Friday 21 June 2019

A questionnaire with Vijai Kumar Sharma

So this month featuring author is 'Vijai Kumar Sharma'

Can you tell us a little about yourself, your profession and your hobbies etc.?

Writing is my hobby and interest.  For many years, I have been active as a freelance writer, author, book-reviewer, abstract writer, trainer, examiner, assessor, visiting faculty and translator. I have written about 185 articles, book reviews, case studies, interviews and translations etc. published in foreign and Indian publications & 24 radio talks broadcast on All India Radio and received one of the “Writers of the month” for Jan 2007 on The following six books have been written jointly & published in India during 2001-03: (a) Voluntary Organizations & social welfare (b) Manpower planning and development© Mathematical Statistics & Econometric models (d) Advanced Mathematical Statistics (e) Statistical concepts for economic development & planning (f) Advanced techniques for economic development & planning. Another jointly written book is under editing. I am active on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, Wordpress, Blogspot. About 1200 book-reviews/abstracts/blogs posted on web sites. Writing now on,,, and

I am a mechanical engineer from BHU, and management professional, Presently Advisor, Institute of Technical and Scientific Research (ITSR), Jaipur, Former Addl. General Manager, Ordnance Factory Khamaria, Jabalpur.  Mostly experience of industrial management at senior level, in two large Defence Production Factories and visiting faculty to 2 institutes for management and quality topics, Former Associate Professor IIRM, Jaipur, Received President of India award 1968, Fellowship award 1992, H K Firodia award 1996, Colvin Medal 1957, IIIE Special Award-2017, Life Time Achievement award-2017 from ITSR, Jaipur, besides other appreciation letters. I have been abroad 6 times to USA, Europe, Bulgaria & Egypt and visited 17 countries. Trained in West Germany in 1975 & in Egypt in 1976 in Production Management, Contributed to I E in Poona and Jaipur regions, Also a Lean Manufacturing Consultant.
In Academics field presented papers in International/National Conferences, Past member, Academic Advisory Board, REC, Jaipur, Past External member, Board of Studies, JECRC University, Jaipur, Lectures in RMoL/RSLDC and SISI Jaipur, Organized Appreciation courses under IIIE, Pune, Intro. Course under PDPC, Pune & for Western region Ordnance Factories at Pune, Past paper setter & examiner of BTE Jodhpur, BTE (Maharashtra), IE(I), IAPQR, IIIE,  NPC, Madras & also Referee, guide, project evaluator & reviewer, Project guide for Instn. of Engrs. (I), Kolkata, Associated in management of two educational institutions in the past, Life Fellow/Member of some professional organizations, Past Honorary Secretary, Rajasthan State Productivity Council, Jaipur, Founder President BHU Alumni Asson., Jaipur, Founder Vice Chairman of Ind. Institution of Industrial Engineering, Udaipur Chapter, Founder E C member IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Asson., Jaipur Chapter.

A questionnaire with Vijay Kumar Sharma 

1. How did you first get involved in writing? Are you an imaginative person?

Right from the beginning of my life, I had observed my flair for expressing my ideas and views in spoken and written forms. My first article was for School magazine and then some more followed. I was very happy to see my name in print. Then it came to the Degree College magazine where also, my write-ups were published. Subsequently, this desire for expression increased and my writings continued for various magazines, both technical and general. I have been equally at ease both in English and Hindi. I feel pleasure in writing in various fields. Certainly, I do get new and creative ideas from time to time.   But, in my opinion, I do not have the imagination of the type required for writers for crime, detectives & horror etc.

2. What do you find most challenging about your writing?

In my opinion, getting creative ideas and preparing excellent and useful contents for the write-ups and books for making the people nicer are the biggest challenges. But there are also other challenges like arranging attractive book cover design, excellent and error-free printing, proper book release function, adequate coverage in the print and electronic media, getting proper reviews for the book, marketing of the book, motivating readers for sale of the books, getting feedback from the readers about the books etc.

