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 Miles to go Before I Sleep | Meet Record holder Mr. Piyush Goel, a Passionate Mirror Image Writer | FailWise| TUF Talks

Miles to go Before I Sleep | Meet Record holder Mr. Piyush Goel, a Passionate Mirror Image Writer | FailWise| TUF Talks

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नर न निराश करो मन को

नर न निराश करो मन को

कुछ काम करो, कुछ काम करो

जग में रहकर कुछ नाम करो

 - मैथिलीशरण गुप्त

A God believer and creative personality. He is known for his mirror writing and has done a lot of work in that area. It all started from a katha program in the year 2000, where he used to go daily. And the idea of writing the Shrimad Bhagwat Gita got stuck in his mind. This was followed by many more such creations and, the rest is history. “It was the first handwritten Bhagwat Gita in the world that has been written in mirror image format, both in Hindi and English, and you need a mirror to read it,” Mr. Piyush says. We are happy to have Mr. Piyush in our TUF talk and interview series.

FailWise: Tell us about you?

Piyush Goel: I am a Mech Engg, Mirror Image Writer, Motivator, Cartoonist, and Local Cricket Umpire, was born in a Middle Family. I have worked for various organizations for more than 25 years. I have published almost 7 books and two more are in press. In total, I have mirror written 17 different books by hand. 

FailWise: Tell us about your journey as a mirror writer? How did it start and what was the motivation?

Piyush Goel: While attending a spiritual gathering, in 2003, this idea came to my mind. And I thought of trying something new and started with Srimad Bhagwat Gita in mirror image. With that success and motivation, I never looked back and still doing so.  So far, I have written 17 different books in this style with different objects such as pen, needles, carbon paper, iron nails, henna cones, fabric cone liners, gum, and glue.

FailWise: What were your key struggles while following your passion as a mirror writer?

Piyush Goel: There were many. However, when you are passionate about something then you end up managing time, money, passion, and willpower. I was working full time and it was really difficult to manage time for passion too at the same time. But I started managing it by taking one step at a time and attained the focus by doing it in an organized fashion.

FailWise: What was the response from your family, friends, and colleagues when you first started your passion?

Piyush Goel: It was quite different. Both family and friends started questioning the value of time that I was investing into the mirror writing. I tried convincing, but later on when my work got recognized then they all got convinced.

FailWise: Were you afraid? What was your biggest fear at that time and how did you overcome that?

Piyush Goel: Nothing as such. I was confident and eager to finish my art all the time. I was always excited to see the end result, but you can say that I was more focused on the process too. If you remember the story of the thirsty crow, then you can connect the dots. It was always my inspiration that pushed me to do so.

FailWise: Tell us about those attempts that were not successful, but you learned a lot from them?

Piyush Goel: There are plenty of them, specially about the balance between life, passion, and work. It was always my dream to attain a higher degree and I still regret it sometime. My passion also takes a lot of time and I could not stay focused on work or family too, but I manage it somehow. I am trying another (18th) book with a different object, but not getting success.

FailWise: If you had to start over, what would you do differently?

Piyush Goel: If I ever get this chance, I would certainly go for my higher studies and learn some extraordinary ways to solve the problem in the field of mathematics. I love math to a great extent and I still read a lot about it. I have published three different research articles too in reputed international journals of mathematics. 

FailWise: What is the mantra that you think is your real power?

Piyush Goel: There is not one single mantra. I would say it is a composition of discipline, willpower, self-motivation, self-respect, work ethics, the power of positive thinking, and a belief in creativity. Believe in your mind power and finish it with all your enthusiasm.

FailWise: Who is your ideal personality and what lesson you have learned from them and how do you apply it in your regular life?

Piyush Goel: I would like to say that there is not one person that I admire or follow. I love the spirituality of Swami Vivekanand and RamKrishan Param Hans while Subash Chand Bose always motivates me to do something for the country. At the same time, Prem Chand gives me the motivation to understand literature and Dr. APJ Kalam’s ideology gives wings to my imagination and creativity.

FailWise: What advice do you want to give to any beginner and other FailWise readers?

Piyush Goel: If You are doing something new — try it for sure, do it and finish it with your perseverance. It doesn’t come easily, or straight. If it was easy then everyone would do it. You need to be consistent with your efforts and keep trying new ways.

FailWise: Awards, accolades, or any recognition that you received?

Piyush Goel: My work has been recognized by many national and international organizations and platforms. I was most excited when my work was appreciated and listed in the Limca Book of Records and World Records for being the first mirror image writer.

FailWise: What is your favorite quote?

Piyush Goel: Robert Frost Lines “I have miles to go before I sleep.” And my own “The way you think, the road you get.” 

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Here are some of the work by Mr. Piyush Goel. 


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