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