PepperScript in Conversation with Nistha Tripathi

  1. Seven Conversations (SC) is your debut novel. How challenging was the publishing industry?

Very challenging! Since I am an engineer, I had no understanding of how publishing works. Plus, I was in USA for last seven years, so Indian book market and its trends were also not very familiar for me. Good thing was that I was able to establish connection with some authors early on who had gone through the process and could give me an insider’s view and what to expect. So, I knew a rough ride lies ahead. Needless to say, it is hard to land a publisher for a debut novel especially by a person not connected to media or journalism. Writing an interesting synopsis itself is a tricky thing. For example, Anuj Bahri from Red Ink called me as my query had piqued his interest. Even though he could not take up the project at that point, he did give me couple of helpful feedbacks regarding the synopsis I wrote. This helped me later on. I was expecting a tough ride and was not going to give up easily. Eventually, Leadstart showed an interest and we signed up a deal. 

  1. SC is a spiritual fictional novel. What inspired you to weave the Hindu mythology with spiritualism?

The book is primarily spiritual. But instead of keeping it abstract and completely philosophical, I wanted to reconcile Hindu mythology with my sense of spirituality. This is mainly because I feel our ancient Vedic scriptures hold a lot of timeless wisdom which we, youth, are quick to reject because we don’t want to be orthodox. I wanted to convey that wisdom in form of a story we can relate to. So, there is lot of focus on Gita and Krsna in the book. At the same time, the message conveyed is religion agnostic. I strongly believe that all religions convey the importance of good values and inner happiness; I have put it in a fiction format where the protagonist is going through turmoil’s that are making her question the meaning of life. I have tried to answer those doubts (which I am sure all of us face at some point) in seven conversations. One of the conversations is also focused on ‘love’ because I think it is an integral part of finding inner happiness.

  1. As an author what would be your best conversation with ‘Meera’, the protagonist of SC?

I crafted each conversation to serve a specific purpose. Seven conversations are of pain, truth, heart, purpose, hope, light and self. I strongly recommend everyone to read the ‘Conversation of Self’ which ties the whole book together and is the soul of the book. All our answers lie within and that is conveyed beautifully in this conversation. 

  1. Your book is changing perceptions. How does it feel having changed lives?

It is very humbling. I was working in high paying jobs on Wall Street previously but I never got the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile. This book’s journey has given me immense happiness and a feeling of content. Frankly, commercial success was not my primary goal, I was just happy to have written a book that I loved and that I could be proud of. When that first feedback came and someone told me that the book has helped them find their peace, I felt the whole grueling journey has been worth it. And that feeling will keep me happy till I die. My family was also very proud of me after reading this book and that means a lot to me. It is a book that I could share with my parents and teachers. As you grow, you start realizing that financial success is not everything, life is so much bigger. 

  1. One question you think we all face in life undoubtedly. And why?

One question that we all ask inevitably at some point is ‘Did I do the right thing?’. It could be about a big decision you made or in general, the life choice you opted. One variation of it is – ‘What should I do?’ when we are facing a dilemma. I have covered this in detail in ‘Conversation of Heart’ in the book. Humans are constantly facing a battle of heart vs. mind. We think that we can control and plan out things and if we follow certain strategy, then our life would be good. At the same time, we are plagued by doubts – ‘what if?’ We feel that the grass is always greener on the other side. All this leads to is an eternal tug of war between different choices. We are never satisfied because we keep feeling that we could have done something better. This is the root cause of unhappiness in most of us.

  1. Who is your favorite author?

There are so many of them. To name a few, I would go for P G Wodehouse in humor. He is extremely consistent and the metaphors he comes up with are so unique – signs of a gifted writer. Other than him, I am also a fan of Kurt Vonnegut in satires and Keigo Higashino, best selling Japanese mystery author. 

  1. Not restraining only to SC, would you like to share with us your favorite quote?

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”  ― André Gide, Autumn Leaves

  1. Did you overcome any dare before you could choose happiness over convenience?

It was more like a prolonged thought process than a dare. I have made many unconventional choices in life such as leaving traditional jobs to pursue things like writing, dropping out of a very competitive MBA program to pursue a startup, ending unhappy relationships etc. I think its about taking a leap of faith. The first time is obviously very difficult but then you get more accustomed to making such decisions in future. 

