6 Reasons Why ‘The Shot’ became a Bestseller?

10 reasons why The Shot became a bestseller

The Shot- Yogic Thoughts & Mechanics of Pistol Shooting by Hari Prakash is a journey of a commander in Paramilitary forces, developing a strong cross path between the sports of Pistol Shooting & Yogic Spiritual Philosophy. The book catered a strong readership among Voice Verso & also became a bestseller on Amazon Kindle in less than 15 days since it’s launch. Here are 10 reasons why?

Author’s own personal background & qualification

The Author of the book – ‘The Shot’ is a commander in Paramilitary forces in India & he is involved with the sports of Pistol Shooting from two decades.  He has taught many national & international level pistol shooter including Common Wealth Games participant. He is conferred with Vishwamitra Award (Award is given by the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, India to coaches & teachers serving sports), owing to his services.  He has religiously devoured himself into Yoga and has trained for ‘Ashtanga Paddatti'(considered to be the topmost grade in Yogic Spiritual Learning).

Innovative Approach towards Shooting

Pistol Shooting is one of the most popular sports of our era. There are thousands of books on this topic that has already been published. What separates ‘The Shot’ from the rest is the amalgamation of yogic philosophy & the art of pistol shooting. It describes a strong marriage between your ‘oneness’ and how you become the head focus to hit your target every time you see it. It glances over the idea of life while discovering the journey of the sport.

The Author doing Yoga
Padma Asana pose by the author with graphics of target behind

Tonal Quality & Credibility

The overall book is quite fast paced and have a strong authoritative tone. It brings readers over the edge of their seats while reading it. It feels like a textbook or a handbook for readers who wants to pursue the career in pistol shooting sports. The experience and sheer amount of dedication, this book was written in provides an authoritarian language to the book.  There are a lot of “you shoulds” instead of “you cans” in the book.

Simple Language and less wordiness

The author has put forth his two decades of experience in this book, yet it sounds so simple and realistic. It binds the readers in a way that, they try to gain more focused life post reading it. It talks deep into the core of readers as to how you should. muster your full potential.  Dr. Deepa Vanjani, a notable  Ph.D., professor in English has edited the book in such a way that it encompasses every idea of a yogi & a shooter.

Highly Realistic

The author Mr. Hari Prakash himself has claimed that this book if read voraciously will indeed ignite a spark among youths & make them focus their targets in life. It defines the art of Pistol Shooting to its core. Right from, taking the stance, understanding the target, knowing about the grip etc. It also showcases, how yoga influences the mind to do unthinkable.

Stages of grip
Stages of grip from the book – ‘The Shot By Hari Prakash’

Extensively Researched & Well Academically Agreeable

The Shot paints the picture so clearly that, it provides well-articulated insights about pistol shooting. Author Hari Prakash has shared tons of research data that willfully compels readers to get hooked. For eg – the angle at which a shooter needs to take the stance, the angle at which the shooter should hold the pistol, the points distribution of the target etc. Lastly, it has an extensive Question & Answer at the end of the book, to express all the doubts a newbie shooter might have. It gives a sense of purpose to the readers to become professionally trained shooters.

Types.of Stance
Types of stance from the book ‘The Shot by Hari Prakash’

Where can we find this book to read?

You can get it on Amazon  – Kindle USA, Kindle India , Kindle UK , Smashwords & you can provide your  review the book at Goodreads.

#1 Bestseller @Amazon
#1 Bestseller at Amazon Kindle. The Shot by Hari Prakash

VV Conversations – Sakshi Walia author of Life in an Oxymoron

VV Conversation with Sakshi Walia, author - Life in an Oxymoron

1) What inspired you to write this book?

 Our existence is often found in paradoxes and inconsistency. We are all so lost in contradictions and confusions of life that we fail to appreciate or understand it. The thoughts like these made me feel awful, restless and drove me into a pool of complexities  dominated mainly by the questions about this world, my existence and the meaning of this life. There was so much happening within me that needed to be poured out. So, that is when I decided to vent out all my paradoxes, all my fears, all the bewilderment in the form of verses.

 2) According to you, what is a true oxymoron?

