It is an honour to interview a Doctor who is passionate about his profession as well as writing. He is a pain specialist, Intensivist and a consultants Anaesthetist. He is the head of department and a senior consultant for W –hospital by Pratiksha, Gurgaon, the largest women hospital of India.
He completed his MBBS from PGIMS Rohtak, MD from SMS medical college, Jaipur and fellowship in pain management from Delhi Pain management centre.
His textbook of anesthesia is one of the most saleable textbooks for undergraduates in India, South East Asia, Middle East, China and Africa.
He is also the teaching faculty at Institute of advanced medical studies, a premier MD/MS entrance coaching institute where three times he has been awarded as best teaching faculty.
He is fond of reading Literature, watching plays and movies, travelling and long distance running.
What inspired you to start writing?
Since my childhood I had been an analytical thinker. I observed that there are always two sides of the curtain; our fears, prejudices, fixed notions and attitude of accepting what’s served as platter does not let us peep on that side often letting the winners to manipulate the historical facts. Injustice, human exploitation, dishonesty and lawlessness had never been tolerable to me. Nothing has grieved me more than hatred towards each other. Why at every level, whether it’s intrapersonal, interpersonal, inter-social, inter-religious or inter-country we are conflicted? I started to think; finding the cause for these conflicts became my passion. I started to dream of a society free of these conflicts, an honest utopian society. There is no weapon stronger than a pen in brining revolution so I decided to pen down. It’s not only a book, its journey towards the ideal world where we all wish to live.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
This book is an effort to find out the root causes of intrapersonal, interpersonal, inter-social, inter-religious and inter-country conflicts? The task was really very difficult because it required understanding of the evolving human mind from the time of pre-civilization till date compounded by the rules of society, civilizations, religions and laws of the land. The job becomes even more intricate if you aim to deliver this complex message in a simplified way so that everyone can understand without getting bored! Therefore weaving a fiction story around such complicated issues was the most challenging part of this venture. Although the best judges are the readers but I feel that I have succeeded in my effort.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
3 years of intense research; this can be very well judged from the 29 references given in the Bibliography section of the book.
What motivated you to write the book “From Where I See”?
There are 2 types of people in this world. First, who are sensitive to their own needs and own desires; their life revolves around ‘me’ only. Second, who are sensitive to the needs of others; their concern is ‘we’, we as a society, as a country, as a world and most importantly as humans. Unfortunately! I belong to the second category. This sensitivity and desire to change the world were the motivating factors for me to take such a bold decision of showing the other side of curtain.
How did you came up with the idea of fiction genre book?
As I mentioned earlier also that this book is dealing with very complicated issues/conflicts of the society which without a story would have attracted only intellectuals and thinkers while understanding these issues is the requirement of the society as a whole. Therefore to widen the base of the readers I interwoven a interesting fiction story of murder mystery.
Who are your favourite authors?
Dominique Lapiere, Larry Collins, Samuel P. Huntington, Dan Brown, John Keay, Reza Aslan, Ahmed Rashid, H.D.Sharma to name a few.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
Average 3-4 hours per day
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
When you write, you think you are doing the most difficult job but after finishing the book you realize that it was the easiest job- the real struggle begins from here. Finding a publisher in current day scenario where hundreds of thousands budding authors are in queue is the most frustrating job. I am sorry to say but the hard fact of publishing industry is that majority of the publication houses are not interested in content or value your book is going to add to the society, only the marketability works. Moreover a new author is a vulnerable scapegoat for financial exploitation at multiple levels.
So I would just like to say the aspiring authors that writing, getting it published and selling the book is a very challenging, time consuming, tedious and at times a frustrating job. But… yes if your content is good, has something to give to this world… for sure it will find its way; people will accept it… albeit very slowly.
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