrorism disrupts air traffic Systems, interferes with the control systems for water and electricity, blocks commercial communications, crashes various network systems, gains access to Secret military information and defaces various websites. In light of this cyber, the world is facing a chaotic situation. Shiv, a young, celebrated NASA scientist destroys their moves and saves the earth attacks. To honor Shiv's extraordinarily brave performance, a felicitation function was held at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai on the fateful day of 26th November 2008. Shiv, the cyber warrior, becomes a victim to a physical terrorist attack the Taj Hotel. His mind flashed several images in a state of coma, in the ICU of a leading Hospital in Mumbai. The images of war, weapons and weeping Widows flashed in his mind. What has he, the famous NASA scientist to do with a warrior of the 3100 BC era? The secrets buried in the silent chambers of his soul are unraveled.

The author, Dr R Durgadoss, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his book 'The Shackles of the Warrior'.

Q. What writers, books, or ideas have most influenced you? Asked by: Rohit

Champions are not made in gyms: Dr R Durgadoss

The author, Dr R Durgadoss, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his book 'The Shackles of the Warrior'.

A. Ayn Rand, Dan Brown, Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghvi are some of the authors who could make an impact on me. Apart from this, whenever mythology/history is a mystery, I am fond of filling such gaps with creative thoughts.

Q. What inspired you to write this book? Asked by: Gunjan

A. Life may crown you or crucify you on a cross. We should be prepared to chase our passion while we should be open to face the outcome of whatever nature. We can design a strategy or a process but not the outcome. Even a slight set back upsets the minds of the younger generation. I intend to pass on the message that the champions are not made in the gyms but are made in the inner chambers of our silent soul. This triggered this book where the protagonist goes through several difficulties but yet he counts his blessings than his troubles. In two contrasting era's, the protagonist demonstrates such conviction.

Q. Why did you choose to name the book 'The Shackles of the Warrior'? Asked by: Honey

A. The protagonist of this book faces the shackles of poverty, caste, society, denouncement from the family and betrayal by the nearest kith and kin. Yet, he faces them all bravely and hence the fiction is titled as the 'Shackles of the Warrior'

Q. How long did it take for you to put down everything in order? Asked by: Deepak

A. It took me 3 months for the plot design, 3 months for writing and in all 6 months. In addition, a core team of young students and executives evaluated and edited this pre-publication script for a period of 2 months.

Q. I want to be a writer. How to garner the skill to convert thoughts into words? Asked by: Rekha

A. All I can tell aspiring writers is this: You should read books from diversified segments so that you will be able to enjoy varied genre. Sticking to one genre will exhaust them quickly and it is difficult to retain the interest of the readers in the long run. Therefore, I recommend a depth as far as the writing of technical books and width as far as fictional books. You imagine yourself to be playing the role of the characters and the words will flow automatically. More can be viewed at http://drdd.co.in/.

Q. What is going through your mind when you writing a book? Asked by: Anu

A. India is a country which is living in several centuries at the same time. We can see a laborer carrying a television on his head, a bullock cart carrying a rocket launcher and scientists launching satellites all at the same time. However, it is a pity that the modern youth India has alienated itself from the Indian mythology/history. Hence I wanted to create a fiction which takes the reader to both the ancient and modern era. I was oscillating between the modern cyber warrior and ancient chariot warrior. I thought the fiction will serve as a time machine to connect the youth India to the ancient era.

Q. How do you see fiction and non-fiction books? which is more difficult to write? Why? Asked by: Deepak

A. My last book 'A Saint in the Boardroom' was a non-fiction. There the base was a serious subject on positive thinking while the fictional element was only an icing on the cake. But my present book 'The Shackles of the Warrior' is a 100 percent fiction with twists, turns and suspense. Being creative and yet making it a real page turner is a very difficult task. The fiction should have a combination of substance, creativity, thrill, suspense - then only it can retain the interests of the audience. Hence writing a fiction is the most difficult task in my opinion.

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