Could you introduce about yourself?
I’m Karthick, working as a software engineer. I’m running a YouTube channel, along with my brother Chandramouli, which is exclusively for book reviews.
What made you to run a YouTube Channel which is exclusively for book review?
The idea for book review came from cinema review YouTube channels. And, at the out set of the venture itself, we were crystal clear about certain things, like our success shouldn’t be defined by the views or the books sold in the market. Our success can be only measured by the way it influences the new people and makes them to get into reading habit and makes them to become a voracious reader. Honestly speaking, books reviews start a conversation within individuals. So, these made us to review books.
What books can do for this society?
Books develop deep insight within us and it enlarges our vision. If vision is enlarged, it reflects every aspects of life. So our decision on choosing things will be sharp. From an individual perspective, books can make any individual to be a good decision maker; in actuality, honest decisions can come out , add on to that our literary sense deepens. From universal perspective books which can enlarge and change political thoughts which is good for the society.
Tell us about kindle and book reading , pros and cons of it.
The good thing about Kindle is, technically, any upgradation is good. Precisely; a lot of new writers are coming and it is good stage for them to prove their worth.
We can’t term it is as an disadvantage, but the bitter truth is that the hard-binded book will give you pleasure and its fragrance will make us to turn pages; the book is kind of new-born baby. The difference between real and artificial flower.
As we know that you are a leftist, when it comes to book review, you catering to all audience. Kindly articulate about it
Most of the people think left-wing party as a “union” politics and communism has not reached to normal people in philosophical way. When you read historical materialism, we can realise, Being a leftist when I review a book of opposite philosophy it obviously starts conversation within ourselves eventually its enjoyable and widens thought process.
Do you think reading habit has increased among people than than before? Every year after the book fair, we could see books sold in greater numbers , What is your opinion about this?
Yes, reading habit has improved a lot among people. For instance, 5 years before, leading writers in Tamil sells 200 copies is a benchmark. And our political situation paved way to read Marx, Ambedkar, Periyar, which is commendable.
Tell about Vennira Iravugal (White Nights) YouTube channel?
We have introduced more than 175 books in our channel. We introduced Communist-centric, Dravidian political, Ambedkar books in broader perspective . On the other hand, we did Russian , Indian, and Tamil literature oriented creations. Our aim is to grow ourselves and to develop a conversation with our viewers; hence, we can develop a deep insight into everything.
This a cliche question though tell us any 5 books that everyone should read
Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx, Engels)
Pen Yen Adimaiyaanal (Periyar)
Anihilation Of Caste (Ambedkar)
Crime and Punishment (Dostovesky)
Anna Kareenina (Tolstoy)
If someone willing to start book review channel in this time , whats your advice would be ?
Don’t imitate TV anchors, do it in your own style as every flower has its own fragrance. Just tell your opinion on books boldly, as it creates conversation of what is right or wrong. And don’t worry about views, even if it is 10 views, they are quality audience . Our victory is in quality, not quantity because million viewed channels won’t change life and we are opening a door for viewers and if they start reading, it will make huge impact on their life. Number doesn’t matter, always keep this in heart.
Last one, best advice to publishers and writers to draw more readers…
Honestly speaking, we can’t market books until people realize book reading can change life. People are thinking books as a time consuming thing. In cinema or any entertainment platform, we are just a watcher whereas in book reading we would be a participant along with the writer.
Now things are changing with people slowly, realising that the worth of the reading habit. Number of readers may increase nor decrease ,Writers and publishers should not worry about it rather they need give us the best product, then everything will fall in place.