Featured Author Interview with Warm and Kind Mahesh Semwal

Mahesh joined Ghumakkar more than 3 years back. His presence in the Ghumakkar University has been pretty consistent. No wonder, he won the most prestigious ‘Ghumakkar of the Year’ award in 2009 and then topped it up in 2010, for his positive encouragement and unwavering support to all Authors, all through. He was a bit away during 2011 but has resumed his office again and with complete gusto over last few months. His recent series on ‘South Africa’ has won him many new fans and while he is more of a writer who likes facts and information, he always ensures that every Author who publishes a post at Ghumakkar gets his/her due dose of motivation. Coming from someone who has been a representing face of Ghumakkar, means a lot to our fraternity. My first chance of meeting Mahesh was during the summers of 2011. Vibha was visiting India and there is no greater joy (and learning) then to interact with Authors. We had a good face-to-face conversation with him in ‘Haldiram’s @ Noida’ but since the tradition of publishing interviews was not yet started, that interview never made to Ghumakkar readers.

For the month of September 2012, Mahesh is our ‘Featured Author of the Month’ and I had the privilege to talk to him again, this time armed with a formal agenda. I knew very well that I am carrying a lot of expectations from our community to know Mahesh more. Mahesh was traveling (what else) and was in Mumbai when we spoke and we had a hearty and honest chat, I know he is in ‘Sales Function’. Mahesh touched upon various subjects , from family to traveling to his current job and it was one of the most smooth and easy conversation I had. His simplicity and good-hearted intentions were more than evident so without any further build-up, presenting Mahesh Semwal, in conversation with Ghumakkar.

My most lovable three girl friends

Ghumakkar: Welcome Mahesh. Congratulations for being the ‘Ghumakkar Featured Author of the month’ for Aug 2012.
Mahesh: Thank you Nandan. It is a privilege and Ghumakkar is a family for me and there is no greater joy then to have a moment of celebration with near and dear one, so thanks once again.

Ghumakkar: I know, I have asked you this question before but for the benefit of our readers, please share the story on how did you find Ghumakkar ?
Mahesh: Sure. I would again repeat the same story. (he he he). As you know, I make an annual pilgrimage to Dehradun during summer vacations. My in-laws are there and I try to use that as a base camp for an excursion. It was 2009 and I was looking for some info about Lansdowne. I could find lot of sites which had basic information and mostly mentored by travel agents and tour operators. And while searching, I came across Ghumakkar and probably read this beautiful piece by Kumkum.
http://www.ghumakkar.com/2007/12/04/lansdowne-walk-and-simply-walk/

I tremendously liked the idea and after my trip, I wrote my first story at Ghumakkar which was on Lansdowne. You can read that story by clicking here – http://www.ghumakkar.com/2009/06/21/dehradun-lansdowne-gurgaon/

When I reached Lansdowne, it seemed to me as if I have already been here. Reading just 2-3 articles had such a great impact and I was completely fascinated with these ‘rich, detailed travel experiences’. So that is how I not only found Ghumakkar but also started writing on it.

Ghumakkar: Thank you Mahesh. Before we go further on the travel trail, please tell us something about yourself, something apart from what we do
 not know already through your biography.
Mahesh: I am a Science Graduate from Delhi University. My father retired from Indian Army. My wife, Divya, is a School Teacher & we are blessed with two daughters, Varnika & Swarika. Now all my Ghumakkar friends know that we belong to Devbhoomi Uttarakhand. I work in the ‘Molecular Diagonstics’ field in the area of Sales.

Dad & Mom

Our Family Pic except my youngest sister


Ghumakkar: Sales is a stressful, target-driven, competitive field. How do you manage to take time out to travel and to pen down your stories? Or is the Sales of Molecular Diagnostics Products different from other sales jobs?
Mahesh: You hit it on the nail. Sales in general is a very demanding profession. Unlike manufacturing, it is difficult to execute in this function in a structured manner since there are no rules. The goal is clear and you have to reach that, one way or the other.

Molecular Diagnostics is in a developing stage in India so you can say it is more stressful than the other products. For those who do not know about Molecular Diagnostics test, it is a test is based on DNA which is root cause of all diseases. Managing time for traveling is not a big problem as it is part of my job so I have a fair share of domestic travel and there are foreign trips as well. But finding time to write these experiences, reading at Ghumakkar, commenting is indeed a creative process.

