Dr. Hari Parmeshwar joins ‘The Bibulous Bibliobiuli’ today to not only talk about himself but also about his books. Dr. Hari is an experienced corporate management specialist, who has worked both in public and private sectors. He is also a renowned environmentalist and a ‘sustainability expert’. His campaigns on best practices related to environment have been recognized and appreciated widely. He is also a well-known yoga expert and corporate spiritualist. His thoughts on emotional well being of employees in corporate environment are sought after in various forums. Additionally, he is a passionate writer too. He writes whenever he finds time. He is the author of two books – ‘Many Paths Many Answers’ and ‘Chase of Choices’. Of these, I got the opportunity to read ‘Chase of Choices’ recently and really liked it. I really admire the philosophical aspects of this novel and the ways in which these philosophies are interwoven in the main story line. You can read my review of the same here. So without wasting any time, let us welcome him and start this conversation.
First of all, I would like to thank you Dr. Hari for giving your valuable time for this interview. Let’s start this interview by telling us something about you.
Basically I am an engineer who was into building airports and urban infrastructure, later turned towards corporate management. I live in Bangalore with my two children – Prajit and Harshita. Writing was a childhood passion, abandoned for the livelihood, which I found worth perusing again now.
What was the point in your life at which you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
That point is yet to come!
Could you describe the mundane process of writing? Do you follow a regular routine?
For me, writing is a compulsion that helps me to be hassle free, relieved of stress and inner tussles. I can write anytime and anywhere. The only constraint, however, is time. My first book was written, completely, in my Blackberry, mostly while travelling. Subsequent ones, including the ones to be released, were done on my IPad and IPhone. These are handy gadgets, quick to start and close during small intervals that fall in between my work.
What would you say is your interesting quirk that only happens when you are writing?
The soul of the book and a broad picture of the story would be framed in mind much before I start writing. It may need many days of churning before the manuscript starts flowing relentlessly. The way it develops, it’s detailing and niceties, all that happen impromptu during writing.
What was the most surprising thing that you learned while writing your books?
Is there anything which has influenced your life and writing?
Life is a teacher. The great guru! I don’t think, I am capable of learning a fraction of what life tries to teach me or to write a fraction of what I’ve learned.
What do you think makes a good story?
A slice of life, own or someone’s, which can rouse the untouched spots of others’ deeper emotional base, minced digestively and marinated with fictional spices of indulgence.
Are there any occupational hazards of being a writer?
For me, yes! But don’t ask me to elaborate please.
Ok. Leave it there then. But tell us what do you like to do when you are not writing?
Experiencing my own life as it unveils slowly, and observing a bit of others’ lives.
Tell us some “Good-to-know” fun-facts about you. What’s the most amusing thing that happened to you?
Fun facts! Ha ha! Everything in life is funny if you step back and observe your own life, minutely. My birth, growth, education, profession, marriage, divorce, single parenting: I can laugh at every life situation and the way I responded (immaturely) to life’s surprises, when I assume the role of an observer of my own past, detaching myself emotionally from those situations. Those hard-learned lessons makes me mature to handle similar situations in a better manner next time. But life has colossal collection of scripts in its kitty and it comes up with a much complex surprise next time, forcing me to behave immature again. And I am now convinced that, that immaturity to manage life makes me human. The day I am well prepared to handle life, knowing its tricks and intricacies well, it’ll simply cut me out from the scene, forever!
Let us turn our focus to your books. You have written a couple of books. Which one of these is close to your heart?
I think, for any writer, his/her every creation would be close to the heart because at that particular point of creation, that one book was the best what he/she could create. One may, however, start finding flaws in his/her creative works later on. But then he is no more the same person who created those earlier works. Isn’t it? He has grown batter now, learning more lessons of life.
Yes, I completely agree with you. What would you like your readers to know about your books in general?
I do the postmortem of life, analyzing the events under the tiny light of wisdom. So my stories could be like fantasized autopsy reports. They are genuine with elements of many surprises. That’s how the life operates. There is a thin layer that separates our emotional space from the spiritual plane. I love to glide over it.
You have created so many characters. Is there one particular character who speaks the loudest to you? Does any of these clamour to be heard over others?
Ravi Raj is a character that speaks louder ‘for me’. But the character that speaks the loudest ‘to me’ is Vikram Purohit who is yet to be manifested in print.
I will eagerly wait for this Vikram Purohit. What kind of research you generally do for your books?
Frankly, not much, except wherever it calls for true info or historical data during the final finishes.
What, according to you, is the hardest part of writing?
Writing itself is not hard. It’s bringing the book out.
Which part of writing do you enjoy most?
Writing is a struggle. A painful experience. But yes, once finished, there is a pause, a gap when nothing goes into you and nothing comes out of you. Those are the moments to relish, how to say, maybe similar to the moments after a strong orgasm or like the moments immediately after a deep meditation, I don’t know how to express!
What kind of messages do you want to give through your works?
While telling a story I also want to convey a message that life has conveyed to me. Learning from others’ life is a better option than learning the same lesson by committing mistakes in own life. My works, so far, expose the mistakes committed by someone in their life and its severe consequences.
What question do you wish that someone would ask you about your works, but nobody has so far?
No such wishes. But I can tell you what I don’t want anyone asking me – it is about the real life personalities hiding behind any of my characters.
What are your future plans?
I am hopeful of bringing a couple of more books out in a year time. The first book is the story of the missing pillar of Tasara, a high profile Indian corporate. And, the second, as I mentioned earlier, is about Vikram Purohit, a bipolar personality, who succeeded so admirably in his professional life. However, I am sorry that can’t reveal the titles of these books right now. I can only say that the second one (just finished) is too psychic a theme and surrealistic too, whereas the other is more mystical in nature. Both are thrillers, built on pristine premises, untouched by Indian authors.
Do you have any suggestion to help others become better writers?
Oh, no, absolutely not. Because I need to be better before preaching to others.
What do you think is the future of writing?
As food, water, air and sex are essential for human survival; art and literature are also integral elements of life. They are ever-evolving as humans are. It’ll survive, but would definitely undergo transformational changes. Even technology will change the literary world beyond our imaginations.
Rapid Fire Questions:
Favourite Colour: Black = White.
Favourite Cusine: All.
Favourite Book: Bhagavad Gita.
Favourite Author: Vyasa(s).
Favourite Quote: There are too many. One by Angelina Jolie goes like this: “Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes…. Pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life.”
Dogs or Cats: Dogs.
Light or Dark: Dark.
Tea or Coffee: Both, if black.
E-reader or Print book: Print
Ball point or Fountain pen: IPad.