AUTHOR INTERVIEW 10

Sanjeev Kumar Jain

India

Age 54


Born in Dehradun, India, author Sanjeev Kumar Jain grew up with inquisitive mind for science, technology, and Jain religion based on soul concepts.
He is an IPS officer of Haryana cadre presently placed as ADGP Home Guards at Chandigarh. He got his early education at Gandhi School at Dehradun. He did his engineering in electronics and communication from Roorkee engineering college. He has worked in Tata Steel and Indian Railways for five years before joining IPS.
He is deeply into worship meditation where he meditates on Tirthankar God Mahaveer. His active interest in science and technology and the blessings of God has led him to view the consciousness problem scientifically and find an answer for it.

Consciousness is the second topmost mystery unanswered by science. Consciousness is what makes us see colors, hear music, smell perfume and taste chocolate. It is in our consciousness that we feel pain or pleasure. Consciousness is so important for our existence yet science is not able to explain it. 
Science has rejected dualism due to the interaction problem of the soul with the matter
In this book, I am able to postulate an interacting soul that solves the hard problem of consciousness i.e. of subjectivity and provides an explanation for all aspects of consciousness. This book describes and explains consciousness comprehensively. It also leads me to offer an explanation for the origin of life and also leads to a creator God. Therefore, this book should be read by all.

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE UNDER-APPRECIATED NOVEL?

Sanjeev Kumar: “In search of lost time” by Marcel Proust.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU BALANCE MAKING DEMANDS ON THE READER WITH TAKING CARE OF THE READER?

Sanjeev Kumar: The topic of my book on Consciousness required to view philosophy of mind with a scientific angle. It explains many of the concepts avoiding technical jargon so that a reader of common understanding can understand the concepts involved in developing a theory based on dualistic soul.

Romelia: AS A WRITER, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS YOUR MASCOT/AVATAR/SPIRIT ANIMAL?

Sanjeev Kumar: My theory on Consciousness by dualism has been possible due to blessings of God. In our jain religion mascot of Tirthankar God Mahaveer is lion and Goddess Durga also rides the lion. Therefore, lion is my mascot/spirit animal.

Romelia: WHAT DO YOU OWE THE REAL PEOPLE UPON WHOM YOU BASE YOUR CHARACTERS?

Sanjeev Kumar: Any work is built upon the works of other great people. I have also worked upon my theory built upon the works of other greats. I have generally mentioned their name and work in my book and I owe thanks at least to the others whom I have not mentioned.

Romelia: HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?

Sanjeev Kumar: The theory need to be justified by experimental backing. Therefore, I think I should try to get an experimental evidence for soul.

Romelia: WHAT DOES LITERARY SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU?

Sanjeev Kumar: Strength of the idea and consistency in my soul based theory led me to present it in a book shape. If this theory gets the evidence based backing then that will be a great success.

Romelia: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MARKET YOUR BOOKS?

Sanjeev Kumar: I have become member to groups of authors and readers and book promotional groups on Facebook. I regularly check my Facebook and Youtube promotional video. I participate in comments on Youtube videos related to consciousness, soul and God. Personal networking is very useful for promoting the book.

Romelia: WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH DO YOU DO, AND HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND RESEARCHING BEFORE BEGINNING A BOOK?

Sanjeev Kumar: Every part and topic needed the research for the purpose of writing book. I attended an online course to learn the basic concepts and read and watched many videos on Youtube related to consciousness, origin of life and other related topics.

Romelia: DO YOU VIEW WRITING AS A KING OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?

Sanjeev Kumar: Writing should be viewed as a spiritual practice. Your idea should get the readership. You write your observation, imagination and experience in a methodical script. Yet you should be detached from the outcome or success of your work.

Romelia: WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT WRITING CHARACTERS FROM THE OPPOSITE SEX?

Sanjeev Kumar: My theory of soul and consciousness is applicable to all human beings irrespective of sex.

Romelia: HOW LONG WERE YOU A PART-TIME WRITER BEFORE YOU BECOME A FULL-TIME ONE?

Sanjeev Kumar: I am a part-time writer only. I feel that I am not having courage and talent to become full time writer.

Romelia: HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?

Sanjeev Kumar: I am in the habit of writing one page daily diary. Even during my writing the book, I made it a point to write at least one page daily to keep me motivated towards completion.

Romelia: WHAT PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE DO YOU FIND YOU WRITE ABOUT MOST OFTEN? (CHILD, TEENAGER, YOUNG ADULT).

Sanjeev Kumar: My experience and readings about soul, religion and god as a teenager and young adult helped me in developing my theory of consciousness based on soul.

Romelia: HAVE YOU READ ANYTHING THAT MADE YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT FICTION?

Sanjeev Kumar: Many times fiction is based on real world themes and has well researched intricacies of worldly system. That makes you learn more than your textbooks.

Romelia: WHAT ARE THE ETHICS OF WRITING ABOUT HISTORICAL FIGURES?

Sanjeev Kumar: The stories about historical figures should be written based on their works, their writings, their speeches, their family worlds, contemporary events and personalities.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU SELECT THE NAMES OF YOUR CHARACTERS?

Sanjeev Kumar: My soul theory of consciousness mentions the real persons names, their works and theories. Soul is for the real and not an imagination.

Romelia: DO YOU READ YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BAD OR GOOD ONES?

Sanjeev Kumar: The reviews about my book is about- am I able to establish soul scientifically or is mystery of consciousness unfolded? Generally, I have received good reviews that consciousness is well dealt and able to establish soul.

Romelia: DO YOU HIDE ANY SECRETS IN YOUR BOOKS THAT ONLY A FEW PEOPLE WILL FIND?

Sanjeev Kumar: My book unfolds the secrets of consciousness, soul and god. It does not hide any secret code.

Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE?

Sanjeev Kumar: Problems with the concept of soul and defining consciousness and free will were difficult. Developing the consistent theory explain all aspects of consciousness was the difficult thing.

Romelia: DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?

Sanjeev Kumar: I google about my book.

Romelia: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?

Sanjeev Kumar: My habit of procrastination.

Romelia: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY JOURNALS?

Sanjeev Kumar: Your’s “Books for Life” is my only exposure to literary journal.

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?

Sanjeev Kumar: Panchtantra stories.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Sanjeev Kumar: I was driving my new car when it stopped in crowded market. Honking and comments followed. Then it was started again and I sheepishly took it to nearby petrol pump.

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Sanjeev Kumar: I am down to earth person. I remain within my limits. I like songs and their lyrics mainly but I cannot sing even first stanza, as I do not remember them. I hate the habit of bullying of some persons.

sanjeevkumarjain3@gmil.com

+91 9416008607 Chandigarh, India 

         https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=go_gDwAAQBAJ

        

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