Traveling to and spending 10 days in New Delhi every month from 1994 first I set up the ACECI National Office in an Archdiocesan building. The Pro Nuncio to India H. E. Archbishop George Zur inaugurated the office on September 11, 1994. Then 3 years later I was able to buy with great difficulties a suitable large office for ACECI in Divya Deepti Sadan, 10-11, Bhai Vir Singh Marg in a very central place close to Goledakkhana in New Delhi. Archbishop Alan de Lastic of Delhi blessed the new office premises on October 14, 1997.
After running the ACECI National Office as a part-time job for 9 years I left it in 2003 for my full-time successor Fr. Varghese Nediakalayil, SVD, while I continued to remain an office-bearer of ACECI.
After leaving the editorship of DOOT while continuing full-time service with CISS, a turning point came when my friends, who appreciated my writings and knew my interest in keeping up writing as a hobby, introduced me to editors of dailies and I started writing in secular dailies and other periodicals.
My friend Mr. Navin Macwan took me to Mr. Jaswant Raval, then editor of Madhyantar at Anand and I wrote a weekly column in the paper from January 1997 to December 2001 and my friend Mr. Yoseph Macwan introduced to Mr. Bhupatbhai Vadodaria, then editor of Samabhav daily at Ahmedabad. Though I was diffident to accept right away Bhupatbhai’s invitation to write a column in Samabhav, with the encouragement of Yoseph Macwan I did write a column in the daily from 1999 to 2004.
My friend Mr. Joseph Macwan who wrote the forward to my second book “Bimb-Pratibimb” introduced me to his publishers Mr. Bhagatbhai of R. R. Sheth & Co. Ahmedabad-Mumbai. They published my two books in 1999 and both were sold out in two years, that they published a second edition in 2001. Ever since bringing out one or two of my books every year R. R. Sheth & Co. have published 16 books.
Meanwhile Yoseph Macwan took me to his publishers Manharbhai Modi of Rannade Prakashan and they have published 10 books bringing out one book a year from 2000. Some those books are running second and third editions.
I am happy to note here that Dr. Raghuvir Chaudhari of Rangdwar Prakashan too have published my two books. My “Yadgar Anubhavo” (Memorable Experiences) is written at the request of Raghuvirbhai. He also published my translation of a novel on the life and writings of the Russian novelist Dostoyeveskey written originally in Malayalam by Shreedharan Perumpadavom. The novel has sold more than 1.5 lakh copies in Malayalam, a record sale for a book in Malayalam.
I am very happy to note that with the 3 books released during CISS Silver Jubilee celebrations on September 28, 2009 I have authored 35 books including two books in English which are actually my own translations of my Gujarati books. The two English books are being translated into Malayalam and are scheduled to be published in 2010.
My jobs and responsibilities in mass media helped me to cultivate and enjoy my hobbies of reading, writing and traveling. I have I had the opportunities to study 10 languages and have traveled far and wide in India and abroad for my studies or for participating or conducting seminars and workshops and also for attending World Congresses and Council Meetings of UCIP. So far I have visited 33 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. I believe that my writings have been enriched by these traveling and world-wide contacts.
A new dimension to my life was added when I launched my personal website in April 2004. Thousands of visits to my personal web site enthused and encouraged me to start my office web site which was launched on April 4, 2006 by the President of CISS Bishop Thomas Macwan of Ahmedabad Diocese. Both the web sites are being renewed and updated in 2010.
In short, I am Jesus Christ’s disciple who tries to live and spread His message of love and peace. #