Born & brought up in Bhilai & graduated from Raipur, Chattisgarh, Author Manoj Kumar Sharma has worked as professional engineer in various MNC’s & Corporates in Mumbai. Reading & writing were his crazy passions since school days, and, finally MIЯЯЯO alighted.
MIRRRO @ THE WEIRD WAYWARD is a Social Fiction / Urban Fiction…where India’s perennial social problems are targeted from absolute cleansing perspectives in unimaginable, unthoughtful weird ways, which never ever happened in any part of the world.
Author has future plans for Books on various known but unsung issues of our day-to-day lives; but ways beyond innovativeness.
TBE: Tell us a little about your story and the story world you’ve created.
Manoj Kumar Sharma: MIRRRO @ THE WEIRD WAYWARD is a Story which basically revolves around India, our great Nation. We all love our country, and we all want India to grow at its best and to become the No. 1 Nation by all means, as it was in ancient era, known as The Golden Bird – say it Culture, Knowledge, Literature, Agriculture, Technology, Industrial, Economy, Defense Power, Sports, Global Relations, etc. etc.
Because still every now and then we come across various reports from various sources about findings of the real life proofs of ancient Indian civilizations – which clearly validate that 10’s of 1000’s years ago, India had developed all-round values of a multi-dimensional grownup civilization, when the rest of the world was struggling as nomadic to get through the perennial dark ages persistent over there.
Later on, when invaders from various parts of the world encroached into here, and slowly & repetitively kept on dismantling our culture, value system, economy and finally left us declaring as so called independent country, at a price of huge loss of Land, Lives, Values and many more….
In independent India, even after 70+ years, still it seems that the power struggle is at its all-time peak at the cost of further deterioration of its ancient core values…we all want India to be a great nation, but, without disturbing our own conveniences & vested interests.
But how? By following the existing success modules of already grownup countries of this new age, or, by some innovative approach in line with our own ancient values? Whatever way, we can’t afford ignoring the basics while on the journey of growth.
TBE: How do you come up with the title of your book and what is the significance of the title?
Manoj Kumar Sharma: Actually the Title “MIRRRO” born later, the Story concept born first. And after lot of struggle, I succeeded convincing myself that “MIRRRO” could be the most appropriate Title. Because, “MIRRRO” is different from all of us, anybody from recent past or in current generations. Its thought process is not pseudo, but, need of the hour in longer, larger, wider perspectives. And, if it could be the Title, then it is the closest, synced Title…with the soul of the Story. As well as, it is synced as the deeply hidden wishes in subconscious minds of majority of people in society against the perennial social problems we are facing in every day-in & day-out.
The Title “MIRRRO” signifies not only an all-together different character, but, a different thought process.
TBE: How this story first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?
Manoj Kumar Sharma: The Story or the idea of the Story, struck the mind out of the reactions against the negativities happening around us in our day-to-day life.
TBE: What is the key theme and/or message in the book?
Manoj Kumar Sharma: The key theme is – India’s journey of Growth to become the World’s Super Power, needs seriously solving its perennial social problems through innovative permanent solutions, even if weird.
TBE: Who are your main characters? Tell us a little about what makes them tick.
Manoj Kumar Sharma: The Story is an urban fiction, flowing with thrill & suspense. So, sharing or disclosing about the main characters will dilute the suspense.
But, indicatively saying – India’s Growth is a very important issue in the Story, where, India’s perennial social problems are the Villains. And the selfless willingness for solving these problems is the main protagonist of the story.
TBE: Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Manoj Kumar Sharma: The characters are neither absolutely real, nor absolutely fictitious. But, natural combinations of both.
The characters evolved as per the story, and, their traits grew with blend of realm and fiction.
TBE: How difficult it was to write the violent scenes in your books?
Manoj Kumar Sharma: Writing violent scenes was happened with imaginations. Not wanted to clone similar to real life or from existing sources(cinema, literature, TV Shows), but, with some innovative creations. So, the craving for innovativeness helped mitigating any difficulty.
TBE: Did you always know the solution when you start writing Mirrro?
Manoj Kumar Sharma: No…I never knew the solutions before they evolved. The final solutions been penned, out of many ideas came into mind at various stages of the story. Nothing was planned as such, almost everything did flow naturally in due course of the writing.
TBE: Have you ever learned anything thing from a negative review and incorporated it in your writing?
Manoj Kumar Sharma: MIRRRO is my debut Novel, so, I am keeping curious watch over the reviews. Being novice, I would like to learn how far Positive Reviews & Negative Reviews could affect the future writing style? How the learnings from negative reviews could successfully be incorporated in desired way in future writing.
But, one thing is sure, negative reviews are almost like heart attacks, sometimes fatal too; and if you ask anybody – who loves heart attacks?
TBE: In your opinion, what is the most important thing about any book?
Manoj Kumar Sharma: The soul of the story. The quality of the soul of the story. The character of the soul of the story.
TBE: Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?
Manoj Kumar Sharma: The sequel of MIRRRO is in making.
Parallely one Woman-centric story, one book of short stories and one story on social fabric of our society, are in various stages of writing; and few more are lined up, but, in infant stages…