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About the author:
In addition to writing I am also a jazz musician and have been performing in New York City with my quintet, The Punjabi Five. We do all the standards and I’m known for belting out a song or two—not strictly in key, but doing my best. I also love to travel and have spent time throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. My next literary project, or rather series of projects, is a series of novellas based on a theme connecting them all. The first of these should be out by the spring of next year, but don’t hold me to it: things always seem to take longer than projected.
What inspired you to write your book?
This started as a short story, then expanded in the writing, raising along the way a lot of ideas—which also proved to need expanding. In the end it proved to be about seeking something meaningful in a world become ruthlessly commercial.
Here is a short sample from the book:
“But this isn’t a ‘person’!” Ostrich said, his voice rising with disbelief that the curator could think so. “Does this look like a person to you?”
The curator could no more look at the mummy again than a squeamish person can bring himself to behold a scene of bloody mayhem. Confronted by something he was incapable of emotionally handling, he was more than willing to sacrifice his intellectual integrity for the sake of his mental well-being. Thus he said between teeth still clenched, and in a voice more urgent and angrier than ever:
“What kind of sick human being are you? I don’t know what kind of accident he was in, if he was in a fire or—or I don’t know what. But you should be ashamed of yourself. And this man should be in a hospital!”