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Pune-based author Ruzbeh N Bharucha's definition of art is remarkably metaphysical. In his words, "Art is like throwing up. There's no thought or logicinvolved." Author of eight published books, including bestsellers such as The Fakir Trilogy, The Last Marathonand his latest release The Aum of All Things, Ruzbeh is not your typical pedagogical spiritual writer.
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The two protagonists - the suicidal Rudra and the wise Sage -of author Ruzbeh Bharucha's first book The Fakir, continue their journey in the recently-released second installment of the book - The Fakir, The Journey Continues.
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The author believes that the two 'Fakir' books were a gift to him from the Sai Baba of Shirdi, and that "we are all spirits encased in a box."  In his latest book The Fakir, The Journey Continues, Ruzbeh connects with his readers through Rudra, the central character, who has passed on after his death.
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Ruzbeh Bharucha isn't a monk, and he didn't sell his Ferrari, but his books on spirituality and wellbeing, and hard hitting social documentaries reveal a mind that is finely attuned to the human condition.
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In The Fakir, Ruzbeh Bharucha explained complex issues like karma, life after death, spirit communication, faith, power of prayer etc, and in the sequel The Fakir: The Journey Continues Bharucha uses Sai Baba as the guru to guide Rudra through the higher realms of the spirit world.
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Ruzbeh N Bharucha talks about Sai Baba of Shirdi and how he came to write the book The Fakir and its sequel.
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A fictional story that explores themes like life after death, healing, commitment and faith in the master among others is picking up popularity in Germany, says its Indian author Ruzbeh N Bharucha.
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They say the pen is the mightiest sword, and considering Ruzbeh Bharucha's works, this couldn't be any truer. This Pune-based writer believes in reaching out to the masses through his stories which are often based on true incidents.
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He has always been creatively inclined - be it writing, music, filmmaking or theatre. For Ruzbeh Bharucha, who is back with the second volume of his book, The Fakir...The Journey Continues, art is an expression of the soul.
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Spiritual writer Ruzbeh Bharucha deals with karma, divinity, life after death, forgiveness in his books.
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Writer-filmmaker Ruzbeh Bharucha's new book, The Fakir, The Journey Continues is out. In an interview to Arwa Janjali, he dwells on spiritualism, his previous work and his philosophy.
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He is a Sufi spiritualist, an editor, columnist and a writer with eight books to his credit. And Ruzbeh N. Bharucha believes in the power of free will and that there are two parallel worlds -- the body and the spirit.
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Ruzbeh N Bharucha wears several hats. Once a journalist, he is now a documentary film-maker and writer. His latest book, Yamuna Gently Weeps, chronicles Delhi's Pushta slum demolitions. Avijit Ghosh speaks to Bharucha about the dark side of urbanization.
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Ruzbeh Bharucha raises a voice for the slum dwellers who are being increasingly dispossessed by a nexus of political, land mafia and an indifferent media.
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Ruzbeh Bharucha calls himself a voyager and a traveller. He has seen the innards of India and when you ask: “There is so much talk of India becoming a global power. What does the reality tell you?”
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Written, consciously, as a travelogue, My God is a Juvenile Delinquent is a thoughtful journey. Thoughtful because Ruzbeh N Bharucha, who staunchly believes in conducting research in the real world, gives you several companions right at the beginning of the journey - a journey where you get to explore the world of over 30,000 juvenile delinquents.
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Ruzbeh Bharucha in his book My God is a Juvenile Delinquent, brings forth the plight of the teenagers in the observation homes nationwide.
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Ruzbeh N. Bharucha is a renouned journalist, author and documentary filmmaker. His documentary Yamuna Gently Weeps, which dealt with arbitary evacuation of slum dwellers in Delhi's Yamuna Pustha, received much critical acclaim in several countries. Along with social commentaries, he has also written books on the paranormal and the mystical, such as The Fakir and The Last Marathon.
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According to Bharucha, a documentary filmmaker, the judiciary and police end up reinforcing a criminal identity, instead of providing counseling that could wean the child off bad company and bad habits. The fact that Bharucha was allowed to interact with these children shows that things are changing (a fact that he acknowledges). One can only hope that the change happens sooner than later. Many bright futures are dependant on it.
