A compilation of a personal journey to find where your own true freedom comes from and what it is to be truly free. In my own journey to becoming somebody, I found that being a nobody is truly more liberating. Hence the book- “ from The diary of a Nobody “. Conceived as a compilation of poems, essays, monologues, thoughts, and everything else that might go into someone’s diary.
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in London, United Kingdom. Sanjeev Kumar is a serial entrepreneur. He is
currently Director & CEO at D+O group.world (D&O), and is also the
founder of DTM Global Holdings- a tech & media holding company. Other
initiatives founded by Sanjeev includes of Imagination@WORK and 9Visions.
He is a market-seasoned professional and the recipient of “South East Asia Young Achiever’s Award” He holds a dual masters degree in Finance and Commerce and also has an MBA. As the CEO of the group, he oversees the business activities of the group in many different countries for 20+ years now.
And he would describe himself as a human mind on a journey powered by curiosity—a permanent student of the university of life. And as an author, he is a regular contributor on platforms that are helping shape the future of the financial markets and the global business. Sanjeev is also a prolific blogger. As an author Sanjeev is also a member of the Authors Guild of New York, the Society of Authors- UK as well as the National Space Society.
What inspired you to author this book?
The pursuit of being someone or something can become quite taxing, and somehow by going through the process of living, we do end up becoming prisoners of our own minds. Be it, the idea of who we are or what we want to be. And a large part of who we think we are, along with the overall identity, all comes from external sources, in other words, inherited. The process of knowing who we truly are requires us to be willing to unlearn what we may hold dear. Finding our true freedom and happiness is really an inside job. And I realized that it is being learned to be a nobody that I can learn to be truly free. So I decided to compile my personal journey as thoughts, poetry, essays, and conversations that I have had with people in a book titled from the diary of a nobody. I hope others can relate to it. And since we don’t have a manual for how best to live a human life, we can only try to be a reference for each other. I sincerely hope this book will serve as some sort of reference for others.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
It is during lockdown that I saw a large number of people reading books in the park, and most of them would be sleeping on the grass while holding a book up in their hands. For me personally, it was happy sight, so that’s where I got the idea for the book cover.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
I would say, life and the process of living have always been the biggest influence, and I love learning from nature. Nature has been my best teacher, and it still is. Living isn’t easy. We all find ourselves existing, and none of us had any say in our own creation. Neither nature nor our parents asked us for our permission before creating us. So we are a product of external influence. I have learned from experiencing my own living. And I have realized, it is the people who make everything relevant, and the world is only special because we are all a part of it. The entire process of trial & error and carrying on regardless is what makes life and living quite interesting.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
I believe if you want to do something, then, you do find time for it. But yes, writing a book can be quite a challenge, especially if you are running a busy business. Selecting a good cover that my mind could agree to did take a bit of time especially because most people didn’t like the cover design initially. I was also not sure if combining poems with essays and musings etc. will appeal to people, but I decided to take the risk. And the initial response has been quite good so far.
The book is a compilation of a personal journey to find where your own true freedom comes from and also what it is to be truly free—narrated as poems, essays, musings, and conversations, etc. It allows a reader to get inside the mind of a human being and share that journey. The book is written in a conversational style. And hopefully, some people will be able to relate to that journey expressed through poems, essays, and short stories. We can’t outsource our living, and it only by experiencing our own living that we truly understand the intricacies of human life. Hopefully, the book will serve as a reference for others. I am told no one has tried this before, but I decided to take that risks, and so far, the response has been very good.
Who is your target audience, and why?
I believe human beings are social animals, and we learn from each other. As a collective, we are quite a potent force of nature. None of us have answers to all the questions; we learn from trial & error. The book is a bold attempt designed to ask interestingly probing questions. I hope people can relate to the journey and the larger experience. At times, we can become our own worst enemy. If we don’t allow our ego, bias, or prejudice and the sense of being someone or something to get in the way, then we realize that being a nobody is truly liberating, and it helps us discover who we truly are or could be. So hopefully, this book will appeal to that audience. A publicist told me that in his view, women between 30 - 60 years old are probably going to be the biggest audience, but we shall see. I hope it reaches out to as many people as possible, and I would love hear their thoughts.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
I would say my biggest achievements in life have been people; we can’t really succeed on our own. Also, without people, there will be no society, economy, or Gods, for that matter. I always encourage people to invest wisely in the right people, because you will always be your biggest investment.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
I am not sure if I am unique in any way, but yes, I have been told by various publishers that no one has tried to write a book with poetry, essay, musings, conversation, etc. all compiled in a diary format. The idea is to share my journey with others, but it’s not a biography. It is an attempt to share my thought process with others very openly through poetry, essays, short stories, and musings, etc. discussing not just a human living but also the economy, science, and future.