IAS officer pens work of fiction

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New Delhi: With his maiden book, "Pyramid of Virgin Dreams", author and Secretary of Gujarat Tourism Vipul Mittra is the latest addition to the list of Indian bureaucrats turning writers.

The witty and circumstantial accounts of the protagonist of his fiction book, published by Rupa, the author says presents a glimpse into the world of hierarchies, promotions, fawning subordinates and vacuous privileges that accompany growing status.

"The idea for the story had always been there in my mind but due to my other commitments, I just did not find time to pen it down. Probably, that is why it took me 10 years to complete this book," says Mittra, who has also been the Director, Tribal Development in Gujarat Government in the past.

Inspired by the personal experiences of the author`s life along with his precise observation of the people, events and situations around him, the book is divided in ten chapters that not only portray unfulfilled desires of the protagonist but also the imposed ones.

"In each chapter of my book, the readers would be introduced to a pendulum that moves between dreams and reality," says a candid Mittra, keeping his fingers crossed for the success of his first venture as a writer.

With the use of metaphors and similes to deliver the account of the unfulfilled ambitions that primarily revolve around the lady love of the protagonist, is a fresh way of story-telling, claims the author who has also been a Deputy Secretary in the Government of Gujarat.

Set against the backdrop of mundane circuit houses, government-allotted residences and dull offices, the author comically narrates how the bureaucracy has the enigmatic capacity to draw the protagonist into its vortex and have him conveniently entangled in it.

"Though it has an angle of bureaucracy attached to it, but readers from all age bars and walks of life can relate to it as all of them would have some unfulfilled dreams. My book would touch all such hearts," says the author, a very-easy going person who claims not to take anything in life very seriously, including himself.

Asserting that writing non-fiction is a difficult task that includes a lot of research work and lesser creativity, Mittra says writing his creativity alive. "Writing keeps the passion alive in an individual and does not let the enthusiasm die due to the busy schedules," said Mittra adding that writing a whole novel is a back-breaking task.

Describing the modern style of fiction writing as `pulp`, the author says "Pyramid of Virgin Dreams" is rather a thought provoking book. "It is a thought provoking account of the regular happenings around us in a simplified language decorated with humour."

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