Q1. What is the inspiration behind your book ‘When life cartwheels’?
Two sources of inspiration, really. First, my personal encounters with sannyasis who never turned their back, and those who did. Second, an urge to see the ground of reconciliation between the two worlds: the world of material existence and the world of spiritual seeking.
Q2. The portrayal of pure love between Shaman and Shamabhavi was mesmerizing for us readers. What were your thoughts while writing this beautiful love story?
I was thinking, if love is the ultimate form of spirituality, how would it fare in the most challenging circumstances? How would it blossom? Will God fan it? Will he at some point deify the banal? Because God is love.
Q3. There were many instances where you have beautifully described God and his powerful presence throughout the book. I remember one such instance where Shaman gets Devi’s divine vision in Varanasi. Have you also ever had such experience in your life?
Of course, yes. My life is full of such experiences. In fact, it’s a daily thing, my staple food for existence. But if I had penned it all, it would have made a rather boring book.
Q4. What is your life mantra for spirituality?
Constant remembrance of God. And constant remembrance of the fact that ‘everything is God’.
Q5. What was the hardest scene to write in the book according to you?
The scene when Shaman goes back to meet his Guru to seek answers after everything is lost.
Q6. What is your all-time favorite novel?
Siddharth by Herman Hesse
Q7. What is the most difficult part about writing in this genre for you?
To heed the fine line between being preachy and inspirational, presenting the miraculous as a fact and facts as miracles, managing the demands, even literarily, of the flesh and the spirit.
Q8. What are some of the spiritual practices that you can advise us, readers?
Revere your own Self. Follow a bona fide Guru, someone who walks the age-old path where enlightened masters have realised God. Chant the mahamantra. Partake of pure food. And seek more than enough satsang.
Q9. After the success of ‘When life Cartwheels’ and ‘When life turns turtle’, what are your further plans as an author?
I don’t know. I have no plans. God will decide.
Q10. Lastly, anything to your humble readers?
Oh reader, you make the writing possible for all writers. Please continue to read. By simply reading you give us the bread and nourishment for the soul.
I would like to thank Leadstart Publishing for this Interview opportunity. 🙂