At Singapore


Ghumakkar: So does being in Sales change you as a person?
Mahesh: I would think so. After 20 years of experience If I have to sum-up my learnings, then I would include following things:-

(1) Time management since we do not have complete control on it. While you can make a tight schedule, you can not refuse a sales opportunity because the client was delayed so we need to learn time management, otherwise it would be very difficult.

(2) Utilization of limited resources, after all you have a direct impact on the bottom line.

(3) People handling, one of the toughest job. This by far is my best learning. I meet so many folks as part of my job and everyone is a different or what you call it in Urdu, a Mukhtalif personality. You need to understand the other person and then change your style, almost in real time in some cases. Some people prefer a human touch when they deal with you and if you show up they would go the extra mile for you whereas someone else is more comfortable over email and phone. Some like to meet during an evening unwind session, whereas someone else is much more effective is you catch them during their office hours, before lunch. So sales requires a lot of people handling.

(4) and finally, the temperament. I used to be very short tempered, but, up to some extent, now I can control.

At Shanghai

Ghumakkar: Oh, really. I do not think you have ever been short tempered at Ghumakkar. Well, you summed up the learnings really well and I guess it is going to be useful for a lot of Ghumakkars who are early in their career and can take a leaf or two from the above list.
Mahesh: It would be my privilege if this is useful to anyone. But don’t get me started on my work, you would know that Sales guys can do a lot of talking. he he.

Ghumakkar: Yes, everyone knows. Where do you stay and how long you have been there?
Mahesh: I am at Gurgaon, a suburb in Haryana in the South of Delhi. We have been there for almost 15 years. I started a series on ‘Attractions in/around Gurgaon’ and I would write more in coming weeks.

Ghumakkar: Yes, your story on ‘Kingdom of Dreams’ was very well appreciated and as I check now, it has close to 20K visits. That is impressive! We would talk about your travel writing in a while, but before that I wanted to know how do you unwind when you are not traveling. What interests you ?
Mahesh: Cooking. :-)

Ghumakkar: Wow. I also cook once in a while and at this point I am mostly on the ‘Food Appreciator’ side. I have a hunch that as I learn more, and as I get more time at hand probably I would get into cooking. When that happens, I would remember to compare notes with you.

Ghumakkar: Lets now shift gears and talk about traveling. Where did you catch the travel bug from? How did you become a traveller?
Mahesh: My father was in Army , so you can say since birth. I was born in Darjeeling. Far away from my current place. I also spent a lot of time in Jodhpur. Later because of education, I remained in Delhi while my parents moved from one place to another. One interesting thing which I want to share with our readers is that because we moved from one place to another, it was sort of my duty to take our relatives to local points whenever they visited us. This made us go to all the popular tourist places located nearby. I still vividly remember the big Santoshi Mata Temple in Jodhpur and then all the places in Delhi and so on. Now my father is retired and though I do travel a lot, my basecamp is Gurgaon.

Char Dham

Ghumakkar: What was your first journey ever? Has your perception about travel changed since then? And, if yes, how?
Mahesh: As I told you that I have been traveling ever since I was born because my father was in the army. But the first tour which I remember and enjoyed was a trip to Jodhpur. It happened when I was in class IIIrd and just old enough to remember the details. Perception changed after I started writing for Ghumakkar. Earlier I never collected the details of the places where we were traveling. But now I try to collect as much information as possible and click pictures, especially for Ghumakkar. ☺

Ghumakkar: And how did the writing happened? Was the story on Lansdowne your first written piece?
Mahesh: Yes it is. All thanks to Ghumakkar.

Ghumakkar: Tell us more on your process of writing.
Mahesh: Oh, it is not very easy for me to write. At least initially there was a lot of back-n-forth. You know just like any good story, you would want to have a beginning and an end. Then you also need to plan how and where to layout the facts and the best way to elaborate upon your own experience. It took a lot of time to think and then render during my initial days. Actually it still does.

Ghumakkar: and did you forsee that you would write so much ?
Mahesh: No, it just went on. It never occurred that i would be in top x. I just kept writing as it came to me.

