Here read some interesting facts about Sagar Kamath, author of Chronux.
Sagar Kamath teaches History and International Affairs at Symbiosis International University. With a Masters in History and Philosophy and over 9 years of experience in the teaching sector, he has lectured extensively on subjects ranging from global history to modern day geopolitics and specializes in issues of religion and politics. An avid storyteller, he has spent years researching humanity’s intricate interplay with the natural world and believes that events like World War II serve to highlight the best and the worst, we as a species are capable of…something amply reflected in this work. In his free time, he loves to explore ‘off-the-beaten-track’ locales that have a sense of mystique about them.
Hello, sir please tell us something about yourself and your family background. Who supports you most in your family.
– I was born and raised in a fairly conservative middle class set up and was expected to be a part of one of the mainstream disciplines when it came to choosing a career. However, things changed quite dramatically when I was 18 and my parents separated. This was a very significant turning point in my life, as I realized that the warm, safety blanket of conventional wisdom has been taken away and I would now have to make my own path. I experimented with numerous options including the BPO sector and that’s when I discovered my passion for teaching and training.
Publishing is a tough task, ain’t it? So how do you manage to get your book published in between all the difficulties?
– Yes, it is…and it becomes even tougher if you decide early on to concentrate on a full-time career as a novelist. I don’t think that with the odd exception, it is very safe or advisable to focus on writing as a full-time career, especially when one is just starting out. Once you are established, of course, it is different.
If someone hasn’t read your book and you want to explain to him why he should read your book then what will you say?
– Chronux as a book is unusual and unique since it uses an immersive form of storytelling, where the reader isn’t just a passive observer of events, but an active part of the story. (As to how something like this is possible, I can give no spoilers…haha!). The story deals with humanity’s eternal, undying struggle to control the forces beyond…and the shocking moment when the scales begin to tip in favor of the cosmos!
Do you think that your book is only for those people who prefer specific genre or anyone can read it?
– I would like to think that the book can be read and enjoyed by anyone who loves to read. The story itself covers many genres, such as Science Fiction, Mythology, History, Horror, Suspense, Adventure, Deception etc. So I don’t think it’s restrictive in that sense.
Everyone has their inner fears and weaknesses but many people don’t like talking about them. Do you mind telling us about your fears?
– This is not so much a fear, but more a lesson that I have learned in life. During my early teens, I was struck down by a rare medical condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome that led to an almost complete paralysis of all my muscles. After a month-long treatment, I recovered from the illness, but I still had no muscle memory or power. It took me close to a year of intensive physiotherapy and tremendous willpower to be even able to stand up again. Through this whole phase, there was a very real chance that I might remain an invalid for life. Fortunately, through sheer willpower and my family’s unflinching support, I was able to make a complete recovery and get back into active sports. But the incident did have a lasting impact on my subconscious. Having come so close to losing it all and having gone through the painful process of re-learning basic things such as holding a pen and writing, things that we otherwise take for granted, made me realize the importance of life and especially the physical body. So, even today I work out regularly, keep myself in top physical condition and have never touched cigarettes, alcohol or any other kind of intoxicants.
As a kid, I was also a bit of dreamer. Often during classes in school, I would feel myself drift away into a contemplative trance that was far more pleasing to me than the practical realities of day to day existence. Of course, this did not always please my teachers as they felt I was wasting a lot of potentials that I had. But I was never a very ambitious child. The one thing that always fascinated me was storytelling…whether it was reading them or listening to them. So, even though I did not quite know it at that time, the roots of my interest in writing were being set. I was also very idealistic as a kid and had a very clear sense of right and wrong…I still am!
Do you read books? If yes then which ones are your favorite? If no then why not?
– I remember, as a child, I came across a bruised and battered copy of Sir H. Rider. Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines an all-time classic that blew away my young mind. I was enthralled by the story and the descriptions of how an intrepid group of explorers embarks on an audacious quest to unearth one of the lost treasures of the ancient world. At that time, of course, I had no idea who Solomon was, or whether there was even such a place like that described in the book. But none of it seemed to matter…the late Victorian description of Africa as an unknown continent, full of adventure and mystery, and the prospect of finding something completely unknown to the rest of humanity left me spellbound. (It was probably also the dilapidated state of the book, with it’s musty, crumbling pages that had something to do with it.) I remember, enacting parts of the book in school, much to the amusement of my friends.
This was surely one of my earliest inspirations. Since then, of course, I have read all the noted suspects like Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Steve Berry. I have also been greatly inspired by a lot of non-fiction works, through my research into International Affairs.
If you want to read his book’s synopsis then read it here.
Chronux – Book Synopsis
I have been working as a faculty for History, Philosophy and Political Science with Symbiosis International University, Pune for the last 7 years and have researched and lectured extensively on these subjects. Understanding history through the art of storytelling has always been my passion and this has helped me immensely in compiling this book, which even though a work of fiction, is based on extensive research.
The biggest U.S.P of this novel is that it centers on an absolutely unique idea of having “Time”, play the role of the protagonist. What if “time” gains sentience and becomes aware of its own existence? The story speaks of how “time” has sought to manipulate others, throughout human history, into replacing itself.
The book kicks off in 3067 B.C. in a small Himalayan Village, where a primitive society is suddenly visited by a mysterious being, who claims to be from the far-flung future and who possesses forbidden knowledge. This being, through his interactions, manages to generate enough curiosity among the villagers to get one of them to fall for the ultimate trap. Little do the villagers realize that this being is “time” itself, and thus set off a cycle of deception and deceit that flows through human civilization, from the remote past….through World War II….and even into the distant future.
Throughout the novel are exotic and graphic descriptions of locations and events across the world that form part of the narrative. The entire novel is divided into six ‘episodes’, with the entire plot coming together at the end.
Episode One focuses on the events in 3067 BC, where the story kicks off, when a young man named Bhrataha from the tiny Himalayan village of “Aruhu”, is offered the promise of unlimited power and takes the bait…..only to fall into the “Chronux Trap”!
In Episode two, Bhrataha now trapped by the power of Chronux, witnesses events from 3000 AD, and the far future, when Planet Earth faces an apocalyptic Invasion, from across the Galaxy. This offers him some key insight into the nature of “Chronux”……and also reveals the identity of the mysterious being, who appeared to his people. Now the unwilling bearer of the “Chronux Curse”, Bhrataha lays an elaborate snare that works its way through two thousand years of human history, searching for its next victim! It is an extremely tantalizing offer…….one that will ultimately be taken up……by the Nazis!
Episode Three, Four and Five focus on a desperate and thrilling expedition undertaken by Nazi Germany to Tibet, in 1939. in search of the Lost City of Shambhala. Through this, a fictional Nazi researcher named Friedrich Gustav delves into Hindu, Buddhist and Occult mysticism in the search for lost technologies of the ancient world, little realizing that he is being sucked into the greatest quagmire of all time……Bhrataha’s “Chronux Trap”!
Episode Six is where all the threads come together, in the year 1945, when an impossible experiment to control “time” goes horribly wrong and the shocking phenomenon called “Chronux” is finally revealed.