Featured Author Interview – In conversation with Moody and Passionate SilentSoul

It would not be an exaggeration to term my interactions with SS as dynamic, full of energy and interesting. It all began like that from the very beginning. Late last year i.e. 2011, as part of regular interaction with the Authors who submit their story at Ghumakkar, I reached out to SS. His first story was ‘Kaali Math‘ and it was greatly appreciated. My first experience with his mysticism was when I learnt that that Mr. Tewari wanted to be known as ‘Silent Soul’. Having a Penname or a takhallus is nothing new but usually it is in addition to your name or it exists alongside your name. Here SS wanted to be only SilentSoul so we said, OK, lets be it. We have no specific preference. Though I had the privilege of knowing his real name, I quietly played to the gallery. In the starting, there were some request to reveal his name and I am hoping that through this interview, at least that mysticism is going to disappear.

From his experiences, though I could guess that I am interacting with a senior person and someone who has been here for much longer then I am, yet the interactions proved otherwise. SS continued to surprise me with his agility. If his internet savvy and y-generation abbreviations were not enough, once he decoded a long comment trail and came out with an investigation report. Just like any lively and rich relationship, SS gave me the eons of joy and moments of nervousness. Amid all this the business was to go as usual at Ghumakkar with its share of Featured Author, Featured Story, Interviews and during all this SS continued to churn out winners after winners, conquering hearts, making friends and at times breaking traditions.

With more than 6 months from his first story and 24 stories under his belt, it gives me great joy to present before you the snippets of conversation we had with SS. Without any further ado, presenting SS in a conversation with Ghumakkar.

Ghumakkar: Why SilentSoul? Is the person behind this pseudonym actually silent?
SS: Long ago in 1999 I started a Yahoo E-group named Sadhna. It had 2000 members and was on top of the list then, with members from all over the world discussing sanatan dharma philosophy.  I was moderator in pseudo name Silentsoul.  Most of my friends on net know me in this name and I also love this name. My real name is P.S.Tewari but prefer to be called SS.

My soul is silent but body is not… so I like to express myself openly…all my likes and dislikes without hiding anything.

घुमक्कड़ ः आपने अपना नाम साईलैंट सोल क्यो रखा, क्या आप अपने छद्म नाम की तरह शान्त हैं ?
सा.सो ः  बहुत पहले 1999 में मैने  एक य़ाहू ग्रुप साधना के नाम से शुरु किया था.  उस ग्रुप में तकरीबन 2000 सदस्य थे और हम लोग भारतीय संस्कृति से संबंधित वाद करते थे.  मै वहां साइलैट-सोल नाम से भाग लिया करता था, अतः सब पुराने मित्र मुझे इसी नाम से जानते है और मुझे भी ये नाम बहुत पसंद है। वैसे मेरा नाम पी.एस.तिवारी है, पर SS कहलाना मुझे अच्छा लगता है

मेरी आत्मा शांत है, पर जीभ नही… मै अपनी हर पसंद नापसंद को खुल कर बताता हूं… पर शरीर से अंदर आत्मा तक कोई शोर नही पंहुचता ।

Ghumakkar: You spend quite a bit of your time outside India and, as far as we know, it is partly work related. Can you share more details of your profession & your family?
SS: I did my B.Sc. from Delhi University and now working as a sort of coordinator, presently wooing some Icelandic companies to start a geo-thermal plant in India, so that India can be benefitted with the green energy.  My family consists of my wife and two children.  My son Shantnu is M.Tech and working with a multinational company as chip programmer and my daughter Kanupriya is a B.Tech and is working with an international bank, both in UK.

