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rajchawla

Bio: I am 75, of East Indian origin, a Canadian resident since 1970, and a citizen. After completing my first masters in mathematical statistics from Delhi University, and teaching there as well, I left New Delhi in September 1965 on a small scholarship offered by the British Council of Social Sciences for another masters in econometrics and quantitative methods from Manchester University (U.K.). After successfully completing this degree, moved on to Bristol University to pursue further research to obtain a doctorate as well as teach statistics to graduate students. I didn't receive the doctorate degree as the examiner wanted some changes made in the unsupervised thesis, and for which I had no more time. After a little more than three years in Bristol, I won a public competition for a job at the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, now known as Statistics Canada. I came to Ottawa on January 16, 1970, and joined the Bureau on January 19th. During my tenure at Statistics Canada, I was engaged in research on earnings, incomes, wealth, expenditures, labour market participation of Canadians and their families. Comparing Canadians' situation with those in other countries like the United States was always closer to my heart. Findings of this research, published by Statistics Canada, as part of federal government studies, were well received by the media, researchers and policy makers in both the public and private sectors, including banks and other financial institutions. During my tenure at StatCan I was able to publish tens and tens of comprehensive reports and analytic papers. Even the last paper, a week before my retirement from Statistics Canada on March 30th, 2012, was cited in New York's Dow Jones paper. See the list of my published work on my site. As analyst, I have good quantitative, analytic skills, well-verse with social, demographic, and economic issues affecting households. I have a good working knowledge of SAS, excel, power point, and word. My special areas of interest/expertise, as reflected by these publications, included work and earnings by gender, dual-earner families, income/wealth inequality, savings behaviour in terms of types of assets held and debts owed. One of the highlights of my career at StatCan has been the opportunity to be a member of the team visiting the World Bank in Washington to present a proposal on conducting income and other surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa - a part of developmental project partly backed by Canada. After retirement, I changed my interest to writing fiction/non-fiction, and also created a blog site with posts on miscellaneous topics. Each post close to 1,000 words. I began writing my debut erotic romance fiction on April 25, 2014, and witnessed its release in both digital and print versions by Amazon.com on August 4, 2016. The digital version is also available at kindle, draft-to-digital (D2D), nook, kobo, apple, and iBooks. This fiction is now available at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library. You can borrow it for three weeks at a time - three renewals are allowed. I am pleased to announce that my non-fiction "A Writer's Journey Through the Bureaucratic Maze: A True Account" was released in June - to be followed by another fiction by the end of 2017. I write under my pen name - 'Paul Shona'. I am working hard on learning about the marketing of books. Many writers are not that good marketeers. I am no exception. However, one thing is certain: sooner or later, I am going to find my way. Marketing is not new to me. I ran a mail order business for almost ten years, selling skill development products on books, audios, and videos. Skills ranged from riding a mountain bike, use of a sewing machine, to extinguishing fires in oil wells. I sold products from coast-to-coast. This business venture, that taught me a lot about marketing, pricing, public relations, was eventually closed because of the advent of the internet - as no body wanted to pay for something freely available on-line. I firmly believe in volunteering my time to help the community. I have served as chair to PTA and School Council of schools that my kids attended. Also served as a trustee and chair of the Township of Cumberland's public library, as director of of the board overseeing Cumberland's public housing. Also, served as a trustee of the Southern Ontario Library Services board. Currently, I am a member of Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board of the province of Ontario, overseeing the ethical and methodological issues relating to clinical trials conducted by hospitals. Effective September 2016, I am equally involved in Ontario wide clinical trials. I find this work quite challenging and mentally stimulating. But my real love of writing continues. As a writer, I should keeping writing to preserve my creativity, passion, and serenity. The plan to open up a business of copywriting is under way. I can be reached at LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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