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P. Sheelwant

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Jaunpur, India

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Dr. Sheelwant Patel, pen name P. Sheelwant, has been an insurance seller, a forester, an environmentalist, and a researcher. He has climbed the Himalayas, stalked killer elephants in jungles, and halted in many a haunted halting house in the hilly Himalayan wilderness. He has come across many an apparition, later to be found out to be funny aural hallucinations. Yet, he can’t stop his hair from rising at their ends if he bumps in close proximity of a wall lizard!

A docudrama based on his narrative about a devout Muslim’s intense love for elephant, a living deity of Hindus, has won a national award for the best documentary on environment conservation.

He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two extraordinary kids, now grow

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P. Sheelwant For me, the business of writing is a craft that only occasionally rises to the level of art. I am first an artisan; an artist later. When I get into a…moreFor me, the business of writing is a craft that only occasionally rises to the level of art. I am first an artisan; an artist later. When I get into a block, I guess I am trying too much the art part. I climb down to my craft – me the wordsmith – and, lo, the writer’s block vanishes. Also, as a craftsman, if I choose to stick around in the block long, I starve, I vanish; and wouldn’t be there to take your questions. No?(less)
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No sooner had I reached my village than Nathan came to meet me. Nathan was the one, I was certain, I would see. He had grown roots in the village. Nathan knew all men by their first names in nearly fifty villages around ours. Be it a marriage making, a business with a bank, or advice for medical care, Nathan was always there to guide them.

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Post publication, I noticed a shortcoming of not giving a glossary of Indian words in THE FOE WITHIN. I shall add the glossary in the next edition. This addition should help non-Indian readers understand the nuances of Indian words better.
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Romancing The Balance Sheets is as awesome read. Before I came across this book, I had no clear concept of what the Balance Sheet was. Once I read it, I knew what it was- a picture of all the assests and liabilities of a business enterprise frozen at ...more
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“… Poor little darling … Only if I had known some way to tell you Abdul’s opinion of you, without hurting you, I would have told you. It may break your heart but stop you from breaking up, that is.”
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“… Sprawls overhead would shower golden ‘snowflakes’ on vehicles parked below, on people waiting for buses, on gangs of laborers hurrying to their day’s toil, and on bike riders rushing underneath them …”
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“… As they trod on the golden carpet of petals, the walk reminded Sona of Raghu’s gush. She wondered what other magnificent boulevards of Indian laburnum Raghu would have described had his spurt continued.”
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“… Even if I knew the date on which they were departing for Singapore, I hadn't come to see them off at the airport because, I knew, Dad wouldn't approve of it. I was in such a jam, still am...”
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“...How clearly I feel the throb of Dad’s roar, of showing me what rights he had, in my ears as if that had happened microseconds ago, and not eight months ...”
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“… Had Dad not thrown me out … for pursuing what I liked, and more so, for not pursuing what he liked, I could have probably said … . But as of now, I can’t. I know my conscience wouldn’t ever let me rest in peace, if I did.”
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“… This tennis, this makes me insane, I just can’t help it.”
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“… He was shouting all along, ‘so people want to make me regret’, and then came his full-throated war cry as if a triumphant cannibal was dragging his vanquished, and wriggling, enemy to cook for a communal feast…”
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