Miss Mihika Agrawal, a prodigious talent born on March 9th, 2009, in Rourkela, Orissa, emerges as a literary dynamo with her debut book, “M2T2.” This question-and-answer article explores the fascinating journey behind the creation of this adventurous and suspenseful book that not only captures the essence of social issues but also instills moral values through captivating short stories.
1. Can you tell us about yourself and what inspired you to write “M2T2”?
I am Mihika Agrawal, a student at St. Joseph’s Convent School, born with a passion for literature and a love for fictional stories. The inspiration to write “M2T2” stemmed from my childhood curiosity and the encouragement of my father, who always supported my creative endeavors, including writing poems and stories. This book is a manifestation of both our dreams.
2. What is “M2T2” about, and how did you conceptualize the stories within the book?
“M2T2” is a collection of short stories that delve into adventure, mysteries, suspense, and morals. Each story explores different characters and social topics like disability, child labor, and cancer. The narratives are paraphrastic, offering intricate descriptions that engage readers. Although standalone, when read in serial order, some stories reveal subtle connections.
3. Could you share your experience of writing and editing the first draft of the book?
The idea for “M2T2” came to me out of the blue. I started with a single story, and as I continued to add to it, the idea of compiling multiple stories into a book emerged. After completing the first draft, I critically read and edited a few sentences. Upon re-reading, I was amazed by the end result and found myself genuinely liking the stories.
4. What motivated you to incorporate elements of suspense and adventure into your stories?
My natural curiosity to explore the unknown fueled my inclination towards adding suspense to the stories. I believe that introducing suspense and adventure ensures that readers, like myself, would find it difficult to put the book down before completing it.
5. Can you provide insights into the themes and messages embedded in “M2T2”?
“M2T2” encompasses themes of suspense, adventure, mystery, and morals. It is designed to cater to the curiosity of readers while instilling values. The book is suitable for readers above 8 years old, making it versatile and engaging for a broad audience.
6. Did you seek advice or guidance while working on your book, and if so, what was the best advice you received?
During the creation of “M2T2,” I kept my project under wraps until completion. While I didn’t seek specific advice, my parents, cousin sister Kaashvi Agarwal, and my Fufaji, Vinit Kedia, provided unwavering motivation throughout my journey.
7. Who are your literary influences, and do you have a favorite author or genre?
I enjoy discovering various genres, and while I don’t have a favorite author, I’ve read almost all the books of Enid Blyton, Ruskin Bond, and Sudha Murthy.
8. What advice would you give to aspiring young authors?
Always trust your instincts and follow your heart. Your unique voice and perspective are valuable contributions to the literary world.
9. Were there any challenges you faced while writing, and how did you overcome them?
The most challenging part of each story was the beginning. The first few lines were brainstormers, but once overcome, everything flowed naturally. I didn’t have specific plots, but I continually write poems.
“M2T2” is more than a book; it’s an exploration of creativity, curiosity, and values. With suspenseful tales and moral undertones, Mihika Agrawal invites readers on an exciting journey through her imaginative lens. To embark on this literary adventure, grab your copy of “M2T2” today and immerse yourself in the captivating world created by this young and talented author.