Three Questions with...Ruzbeh Bharucha
Priyanka Mathur
February, 2011

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. Born in 1967 in Mumbai, Bharucha, who has published eight books since, found his true calling as a writer while in his last year of college. He switched from studying economics to editing and publishing a magazine called Venture. He worked as the chief editor of Pune's first weekly newspaper - the Pune Tribune, and was also the executive editor of the business publication division of the Indian Express. Presently, he is the executive editor of The 4th D Wellbeing Journal. "Believe me India is better off with me being an author and a film-maker than an economist," said Bharucha. As his latest book The Fakir - The Journey Continues hits bookstores, we questioned this journalist and writer.

What is Fakir - The Journey Continues all about?
The prequel to this book, The Fakir, was about one's master, faith and surrender. The book has been translated into German, Marathi and Hindi, and shall be soon published in Bulgarian and Bengali. The Fakir - The Journey Continues, deals with free will, karma, life after death and spirit communication. I have always believed that we come with our inherent characteristics, weaknesses, strengths, limitations and the sum total of our past actions, thoughts and deeds. When we kick the bucket, we depart with our karma, unfinished and newly created emotions, prejudices, fears, kinks, and our inherent tendencies.

What kind of audiences do you keep in mind when writing?
My Paranormal themed books are written for those who want to walk the path and those like me, who are rather messed up but still want to make their master happy and proud of him or her. They are books of hope and love for the master. I write books on social issues because I do believe that there are innumerable families who would like to help those less fortunate than themselves and would want to know how to do so through a book devoid of legal mumbo jumbo, but filled with conversations and emotions, humour and tears. And trust me, my readers do go out of their way to lend a helping hand. I am proud of my readers.

Most of your published works revolve around topics like mysticism, paranormal activity, travel, and of course social change. Why these particular themes?
The Fakir and its sequel deals with issues that are real. There's no bullshitting or shadow boxing in social issues or spiritual ones. Both issues are real and I do believe that books on such issues, if written with humour, emotions, and not taking oneself seriously, makes a positive difference in the lives of the reader and the lives the reader touches. I have had the pleasure of being inspired by rock stars of the spiritual world and the common man - the salt of the earth; the social worker who earns barely enough to keep body and soul intact, but toils day in and out to make somebody else's life more respectable and dignified; those who have lost everything, but yet are spiritually so centred that they bring hope and kindle faith in mankind; and who are the scum creation with a programmed DNA of self-destruction and pettiness.

Copyright 2014 Ruzbeh N. Bharucha.