Someone suggested that I would get more respect for my views if I published a book. As if being published somehow means one has something worthy to say. Academia and journalism is full of meaningless, mediocre writing. I told them, I don’t write for respect, for money, for career, for status, for popularity, for a small clique etc. I write to change minds, to challenge, to express. The minute a person starts thinking about their audience is the minute they fail as a writer and thinker. What does ‘respect’ mean in any case? There will always be people who ‘respect’ and do ‘not respect’ what one says or writes. Who cares?