Lokesh Babu interview


A little introduction:

Lokesh Babu was born in South India, and educated at the University of Western Sydney. As the eldest son of a traditional Indian family, his life was scripted for him, and he was expected to follow the values and needs of the family. However, he defied expectations, began his own journey, and has embraced the best of eastern and western cultures. He is a frequent public speaker and liaison to corporates, industry groups and executives.
Before he completed ‘The True Self’, Lokesh faced many challenges in his life, including inequality, separation, the death of loved ones, illness, near bankruptcy, suicide and self-harm. His recent time in India during COVID pandemic, Lokesh while caring for his father at the end of his life, he became a witness to many things. With patience and silence, he observed the thin line between life and death. It was a constant reminder to appreciate this precious life, and not to waste it on petty, egotistical selfishness. 
For Lokesh it feels like a natural extension of his journey of self-enquiry.
The knowledge he gained through his research into ancient teachings, which forms the basis of The True Self, has helped him to overcome them. 

When did your love of books begin?

Since I was a teenager, as I wasn't convinced with the answers I got from parents, community, society about life. To understand every religion and ancient wisdom, I started my own journey of understanding The True Self and purpose of our existence. 

When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

Never thought of becoming an Author, it all happened spontaneously. In 2019 the idea of publishing a book happened because of few friends, who noticed I always carried a hand written book of my own notes about life. 

How have you found the process for becoming an author?

It's a marathon and not a sprint. Just started the journey, so ask me in 3-5 years time. 

What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

Everyone have a story to share, those with a passion and courage will get to publishing a book. That's less than one percent of human population. 
Writing as a habit, just like eating and sleeping everyday will lead to becoming a published author. 

Tell us about your book/books:

The True Self - Unlock the chaos in you
The True Self is a timeless journey of philosophical teachings from across history and all over the world. Told through the lens of Lokesh’s own life, from his troubled teenage years in India and the heartbreaking death of his mother, to the joy of fatherhood and his resilience in the face of illness, his recent time in India during COVID pandemic, caring for his father till his last breath, he became a witness to many things. This book offers a starting point for those asking the big questions in life: Who am I? Why am I here? And what is my True Self? His is a journey we can all relate to, and the peace he has found is one we can all attain.
A spiritual guide told in an honest, intimate style The True Self is a personal journey through universal wisdom. An annotated collection of philosophical texts, from ancient teachings to modern philosophy, about the purpose and meaning of life.  
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What do you love about the writing/reading community?


If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

Reading is a thinking process and goal of understanding. Reading without comprehension is complete waste of time. 
Books are meant to be read for a higher purpose, doesn't matter the genre, when you surrender to the content. 
Below quote from Frank Kafka summarises 
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. 
A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. 

Where can people connect with you?

I am very active on below social media platforms 
IG:.   @lokeshbabuofficial 
FB:   @lokesh.babu.official
TW:  @Lokesh__Babu 
LI:     @lokeshthondavada 
Tic:   @lokeshbabuofficial 


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