  1. Would you like to point the similarities between Meera and yourself?

There are many because the book is partly inspired by my own life experiences. We are both willing to choose happiness over convenience; we both are reserved, strong and spiritual. 

  1. Would you like to leave a message for Team PepperScript?

Absolutely, I think it is a great initiative because I have seen the struggles of publishing journey myself. I feel there are many deserving writers out there and it would be great if PepperScript can bring them to market and help them get to as many readers as possible. So, keep up the good work and I am also psyched about PS Comics and Comic Con 🙂

About the Author: Nistha Tripathi is a writer and entrepreneur – wanderer would be more appropriate. She is by education an engineering grad from UIUC and MBA dropout from NYU which she believes is not important. “I penned down Seven Conversations when I felt that life had given me a story to tell and it was my duty to tell it aloud,” she says.

About the Book: Seven Conversations is a thought experiment on life and existence. The characters might be fictitious but their questions are not.

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Only Artists can survive Rejection!

Every writer sooner or later will nourish a longstanding relationship with rejection. The history says that if you are getting rejected, you are in a fine company. Quite a few authors get a green signal from the publishers at the very first approach. However, getting published does not always mean that one is a good writer, not even the best sellers let you gain the dignity of an esteemed author. What sets a benchmark for you is the number of minds you have managed to capture and inspired to think alike!

Rejection must be followed by success & not otherwise, for Team PepperScript believes that one must, “pull the strength someone put in to de-motivate you to motivate yourself because, hope is beautiful.”

George Orwell, Patrick White, Norman Mailer, D. H. Lawrence, and Leo Tolstoy were all knocked back by publishers. J. K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame was rejected by 5 publishers, Twilight was rejected 14 times and Dr. Seuss was rejected 23 times before Vanguard Press accepted his renowned series of 44 children’s classics. In between several rejections, they revised and rewrote and resubmitted, and the attainment was unconquerable without the endless rejections!

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However, with the ease of access for self-publishing the equation of rejection with writers has been partially removed. ‘Rejection’, should instead be considered as a frienemy, for it enhances your flaws! Ever wondered if there is any pattern to rejection? Perhaps the script is of a very poor quality, or may be too daring, or they it does not fit the criterion of the publisher. But persistence will prevail one fine day! Never overlook the considerations and recommendations given by the editor or the publishers, make the desired changes, revise and submit again, and may be yet again!

Rejection is just one aspect of being a writer, and if you are an ardent one, here are few facts to lift your spirits:

  1.   Rejection is good, really: If you get rejected, once, twice, several times, consider it as a blessing! Believe it or not, you are just been granted few more months or certainly years to rework and develop your writing. The fear of rejection is innate and inevitable. But keeping yourself motivated and being open to suggestions will always help!
  2.      It’s not always a writer’s fault: Yes! It is not the writer who regrets writing a good story. Sometimes it is the publishers who regret rejecting a bestseller. Quality writing is only one of the several reasons that writers often claim to lack. Instead, there could be other reasons like the genre does not match, or the editors’ preferences clashes with that of the publishers.
  3.      Ego is a dirty word: Ouch! They rejected my writing, how could they? More than rejection, ego should be the writers’ enemy! Every reader has a different interpretation and perspective. One might understand your creative writing, while another might just give it a go! Few might reread it and still might not understand, hence the writer faces rejection.
  4.      Rejection can be an inspiration: It can be discouraging to put a lot of work into a piece of work and receive dismissive comments. So take a few days or weeks to digest the disappointment and plan your next move. The key is to keep practicing!
  5.      Reason your rejection: Rejection could be maddening, but at the end it serves a purpose. Moreover, any novel in the market without facing prior criticism or rejection has suffered. If you really wish to become a writer, a published author then you better face the reality, conquer your flaws and learn from your rejections.

So, now we know that most renowned writers get to the publishing world through the doorway of a rejection letter. But if the quest to be read consumes your life then do not let the rejection deflate you and your purposes! We strongly believe that if you like to read what you have written, the possibility is that the readers would want to read it too.

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In this stunning collection of short stories five of which are being published for the very first time bestselling, award-winning author Debra Dean displays the depth and magnitude of her extraordinary literary talent. Replete with the seamless storytelling and captivating lyrical voice that made her debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, a national bestseller, Dean’s Confessions of a Falling Woman is a haunting, satisfying, and unforgettable reading experience

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