Skip to main content

Author Highlight: Tarun Deep Singh Discusses his New Book ‘What is an Indian?’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Tarun – the author of ‘What is an Indian’. In this interview, Tarun talks about his writing aspirations, and the route to getting his book published. Stay on...while we chat with him.

What motivates you to write?

The answer is available on my webpage -

How did you handle the response of this book?

I wrote this book back in 2009 - 2010. That's why most of the references you see in the book are from those years. I could not get it out since no one was willing to publish it. Moreover I was not aware of means to promote it. Now, with publishing of other book The Journey: Traveller With In, I have re-launched this book. So, far things are slow but feedback by your team is amazing. I really appreciate your team for restoring my confidence in writing. I hope your followers will pick the book for reading and provide more encouraging feedback. I want to write healthy literature and need support to continue!

What are some of your favourite novels and authors?

I don't read much. This may sound surprising.  Once I was told by a dear friend while doing MS in US grad school, you have read a lot now time for you to write original. And I am trying to follow his advice.

Where do you write from? Do you go to some specific place, like beachside or into the hills?

I write from heart. I don't need to go to specific place. Family supports me when they realize I am in mood to write. For me writing is all about catching up with what I have experienced, what it has triggered in me and can I map it to words. Since not every experience can possibly transcend to feeling, thoughts and then word, you require Grace. And Grace can happen anywhere and any moment.

What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell…

My first book ‘Man Is A Thought’ was not received with warmth. People did not realize that what I try telling them. That triggered a thought process why did it happen. And realized the thirst of healthy and challenging work is almost lost among countrymen. Further, one of another reason I have mentioned in preface. And then birth of my daughter and rising atrocities on woman took me further into the book. Youth and its wrong beliefs gave me more material to express. Just imagine what is being sold on modern day songs: Addiction, Lust, Violence, Infidelity. Those 'Who’ have made sacrifices; they did for the India we are observing now? For me it was disheartening. I was also disappointed by my fellow Indians while doing MS in US Grad School. All this combined into big why? And came out the book! But again I was/am always Indian by heart. Why? The teachings of My Guru, especially Dhan Shri Guru Teg Bhadur Ji (To Whom the Book is dedicated) and family values played a big role in this book.

What was your biggest learning experience throughout the publishing process?

Initially it was bitter. You have to beg people to read your work. Somewhere you know, rejection is waiting at every step. But how you deal with that bitterness. You bound to become rebel. Choice is yours, you go on rampage causing explosion or cause self-implosion to become Mystic like Kabeer. Patience is the key here. You need to wait and keep trying. If people can succeed with absurdity why positive vibes will not succeed. Moreover, success has to be consumed. If it comes late there is high probability that it will not go to your head.

Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?

I am still trying to establish myself as an author. As far writing concerned I started in 1994 but never thought will come up with 3 not so famous manuscripts️. I kept on writing what I felt never trying to stitch things. But then Grace happened, moment arrived with realization to weave those scattered thoughts into books. I am not the doer. I cannot control my thoughts so just humbly bow down to ‘The One’ for sending thoughts which can help me to contribute positively.

Any best piece of writing advice from your side that we haven’t discussed?

I cannot advice anyone since I am not yet leader. But yes I write to create positive vibes since I write to express my gratitude to My Guru. Writing is not business, it is soul. Just imagine Vedas, Bhagwad Gita, Holy Quran, Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji were not compiled for earning fame or money. But we failed to understand the crux and started using 'Them’ for… Did we ever mull over 'Their’ teachings at our own or just relied on versions from other. And started calling each other fools. This remind me lines from Kabeer in Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji:

“Do not say that the Vedas or the Quran are false. Those who do not contemplate them are false.”

So write after contemplating deeply. That will be original, that will be positive, that will not be biased, that will be fearless, that will be intuitive, that will be satisfying. That may not be rewarding immediately but sooner or later Grace will bring success.

Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

I am not famous so I am not sure what people think of me and what will surprise them. Let me think… still thinking… wait for it… have patience… Oh yes it popped out… no matter what I write I will always be an ignorant fool with highest level of stupidity and idiotism… believe me!!!

Any future books that you would like to discuss now?

Here I will like to thank bloggers and reviewers like you. Why? The confidence you folks provide that hope is still there for positive literature. Your review and review by other bloggers has made to think about first publishing the manuscripts which are lying with dust all over them for last 15 years. Then I will think about future. I have written any formal manuscript for last 7 years. If you liked this work I promise to Kevein Book Review Team and Zahid Ahmed to write more! Once I clear the back log I plan to write on Duality, how it impacts us, forms etc...

Connect with Tarun:

Facebook Page Book:
Facebook Author Page:
Twitter: @tarun_sabhya
Amazon Kindle Link:


Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

Binya is a poor little girl living with her mother and an elder brother, Bijju, in a very small hilly village of Garhwal. One day while herding her two cows back home, she stumbles upon some city people enjoying the picnic in the valley. She is enthralled to see them rich and well-groomed. She craves to be one like them and among many other things of their, a blue frilly umbrella catches her attention. She begins craving for it. On the other hand, the city people get attracted by her innocent beauty and the pendant in her neck. The pendant consists of leopard’s claw – which is considered a mascot widely in the hills. Binya trades her pendant off with the blue umbrella.

The blue umbrella is so much beautiful that soon it becomes a topic of conversation for villagers and children adore her umbrella so much that every time they feel like to touch or hold it. Binya is on seventh heaven and rarely closes it because she believes it looks charming when it is opened.
Ram Bharosa runs a smal…

Book Review: The Lost Child by Mulk Raj Anand

The Lost Child is a riveting short story by Mulk Raj Anand. A little boy and his parents are on their way to a village fair on account of a spring fair. The alley leading to the fair is alive with a vivid combination of colours and people.

The boy is happy and chirpy and walking between the big limbs of his father, between the long strides. As he can see there are toys in the shops lined along the way. He is captivated by the colourful toys of different sizes and shapes but in his observation he lags behind. So he runs ahead to be with his parents. When he expresses the desire to own one of the toys hanging from the shops, a cold stare from his father breaks his heart.
Suddenly, to break his attention from the lingering toys, his mother tenderly shifts his attention to the swaying muster field, which seems to be full of golden ripples – moving to and fro. The boy enters the field and begins chasing butterflies, black bees and dragon flies. But soon he is called back.
Once they appr…

Book Review: Grandfather’s Private Zoo by Ruskin Bond

Grandfather’s Private Zoo by Ruskin Bond is a widely held tale among children, for it depicts personal behavior of animals and birds brought home to add to the personal zoo. Rather a tale of a nature (flora and fauna) lover who loves to keep a collection of animals and birds, at time even reptiles. Grandfather’s Private Zoo is a novella consisting nine well-connected stories.

The story starts with the adventures of Toto, a monkey. The narrator is a small boy and his grandfather loves to keep a private zoo at his home, on the other hand, grandmother abhors troublemaking animals and doesn’t support him with his animals. The monkey being taken from a Tonga driver for the sum of five rupees seems to be indecent. He breaks a lot of kitchen dishes and steals food and whenever grandmother catches him red handed he too often runs away, through windows, to remain inaccessible. Fed up of his indecent behavior, grandfather sells him back to the Tonga rider for the sum of three rupees, at a loss…