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Interview with MD Anwar

A person seeking himself by searching the ways to help others; a chess and badminton lover; and a family man. Bread and Butter is his debut book.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself that not many people know?
My writing was not known to many.

Q.2 When should we expect your next book? What will it be about?
Working on it; it's about ‘how to stop people from fighting’; focusing on the micro level like fights between neighbors and on the macro level like wars between countries.

Q.3 When and why did you decide to write Bread and Butter?
Jan 2023. I had struggled a lot on my way to becoming the very first engineer of my family and then an IES officer; want the youth to have timely guidance to reduce their toil.

Q.4 What challenges did you face while writing this book?
Analyzing so many points that affect youth and their relativity with career. The most difficult chapter to write was- Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. It's about young students taking their own lives abruptly.

Q.5 What do you want readers to take away from your book?
Making a good career and leading a satisfied life is not at all difficult, they just need to follow some basic rules which are illustrated in the book.

Q.6 What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given to you?
Being punctual; which I am still struggling to follow.

Q.7 What were your feelings when you first saw the cover page of your book?
Extremely happy; thankful to God.

Q.8 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
 Of course. Still no bad reviews; however, I will take them positively to improve the book, if required.

Q.9 What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing this book?
Writing a book is a responsible task and it is one of the best ways to serve people.

Q.10 What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I generally wrote in the early morning time (when my family was sleeping).

Q.11 Do you have any quirky or interesting writing habits?
I have a good collection of self-written Hindi poems.

Q.12 What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
 I didn't find any book that specifically helps youth to reduce their practical doubts when they are on their way to pursue their career. For example; young people often ask how many hours to study for IIT, UPSC, or NEET, but this doubt is not discussed much elsewhere.

Q.13 What would you share with the folks who are skeptical of reading non-fiction books?
This book is an ultra-easy reading, quite relatable to your life if you are pursuing your career. If already settled, it will definitely bring out your young age again in front of you.

Q.14 Who designed your book cover? What was the selection process?
A. The Write Order
publication made it. They discussed a few options with me and we finalized one.

Q.15 It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your book. Tell us about your marketing campaign?
I am mainly dependent on word-of-mouth publicity as I believe my book is helpful and a fun read for youth.

Q.16 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
 I now believe when I am trying to write my next book. The lack of original ideas is the main reason perhaps in my case. Still fighting out.

Q.17 As an individual, how much do you grow? How was your life before you delved into this subject?
I believe that we have only two trajectories in life; we are either going upwards by improving ourselves, or we are getting ruined. I try to find work for me to be the first one. I was busy with my job but was always in search of a goal that satisfied my soul.

Q.18 How do your friends or family feel about your book or writing venture in general?
 Many are surprised, but happy and supportive.

Q.19 Are there any particular authors or books that have influenced your writing style or the creation of your book?
 I have read many books but didn't notice that something particular from any of them was used. In fact, a book is always a brand-new project.

Q.20 Share the experience of your writing journey so far?
I worked for almost six months writing the book, then finding a publisher was a difficult task. Finally, when it is a reality, I am waiting for readers to get benefitted from it.

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