Career Talk 2: Interview with Kirti Krishna, 23 year Old Corp Lawyer, Author of the Book “Piece of Mind-Pun Intended”

Interview by Rituraj Singh, student of CMR Law School, Bangalore; Campus Associate at Lawctopus.

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Kirti Krishna is a 23 year old, Corporate Lawyer, working at Themis.

He completed his B.A., LL.B. at SDM Law College, Mangalore. At present, he is pursuing Master of Arts at Annamalai University, Chennai, with a specialization in Political Science.

Kirti belongs to the Toast Master’s Club and is also the winner of MTV’s reality show, On the Job, season 2.

Multi talented at various cultural fields and events, Kirti is also a social activist. He is one of the co-founders of I Am Change, which is an organisation with an initiative for social change and development. The establishment aims at working with various levels of the society, targeting social issues, and to bring about a change for the betterment of the country.

He also blogs here.

Recently his first book; Piece of mind – Pun intended, was released. Here are a few excerpts from the conversation.

Let’s just say, the loneliness ignited the fire in me to get done with this baby.  I used to spend around 4 hours each night working on the book.

Finding them [the publishers] again, was out of coincidence. I had ordered a book from Flipkart and the moment it reached, I noticed the publishers, searched for them over the internet and Lo! Today, they published my book.

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First of all, congrats once again on the book launch. You must be on cloud nine right now!

Thank you very much. Yes, Cloud 9, it is.

So can you tell us a bit about your book?

My book, “Piece of Mind – Pun Intended” is an earnest attempt at helping people, youngsters in particular, re-design their lives.

The problem which most of us face, me included is that of self-victimization. When I was a student of law, particularly when the final year reached its end, I began having major withdrawal symptoms.

With no placement in hand, I began to think my life was the worst. A lot of negative thoughts, resulting in negative energy were the only result. Thereafter, the moment I began working, in Bangalore, I realized that opportunities here are plenty.

I decided to put all that negative energy to good use, and Piece of Mind was the result.

The book helps people begin to value their life. It tries stressing upon the importance of each one’s awesomeness.

Looks like you are quite a philosopher, aren’t you?

I wouldn’t give myself that credit, yet. But yes, I’ve always had a thing for philosophy.

Childhood and its lessons

Let’s talk a bit about your childhood. As a kid, what did you like doing the most?

As a kid, I was the exact opposite of what I am today. I used to be a nightmare and there were very few people who could actually tolerate me. I remember being extremely mischievous and would always be at the receiving end for my behavior. But that’s what I enjoyed doing.

I liked being an elusive little child lost in his own thoughts who would do what he wants, when he wants. Fortunately, my folks weren’t the extremely “strict” kinds too. I always enjoyed being a naughty and mischievous kid.

What were the best lessons of your childhood?

The best lesson from my childhood was to always bear in mind that there are no mistakes big enough that cannot teach you a valuable lesson. Everything that you learn as a child makes you what you are. Even if the learning is from the mistakes you have made.

Kirti Krishna, lawyer, author, piece of mind-pun intended

Kirti Krishna

We all have that one person in our life that inspires us. Who do you reckon that person is in your life?

I’m a guy with 64 stitches on my body and most of the accidents I’ve been in all happened before I was 16.

My mother has always been my inspiration. The reason why my mother is my inspiration is simply because she never gave up on me. When I was telling you about how naughty I was as a kid, I did not specify the extremes.

I’m a guy with 64 stitches on my body and most of the accidents I’ve been in all happened before I was 16.  These accidents, mostly because of my “misbehavior” were never looked down upon by my mother. That apart, she’s definitely the one I always turn to. Be it breakups or bad marks – the best advice and the greatest assurance comes from her alone. So why have a better inspiration, right?

 “Piece of mind – pun intended”, how did you come up with this title?

The title was a tough call. It took a while before I finally decided upon what the title would be. Initially, I thought about calling the book “Happiness and Relativity”. This, considering the fact that I strongly believe that happiness is relative – it comes and goes.

But then, after the book was over, I realized there are a lot of diverse things I have spoken about and hence, what I’m giving my readers is a “piece of my mind”. And depending on how they perceive it, I’m hoping, hoping that it leaves behind a certain amount of peace too. Hence, “Piece of Mind – Pun Intended”.

Writing a book, is not a very easy task. Can you describe the efforts you had to put in to achieve the desired result?

The truth however is, if I can do it, anyone can.  No biggie here, trust me.

I agree, writing a book is definitely not easy. Especially ,when you have a full time job, which deserves your undivided attention.  I wrote this book and completed it in about a month in August last year. It took me around six months to get my thoughts together. That was the toughest part.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, at some point of my life. Fortunately for me, I decided to realize this dream at an early stage. The truth however is, if I can do it, anyone can.  No biggie here, trust me.