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Released in September 2006, Ruzbeh Bharucha'sYamuna Gently Weeps is both a documentary and book on slum demolitions through the eyes of the Yamuna Pushta (Delhi) episode of 2004, where the High Court ordered demolition of 40,000 homes. Anuradha Miraji chatted with Bharucha on the film and his take on filmmaking.
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Released along with a film of the same name, Yamuna Gently Weeps is a visual and analytical journey through the process of displacement. The strength of Bharuch's work is that he supplements the story of displacement with excellent analysis by many who have been intimately involved in the struggle. The later section of the book has interviews with activists, planners, sociologists and lawyers that answer many of the questions the first half of the book raises.
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In Yamuna Gently Weeps, the director, through the eyes of those who lost it all, tells a heartrending tale of tears, courage, determination and most importantly, brings to light, the hollowness of the system and all that which was once was held, sacred and beyond reproach. The role (or the lack of it), of the judiciary, the media, those in Power and the implementing agencies are brought to light.
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Ruzbeh Bharucha's book and documentary film, Yamuna Gently Weeps, on Delhi's Yamuna Pushta slum demolition, is the story of faulty urban planning. What takes Ruzbeh’s work several notches higher than mere description of an event is that he lays out the suffering and trauma of the slum-dwellers. There are poignant interviews with people like Pagal Baba who built a temple without any recourse to funds, or Shakeel, an artist, whose livelihood was put at stake, or a single mother who does not know where to go.
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My God is a Juvenile Delinquent has its cynical, ironic, even funny moments but at its core is an outrage at how, irrespective of remand homes and psychiatrists, damage to children's psyche is irreparable in country where juvenile justice, is far from just.
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In My God Is A Juvenile Delinquent (Sainathann Communication), Ruzbeh N. Bharucha tells heart-rending stories of boys who have unknowingly committed crimes of various nature, including small thefts, breaking glass, picking fruit from someone else’s garden or even quietly roaming the roads. While the book is grim and serious, Bharucha’s brilliant writing style keeps one going.
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The book is a noteworthy effort by author and documentary filmmaker Ruzbeh Bharucha, primarily in its intent.
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In My God is a Juvenile Delinquent, author and documentary filmmaker Ruzbeh N. Bharucha examines the plight of incarcerated children in India — their personal stories, the inability to locate justice, the loss of their childhood. As the tone of Bharucha’s responses to JAI ARJUN SINGH’s questions shows, he feels very strongly about the subject.
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Ruzbeh N. Bharucha's book Yamuna Gently Weeps takes the reader into the lives of those poor families, whose part, present and future, were brutally demolished when the settlement was razed to the ground in 2004. In this book, it becomes apparent that Bharucha has a heart for the less fortunate. His writting style is edgy, polemical and intensely compeling.
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Two years ago, Ruzbeh N. Bharucha, a documentary film-maker from Mumbai, was all set to make a film about leprosy victims. He'd completed a film called "Shadows in Cages" about women and children locked in prison and he was pleased with its outcome. It had received critical acclaim and improved the lives of some prisoners.
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Author-filmmaker Ruzbeh Bharucha's work on the demolition of India's largest slum is making news at human rights film fests It's a heart-wrenching tale of razed homes and 35,000 dislocated families-the demolition of Yamuna Pushta, one of the oldest and largest slums in India, located on the three-kilometre stretch along the Yamuna river in Delhi.
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Yamuna Gently Weeps is the story of one of the biggest and oldest slums in Delhi and in India, called Yamuna Pushta. The author, also through the eyes of those who lost it all, tells a heartrending tale of tears, courage, determination and most importantly, brings to light, the hollowness of the system and all that, which was once was held, sacred and beyond reproach.
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Born with a "Naipaulian" hatred for filth, dirt and clumsiness, I ignored for full three years the existence of the Yamuna Pusta slum, despite navigating through the ITO bridge regularly. That is, until the day my bike had a flat tyre and I found myself near the slum.
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