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A brief profile of Rajendra Kher,

Rajendra Kher is an experienced professional author from India, born in Pune on 3rd of January 1961. He graduated from Pune University in 1983. His father, late Mr. B. D. Kher was also a prolific author. He has written over a hundred books and was the recipient of many national and international awards including Soviet Land Nehru Award, Maharashtra State Award.  

Rajendra Kher has been writing since past 25 years. So far, he has 10 published works to his credit. All written in Marathi—the books have received tremendous appreciation from the readers and critics alike. Some of his novels are translated in three other languages and are among the bestsellers. He is also the recipient of 5 prestigious awards.

Four of his novels are published in English. One of them is a novel on the philosophy of Bhagavad-Gita titled ‘The Song of Salvation’ published by Zumaya Publications, USA. Several reviews over the same can be seen on the internet.

The second, ‘The Silent Reformer’, a novel based on the life and times of revered Pandurang Shastri Athavle, founder of Swadhyay Pariwar with millions of followers worldwide, is the English version (published in India) of his original novel in Marathi: ‘Deha Zala Chandanacha.’ Around 40,000 copies sold in Marathi. 18,000 copies sold in Gujarati language. English version is in its 4th reprint while the original Marathi novel is in its 30th reprint. Rajendra got chance to have very close conversation with Rev. Pandurang Shastri Athavle for three and half year’s period while writing this novel. Revered Pandurang Shastri Athavle was the recipient of more than 100 national & international awards including Magasaysay Award, Templeton Award, Tilak Award, Gandhi Award, House-of-Lords felicitation, Birla Award etcetera for his unmatched work for humanity through devotion.

He has contributed numerous articles and short stories to newspapers and magazines. Life After Life follows the publication of the widely acclaimed Empire Of The Gods and bestselling Udayan, The Forgotten Pandava. All these books are from Leadstart Publishing.       

Rajendra Kher has also had an opportunity to work in Indian film industry for 10 years and thereafter he worked as a Programme Director for 2 years, for a TV channel. He was assistant director in Prakasha Mehra productions (which produced Amitabh Bachan’s block-buster movies like ‘Zanjeer,’ ‘Mukaddar ka Sikandar,’ ‘Sharabi,’ Lawaris’ etc). Also, he worked with Sidhharth Kak (‘Surbhi’fame) for his several documentaries. Rajendra Kher produced and directed a short experimental film: ‘Charlie Chaplin in India’ in his early age. He worked as Production Manager for many documentaries and as a Chief assistant director for some TV serials as well. He has a profound experience in writing scripts and screenplays, etc and has written numerous articles and short stories as well, for newspapers and magazines.

 

Rajendra Kher’s Books:

 

Deha Zala Chandanacha:  

This is all time bestselling Biographical novel on the life and work of Revered Pandurang Shastri Athavale who was the founder of Swadhyay Parivar of millions of Swadhayees world-wide. This is a life story of Pandurang Shastri aka poojya Dadaji since his childhood. Poojya Dadaji himself told his story to the author - Rajendra Kher. (Marathi)

 

 The Silent Reformer / Kaya Bani Chandan

 

English translation of best-selling Marathi biographical novel on the life of Revered Pandurang Shastri Athavale, founder of Swadhyay Parivar, who introduced universal way of life, way of worship and way of thinking to achieve spiritual height. Revered Pandurang Shastri (Dadaji) was an activist philosopher who formed the family (parwar) of millions of Swadhayees World-wide. He was recipient of 100s of awards including Magsaysay award, Templeton Award, Gandhi award, Tilak award etc. This novel is entirely based on his life, thoughts and work. Mr. Kher had personal interviews with Rev. Dada ji within the period of 3 & half years and then and then he wrote this novel. Hence, this book presents firsthand information about Rev. Dada ji and has become historical document of Rev. Pandurang Shastri's life and work.

  

Empire of the Gods

 

English translation of best selling Marathi book (non-fiction) Devanchya Rajyaat. 

