GAT: Welcome to Global Asian Times, Durgesh. Tell us something about yourself that not many people are aware of.
Durgesh Satpathy: I am Durgesh Satpathy, An MBA in Finance and Human Resources, and a successful working professional, based out of the Eastern Indian state of Orissa. I am associated with one of the top Fortune Global 500 Companies dealing with people and their emotions, and the author of my debut novel named Equating the Equations of Insanity: A Journey from Grief to Victory – a self-help and motivational book. I am a Management System Consultant and my current assignments are with the TATA Motors Channel Partner at Bargarh, Odisha, where I live with my parents, wife and daughter.
GAT: What draws you to the magical world of writing and what does the art of weaving words do for you on a personal level?
Durgesh Satpathy: It’s a mixed feeling being a writer portraying bad and good, ethics and morals, and what not. I have experienced and gone through many unspeakable cases where individuals need instant care by counselling for morale boosting. When I started receiving compliments from such people, I thought their life equations should be portrayed in words to the world through my writing.
GAT: What sparked off the idea for your latest book?
Durgesh Satpathy: As the blurb of my book, Equating the Equations of Insanity states, brutality makes humans insane, and it affects the lives of numerous among us. Criminals are punished sometimes, but not always. But the victims are left with scars of inhumaneness which they have to live with. Some victims quit and some live with trauma. This book is basically written by the victims, and I am just a middleman who is reaching out to you. This idea of reaching out to people is the spark which made this book possible.
GAT: Share with us the moment when your heart said to you: “I want to be a writer!”
Durgesh Satpathy: My writing was born out of curious explorations of life’s research dealing mostly with emotions. It is a reaction towards unanswered questions in life. Being a writer is the best thing that happened to me because it keeps me alive.
GAT: What comes to your rescue when you are faced with the notorious “Writer’s Block”?
Durgesh Satpathy: It is different in my case because my hobby is reading about life and nature. The notorious “Writer’s Block” can’t block life which brings to me strange cases to study. I am not writing fancy or imagination.
GAT: Tell us about your publishing journey. Was it smooth or bumpy?
Durgesh Satpathy: Writing is a creative process but publishing is pure management. I faced a few problems but they didn’t bother me. Support was very less in the beginning, but life has its own ways of solving them. Now if I look back, I will find an ordinary person in myself, but when I look forward, I see a writer with a book to help numerous human beings.
GAT: Which is the one character from your book that you enjoyed creating the most and why?
Durgesh Satpathy: Jenifer is the character I enjoyed creating most in my book, Equating the Equations of Insanity. She spent her life in the heart of the United States, and during her early childhood, she was leading the life of a unicorn in a zoo. As an adult, she became a victim of sexual abuse by her teacher, was cheated by her boyfriend, and became a victim of domestic violence. She experienced all sorts of grief in her life, but she didn’t quit. She sets an example with her life journey from grief to victory. Jenifer shares some of her life situations and her inner mental equations during those life situations, and how she survived these incidences. She shares others’ grief too and equates them. Many of them quit grief-stricken, but Jenifer did something extraordinary which the writer shares in this book.
GAT: In your personal context, is writing about escaping the reality or embracing it?
Durgesh Satpathy: Writing for me is all about embracing reality. Death is inevitable. We have to accept the fact that man is mortal. It is mortality which gives ‘time’ an existence and we value it. We should continue to be humans and try to face reality.
GAT: Writing is a craft that requires extended periods of alone time to allow creative juices to flow and take shape. Do you have any personal favourites of combatting this isolation?
Durgesh Satpathy: In the castle of my solitude, I try to bury all the preconceptions of the world and write freely. I sing the songs of truth with two companions: Life and Nature. Nature provides me ink and paper; life provides me ideas and philosophies.
GAT: Artists in any creative field are thought leaders. Do you agree?
Durgesh Satpathy: Yes, I do agree. Artists in all fields are creative thinktanks. They shoot out mirror images of the society, imaginative fancies of the unseen, utopian creations of perfections, satires & symbols to rectify the follies, paint the eternal, build miracles, sing songs of nature, and perform the role of almighty and much more.
GAT: How does your writing benefit the society?
Durgesh Satpathy: I have started my writing career with the self-help genre. It is my social existence which has inspired me to write, and every word I write is for the benefit of the society we live in. It contains the philosophy of life. It has the ability to change thousands of lives. This power of writing makes me feel proud when I get a response from my readers.
Many a times when we come to know about a criminal; we hate them, scold them, criticize, comment and discuss their deed. Their punishment at the hand of justice relieves our human mind. A misdeed or crime implies obvious punishment to criminals in human society, but sufferers are left with a mental state. Nothing cures their introvert mind. Some of them able to survive and some quit. This book is trying to justify that “for every situation in our life we portray a script in our mind “how to act on. “Our mind equates some equations and by equating them anyone can get rid of grief in any form and are able to develop a new way of life.” I don’t believe in the thickness of my book but what emotional knowledge it contains. This novella questions the very existence of humanity in its various emotional status and its aftereffects to human minds. Emotions are to be dealt with proper intentions and Jenifer represents the modern day women with hidden emotional questions.
No one commits suicide because they want to die. Then why do they do it, because they don’t have answers to “lateral equations of insanity.” Sometimes the hatred of time becomes the pilot of darkness in which our secret truths are punished by the nature and our shadow vanishes for chasing the unknown. Such questions of life need to be answered with equations and believe me this book answers many of them quite surprisingly.