Shiv Kumar, author of the book Operation India One, is a commercial tax officer working for the government of Bihar. prior to this, he was an engineer with a public sector company for nine years. He is passionate about reading and writing and prefers to delve into subjects concerning socio-political realities of contemporary India. Let’s get to know him more-
- Tell us something about your book “Operation India One“:
This book is a Socio-political thriller. It focuses on one of the deadly security threats faced by India- The Maoist violence, but in the form of an interesting story.
- When did you start writing?
Three years back.
- What is the purpose of your writing?
The current literary scenario of our country is dominated by two kinds of books- one is the campus love stories type and the other is pure thriller/mythological or true accounts. My purpose is to create a third genre in which I focus on current socio-political issues faced by this country but in the form of a story which everyone likes. The current book focusses on Naxal problems in our country but the plot is a thriller which everyone would like and appreciate. It has all the ingredients of suspense, romance, adventure, thriller but still focus on the serious issue of Naxalism without giving banal sermons of patriotism.
- Interesting! What inspired you to bring forth this idea as a book?
As a power plant engineer I was mostly posted in remote areas which was affected by Maoist violence. These experiences formed the core plot of the book. Besides my desire to create a story which everyone would like and would also force them to think, made me delve into this kind of plot which only few debutante authors dare to touch.
- The story-line is very intense and meticulous. Is all of it fiction or inspired from real life?
Most of it is fiction. However, some scenes are drawn from real life experiences.
- What is your take on politics?
As I have quoted Bertolt Brecht in the beginning of the book- “The worst illiterate is the political illiterate.” So politics may be good or bad as per individual perception but it is the duty of each and every citizen of this country to understand our current political situation.
- Which of your works have been published so far?
I have tried my hand at self-publishing before but Operation India One is my first full-fledged published work.
- So how was this journey of becoming a published author? Give some insight to your efforts in getting your book published.
It takes tremendous effort to get the first book published. Right from sending proposals to editorial houses and waiting for their replies to the editing process, it requires lot of effort and patience. It took me almost three years from conception stage to see my work in print.
- Have you self-published your book or followed the traditional approach?
- Which approach is better according to you and why?
Both have their own benefits and pitfalls. Traditional publishers have good distribution network, do good editing work and spend some amount on promotion but an author has no control on their strategies and timeline. Whereas in self-publishing an author has full command on the distribution and marketing strategies. But a lot of money is spent on getting the book published. Those having little budget will face constraints while marketing the book. Overall I would suggest to go for traditional publishing if one has the patience.
- What is your take on book publishing as you see the current scenario?
Now there are lot of options for writers as there are many reputed publishing houses and also literary agents in the country. But a number of publishing houses have sprung up which in the name of giving chance to budding authors charge lot of money for publishing. I believe soon a time will come when this sector will also need a regulator.
- Indeed! What are your forthcoming writings?
I am currently working on another thriller which will be based on another burning social political situation in the country.
- What are the four top most things you take care of while writing a book?
- The plot
- The beginning
- The climax
- What is your favorite genre and why?
I love racy thrillers because it gives me the thrill which is missing in daily life!
- What / Who is your biggest source of inspiration in life?
My parents are my biggest source of inspiration.
- What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced and how did you overcome it?
Being published seems to be biggest challenge faced by me till now. I overcame it with my hard work, perseverance and self-belief.
- Congratulations for that 🙂
If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?
I would like to live a day in the life of Fredrick Forsyth so that I could learn his thought process of writing great thrillers like- ‘The day of the jackal’.
- Finally, any message for our readers?
I would like to thank readers for choosing my book. Although it seems to be a serious topic but I assure it is a thriller you would love to read again and again.
So that was Shiv Kumar for you, author of Operation India One.
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