Vladivostok, which was closed off to foreigners for over 50 years, is quite used to seeing tourists from Europe and North America. Indians, on the other hand, tend to be a rare and exotic species. Read more by CLICKING! here.
Interview ofAjay Kamalakaranby Dr. Burton Danet in which he shares about his inner motivations as a writer.
On 9/14/13, Burton Danet, Ph.D., Founder, The Legacy of ABC4All had an opportunity to interview Ajay Kamalakaran from Mumbai, India who is Deputy Editor of Russia Beyond the Headlines’ Indian Edition (http://indrus.in). It is not too often that one encounters prolific writings about a clear focus in the world that is at once educational, a potential tourist guidebook, and introduction to little-visited - often breathtaking - locations in the world. With Ajay, we have much more, a man who is devoting his writing career, in large measure, to a beloved country - not his native birthplace! Anticipating a pending book in progress, Ajay reveals more about his background and motivations.
Please tell us some basic facts you would like to share about yourself.
I am a journalist and writer based in Mumbai (Bombay) India. I was partly raised in New York City and have also lived in Russia. I am passionate about travelling, languages, nature and cultural activities. I strongly believe in the Law of Attraction and the power of positive thinking to change lives.
How long have you been writing?
I have been a professional journalist for the last 10 years, but started writing when I was a university student in the mid-1990s.
What peaked your interest in writing? Do you remember when you first wrote and what the topic was?
I had a wonderful mentor at the university, who encouraged me to write and to use my imagination. I took part in an essay writing competition on the importance of religious harmony in India and won a prize. That really encouraged me to write more and I was encouraged by my professor, who recommended I read more.
What are the highlights of your development and then career as a writer?
Continued success in writing competitions at the university level really encouraged me. I won the best writer award two years in a row in college and that did wonders for my self-confidence. A highlight in my career was the opportunity to become the editor of the Sakhalin Times, a weekly English-language newspaper in the Russian Far Eastern island of Sakhalin. It was a great place for me to cut my teeth in journalism and my life there helped me learn so much and become even more open-minded and tolerant.
What is it that you would like readers to come away with when they encounter your writing?
I would like readers to laugh, be happy and positive after reading something I write. It’s not always possible to inculcate humour in my writing but then I know I have the power to spread positivity.
What is the longest piece you have ever written? The shortest?
The longest piece I have ever written is a 160-odd page travel guidebook called Sakhalin Unplugged. It was the first and only guidebook to the region in the English language.The shortest piece was a poem I wrote in university.
How would you describe the style of your writing?
I believe I am a descriptive writer with elements of humour. My favourite writers are those that give journalistic accounts of places and I would somewhat like my stories to follow that in some way. I am enamoured by beauty and want to show the beauty of what I have seen in this world in my writings.
Photography seems to be prominent in what you write. Who takes the pictures? Is there more you would like to share about the photos that accompany your work?
In my cases, I take my own pictures. I always travel with a digital SLR camera. I can’t use a phone as a substitute. In other cases, we have photo editors to find matching pictures for my articles.
What are your long term goals as a writer?
I am working on a book of short stories at the moment. I would eventually like to write novels but my main aim would be make people happy, positive and above all, make them laugh. At the end of the day, I would like to show people that you can follow your dreams and reject societal norms and other people’s expectations and still live very well.
How would you like to give back to the world?
My life purpose is to spread happiness and positivity and to bring people together. A vast majority of human beings want to live in peace and harmony with themselves and with nature. If I could help facilitate that in any way, I’d be meeting my life purpose.
ABC4All Mentor/Partner Paul Shaw (UK) shares a picture from a holiday vacation at a beach in NW Scotland - "Never been up there before - its incredibly beautiful wow!"
ABC4Allpromotes healing creativity of all kinds including healing photography such as this example from ABC4All Mentor/Partner Paul Shaw (UK).
Thanks Burton, here is some Joy for you to share. Visit www.facebook.com/joyfulnoise to share and send some joyful noise with your family and friends. Then s...
Today is 1/9/12. We are 4 days from the opening of JOYFUL NOISE in theaters. To anticipate this film, the JOYFUL NOISE Choir has been making available poignant messages to share with others: https://facebook.com/JoyfulNoise You can watch/listen to the messages at the YouTube site for the Joyful Noise Movie: http://youtube.com/user/joyfulnoisemovie#p/u So we can anticipate an "inspiring" film that offers great music and the spreading of JOY! Just what the world needs. ENJOY! See all the messages available that offer a unique and different way to anticipate the showing of a film in theaters!
JOY! JOY! JOY! Yes,
"It's Simple just like ABC - A Better Community For All the world to see!"
All we have to do is find those in the world who are receptive and who will cooperate. THAT'S IT! Bringing the number of people drinking polluted water from 1.1 billion down to ZERO while matching/doubling all orders/donations for LIFE-SAVING nanotechnology wherever polluted water exists! FOREVER! Not for an hour, a week or even a month. ALWAYS now and FOREVER. That is the Legacy of ABC4All. Here now and forever.
Godwin Ezekiel'sfriend's picture will go a long way in contributing to more joy in the world!
Godwin shares: "This photo was taken by my friend nearest my home in Kenya, Rift Valley Province (Lake Bogoria) Emsos River."