My Failed Boss by Sruthi Kitcha is an engaging account of a man named Arjun that resembles all of us in some or the other way in the professional landscape. Yet he stands apart from the crowd and it was interesting to read his entrepreneurial journey of discovering and refining himself through this book. The author has dedicated this book to her boss Mr. Anmol Vij who fired her to make her a boss.
In a candid interview, she talks about her book, her interest in writing, and more. So, let’s get started:
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi! I’m Sruthi. Co-founder at Talk Factory and author of ‘My Failed Boss’. A voracious reader and happy-go-lucky mom.
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I fell in love with English and stories, when I was 3. I guess it started then. But it wasn’t until I hit my teens, I thought of being a writer.
What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
The rich dexterity of situations and characters. I love observing people and how they behave in situations. It could be as simple as picking their nose. But I love observing things. It never ceases to amaze me. I want to capture these in words which leads me to write books.
Tell something in brief about your book ‘My Failed Boss’? How did the idea of coming up with this book strike you? What amount of research you did for this one.
This book is inspired by my ex-boss Mr. Anmol Vij. He was much more than just a boss. He has mentored and helped me shape my career. He did that by sharing his mistakes and failures. We both agreed that a lot of young professionals and entrepreneurs could benefit from this as well. Combined the idea with my writing aspiration and boo, the book happened! With respect to research, the challenge was to find out if the story would be relevant to people from different professions. So research involved testing the content and its reliability.
Do you see books as a carrier of an important message or a medium of entertainment?
I see them as both. You can just shove an important message down the throat. It’s not a tablet to be swallowed hard. For a message to reach, it has to be presented in a situation with a character. Then it becomes relatable to the reader and easier to accept the message.
Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
I would call it more of a self-realization journey. The path to sculpting a better version of myself. I know, understand and realize every word I write. If the word ‘spiritual’ would apply for it, then yeah!
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I don’t have a schedule for writing. But I’m methodical with the process. I have an outline, plan, and structure before I pen the first word. I also have Mr. Anmol to mentor me with the process. Much of the writing is about setting the process right. After that, the words just flow.
Have you ever faced writer’s block? If yes, how did you overcome it?
Every writer faces it. I would be lying if I say No. I let it ride through, don’t try hard and distract myself with something radically different. Then I’m back with the flow.
When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or a full-time profession?
Oh yes! I definitely did. I wanted to be like Sidney Sheldon and Dan Brown, travel around the world just to research for my books.
What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?
To create an impact or an entity that will keep my name alive even after I’m dead.
How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading in India?
Reading is happening in different formats. Not just in paperbacks in forms of books. I find it very healthy. Writing is definitely much better than what it was 20 years ago. But as a reader, I don’t find much Indian writing with depth. Either most are too shallow or too intense to wrap our head around.
How important is marketing a book in the present conditions when every day we see new titles coming up? Any tips to share?
Just focus on the content. It’s not about a fancy title or flashy marketing. I’d rather dedicate more time to making my content strong so that it sells for itself.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? What is your favorite genre?
I’m a voracious reader. Reading is one habit I’m addicted too. I read anything that comes under my nose. From product leaflets to research journals, I love reading. My favorite genre is Young Adult fiction/ children books. I find them so fascinating. I absolutely revere JK Rowling, Sidney Sheldon, and Dan Brown. I also love Amish Tripathi and Ashwin Sanghi books. I preorder and finish the book in a day.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Write. Write Now. Write more.
Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
Definitely yes! I’ve just taken my first step and I’m here for a long haul. Luckily, there’s no retirement age for an author.
*We wish Author Sruthi all the best for her future endeavors.*