Best-selling Odia technical author Sagar Pradhan on how technology can be used in day to day life

The book has been selected by international research organizations like IoT Council (Europe), IOTSPHERE (USA) and IAENG (Hong Kong) for their research work, which is a rare achievement

At a time when majority of the Indian writing fraternity is inclined towards romantic novels, thrillers, political stories or biographies we find a trend setter writer on technology. Best thing is that he hails from a lower middle class family from Odisha. Meet Sagar Pradhan whose latest book “Internet of Things” (IoT) has been selected by many international research organizations like IoT Council (Europe), IOTSPHERE (USA) and IAENG (Hong Kong) for their research work.

Internet of Things
Cover page of the book Internet of Things

Born in a lesser-known village named Adhanga Mallikeswarpur of Kendrapara district in the state of Odisha Sagar has completed his studies in Engineering & Management. He is now working with an American multinational company (MNC) as a senior associate. In an interview with Kalinga TV, Sagar talks about his latest bestselling book Internet of Things and comes up with tongue-in-cheek replies on everything, from writing experiences to influences. Excerpts:

Could you tell us more about your latest book ‘Internet of Things’? What is it all about?

The book is based on the computing concept that describes the idea of everyday physical objects being connected to the internet and being able to identify themselves to other devices.

What is the application of IoT in our day-to-day life? How it will transform our future?

By the use of IoT, we can make anything (object) smart like a watch, a TV set, an Air conditioner etc. Thankfully now smart-watches, smart ACs, smart TVs, smart cars are available in the market. Similarly in future we will see smart homes, smart roads, smart agriculture, smart hospital, smart logistics and many more.

Why this book of yours is more successful, than your previous books?

This book is about an emerging topic of technical, social and economic significance, which is having a great future and be instrumental to grab huge job opportunities. That’s why this book is more popular among today’s tech savvy young generation.

Your first book A Cup of Tea with Life was a fiction. How did you transform yourself from a story-teller to a technical author?

My passion is writing and being an engineer. I always keep an eye to learn new technologies. Accordingly, three years back I decided to shift my focus to technical writing. Especially I specialize on how technology influences human life.

Do you think marketing plays a major role in the acceptance of a book?

It is important if you are an author who wants to be read. Yet, only good marketing or promotion will not help if it is not backed by ideal content or mediocre.

Sagar Pradhan
Sagar receiving award from Utkal Univ of Culture VC Narendra Mishra, IAS in presence of actor Budhaditya

What are your upcoming projects?

My next book on “Artificial Intelligence” is in progress, which is expected to be published by mid-2019.

Who is your favourite author?

I have great respect for all the authors. However, since you specifically ask to name here are my favourites. I love works of J. K. Rowling, Dan Brown, Manoj Das, Pratibha Ray and Shiv Khera.

Name a person, whose life has inspired you the most?

None other than our former President, Bharat Ratna (Late) Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Sir.

Sagar’s previous works include the famous story series A Cup of Tea with Life (2013), Basic Java (2015) and others. He has received many awards from different national and international bodies for his research and books. He continues writing his popular blogs and articles that includes tech tips, inspirational stories and travel blogs.

Also read: Odia Youngster’s Book On ‘Internet Of Things’ Released

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28 Comments
  1. Bibekananda Nayak says

    Thank you Sagar Sir for being our inspiration since years, great to see all your achievements…I still remember all your inspiring words and a lot about Dr. Kalam during your classes when you use to teach us in college a long back.

  2. Sunita Sahoo says

    Achieve more and more…I pray for you Sir…Always be the youth icon for all of us. Proud of you sir

  3. Dr. RK Dash says

    This young man is really Odisha’s true youth icon. My blessings are always with you Sagar, go ahead and achieve your goals…I request Hon. CM of Odisha, All MPs and MLAs, especially Dr. Achyuta Samanta Sir to recognise this young man and appreciate him for being an inspiration to all the youth of Odisha. I must thank KalingaTV for bringing this Raw talent and real hero to lime light.

    Regards,
    Prof(Dr.) RK Dash

  4. Rajottama barik says

    Dear sagar sir I’m glad to have commenting here after reading your view about the technology,the evolution of technology is beneficial to human for several reasons.At the medical level, technology can help treat more sick people and consequently save many lives and combat very harmful viruses and bacteria…. Technology has also increased the productivity of almost every industry in the world.

