Chirag Patel

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In general, I'm a writer. Not of anything in particular; just a writer, doing whatever will earn a buck or provide a bit of passing interest. With experience in writing, web design, marketing, journalism, teaching, project management, and various other fields, my writing covers an broad range of well-researched, carefully thought-through content.
I once had quite a bohemian vision of writing, but ended up writing news, features, travelogues, business and academic articles, and really rather a lot of web content. There's no writing challenge like finding an interesting and engaging way to describe chamfered steel plates...
This has led to some unfortunately disappointing situations, in which some bright young thing will hear I'm a writer and ask how, expecting there to be some great secret. When I tell them 'write whatever anyone will let your write, or pay you for writing; then do that for ten years and you might be able to make a sort of living out of it.'
It's not inspirational, but it does have the great advantage of being true. Learning to take an interest in mundane things, then making them interesting for others, is a great way of improving one's skills.

Aside from my writing and design work, my main project is Feeding The Self, an NGO I started in 2011. The idea of FTS was to teach school content in the garden, without textbooks or tests. We get rural schoolchildren to learn what their schoolwork actually means by showing it to them in practice, and getting food at school and home as a bonus.

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Books

The Art of Being Right: The perfect guide to spotting bullshit, avoiding cheap tricks and winning arguments
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 16,670. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Logic, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
A classic guide to tricks and tactics for winning arguments, with commentary on the use of and defence against each tactic. The best summary of this book is ‘being right doesn’t mean you’re gonna win, and this is why’. It’s the ultimate guide to spotting the many different kinds of bullshit people pull in order to win over the crowd, rather than argue the point at hand.
Arthashastra, or, The Playbook of Material Gain (Annotated): A 2,300-year-old guide on politics, statecraft and power
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,290. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Hindu, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business administration
Truly radical "Machiavellianism", in the popular sense of that word, is classically expressed in Indian literature in the Arthashastra of Kautilya (written long before the birth of Christ, ostensibly in the time of Chandragupta): compared to it, Machiavelli's The Prince is harmless. — Max Weber, Politics as a Vocation (1919)
Intuitions: Philosophical Journeys Into Faith, Intuition, Error & Postmodernism
Price: $6.49 USD. Words: 75,120. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / Post-structuralism
There are a few questions that have always kept me wondering. This book is my attempt to answer or at least understand some of them, including: What is the value in being wrong? What is intuition? How can development of the mind and soul be improved? What is postmodernism, and what actual impact does it have? How can we use it to rethink the world? What is religion, and why is it useful?
People: management, law and politics
Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Legal systems, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
A series of articles on various topics relating to society, including: Management styles and theory Quality philosophies the structure of law Case study in reducing homicide Reflective study on criminal justice Case study on warner brothers' political cartoons The new politics; occupy, disintermediation, and other thoughts
Phronesis: educational problems and solutions
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 48,180. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Philosophy & social aspects, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Teaching
A study of educational problems & solutions, including: How do we learn? Why do people struggle in various stages of education? Why don’t people develop through their education? What is the relationship of sensitive mothering to development? What are the major theories of child development? Home school vs school; what’s the difference? Nature, nurture and child psychology The articulation gap
Growth: Using Garden To Change the Self And World
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 21,810. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Gardening, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Gardening
A broad ranging how-to guide through permaculture gardening and community development, featuring: Articles about gardening in rough environments Anecdotes about using the garden in school Companion plant lists Teaching materials for getting kids into the garden simple and effective information for getting the best out of your garden with minimal effort.
Whimsy: Collected articles and stories
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 50,180. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Nonfiction » Travel » Budget
A collection of comic articles, collecting humorous travelogues as a Brit wanders the wilds of Africa and Asia. Includes... - A rock diary following a gigging band in London in the mid 2000s, who might be any aspirant post student band you've ever known - Travels around Asia on the modern Grand Tour, back in the years before the crisis hit - Strange journeys and getting attacked at a go kart track
Still Light: the First Ten Stories
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 104,830. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A story of humanity’s evolution. Still Light is an experiment in storytelling, with each chapter set five years forward from the last, building a tale that will unfold over centuries. This volume covers the first fifty years, as transhumanity becomes dominant, the first AI are born, and the first posthuman is created. It is the story of Mia, Feng, and Zhukov, the developer, genius, and soldier.
Humanism: The Untold Tale
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,350. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / Humanism, Nonfiction » History » Civilization
Humanism has a history and tradition as long and complex as any major religion, and older than most religions. It has traced a conceptual path around Eurasia, holding onto remnants of each place. Secular humanism has hidden much of this history from us. This book aims to redress the balance by exploring Humanism's path from China, through India, the Middle East, northern Africa and finally Europe.
The Guide To Writing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,010. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Essays, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Study skills
This book was written because I got fed up saying the same thing to every student that came through my door when I was running a cross-discipline writing centre. It covers every major avoidable error that students make in their writing, such as referencing, structure, knowing what the question means, and much more.

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