Harish Kumar


Harish Kumar is a former business and financial journalist with an exposure to the printed word for more than two decades. Committed to sharp writing, editing, analysing and commenting, Harish Kumar has served most of the leading business dailies, fortnightlies and dot-coms in India.
As an Indie author, Harish Kumar is noted for his rare insight into Indian linguistic quirks and eccentricities, language thoughts and philosophy, linguistic attitudes and approaches. As a keen observer of the English language and the interesting twists and turns it takes in modern-day journalism, Harish Kumar has ended up becoming an Anglophile himself, a lover of words to begin with and now a commentator on words and their idiosyncrasies.
Harish Kumar loves writing on transformation of words, new avatars in usage of words and the rampant abusage of simple words today, particularly when the writer-speaker tries to employ them as word-metaphors. Thus, you can say Harish Kumar is an incorrigible metaphorist. He is also an accomplished commentator on journalese of the times.
Harish Kumar also loves writing fiction on human interest themes, besides authoring original works in areas of business, banking and finance.
As a relentlessly pen-pushing scribe, Harish Kumar has authored more than 1,500 stories, many of them dealing with path-breaking and trend-setting themes in the domains of business, banking and finance. He has even produced some globally-acclaimed ranking lists. Some of these lists have taken him to the pages of the prestigious International Who's Who of Professionals (1998) and the Baron's Who's Who in Global Banking and Finance (1999).
Harish Kumar is now a self-publishing author on the Amazon (Amazon KDP and Amazon CreateSpace) and on the Smashwords publishing platforms. Launching his second writing career only recently in 2013, Harish Kumar has authored and self-published as many as eight titles already.
These are: Metaphoric Madness, More Metaphoric Madness, Much More Metaphoric Madness, Not the End of Metaphoric Madness, Who Took the Orange from my Rainbow? Mega Projects Mega Realities, Canons of Corporate Surgery and Conspiracies of Colours.
All these titles are available as e-books both on Smashwords and in Amazon Kindle stores, and also as print-to-order paperbacks in Amazon CreateSpace stores in as many as 12 national markets around the world.
You can buy Harish Kumar's works, e-books and paperbacks, on Amazon.com in US, Amazon.in in India, Amazon.co.uk in Great Britain, Amazon.de in Denmark, Amazon.fr in France, Amazon.es in Spain, Amazon.it in Italy, Amazon.co.jp in Japan, Amazon.com.br in Brazil, Amazon.ca in Canada, Amazon.com.mx in Mexico and Amazon.com.au in Australia.
Harish Kumar's blog address is: https://harishkumarbooks.wordpress.com. He is a regular blogger and a tweeter on linguistic, literary, business and financial issues.
Here are the latest updated social media co-ordinates of Harish Kumar:
Facebook: (on Harish Kumar’s Books page): https://www.facebook.com/HarishKumarTitles
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HarishKumarBook
Smashwords author page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ harishkumar
Smashwords author interview: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/harishkumar
WordPress: https://harishkumarbooks.wordpress.com
LinkedIn: http://in.linkedin.com/pub/harish-kumar/97/216/a88
Tumblr: http://harishkumarbooks.tumblr.com
Google+: https://plus.google.com/109246998155010115284/posts
Harish Kumar edits, curates and publishes an e-daily styled "Startup Story" since 13 August 2015. This e-daily is published at 16:00 hours in Mumbai everyday, with the timezone set at (GMT +05:30) Kolkata.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love books that chronicle the metamorphosis words go through over the years. Books such as "Weasel Words" figure on the top of my love-list. Reason: transformation in usage of words fascinate me. In fiction, I like Marie Correlli's works, Ayn Rand's books and V S Naipaul's timeless fictional treatises. For a simple reason: these legendary authors manage to touch the emotional chord in me. I love non-fiction too, particularly those on history. Notable among them are: William Shirer's The Rise and Fall of Third Reich and Trevor-Roper's The Last Days of Hitler. Among Indian authors, M J Akbar's India: The Siege Within continues to fascinate me.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything on usage and abusage of words. And anything else on history and current events and how they manage to shape contemporary thinking, not to mention the leaders of The Economist.
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Where to find Harish Kumar online

