Partridge India Author| Santhosh Gangadharan, Spinning into Oblivion
Partridge India introduces Santhosh Gangadharan, author of Spinning into Oblivion.
About Your Book and Yourself
Please briefly describe your book.
Spinning into Oblivion is my first novel. The book talks about the power of subconscious mind over the conscious mind of human beings and how the human reacts to the dreams they see when their conscious mind is at rest.
It discusses the evolution of souls. The quest for the answers to certain riddles takes the protagonist to the sand dunes of Dubai and the Sufi centres in Konya in Turkey. Finally he goes back to the place of his birth in the rain forests of Borneo to get a definitive relief from the stress he undergoes.
The book is a mixture of facts and fiction where there is only a thin line that divides the two.
The notion of spinning at high revolutions to bring about masslessness and thereby being able to interact with the departed souls in the other world is the pivotal point in the story. The fact that being closer to one’s place of birth enhances the chances of increasing the positivity of his soul is brought to forefront in the book.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
I am a post-graduate in Chemical Engineering, working in Oman for the past several years. I was born in Borneo and had spent lot of time in Dubai and Kuwait as well but studied mostly in India.
I like to read a lot and used to write short skits for the children. The dream I was having continuously for some days made me sit up and think about what I should do with the concept I had seen in my subconscious mind. That is how the idea of writing a novel was born.
The morning walks around the nearby garden had helped a lot in streamlining my thoughts for bringing out a story line and developing the essential characters in it.
Being an avid reader, I like to indulge in literary activities.
Which influences have inspired you, with regard to your writing style and your book itself?
My son had been a big inspiration for me to write. He writes short stories and reads lot of books on various subjects. Our Friday chats had egged me to go for penning down my thoughts into a novel.
My concept about dreams had helped me in moving forward with my book. Dreams need not necessarily be related to the things or people you have been thinking about. It can be spurred by something that had been lying dormant in your subconscious mind.
When I just close my eyes, several frames rush past my eyes. Some relevant images move in front of my eyes along with a host of irrelevant things. I try to train my mind to hang on to the best of the frames that could assist me in my writings.
There have been several instances where I had used the scenes from my dreams in my novels.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
If you are a lover of mysticism, you will be tingled if you really concentrate while reading the novel ‘Spinning into Oblivion’.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
I had started working on a sequel to my book. But I have realised that it is not easy to go in the same tempo as I had done for the first book. I have to be careful in matching with my earlier style of story telling that had generated lot of interest in my readers.
That means it might take a lot more time to finish the sequel than the original.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
I am looking at some give-aways and book reviews that would be helpful in promoting the book.
What was your favourite part of your publishing experience?
The best part of my publishing experience was the editing of the text written by me. I learned a lot from my editor in Partridge. It was really a trying experience when I travelled along with the editor over the corrections and suggestions being made by her.
It gave a tremendous insight into the world of language and literature as a whole.
What did you think of your Partridge experience?
Being the first book, it was a pleasant learning experience. The process went on pretty fast till the novel arrived at the online stores.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep your TIN at hand’s reach so that when you get a Thought, Idea or Notion you could jot down in the book. It is like putting your sparks inside a TIN and closing it lest it loses its lustre, for later use. If you don’t write down immediately, my experience tells me that you will forget it very soon.
Later when you think of writing an article, story or a book, the contents of your TIN would come in handy.