|Man of letters: Satyapal Chandra (above) and his novel The Most Eligible Bachelor. Telegraph picture
Penning novels is a difficult proposition. More so if the writer is a farmer’s son, hailing from a Maoist-hit district.
Meet Satyapal Chandra (24) of Malhari village under Imamganj block in Maoist-hit Gaya district. He already has 11 titles to his credit.
Chandra has focused on various issues plaguing today’s youths such as unemployment, poverty, crime, casteism and corruption among others in his works. Some of his novels have a touch of suspense and romance too.
He told The Telegraph: “After finishing secondary education under the Jharkhand Academic Council, I completed my Plus Two from Anugrah Memorial College, Gaya, before graduating in political science from Delhi University in 2011.”
In April 2011, his first novel, The Most Eligible Bachelor, was published by Mahavir Publishers. Since then, he has written 11 novels. Of them, eight have been published. The rest are in the press.
More than 10,000 copies of The Most Eligible Bachelor have already been sold. Chandra added that his other novels have also received good response.
“The Most Eligible Bachelor is about terrorism, love and the power of youth. My second novel, Golden Angel and The Darkness of Midnight, is a mystery novel. Diamond Book has signed me on for this novel that would have six parts. My Life is For You and For Your Beautiful Dreams (co-authored with Nazia Tasneem) are romantic novels,” Chandra said.
His other novels include An Innocent Traitor focusing (on crime, corruption and problems of youths), Dreams Revenge and Confession (deals with the urban culture and illicit relationships), A Crazy Careless Life (based on five youths’ struggle with unemployment, poverty, casteism, corruption and other social evils in Bihar) and Women’s Desire (reflects break-ups in marital life).
The young author said he has undergone different ups and downs in life that reflect in his novels. “While some other writers concentrate on romantic novels, I have opted different themes,” he said.
Quizzed on his writing ambition, Chandra said he wants to become a renowned writer, reflecting social evils in his writings.
The spunky youth has his sights set on cracking the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations. He is preparing with enthusiasm for it.