Q&A

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1. What would you call Keep­ers of the Kalachakra—a fic­tion, part-fic­tion or sci-fi?

Keep­ers of the Kalachakra is fic­tion, and we must not for­get that. In my Bharat se­ries books, I al­ways use mythol­ogy, the­ol­ogy, science, cur­rent af­fairs and his­tory as back­drops to make my fic­tion sound more be­liev­able, but ul­ti­mately the book is fic­tion.

2. Your book seems to echo some of un­for­tu­nate go­ings-on in the world to­day. Your com­ments.

Fic­tion is al­ways in­flu­enced by what is hap­pen­ing in the world. All of the is­sues that I have touched upon—the rise of ex­trem­ism, po­lar­i­sa­tion, ter­ror­ism, fun­da­men­tal­ism—are real is­sues that the world must in­deed grap­ple with.

3. How easy or dif­fi­cult was it to write Keep­ers of the Kalachakra? Did you feel the book, or at least some sec­tions of it, could be wrongly in­ter­preted?

This was, by far, the most dif­fi­cult book I have ever writ­ten. I do not have a science or en­gi­neer­ing back­ground and this meant that I needed lots of help to un­der­stand the is­sues in­volved in the world of quan­tum physics. To com­bine el­e­ments of quan­tum the­ory with East­ern phi­los­o­phy was thus my great­est chal­lenge. As re­gards mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion, I be­lieve that vir­tu­ally any­thing can be mis­in­ter­preted. Why did Mary’s lit­tle lamb have fleece that was “white as snow”? That could be viewed as a racist com­ment. My read­ers are aware of the fact that I

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