Of the same family

Ghumakkar: From Lansdowne to Johannesburg in 49 stories, how has the journey at Ghumakkar been so far?
Mahesh: Proud to be a part of the Ghumakkar family. Found some new friends. I still remember when for first time I was going to Kochi, within half an hour I got plenty of information & contact no. of a local person who helped me a lot. If I am not wrong his name was Sandeep and he was Kartik’s friend. And all this when I had just dropped a note for help. It was amazing.

Ghumakkar: Any ‘Wow’ moments, you remember.
Mahesh: Many. One of them I would share here. Auro dada, after reading my Gangotri log mentioned that had he read this before his own trip, he would not have missed all the places which are on the way to Gangotri. That was a big one.

Ghumakkar: And what about not so pleasant comments. How do you manage those ?
Mahesh: I did lose my patience once after trying many times. I think, you should make a genuine attempt to understand the intent and the message. After all, someone has read your story to make a comment. So try to understand and use it to better yourself but if after repeated attempts, you realize that this is not in the right direction, then just ignore them.

Ghumakkar: What has changed in your travel, after Ghumakkar.
Mahesh: A lot! Before Ghumakkar, traveling was a very personal event. Because of you (and Ghumakkar) now it is no longer a personal or a family event. I feel as if I am responsible for ensuring that all the right information reaches our readers. All because of you. He he. In case of pictures, now there are pics for family and then there are pics for Ghumakkar. All through, in the back of my mind, a thread is running to scout for more information, to talk to the priest, to read the information board, and so on. This is good for my own knowledge and I am hoping that this would also help my kids to know about history, details about a place and so yes, a lot has changed.

At Germany

Ghumakkar: You have seen Ghumakkar grow over the years, what do you think we can do better?
Mahesh: If possible, nake it possible for readers to locate the information on Trains / flights / hotels & restaurants about a place without having to go through posts.

Ghumakkar: Your favorite Authors ?
Mahesh: Ram Dhall would be the idol Author. Then Professor Manish Khamesra, Auro Dada, Vishal, Mukesh, SilentSoul, DL, the list is endless. In Hindi writing, I feel that we really have the best of best here. All of them like Manu, Sandeep, and Ritesh write from their heart and are exceptional writers.

Thank you Mahesh, for the wonderful conversation and for being around, for the constant motivation and for making Ghumakkar what it is now. And for all those who have read this far, here is the bonus picture.

True Blue Ghumakkar (Bag, T-Shirt and Sticker)

We wish you peace, happiness, and all the Ghumakkari. Take Care.

51 Comments

  • Dear Mahesh jee,

    First of all many many congratulations on becoming the featured author. I was expecting this long back. Specially this interview and you are one of my role models in ghumakkar.com
    Sales is a toughest and most challenging profession whether it is Molecular Diagnostics or Financial Services. Everyday is like trekking a huge mountain with different sort of difficulties. And Getting time and writing here is very difficult . So many many thanks for all that hard work Maheshjee.
    For me Maheshjee’s stories are most pleasant ones in ghumakkar. I can just go on and on reading those. I have also been a regular commentator in ghumakkar.com, but that I have learnt from you following your footsteps. And cooking was something which I didn’t expect. Fabulous quality.

    Thanks Maheshjee for this wonderful interview. Hope so we meet one day. Whenever you come to Mumbai you are most welcome.

    Thanks Nandan for conducting and sharing this interview.The set of questions were really thoughtful and nice.

    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      Dear Vishal,

      Many thanks for your golden words.

      We all here are not a professional writer so learning will be a continuous process from each other.

      Although Nandan is from Software Industry but the questions he design for the interview is not less than a journalist. :-)

      Cooking , some time forcefully , some time time pass , some time hobby :-)

      I use to visit Mumbai almost in a alternative months. Recently visited Mumbai very frequently (30th Aug – 01 Sep. & than 05 Sep. to 07 Sep). Next time we will defiantly meet , I usually stay in Hotel Athithi , near domestic Airport or if I am staying in Vashi than Hotel Abbott.

  • Dear Mahesh,

    It’s nice to read & know you as a person through this post, this morning. Like many of us, I was also looking for this since Sep 1. Congrats once again.

    When I read your story on Dehradun last month, I found it just like a Bible on Dehradun…that’s gem of a post. I draw lots of inspiration from you, as well as from all the writers.

