Manas Mukul is human – an MBA, a Business Consultant, Actor, Software Engineer, Writer, Blogger, Joker.
‘The Contemplation of a Joker’ is the child of his pen!! Excited to know him!
Which is your favourite story in the collection ‘The Contemplation of a Joker’?
Can a mother differentiate among her children? No. Right. But I would still say ‘Made for each other’ is the most complete and elaborate of all the stories in The Contemplation of a Joker.
What does joker stand for in this book? Is it your alter ego?
Jostein Gaarder said, “A joker is a little fool who is different from everyone else, he is not a club, a diamond or a spade, he is not an eight or a nine or a king or a jack. He is an outsider”. Here I have tried to be a Joker in everyone’s lives, bringing them bits of stories and laughter from all corners of life. As is the case with a Joker, they might not remember my name, they might not even know the real me, but I will always be glad that I was, am and will always be a part of the readers lives. I touched without actually being in their lives…just like a joker is in the stack with other cards without actually belonging there.
Well said, Manas!
What is the message that you wanted to convey through your book? If any?
I want to convey the physics of quest to all the readers as explained by Elizabeth Gilbert, “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting and set out on a truth-seeking journey and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face some very difficult realities about yourself… then truth will not be withheld from you. Or so I’ve come to believe”.
My book is about relationships, feelings, emotions, surprises, love, passion and hatred, each leading the readers to a newer journey every time, taking them to understand that life will always surprise you…don’t be overwhelmed…don’t be dismayed…just embrace and move on.
What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
“The only thing that guarantees loss is giving up”. I have realised, it’s not important what the outcome is; it’s not even worth worrying about failure because if you have proven your capabilities to your own self, then that’s the ultimate achievement. I have learnt not to give up mid-way and keep going irrespective of how the outcome would be acknowledged.
Which contemporary fiction author do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading Dan Brown. He has this uncanny ability to convert historical facts into a narrative of his own without even distorting the facts.
Honorary mention: George Orwell’s Animal farm and 1984 cannot be more relevant than in today’s times
Which book do you consider the benchmark for all fiction writing?
Benchmarking would be unfair to the writer’s world. Reading is a very personal experience, some like solace, some love chaos. To me a lot of authors appeal and inspire, But George Orwell’s 1984 is a class apart. If you can imagine a different world in times when things were as ordinary as it could be…you were a genius.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, who or what it would be?
I would love to come back as a Phoenix. Then each time I will rise back from my ashes, metaphorically every time a writer starts a book, he rises from his own ashes and presents a new self to the world. This way I will be reborn and reborn to tell more and more stories.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I love to travel. I feel travelling can fill a lot of Gap in life. Places and people are full of stories. Meeting and interacting with new people can inspire you in many ways.
Share tips on publishing and marketing your ebook.
Networking surely helps. Never underestimate the power of contacts, each reader is important. In today’s time Social media, hashtags also play an important role. They are vital for marketing. Choosing a good self-publishing platform can also be a good first small step towards being a published author.
Throw some light on how you research while writing.
Read as much as you can. Reading just doesn’t improve your writing skills but also widens your imaginative horizon, which remains otherwise unexplored. It subconsciously develops you, people might say a lot of things but I believe you are what you read and how you interpret. If I write which contains data and facts I make it sure to verify it with different sources for the authenticity of the content. I feel if your research is genuine and stays true to the topic then even a very simple vocabulary becomes appealing. Google might give you answers but it’s your responsibility to check their reliability.
Manas’ book at a glance:
The book is a compilation of some of his blog posts from his blog with the same name and website – www.manasmukul.com. These stories can be summarised as stories of Love, Longing and Loss.
Read what fellow authors have to say about Manas’ book :
Seetharam Jayakumar – http://www.jaispoetryblog.com/2018/06/book-review-contemplation-of-joker-by.html
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