Interview with Basanta Das

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each day is new and fresh for me. There is a ray of hope that I would do better than yesterday.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There were three sages involved in spiritual activities through austerity. Narada, the great follower of Lord Vishnu was passing by the ashram of these sages. With great interest, the sages asked Narada one by one, when they would be able to get Mokshya.
Narada said the first sage that, he would get Mokshya after the number of years equal to the number of trees were there in that jungle. After hearing this when the sage looked the jungle and could not count the number of trees as they were in huge number, he became frustrated and stopped doing austerity.

Then Narada said the second sage that, he would get Mokshya after the number of years equal to the number of branches of the tree besides his ashram. After hearing this when the sage looked the tree and seeing the huge number of branches it had, he became frustrated and stopped doing austerity.

Then Narada said the third sage that he would get Mokshya after the number of years equal to the number of leafs of the tree besides his ashram. The third sage then thought that OK, one day definitely he would get Mokshya; then he continued his spiritual activities through austerity.

The moral of the story is that be positive, do your work, definitely one day you could succeed in life.
How do you approach cover design?
To give a glimpse of the summery of the book. It may be for the whole book or any part of it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in my village at Binayakpur. The culture, the human value, human life in my village inspired me for better and better. The smile on the face of a field labour tells lot of story by itself.
When did you first start writing?
Though I had wish to write poems in my student days, but I started writing only after couple of years back at the age of 35. I write books both in English and Odia.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is exciting, Ebook can be reached to each and every corner of the world within no time. The distribution is easy than printed book. There is a great chance for refinement of the book without any financial loss.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
For publication of ebook, Smashwords provides a great platform. The books are distributed to many countries within no time. When I see the number of downloads of my book increasing, it gives me a great pleasure.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is a journey. When I sit to write, I become confused, what to write! Once it is started, it goes on and on. The ignition of the mind is important. Once it is ignited, the thoughts flow to mind like anything. It is joyful moment for me when I saw that I have written many things out of nothing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Their company is important. Without a companion tracker it would be very difficult to track to a mountain tip. But with the company of like minded trackers the journey becomes joyful.
Published 2015-04-26.
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Re-Birth
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,170. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
When a human being gets birth as a baby in his life there is an ultimate truth is that his physical body one day has to die. When a physical body of a human being dies people call it as death but I call it as rebirth. We could see the death of any human being but it is difficult to see where the rebirth takes place. In this book I have tried to discuss many issues about rebirth.
We are Made by Choice not by Chance
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 20,900. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » New age philosophy
We are living in a mysterious universe. The whole universe is mysterious, startling; still beautiful. Philosophy and science both are used to unravel many mysteries in the universe. One question always strike to the mind of philosophers and scientists whether the universe is made by chance or it is a choice of the Supreme Soul!
Samarpan (Giving up all the activities unto Supreme Soul)
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 21,290. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Samarpan, i.e. giving up all the activities unto the Supreme Soul is a book that I wish to write on the basis of strengthening the human intellect towards the reality of modern life. Due to the anxiety, the human mind deviates from the reality, deviates from recognizing the purpose of life, the purpose of the universe, the purpose of the Supreme Soul for making the mankind.
Spiritual Youth
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 21,910. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
Spiritual Youth is philosophical thoughts to empower the modern man. In the age of modernization of the material world, the modern men become restless and ignore to realize the real world. Spiritual Youth does not preach the men to go away from the material world rather it emphasizes the growth of the men in the material world. The material world is made for the human beings.