From Novel, Companies, Social Activism, Articles, Awards, Politics and Photos- My journey from the first book till today.
My Nagpur Office
I have been a writer, a storyteller all my life. I started aggressively at a tender age of 17; alone, a little lost yet ambitious. I took up electronics engineering because of my inclination towards science but things started to change real quick once I realised I am not made for it!
I dropped out from engineering and life began
I took a pen and a paper and my journey as a writer started. I published my debut novel at the age of 18, I wrote 9 more books and handled a few columns, scripted few shows and produced a feature film. I even taught in colleges, ran a couple of education startups and later took up social entrepreneurship with Writers’ Rescue Center.
Some awards were bestowed about me but I wanted to make a difference through social entrepreneurship and so, I took a long pause from personal ambitions and started focusing on developing a Gurukul (mentorship) system for storytellers- depressed, suicidal, introverts, poets alike.
1. Book Writing
My debut book, I wrote Your Name in the Sky, was launched in March 2011 and we did a surprisingly big launch event in Nagpur in 2012 celebrating one year of the book! Back in the day, the book was mostly sold at bookstores and rarely at online platforms. The bookselling relied heavily on libraries, railway stations and the bestseller tag, back in the day, really did need a proper kick from the publisher. I self-published the novel and then sold the rights of the same to a traditional publisher. The book sucked to be honest (critics rightfully hated it).
- Unsung Words (a Poetic Novel)
- Inked With Love (Poetry Book)
- Coded Conspiracy (Crime Fiction) Tales of an Unconscious Mind (Spiritual/Self help)
- Thirsty Pilgrims (Life)
- Strange Tides on Broken Rhymes (Poetry)
- Illusions of a Starry, Starry Night (Collection of Letters)
- The Modern Day Hindu
Total Buyers: 230,000+ Buyers in 7 years
Walnut Discoveries Pvt. Ltd:
I produced a Hindi Feature Film under my Walnut Discoveries Banner. Hindi Feature Film titled “Nadi Ki Beti Sundari” (We titled it She but changed it because of copyright issues) with a run time of 92:25 mins and 101min with A Certificate issued to the film in 2016!
Censor Certificate signed by then Chairperson of CBFC (Pahlaj Nihalani)- Hindi Feature Film
It was recently released on MX Player: https://www.mxplayer.in/movie/watch-nadi-ki-beti-sundari-movie-online-383a18c4ad3ead1993a5f0477f6b3acb
I was a producer at 20 years of age (Jan 14) and so, I was bestowed with “youngest” tags because of that.
3. Edu-Tech Firms/Entrepreneurship Journey
Iclass Online (2016)
Nagpur office of iclassonline
I started I class online ( iclassonline.net ) in January of 2016 and we offered Mock Question Papers, Skype Sessions, interview preparation, SWOT analysis at Rs. 600–1,500/- per candidate. Most of our students were “TRAINED ON SKYPE. The startup has 177 students till November of 2016 when I realised the need to switch to offline medium to sustain in the market. The startup ran from January to November of 2016 completing two batches. My advisory team included Dr. Sekar Vishwanathan (VIT University’s Vice President), Prathita Desai, Abhinaba Ghosh – ( Doctorate- University of Cambridge) and MAHAVEER PRABU JAIN – Expert Advisory, Singapore, on board. I had a team of twelve experts who taught online. The firm got acquired.
The Walnut School of Ideas (2016-18)
My Cousin Dinesh Chandwani and I, started Walnut School of Ideas in Vijayawada, and Nagpur where we took up traditional training in the fields of competitive exams like GRE, UPSC, GATE etc. The startup saw over 250+ admissions in variety of fields both online and offline. Walnut school of Ideas was both an online as well as offline platform that brought together the creative minds and the technical trainees under one roof. It had innovations and manpower but the interest to take up book writing as my main source of social entrepreneurship drew me closer to Writers’ Rescue Center. WSI ran from 2016-18 and later got acquired. We also ran workshops and we have had our working offices in Andhra Pradesh and Nagpur.
4. Social Entrepreneurship
Writers’ Rescue Center (2016- Current)
When you talk about the Writers’ Rescue Center, we work on healing people and giving them a voice by training the depressed, the suicidal, the differently abled, cancer survivors and people with identity crisis in the field of storytelling. We run a Gurukul System where individuals irrespective of the age, caste, or problems, are provided with one to one mentorship. We help them grow confidence, we give them the required space and trust to open up about their issues, we push them a pen and a paper, and write their own life story. Once they’re emotionally equipped, we guide them in book writing. It takes anywhere between one month to 1 year for the individual to complete their manuscript. The book, once it is ready, is shared with numerous publishing units and now we’ve started our own publishing house “WRC Publishers” as an imprint to Raindrop Publishers INC. Already 211 writers between the age group of 16-72 have been groomed into book publishing and 30+ of them have reached the best seller status.
