Today I have a special person with us. A multifaceted personality— well-known life coach, yoga expert, corporate spiritualist, and advocate of New Age philosophy, is also a renowned environmentalist and a sustainability expert and a writer. Hari Parameshwar the author of ‘The Pillar Invisible’ and many other books.
Welcome to my virtual tete a tete
Q Tell the readers about your various areas of expertise
Hari : Expertise? I don’t consider me an expert in anything, despite putting my hands in many areas. I am the one who can’t rivet to anything forever, so it’s good to have many rooms to dwell in.
Q How do you manage to balance everything?
Hari : Balancing life is a dreary phrase, something we hear every now and then. Truthfully, the imbalance in life is the drive that makes us move ahead.
Q So, Who is Hari Parameshwar, as a person
Hari : An ordinary guy, with lots many weaknesses and a few extraordinary strengths. Not frustrated with life, yet mystified with its mysteries! I am a single parent to two children.
Q Tell me about your writing career
Hari : It was a childhood hobby, abandoned later for the sake of my profession. I’ve been a hardcore engineer busy building airports and urban infrastructure with no time to spare for perusing passions. But I rediscovered that thrust in me a few years back and managed to create time for writing. Three books have been published so far. Fourth is in making.
Q When do you write?
Hari : When I am restless.
Q Tell me about your new book?
Hari: A mystical thriller, uncovering the fourth partner, invisible, of Tasāra Group of Companies, is a fervent attempt to unveil the indispensable yet commonly ignored “missing element” in today’s corporates. By digging up the “black holes” in the lives of Tasāra’s three founders, through the emotional roller-coasters of Satya, Raja, and Tom, the book reveals how the invisible ‘fourth element’ — the outcome of a deadly combination, a balanced mix of three gunas — could aid in building truly sustainable businesses, bringing colossal changes to the world. It also divulges the universal mysteries that can transform individuals into devotees of humanity, besides edifying many pristine perspectives on corporate ethics. Moreover, the book would aid one to discover own missing facet of life besides evaluating own guna-mix and its returns and detriments.
Q Do you feel that the corporate world should be balanced philanthropically, spiritually and intellectually?
Hari : Emotionally as well!
Q Which of the characters (gunas) do you relate yourself to?
Hari : Chapter 5, Book 4 of “The Pillar Invisible” helps the readers to discern their own governing qualities (gunas). That chapter is built on the fundamentals of Indian ancient wisdom and based on the leads provided by numerous researchers on the topic. So it needs to be true! I too underwent a test and the outcome was not any surprising. Prominent Satvik quality in me is closely chased by Rajasik, ensuing a mental state that assures me of unceasing internal sufferings.
Q How do you react to the argument that ‘Nirguna’ hinders growth?
Hari : I am unaware of such arguments and unsure of the sense in which ‘Nirguna’ is applied in such debates if they exist. Nirguna is supposed to be nothingness that contains everything. That’s the true state of this universe, a state of perfection and equilibrium that everyone strives to achieve, though futilely.
Q Tell me about your experience with the publishing industry
Hari : It’s an industry like any other business, with its own charms and challenges. A writer need to fit into it, aligning with its rhythm and pace. Nothing more to say.
Q Do you feel that it is difficult for a new writer to prosper, without much contacts?
Hari : I never had any contacts in publishing industry. All my books came to light through submissions in proper channel. I also don’t believe that all leading authors have become famous because of their contacts in the industry, as their life-stories are open to the world. The trend today seems like writers are outnumbering readers as every reader wants to be a writer. Publishing industry can however sustain only on balancing supply-demand. Excess supply seems to be an issue today, posing great challenge to authors.
Q Could you use your professional contacts for your book?
Hari : If one’s profession is distinct from his/her passion, it’s hard to align them together or complement each other. In such a scenario, the professional contacts may not add any value. On the contrary, it could create conflicts.
Q Do you think that getting good reviews is important for the success of a book?
Hari : I think it has to be on the other way. If a book succeeds, it’ll attract good reviews.
Q What do you say about good/ bad reviews?
Hari : Reviews have to be honest! That’s it.
Q Do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
Hari : I don’t think so.
Q What do you think of “trailers” for books?
Hari : It’s a good idea if your fans are eagerly waiting for your new book. Or else, it’s of less use.
Q Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
Hari : This simple one was created by myself during my free time.
Q What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Hari : Write for freeing yourself from the burdens of your irrepressible agonies. Let it flow out on its own. Don’t force yourself to write, as a victim of your own craving to publish.
Q Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Hari : The industry will certainly undergo technological transformation. But it’ll sustain evergreen as long as the human societies exist.
Q Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Hari : Do please convey your reading experience! Honest feedback from readers are very crucial for a writer.
Q How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Book Links: The Pillar Invisible: http://tinyurl.com/pz3u5rd
Chase of Choices: http://tinyurl.com/oojq2l5
Many Paths Many Answers: http://tinyurl.com/p8cpzu3
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.