  5. Rajottama Barik says

    Dear Sagar Sir After reading Your view about Technology I m glad to say that The evolution of technology is beneficial to humans for several reasons. At the medical level, technology can help treat more sick people and consequently save many lives and combat very harmful viruses and bacteria. … Technology has also increased the productivity of almost every industry in the world……

  6. Rajottama Barik says

    Dear Sagar Sir ur view about technology is such a superb and the evolution of technology is beneficial to humans for several reasons. At the medical level, technology can help treat more sick people and consequently save many lives and combat very harmful viruses and bacteria. … Technology has also increased the productivity of almost every industry in the world…

  7. Dr. Vijay Keshav Thackeray says

    I still remember your mind blowing speech at International Soft Computing Conference and when i asked you “I am not able to find you on facebook”, your witty reply “I am working hard..one day you will find me in Google” with a smile. I think that day has come 🙂 I heard about your struggle…really a great example for millions of youth to follow. Thanks for proving us that famous dialogue “Agar kisi cheez ko puri shiddat se chaho … to poori kainath use tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai”. Keep inspiring us Superstar.

    Thanks,
    Dr. Vijay Keshav Thackeray, IIIT

  8. Rajottama Barik says

    Dear Sagar Sir after reading Your view about This Technology I m glad To commenting that The evolution of technology is beneficial to humans for several reasons. At the medical level, technology can help treat more sick people and consequently save many lives and combat very harmful viruses and bacteria. … Technology has also increased the productivity of almost every industry in the world

  9. Jitesh says

    Sagar proud of you….its good to dream but its rocking to make the dream true…you are on the same path….so all the best for your future…mail it….

  10. Aditya Kumar Kar says

    Proud of you Bhai for the great achievement. May God fulfill all the dreams and keep going forward. All the best for another book.. (king is back).

  11. Debasmita Mishra says

    You are great Sir, god bless you. Your next book on AI will break all the records. Thank you for inspiring us

  12. Rubika Bose says

    I am your biggest Fan sir, all your books are very good. God bless you sir..keep inspiring us.

  13. Rahul Mukherjee says

    Sagar Sir…please tell us about your personal life and struggle in your next interview..it will inspire us sir..your book is simply amazing. Thank u kalingatv.com for featuring our inspiration.

  14. Durgamadhav Dixit says

    I am your super fan Sagar Sir…keep writing..

  15. Susmita Subhasmita says

    You are an Inspiration Sagar Sir…i request Kalingatv to translate this interview in odia and if possible publish this in a news paper..it can inspire many youngsters.

  16. Zaheer Khan says

    Thank you Kalingatv for featuring Sagar Pradhan Sir, he is truly an inspiration for all of us. Our government should recognise this kind of talented writers, who can inspire our youth in right direction…I request kalingatv to make our government aware of this kind of talent in our state. We all are proud of you.

  17. Usha Bagchi says

    Sir please write a book on UFO …i use to follow all your articles on Aliens and UFOs..all those were very interesting…please plz write a book on that…Dear kalingatv, please ask Sagar Sir to write on UFOs and please publish.

    Thanks,
    Usha Bagchi

  18. Santosh Ku sahoo says

    ଆଜିର ସମାଜରେ ଲୋକମାନଙ୍କ ମନରେ ଗୋଟେ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା ବସା ବାନ୍ଧି ସରିଲାଣି ,ଯେ ଆଜିକାଲି ସରକାରୀ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟରେ ସଠିକ ରୂପେ ଅଧ୍ୟାୟନ କରାଯାଉ ନାହିଁ, ତେଣୁ ସେମାନେ ବେସରକାରୀ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟକୁ ପ୍ରଚୁର ଅର୍ଥ ବ୍ୟୟ କରି ସେମାନଙ୍କ ପିଲା ମାନଙ୍କୁ ବିଦ୍ୟା ଅଧ୍ୟାୟନ କରିବାକୁ ଛାଡ଼ୁଛନ୍ତି । ସେହିଭଳି ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରାର ଲୋକ ମାନଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ଏହା ଏକ ଜୀବନ୍ତ ଉଦ୍ଧାହରଣ ଯେ , କିପରି ଜଣେ ମଧ୍ୟବିତ୍ତ ପରିବାରର ପିଲାଟିଏ ନିଜ ଗାଁ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟରେ ଅଧ୍ୟାୟନ କରି ଆଜି ବହିଟିଏ ଲେଖିପାରିଛି ଓ ସେହି ବହିକୁ ଆଜି ବେସରକାରୀ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟର ଛାତ୍ର ଛାତ୍ରୀ ମାନେ ଅଧ୍ୟାୟନ କରୁଛନ୍ତି ।
    କଥାରେ ଅଛି “ଢ଼ିଙ୍କି ସ୍ୱର୍ଗକୁ ଗଲେବି ଧାନ କୁଟିବ” , ମନ ବଳ ଦୃଢ ଥିଲେ ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ ଅସମ୍ଭବ ନୁହେଁ ।
    ପିଲାବେଳେ ଗୋଟିଏ ସଙ୍ଗୀତ ଶୁଣିଥିଲି ଓ ଆଜିବି ବୈଦୁତିକ ଯନ୍ତ୍ର ପାତିର ସାହାଯ୍ୟରେ ଶୁଣିବାକୁ ମିଳୁଛି
    ଛୋଟ ମୋର ଗାଁଟି
    ଛୋଟ ମୋର ଗାଁଟି
    ଭୂଗୋଳ ପୋଥି ପତରେ ପଛେ
    ନଥାଉ ତାର ନାଁଟି ।।
    ଦୁଇଧାଡ଼ି କବିତାର ରୂପଦେଇ ଲିପିବଦ୍ଧ କରୁଅଛି
    ଛୋଟ ମୋର ଗାଁଟି
    ଛୋଟ ମୋର ଗାଁଟି