 "Who were the Gods? Were they super-humans who came to Earth from somewhere outside our solar system? Were these aliens considered Gods by early Man because they arrived in illuminated spacecraft and possessed advanced knowledge? Were these ‘Gods’ responsible for establishing religion on Earth? What do civilizations such as the Inca, Maya, Sumer and Indian, tell us the existence of Gods? Are the Seven Worlds (lokas), the territory of the Gods? And what happened to them? Where did they vanish to?

Empire of the Gods delves with defining insight into the proofs that exist in scientific research, the writings of eminent thinkers, as well as India’s ancient scriptures and epics such as Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavat-Gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Samarangana Sutradhar, Bruhad Aeronautics, Kathaasaritsagar about the presence, activities and characters of the Gods. It also looks at how to attain the bliss promised by the Gods, the existence of an afterlife and comprehensive ways of meditation free from ritual.

This deeply researched and riveting narrative casts the clear light of logical reason on areas and concepts we have perhaps only imagined or thought of as science fiction."

 

Geetambari

 

Novelized form of the Bhagavad-Gita. This novel received great applause from readers and critics as well. In this novel Geetambari the author has made every effort to transmit the divine message of Lord Sri Krishna, through beautiful scenes and their background, personal dialogues between Lord Krishna and Arjuna and all the relevant characters that provide a vivid spectrum of the ancient people and their lives, their costumes, different ways of behavior accompanied with mutual conversations and background of different social and political conditions, their prevailing caste systems, religion, the conflict between Kauravas and Pandavas, the military arrangements of both the armies, the surrounding abounding nature but with a complete focus on two stable characters Krishna and Arjuna, which has made this novel a visual panorama.

Dhananjay

 

This is another bestseller Marathi novel on Arjuna, the hero of the Mahabharata. Dhananjay is based on original researched edition of Mahabharata, that presents real and many unknown events happened in Mahabharata as well as in Arjuna's life.   

Mandary

 

Novel on the life, work and era of Rishi Mandarya. This mind blowing novel depicts the era of some 10,000 years back.

Devanchya Rajyaat

 

Were GODS super humans from outside our solar system? Were the charioteers being named or called as GODS because of the lamps that lit over their spacecrafts? Had they been in the company of the barbarians on this Earth for some duration whatsoever? Were they the GODS who established ‘religion’ on this Earth? Which are the proofs thereto in India’s ancient scriptures such as Rig-Veda, Upanishdas, Bhagavad-Gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Samarangana Sutradhar, Bruhad Aeronautics, Kathaasaritsagar, etc? What do civilizations like Inca, Maya, Sumerian and Indian tell us about existence of GODS? Was there any connection between Aryans and Mayans?

Is it the GOD’s territory in the seven worlds—Seven Lokas—and beyond? What should be done to experience the bliss of that territory? How is life after death? Which are the comprehensive ways of meditation free from rituals?

'Devanchya Rajyaat' is an exclusive book proven with a comparative study of several topics alike!

 

Digvijay 

 

This a historical novel on the rise & fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Rise of Napoleon after French revolution, at the time he was just ordinary soldier in French Army. After revolution, he began proving his capabilities and eventually he became King of France. Very interesting story which involves love stories, espionage, treachery and Napoleon's tragic end at Saint Helena. This novel is published by Mehta Publishing House in Marathi. 

  

Bindusarovar

 

Super-natural thriller. 

The story begins with a journey from speedy miserable materialistic life and ends at a very peaceful place. Readers will experience the universal truth at the end. This fantastic story contains the philosophical thread within taught by ancient Indian rishis, this is UNIQUE feature of the novel.

This is my translated Supernatural thriller which is entirely original and quite successful in Marathi language readers. Critics say about this novel: “The story takes the readers on a tour of an alternate reality. Credible plot, exotic visions and indubitable originality are the hallmarks of the story, which has the power to capture the imagination of readers.

 

Udayan

 

This is epic tale of Udayn, his devoted minister; Yaugandharayan; his fiercely loyal Generel Rumanwan; and the brilliant Court Jester Vasantak. It is also story of Pradyot, proud king of Avanti, and Udayan's abduction of his vivacious and beautiful daughter Vasavdatta. As the thrilling narrative seeps accross the plains and mountains of Bharatvarsha, raising the dust of history, events long past come to life once again; a people long gone, live, love and ride once more under the banner of their Pandava king.