घुमक्कड़ ः आपने अपने जीवन का काफी बड़ा भाग विदेश में बिताया है, क्या आप बता सकते है अपने व्यवसाय व परिवार के बारे में
सा.सो ः मैने दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय से विज्ञान स्नातक की उपाधी ली व एक तरह से समन्यवक अधिकारी हूं, और आजकल आइसलैड की कंपनियों को तैयार कर रहा हूं कि वो भारत में भू-ऊर्जा विद्युत उत्पादन में भारत की मदद करे।

मेरे परिवार में पत्नी के अलावा 2 बच्चे हैं। बेटा शान्तनु  एम टैक करके,  एक बड़ी कम्पनी में इंजीनियर है व बेटी कनुप्रिया बी.टैक करके एक  बैंक में आई टी
मैनेजर है… दोनो विलायत (इंगलैड) में है ।

In Iceland

In Iceland

Family – All together

Ghumakkar: You have been all over the world but you keep coming back to Himalayas. What takes you there?
SS: I myself asked this question many times, as to why should I not see all India.  My only non-himalayan visit till now was Agra and Mathura in 1988.  Himalayas have spiritual energies, they are full of excitement, mystery and dangers… perhaps this is the reason I, again and again visit himalayas to undertand the mystery of it. I also feel that I have some relation with Himalayas in my last birth.

Another reason is that I like cold and wet weather, which is always available in Himalayas.

घुमक्कड़ ः आपने लगभग पूरा संसार देखा है, परन्तु आप बार बार हिमालय क्यो जाते है…ऐसा क्या है हिमालय में जो आपको बार बार आकर्षित करता है
सा.सोः  मैने स्वंय खुद से कई बार ये प्रश्न किया, कि क्यों मै पूरा भारत छोड़ कर बार बार हिमालय भागता हूं। मेरी अब तक केवल एक यात्रा हुई, हिमालय से बाहर, 1988 में आगरा व मथुरा।  हिमालय में कुछ खास तो है उसकी उत्तेजना, रहस्य, खतरे…शायद यही कारण है जो मुझे बार बार हिमालय ले जाते है कि मै उसके रहस्यो को समझ सकूं…मुझे तो ये भी लगता है कि पिछले जन्म से भी इसका कोई संबंध है । दूसरा मुझे ठंडा व गीला मौसम अच्छा लगता है जो हिमालय में हमेशा कहीं न कही मिल ही जाता है ।

Badri

Ghumakkar: It seems that you have seen every possible place in the world. Is there some place that you haven’t seen but it is on your list of must-go places?
SS: Yes I have seen African continent, American continent, whole of Europe and middle east.  I would like to visit Alaska…because Alaska always attracted me like Iceland.  May be  one day  I would be there and you may find a travel story at Ghumakkar.

In India, I wish to visit Roop Kund…but as my health is not good, I am afraid if I would ever be able to go there.

घुमक्कड़ ः ऐसा लगता है कि आपने विश्व में काफी कुछ देखा है. फिर भी कुछ ऐसी जगह है जहां आप कभी अवश्य जाना चाहेंगे
सा.सो ः  मैने अफ्रीका, व अमरीका महाद्वीप, यूरोप व मध्य एशिया लगभग पूरा देखा है।  मेरी दिली इच्छा है एक बार अलास्का जाने की, क्योंकि वो भी मुझे आईसलैंड की तरह हमेशा खींचता रहा है। हो सकता है किसी दिन यहां आप मेरी अलास्का की पोस्ट देखें।

भारत में मेरी बड़ी इच्छा है रूप-कुण्ड जाने की, पर चूंकि मेरे पैरों मे तकलीफ शुरु हो गई है.. नही जानता कि कभी ये इच्छा पूरी होगी या नही।

Ghumakkar: You have shared your experiences about a lot of places. Is there any specific place that has impressed you with its beauty, culture, vibe, anything, above any other place? Why?
SS:  There are many such places but on top of the list I would say Jwalamukhi and Badrinath…both the places are beautiful, full of natural wonders, eye-catching landscapes and above all full of holy vibrations. When I first visited Jwalaji, I was an atheist… but still that place caught hold of my soul. Next are Khajjiar and Mcloadgung

