Abhishek Murthy Vissapragada

Abhishek Vissapragada is a Public Relations professional taking his first step in being an author


Sun Sign


Three things people don’t know about you?

The first thing people don't know about me is that I am a quiet guy who prefers talking less and listening more. The 2nd thing that some might assume about me is that I am a very disciplined guy in my life but I can be very lazy too. Last thing that no one knows is that I am very choosy about things and selective in my choices.

What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is failure in something after I have put in a lot of effort and hard work into it.

What is your greatest achievement?

I think my greatest achievement is by finally becoming a writer with my first book being published.

High point of your life?

The highest point of my life is the time I spend with my friends. It helps me forget the stress of the world and just enjoy life as is.

Low point of your life

My lowest point was when I had failed my first and only engineering exam and I had the realization that I was doing a course that I didn't want to get into from the beginning.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire my mother the most as she has been the anchor of our family after my father's passing away.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Superman is my favorite hero as he not only instills positivity but he also shows how one of the strongest superheroes can also be gentle and human.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Joker is my favourite villain as he is unpredictable, doesn't really care how many people he hurts and although it does not look like he plans a lot, he is smart enough to plan big schemes.

Who are your favorite authors?

My favorite authors are Dan Brown, Amish Tripathi and Robin Cook. They bring uniqueness in their stories and fictional genre they write on.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, The Da Vinci Code, Robin Cook's Marker and The Durable Slum are my favorite books of all time.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is one of the books that I can keep re-reading. I have read it 3 times already.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Shawshank Redemption, Fight Club, The Matrix, Inception, Interstellar and Death Race are my favorite movies of all time.

One Superpower you wish you had?

I wish that I could teleport as it would help cut down on my travel time.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

A man who brought a smile to everyone who knew him

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I think I would still prefer to relive the life that I have cause I know how it has gone but I would definitely use the time machine to get a glimpse of my later years.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

I would want to be able to fly a plane as I can't do so currently due to poor eyesight.

Which book you wish you had written ?

I wish I could have written Dan Brown's Lost Symbol as I feel the story could have become a bit better and didn't connect the dots really well.

When and where do you write ?

I usually write on my laptop sitting in the hall room of the house.

Silence or music?

I prefer silence as it gives me peace and it helps me explore my thoughts.

One phrase that you use most often?

Honesty is the best policy

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I usually write a skeletal story wherein I use pointers to write the directions of my plot. It helps me understand how I can reach from one point to another and I could add something else in between as I see fit.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Don't ever think that your idea is dumb or that it might not find the right audience. Be confident in your writing and pen out your story. You can always take your closed ones perspective on the story but take it as a piece of advise or constructive criticism.

I am the guy who will quietly stand in a corner and listen to others tell their stories. I prefer others tell their stories about their lives than rather talk about mine as I feel I am slightly boring. I have been a part of 3 different media sectors - Journalism, Advertising and now in Public Relations. Thereby, I have been trained and I am honing my creative skills to create new stories.

No media found.

No interviews found.

No videos found.

1942 Amsterdam Ave NY (212) 862-3680 chapterone@qodeinteractive.com
[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
Free shipping
for orders over 50%
Debashis Biswas

With more than 15 years of experience in book sales and distribution, Debashis currently oversees Leadstart’s business activities in eastern India and neighbouring countries. He has previously worked with several leading book publishers and distributors.

Walid Jalal

Walid has 7 years experience in online listing & marketing Working in SEO firm & Publishing sector. He worked in a Restaurant as a Manager in Sharjah for two years. He loves cricket & cooking.

Jayati Sarkar

Jayati has been into literature studies and has pursued her Mphil in Australian Aboriginal Poetry from the University of Calcutta. She is an avid reader and her love for books has brought her to the field of Publishing. For years she has explored the other side of the book as a reader and now she works with Leadstart as the Senior Executive in the Editorial Department. Her work profile includes working closely with Authors, managing the projects from end to end and also working with national and international publishers for management of Secondary Rights.

Ashwini Jadhav

Ashwini has about a decade’s experience in design. She is a Master of Commercial Art, who has worked in the publishing and advertising sectors as a visualiser & designer. She was judged as the third best in the state, when she finished her foundation course in applied art. She is a practicing calligrapher in Modi Lipi (a script in the Marathi language) and is a Rangoli artist who has won several accolades in those domains. During the popular Ganesh Chaturthi festival, several idols of Ganesha in varying sizes get made, one the most important finishing touches to the idol is that of painting the eyes, which Ashwini has practiced to perfection and does it for hundreds of idols every year. In addition to the above, she is also a trained classical dancer, a national level Kabaddi player and loves cooking.

