Long-time Sannyas News contributor Lokesh introduces what he thinks is “the first book to set Osho in a fictional setting”, ‘SAGARA’, his third novel in ‘THE TYRO SERIES’.
Finally, after five years of work, my third book has been published. It’s titled SAGARA, and is available worldwide on Amazon.
It has been a long journey to get to this point. What inspired me to begin writing was a narrow escape from the tsunami in Sri Lanka and, three weeks later, wandering into a minefield in Cambodia. It was the minefield that decided it. There I was, looking at these little red markers on the grassy ground, discovering that the area was mined. I got out of there by treading along a motorbike’s tyre tracks. I thought afterwards, I have to write about this. And so it began. At first, I had no idea what a task I’d set myself. I also hadn’t a clue about writing. This is evident in my first published work, MIND BOMB. I jumped the gun. Over the years, I’ve learned the trade. I hope.
I’m certainly not in the novel writing business to make money. I have made very little in the way of financial rewards from my books. Twice I have been in negotiations with film producers about making a movie adapted from my first book. There I was in Glasgow, in the back seat of a chauffeur-driven Bentley, thinking I’d hit the big time. I hadn’t. Meanwhile, a scriptwriter in California is on the phone telling me she wants to adapt my book for a TV series. I turned her down. Six months later, she won Hollywood’s Scriptwriter of the Year Award. ‘Kicking myself’ does not quite sum it up. I learned my lesson. The movie entertainment business is fickle.
I kept writing. My second book, BORDERLINE DREAMTIME, gained me a little cult status, and that was about the extent of it. I wrote some more. I just had to complete the story and free myself from it. SAGARA is the result of my efforts. I think SAGARA is the first book to set Osho in a fictional setting. There are several chapters taking place in Poona One. Through the eyes of my main protagonist, I’ve endeavoured to present an objective picture of what that scene was all about. I think I have succeeded in that. There is also a brief description of meeting Nisargadatta Maharaj. Then we have Hariji, a character loosely built upon my close encounters with H W L Poonjaji. Yes, in many ways SAGARA is a spiritual story, but there is a lot more to it than that. Plenty of drug-smuggling hanky-panky in Amsterdam and Mumbai. A fantastic jailbreak chapter set in Iran. Murder, mayhem and more, much more.
Amazon reviews are very important for a no-name author like me. So, if any of you read my books or have already read them, please be so kind as to write positive reviews, even if it is just a couple of lines. It’s the star ranking that counts. I will be very grateful to you if you do. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. On that note, I have to say that three people who once posted on Sannyasnews have written negative reviews. Not because of the book’s content, but rather because they imagined they did not like me. There is a woman called Fresch, who blogged on SN a few years back. She wrote a one-liner and gave the book one star. She has only ever reviewed one article purchased on Amazon and it was my book. She bought a Kindle version for just over a dollar. My first two books are intentionally low-priced on Kindle for readers who cannot afford the paperbacks, not for shitty people to throw a spanner in the works. It is remarkable how people can be so spiteful while retaining an image of themself as being a really spiritual person. Live and learn.
The first two books have been republished in revised editions. New covers, fresh content, and better written etc. I have kept the Kindle prices low. If ordering any of the books go by the covers supplied. The series is called THE TYRO SERIES. I’ll bet most of you have to google ‘tyro’ to find out what it means. Ok, folks, the ball is in the court and it’s up to you whether you decide to hit it or not. If you do I am certain you will enjoy it. What a long, strange trip it’s been. Amazon links supplied below. Happy reading and happy trails.
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