About Rishikesh Upadhyay:
Rishikesh Upadhyay was born and raised in a small Nepalis hamlet, Bhanjang Basti via Mahadev Tilla, just a few kilometres of Haflong, the district headquarters of North Cachar Hills, India. As an assistant professor, researcher, and author, he loves learning and teaching to expand his horizons and ideas.
Rishikesh Upadhyay has a PhD and MPhil of Plant Environmental Physiology and Chemistry and has over eleven years of classroom experience.
It was in research and teaching for students in Environmental Science and Botany that he stumbled across a desire to write articles and books. By day, he works at his local government college, and by night he pours his imagination out onto a page. Upadhyay believes in and writes about Plants and its environment. Currently, he’s now teaching Plant Environmental Physiology and Chemistry at his local government college affiliated to Assam University and maintains his earnings.
Apart from that, he has worked in the Assam University as a teaching assistant and was a keen researcher there. He is a recipient of the UGC Research Fellowship award, Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement award, Elsevier Science Reviewer Recognition award, etc. The Secret of Plants in the Environment is his third book. He is a member of several scholarly organizations, also serving as a reviewer and on the editorial boards of several international academic journals of repute. His work is confined to teaching and researching physio-biochemical and environmental stress responses in plants.
What inspires you to write?
It’s not possible to say where inspiration comes from? Well that is largely a mystery. Simply, I just love to write, learn and teach.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
They vary over time. I read about equal amounts of fiction and non-fiction, though non-fiction most and my tastes alter. I read books related to philosophy also.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually move from my dreams to writing, before I speak about the subject matters. Most of the time, two thirds of my own writings or what I write goes in the trash. So, it's simply you need to start with a thought first.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I've never thought of that. I’ve always been involved in non-fiction writings only.
What advice would you give other writers?
Please don’t let the fear of disappointment or failure stop you from writings your thought. So until you write, you won't know or be able to tell the world about you and make it better tomorrow. But think before you write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am very simple and introvert by nature. I never wanted to self-publish my writings, some independent or non-profit press have wonderful and focused editors. But, i would love to publish through any traditional publishers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
For me now, it's impossible to predict because it's changing so rapidly day by day. I hope that even as paper books become old-fashioned now-a-days. But, electronic-books are easy to put out on our/your own. And, I believe that self-publishing will continue to grow in future.
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, Plant, Environment, Science, Reference, Education, Botany, Nature
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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