    ଦେଶ ବିଦେଶରେ ଆଜି
    ପରିଚିତ ତାର ନାଁଟି

    ସେଇ ଗାଁର ପିଲାଟିଏ
    ଗାଁ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟର ଛାତ୍ରଟିଏ

    ପାଠପଢ଼ି ଆଜି ବହି ଲେଖିଲା
    ଦେଶ ବିଦେଶରେ ନାଁ କରିଲା

    ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ନାଁ ମଲ୍ଲିକେଶ୍ୱର
    ରାଇଜଜନଙ୍କ ତୁଣ୍ଡ ବୋଲାଏ ଆଜି

    ଗରବେ ଆଜି କୁଂଢେମୋଟ ମୋ ଛାତି
    ମୋଗାଁ ମଲ୍ଲିକେଶ୍ୱର ମୋ ଜନ୍ମମାଟି..
    ଶୁଭ କାମନା,ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ମଙ୍ଗଳ କରନ୍ତୁ ।
    କଳିଙ୍ଗ ଟିଭିର ସମସ୍ତ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟରତ ସଦସ୍ୟ ମାନଙ୍କୁ ହୃଦୟ ରୁ କୃତଜ୍ଞତା ଜ୍ଞାପନ କରିବା ସହ ଦୁଇ କର ଯୋଡି ପ୍ରାଣମ ଗ୍ରହଣ କରନ୍ତୁ ସମସ୍ତ ଜ୍ଞାନୀ ମଣ୍ଡଳୀ । ଜୟ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ..

  19. Anuradha Paikaray says

    Please write a book on IPR Sir, we are suffering a lot for this subject also…Thank you sir for IoT book..the book is simply brilliant.

  20. Bikash Kumar says

    Dear Sir Ur view about Technical thing is is really superb…..As a Technical student I m saying that Ur view and ur Judgement about technics…It’s utilizes aswm sir……God bless u sir and Hope ur next book will be published very soon….

  21. Rashmita Parida says

    The IoT book is simply awesome…However we all are waiting for your next book i.e. Artificial Intelligence, It is very important subject…please publish your book as soon as possible Sir. We all are your followers Sagar Sir. Keep writing..

  22. jaaks kurean says

    Really inspiring Sagar, hope you remember me..we met in the flight years back while i was travelling to United States…i got info about your book while searching you on google…great achievement dear..i knew that time while taking to u that one day you will do something big..really happy for you.

  23. Subhakanta Satyaranjan Samal says

    Thank you Sagar Pradhan sir for this awesome book…we are waiting for your next..

  24. Harapriya Parida says

    Great book sir..thank you.

  25. Jagruti Biswal says

    Great book Sir, our library also has your books and our lecturers also recomonding your book. Thank you Sagar Pradhan Sir.

  26. Robina Banarjee says

    You are our inspiration sir, i can see reflection of Dr. Kalam’s character in your personality sir. You are my idol and best person in the world.

  27. Dr. Kailash Vaidya says

    Great work Sagar, You are always been our inspiration, please share your contact number. I am your friend Dr. Kailash Vaidya from IIT Kgp.

  28. Amiya Ranjan Bhadra says

    he is a extra ordinary persnality.he is my idol,and proudely i say that he is my brother

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