घुमक्कड़ ः आपने कई स्थानों के बारे में अपने संस्मरण हमारे साथ बांटे। क्या कोई ऐसा स्थान है जिसने आपको सबसे ज्यादा आकर्षित किया हो
सा.सो ः ऐसी तो कई जगह है जिन्होने मुझे बहुत आकर्षित किया हो पर इस सूची में सबसे उपर मै ज्वालामुखी व बदरीनाथ को रखता हूं… दोनो स्थान बहुत खूबसूरत हैं, प्राकृतिक दृश्यों से भरपूर, और आध्यात्मिक कंपनो से सराबोर।  ज्वालाजी तो जब मै पहली बार गया था, तब लगभग नास्तिक ही था फिर भी वहां की खूबसूरती मुझे भा गई थी… और वहां कुछ था जो आत्मा को छूता था। खजियार व मक्लोडगंज  भी बहुत मनभावन हैं

Badri

Badri

Khajiar

SilentSoul and Ghumakkar

Ghumakkar: You joined us in December 2011. How did you come across Ghumakkar?
SS:  I was searching Munsiyari in google, and for the first time google gave me link to Ghumakkar and re-directed to Munsiyari post by Nandan Jha. The site impressed me a lot due to its format and personal interactions among readers/authors and editors… which is a unique quality of Ghumakkar.  I had never ever written any post on my travels, nor did I have a blog on travels ever.

But, impressed by the qualities of Ghumakkar and encouragement by its authors (specially Sandip jat and Mukesh bhalse), I decided to write my first travelogue of my life and Kali Math was there published on my birthday.

घुमक्कड़ ः आप दिसंबर 2011 में घुमक्कड़ के सदस्य बने.. आप यहां पहली बार कैसे पंहुचे ?
सा.सो ः मैं गूगल में मुनसियारी के बारे में ढूंढ रहा था कि घुमक्कड़ का लिंक मिला और मैने नंदन की मुनसियारी की पोस्ट पढ़ी। यहां मै बहुत प्रभावित हुआ, विशेष कर इसके प्रारूप से और सब लेखकों व संपादको के व्यक्तिगत संबंधों से… जो कि यहां की एक विशेषता है जो और किसी साईट पर मैने नही देखी। मैने पहले कभी कहीं पर भी कोई भी अपना यात्रा लेख नही लिखा था, न ही मेरा कोई अपना ब्लाग था।

घुमक्कड़ से मै बहुत प्रभावित हुआ और कुछ मित्रों (जैसे संदीप जाट व मुकेश) ने प्रोत्साहित किया लिखने के लिये और मेरी पहली पोस्ट, काली मठ छपी।

Ghumakkar: In the last 6 months, you have churned out 24 great stories. How do you organize your writing for efficient and good-quality output?
SS: Good quality ? i dont know.. because it is the readers to decide. But I write my travelogue in one sitting and first I post the photos and then tell my story around them, with a flow… as if I am there and recounting my experiences.

घुमक्कड़ ः पिछले 6 महीनों में आपने 24 कथाएं लिख डाली। आप इतना दक्ष व सुंदर लेखन कैसे करते है
सा.सो ः दक्ष व सुंदर ???? ये तो पाठक निर्णय करेंगे कि सुंदर है या नही।  मै अपना यात्रा वृतांत एक ही बार में लिखता हूं…पहले चित्र लगाता हूं और फिर यादों की कश्ती पर सवार उस जगह की दुबारा यात्रा करता हूं.. और यादों को लिखता चला जाता हूं।

Ghumakkar : How do you do your Ghumakkari ? by own car or public transport and with whom do you travel ?
SS :  I started my ghumakkari with trains, then buses, even by scooters but now with age increased,  I am comfortable with my own car only.  I travel with my family or with my childhood friends only.  I do not travel with anyone else… neither relatives nor new friends.

My old childhood friends, Vijay (friend from the age of 6), Laxman (friend from age of 19), Awasthi (friend from age of 20) and Pradeep (friend from age of 23)… these are my regular co-travellors and when we travel together we keep minimum budget so that no one feel stressed. I wish to thank these soulmate friends from this board.