The story of Udayan is inherently captivating however it has been embellished with even more colorful details to make the novel all the more interesting to read.  

 

Hollywoodche Vinodveer

 

Life-sketches of comedians of Hollywood in Black Comedy era. It includes life stories and works of eight great comedians which includes: Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chase, Bob Hope and Danny Kaye.  

 

Empire of the Gods

 

English translation of best selling Marathi book (non-fiction) Devanchya Rajyaat. 

 "Who were the Gods? Were they super-humans who came to Earth from somewhere outside our solar system? Were these aliens considered Gods by early Man because they arrived in illuminated spacecraft and possessed advanced knowledge? Were these ‘Gods’ responsible for establishing religion on Earth? What do civilizations such as the Inca, Maya, Sumer and Indian, tell us the existence of Gods? Are the Seven Worlds (lokas), the territory of the Gods? And what happened to them? Where did they vanish to?

Empire of the Gods delves with defining insight into the proofs that exist in scientific research, the writings of eminent thinkers, as well as India’s ancient scriptures and epics such as Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavat-Gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Samarangana Sutradhar, Bruhad Aeronautics, Kathaasaritsagar about the presence, activities and characters of the Gods. It also looks at how to attain the bliss promised by the Gods, the existence of an afterlife and comprehensive ways of meditation free from ritual.

This deeply researched and riveting narrative casts the clear light of logical reason on areas and concepts we have perhaps only imagined or thought of as science fiction."

 

Aum Tat Sat

 

English translation of Marathi book - Dainandin Bhagavadgeeta will be published by Zumaya Publications, USA. Geeta is set in 365 days for daily reading and study. 

For the time being Buying option is set for original Marathi version.

 

Dainandin Bhagavad-Gita

 

Marathi book - Bhagavadgeeta is set in 365 days for daily reading and study. 

 

Udayan: The Forgotten Pandava

 

Some are born great. Some become great. Yet others have greatness thrust upon them. But what of he who is all three? Few people know that besides the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, there is a third epic of ancient India: the Bruhatkatha. Composed by scholar-poet- savant Gunadhya, it once consisted of an astonishing 700,000 couplets but the manuscript was torched by Gunadhya himself. Only 100,000 shlokas survive today - the story of Udayan, direct descendant of the great Pandava warrior, Arjuna, born to rule the great kingdom of Vatsa, which stretched across the length and breadth of Bharatvarsha. Raised to be King, Udayan was taught the skills of the warrior as well as the craft of the statesman whose words hide his thoughts. But his soul belonged to the Goddess of Music. As time passed, the great Vatsa Empire crumbled as its musician-King sat lost to the reality of the intrigue, espionage and wars which threatened to wipe out both his kingdom and the Pandava line forever. This is the epic tale of Udayan; his devoted Minister, Yaugandharayan; his fiercely loyal General, Rumanwan; and the brilliant Court Jester, Vasantak. It is also the story of Pradyot, proud King of Avanti, and Udayan's abduction of his vivacious and beautiful daughter, Vasavdatta. The thrilling narrative sweeps across Bharatvarsha and events long past come to life once again; a people long gone, live, love and ride once more under the banner of their Pandava King.

 

Life After Life

Upcoming from Celestial Press

     

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Rajendra Kher: Anandi Niwas, Anand Nagar, Off: B. D. Kher Squre, Sinhgad Road, PUNE - 411051. BHARAT (INDIA).

Phone - [+91] 020-24358258 / e-mail: rkher1961@gmail.com

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राजेन्द्र खेर यांचा अल्प-परिचय 

 

ज्येष्ठ साहित्यिक कै. भा. द. खेर यांचे राजेन्द्र खेर हे चिरंजीव  

* चित्रपट क्षेत्रात प्रकाश मेहरा प्रॉडक्शन्स, सिनेमा व्हिजन्स, सिनेमेन इ. निर्मात्यांबरोबर सुमारे नऊ वर्षं त्यांनी लेखन-दिग्दर्शन, निर्मिती अशा विविध क्षेत्रात काम केलं. ते सह-दिग्दर्शक असलेली 'नाजुका' नावाची मालिका पूर्वी गाजली होती. 'मायबोली' वाहिनीवर त्यांनी दिग्दर्शक म्हणून काम केलं - एकूण ७० भागांचं दिग्दर्शन. 

