Well, I am back here with a different thing. It has been a long time since I had interviewed anyone. Actually it takes a lot of patience and also a great deal of collaborative effort to get an interview done (well that’s what I believe, many might disagree!).
Anyway, here it is. This is a really interesting book and author who has set out to make a mark for himself in the literary world. So before I bore you all down, here is the little exchange of thoughts we had. But before the Q&A session let me tell you a bit about the author and his book.
About the Author
ESHAN SHARMA was born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on 20th June, 2000 and grew up in Kanpur. Ever since his childhood, he has been an avid reader which motivated him to focus his expressions and pen it down. It is not only his hobby but also his passion to write. He passed class 10th in 2015 from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kanpur with flying colors and currently he is in class 12th with Humanities stream in Delhi Public School, Kalyanpur, Kanpur.
He is a blogger, writer, and a poet who can write in both English and Hindi. He enjoys learning foreign languages as well as Indian regional languages. He has also written many essays and articles for many competitions. He enjoys participating in competitions regardless of the result.
School magazines gave him the platform for writing. He started writing from the age of eleven – his first poem was on his grandmother. He generally writes poems in Hindi as he think that the beauty in words can be expressed in one’s own language. He has penned down more than 20 poems, essays, articles till now, in a period of five years. He is a jovial, carefree and fun loving person. His self-belief and selfless attitude are just few good points about him. He firmly believes that if our country wants to be developed, we have to make certain changes in our education system, and youth personality development. He is also a good painter, and has been awarded the 3rd prize in Kanpur region Postmaster General Stamp making competition.
About the book: The Teacher I Never Met
The book is the story of a school going kid of 11years who regards Abdul Kalam as his mentor. The journey of the boy in the book is all about exploring about the missile man. Later at the age of 16, he tends to start an adventure travel in to the lifeline of Kalam since a kid till his last days.
The book is a fantasy fiction with lots of emotions shown towards a person whom the boy in the story considers as his mentor. The book gives lots of information about Kalam’s literary works.
This is not a mere book with a story but the journey of a successful human through whose teachings young children can have an idea of laying path to their golden future.
- What made you think of writing a book like The Teacher I never Met?
The youth, the young blood of my nation motivated me to write ‘The Teacher I Never Met’. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam had a dream of India 2020, so as a contribution towards that mission, I published this book; to change lives and motivate the youth to make a change in this world. I was delighted on reading the reviews and compliments I got for this book, I realized that the book was able to represent their thoughts in the right manner and do justice to it. All this was possible, thanks to blessings of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. I think that today’s youth is ardent, talented and skillful. Sometimes, the impositions laid on our generation due to orthodox thinking and non-provision to pursue one’s skills does not allow us to think big and make a difference. But we can definitely overcome the difficulties and barriers with positive motivation and confidence of our parents, teachers, and elders. I have put these feelings through “The Teacher I Never Met”
- How much feedback do you get from family or friends while you are working on a manuscript?
My family has been a pillar of strength throughout the entire process. It has been the support of my parents, my sister, my paternal grandfather (dadaji) Shri. B. L. Sharma, who was a poet (shayar) of his time and my maternal grandfather (nanaji), who was a also poet. Also, I cannot forget my cousin Shivi Pandey who has already made some name in this field – courtesy the publication of ‘Love Story Seriously?’. My friends have also been supportive all this while. And Dr. Kalam’s family ‘House of Kalam’ deserves a special mention as they have spent their valuable in conversation with me throughout the phase of editing of the manuscript. Palak Tripathi, who is also an author now, checked the grammar and editing part along with bestselling author and motivational speaker Sourabh Bandopadyay.
- What is the genre you read? Which genre you prefer while writing?
Basically, I prefer reading self-help, motivational, biography, Hindi poetry, I.Q. and G.K. books. While writing, I try to write Self-help, motivational work, and sometimes poetry.
- What made you decide to go for publishing the book?
I never intended to be a student of literature, neither did I aspire to be a writer when I was growing up. But I never disliked writing. Regarding my inspiration – it was never what, but a who. It was Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s vision for our nation’s youth and their development that inspired me a lot and it does now as well. Besides that, the brothers and sisters, the youth of my country of which I am a part too, has always inspired me.
- A genre you prefer not to read?
Nothing as such, I can read any good book. But yes, I don’t read love stories much.
- As a writer, which is the daunting task? Writing/editing/looking for an agent / self publishing / traditional publishing / marketing?
The biggest challenge while writing a book is ‘writing’. People often say they can’t go beyond two paragraphs while writing, so the biggest challenge is never giving up in writing.
- What are your future plans?
I aspire to become a law abiding, proud citizen of my nation, probably a civil servant while writing along as a hobby.
- Answers that come to mind:
a: Favourite book: Wings of Fire and Power of Subconscious Mind
b: Favourite writer: Dr. Kalam, Ruskin Bond and Sudha Murthy
c: Favourite band/singer: Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café and A.R. Rehman
d: Favourite food/drink: Manchurian and Mojito drink
e: I can’t live without: talking or chatting (hahaha)
f: My inspiration: Youth of this world
g: A book I wish I had written: Shiva Trilogy by Amish
h: A book I am glad I did not write: Wings of Fire, because I couldn’t write it like that, it’s a masterpiece and a life changing book. I am glad that Kalam sahab wrote that book, because I couldn’t motivate the youth in that way.
i: The dream I wish comes true: We all become happy and tension free.
j: If I could swap places with someone, it would be: Narendra Modi ji
- What would be your message to new and aspiring writers: Never give up, have faith in yourself. And in case, you want to get in touch with me:
just ping me at http://www.facebook.com/officialeshansha
or shoot an email to this address – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of love and best wishes for all,