Utkarsh Vijay Sharma

Author, Poet, Artist, Engineer, Guitar Instructor, Story-Lover

Sun Sign

Leo

What’s your greatest fear?

I am scared of heights!

Which living person do you most admire?

Bob Dylan

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Kvothe

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Tom Ripley

Who are your favorite authors?

Khushwant Singh, Oscar Wilde, Munshi Premchand, Agatha Christie, Patrick Rothfuss

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Kingkiller Chronicle, Picture of Dorian Gray, Post Box No. 203 Nalasopara, Children of Hurin, Murder of Roger Ackroyd

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Dead poets Society, Shawshank redemption, Queen, 3 idiots, 12 angry men

One Superpower you wish you had?

The power to travel in time (basically through the world's history)

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

Childhood in the highlands of Scotland in late 13th Century during the time of William Wallace, Adolescent during the Mauryan Empire studying at Taxila, Adult Life during the early-mid 20th century in Paris when Hemingway, Picasso and others roamed the streets of Paris, Silver years in the 1960s in the pubs of Manchester supporting Manchester United Football Club.

Which book you wish you had written ?

100 years of solitude

When and where do you write ?

I prefer to write in the morning.

Silence or music?

Music

One phrase that you use most often?

Aasan Kaam Pasand Kise hai? (Who likes easy work?)

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No superstitions.

I was born in the foothills of Himalayas in the town of Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. Being the ward of a defense personnel, I got a chance to briefly live in our Historically significant capital, Delhi, before moving to the coastal boundaries of Colaba, Mumbai. Childhood in Colaba was eventful and culturally knowledgeable with families of defense personnel from all over the country coming together and living in harmony. It was then that I understood the cultural diversity our country offers. From Colaba my family eventually moved and settled in Panvel, Navi Mumbai. Apart from school lessons, the rest of my childhood was spent exchanging stories with friends and reading fiction. Growing up in a Hindu family, Hindu epics were another thing I would be engrossed into. History was another thing I would stay up long nights for, researching, and reading. From reading about the illustrious history of the Maurya Empire to researching how Queen Victoria’s descendants, currently or once, ruled Germany, England, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, and other European territories, I came to understand that most of the fictitious stories we come across were once or are derived from factual reality. I took inspiration from the time in Indian history when wars among mighty kingdoms were common and frequent. To it, I added a sliver of Hindu epic, Mahabharata. The fusion I got is what formed the very base of the story of ‘The Curse of Asi’

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