Dr. Sheelwant Patel

Author, Environmentalist, Researcher

Sun Sign

Aquarius.

Three things people don’t know about you?

A troubled childhood, First graduate of my village, My exact date of birth unknown.

What’s your greatest fear?

I will bump into a wall lizard.

What is your greatest achievement?

Completing my thesis under Prof. M.M. Jana.

High point of your life?

Winning of National Award in 2016.

Low point of your life

Disintegration of the joint family at a time when we needed support, the most.

Which living person do you most admire?

Dr. Mantu Mohan Jana, my mentor.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Jugga of Train to Pakistan.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Hindley Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights.

Who are your favorite authors?

Somerset Maugham, William Zinsser, Ernest Hemingway.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

On Writing Well, Of Human Bondage, Good to Great, Train to Pakistan, Old Man and the Sea.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Yes, all of the above.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Beautiful Mind, Shawshank Redemption, Sholay, Mausam, Koshish.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Capacity to read people's mind.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

I lived each moment of my life.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I would re-live my life.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Mind reding.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Old Man and the Sea.

When and where do you write ?

Early morning in my den.

Silence or music?

Silence.

One phrase that you use most often?

Whatever happens, it's for the good.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Nothing.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

"The race in writing is not to the swift but to the original." - William Zinsser.

Dr. Sheelwant Patel, pen name P. Sheelwant, has been an insurance seller, a forester, an
environmentalist, and a researcher. He has authored two books – one on soil-environment
conservation and the other on medicines from trees. He has climbed the Himalayas, stalked
killer elephants in jungles, and halted in many a haunted halting house in the hilly Himalayan
wilderness. He has come across many an apparition, later to be found out to be funny aural
hallucinations. Yet, he can’t stop his hair from rising at their ends if he bumps in close proximity
of a wall lizard!
A docudrama based on his narrative about a devout Muslim’s intense love for elephant, a living
deity of Hindus, has won a national award for the best documentary on environment
conservation.
He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two extraordinary kids, now grown up, one an animator
and the other a filmmaker.

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