 

* राजेन्द्र खेरांनी १९८९ सालापासून लेखनाला प्रारंभ केला. त्यांची आजपर्यंत दहा पुस्तकं प्रकाशित झाली आहेत. त्यांच्या पुस्तकांचे इंग्रजी, गुजराती आणि हिंदी भाषांमधून अनुवाद झाले असून अलीकडच्या यशस्वी साहित्यिकांमध्ये त्यांची गणना होते. त्यांची जवळपास सर्व पुस्तकं रसिकमान्य ठरली आहेत. 

 

राजेन्द्र खेरांची ग्रंथसंपदा:

मराठी 

- दिग्विजय: फ्रेंच राज्यक्रांतीपासून नेपोलियनच्या अखेरीपर्यंतचा संपूर्ण कालखंड उभा करणारी ६२४ पृष्ठांची भव्य ऐतिहासिक कादंबरी. अनेक वृत्तपत्रांनी 'आदर्श ऐतिहासिक कादंबरी' म्हणून या कादंबरीची समीक्षा केली.

 

- देह झाला चंदनाचा: 'स्वाध्याय-प्रणेते' पू. पांडुरंगशास्त्री आठवले यांच्या अलौकिक जीवनावरील रसिकमान्य ठरलेली ही ६०० पृष्ठांची रससिद्ध 'बेस्ट-सेलर' कादंबरी. या कादंबरीचे आतापर्यंत गुजराती, हिंदी आणि इंग्रजी भाषांमधून अनुवाद प्रकाशित झाले आहेत. हे अनुवादही 'बेस्ट-सेलर' ठरले आहेत. 

 

- गीतांबरी: श्रीमद्भग्वदगीतेवरील ही वैशिष्ट्यपूर्ण कादंबरी. मराठीत अनेक आवृत्त्या प्रकाशित. 

 

- धनंजय: अर्जुनाच्या जीवनावरील, मूळ महाभारतातील अनेक सुप्त पदर उलगडून दाखवणारी ही ६५० पृष्ठांची अभिजात कादंबरी. याही कादंबरीच्या सातत्यानं आवृत्या निघतात. 

- मांदार्य: अगस्त्य ऋषींच्या जीवनावरील अद्भुत कादंबरी.  

 

देवांच्या राज्यात: देव हे परग्रहावरील अतिमानव होते का? परब्रह्माचं स्वरूप कोणतं? देवांच्या राज्यातून प्रवास करीत आनंदमार्गी जीवनाचा वेध घेणारं अनोखं 'बेस्ट-सेलर' पुस्तक.   

- बिंदूसरोवर: रहस्यमय, अद्भुरम्य कादंबरी. 'महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स'च्या TOP 5 पुस्तकांमध्ये अंतर्भाव. 

 

- उदयन: प्राचीन भारतातील या तिसऱ्या महाकाव्यावरील - उदयन-वासवदत्ता-पद्मावती या कथानकावरील ही रससिद्ध कादंबरी. 

 

- दैनंदिन भग्वदगीता: ३६५ दिवस प्रतिदिनी वाचन-मनन-चिंतन करण्यासाठीचा  ग्रंथ. 

 

-हॉलिवूडचे विनोदवीर: हॉलिवूडच्या 'ब्लॅक-कॉमेडी' जमान्यातील विनोदवीरांची चारिकहाणी. 

 

- समाजहितेशू पांडुरंगशास्त्री आठवले: पू. पांडुरंगशास्त्री यांचं चरित्र. 

खेरांच्या पुस्तकांचे विविध भाषेतील अनुवाद

 

English Books

 

- The Silent Reformer:  'देह झाला चंदनाचा' या कादंबरीचा इंग्रजी अनुवाद. amazon.com वर पाच स्टार्स. 

 

- The Song of Salvation:  'गीतांबरी' कादंबरीचा इंग्रजी अनुवाद.

 

- Udayan: The Forgotten Pandava:  'उदयन' या कादंबरीचा इंग्रजी अनुवाद.

 

Empire of the Gods:  'देवांच्या राज्यात'चा इंग्रजी अनुवाद.

