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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Author Interview : Vikrant R Utekar, author of ‘The Shivputra Chronicles : Tripurantaka' (Part 1)

Vikrant R Utekar
'The Shivputra Chronicles : Tripurantaka' was something, I did not really expect, but it was a surprise.

Modernism mixed with mythology is a new topic, and though I have read it before, I think this is the first of a kind story in Lord Shiva's mythology. 

So, here is the first part of the Interview; and am guessing it is almost as short as the book. :) You can read up the Review right here and Buy the Book here, as well.

How did ‘Tripurantaka’ happen?
Well, to answer your question, I come from a long line of Shiva's devotees, so my fascination about the lore of Lord Shiva came easily. But it was this fascination about the God, which my entire family worships, that led me to delve deeper into the mythology behind Shiva.
And then I was fascinated all the more. So, when I decided to pursue my passion for writing, it was only natural that I write on this subject matter.
How do you plan to put ‘The Shivaputra Chronicles’ across?
Right now, I am working on the second SC book, which I have named "Rudra". This time around, I will work on all the constructive criticism, I have received.
I will also try to delve more into the land of mythology and also, am trying to incorporate chapters from the perspective of many old and new characters.
My aim is merely to write a story that fascinates me and then let the people decide whether they enjoy this world or not.
What kind of research did you put into the writing of the book?
Well, to be honest, it takes a lot of research in writing mythological fiction because you cannot afford to get your mythology, incorrect. I have tried to best explain mythology in a way that people can understand, as mythological stories tend to change from region to region.
For example, there are two sets of stories related to the original Tripura lore, one being that the bow was the great Pinaka and the arrow was the famed Pashupat.
There is also one other story that states that the body of the bow was the great Mount Mandar, the string was the great snake king, Vasuki and that Vishnu himself took the form of the arrow that destroyed the three cities.
Mythology is relative from person to person and so, one must know all that he can about the story in question before writing about it as it can be a very sensitive topic for some.

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