Who is Mayank Sharma?
Mayank, a creative soul, is a techie by profession who is veiled in a professional world of Boolean logic, which inhumanly confines the God’s intricate creation to true or false. He has authored a number of articles on technology and processes for various journals, tech forums, and conferences. His journey as a writer expedited in 2014, when one of his articles was featured in Better Software magazine published in Florida, USA. He always felt that something was missing in the excursion until he discovered the immense passion to write on matters that often make his heart sink. In due course, writing became his greatest passion when he observed how it can trigger the winds of change. It was a turning point when a left-brained professional with over twenty years of global experience from leading multinational companies began to transform into a right-brained writer with empathy.
Besides writing, he is passionate about sketching portraits, painting and making sculptures since childhood. After a hectic weekly calendar, he desperately looks forward to a rejuvenating weekend, when he spends time in his reading and writing corner or nurtures floras in his gorgeous garden in the backyard. Mayank was born and brought up in New Delhi. He is settled in the national capital region of Delhi with his wife, Sonali, daughter, Myra, and son, Aarav.
What made you write this book?
I happen to be in a leadership role that involves working directly with people in a global ecosystem in which nationalities submerge. As I traveled across continents and associated with people having diverse beliefs and values, I became more curious about the social riddles that curtailed liberties across societies. It is exemplary how Nordic countries regard fundamental rights of human beings. It is no wonder why some Nordic countries are among the happiest countries in the world.
India is the fifth-largest economy in the world with the Gross Domestic Product growth at 7.1 percent. Contrary, India ranks 118 out of 157 countries in the happiness index. The fact seized my attention towards social problems affecting social support, freedom of choices, and generosity, to name a few. I penned my debut novel, The Princess of a Whorehouse when I came across some real life incidents that quivered my feelings. In the total population of 1.3 billion, the millions of naïve women and girls, like the protagonists in my story are agonized due to a million-year-old social inequality that still persists in today’s capitalistic world.
About the book
The Princess of a Whorehouse is a poignant tale of a young girl’s coming of age in one of the most ruthless realms of society in which several naïve women and their blameless children are deprived of liberty and freedom to make life choices.
Three-year-old naïve Aparajita is unaware of a murky spell ahead when her widowed mother, Ramya struggles to find a livelihood in a small town in Jharkhand. Ramya takes a dubious decision to relocate to a strange land, a thousand miles away, looking for greener pastures of life. Ramya’s whole world comes crashing down around her when she reaches the megacity of Delhi, and finds that a hypocrite kinfolk traded her dignity and Aparajita’s destiny for a trifling sum of money.
“The human spirit and self-esteem are compromised when you lay down your arms to the pressures of society in a rat race.”
Trapped in the merciless milieu of one of the largest red-light districts in India, Aparajita faces the repercussions of something she has the least control of. A restrained society snubs Aparajita for her social class, under the influence of a centuries-old enigma that still persists in the fifth-largest economy of the world. The fiasco rips her hope and crushes her childhood dream to study as she grows up in the street of ill repute.
“Our fears would disappear when we accept the truth and confront our challenges with integrity.”
Will Aparajita shrug off her melancholy past in order to break the stereotype? Will she ever pave her way as a bona fide citizen in a prestige-obsessed community?
Advice for aspiring authors
Success gives a moment to cherish, whilst non-success gives a reason to gauge. Success often follows perseverant efforts taken after non-success. Rises and falls of fortune in life can sometimes provide the best cause to write.
Candid feelings are volatile and thoughts are buoyant. Before they diffuse, seize them in captivating words to mould your tale craftily.
Author: Mayank Sharma
Publisher: Notion Pres
Release: October 2016
Genre: Fiction / Women
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