Interview with Jasveer Singh Dangi

Author of The Metro-Maniac Chronicles


Jasveer is a training & development and health & safety professional. He was part of the team of trainers that trained volunteers of Commonwealth Games 2010. His first book; 'Version One and a Half (Version 1 1/2)' is available on Amazon Kindle and Notionpress.com. His second book; 'Diary from Heaven' is available on Amazon Kindle, Amazon.in, Flipkart.com & Notionpress.com. In 2018, he was awarded by IISSM for his contributions to the Health and Safety training domain. He loves the outdoors and is a big movie buff. He shares his thoughts on his blog https://abra-ca-dabra.blogspot.com/, his website; www.jasveersingh.in & https://storymirror.com/profile/br23j3zg/jasveer-singh/stories.


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How would you describe The Metro-Maniac Chronicles to a new reader?
  • The Metro-Maniac Chronicles is my version of different kinds of people I have encountered during my journeys in the Metro and their mirror kinds in a typical workplace.
What was the inspiration behind The Metro-Maniac Chronicle?
  • Delhi Metro has reduced my everyday commute time of roughly an hour and a half on my Royal Enfield Thunder Bird to merely forty five minutes. So, this book is my ode to DMRC.

    These forty five minutes are not just minutes for me, they are a gateway to my creative side. I can write better when I am in the Metro.

    A typical Metro journey is not just a journey for me, it’s a whirlwind adventure for me where my mind captures everything I see and hear and translates it into a fun version, The ‘JAZ version’. Call it a curse or a gift or you might even call it creepy, but my sense of observation has always been of the highest level and my imagination knows no boundaries and toping it all the trainer-keeda (A Bug; as in noun) in me keeps converting these daily observations into training-worthy case studies.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Chetan Bhagat & Roald Dahn. Before I started writing I had never read any books apart from textbooks. These 2 have been my motivation because I have only read their books till now. I use my everyday experiences to write books.
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • The Metro-Maniac Chronicle is about Delhi Metro, written exclusively while travelling in Delhi Metro
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • Many authors (including my cousin) give up because they can't seem to find enough time to write. My suggestion to them is to keep taking baby steps & keep writing. No matter how small it is, don't give up is what I would like to tell them just keep moving. If i don't get time to open my laptop to write then I keep typing in my phone. Self-publishing has been the greatest gift for writers like me. I would pick up self-publishing over traditional printing any day but like all authors, I dream of getting my book published through traditional printing. Self-publishing is about deciding your budget & printing your book as per your convenience but traditional printing is for pros. You need really good stuff for the editors to select your manuscript for traditional printing.
What's your writing process?
  • It starts with an idea & then I keep scribbling whatever comes to my mind. Over time I keep combining bits & pieces to put together a story.
Which character in The Metro-Maniac Chronicle has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • The Metro-Maniac Chronicle is about everyday Delhi Metro traveller & they are the heroes of this book.
If The Metro-Maniac Chronicle were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye when you wrote him/her?
  • I don't think that this book qualifies to be a movie or a series
How have readers responded to The Metro-Maniac Chronicle?
  • They have loved the sarcasm & lucid language. The response has been overwhelming
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • I am working on a biography of a cancer winner
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Synopsis

This is my fourth and by far the shortest outing as an Author.

Delhi Metro has reduced my everyday commute time of roughly an hour and a half on my Royal Enfield Thunder Bird to merely forty five minutes. So, this book is my ode to DMRC.

These forty five minutes are not just minutes for me, they are a gateway to my creative side. I can write better when I am in the Metro.

A typical Metro journey is not just a journey for me, it’s a whirlwind adventure for me where my mind captures everything I see and hear and translates it into a fun version, The ‘JAZ version’. Call it a curse or a gift or you might even call it creepy, but my sense of observation has always been of the highest level and my imagination knows no boundaries and toping it all the trainer-keeda (A Bug; as in noun) in me keeps converting these daily observations into training-worthy case studies.

The Metro-Maniac Chronicles is my version of different kinds of people I have encountered during my journeys in the Metro and their mirror kinds in a typical workplace.