Raj Supe

Kinkar, writer, editor, poet, storyteller and a free spirit.

Sun Sign

Sagittarius

Three things people don’t know about you?

I don’t take writing too seriously. I am God-intoxicated. I am not a sannyasi or a Guru.

What’s your greatest fear?

I am still thinking…

What is your greatest achievement?

Figured that “I” doesn’t matter.

High point of your life?

Initiation from my Guru.

Low point of your life

All those years before Guru. Must be so many points really.

Which living person do you most admire?

Kinkar Vitthal Ramanuja

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Jeeves (P. G. Wodehouse)

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Moby-Dick from Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Who are your favorite authors?

Ved Vyasa, Tulasidas, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Herman Hesse, William Somerset Maugham, William Wordsworth, Aldous Huxley, Albert Camus, Graham Greene, P. G. Wodehouse, Jalaluddin Rumi, Walt Whitman, Khalil Gibran, GA Kulkarni

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Gitanjali, Razor’s Edge, Siddharth, The Guide, Crime and Punishment

Is there a book you love to reread?

Bhagavad Gita always.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Guide, Anand, Kagaz Ke Phool, Pinjara (Marathi), Life is Beautiful

One Superpower you wish you had?

Unconditional and universal love

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

I really wanted to let the world be.

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?

Childhood in Himachal during 50s, adolescence in Pune through the freedom struggle of 40s, adult life in Kolkata around 1890 when Sri Ramakrishna was around and silver years in Benares when Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya was in full form

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

Ultimate non-violence

Which book you wish you had written ?

Siddharth

When and where do you write ?

Wherever I can find a chair and a table: home, office, restaurant.

Silence or music?

Silence.

One phrase that you use most often?

Jai Guru

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Yes, just one. If it rains, it means it’s all happening – get the pen the paper while it still rains.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Reading difficult Sanskrit that I don’t really get.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Read daily. Write daily. What’s around you right now is epic.

Raj Supe (aka Kinkar Vishwashreyananda), is a poet, storyteller and novelist. An MBA, he has had a career in advertising, research and creative consulting, before turning to literary and spiritual pursuits. Some of his literary works include the spiritual memoir Pilgrim of the Sky; the anthology Hundreds of Shells; and translations such as Cloudburst of A Thousand Suns, and the Sahitya Akademi awarded Rainbow at Noon. He has also worked on film scripts and plays. His writings convey the passionate intensity of a seeker and the sincerity of one who hopes for an ideal mix of traditional mythic imagery and the urgencies of modern life. In the words of a leading poet, ‘he has the anonymity of the saint-poet on the one hand and the self-expression of the modern writer on the other’. Raj is the Editor of the spirituality e-magazine, The Mother [www.themotherdivine.com], as well as the co-founder of Foundation for Contemplation of Nature [www.foundnature.com]. Raj was initiated into the Order founded by Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath and met his Guru in the person of Kinkar Vitthal Ramanuja. He now leads a simple life on the banks of the Ganges.

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