    How true, “It never occurred that i would be in top x. I just kept writing as it came to me”…I did like this confession…thank you…yes, we are not professional writer…we can only try to be honest in our approach to express us to share our experiences here with everyone…

    Thank you Nandan, for adding another gem in the necklace…superb interview…and regarding the last photo, I have seen this photo somewhere…however, failed to remember that at this point of time…

    Take care of you, both…

    Look forward to read more stories from both of you, Regards,

    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      Thanks Amitava,

      Last picture was the part of my interview taken by Nandan & Vibha in 2011 which was not published in Ghmakkar , you must have seen it in Nandan’s blog.

      @ Nandan – If I am not wrong that was the first interview followed by some more which were published in you blog.

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  • venkatt says:

    Mahesh ji…you are a guiding light to all of us at Ghumakkar.

  • abhishek kashyap trainman says:

    hats off… keep ghuming..

  • SilentSoul says:

    It is 8 in the morning here and the first thing in the morning i did was to start computer to read your interview :)

    Mahesh has been my favorite person on Ghumakkar.. (i have a natural affinity towards uttrakhandis due to some last birth connection he he he).

    Mahesh it was nice to know more about you and your family… I wish you continue shining on Ghumakkar and may god bless you and your family…

    Nandan tks for presenting this brilliant piece of conversation… I was hoping a small video interview as well, because mahesh lives near you and it would not be dificult for both of you to sit down and record. anyhow i am coming to delhi in Nov and you can publish my 6 hours interview LOL

  • RITESH GUPTA says:

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    • Mahesh Semwal says:

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  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Mahesh ji,

    Like all other fellow ghumakkars I also am one of the huge admirer of your posts and the motivating and encouraging comments. You are probably the only author on ghumakkar who consistently keep on commenting the works of fellow authors on ghumakkar throughout the day, month and year.

    This interview was one of the most awaited events for me as I was tempted to peep in to the inner side of Mahesh Semwal. The interview was very interesting which enabled us to know a bit more about your personality.

    Special thanks to Nandan for his efforts in presenting this beautiful interview to us.

    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      You are also one of my favorite writer. You tempted to peep into the inner side of me but sorry you were not able to find much :-) because now most of you knows me very well (open book).

      Thanks for you comment !

  • D.L.Narayan says:

    @ Mahesh: Congratulations once again. I know that you are used to getting these accolades since you have also been the author of the year too, not once but twice. It felt great to know more about you. You are such an outgoing, positive and kind individual that you are one of the most liked members of the ghumakkar community. Your positive comments are highly encouraging and motivating for your fellow authors. Keep travelling and entertaining us with your stories.

    @ Nandan: Congrats on yet another skilfully conducted interview. It is amazing how you are able to extract the essence of the interviewee’s personality with a few simple, open-ended questions.

    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      Thanks DL,

      Ya I got “Ghumakkar of the year” award two times but that time authors like you and others who joined Ghumakkar last year were very less so chances were more :-)

      I am glad to know that I am one of the most liked member of the Ghumakkar community .

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  • ashok sharma says:

    Mahesh ji, heartiest congrats on this special occasion.very good interview of yours by Nandan the great.thro’ this got a chance to peep into a bit of your life.being in your profession, it is really very difficult to find time for penning down your experience and that too so beautifully.congrats once again.keep travelling and keep sharing.

  • Surinder Sharma says:

    Mahesh very nice interview, thanks a lot for your appriciation every post on Ghummakar, Hope will see your nice writing very soon.

  • Aarti n Mridul says:

    Good One, Its good to see when some one work for public, it is a well being for others and indeed a noble cause. All these things reflect somewhere in life and god bless us in many ways.

    However, would like to say one thing here that in your bullandi mein there is some one who is behind the scene but always have been instrumental.

    Good Luck and Best wishes for your family. I like the pic of Aunty and Uncle , it is so good to see them after a long time.

    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      Thanks Aarti for your Golden words !

      You guys force us by your motivational comments to write us more and more , without reader writers are incomplete hence your contribution is equally important as writer.

      God bless you and Mridul & shower his choicest blessing on you !

  • AUROJIT says:

    Hi Mahesh,

    Congratulations for another feather on your Ghumakkar cap.

    It was very interesting to learn about various facets of your life. The four-point learning is revealing and so very true.

