Wednesday, May 21, 2014

#AuthorInterview--> Promising Debut Author- Dr. Ajay Kansal


Hi Friends,

Today I have with me for virtual coffee, Dr. Ajay Kansal whose first book The Evolution of Gods has shocked and engaged readers all over the world and forced them to reconsider their notions on the existence of God!

About the Author:

Ajay Kansal is a professor and consultant pathologist. It was during his medical practice that he encountered human suffering in a big way that made him question the concept of gods and drove him to write this book.

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Welcome to Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff, Ajay!

First, I have got to tell you that I totally loved your book and it made me re-evaluate every belief I have of God. Great effort and a very promising read. Kudos.. :)

Let's grab coffee and start this interview.

Question: Tell us something about yourself?

Answer: I studied medicine in G.S.V.M Medical College Kanpur and was awarded M.D (Pathology) in 1991. Currently, I am working as a professor and consultant in clinical pathology.

Question: What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Answer: I have written only one book The Evolution of Gods. This comprises anthropology and ancient history of the religious activities of mankind. This is a non-fiction and most of its assertions are taken from several reference books on the subject.  


Question: When and why you began writing your book?

Answer: During my clinical practice, I encountered many suffering patients, which drilled a hole in my faith. Besides, rampant terrorism, poverty, inequality, exploitation, injustice and crimes raised several questions on the kindness of gods. Gradually, I realized that gods and religions are doing nothing to resuscitate the suffering humanity. Rather priests promises make complacent to the sufferers; they do only worship in place of struggle. I began conceiving that gods and religions seem to be human imagination.
In order to resolve the quest, around ten years ago, I developed a keen desire to explore the origin of religions and gods and studied philosophy, history and anthropology. The study carved a clear-cut picture in my mind about The Evolution of Gods and religions. After that visualization, I had several questions: Why do people still worship gods; is the whole show in the name of gods an illusion; is someone there up in the sky to hear prayers or the temple bells? The show was funny as well as serious, and I answered myself: People do not know the truth. I recollected that I could decipher the truth only after a long study, and a common educated person could hardly spare such a long time. At this point, my desire to write on this subject sprouted, I visualized writing a concise book to share the knowledge with others, at least the skeptics.

Question: and what do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

Answer: Today, many modern educated people have scientific bent of mind and they wish to know the truth behind gods and religious dogmas. The purpose of this book is to compile anthropological, historical and scientific facts about the origin of gods and religions. I have chosen its content with a motive to quench the curiosity of teenagers and at the same time, resolve the serious questions arising in the minds of well read people.
There are enough reasons to assert that the book may vaccinate the serious readers against the evil effects of religions such as superstitions, extremism or demigods. Apart from this, they would come out from the religious dogmas and liberate themselves. For example, Hindus are currently facing a rampant problem of self-acclaimed preachers, demigods or Babas, and they are cheating the masses in broad day-light with impunity. Most of them hypnotize their devotees and then exploit them physically, mentally and financially. After reading the book, anyone would easily recognize the chicanery of these Babas and thus escape their trap.

Question: What inspired you to become a writer?

Answer: Writing was not my childhood dream; I wrote this book just to communicate a very complex concept that I could learn after the study of more than one hundred books.

Question: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Answer: Currently, I am directing a documentary film based on the book and writing a romantic fiction.  

Question: Which writers inspire you and is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

Answer: The greatest ever Munshi Premchand and Rajneesh Osho.  

Question: Do you write full-time or part-time? Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

Answer: Writing is my favorite pastime. I can write anywhere anytime by staying aloof; however, I love to write in a cozy room of some hill station or wild life park such as Zim Corbett.

Question: What was the time-line between the time you decided to write your book and publication? What were the major events along the way?

Answer: The transcription of the book took around five years, and then I spent another two years to hunt for a publisher. Its a known secret among top publishing houses that they rarely publish the debut book of a no-celebrity author. And the atheistic concept of book further closed the doors of many believers; however, it was the concept that impressed HarperCollins to publish this book.