Friends

घुमक्कड़ ः घुमक्कड़ी आप कैसे व किसके साथ करते हैं..
सा.सो ः  मैनें घुमक्कड़ी रेल से शुरू की, फिर बसे, यहां तक की स्कूटर से पर अब आयू बढ़ जाने के कारण  अपनी गाड़ी से ही सहूलियत रहती है.  मैं या तो अपने परिवार के साथ घूमने जाता हूं या अपने बचपन के मित्रों के साथ.  मै कभी भी किसी रिश्तेदार या नये बने संबंधो के साथ घूमने नही जाता

मेरे बचपन के मित्र विजय ( 6 वर्ष की आयू से मित्र), लक्षमण ( 19 वर्ष की आयू से मित्र), अवस्थी ( 20 वर्ष की आयू से मित्र) व प्रदीप ( 23 वर्ष की आयू से
मित्र)… इन लोगो के साथ अधिकतर घूमा हूं और जब इकट्ठे जाते है तो कम से कम खर्च करते है ताकि जो कम आय वाले है उन्हे बुरा न लगे..इस मंच के माध्यम से मै इन मित्रों को भी धन्यवाद देना चाहता हूं.

Ghumakkar: Within a relatively short period of time, you have already won the “Featured Story of the Month” and the “Featured Author of the Month” award. How do you feel about it?
SS: It feels good to be recognised.

घुमक्कड़ ः काफी कम समय में आपने 2 पुरस्कार (माह की विशिष्ट कहानी, व माह का विशिष्ट लेखक) कैसा लगता है आपको ये पुरस्कार जीत कर
सा.सो ः विशिष्ट बनना हर किसी को अच्छा लगता है

Ghumakkar: You have quite a few admirers at Ghumakkar. Is there any particular Ghumakkar author that you admire? And why?
SS: Every regular author at Ghumakkar is putting in lot of hard work and imagination in his post, so for me every author is featured and I admire all of them.

I have sensed some additional qualities in some people who have interacted with me here, and these I would like to mention. I always admired intelligence of DL, wits and sense of humour of Nandan & Smita, innocence of Vibha, zeal and diplomacy of Manu, devotion of Bhalses and Vishal, poetic soul of Jayshree, a good heart of Ritesh and knowledge of Neeraj on various aspects.

घुमक्कड़ ः आपके काफी चाहने वाले हैं घुमक्कड़ पर। कोई विशेष लेखक आपको पसंद है, यदि हां तो क्यो ?
सा.सो ः हर नियमित लेखक यहां अपना सबसे अच्छा देने की चेष्टा कर रहा है, पूरा दिल लगा कर… तो मेरे लिये तो हर लेखक यहां विशिष्ट है और मैं सबका प्रशंसक
हूं | परंतु अच्छा लेखक होने के अलावा, कुछ लोग जिनके साथ मेरी बातचीत हुई है, कुछ और भी गुण हैं जो मैने महसूस किये है… और ये मेरी व्यक्तिगत राय है .. कि मैं नारायणजी की विद्वता, नंदन व स्मिता की त्वरित बुद्धी व हास्य, विभा की मासूमियत, मनु की कूटनीति व उत्साह, भालसे परिवार व विशाल की भक्ति भावना, जयश्री का कवि-हृदय, रितेश की सरलता व नीरज के ज्ञान से बहुत प्रभावित हूं…और भी महारथी होंगे यहां परंतु मेरे सान्धिय में वो लोग नही आये।

Ghumakkar : Besides being a Ghumakkar, what are your other hobbies ?
SS: I like reading a lot. Prem Chand, Bimal Mitra,Sadat Hassan Manto, Ismat Chugtai, Tagore, Aurobindo, Shaw, Guy de Mopassant and Kuprin are my favorite authors….and spiritually I like Geeta, Mahabharat and all upanishadas. I am also a numerologist, play old songs on casio, do some computer programming and write poetry.

Photograhpy and listening to old songs of Rafi,Kishor, Mukesh and Lata, are also my favorite time passes.

