1: You are the author of two bestselling books, I am particularly interested in your debut fantasy fiction “Katashi Tales”. Most global literature lovers have a copy of this book because I know that it’s written in a way that both children and adults love it. How did you nourish such an idea to create a work as “Katashi Tales” – I’m not afraid to use the phrase “The children’s literature for adults”?
This question brought a giggle in me. Yes, indeed!, ‘Katashi Tales’ is a children’s literature for adults which takes the reader to the magical world of fantasy folktales and fables. This concept itself has the answer to your question. My thoughts behind writing this book were to make sure all ages feel it as comfortable and entertaining. There was a huge vacuum in the world after classic folktales and fables such as Aesop fables, Canterbury tales, Jataka tales, etc were written. We all used to and still cherish reading those stories irrespective of age. And that’s one reason which prompted me to take the pen and create an addition to that collection of world folktales. I wanted to make sure it was new and very different from what the public had read in the past, and thus ‘Katashi tales gave birth to many new characters, situations, and ambiance.
And yes, as expected, the world readers welcomed it with open arms, and with their love for this book, it became a best seller as well won the gold medal in 2019 Reader’s Choice award in the category Children’s books.
2: You are the founder of Motivational Strips, a hyperactive writers’ forum on Facebook. What all strategies had you adopted, for its success?
It was never strategies we all adopted in Motivational Strips. When I say we, it includes its family members and administration as well. It was more of a proper writer centric outline and innovation we had adopted, and we devised it in a way that, all the family members in Motivational Strips got maximum exposure as talented in the world. The concept of one world, wisdom, and love was the bottom line behind this forum having taken off as the best in the world. Today it harbours the most successful and well to do poets and writers from more than 145 countries. And it has become an ocean of the world’s best poems and writings. The quality of a Motivational Strips writer is evident in any public interaction, as they always stand out in the crowd, whether it be, by their conduct, written skills, or acumen in interactions.
3: We have always noticed you busy online. How do you manage to sleep, and personal rest? How do you maintain a balance between online engagements and personal affairs?
Humankind is the wisest creation of the Almighty. Thus, a human can do as much as he or she can, as per the potentials devised by the holy creator. The common tendency of humans around is that they only do how much they wish to. Most of us hardly use fifty percent of our potentials because of our self-inflicted reduction to will power.
I, on the other hand, wanted to be complete when it comes to my potential front. So for that, I devised a methodology that has helped me to an extent to explore my potentials. I manage to sleep in a scattered manner but make sure 7 to 8 hours of rest is completed on a daily cycle. When I’m engaged in personal affairs, any petty small breaks or intervals that come along, Il make sure to utilise it productively, like read a poem or evaluate a writer, or discuss forums development with the Motivational Strips Administrators or try to write a quote.
So every moment of life, I do celebrate or cherish and don’t want to waste my energy levels gifted by the cosmic supreme, as non-productive. This exercise also helped me learn a lot from the members and also helped me to share the knowledge I had gained in life, with them.
4: What do you value in the people and what is the most irritating in people for you?
Integrity and commitment to literature are what I value in writers. The former is what I value in humans. Deceit, bad attitude, manipulation, division of humankind, and not being conducive irritates me.
5: Do you feel happy in life? Do you squeeze and relish all the vital juices from life?
Happiness is innate and the secret to it is the moderation of desires within oneself. I do keep a tab on my Emotional Quotient (EQ) levels and I keep my desires within my potentials and productive efforts level. Thus I may not be able to extract or squeeze out all the juices, but I do enough to feel the essence of those juices. And the former reasons makes me always wear a smile even when it may be fire around (smiles).
6: Where do you see yourself peddling in the next 10-20 years?
I can foresee myself being more considerate, humane, and humorous, in the next one or two decades. And undisputedly the best student of life and behavioural sciences.
A failing hairline and grey shades on it is inevitable too, haha!
7: Your favorite quote sounds, ”During childhood, my friends were playing with toys and I was playing with tiny alphabet blocks. They grew up as architects, pilots, engineers, doctors, and lawyers and I became a writer”, but have you ever wondered what else you could have done in your life. Who would you be if you weren’t a writer?
I would have been a corporate manager handling policies and decision making in a well to do corporate company. And as a matter of fact, I already am!
(Interviewer: Hmm.. dear Shiju I was also asking myself, Who would Shjiu H. Pallithazheth be if he wasn’t a writer and only one thing came to mind is “SINGER”. Many of us saw and heard your musical performance and you were good at it)
8: What is Shjiu like? Write in brief how you perceive (see) yourself?
I see myself as unpredictable and versatile. I love my surroundings and most of the time try my best to adapt to what is more beneficial to the surrounding. I see myself as unpredictable is the best answer to this question. The reason is I myself don’t know how I may react at times.
9: And so now we reach the end, but let’s end our pleasant conversation, by accomplishing a sentence:
The world is…
(Write without thinking much)
Shiju H. Pallithazheth is a popular author of two books, ‘Katashi Tales’ and ‘The Ghost Wisdom’
His debut YA Fiction Katashi Tales is a Global Best seller and also won the gold medal in the category children’s Fiction, and the bronze medal in the overall category for all genres in E Connections Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards 2019. Readers Choice Awards is a highly sought after annual medal where millions of books are evaluated before even a basic nomination is accepted. This book has been increasing in popularity with readers and writers having been sold in all seven continents of the world and crowned with 5-star ratings by readers in Goodreads, Kobo,Amazon.com, Amazon.au and Amazon.in.
Readers of The Ghost Wisdom, a nonfiction, have indicated in reviews that it is a masterpiece and has enlightened their lives. Union Hispanomundial De Escritores and World Nations Writers Union board members unanimously declared it as their ideal book of the year in 2019.
Shiju is the Founder of Motivational Strips, a hyperactive active writers’ forum on Facebook and world’s most active. It has monthly impressions of 5.7 million visitors. Writers from more than a hundred and six countries interact on its Facebook page. The forum is seen by worldwide writers as a learning center for Literature. Many Nobel nominees, Poets, Literary chair holders, wiki listed authors, and qualitative writers interact on the page to inspire and coach co-writers. Shiju additionally handles Honorary Presidential roles in literary entities like World Nations Writers Union and the Spanish Literary hub called Union Hispanomundial Escritores. It has more than 105,000 members.
Shiju is loved and respected by many worldwide writers as their mentor, motivational speaker, and writers’ coach. He has been honored and awarded many times in literary circles. He has written hundreds of quotes, poems and many articles for writers. His humility and love for humanity won him the World Epitome of humanity honor from World Institute of peace, Nigeria.
His all-time favorite quote is as below:
“During childhood, my friends were playing with toys and I was playing with tiny alphabet blocks. They grew up as architects, pilots, engineers, doctors, and lawyers and I became a writer.’
Thank you so much Author Shiju H. Pallithazheth for being part of “Lets Talk About You” interview feature. It’s a proud moment for us and world readers that they got to know more about you.