Ardross author Bill Koul hopes to ‘stir the pot’ with latest book about India

Ardross resident Bill Koul is hoping to stir the pot with his latest book. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Ardross resident Bill Koul is hoping to stir the pot with his latest book. Picture: Jon Hewson.

ARDROSS resident Bill Koul is hoping to “stir the pot” by revealing more about the problems facing his native India in his latest book.

Mr Koul has previously written about the region of Kashmir, where he is from, but his fourth book Does India Need a Dictator to Rescue a Sinking Nation touches on political issues.

He travelled to India in early September to launch the book, where he says it was well-received.

“There are many problems in India such as pollution, the population and illiteracy,” he said.

“The politicians won’t listen to the public, it’s like Canberra times 10.

“India’s population grows by about 20 to 25 million people per year, that’s about the same as the population of Australia.

“God won’t fix the issue so I make the argument that having a dictator for a while might solve the issues and I’m hoping to stir up debate.”

He lived in Kashmir until 1989 following the conflict between Kashmiri separatists and the Government of India.

“I came to Australia in the late ‘90s because I loved cricket, I watched Dennis Lillee and Greg Chappell,” he said.

“I’ve always played cricket and I love it.

“‘My first book 22 Years – A Kashmir Story was about my trip back to the region; it was very sensitive because I vowed never to go back as so many bad things happened there.”

Mr Koul has also written about mental health in his book My life does not have to be unhappy.

All of his books were published by Indian company Vitasta Publishing.