घुमक्कड़ ः एक घुमक्कड़ होने के अलावा आपके और क्या शौक हैं
सा.सो ः मुझे पढ़ना बहुत अच्छा लगता है। मुंशी प्रेमचंद, विमल मित्र, सादात हसन मंटो, इसमत चुगताई, ओशो, ठाकुर रविन्द्रनाथ, श्री अरविन्द, बर्नाडशा, गी दे मोपांसा, व कुप्रीन मेरे पसंदीदा लेखक हैं…. अध्यात्मिक पुस्तकों में गीता, महाभारत व सारे उपनिषद मेरे पसंदीदा हैं। ज्योतिष में रुचि है, कैसियो पर पुराने गीत बजाता हूं, कमप्यूटर प्रोग्रामिंग करता हू तथा कविताए लिखता हूं। फोटोग्राफी व पुराने गाने सुनना मुझे बहुत अच्छा लगता है।

Ghumakkar: Would you like to say anything to your fans?
SS:  Ghumakkar is a wonderful site and has many unique features, great authors and understanding editors.  A author writes a story with lot of efforts and deserves at least  a little pat on his back.  So dont be miser
in leaving a small comment on the posts…this does wonders.

घुमक्कड़ ः  आप अपने प्रशंसको से कुछ कहना चाहेंगे ?
सा.सो ः घुमक्कड़ एक लाजवाब जगह है अपनी बहुत विशेषताएं लिये कई अच्छे लेखको व संपादकों के साथ। एक लेखक बड़ी मेहनत से एक लेख लिखता केवल आपकी जानकारी व मनोरंजन के लिये….अतः कुछ कमैट अवश्य दें व उसका हौसला बढ़ाय़े…और व्यक्तिगत संबंध बनायें… छोटी-2 गलतफहमियों में अच्छे मित्र न खोये

Thank you SS for the wonderful conversation and sharing so many personal details and valuable insight and advice with us. As promised, here is the Bonus offering. For the first time, we have a 100 seconder video interview with SS. All the video encoding, mixing has been done by SS and to balance the effort put by SS, I traveled to Jhansi fort to ask these questions. May be this becomes another trend in future conversations.


Hope through this interview, you know more of Mr. Tewari (now the secret is out). Once again, Thanks a ton SS. Enjoy.

81 Comments

  • Surinder.Sharma@shaw.ca says:

    It is great to know real name SS and see Nandan ji. Very interesting interview. SS like to visit Alaska, hope He will invite to Ghumakkar family if anyone go there. Thanks and regards

    • SilentSoul says:

      Surinderji thanks… if I go to Alaska, the route would be from Canada… so may be i will drag you with me….LOL

  • Nandan Jha says:

    Thank you SS and congratulations once more for the most deserving recognition. With so many FOGs and so much of travel quotient you bring, it is humbling and a privilege to have you here.

    Best Wishes.

    • SilentSoul says:

      tks Nandan.. It was ghumakkar.com which introduced me to myself as a ghumakkar… Had this site not been there, I would have never written about my travels

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    In 2011 Ghumakkar got many talented writers , SS is one of them. These days I am afraid of writing in front of them …:-)

    He is the first writer who wrote same stories in Hindi as well as English

    Congrats SS & thanks Nandan for sharing this interview with us.

    • SilentSoul says:

      Mahesh ji thankyou very much… your continuous encouragement was one of the factors for me to write more and more here

  • Deepak says:

    Congratulations Sir

  • Smita says:

    Congratulations, SS! And thank you for this really sweet video you hashed together. Wishing you the best of health and happiness and pray that Roopkund happens, soon.

    And thank you Jha, for travelling all the way to Jhansi for this interview–to match up SS’s effort and zeal :-)

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Silent Soul,
    Congratulations once again for becoming featured author. You are one of my most favorite authors on ghumakkar. You have got a very special place among the authors of ghumakkar and for me and my family you are the person in whom we see a mentor, a guide and much more……………………….After reading your interview now i am feeling much more closer to you.

