HOW DID VISHWAS MUDAGAL CONCEIVE "LOSING MY RELIGION"?
My debut novel Losing My Religion took birth in very interesting circumstances. In 2009, my Internet start-up was going through a rough phase. Although we had managed to get good user traction to our website, we couldn’t monetize it effectively. To top it, the core team had almost dismantled and I was almost bankrupt. It had taken a heavy toll on me emotionally and I didn’t know what to do next. After spending two years working my ass off on this business, it wasn’t easy to just move on. And I didn’t have the energy and the money to start a new business.
One of those days, I spoke to an ex-colleague, who was taking a sabbatical and going on a year-long journey on his bike across India. I was amazed! I wanted to do that myself and kill all the tension inside me and then look at everything else later on. But I couldn’t do it for many reasons.
A bizarre idea struck me, that of writing a book on the situation I was in. I was so excited suddenly. I usually follow my heart and act on instinct. I decided to make the protagonist of the book go on a journey that I couldn’t. This way, I could live that life and that freedom through him. On May 22, 2009, I wrote the first chapter, and, I’d like to believe, my life changed.
Vishwas Mudagal is a #1 best-selling author and a well-known serial entrepreneur & CEO based in Bangalore, India. Storytelling is his passion and he has taken it up as his parallel career. His debut novel Losing My Religion went on to become a great success with a global fan base. With his unique writing style, he has been called a master storyteller by the media and the readers. In a study by Simplify360 research firm that took ratings from GOODREADS, Amazon & Flipkart, Losing My Religion was rated the No.1 novel of 2014 in India in the Readers' Choice category.