Author Interview: Aviranjan Sharma on his new book 'Mission India'
The dream of a corruption-free country is what drove him to write 'Mission India', says Aviranjan Sharma
Congratulations on the release of 'Mission India'. Can you share the theme of your book?
Mission India is a story of three orphaned children and a professor who has faced many crimes in one form or the other, which has seen happening around them.
The parents of these three children are killed in a riot in their childhood, the professor's house is completely destroyed, his wife is killed, his daughter is kidnapped, and he is unable to do anything.
Behind all these are the hands of a big criminal gang, which is related to an underworld don and corrupt leaders, who are not afraid to do anything wrong.
But when these children grow up and meet the professor, they decide that such crimes should stop.
No child should be orphaned like them.
They take an oath and are on a mission so that those criminals and corrupt weeds can be eliminated.
They have to face many challenges and odds to make their mission a success.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am Aviranjan Sharma, I was born on 20 January 1988 in a middle-class family in a village named Amaon in Bihar.
Although I was fond of writing stories and participating in drama since childhood, due to lack of support in my family and my village, I could not pay enough attention to these creative pursuits.
I completed my primary education from the village and then went to Sasaram to study Intermediate, or plus 2.
After completing Intermediate, I completed my degree in Civil Engineering and started a job in a private company to make a living, which I am still doing.
But my other avatar, who was fond of imagining and writing in my mind since childhood, kept on motivating me to write something.
Although the construction field is very busy, yet after taking time out, I have written my first book ‘Mission India’ with dedication.
What kind of books have inspired you in the process of writing this book?
Actually, real incidents around me inspired me to write the book, rather than other books. This type of situation happened in Bihar before the year 2000.
Were you an avid reader as a child? Who are your favourite authors?
Yes, Chetan Bhagat was my favourite author.
Have you experienced any similar situations in life like the protagonists in your story?
No, it is just imagination. However, the book takes inspiration from true incidents and the backdrop of Bihar before 2000.
Are you writing anything next?
Yes, A love story Prem Granth.
During these days of lockdown, people are having difficulty in accessing printed books; and are listening to audiobooks through Storytel, Audible etc apps. Do you have any plans to convert your book into an audiobook alongside the printed book, so more readers can access your writing from their home?
If people like the printed book, then I can subsequently consider coming up with an audiobook version to reach out to more readers/listeners.