Hello author, on behalf of all the readers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your book as well. This conversation will help readers to know more about you and your debut book. Please give answers in brief.
Most welcome to Criticspace Journals, Author. We heartily congratulate you for being a published author. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers.
Author: I am Rajender Kumar Arora, an Indian resident, born on 2nd June 1957 in Punjab. I graduated in commerce from Himachal Pradesh University in 1979. Professionally, I am a Chartered Accountant (1987) and a Cost & Management Accountant (1988) by qualification. I have more than three decades of diversified working experience in Finance, Taxation, Costing, Internal Audit, Statutory Audit, Accounts and Company Law matters in the real estate, manufacturing, and service industries. I have worked with companies like HEG Ltd. at Jammu, J. K. Leatherite Ltd. at Baddi (Himachal Pradesh), Bhushan Steel Ltd. at Khopoli (Maharashtra), Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council at Mumbai, Housing Development & Infrastructure Ltd. (HDIL) at Mumbai, Mantri Realty Ltd. at Mumbai, etc.
Presently, I am practicing chartered accountancy at Zirakpur, a town near Chandigarh (India) as Proprietor of “Rajender K. Arora & Associates”.
On a professional level, I am committed to excellence in professional services, uphold high standards of honesty and integrity, place the Interest of clients before me and improve the quality of services.
On a personal level, I am married and have two sons. Both of my sons are computer engineers and are well placed. My wife is a homemaker. I have been learning spiritual knowledge for more than twenty years and am a very calm, patient and contented person.
That’s really great; please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author. When you actually started writing and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to write your debut book or was it your childhood hobby of writing?
Author: For about more than 10 years, my wife has been observing a positive change in my thinking and my day to day behavior. She has been pointing out to me that I don’t take tension for any matter and face all situations calmly.
When I shifted from Mumbai to Zirakpur (Punjab) in 2018 and started practicing chartered accountancy there in partnership with my childhood friend Mr. Sudhir Tandon, he also pointed out to me that I have become a very calm, patient and tension-free person. And when he repeated appreciated my behavior and my attitude towards dealing with life’s situations, I seriously started realizing the emergence of these innate qualities in me and also that this transformation was possible only because of the practice and experience of the spiritual knowledge which I have been slowly learning for more than twenty years now.
In May 2019, an idea came to my mind that I should write down the spiritual knowledge which I have learned, practiced and experienced so far in my life in a book. It took about 8 months to write this book and in January 2020 I completed and published the book.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly? Be descriptive please so that our visitors know about you a little more.
Author: A feeling from within is a must for writing. Whether someone or some circumstance inspires you or not, unless you have strong inner feelings for writing, you cannot succeed in the project (of writing) and that feeling should remain throughout from start to finish.
Furthermore, discipline is what matters. Once you start writing, you should consistently dedicate your spare time to writing. In my case, after I started writing, I stopped wasting time in watching television or going out to pass time.
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
Author: The title of the book came up automatically, as one of the main chapters of the book is dedicated to the title of the book.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Author: In my opinion, the most important elements of good writing are;
1. The purpose or Central Idea.
2. Clarity, concision, and precision of expressing what you mean to say.
3. Organization or coherent arrangement of material. It should be logical and sequential.
4. Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation
What comes first, the plot or characters? How do you develop your plot and characters?
Plot and characters are used for writing a novel or a story. I have written my first non-fiction book. Therefore, I cannot comment on it.
Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
Author: I am on social media but I am not active on social media.
Please tell the reader something about your book. What is your message to those readers who have still not read the book? Why they should pick it up for reading?
Author: This book has been written for educating common people about:
1. The Law of Karma / Action, which states that positive karma will attract a positive result and negative karma will attract a negative result and nobody can manipulate the Law of Karma. It also helps in understanding the causes of the injustices and suffering in the world.
2. Spiritual Knowledge, which is the knowledge of the self (soul), the God and the World Drama.
3. Meditation to connect with God to purify the soul and set oneself free from the effects of all past negative/wrong actions.
4. Vices or weaknesses like anger, ego, attachment, greed, hatred, jealousy, etc.
5. Virtues or qualities like peace, love, joy, bliss, purity, etc.
6. How to overcome weaknesses and inculcate qualities to become a perfect human being and live a stress-free, anger-free, happy and contented life.
Besides focusing on stress, anger, fear, anxiety, nervousness, jealousy, ego, attachment, etc., this book also explains how to deal with life’s problems, negative thoughts, feelings & emotions in different types of situations in life. Not only one should learn to deal with negativity, but also learn to develop positive qualities.
I believe that this book will lead the reader to be a person who is stress-free, anger-free, able to handle all negative situations peacefully, and be a positive thinking person full of love, peace, joy, bliss, and power of knowledge.
And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those new writers who have not yet started their journey of becoming an author? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Author: Every writer has his/her independent schedule and process, but still, there are some general points which one should keep in mind while writing something new.
1. Write about what you know or enjoy most.
2. Write or tell a story to inspire, entertain, engage, amuse, or inform.
3. Write about your expertise, experience, skills, or knowledge.
4. Write to express, and not to impress. Keep your choice or use of words simple, clear, and concise.
5. Write about what you would love to read.
6. Write in a conversational style.
7. Read books or novels in the genre you would like to write about.
8. Write regularly and you will complete your book or novel in less than a year.
Would you rather be in a room full of snakes or a room full of spiders?
Would you rather have an endless summer or an endless winter?
Author: Endless winter
Would you rather have a constant nagging pain or a constant itch?
Author: Constant itch
Would you rather always be an hour early or be constantly twenty minutes late?
Author: An hour early
Would you rather live in a haunted mansion or live in an un-haunted cottage?
Author: Un-haunted cottage
Tea or coffee
Hot or cold
Movie or book
Coke or Pepsi
Morning person or Night owl
Author: Morning person
Social Media or book
Author: Social Media
Paperback or ebook
All the best for your future and this book too! Thanks for answering my questions.