interviewed on Jul 5, 2020
Q. How would you describe yourself?
Hii!! Myself Durga Raghavi Tripurasetty, studied Civil Engineering from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam,India. Though I pursued civil engineering, my passion was always towards environment, children and sustainability. I won many major scholarships during her studies from childhood. I had worked in various firms and consultancies and she gave up the jobs to work towards her passion. Received Best Student Award by Chief Minister of AP, She was awarded by reputed organisations like Microsoft, UN, UNEP, UNICEF, UNESCO for my contribution towards children and environmental education. I received certifications like United States Green Building Council(USGBC) Green Class Professional, Certified Interior Designer, Certified Vaastu expert, 200-RYT Yoga professional by Yoga alliance, USA, Prenatal yoga expert, Certified Nutritionist, Aromatherapist, many more..
Q. Tell us something about the books that you have written and the story behind them.
Mother Nature gives us everything without any selfish greedy nature. What we give in return is nothing!! Instead damaging her with serious issues. We already created so much damage... The damaging change in the society, I saw from childhood to present..inspired me to find a solution. There is constant force used to drive me in my heart to create some change in my society and to help others their eco-friendly lifestyles so that we as force can help Mother Nature. Coming to writing the book, I used to observe the waste on the road that is dumped by people, in homes, on street sides, landfills..and animals grazing waste from them and always used to feel what is happening to the people, nature. I saw many people working in landfills to segregate the waste are facing dangerous health issues which they couldn’t afford to treat. This is all due to lack of awareness in the society. Ya, the alternative solutions are being implemented in every industry to protect the nature..but change has to come in us. So this gave me an idea to comeup with the knowledge I have and formulate as a book. So, my books 'Think and go Green' and 'The Eco-Quote Book' happened. 'Think and Go Green' mainly focusses on the way to buildup greener lifestyles and much more while 'The Eco-Quote Book' on the powerful quotes by different persons that are related to present issues we have in the environment which tend to inspire us in many ways..
Q. What place does writing hold in your life, how has been your writing journey so far?
Writing is life for me.. I put all my emotions, I literally dump all my thoughts and let me get away from my stress everything..writing is powerful..it can influence a person in many ways. There are endless reasons why writing is importent for me.
Q. What is your writing process, a typical writing day routine?
I dont keep a selected time for writing..when ever thought comes up..i just sit and write and wont be ending until i finish it. It is passion for me.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't have much knowledge and interest in marketing my book. i just go with the flow.
Q. What do you think makes a book sell, or makes a reader buy it?
I dont usually force the reader to buy, i tell the content and this is the information you can get from the book..if the reader is willing to buy it, he/she will buy..there shouldnt be no compulsion and if the reader will like the writing, he will surely like to the other books too..
Q. What's the most moving or affecting thing a reader has said to you?
I'm an environment lover. i write the books not for the profits..If i can create some influence in the reader, i'm happy about it. Most of my readers praised me for being the change and bringing the content that is useful for the society.
Q. What are your favourite three books, and why?
1. The monk who sold his ferrari by Robin Sharma- i understood defition of life and got influenced alot
2. Power of Sub-conscious mind, Joseph Murphy- alot learned from it
3. My Journey :Transforming dreams into actions, APJ Abdul Kalam - got inspiration to achieve my dreams
Q. Who are your favourite three authors and what do you like the most about them?
1. Robin Sharma- I got to know what is life through his writing
2. Joseph Murphy- I understood how to look life in good perspection
3. APJ Abdul kalam- He is my inspiration
Q. Tell us about the books that you are currently writing and their progress.
No, I didnt start my new book yet..but plans are going on.
Q. What challenges do you think are faced by writers, what's the worst thing about the book industry according to you?
People generally think writing is easy, but its not. Some writers write for passion, some of them has a dream to become an author and etc. People also care about becoming famous while writing one book..no it always doesn't happen like that. Expecting much from book sales is also not good, it all dependes on marketing you do. As per my case, i have seen these. Royalties are not gives as it was said before. You will be getting cutting all the taxes..You dont know the facts, until you enter it.
Q. Apart from writing, what goals do you want to achieve in life?
I want to help mother nature and people..nothing planned much, but whatever i start, those are related to those aspects for sure.
Q. At QwertyThoughts.com, we are trying to bring authors and readers under the same roof, to connect, discuss and socialize over books. What's your take on this?
That's very innovative step and will help bookoholics, writers, readers and for budding authors like me. Thank you, Qwerty Thoughts!!
Q. What message do you want to share with budding writers?
Understand your interests...come up with the ideas which you always want to address and which makes you happy...What all you receive after post release of your book...whether it doesn’t go as you expected, don’t worry and don’t stop..Try more; write more...don’t stop your passion!!