Mike Bhangu hangs out at Merritt coffee shops most days vigourously typing away on his laptop.

His flow of ideas has cumulated into four books, three of which are released to the public and one that is set to be made public next year.

The last book would have been released this year, but Bhangu was sidelined after crashing his Jeep into a rock wall near Princeton.

“I don’t remember being scared. I just remember thinking, as I’m driving into the mountain, ‘This is going to hurt,'” he said. “But, in life I’ve been through so many incidences that fear doesn’t trouble me anymore.”

And that is a part of the Sikh philosophy to which he strongly adheres in his writing.

“There is nothing to fear. What is death but an entrance into another type of existence? Death isn’t the end.”

Ideas such as these are expressed in his latest release Popular Ideas Broken and Rebuilt and in many of his other books. In his books, Bhangu discusses the differences between the contemporary Punjabi community and the Sikh community.

“True religion isn’t about the material world, it is about the spiritual world.”

Many of his theories stem from political science and philosophy backgrounds, combined with original ideas.

“I draw a lot of associations,” he said. “But it’s all based on facts. It’s not just pulling it out of thin air.”

For Bhangu, having ideas and motivation to write, and then having the opportunity to market them, boils down to serendipity.

In one such incident, Bhangu was writing at the Merritt Starbucks when he happened to meet the president of Radio Punjab 1110 AM, Canada’s largest Punjabi radio station.

“That all came about because, one day, when I was releasing my first book, I was sitting in Starbucks and the president walked by and I had a question in mind that I thought he’d be able to answer. I said, ‘Hey, do you mind if I ask you a question?'”

That first conversation led to frequent meetings as the pair happened upon each other on multiple occasions as Bhangu was writing and the president stopped in Merritt when travelling through.

“He listened to my ideas and he read my first book. One day he mentioned to me that he has all these radio stations.”

From there, a radio producer emailed Bhangu and asked him to come on the show.

“Now they would like me to come back on a regular basis.”

While Bhangu usually writes in coffee shops in Merritt, he also travels to Kamloops for an occasional change of atmosphere, he said.

His last book was available at Chapters, but he said the promotional aspects of publishing on that level demanded too much exertion after his accident.

But his latest book is on createspace.com, where people can order an electronic copy for $15.

People can receive it for free by “liking” his Facebook page (facebook.com/pages/author – mikebhangu.

His next novel, to be released in 2013, is The Separation of God and Religion.