From his childhood to the journey of writing ‘EKA – Rendezvous with your life forces’, here we are, in a conversation with the author Arun Batish. Here we go:
Q. How did you come up with this book? Anything particular that prompted you to write this book?
A. I live and experience emotions like – Admiration, Adoration, Aesthetic Appreciation, Amusement, Anxiety, Awe, Awkwardness, Boredom, Calmness, Confusion, Craving, Disgust, Empathetic pain, Entrancement, Envy, Excitement, Fear, Horror, Interest, Joy, Nostalgia, Romance, Sadness, Satisfaction, Sympathy, Triumph every day and this is what prompted me to write this book EKA – Rendezvous With Your Life Forces.
Q. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A. I am strong believer that, if you do not have these in your life you are useless and deserve to die today itself ” experience, happiness, inspiration, life, love, mistakes, pain, philosophy, reality, sadness, smile, truth, life-lessons, beauty, family, nature, heart, humanity, friendship, Betrayal, freedom, ditched, wronged, change, fantasy, motivation, dreams, spirituality, motivational, people, peace, power, courage, joy, future, world, learning, motivational-quotes, soul, money, self-help, passion, mind, creativity, purpose, prayer, love-quotes, psychology, insults, belief, depression, spiritual, relationship, desire, friends, trust, loss, humorous, forgiveness, loneliness “.
This is where I get all the information and ideas to write my book EKA – Rendezvous With Your Life Forces.
Q. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
A. I think the reason this particular genre that I am involved and write-on is so, special, is for the fact that it can help people learn self-help skills and live an independent, meaningful and fulfilling life. I am a strong believer that the Self-help genre is extremely empowering, it means having a customized plan of your life events, making other people feel good about you and by reading books of Self-help genre one becomes a better and wiser person.
Q. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
A. Rhonda Byrne’s, The Secret. It is wonderful to read that sold bazillion copies and bulldozed through a few million people’s wallets but that does not change the fact that I just don’t like it. It is nothing but a book that describes the (in) famous ‘Law of Attraction’.
Had I been the author of the same, I would have added realistic emotions and credits to human thinking patterns that more or less say the same thing: mind your thoughts, stay positive and focused on your goals, ignore self-doubt and criticism, visualize and concentrate on what you want and you will eventually have it.
Q. Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
A. I do not aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day, though I do write every day for 30 minutes. I allow no interruptions, no beeps, no notifications, and nothing to check for 30 minutes straight before my house gets lured by the smell of freshly brewed Himalayan coffee wake me up and I start my day of being a Corporate Executive and act as a Human Resources professional.
Q. What do you think was the greatest turning point of your life?
A. After, leaving school in the beautiful city of Shimla. I strongly considered joining the Indian Army and so one day on a practice hike in the Himalayas, my life took a bad turn. Whilst negotiating a treacherous crossing between two narrow cliffs, I slipped and took a free-fall into the deep gorge underneath. As I tugged open my parachute, the canopy ripped on the jagged edge of the jutting rock face and he plummeted to the ground from a height of 4,000 feet. The damage to the canopy allowed for only a partial opening of the parachute, causing me to land hard on the ground below, with the parachute pack crashing onto my back.
I lay unconscious for several minutes before I was finally rescued by my team. I was rushed to the nearest hospital where the doctor reported that four of my vertebrae were crushed, nerves were all compressed and when the reports came out, it was stated that I had come “within a whisker” of being paralyzed for life. During the recovery phase, doctors told me that it was questionable whether I would ever walk again. This was not just a shock for me, but also a turning point in my life. As a young man who had envisioned the life of an army officer ahead of him, I felt pained. And I fell into a period of deep heartbreaking pain as I spent the next eight months in and out of rehabilitation. As I healed I spent time meditating in a trance of deep introspection.
What saved me ultimately was my faith which grew stronger day by day as I started reading many of the ancient Indian texts like the Bhagavad Gita and other books on philosophy which made me realize that when the Divine gives us such life and death moments – it is because our soul seeks a greater understanding of life. Within a year of tenacious dedication and determination in the rehabilitation center, hard work in the physiotherapy room, I bounced back to new adventures that have hence taken me forward in life. This was when I realized my potential life forces and turned my life forever.
Q. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A. It was in 7th grade when I wrote a love letter to my class teacher. In fact, it was her response to let me know that I’ve written a beautiful letter. This ignited a fire of writer, which I only realized later post overcoming my hormones change dates. This answer might sound funny to many, but like an innocent prisoner, I stand by it.
Q. Often in life, it’s our greatest challenges that make or break us. What do you think is the determining factor between whether we grow by our adversity or are destroyed by it?
A. I cerebrate people fear anyone who differs from what is considered mundane, and in a diminutive town, the conception of mundane can be as narrow as the streets. Quitting is never an option on the road to prosperity. Find the way forward. If you have a positive mindset and are disposed to persevere, there is diminutive that is beyond your reach. The posture of being yare to work even in the face of challenges and despite odds is what will make all the difference in your life.
The authentic determining factor, between whether we grow by our adversity or are ravaged by it? is CHARACTER!
Character – arises from a deeper well than religion & spirituality. It is the internalization of moral principles of a society, shame, censurability, dark sexual desires, augmented by those tenets personally culled by the individual, vigorous enough to endure through tribulations of solitude and adversity. The principles are fitted together into what we call integrity, literally the integrated self, wherein personal decisions feel good and true. Character is, in turn, the enduring source of virtue. It stands by itself and exhilarates reverence in others.
Your CHARACTER is what will make you blossom in adversity. Adversity is like a vigorous wind. I don’t mean just that it restrains us from places we might otherwise go. It withal tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we optically discern ourselves as we genuinely are, and not merely as we might relish to be and having a CHARACTER will always be determining factor whether we grow and get destroyed.
Q. Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
A. I do not agree writing can be emotionally draining as it is never for me. Though I would certainly like to give tips of anyone who feels this way? First, one should never have unclear thinking, secondly, have frustration with sentence structure and vocabulary, third- not feel like every sentence written is worthless, fourth – shall never rewrite the same concept repeatedly with no satisfaction and lastly never have negative thinking that clouds your judgment, thoughts, and writing style.
Q. Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the book?
A. The essence of my life, that ignites me to write non-fiction is back-end realism of this book, that isn’t exhibited in the book.
I “LIVE” & live by “Raising Hell”. No matter how deep and fatal the loss is in my life, no matter how important the thing that’s stolen from me – that’s snatched right out of my hands – even if I am left completely changed and distorted, with only the outer layer of skin from before, I continue to play out my life in a positive way, in silence & licking my wounds.
I draw ever nearer to the end I live in, some distant place, everything is already, quietly, pre-set there and I Love it there. There exists a silent place where everything can of my allotted span of time, bidding it farewell as it trails off behind and will never return to my life again. Repeating, often adroitly, the endless deeds of the everyday.
Leaving behind all the people who I chose to go away from my life, disappear, melting together in a single, overlapping figure. And as I live my life I discover – drawing toward me the thin threads attached to each – what has been lost. I closed my eyes and tried to bring to mind as many beautiful lost things as I could. Drawing them closer, holding on to them. Knowing all the while that their lives are fleeting. I am like GOD, who cannot be defined in words. If you want to call it arrogance, yes I am arrogant because I don’t lick anyone’s toes to live my “LIFE”.
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