About the Author
Atul Khanna is a risk-taking, self-taught entrepreneur who is connecting people, cultures and technology, often ahead of its time. He has built enterprises in manufacturing, engineering, machine vision, life sciences and now education by building an Indian-European knowledge corridor over the years. He lives a quiet, joyous life with his family and friends in Pune, India, and travels to Europe for work.
The governance models based on social, constitutional, economic and administrative structure were conceptualised in the nineteenth century or earlier and were executed in the twentieth century. India is our setting, but the problem is universal. This book challenges the existing structures and provokes the youth to think out of the box to combat such challenges.
1) Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
I am an entrepreneur who earns his Income abroad.
2) The book seems to be really minutely detailed and consists alot of observations. How did you go about the process of compiling it?
From experience and by not personalizing the actions of people, but, rather looking at the structure in which they operate. The thought to go to root causes, led me to this work. It is minutely detailed because so much is needed to put it together.
3) When did the idea to pen down this book began? What stirred you?
What stirred me was the consistent omission and pussy footedness of the Indian Government executive in innumerable innovative projects. How they enthuse you, tire you, enjoy talk but don’t walk. Their time Pass at full pay. I got in to structure detail. I started writing it in 2013, finished t in 2014. It lay with an Editor for 2 years. I did the edit myself in 2016. Very soon I had a publisher.
4) As you have mentioned about the other two books? Have you started writing them?
No, this book has become a movement and a movement I want to develop. Also its release coincides with a busy period professionally. But I will write them.
5) Were you always a writer?
‘I always loved writing. My late mother used to tell me that my KG teachers thought I wrote well.
6) Your way/ vocabulary to pen down words is really bold and unique. is there some writing routine you follow?
I am an unschooled, untrained writer in that sense. I have but a general education. I write as I feel.
7) Your favourite authors?
(In no particular order)
Fiction: Harold Robbins was among the best, must gripping, in exploring the 20th century edgy side of life.
J.K. Rowling. The most fantastic characters created.
Nobody greater than Shakespeare. But there is so much more than English language. In the fiction/non fiction symbiosis, my favourites areMunshiPremchand and Khushwant Singh.
Non fiction : Swami Vivekanand,Ghalib, Books : Brief history of time.
Comics :Tintin, Archise, Phantom, Amar Chitra Katha.
8) The solutions/ advises that you have mentioned do you think it will be applied easily?
Yes, ignite the logic within them. I am not peddling ideologies. Please see answer to your Q 10.
9) If you had to sum up the book in a sentence what would it be?
Societal Moksha is a greater goal than personal Moksha; contributions and their structures in themselves are not holy; they are tools to deliver a purpose; in my view, the purpose of Societal Moksha.
10) A few words for our readers?
Too often audiences love the logic of what I say in the book, but then wonder, can it happen? Little realizing that, be it Tilak, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela and thousands of others; who run, swim, start from scratch – anybody who did anything; they only thought of; how I could help achieve it.
The competence is there, the energy is there; but what my generation or generations prior have put in the young; is a cynicism; the safer easier, path. You are not at fault. Pressures on you are immense. But at the point that pressures on you are immense – lament is not the answer. Answer lies in a more chilled, self-belief, because you can, at your choice, be the champion; inspite of it all or its victim. Will it help you have someone to blame? I don’t think so. You don’t think so. You have great potential, don’t spare yourself.