About Adarsh Khare:
Adarsh Kumar Khare, BITS Pilani educated software professional hails from the Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is passionate about mythology and occultism. His debut book is ‘Full Moon Day’. The ‘Purgatory Voyage’ is his second and a fiction novel. Kalidas, a village person is the the protagonist of this novel. It is a riveting account of Kalidas’s purgatory voyage to Yam planet. Adarsh currently resides in Bengaluru, India.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content?
Adarsh: I saw many people committing sins in their day-to-day life, without knowing its consequences. There are consequences of your virtues and sins, but people don’t realize them. Your sins and virtues, impact your current life, after-death life, and life of next incarnation in earth. It was told to us in different Hindu mythological books like different Purans. The Garun-Puran has vivid description about after- death life. But people either forgot to read it or they did not believe on these mythological books. That people’s lack of knowledge and ignorance; and the consequent tendency to commit sins for momentary pleasure amounting to un-peace in people’s minds and society.
Many books were written for Greek and Roman Mythologies but not many books were written on Hindu mythology. So, I thought to write a mythological book with a twist of fiction. I want to let the people know about the Karma, and its consequences as per mythological book Garun-Puran.
I collected contents from two main sources for this book. One was Garun-Puran and another was Bharmaur temple. I read Garun-Puran to know about after-death life. Later I telephonically contacted the priest of Bharmaur and told him that I was writing a book on after-death life. The priest was not willing to share any information with me. As per the priest, he experienced goosebumps daily by feeling the souls wandering on that place. But he was not willing to share any such incident. On my request, he shared some information. I wrote all those in my book.
The Bharmaur is a mysterious place and my feeling is that knowledge must be known to others too
It took me around two years to complete the book. As I am a software professional, I don’t have much time to spend in writing. But we should not set any timeframe to complete a novel, setting a timeframe will degrade the quality.
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Adarsh: I chose this title because it was about a soul’s journey to different planet. When your journey is outside earth, it is called ‘Voyage’. When you are punished for the atonement of your sins, it can be called Purgatory. So, I talked about a journey that was outside of the earth planet and talked about the suffering meted to a soul because of his/her misdeeds or sins.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer/poet and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Adarsh: I have been reciting three Stotra/Poems of Goddess Saraswati since 1994. I still recite those Stotras daily. So, Goddess Saraswati blessed me and inspired me to write the books. I think, when you recite a Stotra for 10 thousand times, you accomplish that Stotra and you receive the blessings of that Deity. I think that the fame, money, etc are all either blessing of Goddess or because of virtues, you earned in your previous birth. If I have any blessing I would like to write on righteousness, rather than on a trivial worldly love story.
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Adarsh: I already have around dozens of novels half written. I am working on that. I did not get much time to write. But I utilize my spare time. I did not set any time. But, I will complete before my death. If life permits, I will write some more novels too.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Adarsh: I am not good in marketing. So, I don’t care about marketing. I look into the quality only. My purpose is not to earn the money. I don’t expect any miracle. I am happy if people read my book and appreciate. I am more than happy if reading my book brings any positive change in a person’s life. That is all.
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Adarsh: I want to spread the awareness about righteousness and Karma. Do good, be good. Don’t commit sins, because it has far-reaching consequences.
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Adarsh: I am software professional. That is the main source of my income. I will continue with this profession for some more years.
LiFT: What if your story will be adopted as a movie? Whom would you want to work as a director or actors in it?
Adarsh: If it is so, I will prefer a new talented actor rather than going for famous actor. I want deities to be respected. I have seen many movies where deities like Yamraj, Chitragupta, etc. were mocked. I don’t like this. The movie should go with story without any song and dance. Also, depicting hells and heavens will require special effects. So, the movie will be costly.
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Adarsh: My next two books are, ‘Bundle of Sin’ and ‘A king for a day’. They all talk about righteousness.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Adarsh: Thoughts are much more important than writing skill. You can learn writing skills but not storylines/thoughts. Worship Goddess first, she will bless.