Skip to main content

Author Highlight: Mithilesh Kumar Discusses his New Book ‘Supercop of Aryavrat’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Mithilesh Kumar – the author of ‘SuperCop of ARYAVRAT’. In this interview, he talks about his writing aspirations, inclination toward Indian mythology, and the route to getting his book published. Stay on...while we chat with him.

What inspired you to write this book and what made you to write a novel based on Lord Krishna?

First, this is not the story of Lord Krishna; this is the story of one of our most illustrious ancestors, Shri Krishna who was born on July the 19th, 3228 BC and who died on Feb the 18th, 3102 BC. Being our ancestors, he was more than God/Lord for me. So I don’t address him as Lord or God. I feel I am nearer to him when I prefix his name with Shri as we prefix for our parents and grandparents, etc. So, this is a historical novel, not a mythological one. Besides, this is Shri Krishna’s story from Shri Krishna’s perspective.

Next, many friends informed me that they knew everything about Shri Krishna through TV serials, films and various books on him. Why another book? I asked them, ‘Well, you know everything about him. Then tell me the names of all his eight principal queens.’ No one could go beyond four.  We do not know even this basic fact of his life. While researching on his life, I came to know that there are other aspects too we do not know and I decided to give words to his complete life story. Besides being a historical novel, this is Shri Krishna’s story from Shri Krishna’s perspective.

What message would you like to convey through this book?

As we have complete life-story of Shri Ram in Ramayana, Ram Charita Manas, etc., I wanted to give readers a complete life-story of Shri Krishna. That too from his own perspective. This is my modest attempt in that direction.

Since this novel contains information which is limited to mass, well then how you did the research for it?

The Preface to the book mentions some of the sources.

What else drives you other than writing fiction?

Reading novels and travelling.

How did you find the writing chord, or were you a born writer?

It is very difficult to tell whether someone is a born writer or not. But I know this much that each one of us has at least one story to tell. After s/he determines to tell that story to the world, 6Ps for writing a good novel should be kept in mind. Plot, Prose, Practice, Perseverance, Patience, Perfection — each one with excellence.

How do you handle the response of this book, especially from your friends and relatives and readers?

I feel great. I smile and thank Shri Krishna for his kindness.

What are some of your favourite novels and authors?

Many, depending upon the genre. Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, Jeffrey Archer’s A Prisoner of Birth and Only Time will Tell, Three simple and thought-provoking novels, Paulo Ceolho’s The Alchemist, Gita Mehta’s A River Sutra and Robin Sharma’s The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Ashwin Sanghi’s The Rozabal Line, Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone that inspired millions to read English novels in India, Amish’s The Immortals of Meluha that proved a volcano in the mythological thriller category, etc. In Hindi, K. M. Munshi, Bhagawati Charan Verma, Acharya Chatursen, Shivani, Bankim Chandra, Sharat Chandra, etc.

What was your biggest learning experience throughout the publishing process?

That, for a new author, I must say it is difficult to get a publisher. However after the book is complete, the writer should go on contacting publishers. S/he may get many rejections, still s/he must have a positive attitude and one day, s/he will definitely get a publisher. 

Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?

Writing had been my hobby. I kept on writing and perfecting the craft. 

Any best piece of writing advice from your side that we haven’t discussed?

A budding writer should also be an avid reader. Then he must develop observational skills. After that, for writing a good novel, the 6 Ps that I have said above.

Where do you write from? Do you go to some specific place, like beachside or into the hills?

You have a story and it is bubbling in your mind to come out. At that stage, you just require a little place for concentration and you start. It is up to you where you find the solitude for that. Beachside, poolside, hills or even your bedroom, for me, there is no difference once the story is there and the bubble ready-to-burst is there.

Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

In the story of every human being, there may be a few surprises.

When is the next part coming? Or any future books that you would like to discuss now?

SuperCop of ARYAVRAT is the complete life story of Shri Krishna. So there is nothing like its next part. However, I’m contemplating another quality book, in another genre, a few months later.


Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

Among all Ruskin Bond books, The Blue Umbrella has, so far, gathered immense applaud from readers and critics alike.  This is a short novel, but the kind of moral lessons it teaches to us are simply overwhelming.

This is a story of Binya, a poor little girl living with her mother and an elder brother, Bijju, in a small hilly village of Garhwal. One day while herding her two cows back home, she stumbles upon some city people enjoying the picnic in the valley. She is enthralled to see them well-groomed and rich. She craves to be one like them and among many other things of their, a blue frilly umbrella catches her attention. She begins craving for it. On the other hand, the city people get attracted by her innocent beauty and the pendant in her neck. The pendant consists of leopard’s claw – which is considered a mascot widely in the hills. Binya trades her pendant off with the blue umbrella.

The blue umbrella is so much beautiful that soon it becomes a topic of conversation for village…

Book Review: A Village in Garhwal by Ruskin Bond

There is no one better than Ruskin Bond to give you deep insights about the life in the Himalayan foothills. He lives in Mussoorie and thus knows the up and down of the hills, nearby and the farthest. You must have read many Ruskin Bond stories on the lives and culture of the Himalayan people living in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Well, this short story, A Village in Garhwal, takes you into Manjari village of Garhwal region. The author spends four days in the village, he was taken there by one of his friends Gajadhar. This village Manjari is located twenty-five miles away from Lansdown, a famous tourist place and center of Garhwal Rifles.

It takes two days to reach this village from the author’s native place. One needs to travel first by bus from Lansdown and then walk for five miles. The village is situated up the Nayar River – a tributary of the Ganges. One morning the author wakes up to the loud vociferous sound of Cicada. This sound reminds him of factory buzzer. The author …

Book Review: The Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond

The Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond is a very nice story promoting the importance of nature through a cute boy Rakesh, aged six. Rakesh lives with his grandfather in a small town of Mussoorie, and there he goes to school every day. For the farming purpose, his parents live in the deeper part of the mountains which is not connected with facilities like school or hospitals, etc.

One day Rakesh buys a bunch of cherries from the market, while eating them, he comes home. When he is left with only three cherries, he thinks about sowing seeds of cherries around his home, since there is barely a fruit tree. In the garden around his home, he throws the seed casually. After rain and winter when the next season of monsoon arrives, by luck he notices the tiny plant of the cherry tree. Thereafter, he grows fond of that tree; however, he remains obsessed with its height. He wants it to grow very fast. When he sees that the tree is not growing fast like he thought, he abandons it, thinking it a waste of…