    @ Nandan,
    Probably it is the first interview on ghumakkar in both the languages i.e. in English and in Hindi. By arranging a bilingual interview, you have have taken care of readers of both English and Hindi language. I suggest you to present the interview in both languages in future, because on ghumakkar some readers are more comfortable in Hindi and in case interview is in English they couldn’t enjoy the interview.

    Thanks.

    • SilentSoul says:

      Thanks Mukeshji for your kind words… you and vishal were to first to come in personal contacts with me through video conferencing and I hope this will further develop.

      thanks for being with me

  • Kavita Bhalse says:

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    • SilentSoul says:

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  • Dear SS jee ,

    First of all many many congrats on becoming featured author. You deserved the most. Your all stories are wonderful and can be read again and again. I am one of them who specially wait for the release of your stories.
    Coming to interview it was wonderful. I had lot of chat with SSjee on phone and video chat on FB.One thing I would like to add about SS jee is he is one of the most fun loving guy I have ever seen . He can crack jokes with great sense of humor on every sentence while in conversation. He is full of life . For every situation he can have a funny answer with deep meaning and real truth inside.
    I wish a happy journey to Roopkund . You just try, it will happen.Thats my belief.
    Thanks Nandan for the great interview and wonderful innovation to add video.

    • SilentSoul says:

      vishalbhai… you are first one, who came in my personal contact and I found you to be very open, friendly and good heart…

      Thanks to ghumakkar that I came across some good souls here

  • Ritesh Gupta says:

    @ S.S. Ji…._(“)_ ……??? ??? ?? ??????? ???? ???? ?? ???? ??????? ?????????? ! ???? ???? ??? ?? ????? ?????? ???? ???? ??? ?? ?? ???? ??????????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ??? ???? ??? ????? ?? ???? | ?? ????? ???? ?? ?? ???, ??? ?? ??? ???? ????? ?? ???? ????? ???? ???…| ??? ??? ?? ?????? ?? ???? ?? ???? ????? ????? ?? ???? ??? ????? ?? ????, ?? ?? ??? ??? ?? ????? ??? ???…..?? ???? ?? S.S. ?? ???? ????? ???? ??? …|
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  • What a wonderful trend concieved and concised here in 100 seconder video interview with SS which is supposed to be displayed in future by the Ghumakkar Prakand Pandit Jha. Further more, thanks Nandan for enlighten the hidden qualities of feature author SS (a numerlogiest, a comp. programmer, a poet, a musician, an analyser/critic) to the ghumakkar family.
    Nice interview. Congrat & thanks.

  • D.L.Narayan says:

    Hearty congratulations, SSji. It was great to know more about you and looking forward to many more amazing travelogues from you. It is an honour and a privilege for all of us here to have you as a member of the ghumakkar family.

    Congrats to you too, Nandan, for skillfully conducting this interview and shedding light on many aspects of Silent Soul’s multi-faceted personality. Like the proverbial iceberg, there is much more to Shri Tewari than what is visible to the eye.

    The video clip is a great innovation and adds value to the article. Thanks once again.

    • SilentSoul says:

      DL it is an honour to get good comments from wise people like you.

      Yes Nandan had worked very hard on this and this video interview was his greatest thought… i am sure this will be carried on to other interviews too.

      hope to meet you soon, in person

    • Harish Bhatt says:

      DL Ji… I am still waiting for your comments on my post “Kids day out” I really feel my post is incomplete without your comments… :-(

  • Nandan Jha says:

    @ All – The credit for ‘Hindi’ writing goes to SS. I would try to make it bilingual from next time and would seek help from the community as well.

    Thank you for all the good words. India is ahead of Iceland by about 6 hours so we should see SS’s responses soon.

    @ Vishal – Long time, hope things are fine at your end. Take Care.

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  • Vibha says:

    Congratulations SS! And thank you for such a brilliant interview. SS and innovation seem to go hand-in-hand. This is the first time a video has been uploaded along with the interview. :)

    Thanks Nandan for the wonderful presentation as usual.

