Author of Book - Aksara Bhagavad Gita
Interview by Sharon Swathi Gaddala
Mr. Ravindra Rao writing under the pen name of Haribakth. A family of senior citizens, He is 63, lives with his spouse and parents. Holds a Masters degree In commerce and a graduate in Law. Was working in a Nationalised Bank for 34 years as IT Officer and took VRS in 2015 to pursue self actualisation via the Gita. Reading, studying and analysing Bhagavad GIta is his passion. His daughter worked on the illustrations.
Sharon - Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Author Haribakth - Divine selfishness, motivated to endear myself to God as per His promise in BG: 18.69 is what inspired me.
Sharon - What can you tell us, about your book?
Author Haribakth - Sharing esoteric revelations unexplored till date. A book exclusively written for the those seeking to interpret scriptures, Theists, Agnostics, Students of Religious and inter religious philosophy, Hindu Philosophy, Logicians, Students of theosophy and hermeneutics, seers who see universal singularity of God of all religions irrespective of the faith they profess. Those seeking to expand cosmic consciousness, Krishna Devotees and Gita Lovers.
Sharon - What Genre is your book and did why did you make that choice?
Author Haribakth - This question is addressed in the very first chapter. Genre
is creative non-fiction or Fictionalised presentation of factive elements.
About the reason for choice, I had no choice. His utterances are Non-fiction.
It is fictionalised so as to make it more intelligible and interesting.
Sharon - How long did it take for you to complete this book?
Author Haribakth - It has taken three years.
Sharon - What was the hardest part while you were writing this book?
Author Haribakth - Collating and correlating the writings spread over a span of three years to make it continuous and cohesive was the hardest part.
Sharon - How did you select or come up with the Title of this book?
Author Haribakth - The Title selected itself. Imperishable is the quality of Gita,
hence the suffix of Imperishable was added to the Book.
Sharon - Did you design your book cover or hire a professional?
Author Haribakth - My daughter, Vaishnavi designed the cover and all illustrations contained therein
Sharon - Did you self publish or use a publisher?
Author Haribakth - Self published through Mark My book through their Imprint Book Mitra.
Sharon - How was working with the published and is it free or paid service?
Author Haribakth - The Publisher is thorough professional. This can be seen in the selection of fonts, Page size and book size so as to accommodate 150K words within 600 pages. It accommodates itself in book shelf and easy to hold and read.
Sharon - How did you celebrate after you completed your book?
Author Haribakth - It is the readers who celebrate after reading, because there is a value addition and a mental shift in consciousness towards the infinite and cosmopolitan after reading my book.
Sharon - How do you deal with negative reviews on your book review?
Author Haribakth - They have a perspective and a role to complete the social milieu.
Their views are weighed so as to improve my future self and where there is no constructive criticism, I just ignore it.
Sharon - When did you start writing?
Author Haribakth - November 2017
Sharon - How many books have you written?
Author Haribakth - Two with the third on the anvil.
Sharon - What advice would you give to a writing for their first book?
Author Haribakth - Be persistent. Be disciplined. Don’t be put off by time, persons, circumstances etc, which are but temporary set backs. A best seller isn't necessarily a good book but a book nicely marketed. Here, success depends on the buyers, which again depends on marketing . Write your heart out to convey what you have to say. Success follows, may not be today, but definitely tomorrow.
Sharon - Who is your favourite Author and why?
Author Haribakth - I have many favourites. Ayn Rand for her concise and crisp Philosophy, Arthur Hailey for his elaborate treatment of the chosen subject, Jeffrey Archer for making the reading gripping, R K Narayan because, I can relate to his subjects socially and culturally, me hailing from the same place.
Thank You Sharon for giving me a platform for airing my views and providing me an opportunity to bring out the best in me.
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Pinterest - https://in.pinterest.com/haribakth/
Book Line (Publisher) - https://markmybook.com/book.php?book=599257