According to me, Oxymoron is bringing the two polar opposites, two completely different concepts together. However, if we base it on real-life I suppose, the meaning changes altogether. Each and every person is a perfect example of a living oxymoron. We make up and combine contradictory features and qualities be it in our thoughts, in our decisions, in our feelings, our emotions, vision and so on and so forth. Thus, I would say that every human who is in flesh and blood is an ideal oxymoron in himself.


3) How readers will connect with it?

Well, I suppose everyone has a time in their life when they start to question everything. Besides, the book touches upon the topics that are too common and thoroughly embedded in our day-to-day life. It is something we witness every day and something we think of every minute. The poems are about themes what each one of us experiences throughout their lifetime. So, that is how I feel the readers would be able to find a part of themselves in each poem penned in the book.

4) Verses are into 4 categories, why is that?

 The entire book is categorised into 4 sections purposely. The first part acts as a prologue for the book. It is basically the words from the author, which explain the process of creation of the poem. Followed by this, there are 3 chapters names of which, if you notice carefully,  are the oxymoron. These oxymoron give a hint about what to expect in the poems mentioned in that particular chapter. They are symbolic and set the tone for what is to come next.

5) Book is completely in free verse. Why did you choose verses as the medium to share your understanding?

The book is not completely in free verse though. But yes, it sure is, dominated by the free verse style. Well, I think free verse or say prosaic poetry style is close to the 21st century. The minds of our times are rebellious, wanting to break all the barriers and bondage imposed on them. They don’t understand limitations, which is why I used the run on poetry to let it flow through their thoughts and be freely felt by their heart. Also, it is important to mention that Indian English poetry has always been a free verse poetry. Consider A.K. Ramanujan, Kamla, Das or Nissim Ezekiel such as. It has forever been close to the hearts of Indians and is thus, all the more relatable.

6) What key takeaways that readers will have from the book?

After reading the book, they shall feel their emotional nerve being hit. It would take them to a state of clarity. It would strike the cord and arouse a sense of empathy and pleasure in the readers. The poems have an implied meaning to them and thus, shall compel the readers to think and analyze the poems in the deepest of ways.

7) You seem to be juggling between college and your book, how did you manage that?

  Oh, it has been too hard for me to manage to write and complete this book with the college. I had to struggle between performing the daily chores and then waiting for an inspiration to write a poem. I had been torn completely by trying to manage the academic pressure as well the book. But you know, poetry has always been my passion. And, I believe no matter how busy you get in life you always figure out ways and make time for what you love, for your passion.

8 ) Poetry is a subtle art of capturing world through life, what you believe that life in an oxymoron is trying to capture?

Life in an oxymoron is trying to capture the moments of conflicts, contradictions, and paradoxes in a person’s lifetime. It is bringing out the complicated feelings the maze of emotions, the flood of thoughts, the complexity of human relationships and intricate designs of understanding of self. It poses a question on everything and leads you on a journey of self-discovery.

9) How to lead a life without oxymoron? Is it possible?

Nehru has talked about how one can live without contradictions in his essay Indian philosophical approach from his book Discovery of India. He says that we have lost a sense of unity and harmony in our personalities that persisted in the people in the earlier eras. And sadly, we haven’t till now been able to find a unity in ourselves in the present era. This, he says, can only be achieved by trusting our instincts, by having and maintaining a social harmony and by understanding the last orderly law of universe with its connection to self. While it is hard to disagree with him, I feel it is impossible to get rid of oxymoron as today we have become the very oxymoron ourselves and we can never be free of something which is nothing else but us alone.

10) This was your début book, how was your experience using Voice Verso ?

Honestly, my experience was outstanding. It was awesome. I had thought of publishing my book for a very long time. But I was always intimidated by the entire process. Then I stumbled upon the voiceverso publishers. Not exaggerating things up but they really made the entire process as smooth as silk. They help at each step throughout the way and the result is this beauty, my début book Life in an oxymoron.

Life in an Oxymoron
Life in an Oxymoron by Sakshi Walia

The Book – Life in an Oxymoron is available on all Global eBook Reading stores.
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