NIRAJ KUMAR [nirajkumar]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I had deep interest in reading history books and literature pertaining to spirituality. While I was merely seven years old, I pounced upon a copy of "Autobiography of Yogi" by Swami Paramhansa Yogananda Ji. I read books on Indian history and culture before my tenth year.I was inspired by all-round conditions of my people and began expressing my thoughts through poetries both in Hindi and English by the age of 8-9 years.Naturally, my parents were first to read and encouraged me to continue my pursuit for an egalitarian and harmonious world.While I was in a military school, my teachers appreciated my concern for common masses at such a young age. By the age of twenty, I was presenting papers in conferences on gender history, culture, nationalism, globalization etc. and delivering lectures on postmodernism at various research institutes.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
I am concerned with philosophical issues pertaining to human existence, question of poverty, karma, domination, death, joy, pain, greed and empirical proof of inter-connectedness of world, synchronicity of events etc. Some of my outpourings on Pan-Asianism is available on
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Whenever I am travelling, ideas spurt like anything. I jot down the ideas , scribble on paper and later connect those for a narrative. Sometimes lucid dreaming and meditation does inspire me to work on absurd propositions which later emerge as coherent and exquisitively beautiful.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I am inspired by every form of non-fiction writing. Astrophysics, neuroscience, genetics, quantum theory, geopolitics, political philosophy, literary theory... every branch of knowledge kickstarts my thinking process .
What well known writers do you admire most?
Karl Marx, Kabir, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, A.G.Frank, Francis Fukuyama, Tagore, Gandhi, Hajime Nakamura, Kakuzo Okakura, David Bohm, Stuart Koffman, V.S.Ramchandran, Nagarjuna -there is an endless list. I admire each and every thought- warrior.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for my permanent existence. Even if, I am no more, my ideas should inspire the next generation. Writing is a form of meditation on my own immortality!
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
No. I write only when I am calm and contemplative. Certainty and self-confidence rather internal conflict is the source of my expression.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes. Readers help to see my own writing from a fresh perspective.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Not anymore. During school days, naturally one participates and win some awards at state level. Personally I feel, wider readership and their response has grater serotonic effect than awards.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Usually, I share drafts of theoretical writings with the experts in that field.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
There is no personal voice. I feel myself to be a co-cretor of narrative with the entangled existence.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
There is no discipline . Spontaneity determines my output. Most of the times, whenever I write, I write continuously upto 5000-6000 words.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
I have a personal collection of 2000 books. My two lovely daughters and cups of tea being prepared by my wife help me to concentrate. Ah! I have a Bible, Gita, copy of Unrestricted Warfere, statue of Buddha, photographs of my parents, my Gurudeva and Mother Goddess that help create a phantasmogaric environment.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I do write on computer. Earlier, I used to write on paper and got it typed in the market.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
None. This is the first.
What has been your experience with publishers?
My first book ARISE ASIA-RESPOND TO WHITE PERIL(2002) gave me some acclaim. I do not think Indian authors can generate revenue from non-fiction writing through publishers based in India. My experience with publishers has not been encouraging.
What are you working on now?
I am writing three pieces every moth for journal and magazines. My project on American Grand Strategy is pending for last many years. I finished 3 chapters in April,2005. I hope to complete it only next year. Right now, I am working on Manifesto of Asian Union. This year my two works on Indian civilization is coming. While "Geophilosophy of India and Sriyantra" will be our in April, "Rainbow of Indian Civilization" will be in market by this July. In the meantime, my two collections of poetries have been published under the title, "Autopsy of Revolution" and "I Have No Voice". I am also editing a peer-reviewed research journal, Journal of Indian Research . Right now, I am searching for publisher to publish my earlier writings on diverse issues like Beijing Olympics, Nuclear energy, Demise of Dollar, Entanglement in Nature etc.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
To re-read then edit it. Hopeful of getting those published some day.
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