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Q&A With An Indian

Sunday, June 21, 2015
India Was One, Fiction, author, book review, On My Kindle

In the book review of India Was One, I said that I had the honor of engaging in some Q&A with An Indian. I wanted to share them with you because the discussions enhanced my reading experience, and I thought that other readers would benefit from these insights.

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About An Indian

Before I share some of the insights that I gained during my conversations with An Indian, here is a little bit more about the brilliant mind behind India Was One.
I am a web developer by profession. Although I am the author of this book, I don't consider myself much of a writer. There are so many who are much more talented than me. However, I really pride myself in writing this books as English is my second language (or maybe third). 

Q & A With An Indian

Q: I noticed that some of the text is in a different language. What language is it, and why did you choose to include this in the English version?
Actually, there is just one version of my book – English. That’s why I have written the meaning of what is said, both, in English and how it is pronounced phonetically. Gives more authenticity to the story. BTW, I’m using 4 different languages (Hindi – primarily, Gujarati, Marathi and Bengali). 
Q: You also mention that Navratri is a religious festival, but my Google search of it didn't really specify which religion the festival was for. Is it just for one religion, or is it meant for all religions?
Actually, Navratri is a Hindu religious festival (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navratri), but nowadays, the younger generation from different religious background celebrates it. Like Christmas here. Although it is a religious festival, different people from different religion celebrate it. Of course, they don’t go to the church, but they exchange gifts, attend parties, and all. I’m sure many of them don’t know the religious significance of it. 
Q: I noticed that you talk about the many religions in India and discuss the past animosity between North and South India, but you do not mention the caste system (Dalit and Untouchable). I was curious about why you did not discuss this in your book.
Actually, I am not really talking about ‘animosity’ but differences that can lead to one. I felt that talking about caste system would lead me to a slippery-slope. After all, my intention was not to write a political book, but life in India…and abroad. On positive things, such as, love – not just love between two souls, but love for your friends, love for your family, and above all, love for your country. I hope that people take that message from my book. 
Q: You mentioned that one of Jai's friends planned to join the army after college. Since the friend is a Sikh, I understand that there is not any conflict between his desire to join the army and his beliefs. This made me wonder if the Indian Army conscripts (drafts) soldiers. If so; how is this done without violating the religious beliefs of those that are taught to avoid harming another living being? The U.S. drafts soldiers, but if one can prove that joining the army would violate her/his religious beliefs, s/he can avoid being drafted.
It’s very interesting that you mention religious beliefs conflicting with serving one’s country. For me, country comes first (and always should) before religion. 
**After doing some research, I discovered that the Indian Armed Forces is the second-largest all volunteer army in the world.**

Q: Chai is served at my favorite Indian food restaurant here in Springfield, MO (we only have 2 Indian food restaurants in town). Even with my love of coffee, I drink close to a gallon of chai tea at the restaurant because it tastes better than coffee. However, I notice that your characters also drink coffee. Why in the world would someone drink coffee when that wonderful chai is readily available?
Chai, FYI, it’s an Indian word that means tea. So when I see it being used as 'chai tea’ here, I smile to myself as it’s redundant. There are hundreds of videos on YouTube on how to make a good chai.
Here’s one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSB1bMDF0Hw
Same thing about coffee. There are many videos available. Indian tea (or coffee) always has milk. You can’t have an Indian Tea or Indian Coffee without milk.
**Now I know why the waitresses at my favorite Indian food restaurant looked amused when I ordered "chai tea." I hope that the brief moment of amusement I provided for them was enough to brighten their days.**
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Find Out More About India Was One

To find out even more about the book, you can visit the book's website. It has poems, artwork that was used in the book, an interactive map of India, reviews and analysis, a synopsis of the book, a link to read some sample chapters, and many more interesting tidbits about the book. Also, India Was One has its own Facebook page, so be sure to stop by there for even more information about the book and An Indian.

You can get a copy of  India Was One from these retailers:
  • Amazon.com - $4.95 for eBook, $13.46 for paperback
  • B&N - $14.95 for paperback
  • The book's website also has information about where you can pick up your copy of India Was One.
It was really wonderful to have a conversation with An Indian while I was reading his book. It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will cherish.

Enjoy!

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