An Interview with the Creator of Hiblisk- Mr. Sumukh Naik

May 20, 2013

Mr. Sumukh Naik is a debutante author, who has recently published the book ‘Age of Hiblisk’. Currently working as a HR professional, also holds a degree in Hotel Management from IHM, Goa. Here, we have a chat with him on various aspects of his book and writing!

1. Congratulations on the positive reviews about your book! How does it feel to be a published author, with people liking your writing?

It takes lots of efforts, sacrifices, patience to write a book and perhaps even more to successfully publish the same. Thus, every time when someone acknowledges the book, it really feels great.

2. What gave you the idea for the story of this book? Were there any incidents related to the same?

There are many factors that have helped in realization and materialization of this book. But, one of the most important factors can easily described by the old adage

 ‘The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.’  -William Ross Wallace

The book, aims at introducing noble concepts in the society and also to highlight the role of a woman, in building a society / civilisation. A woman holds the key, for the successful survival of a civilisation, but at times, they themselves neglect their potential. I want to bring to their attention this aspect, which has helped our ancient civilisation to survive and educate others around the world.

The book will enable you to look at the world from a different perspective, enrich you and at the same time keep you entertained!!

3. What do books mean to you? Records of knowledge, magical fantasy lands, or way to spread your message to people?

Definitely ‘Records of Knowledge’. They are like the guardians of not just history but also of idea, culture, thoughts, values and many more interesting concepts. They reflect the growth of a society and act as a mirror for the same. Books are the wonderful objects that help you to understand more about the world, educate you and help you in becoming a better person. They bestow upon you the most potent of all boons, the boon of knowledge. Books inspire & impress people. Books can influence the course of life of a reader and hence need to be taken seriously.

4. The tagline of your novel is ‘A story with a soul’. What are the ingredients you consider necessary for a story to appeal to the reader on an emotional level?

You have to be honest with your work. Words entertain but honesty appeals to the inner sanctum of a readers’ soul. The writer needs to be absolutely sure and responsible of what exactly he wants to communicate.

5. Could you describe to us the journey of writing this book? The parts you enjoyed the most, as well as the parts that were difficult?

It was a challenging journey but totally worth all the efforts taken. It took me 4.5 years to write and publish this book. I enjoyed the writing aspect. I also received prompt positive response from various publishing houses on my manuscript during my search for a publisher. But, it was the editing aspect of the book which acted as a huge learning curve for me. Cover design was another aspect which I enjoyed a lot.

6. ‘Age of Hiblisk’ is a fiction novel set in a mythological landscape with corresponding characters. Are you a fan of any other novels in this genre, like the Lord of the Rings trilogy or the Inheritance series?

I am a big fan of Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is a wonderful trilogy which inspires courage and hope.

7.  Your writing speaks a lot about ‘the balance between good and evil in Mother Nature’. Could you spell it out for our audience in a few words?

The book is an attempt to help the readers see beyond the obvious. It will help them to widen their gaze and also understand what they see. The book, aims at introducing noble concepts in the society and the concept of balance between good and evil, only aids in putting forth to the readers few meaningful concepts.

8. Throughout the book, you’ve depicted most of the women as being quite powerful, sometimes more than men. How do you feel this balance of power has shifted in the present era?

A woman can only recognize her true self when she stops analyzing herself from others point of view and takes pains to understand herself in her own rights. External education and Internal education (knowledge of self ) is the key. It will install in her a sense of respect and give her the strength to fight for her dignity. A woman is the foundation on which a house, society, country & civilisation can stand and thrive. She holds the key for future. She can guide humanity to a glorious future.

Many of the ills that we see in our society are a direct product of disruption in this delicate balance between a man and a woman.

A woman needs to harness her dormant powers to shape their household, their society, their country and their civilisation.

She needs to understand that she is the glorious instrument of ‘Life’. A beautiful blessing bestowed upon her by Mother Nature herself.

I have tremendous faith in the power of a Woman. They can give the world an ideal to strive towards. In these trying times, a woman is the only beacon of hope.

9.  Who would you choose as your favorite race from the ones in Hiblisk- the peaceful Kikokers, the scientific Vimanikars or the spiritually powerful Indravatikers? And why?

All are my favourite. It is impossible for me to actually pick one. All the races are mighty and powerful in their own right. Every race has a sound reason behind the lifestyle they lead. I feel, if the combination of lifestyle of these races is adapted, can lead to wonders.

10. Do you have a target audience that you write for? Is there any particular section of society that interests you?

It is very difficult to mark this book firmly under one particular genre. I feel the content of this book overflows into various genres. I wanted to write a book which can easily appeal to everyone, from a teenager to a person in his autumn years.

But, most importantly, I would really appreciate if more women would read my book. There are certain noble concepts specifically aimed at them.

11. You have mentioned in your blog, quite strongly, that you are against multitasking.  Is there any specific reason why? How do you, then, manage to balance your writing and professional life?

I feel if you are not devoted 100% to the task at hand then you are cheating yourself and also the task you are working on. It is an extremely counterproductive mechanism. In my blog, I have stated that you need to be true to the task that you are performing at that moment. You need to be true to that moment.

While writing the book, I always ensured that I gave my 100% to it. At the same time while working, I always tried to remain focused at the job at hand. It is important to divide your time, energy and focus wisely so that you can enjoy and benefit by working on each task at hand.

12. And lastly, the ending of ‘The Age of Hiblisk’ hints at a sequel. Is there one in the offing?

It is very difficult for me to say anything at this point of time smiley

Thank you for taking time out from your busy schedule, Mr. Naik. We hope to review many more of your books in the future!

The author has a blog with his regular musings, a Facebook page with updates on the book and a Twitter page where you can follow him. 

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Janani Hariharan

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Wanderer, nature freak and lover of all things science-y. Certified devourer of all printed matter.
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