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Author Interview with Kartikeya Ladha

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Born in Gwalior, a historical town in India, Kartikeya Ladha grew up immersed in the richness of India’s vibrant customs and family life, and was educated in a rigid educational system at The Scindia School, a relic from the days of the British Raj.

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  • What are your interests other than writing?
My inspiration in life comes from curiosity. I am a very curious person who is always seeking to learn from everything and everyone. So, when I am not writing, I am focussed on learning. 
My interests are not limited to anything. I like to keep my options open and involve myself in everything that comes along the way. 
  • How often do you write?
Since, i started writing books I have been a very dedicated and determined writer. When I am working on a book, for instance now, I write every day for almost all day without exceptions to maintain consistency, rhythm and flow of the story. 
  • What other genres do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading books on society and culture. 
  • Which of your novels best describes you as a person?
I don’t know if I have an answer for this. I guess my own book describes me the best, as it is inspired from personal life experiences. 
  • Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?
Yes I have. I have explored that in some of the short stories I have written for fun. But never went deep into it. This is something I would like to explore in the future.
  • Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I think you certainly need some structure if you are writing professionally. If its for a hobby and fun you can just write when you feel inspired. But when you are a serious artist creating something out of complete surrender, you need to whole heartedly devote yourself to the craft and grow with it. 
Consistency is the most important thing in my opinion.
  • Your favourite book?
This is a tough one. But when I was younger I really liked the writings of Ayn Rand. Even though the writing is very extreme in her glorification of capitalism, which I don’t agree with. But its definitely one of the best creative works I have read, especially her book Atlas Shrugged.
  • Can you tell us about your current projects?
Yes. I am working on the sequel of my first book, Dream Beyond Shadows. 
This new book takes place all in India and is a very comprehensive piece, which has all elements of what a story needs to provide its readers with.
It is a very deep work, where philosophy is a big part of it along side a narrative that tries to captures the soul and beauty of many parts of India.
It is also a very personal story where I have tried to break down the barriers of society and bring for the readers something that is very raw and unique. 
  • If you were to change your genre, which one would you choose?
I really want to get into dark comedy at some point.
 What does literary success look like to you?
I don’t attach myself to results and success much. To me they don’t matter as much as what you love doing.
I really believe that we should listen to our hearts and pursue our dreams on an every day basis, without thinking about, “if we are gonna be successful or not”.
Success to me is being joyful and happy in life while enjoying what you do. 
  • A message for readers
Keep believing.
Keep dreaming.
Keep creating.
Theres no better way to live your life than by being your true self.
Thats the biggest service you can do to this world and yourself.
So, be you and learn to embrace every part of you.

About the Book

If you are holding this book, there’s a chance you may be at a crossroads in your life, as once the author of this book was.

Feeling stuck and overwhelmed by society’s pressures, how can we learn, in today’s fast paced and results driven world, to truly dream beyond shadows?

Having touched the hearts of readers across the globe, Dream Beyond Shadows has now been published in its second edition, to celebrate the raw and compelling art of storytelling inscribed in its pages.

This book chronicles a turning point in the author’s life, a moment when he decided to turn against the current of his life and move in the opposite direction of social expectations and his own conditioned fears. It’s the story of an adventure that leaves behind the hustle and bustle of New York City, winds along the Ayahuasca vine through the tribal magic of shamanic ceremonies in the Amazon jungle, into the Incan legacy of Peru’s Sacred Valley and the sublime energy of the megalithic Machu Picchu.

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