Meet the Author
Welcome to my blog!
Hi, I’m Salil Jha, an author, and poet with a diverse background and many interests. Our lives teach us who we are. For whatever reason you might be visiting this site, know that my natural gift is storytelling.
If you’re in the U.S. and/or visiting Boston, Massachusetts, please leave me a message. If I am in town, I am usually open to meet up over a meal or tea/coffee/drink.
Back to my story
I was born in India, but “home” is many places for me. I’ve traveled the world with no plans to slow down. I’ve met a thousand people, but there’s always another thousand more I wish to spend time with.
This, of course, is a difficult task. That’s why I wanted to make this blog: I have a wealth of stories, tips, and advice that I could shout to the world, but a voice only makes so much noise in one place. So the blog will be my way of “turning up my own volume”.
I write fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that explores themes of love, passion, adventure, human relationships, and universal truths.
Naked Soul: The Erotic Love Poems, is a collection of these poems that is now available worldwide. I am currently working on my first non-fiction book, Friendship.
Some of my favorite topics to explore, whether, through writing, this website, or life itself is:
Motivation and Inspiration
I love hearing or telling stories of overcoming hardships. I’ve spoken at events about the difficulties and rewards of overcoming internal and external hardship.
I lead and facilitate writing workshops for those struggling with their own projects. I’ve done poetry readings of my own work and spoken at other events about writing in general.
New authors looking for a book foreword or public reviews can come to me with their work and written request submission. (Please keep in mind this invitation is not a guarantee that I will be able to read and review your book.)
Travel and Adventure
It inspires me to see different people and places and gives me travel tips to share. I’m also working on a nonfiction series on “Traveling the World.”
So far, I’ve been to 45 U.S. States (out of 50), and I plan on visiting the rest by the end of 2019. When I’m finished, I would like to publish my travel stories and tips as “Traveling the United States: One State at a Time”.
An even bigger project involves completing the challenge of visiting 100 countries on $30,000 USD or less budget.
Martial Arts & Fitness
Fitness and personal health are very important to me. I’ll be documenting tips on healthy living on the blog as I find new life and health-hacks.
As a martial artist, I pride myself on living by the code of Bushido (a.k.a the samurai’s way, a model for a balanced life).
I naturally gravitate to mysticism and am fascinated by theology and spiritual paths.
Friends say I have a talent for cooking. But truth be told, I don’t like cooking. That said when it comes to hosting guests, it’s a pleasure of mine to meet new people and make friends over food. If you’re visiting Boston (Massachusetts), please leave me a note.
Connect with Sal
I am very active on social media and also try to engage in real-time conversations as much as possible.
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I cover topics like writing and publishing tips, traveling the world on a shoestring budget, and creating a happy and balanced lifestyle.
Note: If you have my book Naked Soul: The Erotic Love Poems, you can enter to win a surprise gift by sending a Naked Soul Selfie, a picture of yourself with the book through my Instagram, Facebook, or Email.
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Ask Salil Jha
Why did I decide to write the Naked Soul: The Erotic Love Poems?
The single biggest reason I decided to write this book is that there is such a lack of new and original erotic poetry. I have read a lot of poetry books on love and passion, but on romance and erotic love, I do not find enough quality work on the market. Most of the books out there are either too old or big anthologies covering the same poets and poems.
There is a lack of new and original work. Most of us have read something from Ovid, Sappho, Shakespeare, the ancient Greeks, the Romans, or from the Kamasutra. But love is a theme that should be celebrated with freshness. Our society needs fresh poems and a new appreciation of erotic love that will bind humanity together. Without love, there would be nothing, none of us.
My second reason for writing this book is to speak my heart. There is too much noise and stress out there in the world. How often do you see people stop by to listen to an artist playing music? Chances are if you are reading this book you have an artist in you. You are a reader, and therefore a thinker, an observer, a living soul who wants more out of this human experience.
The reader of these poems can relax while slowly reading, reflecting, and visualizing what it would be like to make love with their beloved (or a fantasy figure). This book is full of poems: everyday stories we can all relate to.
Why poetry and not a novel or fiction?
Poetry contains few words but tells much. Its beauty is that by being condensed it is rich in meaning and open to various interpretations.
Unlike prose, there is no boundary to poetry. There is nothing concrete or black and white. Poetry is mutable, it is transformative. Poetry is the alchemy of hearts. And what cannot be said in prose, can sometimes be said only through poetry.
Poems are word paintings. Poetry doesn’t belong to time; that’s why you can feel as if poems are speaking directly to you. If you enjoy poetry, chances are that you are among those who smell the roses and occasionally stop to feel the moments you’re living.
I can tell you, I have experienced the beauty of witnessing others who do stop and enjoy life, one moment at a time, and who find passion in the flow of these peak experiences.
Ask me anything…
Feel free to check my FAQ page and if your question is not answered already, please feel free to write me an email, tweet, or leave a facebook comment. I love to start and engage in conversations with my readers and fellow writers. And yes, I myself read my emails, not my agent or a robot.
Do you think, you should wait until you’re rich to change the world? There’s no such thing as “changing the word.” Changing the world begins with changing our self first. Every positive change that we make in our own life impacts the entire planet and every living creatures under the sun.
Because right now life isn’t as cool for everyone.
Poverty, illiteracy, bad incurable diseases, and environmental change are considered the greatest crisis facing the humankind in the 21st century.
Below are causes I believe in and fully support. I am currently focused on problems that are impacting all of us on a global scale and the ones that can be resolved within our lifetime.
United we win. United we can create a better world.
*My thoughts on The Future of Education (blog post)
LIFE & HEALTH
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