Watch CitySpidey LIVE with renowned author, poet, socio-political activist Nilotpal Mrinal who received Sahitya Akademi Award in 2016. Mrinal is known for his books 'Dark Horse' and 'Aughad'.
The author published his first book in 2015 in which he narrates the difficulties of leaving village life for that of the city. The novel is set against the backdrop of Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi. 'Dark Horse' is written in Hindi and the book received the Sahitya Akadami Youth Award in 2016. Four years later, Mrinal released his second novel 'Aughad'.
During the LIVE session, Mrinal talked about his relation with Delhi, how a village boy from Dumka district, Jharkhand, moved to Delhi to prepare for the prestigious UPSC exam. Mrinal said, "All characters in this book reflect my character. I have created them and their experience belongs to me.”
During the session, he also spoke about his fight to get credits for his work. In a long Facebook post in Hindi, Nilotpal Mrinal had claimed that TVF’s latest web series ‘Aspirants’ is based on his book ‘Dark Horse’. Created by Arunabh Kumar, the web series follows the lives of UPSC aspirants staying at Delhi’s Rajinder Nagar.
Mrinal said that both the book and the web series are present in front of the consumers, and the people who have read ‘Dark Horse’ will be able to relate.
The author also talked about being trolled, and said, “Troll is my petrol,” and that he takes inspiration to get along with them.
Through CitySpidey’s platform Mrinal announced about writing another story based in Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi, to highlight a message for the readers and for writers from the new generation that two stories can be different even when they belong to the same plot. He said, “One can’t make food just by tasting it, one needs to know the recipe.”
Mrinal expressed his story behind ‘Gamcha’, and even sang for the audience.
To know more about his story and to listen to the famous author sing, watch the LIVE session on our Facebook page.