Sunday, March 17, 2019

Meet Sudhir Ahluwalia - Author of Natural Solutions for Cancer

We have hosted interviews with many authors. Today we have botany and herb expert Mr. Sudhir Ahluwalia with us to discuss his latest book "Natural Solutions for Cancer".


Can you please brief us about your educational background?
BSc Hans Raj College, Delhi University, Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun
What were you like at school/college apart from studies?
Ordinary student. I started writing short stories when in college.
What are some day jobs you have held?
Member of the Indian Forest Service for 23 years ; Global business consulting head at Tata Consultancy Services for 10 years; business adviser to multiple technology and consultancy firms for 5 years.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? Which author inspire you the most?
Yes, I read non-fiction books. My favorite titles are – After the Music Stopped by Alan Blinder; The Future of Mind – Michio Kaku; The Gene- Siddhartha Mukherjee
When did you start writing?
My first short stories were published in The Mirror and The Caravan around 1970s when I was finishing graduation from Delhi University
When did you decide to become a writer?
My first book was published pre digital age. It was The Indian Forestry Scene by International Publisher in 1991
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Want to explore the world of herbs and plants. 
Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured to accommodate your writing?
I write five days Mondays to Fridays from 8 am to 3 pm. I do not take an off day during these days except when I am unwell.
Is this your debut work? If not so, what have you written?
My previous books are – The Indian Forestry Scene; Holy Herbs: Modern Connections to Ancient Plants; Asian Herbs; Natural Solutions for Cancer
What genre are your books?
Health and natural products

Can you describe your current book in few lines?
The failure of modern medicine to find a satisfactory and cost-effective solution to cancer has led many patients turn to complementary alternative medicine for relief. Patients and caregivers both need to get a balanced, scientific evidence-based view of the various nature-based solutions on offer. The book is divided into two parts: fundamental principles and herbs used in treating cancer.
Where did you get idea for this book?
Cancer is a disease which brings fear to many. There are certain herbs and foods with anticancer properties. I wanted to explore the world of natural solutions for cancer.
How much research did you do for this book?
I undertook dozens of trips to the forests where herbs with anticancer properties grow. I had detailed conversations with oncologists, Ayurveda professionals, scientists, Tibetan medicine doctors, European scientists engaged in doing research on herbs for drug discovery. The research work was spread over a period of close to a year. 
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The use of Sanskrit shlokas and terms by Ayurveda professionals describing their treatment methods was the toughest thing to figure out, analyze and put in simple English.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?

Release date. 
4th February, 2019
What are you working on at the minute?
Working on another title on Natural Solutions for Obesity
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Natural Solutions for Obesity is the second title in the series on Natural Solutions for major ailments. Natural Solutions for Cancer was the first one.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
If you enjoy writing, go ahead and take the plunge.
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