Vivek Mishra


One of India’s finest contemporary writers of Hindi literature, Vivek Mishra, was born on August 15, 1970 in Jhansi. From ‘PaarUtarnaDheere Se’ to ‘HaniyaTatha Anya Kahaniya’, he is known to have authored several other famous books. He has received numerous awards for many of his stories. His story titled ‘Ae Ganga tum behti ho kyun’ was able to secure a high position in the elementary school education of our country, having been incorporated in the Hindi syllabus in states like Maharashtra and Gujarat.
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How were you first exposed to your interest of writing? When was it that you realized that language had power and you might want to use it?

A 13 year old is quite unlikely to get exposed to the power of language. It is usually an evolved writer who understands the concept and makes an attempt to work towards making good use of it. I, although, had sensed my inclination towards Literature long ago, however, it was only through the course of composing my poems that I took my passion for Literature seriously. It was later when my first story titled ‘Gubbara’ got released, that I was somewhat assured of the fact of walking on the right path. After my work was reviewed, I happened to receive many constructive feedbacks for my book with readers telling me what influence my story had on them. It is this whole circle of literature, I believe, where a writer creates content and receives reviews that bolsters his confidence and makes him realize his responsibility towards what he writes.

You were into a full time job already before becoming a full-fledged writer. How did you make time to write?

I believe that the practice of writing starts as a hobby which continues to later grow into a recurrent passion. Referring to Hindi Literature, the stark reality is that a writer cannot run his livelihood only from his writings. He has to have another constant source of income to nurture his family’s as well as his own needs. Moreover, it becomes difficult to keep writing simultaneously as the thoughts cross the mind, because after all the person is already occupied with a job that is responsible for shouldering the bulk of his whole living and one which he cannot afford to avoid. However, there is another aspect to it which highlights the positive element of halftime writing. A writer is not under the constant pressure of producing any content. He has the luxury to keep going with the flow and the liberty to not force any thoughts out of himself.

What element according to you distinguishes your writing from that of others?

Whilst reading the works of my contemporaries, I realized that there was a little piece in the literary world that could belong to only me and was, hence, missing at that moment. For instance, the intimacies of my locale that remained untouched and which had a scope to be developed made me realize that I, too, could contribute to the literary world with an idea unique to me. Besides this, I had grown listening to the stories of Bundelkhand, the essence of which had been found to be missing at the time I started writing. Thus, a touch of the stories of Bundelkhand in my works is what I believe has set the latter apart from that of others.

What is your opinion regarding the budding writers of today who aspire for not the best but best sellers?

You must look upon budding writers tenderly and with hope. They must be tended like buds. The problem with them is that they have look upon best selling writers like Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathi, Anuja Chauhan as role models. They don’t even have patience to study R .K.Narayan .Plus they may be in a hurry. Writing is a long term race not a shotput.

Of the numerous stories you have written, which one is your personal favourite and why?

I believe, that when you start writing your first story you are not aware of the direction your creation would head in as it is generally out of an innocent instinct. The time I started writing was instantly after my father’s demise. I used to write for organisations for a commercial purpose earlier, however, I could not make time to spurt my own thoughts out. I, thereby, decided to pen my feelings down as a tribute to my father which later came out to be my first ever book titled ‘Gubbara’- a story close to my heart for obvious reasons. Another story that is one of my favourites is that titled ‘AurGilheriyaBaithGayi’ that took over 15 years to come out. The interval in between was invested in search of significance of the silence that my story contained. It was only when I found the essence of the vacuum in my story that I sent it to get published.

What are you looking forward to in the upcoming Art and Literature festival, 'Valley of Words'?

These Literature festivals are very essential for writers like us who do not write primarily for commercial purposes and have content directed towards issues of the remote areas. It provides us with an opportunity to engage in direct conversation with the readers for whom the content is created. They assure us with the fact that our work is being read by offering constructive feedbacks. I am expecting the upcoming festival to have sessions where we receive an opportunity to interact with the readers and not keep talking amongst ourselves.

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