"The process of writing makes life worth living and this
inspires me to keep writing"
By Ritwika Gupta - January 30, 2015
Each moment, every single moment, we either create a dream or a nightmare,
as each moment we either choose to live or we choose to kill the opportunity to
Ruzbeh N. Bharucha
Ruzbeh N. Bharuchas new book Rabda is not
just a plain biography of Sai Baba but it also brings alive real stories and philosophy of
life. Bharucha, who himself is a non-conformist, believes that spirituality is as
freewheeling as breathing.
As one of the most influential spiritual writers
in the country, Bharucha started his career as a journalist and documentary filmmaker.
Till date, he has written eleven books including the bestselling, The Fakir Trilogy.
Settled in Pune with his family, Bharucha also has a popular blog on The Speaking Tree. In
a candid chat with Indiantelevision.coms RITWIKA GUPTA, the acclaimed author talks
about his new book Rabda and shares his beliefs on spirituality and inspiration.
Your journey as an author
The journey of writing books started when I was in Jai Hind College, Mumbai but it took me
ten years to get the first book published. The publishing house had asked me to write a
non-fiction book on spirits like whisky, vodka, wine. For some reason I thought they
wanted me to write on life after death and spirit communication. It was only when the
conversation maneuvered towards the subject of hangovers, I realised that I was harping
about the wrong kind of spirits. But the publisher seemed to like my spooky idea better
and that is how I got into writing about the spiritual world.
The process of writing makes life worth living and this inspires me to keep writing. Sai
Baba of Shirdi also inspires me to write. Both my books - The Fakir Trilogy and Rabda -
are set in a world where Sai Baba communicates and makes his presence felt. The
conversation between the main character and Sai Baba is real. There is humor, swearing,
laughter and profound words of wisdom as well.
Your favourite books
I love reading fiction, crime thrillers and detective books. I also love humour. I have
read The Autobiography of a Yogi by Swami Paramhansa Yogananda innumerable times. My
favourite books include Aghoras: At The Left Hand of God by Robert Svoboda, Timothy Files
by Lawrence Sanders and Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Robert Bach. I
also like to read books written by P.G.Wodehouse, Somerset Maugham, James Hardly Chase,
Colin Dexter, Grisham, Khushwant Singh, Stieg Larsson, Lawrence Sanders, Harold Robbins
and Rex Stout.
Your thoughts on Rabda
The crux of the book is to spread the message of oneness. I wanted to write a book on Sai
Baba of Shirdi. I wanted to focus on Baba's philosophy and ideology and project him as
someone who is beyond religion, sects and miracles. But I wanted to write it in a
conversational manner. The book goes back and forth, past and present, uses present day
language along with Sai Baba's colourful vocabulary and the reader is taken on a journey
of a lifetime.
Story & characters of Rabda
The main character in the book, Rabda or Caiz, is a famous musician who attempts to commit
suicide. His attempt however fails and he instead goes into a state of coma. Chances are
that he is going to die but this is when Sai Baba enters the hospital and awakens the
spirit body of Rabda. The two then begin to converse about life, death and everything in
between and that is what the book is all about.
The Cover Page
The cover page features Rabda the musician reaching out to Sai Baba.
Next in the Pipeline
My new book Ananda: Musings of The Fakir has been published by Full Circle. In the month
of April, The Perfect Ones, a set of biographies on various masters, prophets, avatars,
goddesses, archangels, will be published and released by Penguin.
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