1. Please let us know about yourself?
☆ Born in 1966, graduated in arts from St. Xavier’s college Ranchi, working now as an official in Chhattisgarh govt. live in Bilaspur district with two daughters , Anjali and Shruti and only (one) wife- Sharmila Sinha.
2. What inspired you to write your first anthology and how many books have you written till date?
☆ I’m a widely published author, write both in English and Hindi. More than 50 short stories in literary journals, anthology book, novels have been published so far in Hindi. Dozens of stories in English and some novels, novelettes are waiting to be published, too. The publishing world for a new comer, particularly if the work is literary and traditional they don’t show much interest in you. I prefer to give a thought for self publishing. Besides, the fact is, I wanted to acknowledge my elders from them I’ve carried a lots of value and things that touched my dignity. The Untold Stories just not a fiction book, you’ll see here how our 90 percent of people so far struggled, and the new generation should know the value and dignity of human
struggle. I think this is the right time to come in the field of authentic books through which to get a conversation with new generation.
3.what your favourite genre as a writer or do you play with your imagination?
☆ Only literary fiction, nonfiction, too.
4. Have you faced a writer’s block? If Yes, how to overcome them?
☆ Literary I never, but after getting finished my target, I start doing another creative work like painting, or reading books on medicine, Ayurveda etc.
5. Who’s is your favorite author ?
☆ Premchand (hindi), Ratan Nath Sarshar (urdu) – I’ve not seen the kind of great writing like them. Writings of Ratan is so fantastic; one can’t imagine the way he writes! Similarly I’m a great fan of Swami Vivekanand’s English! He just is classical, no match! Across the country, D.H. Lawrence is my favorite. He amazed me of his view, he seems like a saga..
Author of Silas Marner, George Eliot my one of favorites…, there are some African writers, they are so original, I like them. Have gone through Chinua Achebe’s fantastic fiction. The list maybe long…!
6. kindly share your views on stories being converted in to movies ?
☆ There are few movies that had been translated by camera. If I remember now, Godan of Premchand, Guide of RK. Narayan, Tisari Kasam of Shailendra ji which was a translation of ‘Maare gaye Gulfaam’ by Fanishwar Renu. And, a big hit of the day- 3 Idiots of Bhagat Saheb. I’ve read all and seen the movie too. I can say that Guide of Chetan Anand and 3-Idiotes (5points someone) have gone afar, only the essence of story has been taken out, otherwise there are great rift in work of words and show of camera! It means, in my opinion, work of camera is different. Only I would like to say that Tisari Kasam has been depicted so closed. The best one regarding translating words into picture! Genius like Satyjeet Roy has justified in much of his works! Shatranj ke khiladi of Premchand is one of them. Including TV show based on books, I would name like Tamas, Govind Nihlaani’s work on Nehru’s ‘Bharat ek khoj’,, they are outstanding in both sense, and film maker has reached the goal. I do remember a great hit of Tapan Sinha, ‘Sageena’, hit movie of Great Dilip Sb, was also based on a novel, written in Bangla. I can’t say how it was written because I don’t know Bangla, but movie is fantastic! Another thing I would suggest, is there any lack of story in India, why we rush to Hollywood… for a photocopy…bad rather… we are so rich… , actually we lack Tapan Sinha, Satyjeet Roy , and talent like Nihlaniji.. Bimal Mitra (Saheb Bibi aur Gulam..), Hrishikesh Mukherji…A question for you– how many times would you like to read 5 points… and how many times to watch and enjoy 3 idiots..? It means it all depends on … Guide is a classic movie, Godan of Premchand is almost Epic like read, but who knows there was a film on it?
7. Tell us about any specific writing ritual you follow ?
☆No, not at all. My bed is the best place in this universe, where I can sleep flat without any hesitation.
8. What is the most surprising thing you discovered about yourself while writing?
☆ My potential, I was quite surprised to see myself through words! Amazing!
9. Do you think the name of the character in the story has a strong influence on the grip of the story or is the character built that matters?
☆ Everything counts! Name too…
My characters tell their name, I do not ask them, they even tell their own stories, I just write them. Mostly partially my imagination and the rest from our real lives characters and their names come out. To make it clear, examples- suppose you have a character and you do not want to reveal how she is, but you write about her as- ‘Pishacheen came across his way and immediately he turned his way’. (sorry for the kind of name!)
In the above sentence the two characters are shown. Both characters exhibit some traits, and thereafter your reader gets to it. In a short story you do not need to describe much, but show artistically. What you feel? – ‘The local lads were roaming through the house of Chhappan Chhuri, a sweet sixteen of universe!’ (again sorry, but this is how our society is..)… Similarly- there is a situation- some has problem, how to solve, one suggest that they should approach Bhishm Pitamah. Their eye shone and next they walked out to meet him. What your reader can imagine, Bhishm has traditional sense and it speaks much and loud! You did not need to describe all. This is art!
And, in consideration of other elements of a good story, a lot of things matter. Lots of elements are there, all in balanced way! The way you describe, your writing flow… characters’ behavior, clash and dualism, presence of mental and physical conflict…, creating curious scenes etc…, all factors. Finally how deep your message goes on, how it has touched readers’ emotions…, there are many factor. Without touching heart of a reader, your writing only becomes a time-pass-read! So, I think in a story the ‘bhaw paksh’, the emotional side is significant. It doesn’t mean your characters need weeping or laughing… but your characters need to wet or touch your readers. A good story should shake the mind and enter the heart! After all, human beings are an emotional being, it never changes.
10. what do you think makes a good story?
☆ Please see above!