Writer and blogger Rakhi Jayashankar interviewed me on HnH recently. An excerpt:
Why did you write this book?
I wrote HnH so the journey, and commiserating thoughts, may help others. So injustice, and corrupt systems, do not go unaddressed.
Besides, speaking up is a principal responsibility in a democracy, no?
Well that is a topic to be discussed and debated. On that note, tell the readers more about the book?
HnH is really less about criticism of systems or pursuits, and more a journey of discovery…of empathy, compassion, and humility through selflessness. I think of it as learning through pain and suffering, as enlightenment.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
He is a lover and warrior at heart…loves others, his children, family, and all life.
Sitting Bull, one among noted Native American leaders, once said:
“The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another’s life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of Humanity.”
In a land where materialism rules, Humbling and Humility’s protagonist found in himself traits of a warrior, of a suppressed culture native to this land, one that has through a quirk of history also been named ‘Indian.’
Read more of this interview on Rakhi’s blog…