    And WOW. Thanks for giving me My WOW moment through your WOW comment. I feel privileged also for adding my name to your favorites’ list.

    Congrats once again – wishing you more travels and more articles.

    Thanks
    Auro

    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      Those four points are really very useful for all.

      Dada we get so many comments (positive or negative) but some of the comments you never forget.

      Life is useless without WOW factor :-)

  • ram dhall says:

    Dear Mahesh ji,

    Heartiest congratulations on being the featured author, a very richly deserved honour.

    As Nandan has very correctly said ” Interview with warm and kind Mahesh Semwal”. This interview vividly reflects these facets of your personality.

    I have been a fan of your awesome and informative writings ever since you wrote the post on Landsdowne. Needless to say that your posts on Char Dham and visits to the Devbhoomi are master pieces.

    Warm regards, God’s blessings and my grateful thanks for your very kind words.

    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      Thanks Sir,

      Who don’t like pet on his back and especially from you as you are the ideal of all the authors.

      No words for your this line “I have been a fan of your awesome and informative writings” .

      These day you don’t comment of our story very frequently but believe me I always miss your & Manish comments on my post.

  • Mahesh, authors like you are the backbone of Ghumakkar. You are always there to motivate new authors via your beautiful comments. It was nice to know more about your personal and professional sides of life.

  • Nandan Jha says:

    @ Mahesh – Congratulations once again and big thanks for being around for everything. As the community is growing, there is a greater onus on most of us for being generous, supportive and consistently encouraging for the greater good of travel and Ghumakkari. Thank you Mahesh.

    @ Vishal – Thank you.

    @ Amitava @ Mahesh – Yes, this photo has been earlier shared at my blog.

    @ SS – Indeed. We should find a way to have a LIVE video streaming of your interview. lol. As they say, you never know what all is possible. Insha Allah

    @ Ritesh – Thank you

    @ Mukesh – Special pleasure. I would try harder in coming month to make it even more special.

    @ DL – The accolade for questions goes to entire Editorial team, led by Vibha. Trust me, a lot of discussion and thought is put behind this whole process and I still feel that we have a lot to cover.

    @ Tridev – Sir, with each interview we are hopefully making it a bit better. I am looking forward to ‘Live Interview’ myself. May be a ‘Ghumakkar Video’ channel at YouTube.

    @ Kavita – Thank you.

  • Spell Checker says:

    Congrats, Mahesh!

    The portraits are justified, finally (oh, the cynic in me!).

  • Vibha says:

    In spite of having a long discussion with you in our previous meeting, I did not know there was so much left to uncover about you. Thanks for the wonderful responses Mahesh! And I am sorry for the late reaction… :)

  • Smita Dhall says:

    Congratulations, Mahesh! I agree on the title – “Warm and kind”. And this characteristic is so apparent in your stories and narrations, besides the comments :). It is a joy to celebrate the feats of people like you.

  • It is really great on the part of Ghumakkar.com to recognize its authors and to provide an insight into their psyche through such interviews. Giving interesting, readable replies may be easy but asking suitable questions to elicit such wonderful replies is the real challenge. Nandan seems to be a professional interviewer. Congratulations to both of you.

    Sushant Singhal

  • Ghumakkar’s video channel is indeed a brilliant idea. But we need to have a class on how to shoot worth seeing videos. Camera work and editing need to be learnt. Interviewing on video is the safest bet because it would be handled by professionals.

  • Dear Mahesh, I think we don’t have to learn TIME MANAGEMENT. Instead, we need to learn to manage OURSELVES according to time available with us. With this changed nomenclature, we get to the essence of the term more easily. :D

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Time Management is same what you said ” TM is nothing but planning and deciding priorities so that we can use the limited time to increase the productivity.”

  • Saransh says:

    Hello mamaji.

  • Toshi Sharma says:

    Hello Sir,

    I did not know I trekked Deoriatal and Chandrashilla with such a eminent personality in the world of travellers.
    Really, it’s amazing to know you, your stories and your love for travelling. Being at such a high position in your career, with all the stressful work, being a responsible family member you manage to take out time for your passion and also pen it down so that others could also be motivated and get the right piece of information. Applaud!
    I wish all the good luck to you and your family. May you travel lot and lot in future and share your experience with us!

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