Total Published Authors: 211
Age Group: 16-72
Here are some of the Before & After Stories of Writers.
Rajyavardhan Singh came to me confused and depressed. He was suicidal and wasn’t able to find proper direction in his life. He wanted to run away from the university where he was studying and his parents were worried, and everything was chaotic. When we both spoke to each other, Raj shared his interest in writing poetry and music. We did daily WhatsApp calls for proper three to five months and now: He is a published author with a decent amount of readers. A Public Speaker followed by quite a few youngsters. Stable and no more depressed. He has the listening audience, reading the audience and he earns much more than an average engineering because of his writings. His parents are happy seeing their child reach the pinnacle of success and that’s the best thing ever. I recently got a text from his father congratulating me for his son’s success! Rajyavardhan is merely 3 years younger to me.
46-year-old Dr Shakila ma’am was able to publish her first book, Odyssey of Spirit last year. “I have written before, but lacked the confidence to put it out there. Nikhil helped me believe in myself and my abilities,” says Dr Shakila, who has been in the teaching profession for 24 years and currently teaches Biological Science at Shadan Institutes. When we express our surprise at the age gap between her and her mentor, she says that it is the experience one has that counts, not the age. Dr. Shakila ma’am after her book got published became Global Goodwill Ambassador and now is the Chair for Global Goodwill Ambassador (India) and she is one of the most followed individuals from Linkedin India.
Our foundation has been running with almost no funds and yet helping young and old writers find listeners and readers. We are surviving happily with offices in Nagpur, Hyderabad, and Vizag through the support of our ex-students and investors.
My student Siddharth Roy with Hon. minister Shri Nitin Gadkari.
5. Content Writing/Editorial Article Writing.
I consider myself a worshipper of Hindu way of living. My motto in my life, other than training fellow storytellers, is to link science, spirituality and ancient Vedic Knowledge.
The Speaking Tree! Here is my link of the article which comes under editorial: https://www.speakingtree.in/article/quantum-interactions
I have written spiritual articles for The Speaking Tree Print Edition and other platforms
- Elephant Journal: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/06/why-is-there-free-will-in-life-but-not-in-death/
- Aaduna (Florida): http://aaduna.org/winter20172018/nonfiction/nikhil-chandwani/
- The Underground Voices: http://www.undergroundvoices.com/UVChandwaniNikhil1.htm
I have written articles on entrepreneurship, mainly focusing on the personal problem faced by the Startup Founders, on various platforms.
- Entrepreneur Magazine: https://www.entrepreneur.com/author/nikhil-chandwani
- YourStory: https://yourstory.com/mystory/896c1bcd54-but-who-says-a-quitter-cannot-be-a-winner
I was the guest writer on Times of India (Indore edition).
I mostly cover the government initiatives and schemes through my articles. The real development news is lost in the opinion based articles over newspapers and so, I wish to redirect attention of the reading audience towards the schemes that have been brought in for them through these columns. I believe, as mentioned in the article, “no agenda in our nation can become a national agenda if it is not a pastoral community affair and yet, whenever there is a plan of National Development, there comes the constant bias to weigh it in some glowing bits in our townships and cities.
I have also contributed as a writer for Times of Israel, and Thrive Global. My Times of Israel Column: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/nikhil-chandwani/
6. Public Speaking/TED(x) Talks/Josh Talks and Professorship Role
I love to interact with the students and impart my experience with them. My topics have varied. Total of 11+ TED(x), 1 Josh Talk and 120+ Guest Lectures delivered.
