Author Kevin Missal

Kevin Missal, a Delhite, 22-year-old graduate of St. Stephen’s College has come up with his brand new series of novel Naramshima Trilogy which is making quite a buzz. His first novel series: The Kalki Trilogy: DHARMAYODDHA KALKI: AVATAR OF VISHNU in 2017 which had garnered critical phrase from the likes of Millennium Post, Sunday Guardian who termed it as “2017’s mythological phenomenon” and was a National Bestseller and was on bestselling charts of Asian Age, Hindustan Times. In his free time, he loves reading, watching films and building stories in his mind. Mr. Missal in an exclusive interview with us. Read Below:

  • Thousand Miles: What is the inspiration behind writing your debut novel ‘Narasimha: Trilogy #1’? Was writing a novel like this one your childhood dream?

Author Kevin Missal: My inspiration was that I wanted to write on the angriest Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Also, the story of Prahlad really inspired me. Yes, it was my dream to write books and become a full-time writer.

My inspiration was that I wanted to write on the angriest Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Also, the story of Prahlad really inspired me. Yes, it was my dream to write books and become a full-time writer.

  • Thousand Miles: The young generation nowadays is not focussing on their goals and are attached to social media and online games. Your way of looking into the matter.

Author Kevin Missal: I believe one should devote their times to trivial activities and also to achieving their goals. They should remember that success isn’t a miracle, but a series of disciplined steps you take every day in your life.

  • Thousand Miles: How was the experience when you met people’s favourite author Ravinder Singh? Tell us briefly.

Author Kevin Missal: He’s a pretty chill guy. We talked about publishing and marketing. He gave me some cool pointers.

  • Thousand Miles: Your novel ‘Narasimha: Book 1’ is a perfect blend of mythical characters and the folklores of Prahlad, Holika, Hiranyakashyap and Narasimah. As an individual and Indian, do you truly believe in our ancient mythology?

Author Kevin Missal: Of course, I do. I believe we are a rich culture and our history is what makes us who we are today. Folk tales are after all history with a bit of exaggeration since they are told to give us hope, to make us believe there is good over evil in our daily lives.

  • Thousand Miles: Are you in support of the statement, ‘Success makes a man looks good’? Kindly explain your perspective into this.

Author Kevin Missal: Success makes a person look good, yes. Not just “man”, mind you. But more so it’s how you achieved that success makes you feel fulfilled because whenever you face a tough situation you look back at your journey and you can reassure yourself that you can overcome the obstacle you are facing currently.

  • Thousand Miles: Which famous person living or dead you like to meet and why?

Author Kevin Missal: Brandon Sanderson. He’s my idol.

  • Thousand Miles: Any cherished moment from your work or family you want to share with us for your fans to know.

Author Kevin Missal: My agent gifted me the graphic novel Watchmen when I signed a big deal with a publisher. And he did it so sweetly, I still remember that.

  • Thousand Miles: The story of your novel ‘Narasimha: Book 1’ is primarily about Narasimha’s redemption by saving young Prahlad from the conspiracies and bloodshed of the world torn between Asuras and Devas. What more can people expect from the next two installations of the trilogy?

Author Kevin Missal: They can expect in-depth take on these characters, their past and how they will converge together and what their journey would be like.

  • Thousand Miles: Would you like to advice to our novice writers who are writing their first novel/book of their lives? As a new writer/author, what are the things one should be careful about?

Author Kevin Missal: I believe impatience is one thing to look out for. Writing is a skill. You can become an amazing writer if you don’t give up and you keep writing. And you need to be passionate enough to be this way.

  • Thousand Miles: Now-a-days, the pressure of ‘Hindtuva’ is prevailing in all corners of the society and people of other religions and religious beliefs are forced to chant names of Hindu Lords and goddesses ignoring which lynching are taking place. What is your take on this situation as you being lover and writer/author on Hindu Mythology?

Author Kevin Missal: I believe extremism of any kind is against the ideals of our country. Violence in the name of any kind of religion is not justified, but is considered evil. Every religion professes forgiveness and togetherness. And if it doesn’t, you just need to look at the positive parts of the religion. Why to look at negative? Even in Narasimha what I went for is to show that no person or society can enforce a particular faith on someone. That is an individual’s freedom. Prahlad was born an Asura (Demon) but he chose to follow Lord Vishnu.

  • Thousand Miles: Would you like to advice to our novice writers who are writing the first novel/book of their lives? As a new writer/author, what are the things one should be careful about?

Author Kevin Missal: I believe impatience is one thing to look out for. Writing is a skill. You can become an amazing writer if you don’t give up and you keep writing. And you need to be passionate enough to be this way.

  • Thousand Miles: Nowadays, the pressure of ‘Hindutva’ is prevailing in all corners of the society and people of other religions and religious beliefs are forced to chant names of Hindu Lords and goddesses ignoring which various lynchings are taking place. What is your take on this situation as you being lover and writer/author on Hindu Mythology?

Author Kevin Missal: I believe extremism of any kind is against the ideals of our country. Violence in the name of any kind of religion is not justified but is considered evil. Every religion professes forgiveness and togetherness. And if it doesn’t, you just need to look at the positive parts of the religion. Why to look at negative? Even in Narasimha what I went for is to show that no person or society can enforce a particular faith on someone. That is an individual’s freedom. Prahlad was born an Asura (Demon) but he chose to follow Lord Vishnu.

  •  Thousand Miles: As India is developing in a faster rate and talents from all fields are surfacing at the national and international level, do you think Indian parents should encourage their kids to pursue their passion for the betterment of the country?

Author Kevin Missal: I believe parents play a huge role in shaping a kid’s future. All they should worry about is their kid’s wellbeing. Other than that, they should guide them but never enforce what they want the kid to do. There should be freedom, but calculative freedom.

  • Thousand Miles: Your thoughts on being featured in the ‘August Issue’ of our Magazine.

Author Kevin Missal: I’m so honoured. Thank you very much.