Hyderabad: City-based writer and motivational speaker Raghunandan Vadla, who considers former President APJ Abdul Kalam as his inspiration, has now initiated a petition on the website Change.org to celebrate October 15, Kalam’s birth anniversary, as National Ideation Day.
Aiming to inculcate the habit of ideation to solve problems and to encourage a spirit of entrepreneurship, Raghunandan wants the National Ideation Day to be a massive positive influence on the youth.
“A tiny idea made all the difference in my life. I never thought I would be a writer but the day I got the idea to write a book, my life changed. Youth of the country have immense potential to come up with ideas to solve various problems. And I want it to be on Kalam’s birthday because the legendary scientist was a visionary and inspiration to many,” he says.
For the techie-turned-author of the 2017 novel ‘The Great Indian Treasure’, the idea to write a book popped into his head while travelling with his friends in 2013.
Working for an IT firm and pretty much satisfied with life, Raghunandan visited Kumbh Mela and the sight of multitudes triggered something in him. Then, he made a visit to Sarnath where the idea of a book based on the Mauryan king Ashoka struck him. “I used to read books but I didn’t have a grip on the language and never wrote anything then. After return from Sarnath, I quit my job and started writing after thorough research of history,” he says.
The journey from penning down the first word to publishing the book took almost four years and he launched the book during an expedition to Antarctica last year. In sync with his belief in the potential of the youth, the book’s plot revolves around a group of youngsters who discover a secret that will help India become a developed nation.
Raghunandan, who is working on four more books, also wants to work extensively to ensure that the National Ideation Day comes into existence from 2019.
“I wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and have initiated an online campaign now. After this, I want to start a missed call campaign to generate awareness about it in order to conduct ideation workshops in schools and colleges all over the country,” he adds.