Monday, November 10, 2014

Sceadu by Prashant Pinge


Prashant Pinge was born and brought up in the picturesque neighbourhood of Shivaji Park in the bustling city of Mumbai in India.

A quiet and diligent student throughout his schooling and college years, Prashant proceeded to pursue electrical engineering at Purdue University in the United States. Over the next decade, he accumulated three more degrees, a master of science in management from Lancaster University, a post graduate program in management from Indian School of Business, and a post MBA master in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Apart from enjoying the company of books, Prashant had always had an imaginative bent of mind. But writing only happened in the fall of 2003, when a remarkably intriguing dream interrupted an uncharacteristically deep spell of slumber, compelling him to stagger to his desk and pen down the idea. That book is still a few years away from being written. Prashant, however, continues to work from his cauldron of creativity and churn out critically acclaimed works of fiction.

In addition to his literary pursuits, Prashant is Managing Partner in his marketing and branding firm, Media Panther. In his spare time, Prashant enjoys collecting old coins, reading fiction, travelling to exotic destinations, watching movies, and listening to music. He recently wrote and produced a short film titled Freedom of Expression. Prashant is also keenly interested in the subjects of psychology, mythology and ancient history.

Prashant lives with his wife and son in Mumbai.

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All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and larger. Suddenly, it lunged out of the ground and swallowed her, like a python does its unsuspecting prey.

Nine year old Matilda ends up with a century old book through a series of strange coincidences. And disappears. Her brother and cousins are forced to suspend their hostilities and pursue her to Sceadu, a land inside the human shadow. Once there, the reluctant visitors find themselves chased by the vicious Hefigans, creatures of Sceadu. However, everything changes with the revelation of an ancient prophecy that foretells the doom of the world they left behind.

With the stakes suddenly raised, the children must now navigate the dangerous terrain, overcome grave challenges, and unlock the secrets of the shadow. But can they do it in time to thwart the plans of the treacherous Hefigans? Or will they succumb to the guile of a ruthless enemy who is equally determined to destroy mankind?


Sceadu is a fast-paced adventure which blurs the boundary between the physical and the psychological, the real and the mythical.

Available at Amazon

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
What if our shadow held a land replete with dangerous creatures waiting to find a way into our world? This simple question inspired me to write Sceadu.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took me about three weeks to conceive the plot and about three months to write the book.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I really enjoy the aspect of travelling the depths of my imagination without a passport. And yes, I get to control the destinies of my characters.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I suppose my least favorite thing about writing would be the gross mismatch between my thinking speed and typing speed.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Peter Jackson. So that I could announce that I shall be producing and directing the movie adaptation of Sceadu.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A very reliable source informs me that it is a mixed berry preserve. Apparently, it has been languishing in a corner for more than six months.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I am currently working on a romantic comedy. I am also in the midst of doing research for a historical fiction novel.

1 comment:

Prashant Pinge said...

Thanks for the great post! I do hope your readers enjoy Sceadu!