Curbing Identity Crisis/Motivation
I have delivered four TED(x) in Jaipur, Gwalior, Vapi and Hyderabad on Identity Crisis. I have also spoken about it at JNTU (Hyderabad) and few other platforms across Asia. My talk revolves around the role of Social Media in damaging our freewill through fake perfection. The long wait for a blue tick on a Whatsapp Screen that develops anxieties and destroys our dreams. The solutions to this crisis through a modern method of meditation- driving as far as we could and letting all our five senses enjoy the nature. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-Ck1W3JvWY
I have spoken at JoshTalks (Nagpur) and I have taken sessions at VIT University (Vellore), IIT Roorkee, IIT Madras, XLRI Jamshedpur and various other universities on Freelance Entrepreneurship as a Speaker/Visiting Professor. The session revolves around developing a career in freelancing through various modern methods. The career options and the scope. It also revolves around the knowledge of sales, client retention, personal branding, and individual mentorship. The session has reached over 25,000+ freelancers in a span of three years including various open programs in different cities of India. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJxhp1Bv8eY
Politics and Geopolitics
I have recently been a part of debates/discussions and talks on the current political scenario of India. I love to spread my voice and opinion supporting the Pro-Nationalist policies of the government. I have shared stages with spokesperson of the BJP, Congress, AAP and CPM with debates covered on Zee News, BCN News and Constitution Club of India. I have also researched and spoken about the GeoPolitics and war against terrorism in the middle east at TED(x) IIMNagpur, XLRI Jamshedpur, India Against Biased Media Conclave etc. The talk on geopolitics and the research has been one of my favourite field of interest.
I taught placement skills in Vijayawada at KL University from 2015-16. I wasn’t hired for the regular teaching job but to impart placement skills and business communication amongst final year engineering students and the MBA undergraduates. It was one of the most satisfying experience for me training youngsters from my age in various prevailing topics. I also headed the creative wing in the campus from 2015-16. I moved out of the regular teaching role to give more time for the business side of life.
I have also undertaken Visiting speaker role with Chowgule College, Goa, GITAM University, Vizag and IIT Roorkee.
7. Research/Script Writing and Travel Writing.
I have extensively researched on the crisis in the Middle East and independently documented/scripted the effect of geopolitical shift in the region on India. I also spoke about the issues in the middle east and how it can effect India on few platforms.
I have tried to answer the following through my research.
- Why Gaddafi’s killing was a mistake?
- Who benefits from the war in Syria?
- Why should Rohingyas be sent back from India?
As a script writer, I wrote and directed Escape From Kenya and Amazing Amazon Adventures that was telecasted in three countries which includes India, USA and Canada: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3947564/
I provided ghost writing support for various East African and South American non fiction documentaries that revolved around conserving wildlife and the natives of those lands. Travel writing was something very close to my heart and I did that between 2012-13 but I was lost in the shuffle due to the injuries that I had to suffer while staying in the wild.
I also researched/wrote about Sanatan Dharma and the Hindu way of living in few platforms.
Genius Indian of the year in Education/Social Entrepreneurship from Genius Indian Society, Ahmedabad.
I received this award in the year 2017 and 2018
Awarded By: https://www.facebook.com/geniusfoundationindia/
For: Writers’ Rescue Center
Global Nagpur Award: Global Indian of the Year 2014from Nagpur First (Global Nagpur Summit) in Arts and Culture Category
Awarded By: http://nagpurfirst.org/
The Award was given by Sanjay Kirloskar (CEO- Kirloskar Group)
For: Poetry Books Inked with Love, Poetic Novel Unsung Words and Travel Writing Profile
National Award: Government of India
Awarded By: https://yas.nic.in/youth-affairs/awards
Awarded by the 1975 World cup Winning Indian Hockey Team
For: Travel Writing/Research/Books
Swami Vivekananda Honour
Awarded By: https://ves.ac.in/vesit/ (Maharashtra)
Honoured at VESIT-Mumbai
For: Public Speaking/Books
Ministry of External Affairs (Govt. of India): https://mea.gov.in/articles-in-foreign-media.htm?dtl/23858/Indian+Author+Wins+American+Literary+Forum+Society+Award
For: Novel, Coded Conspiracy and Documentary, Escape from Kenya
ADITYA HONOUR (Affiliated to AP Govt.)
Awarded by Aditya College (Kakinada): https://www.aec.edu.in/
For: Walnut School of Ideas
I also received Rashtriya Gaurav Award Last Year. Link: https://www.goldeneraevents.com/rashtriya-gaurav-award-2019/
9. Our News Platform – Mediapreneur Role – NYK Daily
News, Nostalgia, Gadgets, Health, Planet Earth (sometimes even the universe), people (and A.I.) and Politics! Think about it, when last did you tune in to top news websites or TV station and hear something positive? The mainstream media is wired to report only the negative news, which portrays the evil side of humanity. NYK Daily was born out of the necessity to provide you with an alternative to the depressing news. We, at NYK Daily, want to be the change the world desperately needs. Our goal at NYK Daily is to provide you with positive news in different areas from around the world. We focus on happenings in World of Business, Lifestyle, World News, Science and Innovation, technology, history, health and inspiring stories from different unsung heroes. in such a way that would help you build optimistic spirit and challenge you to be positive in all your doings.
I co founded this with Arushi Sana
Website link: https://nykdaily.com
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