Manoj Singh- A Myriad Minded Literary Genius
Neither a mystic nor an idealistic dreamer but a stern realistic of real
magnitude ,the acclaimed Hindi novelist poet, Manoj Singh has emerged as an
eminent writer of wider sensitivity in a short span of his literary career.
Endowed with a vision , impulse and observant eye to see nature and life in
all its manifestations through the medium of sentiment and passion, Manoj
Singh has authored five classic literary creations, in varied genres which
has won rave reviews while two novels are in the offing. This is by no means
a meager achievement for Manoj Singh, an ITS officer of 1986 UPSC batch
presently the Deputy Director General Telecom Enforcement and Monitoring
Cell Punjab Chandigarh. Born at Agra Manoj gave an indication of the coming
glory hitting the state merit list in Higher Secondary examinations. Holding
a BE (Electronics) from REC Bhopal he secured an MBA degree later. Striking
an amiable balance between his passion of sculpting verses and professional
commitments Manoj has been successfully translating his mundane feelings
experienced in adolescent age and his matured thoughts observed during his
formative years. He shred some of his experiences with the Tribune.
Poets are born and not made. Why you took to writing so late ?
Many ideas used to jostle in amazing profusion in my mind and many of them
were even beyond the conceptual grasp of boys of my age. I used to scribble
in poetic forms but without getting published. My revered father Harimohan
Singh however encouraged my rare ventures. It was only few years back I took
to serious writing when he had a tryst with the greatest master poet “ The
Nature” during my stay at Solan. Blessed to live in the panoramic ambience
and beauty of the Himalyas I always loved to relish the cool moon rays while
in face to face with the moon. This rendezvous of eternal beauty of the Moon
and nature lover Manoj resulted in a long epic poetic classic “
Chandrikotasav ” ( Celebration of the beauty of Moon and Moonlit nights) as
his first literary creation. My life and literary partner, Smt. Rekha Singh
was my another inspiration.
After poetry how the Novels like Bandhan and Kashamkash happened ?
To quote Sahir Ludhianvi “ Duniyan ne tazarbato hawadis ki shaql mein jo
kuchh mujhe diya lauta rha hum mein”. See the thematic content of my novels
is not pure fiction but built on the hard heart felt realities of life but
pregnant with a didactic socio-cultural message. In BANDHAN, the story
touches and enters in delicate realms of family, Society, College fraternity
etc. in relation with patients suffering from Schizophrenia which has been
widely noticed and appreciated. To make it more realistic I have actually
visited mental hospital and observed the sufferings very closely and felt
the pain of it. which has come out in his novel. Novel 'KASHMKASH' scaling
with new dimensions in relation to woman's evolution in society, depicting
thirty four lady characters which seem so real as if they were one amongst
us. Both novels have gone into second edition, a real compliment for my
A novelist or column writer in over dozen periodicals or newspapers . who is
close to your heart ?
My column writings, reflective of the contemporary issues have been so
poular that I have to publish a book "Vyaktitav Ka Prabav" a collection of
columns, already published in various Newspaper & Magazine.
Any new ventures ?
My new titled "Meri Pehchan" published by Vani Prakashan, New Delhi is being
released on 24th May, 09 . It is a compilation of eleven selected stories,
which have appeared in leading newspapers and periodicals across the
country. The Stories are based on day to day life and the problems faced by
modern society. The changes arising out of economic development and side
effects of progressive science, as it is moving towards consumerism,
Unrestness and upheaval in Political scenario . Topics are from the common
man life and elaboration in his language. Accordingly the reader feels at
home with the stories. Human feelings and emotions are at centre stage,
hence It automatically connects with the reader.