03 November, 2015

#Interview with Shiv Kumar, #Author of Operation India One

About the Author:

Shiv Kumar works as Commercial Tax Officer for the government of Bihar. He was an engineer with a public sector company for nine years. He has travelled extensively throughout India during the course of his work.
He is passionate about reading and writing. He prefers to delve into subjects concerning socio-political realities of contemporary India. Among other interests, Shiv Kumar is fond of travel writing, thriller and crime fiction.

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Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
Writing has always been my hobby. However five years back while seeing my essays written for competitive exams, my friends suggested I should write and I took the suggestion seriously!

What inspires you to write?
Writing is fun. The control over the plot and destiny of the characters gives a satisfactory feeling.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
As an engineer I used to visit power plants which are normally located in remote places. The settings in the story are inspired from my experiences in those places. As a Government servant I regularly come face to face with the present political scenario of the state. These came handy while preparing the plot of the story

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
Not till now. I have written whatever I have conceptualized.

Tell us about your writing process.
Development of plot and characters takes 60% of time and energy. Writing the story takes other 20% and editing the other 20%.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
The last scene, where both the protagonists point guns at each other knowing full well that both are wrong. I like characters that stand up for their principles, caring least for the consequences.

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
Charulata inherits some of my quirks- You have to do what you want to do, whether it is right or wrong it does not matter.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I am a moody writer. Sometimes I write 100 pages within few days while sometimes I do not write for months.

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I read regularly. My favourite authors are – Sidney Sheldon, Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Jefrey Archer,Aswin Sanghi and Amish Tripathi.  My writings are deeply influenced by the style of Sidney Sheldon.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
Yet to get.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Believe in yourself work hard and have patience.

What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
Ajay Devgan, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
My favourite books, water filter and solar powered laptop.

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
Reading  and spending time with kid daughter. I love to go to spiritual place like Vaishno Devi to get inner peace whenever I get time.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
Seeing my books made in a film and a world tour with family.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
My handwriting (like a kid), my sleeping style and my habit of playing with kids.
What do you have in store next for your readers?
Another thriller dealing with a burning topic of the day.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
Many thanks to the readers for reading my book. Feel free to write about the book to me our share your views about it on any platform.

About the Book:

Dedicated police officer, ACP Gautam Dhaliwal, takes it upon himself to root out the MAF, a major Naxal organisation based in the remote village of Bhagatpur, Bihar, as part of the central government backed, Operation India One. As his investigations progress, however, he unmasks the official facade of development that he had set out to defend, an ugly nexus of unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen feeding off the oppression of the underprivileged. Torn between his commitment to the Indian State and the sympathy he begins to feel for the distressed people of Bhagatpur, and the terrorists’ supposed fight for the people’s rights, an agonized ACP Dhaliwal is forced to rethink his earlier views on the meaning of an individual’s responsibility towards fellow countrymen.

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