    • SilentSoul says:

      Thanks Vibhaji… but this innovation belongs to Nandan… it is his brainchild to have a video interview and it was done on experiment basis, hence only for 100 seconds to see if it works fine.

      my contribution was just to further beautify Nandan’s innovation

  • laxman bhatia says:

    Dear SS jee ,
    It is a very fabulous interview.
    Thanks and thanks Nandan jee too.

  • Biswajit Ganguly says:

    Dear SS ji, Ek aur paksh aapkey vyaktitva ka dekhne ko mila, Ashcharya hua, vismit bhi hoon, ek aisi shaksiyat jisney jivan ka shayad aadhey se zyada samay videshon main vyatit kiya ho aur wahin par bas gaya ho per na to apni sanskriti chodh paya hay nahi desh ke prati asakti tyag paya hay. aapkey lekhon ka mey aarambh se hi kayal raha hoon per aapkey vyaktitva ne mujhey behud prabhavit kiya hey. computer technology main zyada interest na honey ki vajah se Hindi main nahi likh pata hoon lekin apni is bhasha ko jab padta hoon bohut anand aur garv ki anubhuti hoti hey. maine pehle bhi aapkey lekhno par, aapki lekhni par vichaar vyakt kiye hain par aapkey parivaar ko dekhkar vishwas ho gaya hey aapko ek complete gentlemen ki upadhi se nawaza jana koi atishyokti nahi thi. Ishwar se aapkey swasthya ki prarthana key sath behud saral aur vyavasthit bhasha sahit interview ke liye dhanyavaad.

    • SilentSoul says:

      Dada, your comments have always brought tears to my eyes… your heart is full of love and positive energies.

      you can use google transliterate to turn your english into hindi

      I am so blessed to have your comments, as always….

      some lines from Gitanjali for you

      The song that I came to sing remains unsung to this day.

      I have spent my days in stringing and in unstringing my instrument.

      The time has not come true, the words have not been rightly set; only there is the agony of wishing in my heart.

      The blossom has not opened; only the wind is sighing by.

      I have not seen his face, nor have I listened to his voice; only I have heard his gentle footsteps from the road before my house.

      The livelong day has passed in spreading his seat on the floor; but the lamp has not been lit and I cannot ask him into my house.

      I live in the hope of meeting with him; but this meeting is not yet !!!

  • sarvesh n vashistha says:

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    • SilentSoul says:

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  • ashok sharma says:

    Silent Soul and Nandan both have given this interview a beautiful look.Congratulations to both of you.Let this ghumakkar reach new heights with your various travel stories.

  • AUROJIT says:

    Hi SS,

    Congrats for the deserving honour. Thanks for getting us to know more about SS.

    Your posts, from both sides of the Arctic Circle have been very interesting, invigorating and intimate. We have been thouroughly enjoying (and learning from) them.

    Wish that Ghumakkar continues to gain from your contributions in future too.

    Thanks,
    Auro.

  • Due to some personal and official trips last week I could not read recent posts. But as I returned home yesterday evening, I could not resist myself to catch this wonderful Interview. We enjoyed many firsts in this interview – bi-lingual, your real name, Nandan’s face . We came to know many personal things about you and your views. Please keep us delighted with your posts in future as well.

    @Nandan – Thanks for your efforts for this interview with SS. When I see you in the video, I recall that I have already seen your face on your facebook page, although that is a sketch. :-)

  • Harish Bhatt says:

    SS Ji, It was great to know more about you. Many many congratulation. It is a well worthy recognition. Your stories are not only inspiring, informative but entertaining as well. I just cant forget the incident that you wrote about one Kuwaiti old man who had the truck indicator on for the right side but took a turn on to the left with the truck full of water melonsIt was hilarious Congratulations once again

  • SilentSoul says:

    Thanks Deependra & Bhaatsaab for your encouraging words…

    at ghumakkar we are like a family and enjoy and learn from each other

  • Congrts SS

    It was really nice to know such a well traveled or I will say globally traveled person.
    I am really enjoying your travel stories of foreign countries.
    As I am fond of foreign lands and your stories are taking me there.