Where to buy in print


Metaphoric Madness
This series consists of four titles: Metaphoric Madness, More Metaphoric Madness, Much More Metaphoric Madness and the fourth title that is yet to be named. All of them deal, in varying intensity and complexity, the baffling world of metaphors, particularly the world of simple words that have been dressed up as vignettes and delivered as word-pictures. In short, the Metaphoric Madness series is all about mastering the process of metaphorisation, the process of turning simple words into seductive metaphoric figurines.
Management Matrix
Currently, this management series has two titles: Managing Mega Projects and Canons of Corporate Surgery. The former deals with the secrets behind a successful completion of mega industrial projects within budgeted cost and time schedules. The latter deals with the must-dos for result-oriented corporate rejigs or revamps. These two titles are laced with live-wire examples from the corporate world and replete with analysis of pre-rejig and post-rejig scenarios of corporations restructured. A must-read for CEOs, biz scool academics and B-school students. Aspring MBAs need to make this series a permanent feature of their academic collection.
Fiction Faction
This series includes titles that are works of fiction. Thus, this series covers the whole gamut of novels, novellas and novelettes. However, Harish Kumar has created a new sub-genre called "Faction" within this larger category of fiction. Faction is fiction based on facts. Faction is fiction that revolves around a set of actual events and happenings. Put differently, faction is fiction built on a foundation of historical accounts of landmark events, unforgettable happenings, well-known features and characteristics of a geographical location, existing economics of an industry, linguistic quirks, word paradoxes, recorded history and other such truisms and realities. So, this "Fiction Faction" series includes works of absolute fiction and faction. That is why this series has been labelled as "Fiction Faction." For instance, the first factionette in this series is a novelette that revolves around the revolting criminalisation of same-sex liaisons by the highest court in India recently.


A Tale of Two Towns: Politics of Eponyms
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,870. Language: British English. Published: February 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Venkat assumes the role of an iconoclast and the responsibility for smashing the status quo. He goes about raising the war flag for Noolur’s generic independence and for liberating the nooluri eponym from the clutches of patturi. Venkat’s contagious war cries force Noolur and Pattur into ugly confrontational situations. Where and how do they end? What was the outcome of the face-offs? Did Venkat
Colours and Conspiracies
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 24,880. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Biographical
‘Colours and Conspiracies’ is not just the story of a chromophobe. It is the story that reflects on the colour-dilemmas all of us face and the shocking story of the duplicitous lives most of us lead today. Packed with colour aphorisms, this edge-of-the-seat thriller is a must-read for everyone. Simply because this is everyone’s story as we all continue to be victims of colours sometime or other.
Not the End of Metaphoric Madnes
Series: Metaphoric Madness. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,250. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
This is the fourth and the final book in the Metaphoric Madness series. The metaphoric theme of this book 4: games and sports. The book tells you how to turn simple words into pictorial metaphors, supported ably by live-wire usage (and abusage) examples from world's leading information properties. At the same time, the book will help you to resolve your usual metaphoric dilemmas.
Canons of Corporate Surgery
Series: Management Matrix. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,710. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
Canons of Corporate Surgery is a tell-all guide for corporate restructuring. This handy manual warns rejiggers of potential dangers ahead, all with an anecdotal flourish and with an analysis of the efficacy of restructuring strategies, by delving deeper into post-rejig performances of all the corporations that helped the author formulate this veritable panoply of canons of corporate surgery.
Mega Projects Mega Realities
Series: Management Matrix. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,330. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Project management
Mega Projects Mega Realities is a case study-driven mini handbook on managing mega projects for survival and success. Replete with mega project examples and experiences from corporate India, Mega Projects Mega Realities is a lively handy manual. Examples, illustrations and anecdotes, you will find them in good measure in Mega Projects Mega Realities. A really insightful and inspiring companion.
Who Took The Orange From My Rainbow?
Series: Fiction Faction, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,250. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Faction is fiction built on facts. Being a novelette, Who took the Orange from my Rainbows? is a LGBT rights factionette. The theme: the emotional battle that goes on in Justice Jatin Johar's household, sparked off by his antipathy towards LGBTs that was evident in his act of re-criminalising even consensual sex among consenting adults. What finally made him repent and cry his heart out?
Much More Metaphoric Madness
Series: Metaphoric Madness. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,190. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
Much More Metaphoric Madness is a live-wire manual on metaphoric usages of simple words. Animated by appetising anecdotes, this mini manual on metaphoric usage and abusage is amply bolstered by brilliant examples and illustrations from top-notch global publications. For anyone keen on blowing life into their spoken and written English with pulsating imagery, Much More Metaphoric Madness is a must.
More Metaphoric Madness
Series: Metaphoric Madness. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,290. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
More Metaphoric Madness continues the rich tradition of transforming simple words into enchanting word-pictures. The vignettes More Metaphoric Madness helps you to create are effective and ever-lingering in your mind. Sure, More Metaphoric Madness makes your communication impactful. Anecdotal and illustrative, More Metaphoric Madness makes colourful communication so effortless and enjoyable.
Metaphoric Madness
Series: Metaphoric Madness. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,930. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
Birth, dream, fruits, mother, street…..well……Do not shrug your shoulders dismissively. Do not wave all these words away as pedestrian. Many more Simple Simons such as these straddle across the English linguistic landscape as potent metaphors. Only that you should know when, where, and how to use them as pictorial metaphors. Metaphoric Madness will precisely help you gain that precious knowledge.

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