It’s the Blog Tour. Ruchira Khanna’s Voyagers into the Unknown hit the marquee, in the event hosted by The Book Club. I’ve been a fervent admirer of Ruchira’s work as a writer, blogger and enjoy reading her short stories. Having read her book, ‘Choices’ I can tell you that she is an amazing writer where her work echoes spirituality and entertainments that make you spell bound. Having signed for the Blog Tour through The Book Club, I was sure that I wanted to do Ruchira Khanna’s interview as part of the festival. One thing I can ensure you that Ruchira’s work will leave an imprint on your mind.
In the historic Indian town of Agra, you can find a very unusual tour company, which is owned by a charming young man named Raj. Although Raj’s official job is to show off the historical landmarks of Agra, including the legendary Taj-Mahal, his true mission is to heal the souls of his broken "birds," as he affectionately refers to his tour participants. His business operates purely upon word-of- mouth referrals, ensuring that all of his tour members arrive in Agra with their hearts in their hands, ready for the spiritual growth and cleansing that Raj is known to provide. Healing the hearts of the spiritually damaged can be a difficult job, and in this particular tale, Raj finds himself faced with his most challenging tour group yet. First, there is Ira, a stunningly gorgeous but fragile young woman on the brink of suicide. Next, we meet Darci and Lennard, a couple on the verge of divorce. Then there is Carl, an irritable, antisocial workaholic who has burned all of his bridges. Lastly, we meet Asha, an elderly widow ho still yearns for the company and comfort of her late husband. When disaster strikes the tour group, everything is thrown into jeopardy, including lives, relationships, and Raj’s very reputation as a tour guide. Raj must find a way to lift the spirits of these five special travelers, even in the face of death and despair. Venture into the unknown and discover how Raj Touristry heals the brokenhearted, one soul at a time.
Here we go for the interview of Ruchira Khanna
Ruchira Khanna is a Reiki Master where she passes out information about channeling universal energy and conducts sessions. The author of “Choices”, “The Adventures of Alex and Angelo” but just another soul trying to make a difference in this lifetime. She blogs at Abracabadra-A blog with Mantras.
- Voyagers into the Unknown is your third book after Choices and The adventures of Alex and Angelo. What’s your latest offering all about?
All my books have Entertainment and a message. As seen with Choices, it speaks about what makes a person’s life: destiny or his decisions in life. My children’s book via illustrations showcased a detective and how he would save enough to get what he wanted.
Voyagers into the unknown (VITU) is a story about a handful of travelers on the quest for happiness. The lack of happiness is transcribed differently for all. This book helps transform the lives of these voyagers via a fiction tale.
2. You choose Agra as the book’s setting, which is all about spirituality and human transformation. Why Agra? Can we expect a strong social and spiritual statement?
I needed a place, which has a famous monument. The Taj Mahal is recognized by people across the globe and would be easier to connect with readers. Thus, Agra came into my mind. From then onwards, things were rolled into words and sketching fiction.
3. Being a Reiki Master and someone hailing from the corporate world, how much of your philosophy is embedded in your writing?
I think it’s the reader who can comment on the amount of wisdom imparted in my writing. Since I breathe this ideology, I hardly pay attention to how much is transmitted.
4. So far, how would you describe your writing journey from Choices to Voyagers into the unknown? What has been the lessons and inspiration as an author to write your novels?
My journey so far has been very mindful. Since I usually write about emotions a human undergoes on a daily basis, I pay more attention to mine and look out for expressions in humans around me to capture that sentiment.
We all are so attached to certain feelings and feel incomplete without them. Thus, leaving me as a writer a lot of scope to achieve in my ‘many’ novels to come!
5. Tell our readers, how much research you have undertaken to write your book and challenges in the making?
I have perspired a lot while writing all my books since research is essential to make even the fictional tale a reality. Looked into the statistics, demographics, weather during that particular month when my characters were traveling to Agra, India.
Challenges were present when I was trying to resolve their issues as a writer via Raj considering my goal was to make these travelers return home with a healed heart. Each dialogue communication was well thought upon. I did not want to preach yet, wanted to convey my message on a light note. Thus, it took me about eight months to complete my manuscript.