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Interview with Mohan Ranga Rao

A 64-year-old businessman who is spiritual but not religious likes to play tennis, keep fit, help the needy, and is eager to share his life experiences with the world through his writing.

By the time Mohan was 50, he had fathered a blind daughter, lost her to cancer when she was barely 9, set up and sold many brands and businesses, built a temple for the poor, completed 25 treks several of which were in the Himalayas.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
I eat fast, and I am restless in the mornings.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
Definitely. The manuscript for my second book, Myopia, is almost ready. It is about my elder daughter, Yogita. She was born blind with extreme developmental delays. She lost her life to cancer when she was 9.

Parenting her has been one of the biggest privileges of my life. Through this book, I want to share my experiences of parenting Yogita and also reach out to parents who have kids with special needs.

Q.3 What inspired you to write Inner Trek?
People’s inquisitiveness about Mount Kailash and my eagerness to share my transformative experience, was the major motivation for me to write Inner Trek.

Q.4 What impact do you want your book to have on your readers?
Show them Mount Kailash without undertaking the journey. Traveling to Mount Kailash is not really easy. The high altitude is challenging, and it is fairly expensive as well. Though it is on the wish list of many, only a few travel. I hope my book helps readers experience the spiritual beauty of the Himalayas.

Q.5 Tell us one exciting experience you encountered on your journey that didn’t make the part in this book?
Can’t think of any that I have not shared in the book.

Q.6 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
No. I started writing five years ago and so far, I have never had writer’s block.

Q.7 What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Editing, editing, and editing.

Q.8 What would you share with folks who are skeptical of reading Non-Fiction?
Real-life stories have more to offer in terms of life lessons and perspectives.

Q.9 What publishing elements do you most enjoy, and most like to avoid, and why?
I enjoy the design and creative part and loathe the selling and pitching part. I believe that books should be bought, not sold.

Q.10 It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
To be honest, there isn’t much that I have done to market my book apart from a little bit of publicity.

Q.11 Do you have any quirky or unique writing habits?
I make narrative arc notes while sipping my scotch.

Q.12 What’s the best part of being an author?
Respect from society.

Q.13 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Read, read, and read.

Q.14 How did you select the title of this book?
I did not select it. The phrase Inner Trek flashed my mind while thinking of my journey.

Q.15 Who designed your book cover? How do you select him/her?
One Chris from Canada.

Q.16 What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Reading, tennis, meditating, and walking.

Q.17 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
I do, but not much. Luckily so far I have been lucky and have not received any bad reviews.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. Lord Krishna
, Jesus Christ, and Mark Twain. To learn about the universe, love, and humor.

Q.19 What is your favorite book from other authors and why?
So many from so many genres. But the one book that I loved most and read nonstop was The Godfather in 1974 before seeing the movie.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?

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