 

Law School Life

Let’s deviate from the topic a bit. Let’s discuss life at law school. Why did you choose law?

I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer. I think this decision dawned upon my being when I just got into high school. I realized that my interpretation and analytic skills were strong.

I realized that I also had the gift of the gab, which, with a little tweaking would take me to greater heights in life!

And how was your journey at law school?

BRILLIANT! Absolutely, brilliant. Some of the finest days of my life were spent in law school. There’s not a single day that I regret.

What all stuff were you into during your law school days?

I enjoyed moots and co-curricular activities. Through the five years I spent at college, I spent half the time participating in some competition or the other.

I also developed an interest to organize events. I was a part of many events organized by my college during the five years.

This apart, since my college, SDM Law College is based in Mangalore, I also involved myself in several social activities in and around the city. Co-curriculars’ always interested me.

What were your favourite subjects during law school?

My favorite subjects were Constitution and Jurisprudence. Weird, I know. But I absolutely loved these subjects.

Any favorite lecturer/s, who inspired you? And what was about them that made them click?

Well, in my college all the lecturers were pretty cool and very approachable. I liked all of them.

None of my teachers were unapproachable or difficult. They were very supportive and chilled out with me. That makes things click, I guess.

We all have certain experiences during our college life, which we can never forget. What were some of the right things you did during college that you are proud of?

Over anything else, I’m proud I made it through five years, without any difficulty that really messed my psyche up. I’m proud I left leaving a mark.  Hopefully, the college shouldn’t forget me for a few more years.

And are there some, not so right things, that you did, and would want other students to be wary of?

Well, Yes. For starters, never lose faith. No matter how wrong things  get, there is a point when things will change.

And be wary of the people you interact with, the friends you make, the decisions that would probably affect your future. You may not realize it, but all the things you do during those five years have a direct or indirect effect on the future to come.

For starters, never lose faith. No matter how wrong things  get, there is a point when things will change.

If asked to describe the influence of law school in your life . What would your reply be?

Very high influence. My five years at law school changed the way I was thinking. You know the drill, right? You create a niche for yourself at one moot, you are instantly recognized. Law school taught me how to deal with a variety of things in life. It made me complete as an individual.

piece of mind pun intended

Piece of mind-Pun intended

 

The Book: Piece of Mind-Pun Intended

Lets get back to the book. You said it took you 7 months to come up with the idea and complete the book. How did you manage it? I mean working at a law firm , having a personal/social life. How did you manage to complete the book in these 7 months?

Ha ha! This again is a funny story.  I used to live alone back then. Let’s just say, the loneliness ignited the fire in me to get done with this baby.  I used to spend around 4 hours each night working on the book.

How did you manage to find a publisher? Maybe it will help some of the budding writers on our site.

Finding a publisher is no easy thing. Definitely not. However, my publishers, Notion Press, based in Chennai were very enthusiastic about my book and provided me with all the support I needed.

 Finding them again, was out of coincidence. I had ordered a book from Flipkart and the moment it reached, I noticed the publishers, searched for them over the internet and Lo! Today, they published my book.

And what was your experience working with them?

It was good. Scary, yes. Still gives me jitters. But then, as I said, my publishers are always keen on giving me all the support and encouragement.

It’s really awesome seeing a law student like us achieving such a great feat. Do you have any pointers for the budding authors in our country?

Yes! I have just one thing to share with all young authors:

If you’ve written something and if what you have written inspires you at least, go ahead and publish it. What prevents many people from publishing their written work is the fear of being judged. I’m worried too!

Come on, I’m 23 and since my book is in public domain now, I can become an object of criticism. But the moment you begin to realize the worth of little virtues like courage and conviction, you would achieve great things in life. I’m really glad I took this risk.

So what’s next in the future for you? Are we going to see another release, are you going to be writing full time?

Well, I continue to be a lawyer and I absolutely love being one. That is going to be my primary profession. My full time job is great, great bosses, awesome colleagues – Nothing more I could ask for.

Writing continues to be my passion. I will pursue it till the end of me. I am working on my next book. Taking a detour, I’m working on fiction this time. Scheduled tentatively for release on June 06, 2013. Lets see how this goes.

If you’ve written something and if what you have written inspires you at least, go ahead and publish it. What prevents many people from publishing their written work is the fear of being judged. I’m worried too!

One last question. What is Kirti Krishna like in real life?

Kirti Krishna in real life is a normal young man you wouldn’t recognize if you saw me on the streets. Except if you were intently looking for a really tall guy.

In other words, I’m simple and easily approachable. People can write to me for any queries: [email protected] is my email address.

 

“Piece of mind- Pun intended” can be bought through Flipkart via this link.

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Facebook page for the book is here.

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    what a bunch of lies. everyone wants to start an ngo so as to put it on their profile. they’ll do zilch to the society. such people shouldn’t be encouraged. disgusting to say the least! dont know how such people live with themselves.

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