3. What do you do when you are not writing?

By profession, I am an engineer-cum-manager, in which I have been engaged in my whole life in the industry, as the job for earning money and also engaged to some extent in academic pursuits. But in addition to these works, I still found time for writing due to a keen interest in writing. After retirement, I could get more time for writing purposes. Now, when I am not writing, I am engaged in training programs, lectures, organizational work, technical works and social work.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

I propose to continue to do the writing work in different fields, according to the opportunities received by me, and as per the desires to contribute, in a positive way. I do get some ideas by observing others and through brain-storming. However, I cannot visualize my status after 6 months or 5 years or later.  But, I have a firm belief in God, the Almighty, who will ensure that I am successful in my endeavours.

5. Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books?

I am not a big writer, but in my opinion, if we are passionate about writing, we must continue to write and write and write, come what may. Positive results will come sooner or later. We must not take rejection letters of publishers and editors seriously.  Our contributions may not be suitable for them now but may be suitable later or for somebody else. There are plenty of such examples in real life. With the improvement of quality of our writing with experience, and making the script attractive with better presentations, even the same or some other publisher/editor may accept the contribution at that time.  In the present scenario, the writers may even go in for self-publishing and thus get over the problems of rejections of the scripts. 

6. What is the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

The best the thing for a writer is to give that thing, which the readers want if the writer is capable of giving it. As per the special field of the writing of the writer, there are specific readers for the specific writer. They look for the arrival of the books of their authors. Hence it is incumbent on the part of the writers to satisfy the needs of their loyal readers, which may be in the category of usefulness or entertainment. The books written for them should be of excellent quality, interesting, useful, with good presentation, with reasonable price and availability at a large number of book-shops. 

7. A lot of people are interested in writing for money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

In my opinion the writers may be in 3 categories (a) those who write as a job in a service (b) those who write on freelance basis and writing is their means of earning money for their livelihood (c) those who write as a hobby, are passionate about it, work on part-time basis and are getting salary from a job they are normally engaged in. In my opinion, the writers in the category (b) are rightly more interested in earning money from their writings, for their livelihood. Such writers have to play to the tunes of their readers/editors and meet their requirements.  As per my experience, most of the publishers and editors have their norms for this purpose, which of course are updated from time to time, and the writers can do little about the same. But if the writer is highly popular, he can make demands, which may be accepted also. So to get more money, such writers should improve the quality of their writings and assist in selling the books due to their own efforts also. But, it has been seen in general that a writer is not paid in proportion to the efforts made by him. However, a writer may get the honour, feel self-satisfaction and inner happiness with the comments of reviewers and readers, the success of the book and in my opinion, these are much bigger achievements.

8. What motivates you most in life?

There are ups and downs in the life of any person. I have also had many and different types of difficulties, which threatened my progress at various stages of my life. But even in such bad situations, I kept my cool, visualized that “even this will pass” and better days will come sooner or later. And I have found that things did change soon for the better. In my opinion, having a positive attitude in life, keeping morale high, passionate desire to make achievements in different fields and not saying no to new offers & opportunities etc., have been some of the motivating factors in my life.

9. The majority of the readers tend to take sides due to religion and such other considerations. What is your opinion?

As a writer, I am not inclined to take sides for such considerations. But if one is a writer in such a specific field of writing, then the things are little different.  But still, in such cases, the writer must write so as not to hurt the feelings of the people and not to contribute in any small or big way to disturb the law and order situation.   

10. What are your views on the increases in the field of plagiarism?

It appears that Plagiarism does not have one definition. It can be said to be (quote) the act of appropriating the literary composition of another author, or excerpts, ideas, or passages therefrom, and passing the material off as one's own creation (Unquote). Thus in effect, it amounts to stealing of the ideas and/or writings of another writer. Under any circumstances, stealing of anything, including the literary creations & ideas etc. is not in order. In my opinion, plagiarism should be condemned in the strongest terms. Even legal action(s) should be initiated against such writers.