If you like cricket, you are in for a treat. Because today I am interviewing Paresh Godhwani, the author of the book IPL-ology. Paresh is a bearded freelance writer, immature designer, marketer by qualification, novice social media influencer, an accountant in India’s top general insurance company and author of Six degrees, Life in Local Train and IPL-ology. Interviewing him was fun and informative at the same time. While interviewing him I learned a lot about cricket. I learned that on the IPL trophy it’s written in Sanskrit ‘Yatra Pratibha Avsara Prapnotihi’ which means ‘Where talent meets opportunity’. I also learned that cricketers perform on the field as much as do they in the advertisements. 😉
Q. This year, you have published two books. Which one is closer to your heart and why? A. IPL-ology is closer to my heart because I feel cricket is my forte and I know when and how to use the jargon of cricket in my writing.
Q. Any childhood memories you would like to share which are associated with cricket?
A. There are a lot of childhood memories associated with cricket but one story I fondly remember is of 2003. India was playing against Australia in the world cup final. It was a big game. Thus, all the society members collectively organized the screening of the match in the common plot. India was chasing a huge total and lost early wickets. The match was interrupted by rain and in that rain break, the news broke that Ponting used spring in his bat to score boundaries. Thus, this match will be canceled and final will be played again. I was 11 years old at that time and after hearing that news, all the kids (including me) of society started dancing. We were happy that the match will be replayed and India can still win the world cup so we started dancing.
Q. Who is your all-time favorite cricketer? Why?
A. This is a very tough question for a cricket lover like me. If I think about my all-time favorite cricketer then two names pop up in my mind. Yuvraj Singh and AB De Villiers. I can be a disciple of (Guru) AB De Villiers. Not only because of his cricket skills but also because of the kind of person he is. And with Yuvraj Singh, I have a special connection. I adulate him. I can’t hear a word against him. When he started his career, I was 9 years old. So, I have grown up watching him play. The way he fought for his life has just increased my respect for him. If I have to choose one cricketer then it would be Yuvraj Singh.
Q. IPL has been around for 10 years. What according to you is the reason for the popularity and success of IPL?
A. There can’t be one reason for the popularity and success of IPL. I have discussed all of them in IPL-ology. So, to know them you have to read the book. 😉
Q. If you could play for one IPL team which one would it be and why?
A. I would love to play for Kings XI Punjab because I love Preity Zinta’s smile. So, I want to make her smile by hitting sixes, taking wickets and ultimately, by winning the IPL.
Q. If you had to compare English County with IPL- which is better today?
A. IPL is way better than English County cricket or specifically their twenty 20 leagues because they don’t play one format at a time. One team play all the three formats in the span of 15 days and there are 20 teams in English county so it is very tough to follow all and keep track of it.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. I am working on two blog series. 90s Kid’s superstars and Cricket of thrones.
Q. How do you overcome Writer’s Block?
A. I take regular breaks from writing to experience and observe new things in life and
convert them into content.
Q. Describe your process for research while writing.
A. It starts with the observation. I mean I observe people’s reaction on trending topics and on the basis of that, I come up with a topic to write on. If I have a collaboration then I mix that observation or experience with that product or service. If not then I write in my own way. After writing an intro on that topic, I start googling or start finding tweets, posts, and articles on that topic. When I am satisfied with my findings, I complete my article or book.
Q. Share some valuable tips for publishing and marketing your e-book.
A. Publishing- If you are publishing on kindle then watch the tutorial completely and edit your ebook accordingly. Proper editing is very important before publishing. So after writing read it at least 3 times to find errors in it. If you have found the publisher who can handle print and ebook both then all the best.
Marketing- Choose the right platform or all the platforms. Use catchy lines and influential words which can lure people towards your post and book. Choose keywords wisely because the whole world is your market, you never know where you can get the reader of your book. Ask for the reviews from your readers and post them on social media platforms.
Book Blurb Content – It started as a cricket league but now, it has become an important part of life. In this period of over ten years, IPL has performed beyond expectations on and off the field. Come, let’s study the performance of the league.
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