Food for thought

Mar 01, 2013, 02:04 IST | Swapnal Tilekar

The Guide chatted with author Ruzbeh Bharucha who is out with his latest book The Aum of All Things

In the course of writing about spirituality and wellness, city-based author Ruzbeh Bharucha has now come up with yet another book on the subject, titled The Aum of All Things. The ex-journalist who is the bestselling author of nine books (including The Fakir Trilogy and The Last Marathon) speaks about his latest book and his journey so far: 

Author Ruzbeh Bharucha

About the book
The book depicts my conversation with a sage named Bapuji — about creation, the soul, life after death and moving beyond Karma.  The book happened thanks to some innocent queries by my five-year-old daughter on spirituality and life. As always, instead of giving an intellectual dose to my readers, I have given it a humorous twist. Though the book talks about wisdom, philosophy is remote to me. Basic platforms of wellbeing are all similar and they lead to being good and helping someone. Through the conversational format, The Aum of All Things will guide you in achieving the internal peace. 

The Aum of All Things, Ruzbeh Bharucha, Full Circle, Rs 250

The journey so far
My journey in writing has been quite exciting. You can say that I sustained journalism to pursue my interest in writing. After working as an editor with a well-known publication, I found myself jobless on one fine day out of circumstances. This brought me into the world of books and fiction through a friend of mine in 2007. This type of writing happened as I always had a touch of spirituality even as a kid. My parents used to take me to various sages and communes as a kid. My readers can connect with the characters in my books as they are just like any other normal human beings; frauds, smokers and confused folks.

Not keen on movie adaptation
Though I am into documentary making, looking at the current trend of making movies out of books does not really appeal me. But I appreciate the fact that many writers are getting commercially successful these days and their books are inspiring people to make movies. I feel happy for Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi.  The idea of making a movie is difficult to appeal to me as I cannot compromise on my ideas in the process of film-making. But as a documentary film-maker I am planning to come up with a few short films that are based on the human angle.

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