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