Writer and documentary film-maker Ruzbeh Bharucha uses humour to explore dark subjects in his work.
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. "The first book had the two characters sharing conversations about healing and compassion while journeying together; while the second talks about life after death," says the author, "The new book is a distinct departure from the first as it goes beyond the present life."
Life after death, communication with spirits and the power of free will, which is exercised even after one leaves the physical body, are topics that the book's characters discuss, Bharucha explains further. Though the topics border more on the metaphysical, he says that humour is an essential component of the book.
If you meet a spiritual person who doesnt smile and laugh and enjoy life, then it's time you run in the opposite direction," he says, as he points out the importance of humour in every sphere of one's life. The element of humour is ever-present in his works, be it The Fakir series or his other books (Shadows in Cages , My God is a Juvenile Delinquent and Yamuna Gently Weeps). "Without humour, even writing the book becomes monotonous, he says.
The author is known to select unconventional topics to write on. My books have centred around topics like mothers and their children in Indian prisons or juvenile delinquents, subjects that were not written about earlier," he says, adding, "Indian writers are now known to explore such topics."
Bharucha confesses that he is on a sabbatical of sorts now that his book is out. Lately, all I have written about are heavy, dark subjects. They dealt with those abandoned by society or living on the fringes of the so-called changing civilisation. I would actually fall ill and get depressed while writing and filming them. So, for a while I am not taking on such subjects, he says. Maybe I would write a book and direct a documentary featuring Godmen, to find out what got into Gods head when he thought of creating mankind, he says with a chuckle.