 

- Life After Life: Lifting the Veil on Death:  'मृत्यूनंतरचे जीवन आणि परलोकाचे स्वरूप' या पुस्तकाचा इंग्रजी अनुवाद.

 

- Aum Tat Sat:  'दैनंदिन भगवदगीता' या ग्रंथाचा इंग्रजी अनुवाद.

 

- Bindu Sarovar:  'बिंदूसरोवर' या कादंबरीचा इंग्रजी अनुवाद.

 

- Dhananjay:  'धनंजय' या कादंबरीचा इंग्रजी अनुवाद.

 

गुजराती:

 

- काया बनी चंदन:  'देह झाला चंदनाचा' या कादंबरीचा गुजराती अनुवाद

 

- धनंजय: 'धनंजय' या कादंबरीचा गुजराती अनुवाद

 

- गीतांबरी: 'गीतांबरी' या कादंबरीचा गुजराती अनुवाद

हिंदी:

 

देह बन गई चंदन:  'देह झाला चंदनाचा' या कादंबरीचा हिंदी अनुवाद   

 

पुरस्कार / मानसन्मान 

 

- 'देह झाला चंदनाचा' या कादंबरीला पुणे मराठी ग्रंथालयाचा ना. ह. आपटे पुरस्कार 

- 'देह झाला चंदनाचा' या कादंबरीचा गुजराती अनुवाद 'काया बानी चंदन'ला बडोदा मराठी वाङ्मय परिषदेचा पुरस्कार 

- साहित्यिक कारकीर्द सन्मान - गदिमा प्रतिष्ठानचा 'चैत्रबन पुरस्कार' 

- महाराष्ट्र साहित्य परिषद + शिवाजी सावंत मित्रमंडळ तर्फे देण्यात येणारा पहिला 'युगंधर सन्मान' - २०१६

- सुखकर्ता पुरस्कार 

- पुणे महानगरपालिका गौरव 

- संस्कारभारती गौरव 

- संतदर्शन सन्मान   

इतर गौरव

 

- भारताचे तत्कालीन राष्ट्रपती डॉ. एपीजे अब्दुल कलाम यांनी 'गीतांबरी'चा इंग्रजी अनुवाद The Song of Salvation वाचून श्री. खेरांना व्यक्तिगत पत्र पाठवलं आणि कादंबरी आवडल्याचं कळवून गौरव केला. 

- 'देह झाला चंदनाचा' या कादंबरीवर २०१३ साली पुणे विद्यापीठातून एम. फील.  केली गेली. योगायोग असा की त्याच वर्षी भा. द. खेर यांच्या चरित्रात्मक कादंबऱ्यांवर पुणे विद्यापीठातूनच पीएच. डी. केली गेली! 

- अनेक राष्ट्रांमधल्या मान्यवर-समीक्षकांनी खेरांच्या The Song of Salvation आणि The Silent Reformer या कादंबऱ्यांचा आपल्या समीक्षेतून गौरव केला आहे. 

- Goodreads.com, Amazon.com इत्यादी आंतरराष्ट्रीय वेबसाईटवर राजेन्द्र खेरांच्या पुस्तकांना वाचकांकडून 4.5 / 5 Stars मिळाले आहेत. 

 

विविध विषयांवर व्याख्याने

 

- राजेन्द्र खेर यांनी आजपर्यंत विविध विषयांवर जवळपास ४०० व्याख्यानं दिली आहेत. त्यांच्या व्याख्यानांचे विषय याप्रमाणे:- महाभारताचे वास्तव दर्शन, महाभारतातील अतर्क्य, प्राचीन विचार आणि आधुनिक आचार, मृत्यूनंतरचे जीवन आणि परलोकांचं स्वरूप, आद्य क्रांतिकारक भगवान श्रीकृष्ण, भग्वदगीतेची वैश्विकता,  देव हे परग्रहावरील अतिमानव होते? 

 

स्फुट-लेखन

 

- अनेक दिवाळी अंक, वृत्तपत्रं आणि नियतकालिकांमधून राजेन्द्र खेरांचे लेख, कथा प्रकाशित झाल्या आहेत. 

 

प्रकाशन संस्था

 

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