When did you decide to write this book?
The genesis started in 2006 when I started a blog and used to write on it. My book only has about 70% of my work.

My blog http://www.aryadharma.world was my main inspiration to enlighten people that there is a better way.

How many years did it take for you to research, pen and edit the book?
The genesis started in 2006 when I started a blog and used to write on it. My book only has about 70% of my work.

My blog http://www.aryadharma.world was my main inspiration to enlighten people that there is a better way.

Then in mid-2019 I decided to put it in a book format, and it took me about 3 months to adapt my blog content to a book format.

But this book is based on my life’s experiences and research into our great heritage ever since I started seriously on this subject in 1997.

How many edits did the book go through?
The blog http://www.aryadharma.world has gone through at least 15 edits upto its current form. The book on which the blog is based has gone through 4 to 5 edits.

What was your motive behind penning this book?
God has blessed me with a life where I have been able to travel the world and live among different kinds of people and have gained a lot of life experiences both good and bad.

I have lived in the USA for 12 years from 1997 to 2009 and even had a green card.

But though I was doing well materially in the USA, spiritually I found it very disappointing and returned to India and gave up my green card.

I wish to enlighten people of a better way based on my life’s insight and experiences into our (Bharatiya) great heritage and the pathetic state we are in today blindly aping what I call the FUKUS (France, UK, USA) systems which are totally unsuitable to anybody on this planet and especially harmful to nature.

I hope readers will understand what I mean by the key to happiness.

The key to happiness is to do everything without expectations, attachment, and ego.

This is exceptionally difficult to achieve, but it actually as easy as learning to ride a bike.

Once you achieve the right balance, it’s easy to ride the bike in any terrain.

The key is to achieve balance (समत्वम्ं Samathvam or equanimity) and this only comes through ध्यान Dhyana (loosely translated as meditation).

समत्वम् Samathvam and ध्यान Dhyan are interchangeable.

One cannot exist without the other.

But समत्वम् Samathvam can only come from practice of ध्यान Dhyan.

I have mentioned all the above in detail in my book.

I also hope my book will convince people to abandon the fraud FUKUS(France UK, USA) systems of trickle down casino capitalism and paid democracy and adopt more sustainable and holistically profitable systems I have mentioned in my book which will not only benefit humanity and reduce inequality and oppression, but also benefit nature and all beings in this world.

Do you think writing fiction is comparatively an easy task?
I have never attempted to write fiction. I think fiction is an easier task since it all comes from your ideas and research for fictional work is not as much as non-fictional work.

Are you planning to write a fiction or a mythological fiction in near future?
I may write a book on Lord Ram’s life but currently I have no concrete ideas.

Do you face writer’s block? How do you overcome it?
I only write when I am in a flow state. I don’t write everyday though I do read heavily every day and make notes on what I should write about. But I only write when I am in a flow state and sometimes this takes months to happen.

I overcome it like I said by continuing to read on topics I find interesting and makes notes from them and what I should include in my work when I reach flow state.

What are the 5 things we can find on your worktable?

My miniature statues of Ganesh, a Lama and a Swan
My dual computer monitors with photos of my family Gods
A Hygrometer and Temperature meter since I am into farming also
A dice and globe from Dalvey
A clay Ganesh penstand

What’s your mantra that keeps you going?
First mantra: Have an open mind and never stop learning.
Second Mantra: Always have faith in God, faith in yourself and faith in the goodwill of your fellow man.

Name 5 books you recommend to every reader.
Obviously the first two books I will recommend are the Arya Dharma and The Art and Science of Real Wealth written by me since they are based on my life’s experience and lessons learned from it.

Top 5 books:

  1. The Dhammapada translated by S Radhakrishnan
  2. The Bhagavad Gita translated by S Radhakrishnan
  3. The complete works of Swami Vivekananda
  4. Shri Ramacharitamanasa translated by RC Prasad published by Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  5. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre

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