Mukund Verma completed B.Tech in IT from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi in 2011. Prior to that, he completed his education from his hometown Muzaffarpur, in Bihar. He is currently working with L&T Infotech, Mumbai as a Software Engineer. He is also associated with a Navi Mumbai based NGO “Palm’s Care Foundation”. He had won few awards and accolades in his childhood for writing in various writing competitions. Let us know more about his writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
I am no author and had never thought about writing before. But reading is my hobby and I would say that it inspired me indirectly to start writing. I love to read books. Books of any genre, any writer or any language.
There is an incidence associated with the very thought, what occurred in my mind, about writing a novel. Some time, approx. two years, ago I picked up a contemporary romantic novel from one of the well-known authors. The story failed to connect with me which left me disappointed. So just a random thought crossed my mind that I could have written better. That was the “eureka” moment for me.
After that I never allowed that thought to leave me and started writing just to give it a try. I took it as a challenge to understand exactly what goes into writing., how an author feels, how he/she decides the next line what to write and stuffs like that. And “All I Need is You” is the result of successful completion of that challenge.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
(Laughing) I was a very big fan of hindi comics. Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruv, Parmanu, Doga, Chacha Chaudhary, Bankelal and Fighter Toads were my favorite characters. I am still a big fan of these heroes and don’t miss any opportunity to read them. Apart from this Nandan and Suman Saurabh were my occasional companion.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Consistency is the biggest challenge. Writing first few pages is the toughest of all. As a debutant author, you don’t have any idea about what to write and how to write. Every line and every paragraph is a challenge in itself. But if you keep on writing and show consistency, you will grow a confidence and a writing style of your own eventually overcoming all the difficulties.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
Well I do a lot of research. I do it to the point I am satisfied, that whatever I am writing, will touch the heart of my readers. There is no point if you write something and you are not able to connect it with reader, if readers are not able to associate it with their life or with someone’s life they know. Research is the backbone of my stories.
What motivated you to write the book “All I need is You”?
“All I Need is You” is inspired by a true story and I am revealing this here, for the very first time. It was even before I had thought to write a novel, when I had come across this story, it had touched my heart. So when I thought trying my hand in writing, I could not think of anything else. When the readers would read it, they will understand that why I had chosen the title of my book as “All I Need is You”.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “All I need is you”?
It is the story of a small town boy Mohit and a bubbly girl Pihu from Delhi, who come across each other, just by chance. They meet as strangers but they fall in love eventually. The story tells you that you can fall in love with a stranger, without even seeing them or knowing them. It also has a message that love is not like jumping from one ship to another but sticking with one, even when the boat is sinking. The book is mixed with reality and fiction, so readers will connect with it. Especially those people who are in love or were in love sometime would definitely like it.
Who are your favourite authors?
I have several people in my list. But to name a few I would say, I like Amish Tripathi, Khushwant Singh, Premchand, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Phanishwar Nath ‘Renu’ and Divya Prakash Dubey.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
There is no limitation. After completing my 9 to 5 job, whatever time I get, I dedicate it to writing. You can’t dedicate any timeframe for this because it is always in your mind. Everywhere, every time you live a story, either of your own or of the people around you, so you always keep on thinking and so you always keep on writing, sometimes on pen-paper and sometimes in your mind.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
I don’t consider myself eligible enough to advise someone, but still I would say to all the folks who want to write that you should take your next step. If you are thinking about writing a book, pick your pen and start writing. If you have already written the first chapter, complete the next chapter. You are a writer and your job is to write, so just allow your pen to flow freely, give your thoughts a freedom to write and explore the immense possibilities.
Consistency and devotion is the key for any success, materialistic or non-materialistic. Never Give Up. I would like to quote a line from the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” that “Don’t even let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. You want something, go get it. Period.”
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