An Amazon No. 1 bestselling novelist and motivational speaker, Kulpreet Yadav is the Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, an international literary magazine that has published over 260 writers from 24 countries in the last four years. As a Creative Writing Mentor, Kulpreet has conducted numerous workshops for aspiring writers in India. Kulpreet Yadav is an Author, Creative Writing Mentor & Motivational Speaker. As a matter of fact, all these positive traits bring a power in writing. Although these streams are different, it brings a lot of positive energy in life. Once you get into these activities, you start enjoying life.
A product of the Naval Officer’s Academy, Kulpreet quit his job of a mariner as a Commandant of the Indian Coast Guard on 1 Jan 2014, to pursue his passion for writing and speaking. Shortlisted in several literary contests, his stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications in India and abroad. In fact, you never know about these realities while reading a book by the author. While reading creates an impact but such instances build realities. Therefore it becomes quite interesting interacting with the creators.
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Kulpreet Yadav is the Founder-Editor of Open Road Review
Red Ink Literary Agency, New Delhi, is representing Kulpreet’s Andy Karan series of thrillers. ‘Catching the Departed’, the first in the series, which was shortlisted by Hachette-DNA in their contest. ‘Hunt for the Next Bestseller’, was launched at The Arts House, Singapore on 18 July 14. The second in the series, ‘The Girl Who Loved a Pirate’, is India’s first spy thriller based on pirates and hijacking at sea. It was launched in New Delhi on 28 Aug 15 followed by Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai.
Kulpreet’s first novel was published in 2006 (The Bet) and rights were later sold in 2009 to Ideaindia.com, an e-book portal. ‘A Waiting Wave’ was published in 2011. Kulpreet’s first collection of short stories was published in 2013 titled ‘India Unlimited – Stories from a Nation Caught between Hype and Hope’ (Lifi publications, New Delhi). He read excerpts from the collection at the Asia Pacific Writer’s event on 7 Nov 2012 at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University. One of the short fiction pieces, included in this collection, won a Special Commendation in The Best Short Writing in the World’ by Fleeting Books, UK, in 2011.
Kulpreet has been a proud speaker at literary festivals in Singapore, Bangkok, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Goa, Gurgaon, Pune, Lucknow etc. He has also spoken at Literati fest at IIT Delhi and several other schools and colleges across India. Kulpreet lives in New Delhi with his wife and two daughters.
Kulpreet Yadav is a celebrity
Wow! What a fabulous celebrity Kulpreet is. This is my honor to welcome Kulpreet Yadav on my blog for an introspective interview. While reading his answers, take a note of the amount of sincerity in them. Although he is busy doing so many things, but still manages to keep his ideas clear and crisp. Therefore it becomes important to learn. Though at times while reading we don’t catch such small things, but it matters a lot. Hence, if these things are picked well, it can impact our life.
Your real name and pen name?
Kulpreet Yadav is my formal name. My parents and close relatives and friends call me ‘Bittu’.
Please share some of the best memories of your childhood.
Childhood was fun, very adventurous to say the least. I was born in Chennai (then Madras) and raised all over including, Agra, Chandigarh, Tezpur in Assam and Pune etc. While I was a good student, I was also keen on outdoors, playing basketball and cricket. I was the adventurous sort, often going into the jungles all by myself. Now it gives me shivers for the kind of risks I used to take.
Kulpreet Yadav is a multifaceted personality
About your education?
I’m a Kendriya Vidyalaya product. I did my college from Nowrosjee Wadia in Pune, graduating with Chemistry honors. Then I joined the Naval Officer’s Academy soon after and led the life of an armed forces officer before getting back to books once again. I have a post-grad in journalism from Amity, Noida.
What career did you plan during your education days?
I was not thinking about a career when I was younger. I used to read a lot as a child. The western world had a big influence on me. It was an alternate world I was wanting to get into. I loved the clarity of thoughts in those stories: about food, sex, good vs bad etc. Life outside of those books was dull.
What languages you can speak and write?
I can speak Hindi and English besides Haryanvi, which is a dialect of Hindi anyway. I can also manage a bit of Punjabi & Gujarati.
