Interview with Jasveer Singh Dangi

Author of Abracadabra - A Magic Potion Crafted from Stories


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.jasveersinghdangi.com & https://jasveersinghdangi-87442.medium.com/


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How would you describe ABRACADABRA to a new reader?
  • ‘ABRACADABRA’ is a collection of random stories which have no connection with each other; some are part of my weird imagination while others are random thoughts and precious memories. ‘ABRACADABRA’ is my first attempt at creating an Anthology. It is my attempt at presenting different stories in a single book. It is an attempt to cook a perfect potion through different stories by mixing different emotional ingredients. It is a collection of stories from my life and often weird thoughts and ideas all culminating into one book.
    It has something for everyone; from adventure and thriller to horror to everyday life situations involving confusing thoughts to motivational essays and articles to stories from my childhood in the ‘80s. ‘ABRACADABRA’ is my attempt to give the readers a taste of different emotions in a single book.
What was the inspiration behind ABRACADABRA?
  • As a kid I used to love comic books like Chacha Choudhary, Pinki, Motu Patlu, Nandan & many more Indian comics. Something that fascinated me was that all were about short stories. So, I could read a story & keep the comic book aside and then start reading again later with a different story. This way I did not had to recall where I stopped last. Though ABRACADABRA is not a comic book but the idea was same. I wanted readers to read at their convenience, stop & then start again without having to remember where they stopped.
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?
  • Locations in the book are varied. Some of the stories are based in the place where I spent my childhood, Nilokheri, while others are set in Delhi, Gurugram & Faridabad. I have used my own experiences to create stories based at these locations.
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 too 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 ABRACADABRA has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • ABRACADABRA is a collection of short stories so every story has a different character but my favorite is 'The Balloon Boy'. I think readers will fall in love with this character.
If ABRACADABRA 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?
  • Would love that but like I mentioned above that ABRACADABRA is a collection of short stories so, different actors would need to portray characters as per the story.
How have readers responded to ABRACADABRA?
  • Its just been launch so response is still awaited
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • I am working on a couple of stories including part 2 of Double One Zero (110) - Out of the shadows
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Synopsis

‘ABRACADABRA’ is a collection of random stories which have no connection with each other; some are part of my weird imagination while others are random thoughts and precious memories. ‘ABRACADABRA’ is my first attempt at creating an Anthology. It is my attempt at presenting different stories in a single book. It is an attempt to cook a perfect potion through different stories by mixing different emotional ingredients. It is a collection of stories from my life and often weird thoughts and ideas all culminating into one book.
It has something for everyone; from adventure and thriller to horror to everyday life situations involving confusing thoughts to motivational essays and articles to stories from my childhood in the ‘80s. ‘ABRACADABRA’ is my attempt to give the readers a taste of different emotions in a single book.