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    • SilentSoul says:

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        • Manish Khamesra says:

          ???? ?? ???? ?? ??????? ?? ????? ?? ??? ???? ?? ??? ?? ?? ?????? ??? ?? ?????? ???? ??? ?? :-)

          • SilentSoul says:

            Yes I also felt that somehow his smile post is moving with all comments and remains in the end… seems Neeraj has done some Tantra on this LOL..

            but his smile is actually bringing smile to my face too.

      • Sanjay Kaushik says:

        SS ??, ??? ??? ?????? ???? ???? (???? ??? ?? ???? ) ?? ??? ?? ?? ???? ?? ?????? ??? ???. ??? ?? ??? ????? ???? ?? ?? ????? SS ?? ?? Secret out ???? ??? ??, ???? ?? ???? ?? ?? ??? ??? ??, ??? ?? ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ??? ?? ?????? ??? ?????????? ???? ???? ??.

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    • Nandan Jha says:

      Welcome back Manu. ?????????? ?? ??????? ?? ??????? ?? ???? ?? ???? ??? ?? ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ??? ?? | ?? ????? ?? ??? ????? ??? ????? ?? | ?? ???? |

  • Congratulations for your interview , as you told that you would like to be CHANKYA or SARDAR PATEL , but it may be possible , you were ,one of them in the past birth bcs you have thoughts like them,
    so at present you can do like them , whatever you want to do . all the best.

  • Neeraj Jat says:

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    • SilentSoul says:

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  • Kanupriya says:

    Awesome! congrats on being featured author for month of July!

  • Amit Kumar says:

    SS sir your identity is revealed now but I guess most of us are comfortable to admire you by this name only and I absolutely love it. It was great to know more of you. The interview was enriching and inspiring at the same time. I always loved your stories and now admire your personality a lot. Thanks to Nandan for a great conversation.

  • Naveena Israni says:

    Congrats SS for this well-deserved honour!

  • Sharma Shreeniwas says:

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    • SilentSoul says:

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  • Stone says:

    Pleasure to know more about you Sir.

    Regards

  • jaishree says:

    Congratulations SSji.

    I have read all of your posts but did not comment too often. But if I will put myself to comment everytime, perhaps I will not be able to read more. Being a Mom, wife,cook, reader,jogger, player, story teller, player and many more roles,all in a day, makes my day quite hectic. Please accept my apologies.

    Khatti-Mithi is my all time favorite. And some of your favorite writers are mine too!

    To sum up

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    • SilentSoul says:

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  • Pradeep Kumar says:

    Dear SS

    Many congrats. It was well deserved honour. I feel proud to be among your friends.

    Thanks to Nandanji.

    Pradeep

  • Manish Khamesra says:

    ????? SS ??

    ????? ??? ?? featured author ???? ???? ?? ??? ???? ??????? ????| ???? ??????? ?? ?? ?? ??? ??? ?? ?? ?????? ?? ???? ????? ???? ?????? ?????? ???? ?? ????? ??????? ?? ?????????? ???? ??????|

  • kk banerjee says:

    Hello evrybody,
    I have just joined this fabulous site. Good language and great ppl who know their subject. I do think that travellers should share experience to make travel safe and enjoyable as knowledge of the route etc helps a lot. I am still trying to navigate here, but one thing I need is email addys of the travellers so that I can contact them for some tips and advices…I somehw got Mr Jha’s addy and he was prompt in his reply but funny thing is….I am unable to find ‘him’ again. My fault.
    The site is unique no doubt.

    with warm regards
    kk banerjee
    calcutta

  • Praveen Wadhwa says:

    SS Ji

    I read this post just today. I missed it because it appeared before I joined Ghumakkar. Well as you know that my Alaksa posts may be starting from 3rd January and your thirst to visit Alaska may again wake up.

  • Abheeruchi says:

    Hello SS ji,

    Belatttttttttttttted congratulation on becoming featured author. I joined Ghumakkar on september 2012, thus never read previous posts.

    It is really good to know about you, about ur place and about ur friends.

    Really like your friends pic…

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