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Author Interview KS Chandrakanth

A doctor by profession, Dr. KS Chandrakanth has many degrees to his credit – MBBS, DMRD, DNB, and FRCR. Having worked in the field of radiology for the last 20 years, he has had encounters with many different people and has had the chance to observe human behaviour from close quarters.

An expert in his field, he is currently employed as a Radiologist in Dasarahalli, Bangalore. His work has given him a wide variety of experiences and as such, some of these experiences also seep into his writing.

In his debut book, Spiritual Message of the Mahabharata, the author attempts to provide an introductory analysis of the message of Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, as decoded through the many stories contained in them.

A fan of the works of Beechi, KS Narayanacharya, and A R Krishna Shastri, the author hails The Autobiography of a Yogi as his favourite book. His reading interests are varied and, in his time away from work, Dr. KS Chandrakanth loves to dabble in the literary world of books and the cinematic sphere of movies.

One of his most cherishable memory of books is when he felt that uplifting feeling of Nirvana after having read The Autobiography of a Yogi. 

A firm believer in the art and importance of meditation, the busy doctor makes sure to always find time for it in his daily routine.

The author currently lives in Bangalore with his wife and two kids. As a writer, he wishes to write as many quality books as possible and lives by the life mantra ‘try and try till you succeed’.

We at bookGeeks got a lucky chance to have a tete-e-tete with the author. Here is what he has to say about his love for books, and his debut work in the field of nonfiction spiritualitySpiritual Message of the Mahabharata.

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Who is Mr. Chandrakanth as a person? What are his likes and dislikes?
I am just an ordinary person trying to improve myself every day in every way possible. I like people who do good to others, and I dislike anything selfish.
What do you do in your professional sphere? Does it ever influence your writing?
I am a practicing medical Radiologist in Bangalore for the past 10 years. My profession adds to my overall experience of life, and I suppose, in that way, it does influence my writing.
Tell us about your book Spiritual Message of Mahabharata. What should the readers expect from it?
The book is more of self-talk. It is a compilation of my ideas and experience in life intended as much for others as for me. The readers can expect a brief discussion on the Spiritual message of Mahabharata and its application in our lives as I see it.

I have tried to discuss both philosophical and practical aspects of the message of the epic.
Since the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is vast and its scope immense, do you ever plan to write a sequel to your current work?
I would love to apply the teachings of the Gita in my life and share my perspective in the future, God willing.
When did you first decide to write this book? Who or what was the motivation behind it?
I started writing this book about 2 years back. Seeing many fellow followers of Sanatana Dharma reading the Mahabharata epic just as a ritual and not explaining the various paradoxes in the epic made me write this book.
How much time did it take for you to finish the book?
About 2 years.
Which section was the most difficult to pen?
The sections on Karma and Dharma took more time to complete.
What kind of research did you undertake, and how did you go about it?
I read many of the excellent books already available on the epic, especially the books written by Shri. K S Narayanacharya.
Tell us about your other interests apart from writing.
I am a fan of Cricket and Football and love to watch these sports whenever I get time.
Any future writing endeavors that you are currently working on?
I am currently translating this book into Kannada.
A few words of wisdom for the younger generation.
Try to give your best in everything you do, both small and big. This will increase your confidence exponentially. And confidence is always your biggest asset.
Your favourite quote from the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita?
The whole Bhagavad Gita contains pearls of Wisdom and it is difficult to choose one. But one of my favourite verses is Chapter VI, verse 30: For one who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, I am never lost, Nor is he ever lost to Me.
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