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Dungarpur youth’s debut novel makes it to top sellers

‘5 thousand plus copies sold within a week of launching’

‘Comes from a hindi medium background’

Udaipur : Vikas Trivedi’s phone has been constantly ringing since a week. This 26-year-old assistant professor at a private college in Dungarpur, is being flooded with compliments, inquiries and requests after his first novel ‘The Hidden Spark’ has been out. Co-authored with another writer Smita Agarwal, the debut work of this small town lad has gained wide appreciation from across the globe. Since the book launching on September 23, so far over 5 thousand copies have already been  sold. The royalty coming from the book sale would be completely donated to an NGO in Uttar Pradesh working for the cause of animals.

It has been a long journey for Trivedi, from a hindi medium government school in Dungarpur to see his non fiction work among top sellers in an online site . “I owe it all to my parents and mentors,” he says. His life had been not this before the novel. Like any average hindi medium student, Vikas had been hesitant and full of fears and complexes owing to a mediocre background. “ Like any ordinary youth, I had a world of desires and dreams. I wanted to achieve something big in life but didn’t know what to do” Vikas told Udaipur Kiran. With triple post graduation degrees in English Literature, Psychology and Political Science, he also completed his doctoral research in clinical psychology. He took up teaching at a private college in his hometown, however, he wasn’t happy with the way life was shaping. “ I had my own moments of depressions, frustrations and negativity. I wanted solutions to those problems and so I took to social media and life coaches” says the young authors. He read umpteen books by motivational gurus and in the process, somewhere picked the idea of writing a book for himself. “ The Hidden Spark contains 22 chapters wherein I have narrated the level of frustrations every person goes through in his or her life. The book gives a solution to everyone  to make their life a little more easy than it is today. It teaches to believe in yourself” Vikas said. His manuscript was turned down by 5 publishing houses, before finally getting a green signal by a Mumbai based company. Renowned life coaches Madhura Joshi and AJ Beber have written reviews after reading the book. “ It is a dream come true for a lad like me from a middle class hindi medium back ground to write an english non fiction. And if I can do it, anybody else can, only that one need to have firm belief in one’s own self” the young writer asserts.

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