Ananya Subramanian

Graduation in journalism and love for books, led Ananya to take up a career in publishing. With her experience in the field, she has come to believe more and more in the power of stories and the people who tell them. She is a vegan and an animal-lover; and loves to dance, tend to her pet plants and often find solace in solo travelling.

T. Vijay Kumar

Vijay has over a decade’s experience in supply chain management working in India and the Middle East. He heads the production, supply chain and receivables management for Leadstart. Prior to his current role at Leadstart, Vijay worked in inventory management for five years, in Abu Dhabi.

Iftikar Shaikh

Iftikar has a decade & half years of experience across publishing and the banking sectors in the finance domain. He enjoys working on numbers and loves uncovering stories that the numbers tell. A fitness enthusiast, he loves trekking and travelling.

Maneesha Arun

Maneesha has an experience of over two decades in the content industry spanning over publishing, media and secondary rights business domains. She has a deep interest in psychology.

Mahendra Rawat

With more than a decade’s experience in book sales and distribution, Mahendra comes from a family immersed in the book trade. He worked with several book distributors and publishers before his current assignment with Leadstart.


With more than 15 years of experience in book sales and distribution, Debashis currently oversees Leadstart’s business activities in eastern India and neighbouring countries. He has previously worked with several leading book publishers and distributors.

Rajesh Krishnan

Rajesh comes with over 3 decades of experience spread over various business domains. He oversees Leadstart’s business development & sales across southern & western India, Sri Lanka and Middle-East. His hobbies include dancing, trekking and travelling

Pooja Dutt

Pooja has over a decade’s experience in operations, sales and people management in various business domains. She loves to interact with authors and helps them meet their publishing goals. She is fond of travelling & cooking.

Bhavika Bharambe

After completing her MBA in marketing, Bhavika has focused on roles that helped her to become an experienced marketing professional today. She has worked for brands from various industries; Educational, Tourism, Retail, Entertainment, Airlines, Banking and more. She loves to spend her time by reading books and listening to music.

Naina Solanki

Naina leads the project management and author support functions at Leadstart Publishing. She is fond of being abreast of the latest developments in technology and is a keen learner of the six sigma methodology. She loves reading and travelling.

Preeti Chib

Preeti has a decade’s experience in brand and communication management with most influential and innovative media companies. She is passionate about building brands by translating consumer insights into product innovations and campaigns. She is a compulsive reader and considers a day gone without some bit of reading a day wasted. She loves reading stories to her children every night. A lover of visual art, to delve a bit deeper into the same, she took up formal training for design as well.

Malini Nair

Malini is passionate about Literature and Business Management. After her MBA (Marketing) from St. Xavier’s, she took up roles that involved sales, marketing, costing, MIS etc. in multiple sectors like Banking, Insurance, E-broking, and even the Steel industry. Eventually, her passion for languages and books compelled her to re-route her career to literature. This led to a career break and a Masters Degree in English Literature; post which she took up a role at Wordit CDE & Leadstart, enabling her to work towards both her passions.

Chandralekha Maitra

With two decades of experience as a book publishing professional, Chandralekha began her career as a features writer and columnist, working with publications across India, before moving into book publishing full time, with India Book House. She received her training in editorial title management from Book House, London. Over the years she has worked with some of the finest publishing houses in India and overseas, and across genres and markets. She has also worked with Osian’s-Connoisseurs of Art, India’s first auction house, gaining in-depth exposure to research and publishing in the fine arts-antiquities-cultural heritage genres. Additionally she has had a parallel, specialist career in Human Resources, working at Group HR, Tata Group, among others. She continues to write, train and mentor in this domain as her publishing commitments allow.

Raj Supe

Aka Kinkar Vishwashreyananda, Raj Supe is a poet, storyteller and novelist, as well as a seeker and devotee of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath. An MBA by education, his career spanned advertising, research and creative consulting, before devoting his time to literature and spirituality. His works include Three No Trumps (novel), Sagarika Anusagarika [Echoes of Nine Rivers] (poetry), Pilgrim of the Sky (spiritual memoir), and translations of religious texts such as Cloudburst of A Thousand Suns and Jai Jai Ram Krishna Hari. He has also worked on film scripts with Ram Gopal Verma and Ashutosh Gowariker, and on plays with Makarand Deshpande.

Dr. Rabindra Kumar Nanda

An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Stanford University, Dr Nanda is also a National Science Talent Search Scholar. He holds five Patents and is a published author of 50 national and 52 international research papers.

Swarup Nanda

Swarup has over a decade and half’s experience in multiple business domains related to content. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, he has worked with a couple of MNCs in the media space. His passion for literature and books is his motivation for building Leadstart.