A head for writing.
Born of immeasurable imagination.
Writing has always been a passion, and a skill that served me well through my childhood, schooling days, and the various industries I worked through adulthood.
The intention to be published was only really realised in 2018 when Being Dusty was released.
How did it begin?
As a child, books were my go-to place of safety. There I found my adventures, my experiences, my knowledge. I hid from the world, an introvert of epic proportions, shying away from the drama of childhood and finding reprieve in the stories spun by wordsmiths as Roald Dahl, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Jules Verne, the variety of fantasy world stories from the DragonLance series, the kids tales spun by Enid Blyton, and the various authors who were Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dickson.
I started my first novel as a child and have continued creating a variety of stories and poems from then until now.
To date, I’ve published two books, and have earned my keep penning articles, shorts, poetry, and ghost-writing.
The first book
I began my first novel when I was six years old. It was originally a futuristic sci-fi tale, loosely inspired by the RoboTech saga. In time, fantasy elements joined the story, influenced by my fanatism with the DragonLance series of books. This book has yet to be completed, and simply demonstrates my commitment to my work to a level that, for decades, nothing ever got finished.
I did publish poetry and short stories in anthologies and magazines, but it wouldn’t be until 2018 that I finally released a book as a fully fledged author.
My first publicly available book is called <a href=”https://jaiprakash.me/project/being-dusty/”>Being Dusty</a>. It was initially provided for free through email, before I published it as a Kindle ebook for a nominal price.
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The journey continues
Writing has always been my first love and passion. The ability to forge adventures and worlds, wielding words like a edged weapon or a mystical wand, journeying through imagined lands, and sharing those tales, this is a power I hold in high regard.
There are many novels awaiting completion, eager to fly forth into the arms of potential readers, and this year I’ve been committed to seeing that dream true.
I also love writing the odd short just for the fun of it and to keep the composition muscles firm. If you have any ideas that you would like formed into story, please send in your ideas. I’ll write them up and post them publicly on this website, crediting you, of course.
Life as a writer
Writing has always been an integral part of my life, coming in handy in virtually every aspect, whether it was communication with clients, documenting projects, or creating content.
Below you will find a timeline of my major career milestones, including my acting and writing exploits to date.
“Under the Autumn leaves, I wait, hidden from the world. Prone, silent, intently watching you walk by. Closer. Waiting.”
2021Creation begins with you
Published my second book to Amazon Kindle.Bringing together my experience as a coach and mentor, this book is a foundational guide to getting back into the driver's seat of your own life.
Published my first book to Amazon Kindle.A summary of the principles that underlie the AfrikaBurn event, held annually in the Karoo, Western Cape of South Africa.
2017Vuil WasgoedDetective Patrick
2016My Father's WarBilly
2016Free StateThe Guruji
2016Thandeka's Diary season 2Mr. Govender
2015-2016High Rollers season 2/3Ravi Chetty
2015Thandeka's Diary season 1Mr. Govender
2013B.E.E. The MusicalSanjay
My second foray into the festival, I got to play a major character in this particular production, and showcase my not-so-great singing voice.
2013High Rollers season 1Ravi Chetty
2012Mollie & Wors: The MovieMelvin Naidoo
2009School of WhoredomAntoine, the whore
This production had several runs, but I only joined the cast and crew on the Wits Festival one, in which I played the unique character of Antoine. It is probably the first production in which my bare bum got an audience.
2008Charlotte's WebAvery Arable / Farm Animals ensemble
Another children's theatre production, I got to goof things up more as various ensemble characters.
2008AladdinGenie, Mage, Sultan
One of the funnest productions I've been in, this children's theatre version of Aladdin gave me a chance to quick-change characters and practice my singing voice.
2008The Tragic Life and Death of Doctor FaustusDevil Dance
I played one of the ensemble demons in a riveting, dark, choreographed rendition of this famous play.
2009Much Ado About NothingVerges
2007Sweeney ToddAdolfo Pirelli / Jonas Fogg
My first major tv role was secured not so much by my crappy audition but by my "off camera" hijinks that the casting agent sneakily recorded.
2005Into The WoodsRapunzel's Prince / Mysterious Man
Studied Musical Theatre at the Tshwane University of Technology
2001The Actor Awakens
Bored with my programming work, I joined an amateur drama group, and was subsequently cast in two one act plays.
1977Splooshbreathed my first breath