Author Kamlesh S Kaltari - I wasn’t into reading at all other than academics.

By Aryeman


A brief about author Kamlesh S KaltariPune based, Kamlesh S Kaltari is a Chartered Accountant by profession and traveler by passion. His passion to explore new things be it food, places, adventure activities, languages, creating own recipes, organizing events set the ball rolling for him when he embarked on a road trip with his friends. That’s what his book Tenu Main 'Leh' Javanga - Journey of 8 ordinary men is all about.


What made you write a travel book when you haven’t been a reader nor a writer for most of your life?
I always believe, travel has the power to heal and it certainly ignites a strong sense of purpose in me. Meeting new people has helped me embrace life. In July 2019, I had a life-changing experience after my road trip to Leh Ladakh.

I went through few emotions and had great life experiences, while navigating through the backdrop of snow-clad mountains, appealing valley, passing through the most picturesque places on earth during our journey which covered Srinagar, Sonmarg, Kargil, Leh/ Ladakh.

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So, I decided to pen down my entire travel experience to inspire others, encourage the readers to take a plunge outside their comfort zones, and spread positivity around.

How long did it take to get your first novel / book published?
It took me around two months. I started working on the book in mid-July and the e-book was released on Amazon on September 21, 2019.

Your book talks about ‘losing our bikers’ virginity to the place or as its most commonly said – “Getting Leh’d”. Do shed some more light on the book concept.
Through this book, I wanted to take the readers on a virtual trip by gliding through the long, winding roads of one of the most picturesque places on planet earth – Leh Ladakh. Accompanying me on this trip were 7 ordinary individuals, who had never done a bike ride let alone visited mountainous terrains with an altitude of 11,562 feet. That’s where the tagline of losing your biker’s virginity came in.

Being a real-life story, I have abstained from any fiction or suspense but for the travel enthusiasts who love thrills and have a passion to explore the world as is, it would be worth a read. The intention is to encourage my fellow readers to achieve their aspirations in life or at least experience what it means to “go out of the comfort zone” and be part of our rich cultural heritage and abundance of nature.

What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book which you try not to repeat?
I could have handled the marketing and the promotion aspects in a better way with professional help.

Can you focus on working on two books or stories at the same time?
I think writing is an intense and creative process in itself. One cannot multi-task and work on 2 books at the same time, otherwise you will end up not doing justice to the either of them. Maybe if someone is stuck mid-way and not getting fresh thoughts, they can take a break and continue after a gap but working on 2 projects simultaneously not worth it.

Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
Honestly, I get these spurts of creativity and I try and make good use then. Interestingly, off late I have started penning poems and I need to admit I wasn’t into reading or writing at all.

The approach that I adopt before penning down, is I finalize the topic/ subject on which I should write. These spurts help me, and the thoughts automatically start creeping in and the magic happens while weaving the story/ poems.

Now the next target is to create a blog and write more frequently about different genres (poetry/ thriller etc.) and not restricted to travel writing.

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Does the writer’s block actually exist? Any tips you would give to come out of it.
It actually does exist. I got stuck and needed validation of the write-up from a few avid readers, to give me the push to keep going. At times, a simple approach like honest feedback from critiques helps in moving ahead. Also, taking a break, spending lone time in nature and change of environment will help in getting back to the grove and overcome the writer’s block.

What was the book that most influenced your life, and why?
Again, it might sound strange, I wasn’t into reading at all other than academics. Very recently, I have started reading masterpieces of Rabindranath Tagore, and some mystery thrillers, here and there.

The other two books that I am mid-way through that are worth reading are 1) The Book of Joy - Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and 2) Ikigai _ the Japanese secret to a long and happy life. I am also planning to pick-up few auto-biographies of sports persons.

How often do you read other novels? Who are your favourite authors?
I kind of like the style of Ravi Subramanian (If God Was A Banker, Don't tell the Governor) and Anand Neelakantan (The Rise of Sivagami, Asura Tale of the Vanquished, Roll of the Dice-Duryodhana's Mahabharata).

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