HOW DID VISH­WAS MUDA­GAL CONCEIVE "LOS­ING MY RE­LI­GION"?

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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.

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