Question: Where do your ideas come from?

Answer: The process began with the study of the gods and religious practices of the prehistoric and ancient people. The books on anthropology, ancient history and philosophy of religions provided me with the raw material, and I visualized several events to portray the complex process as a simple narrative. Apart from this, the aid of the Internetan ocean of knowledge in our fistincreased the reach of my study to many fold. 

Question: Do you worry about the human race?

Answer:  My serious concern for humanity motivated me to write the book: it will provide scientific knowledge, and the readers may come out of the darkness created by religions. However, the impact may vary from person to person. Apart from this, I visualized no other effective way to liberate the human race from the soothing illusion of gods.   

Question: If humanity is living in the soothing illusion of gods, then why you wish to liberate, they are already living happily.

Answer:  Almost every illusion is soothing but proves harmful later. Lets consider a few examples of the barbaric acts mankind committed with religious convictions and celebrations: human sacrifices, witchcraft, slavery, caste-ism and sati. All these were considered divine revealed customs, people performed these inhuman acts with much enthusiasm, and they had absolutely no doubt on the efficacy of the rituals involved. They were doing these heinous activities to appease their kind gods and ensure a brighter, healthier and prosperous future. At one point in time, several scientific authors exposed these and they liberated humans from the darkness of such divine barbaric customs. Similarly, I believe that a scientific book about the origin of gods and religions may enlighten the present generation, specially the curious ones. 

Question: What was the most difficult part of writing your book? As a follow up, were there any elements of the book that forced you to step out of your comfort zone, and if so, how did you approach this part of the writing?

Answer:  Book writing was a smooth process, but I faced problems in publishing and promotion.

 The Evolution of Gods


Question: Do you believe in God? What are your thoughts on the existence of God?

Answer: Of course not! God is an illusion or imagination of humankind.

Question: What are the four most important things that one needs to write a book?

Answer:  Passion, Passion, Passion and Passion

Question: If you were deserted on an island, who are the 3 famous people you would want with you?

Answer: I am afraid to say that I do not wish the company of some famous person; however, some wise and humorous person would be a far better company.

Question: Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?

Answer: Not one, I have a list of places to visit in the next five years.

Question: One of your favorite quotes?

Answer: My book is an effort to light a candle in the darkest corner of human consciousness.

Question: List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?

Answer: Almost all books by Dale Carnegie are worth reading; especially, How to Make Friends and Win People, is such a great book that must be included in the school courses. I saw this book almost thirty years ago and have read more than ten times, since then.

Question: And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

Answer: Some readers of my book have pointed out their surprise over my assertion that human diseases and other sufferings gave birth to new gods and even the monotheist God. Such a conclusion was rarely written earlier; in fact, this comprises my interpretations after reading several ancient holy scriptures. There is one important point to note that the scriptures were copied and interpolated thousands of times, during the last three thousand years; therefore, these are not the exact thoughts of the ancient people. We need to interpret the scriptures as per the conditions of their original authors.
To explain this, I would briefly describe one example here. The Bible mentions, at many places: God ordered Moses that He will punish the infidels and sinners with plagues. It is obvious that the people who wrote this must have suffered plagues and did not know about the causative bacteria. They visualized that an omnipotent, omnipresent and omnificent power called God punished them with the devastating disease. Obviously, the menace of plagues must have been a major factor behind the invention of monotheist God.  

Question: Where can your readers stalk you?

Answer: They may find several links search The Evolution of Gods by Ajay kansal on Google. 

Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors..Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff hopes to read more from you.. :)

Thanks Ms Nikita for your time, efforts and courtesy. 

Read my verdict of The Evolution of Gods:

http://njkinny.blogspot.in/2013/08/the-evolution-of-gods-by-ajay-kansal.html

Buying Links:
Amazon.com: Paperback | Kindle Ebook
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 The Evolution of Gods


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