What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?
My dad. He is an amazing guy, a great friend, a drinking partner, someone who has always supported me. Two years ago when I told him that I wanted to quit my job as I was bored, he smiled, gave me a pat on the back and said, “Go ahead.” He is also one of the most hard-working men I have met in my life.
What hurts you most in this world?
Casteism. It has killed our society. What a person should earn by karma is happening now by birth. I am so pissed off by casteism that I have been an atheist all my life.
Kulpreet Yadav hates Casteism
What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?
I think I have been fairly lucky as nothing comes to mind. But at the moment I am sort of undergoing a challenging phase of my life as I transition from being an armed forces officer to a writer, speaker and startup founder.
What is your favorite genre and why?
I love thrillers. But I also love literary novels and short stories.
When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?
I started late, in 2006 I think. For me writing works at two levels: one, I write to entertain people, and two, I write to deal with conflicts, real or imagined, mostly man vs man, understanding them, deconstructing them, fighting, and arguing with them etc.
Which of your work is there? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?
I am happy with the Andy Karan series. The second in the series is ‘The Girl Who Loved a Pirate’. It is India’s 1st romantic spy novel on pirates. The first was Catching the Departed.
If Writing a Book is a project, What are the key essentials you take care of in Project Management?
All of it. From idea to plot, writing, editing, polishing, to finally marketing. Every stage is important.
What are your future plans?
I am happy the way Open Road Review is doing. I want to find partners who have the capacity to invest so that I can take it to whole new level.
Kulpreet Yadav – Change is always difficult
What is generally your preference in reading – a paper book or ebook? And why?
I love both. e-books at the moment is a new beginning. Change is always difficult but I am sure it is all for good.
What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?
The conflict is the most important. I like to ask myself: what is at stake here and who should people who read this care about it. Second, I give a lot of focus on character development. Third, I always have a plot ready before I dive into the real writing. Fourth, I try very hard to keep my language very simple.
How much real life goes into a fiction writing?
It’s almost real, I like to keep my fiction believable.
Is a high level of imagination important to have for an Author?
Yes, one should have the capacity to create an alternate world to set a story. Close your eyes and you should be able to meet your characters and talk to them, feel their pain etc.
Your dream destination on Earth?
Tough one. Never gave it a thought. I love every place and I think every person and every place is special.
Your favorite food?
I like Kerala cuisine. Appams and stew are my all time favorite.
What comes to your mind when you think of India?
Hype and Hope.
The first thing you do in the morning after waking up?
Bed tea. Can’t move an inch without it.
Links & other relevant details:
Publisher: Rumour Books India
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Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.
Any other links: www.kulpreetyadav.com
My views on interview with Kulpreet Yadav
I must thanks Kulpreet Yadav. While his answers are quite interesting, they are thought provoking too. His answer to questions like “What is generally your preference in reading – a paper book or ebook? And why?”
are quite interesting. Like when he said “Change is always difficult but I am sure it is all for good.”, it carries a lot of depth in it. And the other question “What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?” has a fabulous answer. His reply “The conflict is the most important.” is something that is very critical in life. And also when he said “Second, I give a lot of focus on character development.” show the depth in the thought process.
Few of his lines I would like to highlight are:
“From idea to plot, writing, editing, polishing, to finally marketing. Every stage is important.”
“I want to find partners who have the capacity to invest so that I can take it to whole new level.”
“I am so pissed off by casteism that I have been an atheist all my life.”
“What career did you plan during your education days? I was not thinking about a career when I was younger.”
“But at the moment I am sort of undergoing a challenging phase of my life as I transition from being an officer to a writer, speaker and startup founder.”
Fabulous interaction with Kulpreet Yadav
Shortlisted in several literary contests, his stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications in India and abroad. In fact, you never know about these realities while reading a book by the author. While reading creates an impact but such instances build realities. Therefore it becomes quite interesting interacting with the creators.
While closing I must admit this is one of those few interviews that I like reading again. As a matter of fact, I think, Kulpreet Yadav is a man of firm belief and has a power to carve his journey.