Rajendra Kher

I am a professional author and owner of Vihang Prakashan, from Pune, India with 10 published works against my name. Some of my novels are translated in other languages (including 5 books in English) and some are the bestseller. I am also the recipient of 5 prestigious awards in Maharashtra & Gujarat. My translated novel on Bhagavad-Gita ‘The Song of Salvation’ published in USA from a small publishing house. The second, ‘The Silent Reformer’, a novel based on the life and times of revered Pandurang Shastri Athavale, founder of Swadhyay Pariwar, is the English version of my original novel in Marathi ‘Deha Zala Chandanacha’. This English version is in its 2nd edition while the original Marathi novel is in its 30th edition. Gujarati edition is its 18th reprinting. Leadstart publishing published my book ‘Empire of the Gods’, translation from my original Marathi non-fiction: Devanchya Rajyaat’, which is now in 6th reprint. My Marathi novel on the life of Arjuna: ‘Dhananjay’ is now in 8th reprint.

I was working in Indian film industry for 10 years and thereafter as a Program Director for 2 years, for a TV channel. Philosophy is my favourite subject.

Sun Sign

Cancer

Three things people don’t know about you?

I am a singer & can play harmonium. I am a bit short tempered; but with clear heart!

What’s your greatest fear?

Snake

What is your greatest achievement?

Biographical novel on the life of Rev. Pandurang Shastri Athavle – bestseller in 4 languages.

High point of your life?

Search for hidden nature.

Low point of your life

Health

Which living person do you most admire?

Narendra Modi

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

No

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

No

Who are your favorite authors?

Charles Dickens, Daphne-Du-Maurier, Dan Brown, Shivaji Sawant

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, Many Lives Many Masters, Autobiography of Yogi, Vyasvichar.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Vyasvichar.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

? Indiana Jones series, Sound of Music, the Good the Bad the Ugly, Hatari, Love Bug.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Will use it to show right path for humanity.

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

‘Nothing success; but journey towards the success by overcoming the ordeals is the real 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?

All in Indian countryside; but if I should choose other country, it is Childhood in Tanzania, adolescent in South America, adult life in Bali and silver years in Austria.

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

Playing Sitar or Santoor playing.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Meluha

When and where do you write ?

I used to write at night time. But now a days I write in day time. In my room.

Silence or music?

Silence but some time Suitable music to the story at the background

One phrase that you use most often?

‘God-made is uttermost beautiful; but man spoils it due to his nasty ambitions.’

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Shortcut may give instant success; but it will not last for a long time. Please don’t write adversely just for publicity. Publicity is just like a drop of water on leave. Ultimate truth doesn’t exist in human life. A truth has also degrees. Hence, don’t write just to present truth in writing which will spoil the mind of society. For successful author, penance is more important.

RAJENDRA KHER (b. 1961), a graduate of Pune University, has been writing for over two decades. He has published ten books in Marathi, all of which have been received with critical acclaim. Some of his bestselling novels have been translated into other languages. He has been honoured with five literary awards.

Rajendra has worked as an Assistant Director in the film industry, on documentaries, and as a Programme Director for a TV channel. Early in his career, he produced and directed the short experimental film, Charlie Chaplin in India. He has had extensive experience with writing scripts and screenplays. He has contributed numerous articles and short stories to newspapers and magazines. He can be reached at: rkher1961@gmail.com

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